On January 9th, 2012, the character of Meta Knight will be effectively banned from competitive play in U.S. Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournaments under the Unity Ruleset 2.0 by Smashboards.com. The vote was calculated after a trial tournament was held to test the balance of the character, largely dismissed by dedicated players due to his speed and aerial abilities frequently leading to cheap monopolies on air and (in particular) ledge combat. Prior to the announcement of Meta Knight’s ban, many tournaments and players used additional, self-imposed gameplay regulations to balance the character’s effectiveness.
Any Brawl tournament fighters among us, EGs? What are your thoughts on official character banning in general? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section!