When 9.0.0 fell for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Minecraft’s Steve became available as the 82nd character on the list. Although my initial impressions portrayed the representative of Mojang Studios as a middle level, it seems that Steve has already started strong when it comes to the online competitive scene.
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Team Liquid Vods has uploaded a number of videos depicting some of the last moments of the event. During the Winners’ Finals, Lost Finals and Grand Finals, Aaron (Alex’s user) faced BestNess (Ness’s best player in the world and frequent winner in online tournaments) and EDM | KirbyKid (one of the two best King K Roll players in the world).
Interestingly, BestNess doesn’t just use Ness against Aaron. It seems that BestNess has also invested time in Minecraft’s Steve. Although BestNess seems to play a solid Steve, he is ultimately not a match for Aaron, as Aaron has a lot of experience in the mirror match with his victory in the Survival Games – a tournament in which all participants must play Steve.
Aaron’s victory in the tournament seems to suggest that he may be the best Steve user in the world right now. Although it’s only been about two weeks since Steve’s release, Aaron is currently having the most success with the challenger.
Watching the matches, it becomes clear that Aaron has managed to create a careful balance between extracting resources, making tool upgrades and attacking opponents. From what I can tell, Aaron seems to attack more often than other Steve players.