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ESAM: Why I main Pikachu in Smash Ultimate

Published: 18/May/2020 21:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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Pikachu is one of the most impactful and stronger characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and no one has gotten as many top results with the electric Pokemon as Eric ‘ESAM’ Lew.

In an interview with Dexerto, Lew dug into why he mains Pikachu, became the best Pikachu player in the world, and just what makes the Pokemon mascot the best fighter in the entire game.

Back in Melee, ESAM was a Samus main with Fox as a secondary character and Pikachu as his “low-tier” pick as his region ran a lot of low-tier side events.

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Pikachu has an incredible combo game.

Once Brawl came out, Fox and Samus felt strange to him, but Pikachu didn’t, so from that point on, ESAM was sticking with Pikachu and didn’t look back.

“He’s very creative,” Lew explained. “I’ve been the main pioneer of my character at least since 2010. Since then I’ve been the innovator of my character. I’ve been doing all the broken stuff. I’ve been figuring out most of the combos because of my creative mind with the character.”

According to Lew, with a character like Pikachu, you have to be creative in order to do well with him.

One of ESAM’s biggest points about why Pikachu is the best character is because of how the fighter can avoid taking huge amounts of damage. “He gets to skip phases in the game where a lot of people take a tonne of damage,” he said. “Mostly being when he’s on the ledge of trying to land.”

By being able to skip bad positions with his movement, having a good combo game and damage output, many players consider Pikachu to be the best.

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Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
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Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
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Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.