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Smash community furious as disgraced pro Ally returns to competition

Published: 24/Jan/2020 19:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Bros pro Elliot ‘Ally’ Carroza-Oyarce is making his return to the esport after retiring in 2019 due to a scandal in which he dated a 16-year-old player.

The former Cloud 9 superstar will be competing at Friday Night Smash 57 at the Montreal Gaming Centre, according to a Twitter post by the venue.

On January 23, the account announced that “the best Snake in Brawl, the best Mario in Smash 4, and the best Snake in Ultimate” would be back at FNS 57.

This would be Ally’s first tournament back since a controversial 2019 where the Canadian confessed he lied about having a relationship with fellow pro player Zack ‘CaptainZack’ Lauth, who was only sixteen at the time.

Notably, the community was upset with Carroza-Oyarce following the news. Former top Smash 4 player turned content creator Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios wrote that he hoped Ally would seek “rehabilitation at the least” after this “day of darkness.”

Now, with the announcement that the 28-year-old would be returning to play, controversy has erupted yet again.

“I swear to god a top player could murder someone and they’d still be allowed to play the game just because they’re good at it,” Twitter user Riley wrote in response to Montreal Gaming Centre.

“I don’t care if what he did was ‘legal’, this man needs to be ultra banned,” GATORGANG proclaimed.

“Please don’t do this you’re only going to hurt the scene,” Techless urged.

Meanwhile, major community members including commentator Phil ‘EE’ Visu and pro Jason ‘ANTi’ Bates simply replied with the eyes emoji, but didn’t take a side on whether or not Ally should be welcomed back.

Regardless of the situation, Ally himself has yet to comment on his Smash return, or if he will be looking to compete at other tournaments in the future.

With such a long hiatus, it’s also unclear on how well he will perform. It should be noted that many of Montreal’s top players such Jayson ‘Jayy’ Medeiros are competing in California’s super major Genesis 7, so the community may need to wait to see how Ally does against his region’s elite talent.

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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.