Thanks to pros playing the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Demo at numerous events, we now have an idea of what the tier list might look like. Last week, we covered ESAM, Mew2King, and Salem’s Smash Bros Ultimate Demo Tier List. Now, it’s ZeRo’s turn.
Last night ZeRo released a video covering his current Smash Ultimate Demo tier list. ZeRo was the winner of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Invitational at E3 2018, beating other top players such as Armada and MkLeo. Needless to say, his opinion holds some weight!
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ZeRo’s Smash Bros Ultimate Demo Tier List
Best Character: Bayonetta
Very Good: Marth, Sonic, Pikachu, Cloud, Mario, Sheik, Mewtwo, Pokemon Trainer, Snake
Good: Inkling, Villager, Ike, Donkey Kong, Corrin, Link, Kirby, Ness, Ryu
Decent: Pit, Samus, Ganondorf, Ice Climbers, Fox, Pac Man, Ridley, Mega Man, Zelda, Bowser, Little Mac
In ZeRo’s opinion, Bayonetta is still the best fighter in the game thanks to her fast mobility, high combo potential, and superior edge guarding and frame traps. In layman’s terms, she’s a competitive player’s dream.
After that, he considers many characters to be on the same high level. Marth has good moves with solid damage. Pikachu has great combos along with good recovery and movement. Characters like Pokemon Trainer and Mario are extremely well rounded.
He believes many of the characters in the lower tiers have untapped potential, claiming Link and Inkling could be Tier 1. Characters like Ike, Villager, and Donkey Kong are still well rounded, albeit with some weaknesses.
ZeRo claims Fox is the worst character he’s used so far but believes pros may have just utilized him wrong due to the changes between Smash 4 and 5. Bowser and Little Mac are also considered amongst the worst characters in the game.
ZeRo’s Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List vs. Other Pros
Cross-referencing ZeRo’s Smash Ultimate tier list with ESAM’s and Mew2King and Salem’s joint tier list can give us a clearer picture of how tough these fighters really are.
All of them put Bayonetta at the very top, although ESAM believes Pikachu may be better. Sheik and Marth also get high ratings from all pros.
ZeRo and M2K agree Fox is a poor character, while ESAM rates him slightly higher. Pac Man, Villager, and Bowser are towards the bottom of everyone’s list.
ESAM, M2K, and Salem agree that Kirby is one of the worst characters, although ZeRo believes he’s underrated. Little Mac is the most polarizing character- ZeRo rates him significantly lower than other pros, who believe he’s high-tier.
Of course, every pro has their own preferences and a lot can change between now and Smash Ultimate’s release in December. Plus, with all the rumored new Smash Bros characters, the final tier list is going to be almost impossible to rank accurately.