Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stans had an exciting weekend which SmashConan annual tournament dedicated to Nintendo’s popular crossover fighter (and clones like Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl) ended on 14 August. There were many upsets, including one of the world’s best players, McLeo, takes fifth place in the tournament’s singles group. But what is melting down the competitive community right now is that one player is called Onine took home first place by playing Steve from Minecraftand now many want the character banned from future tournaments because of how busted he is.
Onin is relatively new to the scene, having made his tournament debut at The Online Olympus II in January 2021, after which he continued to play in various tournaments, even taking first place at Combo Breaker 2022. Smash wiki now considers Onin one of the best Steve players in the world, and he’s built up quite a bit. In previous tournaments he has beaten MkLeo and Riddles, the best Canadian player in the world. He has also stomped the Ice Climbers veteran Store Das well as the best Peach player, MuteAce. Basically, Onin is goat. And then at the SmashCon grand finals this weekend they even the body Masterthe world’s top Game & Watch user and a current top-three Mexican Smash Ultimate player. It was a brutal whipping, to say the least.
Onin chose his main character, Steve, while Maister switched between Game & Watch and Sora. However, it hardly mattered who Maister chose because Onin won quite decisively. Maister managed to beat Onin once as Sora – to which the crowd erupted in cheers and confetti – but Onin walked away from the victor and absolutely wiped the floor with Maister.
Still, the crowd was on Maister’s side the entire time. Despite Onin dominating the match, the crowd chanted “Let’s Go Maister” and “Let’s Go Sora” in an attempt to cheer Maister on. The crowd even screamed Sora’s spells in unison—fire, thunder, and freeze—when Maister cast them. And as the tournament reached its climax, the community became wild cardtweet their utter contempt for Minecraft miner. Many people really hate steveso much so that they wants him banned from the competition scene.
The discourse surrounding Steve’s ban from competitive tournaments has been going on for a minute, but really came to a head two months ago when Japanese champion acolaanother Steve player, won Gym Invitationala big Smash Ultimate competition held in June. Both casual and professional Smashers were pissed because acola, who has dominated the Asian scene, came to North America and beat all the top competitive players.
That was part of it. But the real reason people were mad about winning acola was because Steve is widely regarded to be completely destroyed. With his solid zone tools and limitless combo potential, not to mention great range and excellent kill power, Steve is frustrating to fight against. That, coupled with the fact that this year’s SmashCon tournament featured at least nine different Steve playersadded more fuel to the fire. People literally cannot stand this character.
Kotaku have contacted Maister and Onin for comment.
Unfortunately, some players, as they tend to do, throw large amounts of hate at Onin. From booing in the tournament to tweeting that they’re bad at sending threatening messages, Onin is now on the receiving end of some truly toxic gamer shit. It’s a bummer to see, especially considering all this player did was win a tournament with one available Smash Ultimate character. There is no reason to be so mean. You can hate the character, but don’t turn that hate on the player. It is unnecessary and wrong.