Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter Hero can randomly instant-KO opponents, his overall randomness causing a stir in the competitive scene

Hero has several RNG moves, and one can KO instantly, should he be legal?

Posted by Nico 'SuperQue' Smith • July 30, 2019 at 12:57 p.m. PDT

Nintendo revealed its new DLC character Dragon Quest's Hero today in a video release featuring Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai. He went into detail on what Hero does, and how he plays.

Aside from having the most moves in the entire cast, it was shown that Hero can randomly instant-KO his advesary. TSM|Leffen jokingly started a petition to ban Hero as a result.

Hero hails from the popular RPG series Dragon Quest. He was revealed as part of the next two DLC combatants for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Banjo-Kazooie expected to release in the fall.

We are shown that Hero seems to be a character with lots of power. Most of his standard attacks pack quite the punch.

One of the main traits you notice in the Dragon Quest mainstay, is that randomness is a big part of him. He has multiple moves that essentially are nonstandard in damage output and when you can use them.

The move in question here is tied to Hero's down B, which randomly brings up four MP moves at a time that can be accessed in battle. One of those moves is called "Thwack" and can instantly KO.

Sakurai notes that chances of an instant-KO are greater when your opponent is at higher percentages. So it is random, but certainly can be viewed as a move that could make an impact late in close sets.

Due to some of these mechanics, amongst other skills Hero has such as his healing, Leffen jokingly made a petition to ban him. Leffen has been going hard on Hero on Twitter, but doesn't actually want him banned before he's released.

Randomness isn't ideal in competitive play because it makes for inconsistency. We seek known and guaranteed commodities when it comes to competitive play because it is a sure thing. Any move or moves that are randomly made available make it nearly impossible to properly gameplan or figure out a play style for any given opponent.

For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Panda Global matched Leffen's joke with their own, making a counter petition to keep Hero in tournaments. In addition to this, other prominent figures in the Smash community have been discussing the new character on Twitter.

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Do you think Hero's randomness would be an issue in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament play? Should he be banned?

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