Dope! I'll post my FC in a little, I'm not near my Switch rn.
Yeah, it definitely takes a little time to recalibrate from 4 or Melee over to Ultimate. There are some Melee players that are trying to play both competitively right now and that's wild to me. I opened up Melee to test out a controller yesterday and it just feels so foreign now. The menu feels TOO responsive, and I've sorta gotten used to the input lag of Ultimate so it felt like everything I was doing was happening a few frames earlier than I wanted it to. But honestly I'm not 100% sure I'll ever play Melee again. Nothing against it, Melee is an amazing game and I loved it while it lasted, but before Ultimate I had a reason to play Melee. Now I don't see any reason to play Melee when I could instead be playing Ultimate. But if I ever lose interest in Ultimate, Melee is still there. I just... don't currently see any reason for Ultimate to end up in the situation that Brawl or S4 ended up in.
Also, Smash Conference United happened this weekend, which may have been a precursor to Genesis. It wasn't quite on the calibur of Genesis, with only 361 entrants for Ultimate, but it did have a lot of big names, including Zero, who hadn't played Ultimate in tournament yet. So here are some cool things about the tournament:
1. MKLeo took first, without losing a set, playing almost all Ike (not sure about pools, but in top 48 he only played 2 games that weren't as Ike, they were as Richter against 8BitMan's ROB, and he lost those games so he switched back to Ike).
2. Samsora had one of the sickest losers bracket runs I've ever seen (and inarguably the sickest losers bracket run so far in Ultimate), dropping into losers bracket during pools, then going on to win 9 straight sets, including a 3-0 over Zero, a 3-0 over Dabuz, a 3-1 over MVD, and a 3-2 over Salem. Let me reiterate: Samsora beat Zero 3-0. Samsora was also sooooo close to getting the reset in Grand Finals over MKLeo.
3. Zero got 9th, losing to Samsora and MuteAce. Both of them are Peach mains. Coincidence? Also, Zero ended up playing a lot of Diddy, which didn't work out too well because Diddy's S4 kit got completely gutted, so if there are any redeeming qualities to this character, they're still a mystery rn. But Zero did have a lot of success with Cloud.
4. Several lesser known names proved that the strong players from Smash 4 aren't nearly as dominant over this meta. MuteAce, Myran, Morpheus, and 8BitMan all had very impressive runs and very strong showings, with only 2 of them having ever made PGR (Myran was 39th on PGR v3, and 8BitMan was 47th on PGR v1). Definitely expect to see some new names in the top meta of Ultimate that weren't in the top meta of S4.
5. As far as I can tell, there were no Inkling players in top 48 (definitely none in winners side). I'm starting to feel more and more like Inkling isn't actually a top tier character. And if they are, they definitely aren't number one. Right now I feel like it's Peach/Daisy and Pichu competing for the number one spot. Pichu having confirms into ftilt and lightning loops into spike make him the most consistent character at converting small wins in neutral into a stock (at least at this point in the meta, I'm sure that will change eventually) but also Pichu's weight + self damage make him a high risk character that can lose stocks just as easily as he takes them. Peach is a more stable pick that still has the tools to be potentially the best character in the game rn, with those GIGANTIC combos, amazing edge guard tools, best microspacing in the game (because float), noncommittal neutral tools, great recovery (click), pretty good projectile in the form of turnips, good kill options with fair and bthrow, light enough weight to escape a lot of combos but not so light that she dies easily, great spacing tool in FC bair, amazing ledge trapping with float nair... I could go on. Her kit is very good, and more than anything she doesn't have many (any?) real flaws. In any aspect of the game she is at least ~GOOD ENOUGH~ to compete at top level, even in the areas where she doesn't necessarily excel, making her a very consistent pick (as opposed to Pichu, who is a higher risk higher reward pick).
Anyways, Genesis is a little less than 4 weeks away, and it's already up to 1400 entrants for Ultimate and 800 entrants for Melee. I think Ultimate could break 2k entrants. I'm super stoked to watch it. I'll probably go next year (assuming it happens again next year). My prediction:
1. Samsora will win Genesis. I know he's not considered the favor to win, but I'm just calling it right now.
2. One of the Swedish Melee gods (probably Armada) will do really well, like 5th place or better, and the other (probably Leffen) will do good enough to make a statement, but not amazing (like 17th or 25th). This is another gut prediction.
3. I'm not sure if Zero is entering, but I think that if he does he'll make top 4. I don't think he's quite in the dominant position that he held in S4 and Brawl, but he's still a clutch master with the best track record of any player of any Smash game, and I think he'd put on a good performance for Genesis.
4. I'm expecting a few Melee players to do really well in Ultimate if they enter it at Ultimate. I know Plup has been grinding hard on stream all the time, and a lot of the MDVA Melee players (Zain, Llod, Rishi, Junebug, etc.) have done really well in other Smash games, so I'm excited to see what they bring to Ultimate. I could see any of those players going on a really strong run through the Ultimate bracket.
5. I have no idea what's gonna happen in Melee. It is Genesis, so Mango might finally get his 3peat. I hope he does, I'm not sure Melee needs to stay alive now that Ultimate is out, so Mango getting his Genesis 3peat would be a good ending to the Melee storyline.