Make like a pretzel and get S.A.L.T.I…. again!

Those who participated in the Seasonal Amiibo League Team Invitational’s first season learned two things:

  1. Planning for doubles is different than planning for a 1-on-1 match
  2. Splice really works hard to make his acronyms spell stuff. Too hard

Well, we may be entering the new, Ultimate meta but those two items are still true! So, if you’re interested in learning about the strange world of Amiibo doubles, why don’t you just keep on reading and find out how to enter S.A.L.T.I.- Season 02!
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Stream Analysis: December 12, 2018 (Jigglypuff)

Today’s stream was rather short, but for good reason. We only trained one character! This time around, we focused on Jigglypuff and tried to answer one burning question: can it use Rest? In Smash 4, Jigglypuff amiibo could be taught to use Rest, but if it missed even once, it would forget how to use it. The link to the full stream archive can be found here. Without further ado, let’s begin.

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Stream Analysis: December 11, 2018 (Ness & Ridley)

Welcome to the first Amiibo Dojo Stream Analysis! As you may or may not know, I like to stream amiibo training when I’ve got the time to. Given that Smash Ultimate is a new game, watching amiibo battles live can help us all learn together. Today’s stream focused on Ness and Ridley, two characters I’ve written about already. It started off slow, but by the end, we made some important discoveries that could help us in the future. The link to the full stream archive can be found here. Now then, let’s get started.

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Amiibo Training Guide: Ness (SSBU) (Preliminary)

Welcome to the first-ever preliminary Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo training guide! As you might expect, we’re starting with Ness, who is often seen as the mascot of the Amiibo Dojo. A lot has changed in this new chapter of amiibo training, and Ness was affected by these changes in a big way. Let’s take a look at the buffs and nerfs this character has received, and how to take Ultimate’s overhauled AI into account when training him. Continue reading Amiibo Training Guide: Ness (SSBU) (Preliminary)

The first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo tournament is over

Hey all, the first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo tournament has concluded! So here’s the deal: this was a private tournament held between members of our Discord server. We had 31 participants, and the top four were Link, Ike, Isabelle, and… Isabelle. There were two Isabelle amiibo in the top four. From what we saw of the character, she is undoubtedly a top-tier (or at least high tier) contender in this developing metagame. It appears she has a poor matchup against Link, who can outrange her with his stronger projectiles.

Here are some more quick snippets that I’m going to be looking into over the next few days: aerials are better than in Smash 4, but grounded is still the winning playstyle; Ike, Kirby, and Pikachu are better than in the previous title, and Ness seems much weaker. The official tournament records spreadsheet has been updated with these results. Once we’ve got enough results, we can start making a preliminary tier list. And since it’s based off of tourney wins, it can’t really be contested once we put it out.

We’ll have lots more posts coming up in the next few days. Maybe you expected there to be a bit more than there are right now, but that’s because we still don’t know enough about the metagame to say anything definitively. We’ll post again when we can say something definitively. Until next time – thanks for reading!

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