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Winning the neutral game in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be done with just one jump according to Dabuz

Though there are more steps to it than that of course

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 13, 2020 at 6:33 a.m. PDT • Comments: 4

Neutral play is one of the most important aspects of a fighting game considering that's how literally every match begins and shapes how the rest will play out, but how do you best take advantage of that space?

Pro Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player Liquid|Dabuz recently released a handy video guide to teach players how to win in neutral using only one jump.

Palutena is used as the example character for this guide as the perfect choice for all of her great air options which can create an early lead f-airly easily.

The way to immediately take control of the neutral and match in general is to jump in front of the opponent at a far enough range where you still have multiple options that can't be quickly countered or punished.

From that position, Palutena can lock down Mario in the video with her forward air from that position, go on top with a neutral air, continue forward for a cross-up, or drift back and bait out a response or dodge from the enemy in front.

That'd be pretty easy if Smash was a one-player game, but there's still another person on the other end there who can flip the script on that perfect jump by moving or falling back which forces you to commit to more dangerous options to try and get in.

If you're struggling or never put much thought into the mixups and neutral play of Smash, Dabuz does a great job of quickly breaking down the advantage and disadvantage states in a digestible way, so we highly recommend checking out his guide below.

As for other characters with great footsies and neutral tools in Smash Ultimate, Dabuz also recently put together a match up chart for Min Min.

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