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Smash Summit 13 weekend, Slingshot Tech Upends Ultimate

Super Smash Bros is in the middle of a busy season, with a lot of major tournaments going down. We’re coming up on Smash Summit 13, where Zain has a chance to take another major win following Pound and Genesis. For smash Ultimate, there isn’t a new tournament but potentially something even more exciting. After…

Super Smash Bros has a busy season with many major tournaments taking place. We’re coming up on Smash Summit 13, where Zain has a chance to take another major win following Pound and Genesis. There is no new tournament for smash ultimate, but there could be something even more thrilling.

After a strange unveiling, the new Slingshot technology is top of everyone’s mind, with players eager to learn more. This is what you can expect at Smash Summit 13 and why Slingshot might make a big difference to the next major Ultimate event.

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Smash Summit 13

Smash Summit is one of the biggest events on the fighting game calendar, Thirteen is due to run over May 12-15th. Beyond the Summit organizes the tournament. This tournament is a Melee event. There isn’t a huge prize pool on offer, only going up to $24,421 for the event. There are still many top-level players.

These are the Melee competitors at Smash Summit 13:

  • Zain
  • iBDW
  • Mango
  • Pulp
  • Leffen
  • Jmook
  • Hungrybox
  • N0ne
  • lloD
  • DarkGenex
  • Sora
  • Frenzy
  • KoDoRiN
  • Blue
  • Salt
  • Mekk

There are many other competitors, but these are the most prominent. Pipsqueak was due to attend after qualifying through the SAME 2021 Finale. However, the player won’t be able to attend due to COVID-19 complications. The main narrative for Melee at Smash Summit 13 is centered around Zain. He has been dominating this year, and he is the player to beat. Although he’s up against some tough competition, Zain has the potential to win yet another major tournament win.

Zain keeps people entertained, even during the initial stages. He has shown that he is willing to defend his status at all costs.

Im dodging every tournament …

See everyone at summit

And battle of bc

And goml

And double down

And everything else

— Zain (@ZainNaghmi) May 8, 2022

Ultimate and Slingshoting

Super Smash Bros Ultimate might have one of its biggest developments to date going on in the background of Smash Summit 13. GimR finally delivered after a few delays in unveiling the’revolutionary tech’. GimR’s new “Slingshot” tech was unveiled and has lived up to its hype.

The Slingshot is here! Universal Tech for the entire Smash Roster!

New Motion, Shield Pressure and Combos. Input Shortcuts for precise precision + More!

Consistent and energizing once you have it mastered, it can create a gap in your skills for those who are willing to work hard! pic.twitter.com/jJYKCQ5TOv

— GimR twitch.tv/gimr (@VGBC_GimR) May 6, 2022

The new slingshot’ tech took about 30 minutes for GimR to run through at first. There are many variations, but it is the same basic idea. It can add new layers to many characters. Ultimate’s buffer system is used to create the tech. Players input a dash, then a downback or back-up. The 7-frame window that opens up with a jump is created when you return to neutral. This allows for more advanced aerials, combos and retreating specials. There are already several versions of the slingshot available, including the Fullshot, Holdshot and Flickshot. Although they are all similar, each one shows how versatile this technique is.

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