Minecraft’s Steve has been a somewhat controversial topic within the Smash community in recent times. Players like FTG|Acola and IE|Onin have been performing exceptionally well at recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events, which is part of the reason why a discussion about potentially banning Steve from events has surfaced.
Is Steve really becoming so much of a problem in the competitive scene that the character is in need of a ban? I recently sought an answer to this question by reaching out to professional players and other notable community members.
Of those that I reached out to, I received responses from T1|MkLeoLiquid|dabuz, VendettaPG|Esam and ASUS|Mr. R. I also reached out to VGBC|GimR who noted that he was too busy to provide an in-depth response, but did inform me that there are currently no plans to ban either Steve or Kazuya from events ran by Video Game Boot Camp.
For now, let’s hear what the pros have to say regarding Steve. Next time, we’ll get the same players’ thoughts regarding the ban discussion that’s also been happening for Kazuya Mishima.
AdaptiveTrigger: What do you think about the discussion to ban Steve from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events? Is Steve a banworthy character?
MkLeo: What do I think about Steve being banned? I don’t know. I feel like he is just the kind of character that doesn’t respect Smash physics, but other than that I think he is fine.
There are a lot of things that make learning his matchup weird, but I don’t think he is unbeatable or anything so I wouldn’t care if he gets banned or not.
Dabuz: Nah. Bans are pretty dumb, not going to lie.
Vendetta: Steve is a character unlike any other in this game. He brings an entirely different perspective.
His tools definitely are somewhat questionable as his resources force players to approach the game from an entirely new outlook. It’s somewhat a toxic playstyle and I feel for everyone that doesn’t agree with his competitive inclusion.
However, this should be explored more. I personally feel most people don’t play the matchup properly and force their usual game plans on someone who’s just not going for that.
We need to toughen up as a community and figure out this matchup more because as it stands, most of the community would rather complain than find a solution, and that’s an unfortunate circumstance.
Esam: I think the discussion is only hurting the scene. It hurts the Steve players, it angers the mid level players because top players have a lot of power and it just bleeds everywhere.
The character isn’t even definitively the best. He isn’t ruining any level of play, and he is only the 7th or so most popular character.
It’s also just not gonna happen at any major, so it’s kind of just making Twitter more toxic and locals more toxic for Steve mains.
Mr. R: I personally think Steve has the best case going on right now for being #1 in the game. That being said, I don’t think a ban on the character is warranted just yet.
The character isn’t dominant enough to the point where he deserves to be banned. We also need more time to develop counter play first.
I might change my stance on this in a few months, but this is where I stand now.
GimR: I don’t see Video Game Boot Camp banning either character (Steve or Kazuya) from any of our events in the foreseeable future. They don’t currently fit the criteria.
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