Last weekend there was a big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Event — The Gimvitational – was hosted by GimR and Video Game Boot Camp that promised a prize pool of over $34,000. However, this was not a typical large event as players had to be invited to participate. The 16 invited were FaZe|Sparg0, Moist|Light, Moist|Kola, TSM|Tweek, Liquid|Riddles, SPG|Asimo, PG|Marss, BC|Cosmos, FTG|Acola, NVR|Yonni, Larry Lurr, Gackt , CVLY|Jin, Chase, UA|Ferps and bread.
Acola, a 15-year-old Steve competitor, had already established himself as the top Steve user on multiple Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events held in Japan in 2022. Despite this, it seemed like no one was quite prepared for the terror that Steve of Acola was in The Gimvitational.
During the event, Acola ended up taking down some big names such as Marss, Riddles and Light – the respective top users of Zero Suit Samus, Terry Bogard and Fox McCloud. During Acola’s flight, he had to take out all these juggernauts.
Acola even had a rematch against fellow Japanese Asimo. Notably, Asimo is said to be the best Ryu user in the world when it comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Asimo and Acola’s big final showdown in Kagaribi 7 (768 participants) turned into a legendary set that Acola eventually won in May. The set was so remarkable that it even asked for it Click Burgundy to create fan art that pays tribute to the box art of Street Fighter Alpha 2.
— はんくり/hungry_clicker (@click_burgundy) May 5, 2022
Despite the stacked tournament in The Gimvitational, Acola was just unstoppable. In the end, he beat every player he came across without ever dropping a set.
Steve’s recent success at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate majors is starting to grab the attention of the community. While the character wasn’t perceived as particularly strong on its first release, some players discussed the possibility of potentially banning this fighter.
We can complain as much as we want, I think anyone who knows how smash works knows that these things are not okay
I think we can only be ready for next time.
Congratulations to Acola
— T1 | MkLeo (@MkLeo) June 20, 2022
Absolutely, he’s just not playing the same game… but… we’re still playing the same game, so I don’t want to talk about bans just yet. I don’t think it should be necessary, let’s see what happens
— T1 | MkLeo (@MkLeo) June 20, 2022
— 🍥 Mars (@Marss_NE) June 20, 2022
Banning characters (steve) is perfectly reasonable, done in other fighting games, and is probably the only possible thing that could prompt nintendo to actually re-patch the game
— Abundant (@LavishSsb) June 20, 2022
I’ve sat and thought about it. You are all right, Steve and Kazuya are terribly balanced and bad for the meta. I clearly understand your views on this and there is only one thing that can be done to protect the current meta. We must ban hero
— RoninX (@RoninX1819) June 20, 2022
Just saw Steve for the first time and had some dangerous thoughts
I’m going to pick him up rq rq to help the case for the ban. I’m not a hero, but I think it’s cool if you call me that
— Zain (@ZainNaghmi) June 20, 2022
just played DDog. You guys should take some time, get in touch and play some of these Steve players. There are now a billion of them, so it shouldn’t be hard to get some practice.
This Ban Steve thing is silly.
— Sinji (@Sinji93) June 20, 2022
Steve plays such a radically different game from the rest of the roster. To really succeed, he must collect resources that can then be used to upgrade his equipment, improve his overall damage and recoil.
A single hit from the Minecraft rep will usually cause the opponent to take anywhere from 40% to 100% damage depending on the circumstances. Even before he’s able to upgrade to optimal weapons, his ability to deal damage through combos is one of the best in the game.
Since Steve can literally build a wall between himself and opponents to give himself the time it takes to gather resources, the game can sometimes come to a bizarre standstill. It’s still early in the “Steve meta,” but it feels like a lot of characters just don’t have the right tools to safely break the wall or pressure Steve into this situation.
Needless to say, this unorthodox character erecting a wall forces a scenario where the opponent either gives time to collect free resources, or they have to recklessly push their way in. Both situations seem to favor Steve greatly.
Version 13.0.1 would be the last update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which would introduce balance adjustments to the game. This means it’s too late to introduce nerfs to characters considered a problem by the Smash community.
Like it or not, this version of Steve is likely to be a keeper in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We need to keep an eye on what adjustments or decisions are being made regarding Steve by Smash Ultimate’s player base.