“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!
Continue reading Introduction to Amiibo Doubles
“Torture the data, and it will confess to anything.” –Ronald Coase, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
D.A.T.A.S.T.R.E.A.M. #01 began with the idea that we were trying to see if we could find a solution to how strong the Super Armor and Slow Super Armor secondary Spirits seem to be in the early Spirits meta. However, as the above quote demonstrates, we have to be careful with how we analyze the data as, how we cut it up can paint very different pictures.
Come with me on a journey as we look at the results of D.A.T.A.S.T.R.E.A.M. #01 and see what we can learn. The data is, indeed, instructive, but it is far from definitive.
Continue reading Metagames are hard to solve
For the first time ever, a Yoshi amiibo has taken the championship title of an amiibo tournament. Throughout the many years of Smash 4, this hadn’t happened even once. This is Smash Ultimate, and the second-ever tourney has seen a Yoshi claim victory. Things really are different, aren’t they? Congratulations to the winner! If you’re interested in the full matchup data, check out our official tournament records. Here’s a silly (and wildly inaccurate) tier list based on results from these two competitions.
Continue reading The second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo tournament has concluded
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!
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!
Continue reading It’s crunch time in S.L.A.P. & Amiibo League