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Smash Ultimate ranked mode would make online play more interesting

Published: 5/May/2020 7:01

by Andrew Amos

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Smash Ultimate players are wishing for a proper ranked mode to be implemented into the game, and there isn’t a better time than now to try and make online play more interesting with in-person tournaments being canned.

While Smash Ultimate is a great game at its core, its online play has been widely criticized. Between clunky netcode, bad matchmaking, and a poor ranking system, it’s more for fun than anything else.

Some players want to bring back the competitiveness of Smash though. In this time where not a lot of in-person tournaments are being held, Twitter user ‘Inoblit’ has devised an online ranked mode that’d satisfy those with the competitive itch.

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Previous Smash titles had a serious online mode, but none have really had ranked.

Inoblit’s concept would be akin to Valorant or Overwatch. The two FPS games have MMR based ranking systems, where your rating changes based on your performance in each game.

While whether you win or lose is the main factor, smaller things like individual performance and MMR differences also weigh in with how much you climb or fall.

Inoblit’s system would ditch Global Smash Power (GSP) for Smash Points (SP). It would work on the same principle of other online games, where your SP will correlate to your rank, and if you reach a certain amount of SP, you’ll rank up.

However, an important distinction is bringing back an actual ranked mode. While Global Smash Power is a thing, there’s no distinction between a casual online game and one where you are playing for glory.

Given this exists in most other games ⁠— and used to exist in Smash 4 ⁠— it’s surprising that Smash Ultimate’s online play doesn’t work like this. Separating ranked queues from casual queues is a must in Inoblit’s system.

While Elite Smash is a thing in Smash Ultimate to try and alleviate this, it still isn’t perfect. In this ranked mockup, the Elite level will just be the top rank. If you get matched into an Elite battle, it’s meant to mean something.

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Elite Smash is open to those with a good GSP, but it’s not like a ranked mode.

This ranking system has been universally well received by the Smash community, who have been advocating for sweeping changes to Ultimate. #FixUltimateOnline was trending a couple of weeks ago, with players asking for an update to the netcode and balancing fixes.

The implementation of a proper ranking system would be the cherry on top for Smash players, and would make grinding the game online actually meaningful.

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Hungrybox explains why he’s temporarily quitting Twitch and social media

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:31

by Joe Craven

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Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, Team Liquid Smash main and popular Twitch streamer, has explained why he will be taking a short hiatus from the streaming platform. 

As far as Smash pros go, few have reached the popularity of Hungrybox. The Jigglypuff main, currently plying his trade for Team Liquid, has accumulated a monumental Twitch audience, sitting at over 230,000 followers at the time of writing.

In the 2019 MPGR world rankings, Hungrybox came out as first in the world. However, it seems that the chaotic, full-on life that comes with professional gaming and full-time streaming has caught up with Debiedma.

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Hungrybox is the world number one ranked Smash player.

On October 23, the 27-year-old explained his decision to his 235,000 Twitter followers, citing the need to “step away and unplug” for a while. According to his Twitch stats, he has been live every single day since the middle of July. That is over 106 days of consecutive streaming, so there is no surprise that Hungrybox wants some time away.

“Hi guys,” he tweeted, “it’s time for me to unplug and step away for a little while. [I] haven’t taken an actual break from this life in over three years. It’ll do my brain & heart a lot of good. Thank you for all the love. Looking forward to returning stronger. Juan.” 

When will Hungrybox return to streaming?

The Smash pro has not been explicit over when he will make a return, but fans can expect to see him back streaming in the near future. Past streaming breaks have been a few days to a week-long, but it will ultimately come down to how rested and rejuvenated Hungrybox feels.

Fans will just have to remain patient and trust that Debiedma will be back as soon as he feels able.