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Marth's reliance on tippers gives the impression of a way less consistent and weaker version of Lucina in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Hero-King might just be straight up bad in Ultimate

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 31, 2020 at 7:38 p.m. PDT • Comments: 17

Thinking back to the era of Smash 4, it was difficult to imagine Lucina being superior to Marth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after it was revealed that "Everyone Is Here." Being that Lucina is an "Echo Fighter" of Marth, their movesets are identical but with different properties.

Marth's bladed attacks are stronger when only the tip touches opponents or objects. Lucina's sword tends to be more balanced throughout the entire weapon. Despite this, both characters want to maximize their disjointed reach advantage that they have over most of the cast.

Even though Lucina gets no additional reward for hitting tippers, she ideally wants to keep the opponent away at that distance. It was for this reason that everyone expected Marth to be the superior pick to Lucina once Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released.

Much to everyone's surprise, this didn't actually happen. As it turns out, Lucina is considered to be the superior choice while Marth is almost always the weaker Fire Emblem rep.

Still, Marth is generally relegated as being a "high tier" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Being that Lucina is often looked at as a top tier, Lucina's existence means that Marth will probably see even less representation than low tiers since there's really no reason to pick him over Lucina.

After having spent time with Marth, I'm actually starting to think the issue might be even worse than that. Rather than a high tier that is overshadowed in nearly every capacity, Marth might be a low tier in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Notably, even BC|Mr. R โ€” one of the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competitors in Europe โ€” believes that Marth is possibly even worse than Kirby.

Mr. R's thoughts on Marth in Smash Ultimate image #1
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While it's entirely possible that Mr. R is promoting a meme, there is actually some truth to his statements. In Japan, a Kirby player recently won a WiFi tournament over players like GW|Zackray.

While it's true that T1|MkLeo did try to make Marth work for some time, it really felt like other top players were making glaringly bad mistakes against him such as air dodging at the wrong times. In the end, MkLeo did abandon Marth in favor of continuing to be a Joker main.

So why did Marth work in Super Smash Bros. 4 but not in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? The issue actually revolves more around Ultimate's engine and the available options during gameplay.

Overall, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a faster paced game compared to Smash 4. As such, keeping opponents at a specific distance is very difficult.

Honestly, I find myself having difficulty hitting tippers against stationary targets in the training mode. Hitting something that's constantly moving with just the tip doesn't feel consistent.

Marth's ability to KO opponents suffers greatly compared to Lucina's. While Marth can theoretically score KOs at extremely low percents, this just doesn't happen most of the time since other parts of the blade are easier to connect with.

It sometimes feels like opponents live up to 200% in situations where Lucina can go for the kill at 80% โ€” maybe even lower than that. Of all the characters with a Dancing Blade special, Marth's is probably the most unwieldy since getting the last hit's tipper to connect is unintuitive.

To get the Dancing Blade to work for Marth, you essentially have to delay the last hit so the opponent is knocked away far enough. However, this means that it won't be a true combo and isn't even guaranteed to correct the spacing.

Similar issues come about when trying to hit with Marth's forward aerial and forward smash. Lucina's versions of these moves just feel more satisfying and rewarding to hit with in most situations.

Marth is not only less consistent than Lucina, but he feels like a bad character compared to many other fighters.

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