August 1, 2019

Hero overwhelms players with 20+ moves

Opinion

Personally, I wasn’t too excited for the Hero, not being too familiar with the Dragon Quest series, but Masahiro Sakurai’s preview video enticed me, especially the number of spells he has at his disposal. After he was released last night, I took the time and sat down to play as the Dragon Quest representative.

My first moves when I got my hands on the Hero I was able to use was his charged side special attack, Zap, twice to kill on a computer opponent. Talk about making a great first impression.

The specials all feel very satisfying and useful with the mana bar being a great way to nerf the effectiveness of each move. Up-special, Woosh, is a great recovery and ledge guarding tool, while the neutral special, Frizz is a great zoning projective akin to Samus’s Charge Shot.

The down-special drop-down menu felt a little clunky to use, but I will admit I’m not used to having a drop-down menu during Smash’s high-paced action where every move matters to win. Every time I tried to use one of the four moves in the menu, I had to process what each spell does, be mindful of how much mana I needed (which on regular play, will not be an issue as mana is gained 

every basic attack), choose the spell I want, and then position myself to properly hit my opponent. And with a total pool of 15 spells to choose from, that’s going to take some time to practice. I’m sure the “Thwack” insta-kill spell will definitely be banned from play, so make that 14.

Movement-wise, The Hero feels a good deal heavy while also being able to deal quick and strong damage to opponents makes his basic attacks feel like a faster Ike, while being as strong as Roy.

The RNG on smash attacks has not been truly calculated. In the attempt to find consistency, I found I was getting one crit for every 10 forward smashes. This was not replicated perfectly, so I’ll be waiting for the data to appear.

Overall, The Hero seems like a great addition so far, and only time will tell how viable he will be for competitive play. The Smash community is hot on the debate of the RNG aspects of his move set.

I was also excited to see his play at EVO, but his use is already banned due to the game patch restriction that EVO is held prior to the Hero’s release.

Movement-wise, The Hero feels a good deal heavy while also quickly being able to deal quick and strong damage to opponents makes his basic attacks feel like a faster Ike, while being as strong as Roy.

The RNG on smash attacks has not been truly calculated. In the attempt to find consistency, I found I was getting one crit for every 10 forward smashes. This was not replicated perfectly, so I’ll be waiting for the data to appear.

Overall, The Hero seems like a great addition so far, and only time will tell how viable he will be for competitive play. The Smash community is hot on the debate of the RNG aspects of his move set.

I was also excited to see his play at EVO, but his use is already banned due to the game patch restriction that EVO is held prior to the Hero’s release.

The Hero will make its competitive debut at SmashCon 2019 on August 8th, so keep an eye out for what the community will do to this new character.

Credit: Rudolf Baldovino

 

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