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'Get your mentality right' — Leffens gives that and four other tips for improving at Super Smash Bros. and other fighters

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most popular games out. Many players are hoping to break into the top level as a competitor.

TSM|Leffen is one of few fighting game players who has shown ability to compete at the top as a professional across different titles. While Melee is his forte, he has shown exceptional prowess in Ultimate and offers five tips on improving in Smash and other fighting games.

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Shine 2019 early results, streams ft MKLeo, Tweek, Leffen, Hungrybox, Marss, Samsora, Nairo, Plup, S2J, Light, Dabuz, Esam, SFAT, WaDi, LeoN and more

Update: This story is being updated sporadically with results.

Shine 2019 is taking place in Worcester, Massachusetts.

As always, it's a huge event, and some of the top players set to attend include FOX|MKLeo, TSM|Tweek, TSM|Leffen, Liquid|Hungrybox, PG|Marss, eU|Samsora, NRG|Nairo, PG|Plup, HLC|S2J, Rogue|Light, Liquid|Dabuz, PG|Esam, CLG|SFAT, AG|WaDi, SpS|LeoN, CLG|VoiD, Ace|iBDW, Swedish Delight, MVG|Dark Wizzy, NVR|Elegant, Lui$, TG|MVD, Fiction, EMG|Moky, Zenmda|Puppeh, MVG|ScAtt, Salem, Wishes, BC|Mr. R, CLG|PewPewU, Liquid|ChuDat, DIG|Lucky, Timor|Raffi-X and many more.

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Nickelodeon characters become Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster in awesome crossover poster from SpongeBob SquarePants artist

The cast of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the stars of Nickelodeon's cartoon shows each have their own major fan bases and very high levels of popularity. From the Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda crew to Ren and Stimpy and the Rugrats, these two companies house some of the most widely recognized characters in entertainment.

So what happens when you bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nickelodeon together? Apparently, you get this awesome art piece that sees popular Nickelodeon characters filling the shoes of Smash Ultimate's playable roster.

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CD Projekt RED producer wants to see The Witcher 3's Geralt in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is chest deep in the release of its five additional DLC characters right now. So far, Persona 5's Joker and Dragon Quest's Hero have joined the battle, and we know that the highly demanded Banjo-Kazooie will be the next in line to enter the ring sometime this Fall.

With two characters still to be revealed, the discussion about playable characters in Smash is as active as ever. Not only are fans talking about it, but game developers like CD Projekt RED — the minds behind The Witcher series — seem to have Smash DLC on the brain, and one of their producers recently shared his interest for seeing Geralt of Rivia as a playable fighter.

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'Hero should not be banned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' - ESAM chimes in on the Smash community's recent hot topic

The fighting game community has been seeing an awful lot of ban talk lately, and the biggest reason for this has to be the newest addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Hero from Dragon Quest.

Since his release three weeks ago, Hero's RNG-riddled arsenal has been causing many Smashers to call for his restriction in tournament play. Prominent Smasher PG|ESAM recently released a video wherein he argues that we should let the newcomer rock.

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Longtime Super Smash Bros. tournament The Big House announces that therapy dogs will be available this year

The approach of fall means The Big House tournament is nearing. All the Super Smash Bros. titles will be there.

Well known for its prestige, they have raised the bar even more for a Smash only tournament. Scratch that, they've raised the bar for competitive FGC tournaments. The Big House officially announced that there will be therapy dogs on-site for the first two days of the tournament to help players relax and de-stress.

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See how Bowser can run in place, Olimar refuses to die, Inkling can walk around with a lean and more Super Smash Bros. glitches

A staple of all Super Smash Bros. games has been the glitches within them. From the infamous black hole in Melee, to the giant Jigglypuff in Brawl, glitches have always been a big part of the Smash series.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is no different possessing its own glitches. This video shows some you may know of and others you don't.

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Dragon Quest's Hero is dividing the Smash community on the topic of banning the character from major events

Dragon Quest's Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is shaping up to be the most controversial character in the entire series. That's really saying something considering Meta Knight in Brawl and Bayonetta in Smash 4.

