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Bayonetta: Spanish ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Community Considering Banning Character From Competitions

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.”

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Really sad: Fellow NYC Smasher Passes Away in a Tragic Incident

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A group of NYC smashers at a tournament on March 19th have a moment of silence for fellow smasher who passed away on March 16th 2016

It always hurts in some way to hear of any sad news. Unfortunately for us among the NYC Smash Bros (particularly Wii U) community, it was no different. A young man, real name Amani Miller, who went by the tag name ‘Lucario Money’ had passed away last week (March 16th 2015) due to a shooting where he lived. There’s currently no say in how the event occurred or who was apart of it, but there’s a chance that it could’ve been a “wrong place at the wrong time” situation. More information on this incident can be found here.

Above is a picture of a group of NYC smashers at a tournament on March 19th who have a moment of silence for Lucario Money as a way of not only paying respect, but acknowledging another smasher who is just like us. Other smashers have went out of their way to pay him respect w/tweets and videos of that particular moment. Here’s one of the tweets:

Moment of silence for Money. May you rest in piece. pic.twitter.com/3caJYBL65F

— Muñoz Muñoz (@MunozScyther) March 20, 2016

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I’m doleful for his loved ones, family and friends alike, and I give my condolences to them. It’s rough out here in NYC, but that’s what keeps us so strong and bonded in a more unique way compared to other states. It’s unfortunate but hopefully this will shed some light on those who are oblivious to these type of situations. I pray that we, the entire smash community, never have to bare witness to another tragic incident in any way, shape or form.