'The reality is that people are very bad at the match up... most won't even bother practicing it' — Sonix discusses the controversy of Sonic and Wi-Fi

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 13, 2020 at 2:59 p.m. PDT | Comments: 22

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Smash community has seen a transition towards playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments online instead of offline — for better or worse. Needless to say, it's often said that certain characters are benefiting from this so-called "online meta" more so than others. Sonic, in particular, is a fighter that's often cited as being at the heart of the problem.

Competitors like Wrath and LGCY|Sonix, two Sonic mains, have started seeing more success in recent times. Notably, Sonix was able to take down players like TSM|Tweek and T1|MkLeo to win a major online event. I recently had a chance to speak with Sonix about his thoughts regarding the controversy surrounding Sonic and this online meta that's being forced due to the quarantine.

AdaptiveTrigger: Why do you play Sonic in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Sonix: He’s my favorite video game character. My first ever video game was Sonic Adventure DX. I instantly fell in love with the franchise.

AdaptiveTrigger: Where do you put Sonic on the tier list in an offline environment?

Sonix: Somewhere around top 15-20.

"I get that his playstyle can be annoying and his 'unreactable burst range' becomes better on Wi-Fi, but there are other characters that are just as bad if not worse and also get certain aspects of their play 'buffed' online." - Sonix

AdaptiveTrigger: Where is Sonic on the tier list in an online environment? Is Sonic really better with lag?

Sonix: I'd say he's top 5-10 online. Sonic is better with lag against characters with no projectiles, but struggles against those that do have some sort of projectile.

AdaptiveTrigger: You defeated T1|MkLeo in the grand finals of the Quarantine Series at the beginning of May. Offline or online, this is something few players can say that they've done. How were you feeling about this at the time?

Sonix: It felt unreal, honestly. I had pictured myself doing it, but I didn't think it would actually happen.

However, it was online and on Smash Ultimate Wi-Fi so it doesn't hold as much value as it would offline, in my opinion. I want to try and replicate it offline when the time comes.

AdaptiveTrigger: Sonic is said to be difficult to react to and approach against while playing online. What are your thoughts?

Sonix: While this statement may hold some sort of truth, the reality is that people are very bad at the match up. Most won't even bother practicing it, and try to avoid it at all costs. This includes players from all levels.

Even most, if not all, commentators have absolutely no idea what is going on when trying to commentate what Sonic is doing in a match.


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Clip credit: Mr. Bamba

AdaptiveTrigger: What was your reaction to the rule changes for the Quarantine Series?

Sonix: I found it quite suspect, to be completely honest. Given the changes were made right after I won the tournament, and one of them being "region locking to USA/MX/CA" means that I won't be able to participate in any of the series' remaining tournaments right now.

However, I’m just a competitor. The tournament organizers are free to do as they please with their tournaments. It is what it is.

AdaptiveTrigger: Do you think that Sonic is the worst offender of online play?

Sonix: No. I think there are plenty of other characters that are much worse than Sonic online such as R.O.B., Ness, Snake, Mii Gunner, Cloud, Samus, Young Link, and Pac-Man.

But people are much more experienced in those match ups as opposed to Sonic, and those characters don't have as many representatives as Sonic does.

AdaptiveTrigger: There seems to be a bit of a movement to ban Sonic from online play due to his playstyle and "unreactable burst range." What do you say to this?

Sonix: I get that his playstyle can be annoying and his "unreactable burst range" becomes better on Wi-Fi, but there are other characters that are just as bad if not worse and also get certain aspects of their play "buffed" online.

Learn the match up and I promise it won't feel nearly as annoying.

AdaptiveTrigger: Where can our readers follow you at? Any shout outs you’d like to give?

Sonix: @UltimateSonix on Twitter, and sonixsc on Twitch. I’ll be streaming soon. Shout outs to my friends, the Sonic family, and the DR crew for keeping it real from the start.

Photo source: Blink Esports RD.

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