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I got teabagged the most in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when I was trying to get Sonic into Elite Smash

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 12, 2021 at 6:04 p.m. PST • Comments: 22

If you're playing Sonic online in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then you probably aren't very popular with most opponents. I recently found this out for myself while attempting to get Sonic into Elite Smash.

By this point, I've already managed to get most of the roster into Elite Smash. For some characters, this has proven to be a somewhat difficult task while others have been relatively easy. Much to my amusement, I found that opponents, once they've secured a lead, were much more likely to teabag against my Sonic than against other characters I've used.

Being that Sonic has the fastest base ground speed in the game, the Blue Blur is armed with a rather powerful whiff punish game. Depending on the distance, there are certain sequences that can only be reliably punished by Sega's mascot thanks to his outstanding run speed.

Because of this, the anthropomorphic hedgehog tends to work best as a bait-and-punish type character at high level. Under the control of experienced players, the character can be difficult to pin down.

Sonic's amazing mobility options means that players can't fight against him using traditional Smash fundamentals. You'll more often have to rely on predictions rather than reactions when trying to combat his speed.

It is believed that Sonic's strengths are further emphasized while playing online. Reacting to Sonic becomes that much more difficult thanks to the increased input delay that'll always be present no matter how good your connection might be. It's often suggested that Sonic is somehow "buffed" in laggy games.

Though the Blue Blur isn't considered to be the best fighter in the game, he's generally one of the most hated while playing online. There have even been serious discussions about potentially banning him from online tournaments since these type of events have become more prevalent due to the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

And of course, all this appears to be relevant to the teabagging I saw while seeking to increase my GSP with the hedgehog. As far as my opponents are concerned, I'm a Sonic main that deserves to be teabagged when I lose.

Of course, the reality is that I wouldn't even consider Sonic to be my 20th best character. Funnily enough, I'm not experienced or patient enough with the Sega rep to play a lame game where I'm attempting to run the clock out on opponents.

At my level with the character, I believe I'm better off just trying to rush enemies down as much as I can. Unlike the stereotypical Sonic user, I'm interacting against the other character as much as I can.

In addition, laggy matches tend to be a rarity for me. I felt like all my matches that had me playing Sonic were very stable and were virtually free from any extra delay.

Still, this apparently doesn't matter to most online warriors. I've committed the video game sin of playing Sonic online, therefore the teabagging must commence.

Luckily for me though, I'm generally not the type to rage at a video game in response to opponents pressing down on their control stick repeatedly. If anything, the experience of temporarily being a "Sonic main" gave me a good chuckle.

In the end, I was not deterred and was able to successfully secure enough GSP to get Sonic into Elite Smash.

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