Banning Characters in Smash?

Nebunera

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#1
So I got this idea from playing League of Legends today...

In League of Legends, when you choose a character, you also get to ban a character for that game, because it is overpowered, annoying to deal with, etc. and each person gets to ban one.

What if you could do this in Smash? In the competitive mode, during character select you have a set amount of time to ban 2 characters, and it tells you if your opponent banned your character?

For example, if it were on SSB4, I would ban Rosalina and Bayonetta cause those are really annoying to deal with.

Any thoughts on this? :)
 

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#2
So I got this idea from playing League of Legends today...

In League of Legends, when you choose a character, you also get to ban a character for that game, because it is overpowered, annoying to deal with, etc. and each person gets to ban one.

What if you could do this in Smash? In the competitive mode, during character select you have a set amount of time to ban 2 characters, and it tells you if your opponent banned your character?

For example, if it were on SSB4, I would ban Rosalina and Bayonetta cause those are really annoying to deal with.

Any thoughts on this? :)
That seems like less of a balancing idea and more of a salty way to prevent certain players from playing with their mains.

Imagine if someone bans your mains because they know they are your best characters. It stops being fun or rewarding.
 

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#4
So I got this idea from playing League of Legends today...

In League of Legends, when you choose a character, you also get to ban a character for that game, because it is overpowered, annoying to deal with, etc. and each person gets to ban one.

What if you could do this in Smash? In the competitive mode, during character select you have a set amount of time to ban 2 characters, and it tells you if your opponent banned your character?

For example, if it were on SSB4, I would ban Rosalina and Bayonetta cause those are really annoying to deal with.

Any thoughts on this? :)
There are several reasons why this works for League but not Smash:
  • There are champions in League that completely shut down other champs. If you thought some matchups in Smash were bad, some of the worst matchups in League prevents you from even playing the game before you get support from your allies. This is mostly due to how shallow the game is in a 1v1 scenario - the game's depth comes from possible interactions in 2v2s, 3v5s, 5v5s, etc.
  • In Smash, as well as many other fighting games, players typically main a single character. In League, players main a single "role", whether it be AD carry, AP carry, Tank, Jungler. In League, you are expected to have knowledge of several different champions for your main role - thus giving room for team synergy with your allies' champions. Because of this, having your favorite champ banned in LoL isn't such a big deal in comparison.
  • League of Legends is an inherently imbalanced game. Riot introduces a new character every 2-3 months. For them, it's impossible for them to take into account every possible matchup and interaction before release. Having character bans is a very simple and effective way to solve the all too common "broken champ", while allowing them to add new content at the rate in which they do

tl;dr:
League and smash aren't compatible, stop.
 
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I don't play or really know all that much about League of Legends, but if I had to guess from playing somewhat similar games, this is only a good idea because it's a team-based game with a relatively large amount of characters per side, and you have to put careful consideration into your team composition. Banning would then be a strategic choice to enable your team composition and maybe screwing the opposite team's.

There's no advantages whatsoever to doing the same for Smash. Characters are not built around specific roles because they all have to completely function on their own. Even for a team-based 8-player Smash I don't think it'd be worth it.
 
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