By Justin ‘AdaptiveTrigger’ Gordon
Minecraft’s Steve and Tekken’s Kazuya Mishima, both DLC characters from the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, have recently become controversial characters at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments. As such, there have been discussions within the community about potentially banning these two fighters from events.
I recently reached out to notable members within the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community about their thoughts on these discussions that have been taking place. Last time we talked exclusively about the proposed ban on Steve, but I also inquired those same players’ opinions regarding Kazuya.
It is certainly worth noting that Steve is probably the more controversial character of the two at the moment since there have been a few Steve players that have won some major events in recent times. Of course, it’s also worth noting that Steve’s play style is arguably more “lame” than Kazuya’s rush down focused gameplay.
However, it’s undeniable right now that Kazuya’s ability to turn a hit at 0% into a touch-of-death combo is quite insane. Is it so much of a problem that the Tekken rep is in need of the ban treatment?
Let’s hear what the professional players had to say regarding this.
AdaptiveTrigger: What do you think about the discussion to ban Kazuya Mishima from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events? Is Kazuya a banworthy character?
MkLeo: Kazuya? I feel like he is one of those characters that is “bad,” but can kill you at any second. I would say that a character that can do that can’t be bad.
Steve can also kill at 0, but I feel like with Kazuya it’s different. Haven’t seen anybody putting 100% of time in to Kazuya so I don’t know how good he is.
I don’t think he should be banned either, but if I had to ban one it would be Kazuya, at least on some stages.
Vendetta: Although Steve’s ban discussion has some credibility, Kazuya’s is definitely uncalled for.
The problem with this is the same as with Steve where Smash players would rather force their typical gameplay on these characters instead of playing it from a different perspective.
“If I can’t play the game how I normally play, then this character is unfair.”
It doesn’t even make sense. Its just bad mentality.
I’ve even laid out counter play for those that want to understand the matchup better, but its been shot down quite a bit. Reason being that players are too afraid to implement such counter play.
This all links to a mentality issue within players and it’s something a lot of us need a reality check on. If we aren’t going to fight them properly, what right do we have to complain? Its pretty silly.
I hope characters like Kazuya and Steve continue to dominate until players wake up and do what needs to be done.
Esam: I don’t think I’ve seen anyone seriously discussing a Kazuya ban.
I’m not sure what they want because you see characters like Steve discussions for bans, but that’s because he runs away and throws crazy options at you from disadvantage whereas Kazuya has odd neutral, but kills you in one hit.
His game plan is running at you the whole game and I feel like people enjoy when characters like Roy or Falco do that, but now hate it with Kazuya? I don’t know why just because a character is DLC that means they deserve more hate if the game plan they are doing is something most enjoy.
Mr. R: I think Kazuya is more toxic than he is good. Don’t get me wrong he’s still very solid, but would I place him on the tier list over Steve, Aegis, Palutena, Peach, Joker, Roy, Shulk… etc.?
I could probably think of a few others as well. I’ll acknowledge that he can be incredibly annoying to fight against though, but in terms of viability I’m not quite convinced yet.
I also reached out to Dabuz and GimR about their thoughts regarding a ban on Kazuya, but they simply issued simple statements that combined their thoughts of banning either Steve or Kazuya. Here are those responses again:
Dabuz: Nah. Bans are pretty dumb, not going to lie.
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.
Source: Event Hubs