Major Smash Ultimate tournaments ban Steve after discovery of new game-breaking tech

Michael Gwilliam
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The Super Smash Bros Ultimate community is debating banning Steve from tournament play after a game-breaking new tech was discovered – and some events have already announced bans.

Minecraft’s Steve has been a controversial fighter since his release, and a big reason why is just how many unique options the character has when optimized.

Despite calls to ban the fighter earlier in the post-lockdown era after Japanese Smash prodigy Acola’s dominance with Steve, the Minecraft rep has remained legal, but that could soon be about to change.

A new tech known as ‘Phantom MLG’ lets Steve get out of combos, cancel hit stun, and strike back against opponents who don’t have the same counterplay. This revolutionary tech has sent shockwaves through the community and pros are pushing for a ban more than ever before.

Smash community wants Steve banned

After the discovery of the tech, discussions began about potentially banning the tech itself, but that created problems due to enforcement and even players potentially performing it by accident.

As explained by LarryLurr, there are all sorts of issues that could arise if the player accusing another of doing the tech is wrong, especially if it happens in an off-stream match.

Elsewhere, Mexican Smash stars FaZe Sparg0 and recent free agent MkLeo seemed to push for a ban.

Sparg0 tweeted out “ban Steve” while MkLeo pondered, “What if we ban Steve?” after first laughing at the new tech when he saw it.

Zomba also appeared to call for a ban in a Twitlonger, accusing Steve of “killing the game.”

Moist esports’ Light, however, had a different approach and wondered if not banning the fighter would ruin the game so much that Nintendo would have no choice but no make an emergency patch.

Smash tournaments officially ban Steve

So far, some events have banned the fighter, the biggest being the Collision Series.

Although Collision 2023 later in March will not outright ban Steve, the tech will be prohibited and the fighter will not be allowed at events temporarily after in order to “collect data for both our immediate local community and beyond.”

Meanwhile, Montreal Gaming Center tweeted that Steve will be banned from multiple events “until March 25 with a follow-up for future events and Battle of Z : Light Games.”

Additionally, Steve has been banned in Kansas and a couple of main regions in Missouri. “Banning just the new tech itself is a band-aid solution that requires a lot of leg work on our TOs,” they announced.

Online-wise, Liquid Hungrybox has stated that his decision on whether or not to ban the fighter from Coinbox events would be revealed on stream later this week.

We’ll have to wait and see what more TOs decide to do going forward, but it seems like Steve mains might need to seriously consider a new fighter to pick up – especially if this ban wave spreads.

About The Author

Michael Gwilliam is a senior writer at Dexerto based in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in Overwatch, Smash, influencers, and Twitch culture. Gwilliam has written for sites across Canada including the Toronto Sun. You can contact him at or on Twitter @TheGwilliam