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Introduction to Amiibo Doubles

“It’s easy to get good players.  Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” -Casey Stengel, 3-time champion baseball manager

In one-on-one combat, you can develop a good idea of the metagame. After all, in one-on-one it’s easy to analyze the data on which attacks are best, what match-ups are difficult for specific Amiibos, and which training techniques can be best used to condition an Amiibo’s AI to act a certain way. These data points lead to an understanding of the metagame and lead us to create things like tier lists.

In doubles, you can almost throw the entire concept of tier lists out the window. This is because once you have two Amiibos to a side, you can make up for one Amiibo’s shortcomings with another Amiibo’s strengths. But that in turn introduces new quirks into the AI as you now have Amiibos trying to process the data of two enemies and one friendly.

But this complication and lack of definition is exactly what makes the world of Amiibo Doubles combat so intriguing. You’re not trying to create a warrior but a team. This allows for pairs of Amiibos who you would never consider strong contenders in single combat to form powerful teams. So, if this new concept intrigues you, step on in and let’s discuss how you can get your team ready for Doubles Combat!

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The method to the madness

“‘Data! Data! Data!’ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.'” -Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

This is one of my favorite quotes in the Sherlock Holmes library because it perfectly encapsulates what makes him a good detective. He waits for data to make his judgement and he’s amazing at analyzing that data dispassionately. Once he’s looked at that data, he then amends any previous conclusion he’s held based on the new evidence without any angst over having to change his mind.

Humans, by our nature, are kind of terrible at waiting for data to come in, analyzing it dispassionately, and changing our minds from our initial conclusions. This is why the scientific method was developed and I’m going to discuss how YOU can apply it to your Amiibo training and how we as a community can apply it to the metagame overall.

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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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It’s crunch time in S.L.A.P. & Amiibo League

Yes. It’s time. This week, with Ultimate almost upon us we have some things to take care of. Those things would be, of course, crowning champions of Season 5 of the Smash League of Amiibo Pairs and Season 00 of Amiibo League. And those events are right around the corner. So, let’s dive in and figure out what will be going on!

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