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Smash Ultimate pros sound off on the “best” fighter in the game

Published: 5/Dec/2019 20:21 Updated: 8/Dec/2019 18:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash pro Eric ‘ESAM’ Lew polled multiple fellow professionals on who they believed the most powerful fighter in Ultimate was and the results were unexpected to say the least.

Smash Ultimate Summit 2 was held in late October and featured some of the best stars to ever play the game from all over the world. During the event, ESAM started vlogging and asked those in attendance who they felt was the best fighter – a frequent hot topic in the community.

The poll quickly turned into a two-way race between a couple of fighters: Pikachu and Joker. While some of the people in attendance may have been trying to humor the Pikachu main by suggesting that Pikachu was the absolute best, the Pokemon is widely considered to be very strong regardless.

NintendoIs Pikachu the best in the game?

For many in the pro scene and on forums, Joker is undisputedly the best fighter in the game due to his incredible recovery, decent weight, and primarily Arsen, which can completely take over a game once activated.

Because Arsen is on a timer, many players find themselves needing to slow the pace of a match down once Joker has his Persona active. This kind of waiting and pace-shifter is unique to the fighter because Arsen buffs all of Joker’s moves severely.

MKLeo, who is considered the best player in the world, was the first to really take Joker to the next level and used the Persona character to capture EVO 2019 and Super Smash Con.

Even if some pros claimed Pikachu was the best to amuse ESAM, the electric mouse is still very strong as ESAM himself managed to capture Glitch 7.

Aside from Pikachu and Joker, some pros had a few interesting takes. 17-year-old Japanese prodigy Sota ‘Zackray’ Okada cited Joker, Zero Suit Samus, and Palutena as the best in the game.

Zero Suit Samus is considered to have the best mobility in the game with her down B having incredible spike potential. Tyler ‘Marss’ Martins, arguably the best ZSS in the world, finished second at GOML, second at CEO 2019, and fourth at Super Smash Con.

NintendoWhen Joker gets Arsen, it’s time to get serious.

Another interesting pick was Snake, mentioned by both James ‘VoiD’ Makekau-Tyson and William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte, although the latter originally said he didn’t care and later changed his vote to Joker.

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Snake’s projectile came is one of the best in the game, with a wall that can be very difficult to penetrate. His up tilt has a lot of kill potential and his recovery pretty much guarantees he will be able to get back to the stage safely. Prior to retiring, Ally, thought to be the best Snake in the world, placed third at CEO 2019, but no other Snake player has had as major success.

It will be interesting to see if any nerfs are implemented to either Joker, Pikachu or Snake in the future given how many pros believe they’re the best in the game.


Ryan Garcia challenges Super Smash Bros pro MkLeo to $30k wager match

Published: 24/Nov/2020 6:48 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 6:58

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Ryan Garcia might be a professional in the boxing ring, but now he’s looking to step into the Super Smash Bros. scene and take on one of the most dominant champions, MkLeo.

Ryan Garcia has been making headlines for the wrong reasons lately. However, it looks like he wants to turn a new leaf and win over some fans in the Super Smash Bros. community.

Surprisingly, he has been a dedicated fan and player of the game for many years now. “My love for smash started with [Super Smash Bros. Melee],” he said. “I watched the documentary and been playing ever since.” 

Ryan Garcia has been vocal about his dissatisfaction with Nintendo after they shut down The Big House. Now, it seems like he’s willing to put on a spectacle for the community and take on one of the biggest names in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ryan Garcia MkLeo Super Smash Bros Fight
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Ryan Garcia is one of the best boxers in his division.

“I challenge MkLeo to [a] 30,000$ [Super Smash Bros.] match,” he said.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, he also called for it to be a best-of-two series, meaning fans would get more of a show.

Leonardo López ‘MkLeo’ Pérez is widely considered to be the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player. He’s always risen above and beyond any challenge, and it wasn’t any different this time around. “Hey, I’m down to make this happen,” he said.

Naturally, he’d be the heavy favorite in Super Smash Bros. It’s the equivalent of him stepping into a ring against Ryan Garcia, except the other way around. Still, Ryan Garcia was keen to get the ball rolling and asked him to “set a date.”

So, it seems like the two of them have made a gentlemen’s agreement over the bout. Keep in mind, though, that nothing is set in stone until an official announcement has been made. 

Still, it’s an exciting prospect and one that Super Smash Bros. fans from all around the world are looking forward to.

Of course, they expect it to be heavily one-sided, but Ryan Garcia might have a couple of tricks up his sleeve.