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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    DK has an aggressively high move speed, attack speed, and range for his weight. That's his "perk." Unfortunately, as has been discussed in this topic, such generic perks lead to a sink-or-swim character that can make matches a bit of a slog and really struggle when he's down. Contrast with...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    I'm sorry if I projected different long-running attitudes that exist within the community into your posts, and made them into a strawman proxy for me to grumble at. Your posts are high-quality and don't deserve that. But I do disagree a non-zero amount here, this brush is way too thick to...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    There's a difference between design critique (Why does PK Freeze do that? Why does the move even exist?) and speaking dismissively about an entire set of players/playstyle by proxy of their characters. The DK who takes a stock with 2 perfect reads has just as much right to play the game as the...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    There is nothing more scrubby than trying to narrow the scope of a game to only the parts you like or are good at. Maybe something like Akuma or melee/brawl ICs is justifiable to say shouldn't exist, but otherwise it's just endless complaining.
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    People sure are having weird takes about parry being the same in the game this week as it was last week.
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    Perfect event write-up. Concise and insightful.
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    I wouldn't imply a direct inevitability to it even if the causality is ironclad. The sickness could manifest in an number of imaginable ways, and some we can't imagine. You have a deep, underlying condition like AIDS--you break a bone, and you get some unusually awful outcome. You catch a...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    YES, I absolutely am. I am not pursuing hyperbole or extrapolating. I am 100% saying that this inappropriate pedestal-placing of who wins a childen's video game is the exact same root cause of all of these issues. Healthy: Winning some, losing some, improving always Seeking out broad...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    The exception that proves the rule: how quick the community was to ban or (de facto ban) Miis for no reason what-so-ever. Just like a Smashville platform. Super atomic take: The idea that the worst possible thing that can happen in a competitive game is Samsora (or w/e) losing a single...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    This isn't a script where a hitbox is generated or disappears on a certain frame, there and not-there. This is a full animation, changing a character's skeleton between keyframes. Any "frame data" other than full animation length would be arbitrary, or a measure of an arbitrary condition.
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    The thesis with Corrin is that Corrin's usage and results suffered from a severe subsitution effect--that Corrin could have been decent but we had no way of knowing because there was such an abundance of similar-but-superior disjointed specialists. The same idea held, and perhaps holds, with Marth.
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    Smash.gg dataset per-matchup deviations of each character (from their overall average) correlation with Lucina's. (Can be read as "Characters sorted from most Lucina-like to least Lucina-like according to overall matchup preferences.") This could not be done that well with other characters...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    Isabelle's higher mobility makes exploiting Pocket easier on both ends. Pocketed Poison Cloud can do utterly bonkers damage, but is still often a waste of time because it lets Plant using Ptooie again as long as it's in your pocket. Pocketed Ptooie is a contender for best move in the game...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    Brood posted a matchup chart, with a statement expresisng hesitation because he hasn't played many of these characters recently: Off the cuff, this checks out as a logical (if very optimistic) list for Plant. Seeing Isabelle listed as one of Plant's worst matchups increases my confidence...
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    Official Competitive Character Impressions 2.0

    It's entirely possible that Greninja is like what we suspect for DK and Ivysaur--characters with very specific platform-assisted vertical kill combos that are very happy to trade the top platform for a lower ceiling. These characters are reasonable to prefer SBF more than the simple average of...
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