Earlier this year, we celebrated Exion’s ninth anniversary. We didn’t actually do anything, but I like to call it a celebration anyway. But the fun (or lack thereof, honestly) doesn’t stop there — today’s the Amiibo Dojo’sfifth anniversary! If you’re new to the site as of this year, I probably have some explaining to do.
I created the community in February 2011. Way before amiibo training was ever a thing. By the time amiibo figures were released in November 2014, the site was starting to slow down. In January 2015, I wrote the first-ever amiibo training guide. And then I kept writing new and updated ones! Eventually, I had so many reddit posts to keep track of that I just had to make a blog to store them all on. And I started that version of the community on August 29, 2015 — five years ago today!
That means we celebrate two anniversaries here: one on February 24 and one on August 29. Creation and recreation, basically! It’s amazing to me that our amiibo content is going strong five years later. People still like to read it, and as long as that’s the case, I’ll continue writing it. And I’ll be sure to mix in different kinds of posts, too. Thanks again for all your support!
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!
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 it 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!
2020 is almost here, and with the new year comes the inevitable new year’s resolution – and our new year’s resolution is to revitalize the amiibo metagame by cleaning up a noticeable stain on its character diversity. As of today, Bowser is officially banned from the Exion amiibo metagame. To summarize our reasoning:
Bowser is the heaviest character in the game, making him extremely resilient
Bowser’s recovery is incredibly reliable for a character of his weight
Bowser has several powerful kill moves, including forward tilt, down tilt (at the ledge), down aerial, forward smash, up smash, down smash, Flying Slam, and Bowser Bomb
Bowser is statistically dominant, winning over sixty percent of his total matches over the course of a year
According to many top trainers, Bowser is the easiest amiibo to train, making success far to easy to find relative to the amount of time needed to train him
Bowser has almost no counters (save for Little Mac, who is rather uncommon and is himself countered by many other characters)
For a more in-depth look at the amiibo metagame and its Bowser problem, please watch this analysis video by Splice. It goes into great detail on Bowser’s position in the metagame and shows matchup data and tournament clips to back up our claims.
P.S. The amiibo tier list has been updated alongside the release of this post to reflect Bowser’s explusion. You can check that out here. Thanks for reading, and happy training!