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Smash pro Plup responds to controversy after “smurfing” in tournament

Published: 5/May/2020 14:02

by Jacob Hale


Professional Super Smash Bros. player Justin ‘Plup’ McGrath has responded to backlash over his “smurfing” in a tournament, after rampant criticism from the competitive Smash community.

The Rona Rumble online tournament was held to give Smash competitors a place to showcase their talents while LAN tournaments aren’t available, with a small entry fee that brought together some of the top names in Super Smash Bros. Melee.


Now, though, it’s been revealed that top players such as Plup, Forest and Colin ‘Colbol’ Green were “smurfing” in the tournament, using the same account to play matches and essentially sharing the matchups between themselves.

Melee continues to be a super popular game in the Smash community.

After it came out, Plup spoke during his Twitch stream to apologize to fans and the Smash community, addressing the criticism head-on.


Laughing about it, Plup explains that they were essentially alternating matchups, playing whoever/whenever they wanted to and “smurfing the f**k out of the tournament,” adding that he was even taunting opponents throughout.

Finally, he added that he was “astonished” by the reaction people had to competitors smurfing in the tournament, saying that tournament organizers should just kick smurfers if they have a problem with it.

Earlier in the stream, though, he did begin by apologizing for his actions, saying that he “lacked awareness” and hadn’t even considered the effect something like this would have on tournament organizers.


He adds that he didn’t mean to cause the hassle he and his peers caused, saying that he’s “sorry” for doing so.

While some online suggested that it wasn’t that big of a deal, the majority of Smash fans took huge issue with Plup and co. smurfing, which likely explains why he had to come out and apologize.

It’s not clear what this means for the tournament itself, but the organizers will likely just have to take extra precautions the next time they run an event so as to stop this from happening again.


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.