Last night, Toronto Super Smash Bros. Melee major Get On My Level announced that “wobbling,” the controversial technique that allows Ice Climbers players to convert a single grab into a deadly infinite combination, will be banned at this year’s iteration of the event.
Named after Robert “Wobbles” Wright, an early proponent of the technique, wobbling was banned at most Melee tournaments during the title’s early metagame. When Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar announced that the technique would be unbanned at Evolution Championship Series 2013, many majors followed suit; the last holdout, Michigan’s The Big House, lifted its ban in 2015.
Unfortunately for Ice Climbers mains, the controversy over wobbling was reignited when top player Justin “Plup” McGrath stated his support for a wobbling ban during a casual Twitch stream.
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Following Plup’s announcement, other top Melee players such as Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson and Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby came out in support of a wobbling ban. Soon, a number of regions, including Colorado, Montana, and Connecticut, announced their intent to enforce a wobbling ban.
Get On My Level’s statement indicates that this change might actually stick. With 449 entrants at last year’s event, the Toronto tournament is a significant major whose results will almost certainly be taken into consideration for 2019’s year-end rankings. If more major tournaments follow in its footsteps, it’s possible that a widespread wobbling ban will be in effect by the end of the year.
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