Category Archives: Tournament Analysis

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 second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo tournament has concluded

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.

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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!

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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“Come inside, the show’s about to start”

After the horrors of having no internet for the greater part of last week, I have returned! And let me tell you friends, I am excited. After 15 sets of matches spread out over two months, the Seasonal Amiibo League Team Invitational is ready to begin its first Playoffs (and AntiPlayoffs) ever!

The questions we asked two weeks ago about to be answered so, in the immortal words of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer:

Come inside, the show’s about to start!
Guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured you’ll get your money’s worth
Greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth!
You’ve got to see the show. It’s a dynamo!
You’ve got to see the show. It’s rock and roll! Woahhhh!

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