One-and-done. Any Smash player knows what this means. For the uninformed, it’s when a winning player leaves after one match on Elite Smash. Oftentimes, this isn’t what it looks like. The winning player might be doing a gauntlet challenge online, maybe busy, and have to leave the game for other reasons. Since Smash online doesn’t have a dedicated ranked system for sets, one-and-dones will inevitably happen for even the most innocuous of reasons.
Unfortunately, this comes off as a slight to overly competitive players. They take it as the opposing player asserting unwarranted dominance. I’ve been down that road, trust me.
Combined with the act of teabagging, this can culminate into a bad recipe for online feuding. In some cases, to include those I’ve personally dealt with, I have run into toxic players who have placed a chip on their shoulder over a single win online while trash-talking.
This stems from a larger, more toxic culture within the Smash scene as well as competitive games in general. Players calling other players scrubs despite themselves not being amazing at the game is one example. As such, if you encounter these types of players, it’s best to move on and not let them ruin your day.
For the record, Smash skill is generally decided by tournament sets and money matches. Best of 3, Best of 5, and First to 5 are among the most common formats to settle scores. Online, it is completely unwise to bet money against players due to Smash’s notoriously woeful netcode. As such, Elite Smash matches are not real sets.
These players I mentioned tend to place themselves on a pedestal. It’s common that the losing player wants a rematch under tournament rules. The antagonizing player, however, will rudely decline the challenge, usually hurling insults in the process.
Win-protecting is not a good mentality to have when getting good. It reeks of conceitedness and complacency. Players who do this usually tend to plateau in their skill. Many of them have never set foot in a tournament in their life so don’t feel insecure about it. As such, rather than seek improvement, they prefer to cackle over simple wins online to make another player feel miserable.
What to Do
If you’re the losing player in this situation and want to rematch someone, be respectful. Seeking players out on social media is common practice. Sometimes you might run into someone who plays in tournaments and might want to spar. For instance, if you want to play them again, you could say “ggs. You down for a Bo5?”
If you’re the winning player in this situation, remember that trash-talk is part of the game. But to avoid the coward scenario, be prepared to back it up when challenged. Otherwise, take the win gracefully and move on without antagonizing the losing player. Even if you teabagged them during the game, remember that it’s a game and to not be disrespectful to a complete stranger over a simple online exchange.
If your opponent refuses your challenge, move on. Find a better, stronger opponent and continue training. There’s a high chance your former opponent lacks your competitive drive and you will eventually surpass them.
What Not to Do
If you’re the losing player in this scenario, don’t hurl insults and hate mail at someone on Twitter just because you lost. This can result in feuds that go public quickly. Furthermore, I recommend against raging over Elite Smash.
If you’re the winning player in this situation, I would strongly avoid perching up on a pedestal over a random game online. Without stage counterpicking rules and an official set with nothing on the line, keep in mind that your win could be a fluke. Your opponent can adapt after one game and turn the tides.
But moreover, politely decline a match if you’re not interested. Your opponent might think you’re just busy and may forget the exchange even happened later. I strongly advise against hurling insults and placing a chip on your shoulder as this is toxic behavior which can, in turn, provoke responses from your opponent as well.
While Twitter is a common source of terrible behavior, this can happen anywhere. Fighting gamers on other consoles and PC deal with hate mail regularly sent to their inboxes. I have encountered such conceited behavior on Smashladder and Discord chats as well.
As I mentioned earlier, win-protecting is a complacent mentality. No, that doesn’t mean you have to accept every challenge from everyone every time. But if you have something to prove, don’t just verbally antagonize the other player.
At the end of the day, it’s about having fun. If you’re seeking improvement, there are a number of ways to improve. Seeking players on Metafy to help coach you will surely boost your skill. Challenging an annoying player to a rematch while they hurl insults is a waste of time. Likewise, hurling insults at the player who beat you for being “cheap” also won’t help you in the long run. If you sent the challenge and it was ignored or decline, move on. Spend your time elsewhere and keep improving.
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