Ninja explains why his Smash Bros event hasn’t happened yet

Published: 13/Dec/2019 10:08

by Connor Bennett


Streaming superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has explained why his planned Super Smash Bros event hasn’t yet taken place despite him teasing it over a year ago.

While streaming on a regular basis and entertaining fans might be the name of the game for many streamers, plenty of other broadcasters do try and pivot their popularity into something bigger – be it a charity event or even hosting their own game tournament.

With Ninja, fans of both him and the Smash Bros franchise had their interest piqued in November of 2018 when the former Halo star teased that he something in the works. While some thought it may have been a tease for a character, it seemed to be an event hosted by himself. Over a year later, nothing has come of it. Yet, Blevins has explained why that is the case and why fans shouldn’t give up hope.

Red Bull: Ryan HadjiThe popular streamer teased a Smash event last year, but it hasn’t quite happened yet.

While attending The Game Awards on December 12, Ninja was directed to his year-old tweet by Jason ‘ANTi’ Bates, when he decided to pull back the curtain and give fans an explanation that they may have been waiting for.

“Long story; was trying to work with Nintendo on the event and it just ended up fading away and taking to long,” he responded, confirming that it was an event he was working on and not a tease for a potential in-game character.

Yet, Ninja wasn’t finished there. “Now in talks with Red Bull to try and set up an amazing event in 2020,” he added, undoubtedly piquing the interest of fans yet again. 

With Smash having a unique esports scene – ranging from huge events to smaller, fan favorites – it certainly gives Ninja and his partners plenty of scope to work off of.

Just when he’ll be following through with it, and how they’ll execute, remains to be seen but it appears as if those fans who have waited over a year won’t have to wait all that much longer.


Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam


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.
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
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.