Leffen hits back at fans calling for Joker nerfs after MKLeo's Smash Con comeback - Dexerto

Leffen hits back at fans calling for Joker nerfs after MKLeo’s Smash Con comeback

Published: 12/Aug/2019 23:29 Updated: 13/Aug/2019 1:09

by Alan Bernal


Super Smash Bros. fans are calling for nerfs to Joker after Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Perez’s incredible Smash Con 2019 championship run, but Melee legend Leffen definitely doesn’t agree.

Echo Fox’s MKLeo stunned the Smash community after coming back from 0-2 down in the Grand Finals to reset Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris and take the top honors at the Dulles Expo Center with six-straight match wins using Fighter 71, Joker.

The win was eerily similar to his Evo 2019 Smash Grand Finals set against Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey, where MKLeo went down 0-2 early as the Loser’s representative only to complete the perfect reverse-sweep.

NintendoJoker’s an incredible versatile character, but some think he’s due for some nerfs.

MKLeo winning the back-to-back events has fueled a ton of fans’ beliefs that Joker needs a nerf in response to the Mexican pro’s astounding late-game heroics.

But Leffen doesn’t seem to be one of those people, as the longtime pro voiced his concerns with the wave of calls for changes.

“Leo is easily the best,” Leffen said. “It will be truly sad if Joker gets nerfed and the others never get to beat this version of him.”

The 24-year-old Swede made a case to protect the integrity of the scene by recalling the various eras of domination featuring different Melee players, hinting at how the “storylines” would never exist if nerfs had intervened.

“Imagine if Fox got nerfed after I won three majors in a row in 2015,” Leffen said. “Or Peach when Armada had his streak, or Hbox last year. There can’t be any storylines if everyone just calls for nerfs instantly.”

Though there might be strong characters in the game’s state, Leffen’s argument focuses more on the player side of the issue than anything else.

NintendoEven though Joker is tricky to deal with, he gets really hard to fight against when he unleashes Arsene.

A lot of the times, crowds at sporting events get hyped because they’re seeing a player who’s failed many times before, finally pushing back against the big teams and overcome their past hurdles.

If Joker were to get balance changes in any capacity, the next person to beat MKLeo could have their victory marred by people arguing that the win only came after the character was hit with nerfs.

Previously, Smash legend Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios touched on something similar when he called out the Smash community for their “knee-jerk reaction” to ban Ultimate’s newest character, Hero.

Super Smash Bros. players will have to wait and see if Joker ultimately gets a nerf in the next patch, as concerns loom of how powerful he can be.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.