The latest combatant was recently banned from the South Australian scene. As a result, this appears to have spurred on a debate among many community members on both sides of the argument.

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Piranha Plant is taking root in the Japanese Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scene's meta thanks to notable placement by Brood

You might be familiar with a Super Smash Bros. competitor known as "Brood." At Genesis 4, back when Super Smash Bros. 4 was the latest entry in the series, Brood's Duck Hunt managed to take a set over Tempo|ZeRo during an era when Duck Hunt was thought of as one of the game's weaker characters.

These days, Brood hasn't been playing Duck Hunt in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Instead, he's been proving that there's something more impressive about the Piranha Plant than what was suggested by the community's initial impressions.

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Hero's Thwack scores an instant 0 percent KO during grand finals of a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament

Dragon Quest's Hero instantly became one of the most controversial characters in Super Smash Bros. history after he was released for Ultimate earlier this month having already faced bans in some corners of the globe.

One of the fighter's attacks which is seen as "problematic" is Hero's Thwack ability that can KO opponents instantly though it's supposed to have a much lower chance of working if the enemy is at lower percentages. Puppeh managed to end a match of grand finals, however, hitting a hefty and successful Thwack at zero percent.

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Umebura SP4 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a massive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event happening in Tokyo, Japan this weekend.

Some of the notable players participating include GW|Zackray, SST|Shuton, Raito, R2G|Kameme, SNB|Abadango, Tea, Lea, Geki|Hikaru, Geki|Zaki, Tsu, KEN, Choco, Shky, Kirihara, GW|Shogun and more.

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MkLeo's dominance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is doing more for the scene than you'd think

FOX|MkLeo wins again! It seems to be pretty cut-and-dried. Seems to be recurring, almost every week right?

He's winning at unprecedented levels in Smash Ultimate. The last time we saw this type of dominance was during Tempo|ZeRo's Guinness World Record tournament winning streak, or maybe with Melee and the gods. How can one person winning everything major be good for the scene?

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Never let your guard down on the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nana can still score a KO even with Popo flying off in the distance

The Ice Climbers have one of the more interesting histories within the Super Smash Bros. series from their zero-to-death chain grabs to being cut in Smash 4, and their unique design continues to lead to new discoveries and fun moments for the pair.

A Japanese Smash player by the name of Kie recently posted a humorous clip online of a match between the Ice Climbers and Pokemon Trainer that shows off why you should never count out the siblings even if Popo is in the process of getting KO'd himself.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's The Hero has been officially banned in South Australia

Super Smash Bros. creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has never been too quiet about the fact that he's seen his franchise more as a party game than a competitive entity.

Look no further than Brawl's random tripping or The Hero's RNG (random number generator) damage output for proof, the latter of which has now been banned by South Australia Smash Central.

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Does Hero have the best hitboxes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Despite having been out for a few weeks, Hero has been one of the most divisive characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His randomness has certainly cause some uproar.

Whether his rng-based potential is enough for all the fuss is up for debate, but this video gives a look at his hitboxes and sees how they stack up compared to the rest of the cast.

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MkLeo officially announces Chrom as his new secondary in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

FOX|MkLeo has been dominating the Smash scene since he started playing professionally. His dominance has reached new levels after his win at Super Smash Con and EVO 2019.

After his win this past weekend in his interview with BC|EE, he announced some interesting news. Long known for his Lucina secondary, he told the world his new secondary is now Chrom, and that he is "broken" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Is Dragon Quest's Hero a ban-worthy character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

When details about Hero's moveset in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate first emerged, there was some controversy regarding the character's RNG (random number generator) mechanics. Even more so than Peach and Mr. Game and Watch, Hero has a great deal of potential when it comes to high rolling.

As a result, there has been a meme going around that suggests that the Hero should be banned from tournament events. It's important to understand that while this has mostly been a meme, there has been some serious discussion regarding this topic.

Regardless, let's take a look at why this is even being joked about and why it's likely not going to happen.

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