Over this past weekend, a major 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. This wasn’t a typical major event though as players had to be invited to compete. The 16 that were 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 Loaf.
Acola, a 15-year-old Steve competitor, had already proven himself as being the best Steve user at multiple Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events that have been held in Japan throughout 2022. Despite this, it seemed like nobody was quite prepared for the terror that was Acola’s Steve at The Gimvitational.
During the event, Acola ended up taking down some big names like Marss, Riddles and Light — the respective best users of Zero Suit Samus, Terry Bogard and Fox McCloud. Throughout Acola’s run, he had to take down all of these juggernauts.
Acola even had a rematch against fellow Japanese player 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 grand finals confrontation at Kagaribi 7 (768 entrants) ended up being a legendary set that Acola ultimately won back in May. The set was so notable that it even prompted Click Burgundy to produce fan art that paid homage to Street Fighter Alpha 2’s box art.
— はんくり/hungry_clicker (@click_burgundy) May 5, 2022
Despite the stacked tournament at The Gimvitational, Acola just simply couldn’t be stopped. He ended up defeating every player he came across without ever dropping a set.
The recent success of Steve at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate majors has begun to catch the eyes of the community. Although the character wasn’t perceived to be especially strong upon his initial release, some players discussing the possibility of potentially banning this combatant.
We can complain as much as we want i think lmao anybody that knows how smash works knows these things are not ok
I guess all we can do is be ready for the next time.
Congrats to Acola
— T1 | MkLeo (@Mkleosb) June 20, 2022
Definitely, he just doesnt play the same game…but…we are still playing the same game so i dont wanna talk about banning yet. I dont think it should be necessary, lets see what happens
— T1 | MkLeo (@Mkleosb) June 20, 2022
— 🍥 Marss (@Marss_NE) June 20, 2022
Banning characters (steve) is completely reasonable, done in other fighting games, and is probably the only possible thing that could spark nintendo into actually patching the game once more
— Lavish (@LavishSsb) June 20, 2022
I have sat and thought about it. Y’all are right, Steve and kazuya are horribly balanced and bad for the meta. I understand y’all’s stances on the matter clearly and there’s only one thing that can be done to safe the current meta. We must ban hero
— RoninX (@RoninX1819) June 20, 2022
Just watched Steve for the first time and had some dangerous thoughts
Gonna pick him up rq rq to help the cause for the ban. I’m no hero but I suppose it’s cool if you call me that
— Zain (@ZainNaghmi) June 20, 2022
just played DDog. yall gotta take some time, reach out and play some of these Steve players. There’s a billion of them out there now so it shouldn’t be hard to get some practice in.
This Ban Steve stuff is silly.
GET TO WORK
— Sinji (@Sinji93) June 20, 2022
Steve plays such a radically different game from the rest of the roster. To really succeed, he has to collect resources that can then be used to upgrade his equipment, improving his overall damage and knockback.
A single hit from the Minecraft rep will usually result in the opponent taking somewhere between 40% and 100% damage depending on the circumstances. Even before he is able to upgrade into optimal weapons, his ability to rack up damage via combos is among the best in the game.
Since Steve can quite literally build a wall between himself and opponents to allot himself the time needed to gather resources, the game can sometimes be made to come to a bizarre standstill. It’s still early into the “Steve meta,” but it feels like a lot of characters simply don’t have the right tools to safely break the wall or pressure Steve in this situation.
Needless to say, this unorthodox character setting up a wall forces a scenario where the opponent either allows time for resource gathering for free or they must recklessly force their way in. Either situation appears to heavily favor Steve.
Version 13.0.1 is said to be the last update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that would introduce balance adjustments to the game. This means that it’s too late to introduce any nerfs to any characters that may be deemed a problem by the Smash community.
Like it or not, this version of Steve is probably here to stay in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We’ll have to keep an eye out to see what adaptions or decisions are made in regards to Steve by Smash Ultimate’s player base.