Smash pro Dabuz reveals which four Ultimate fighters need nerfs - Dexerto

Smash pro Dabuz reveals which four Ultimate fighters need nerfs

Published: 8/Jan/2020 21:42

by Michael Gwilliam


In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Super Smash Bros legend Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby discussed which Ultimate characters need buffs, nerfs, and why Pikachu is currently the best fighter in the game.

According to the Team Liquid icon, Persona’s Joker needs to be nerfed “first and foremost,” and laid out exactly how he would go about changing him up if he was part of the game’s development team.

“Particularly down guns from the air are just a really strong option for landing,” the Olimar main explained. “And kinda negates his weakness which is landing. It’s just the best landing option in the game.”

Dabuz didn’t stop there with the Joker nerfs, however, as he also had Arsene in his crosshairs. “When Arsene comes out you die from everything. It’s like fighting Ganondorf except he’s fast. So, that’s frustrating.”

He went on to say that he would nerf Zero Suit Samus’ flip kick because it’s invincible, and Snake because his frame one grenades that blow up when you hit him are incredibly demoralizing.

That said, the one character Dabuz believes is broken is Pikachu. “Everything Pikachu does leads to you dying,” he explained. “It’s like playing a Marvel vs Capcom 3 character.”

NintendoPikachu bodies a lot of the Smash Bros cast.

In fact, according to Dabuz, Pikachu is the best fighter in the game. “There’s this Pikachu test. When a character drops or a character gets buffed, the question is: ‘does this character lose to Pikachu’?”

“Because he invalidates so many characters I think he’s the best in the game,” he added.

When it comes to buffs, however, the Smash pro admitted he was being biased when he said he wanted Rosalina to get a bit of a boost. “She’s like a mid-tier now, but I want her to be a viable character as a solo main. I see a lot of people say ‘I want Rosalina buffed’ but they try it and they get bodied as her.”

NintendoDabuz will be high-fiving devs if they buff Rosalina and lower-tier fighters.

He went on to stress that he wouldn’t mind seeing any of the low and mid-tier characters get buffed into a high-tier area because, “the more characters that are usable in tournaments, the better it is overall for the game.”

Only time will tell if the Team Liquid pro can get his wishes when the next Smash Ultimate balance patch goes live.


Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam


A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.