Texas Super Smash Bros. national Low Tier City 7 has banned Melee’s controversial “wobbling” infinite technique, according to a Reddit post by tournament organizer Ian “Studebacher Hoch” Hendren. The event will be the second major Smash tournament to ban the Ice Climbers-specific technique, following the success of a similar ban at Toronto major Get On My Level 2019 last weekend.
Wobbling, a technique that allows Ice Climbers players to combine a grab into a kill move at any percent by rhythmically pressing a single button, has long been a point of controversy within the Smash scene. Many community members, including top professionals such as Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby, have gone on record to claim it ruins both the player and spectator experience due to its monotonous and one-dimensional nature.
The Get On My Level organizers’ decision to forbid the technique paid off in spades, as GOML was one of the most well-received Smash events in recent memory. Without risking an early loss to an Ice Climbers player, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez was able to fight his way through a stacked bracket to win his first major in almost two years.
Low Tier City 7 will implement a limited wobbling ban. Since Ice Climbers will be able to re-grab opponents after performing four tilt attacks per grab, they will still be able to perform extended combos off of a single opening—they might just have to work a little harder for them now. With Texas No. 1 and Ice Climbers main Connor “Bananas” Lamb all but guaranteed to attend, Low Tier City 7 will likely be our first chance to see how highly a top-level Ice Climbers player can place without wobbling.