South Australia Smash Central has officially banned Hero from their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments.
Hero has garnered a lot of controversy ever since his moveset was first revealed on July 30th, 2019. Much of the disdain for Hero comes from his down special, Command Selection, and his unique ability to get critical hits on his smash attacks, both of which introduce a large number of random elements. There are people who feel this delegitimizes competition because it puts too much emphasis on luck. However, it can also be argued that these random elements bring strategic depth to Hero and aren’t inherently anti-competitive. Many players also feel a character should be proven to be extremely dominant before we even consider banning them.
Either way, South Australia Smash Central has made the decision to ban the character. You can read their full reasoning for the ban right here: https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqvsvl
Some additional points since this got a bit more attention than expected— South Australia Smash Central (@SASmashCentral) August 15, 2019
- The ban is indefinite and not unilateral. Will the game get patched? Will other scenes follow suit? We'll look at Hero's results in a month or two and decide again. https://t.co/ZY5XotfBPP
Author’s Note: Personally, I think it's way too early to ban Hero, I don't believe the RNG is a dealbreaker and I'd like to see how he develops in the meta before taking any stances on whether he should be buffed, nerfed, banned, whatever. What do you think of this though? Please let us know in the comments below!