Minecraft’s Steve has been a somewhat controversial topic within the Smash community lately. Players like FTG|Acola and IE|Onin have done exceptionally well in recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events, which is one of the reasons a discussion has surfaced about potentially banning Steve from events.
Is Steve really becoming such a big issue in the competitive scene that the character needs to be banned? I recently searched for an answer to this question by reaching out to pro gamers and other notable community members.
From those I have contacted I have replies from T1| receivemk leoliquid|Dabus, vendettaPG|Esam and ASUS|Mr R. I also subscribed to VGBC| fluentGimR who stated that he was too busy to provide a detailed reply, but informed me that there are currently no plans to ban Steve or Kazuya from Video Game Boot Camp events.
First, let’s hear what the pros are saying about Steve. Next time, we’ll hear the same players’ thoughts on the ban discussion that took place for Kazuya Mishima.
AdaptiveTrigger: What are your thoughts on the discussion of excluding Steve from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events? Is Steve a character worthy of a spell?
MkLeo: What do I think about Steve being banned? I do not know. I have a feeling he’s exactly the kind of character that doesn’t respect Smash physics, but other than that I think he’s fine.
There are a lot of things that make learning his matchup weird, but I don’t think he’s unbeatable or anything, so I wouldn’t care if he gets banned or not.
Dabuz: nope Bans are pretty stupid, won’t lie.
Vendetta: Steve is a character like no other in this game. He brings a completely different perspective.
Its tools are definitely a bit questionable, as its resources force players to approach the game from a whole new perspective. It’s quite a toxic playstyle and I feel for anyone who disagrees with its inclusion in the competition.
However, this should be examined in more detail. Personally, I feel like most people just don’t play the matchup right and force their usual game plans on someone who just doesn’t want to.
We need to harden up as a community and think more about this matchup because from the looks of it the majority of the community would rather complain than find a solution and that’s an unfortunate circumstance.
Esam: I think the discussion only hurts the scene. It hurts the Steve players, it annoys the middle players because top players have a lot of power and it just bleeds everywhere.
The character isn’t even definitely the best. He doesn’t ruin any level of the game, and he’s only the seventh or so most popular character.
It’s also just not going to happen at any major, so it’s only making Twitter more toxic and locals more toxic to Steve Mains.
Mr R: I personally think Steve has the best case at the moment to be number 1 in the game. That being said, I don’t think a ban on the character is warranted just yet.
The character is not dominant enough to be banned. We also need more time to develop counterplay first.
I might change my stance on this in a few months, but that’s how I stand now.
GimR: I don’t see the Video Game Boot Camp banning either character (Steve or Kazuya) from our events any time soon. You currently do not meet the criteria.
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