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'It's finally time for me to switch from Fox only and pick up Sheik for Marth' — Leffen reveals his decision to no longer be a solo Fox main for Melee

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • September 14, 2020 at 2:12 p.m. PDT • Comments: 15

TSM|Leffen has often been referred to as the "Godslayer" throughout his competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee career. As such, we've mostly seen Leffen only using Fox McCloud during high level matches as the Star Fox rep is generally considered to be the best character in Melee — although some could argue that Jigglypuff is actually the best despite being underused compared to Fox.

Recently, Leffen has declared that he'll no longer be a solo Fox main for competitive Melee. It seems that Leffen will be picking up Sheik as a secondary specifically for the Marth match up.

During his video, Leffen mentions that this doesn't mean that he'll be playing half Fox and half Sheik during competitive matches. While there are plenty of match ups where Sheik actually outperforms Fox in, Leffen specifically wants Sheik on standby for Marth.

Sheik and Jigglypuff are generally considered to be Marth's worst match ups in Super Smash Bros. Melee's current meta. It makes sense that Leffen would pick up Sheik instead of Jigglypuff for this purpose as Leffen has cited his dislike for Jigglypuff's playstyle in the past.

Still, Leffen is preparing himself for blind pick scenarios at major events. When Marth is expected, there's always that possibility the opponent could pick a secondary to counter Leffen's Sheik.

Leffen notes that the Fox vs. Marth match up is particularly bad on the Final Destination stage. Since Marth is considered to be such a strong character on Final Destination, it's possible that he might even have the advantage over Sheik here — but this might be preferred over the Fox vs. Marth match up on Final Destination.

Even MVG|Mew2King has previously noted how Marth would be the best character in the game if Final Destination was the only stage used during competitive play.

Eventually, Leffen decides to create a match up chart for Sheik in Melee. Before checking out the video, do be advised that Leffen does use some NSFW language.

Leffen's match up chart for Sheik in Melee image #1
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