Happy 9th anniversary, Exion!

It’s nearly February 24, 2020 — and nine years ago, our community was born! Of course, we only recently found our footing as Exion; over the years, we went through many different names and iterations. If you’re a new reader and want to learn about some of our history, you’ve come to the right place! In the spirit of our ninth anniversary, I am going to outline our community and its past.

If you aren’t ready to read a massive wall of text, then I’ll leave you with this: thanks for sticking around for nine years. Things have been picking up for us, and I hope to see our community continue to grow and thrive. You, as viewers, are the most important part of our work, and I am very thankful for that!

….. oh, and we have a Nintendo eShop card giveaway going on Twitter if you would like to enter! Here’s the link for that.

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How to train a Wolf amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A complete summary of Wolf’s performance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, quirks in artificial intelligence, and an archive of tournament representation and results. Continue reading How to train a Wolf amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

How to train a Wario amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A complete summary of Wario’s performance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, quirks in artificial intelligence, and an archive of tournament representation and results. Continue reading How to train a Wario amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Third time’s the charm

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet”
-Gen. Jim Mattis

In Season 1, Dreamy Jay’s King DeDeDe, Mr. Mallet, went on a warpath through the Play-In Tournament, Divisional Rounds, and Playoffs. He lost only one set the entire way and claimed the first ever Professional Amiibo League title.

Last season, CyFy’s Bowser, ToughClaw, took only third in the Play-In Tournament, but didn’t lose a single set after that and claimed Season 2 title. But now Bowser has been banned. Incineroar has been banned too. The meta-game is in an interesting place… do you have what it takes to climb the ladder of the Pro Amiibo League and claim part of the $250 prize pool and the golden Pichu trophy!? If you think you do, then keep reading and find out if you have what it takes to be a pro!

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Incineroar has been banned from the Exion amiibo metagame

After Bowser was removed from the Exion amiibo metagame last December, amiibo trainers worldwide collectively sighed in relief; no longer were tournaments dominated by a single character. But now, it’s February, and tournaments are dominated by (arguably) an even stronger character: Incineroar. Due to reasons we’re about to discuss, Incineroar is officially banned from the Exion amiibo metagame.

  • Incineroar is one of the heaviest characters in the game, making him resilient and difficult to KO
  • While Incineroar’s recovery is not great, it has a chance of taking the opponent down as well (as Cross Chop meteor smashes its victims)
  • Incineroar has several powerful kill moves, including forward smash, up smash, and especially down smash (at the ledge)
  • Its side special, Alolan Whip, is incredibly strong; Incineroar’s AI always times the lariat perfectly and opposing amiibo often make no attempt to dodge the move
  • While Incineroar does have soft counters (Mii Gunner and Ridley among the few that can contend), none of them are surefire wins

In explaining Incineroar’s ban, we would like to place a special emphasis on its side special, Alolan Whip. The best Incineroar amiibo only use Alolan Whip (with a bit of down smash sprinkled in), making the fighter rather easy to train. Furthermore, Incineroar has dominated recent tournaments, and has shown stronger results than any other amiibo character in history (and this includes records from Smash 4). Please note that Incineroar is now banned from the Exion amiibo metagame. This means that our Discord server will disallow Incineroar, but tournaments that are not affiliated with Exion may still allow the character.

P.S. The amiibo tier list has been updated alongside the release of this post to reflect Incineroar’s explusion. You can check that out here. Thanks for reading, and happy training!