'Underdog Boost' appears to have been in effect for Smash Conference United's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 6, 2019 at 2:37 p.m. PST | Comments: 8

Update: PG|MVD and GRV|Dabuz have double checked the rules on stream. Thankfully, Underdog Boost has been confirmed to be turned off on the current console for today.

Earlier: It appears that someone may have tampered with the in-game rules for Smash Conference United's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament. Specifically, it looks as though "Underdog Boost" may have been toggled on.

For those that don't know, Underdog Boost makes it so that the player that is behind on stocks will receive a damage boost in order to assist their comeback. It's actually very similar to Lucario's aura effect.

The community has highlighted two matches that really indicates that the rules were altered in a way that was not intended by the organizers. First, NRG|Nairo showed a match where FOX|Mew2King was able to secure a KO on BxA|Tachyon's Pichu thanks to a forward throw.

In this sequence, Bowser was behind in the stock count by two. His forward throw inflicted over 20% damage. Normally, Bowser's forward throw should only deal about 15.1% damage even after the 1v1 bonus is applied.

In the other sequence that was highlighted by fgzzz on Reddit, it was demonstrated that Lucina's fully charged up smash dealt 35.9% damage when it is only normally only able to deal 30.4% in this situation.

It's extremely unlikely that the players involved in these matches had anything to do with the tampering. Similarly, the tournament organizers were probably unaware of these occurrences.

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Video source: SoulofAlbedo.

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