Hey, I'm The Wise Guy, an opinionated gamer and tech-head. I love the Super Smash Bros. franchise and play it competitively. I also go by the tag name Blaze. This blog was created with the idea of lending my voice (or words in this case) on [mostly] Video Games as well as Techie-related topics. Because I am a dedicated Sm4sh Player, I will be posting my stories as well. I’m here to give you a very informative, unique as well as an insightful look on the topics that will be discussed in this blog’s future endeavor.
Welp, the moment most of us have been waiting for has just happened. It appears that with the upcoming patch 1.1.6 Bayonetta will be receiving a very hardcore nerf that will potentially cause her to lose the ability to kill as easily as she does. It’s real when it’s been confirmed that she and ONLY she has been given changes in the new patch. She will still have the opportunity to unleash nice combos but that seems to be as far as she can go now. A small clip has been leaked by Neko showing some of the few nerfs that she’s gotten. (You will need to click the links for videos)
My experiences playing against her aren’t as terrible as other players experiences, but I however have seen why she’s been such a viable character up to this point. This will change the way that players in the competitive scene look at her without a doubt. What are your thoughts?
After some waiting, I got an opportunity to give a formal update to you guys. Here’s a match of mine that was streamed at a local NY tournament recently (May 4th, 2016 to be exact). You will see that I’ve played against a really amazing Robin player. Between this and my prior streamed match (If you’ve failed to see the previous streamed match, you can take a quick look here) You will notice, I know I have, that my play style has taken a shift. My meta game has even gotten a lot less sloppy. I’ll let the video speak for itself, however there is always going to be room for improvement which is something I stand by. It’s been quite a journey so far with all this immense training I’ve been putting in the last few months, I honestly think it’s starting to show. My skills are surely blooming! As usual there will be more for you soon. More importantly, My follow up to my Sm4sh vlog is on the way too. Look forward to it.
So its come this. Spain decided that enough was enough with the claimed “pay-to-win” character, Bayonetta, in Sm4sh 4. Despite a recent patch that slightly reduced Bayonetta’s abilities, the competitive community in Spain is considering banning the character because she is seen to be too powerful. Was this a fair decision or were they reaching a bit?
Here’s some exhibits as to why this decision has been considered:
I honestly have to say that my feelings are more mixed than anything. It’s quite possible that even with the evident crap Bayonetta may have, chances are she won’t be banned (at least not in most places). But then it’s like, if one region is considering banning a character, all regions need to have a mutual understanding of the same idea. What happens when the community gets together for a big tournament and the rules won’t equally apply everywhere you go? In the case of Spain, I assume they would be extremely pissed and disappointed.
I will leave you guys with this long but insightful statement by the “decision-makers” in Spain:
“In Spain there’s just 3 actual Bayonetta mains as of now (over 400 people!), and two of them do agree with the ban. We had more bayonetta players (mostly as secondaries) but they dropped her because they felt it was unfair. If bayonetta is banned, they’ll probably go back to their old mains. However, since recent tournaments a lot of people are starting to pick her and we’re seeing MK 2.0 case, so banning her before everyone mains her is in our opinion the best option.
When just ~7% of votes are against actually banning her (rest is either yes or I dunno) she is toxic. If left allowed, a lot of people would drop out of the tournaments, scene and the game, and thus it’s not worth it to have her allowed. This is what I mean as toxic.
Banning bayonetta won’t be very detrimental to our community, at worst there is only one or two players who would stop attending. It might be detrimental for competing outside of our country, but that’s it.
Most TO agree with the ban and will actually ban her in their own tournaments. However, at the end of the day, each TO will set up rules for his own tournament, so it’s not impossible to have more tournaments with Bayonetta allowed, although the tournament might have low attendance.
No other character is banned in Spain or has ever been in the history of Smash. We do restrict Miis to guest, but with any moveset. We did ban Kokonoe on release in BlazBlue though, but that’s not smash.
As far as tournament results, Bayo players have made notable upsets (top40ish player beating top10, or top6 destroying everyone), but as she’s not played by many people she’s not dominating all results.”
The 2nd episode to the Sm4sh Vlog “Smash Bros. Qualified” is underway. I can’t give much away but what I will say is that it will really showcase Blaze (that’s me) as a Meta-player to the competitive scene and you will get a better feel of that.
Speaking of competitive, my progress has been extremely productive lately. I have to admit that it has NOT been easy, nor should it be. Approaching the scene as a full-fledge Roy main has taught me a lot and how challenging it’s gonna be. But I LOVE IT! After every tournament I enter and realize the results, I continue to get this adrenaline rush to learn more and become better. I believe most of that rush stems from me seeing my own potential and just being determined. I’m going to keep that fire lit for as long as I have the ability to continue entering tournaments and progressing with Roy.
Appreciative of you guys who have been keeping up with me so far. Just know that it’s just the beginning for us.
Microsoft has hidden a Windows 10 ad-generator/downloader in a latest security update KB 3139929. This security update is meant for IE11 users who are running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. So, if you haven’t already, take a moment to look at what’s inside.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 updates are often labeled as security updates, feature updates, and bug fixes. While it’s hard to distinguish between a new feature update and a bug fix, the security updates are released as a separate release.
Although I’m a little late to the party (this has been going around since March 11th 2016), it’s important that I share this with you guys. The desire to install Windows 10 on more devices has forced Redmond to change the rules and hide Windows 10 download ads in the latest Internet Explorer 11 security patch. If we look at Microsoft’s documentation regarding Patch Tuesday’s KB 3139929 Internet Explorer security update, it also installs a new Windows 10 ad routine called KB 3146449.
“This update adds functionality to Internet Explorer 11 on some computers that lets users learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10,” Microsoft describes the update.
However, it isn’t clear how does this update affect your browser. Some websites report that after installing the update, IE11 shows you a big Windows 10 upgrade banner if you visit MSN.com.
Other users have already complained that they have been seeing giant Windows 10 pop-ups that prompt them to upgrade Windows 10 when theyMSN.com — all this without installing the new IE11 security update. I’ve tried to reproduce this behaviour on my spare Windows 7 PC but failed to do so.
This Windows update was first spotted by InfoWorld.
If this behaviour is exactly the way it’s being reported, it’s a part of Microsoft’s strategy to increase the pace of Windows 10 installations. In the past, it was reported that company is using some shady promotional tactics and the latest saga is the new low. So for those of you who are avoiding Windows 10 right now, be careful, it’s waiting for you.
Let me ask, first of all, can I (even you) be surprised this is a topic? Of course not! You shouldn’t be surprised at all. He had a good start for the first couple of months after his DLC release but, since then, that’s as popular as he’s ever gotten. But from my experience with many players, this is the pattern I’ve analyzed: If a character shows an insufficient amount of promise in tournaments (aka won’t guarantee “easy money”) then they’re not with it.
I’ve brought this to your attention not just because I main Roy, but because he’s extremely underestimated in the competitive scene. I’ve done some research on many recent tournament results, and here’s the gist of what the roster looks like:
Although this list proves that the game is very well balanced when compared to it’s successors, most won’t know how capable Roy is because they would rather jump on someone who’s proven to show more promise. And so, that’s where I come in. I have a point to prove and always have since Super Smash Bros. Melee: Roy (Nor I) shouldn’t be underestimated. This is going to be one hell of a year.