It seems that the Glitch 7 – Minus World tournament organizers are ironically not big fans of glitches. Joker and Pokémon Trainer duos will be banned from Glitch 7 Doubles because of a newly discovered glitch.
The glitch was publicized by @SonicfiendSmash on Twitter. The glitch allows Joker to fill up his Rebel Gauge more quickly if he is teaming with a Pokémon Trainer. If the Pokémon Trainer switches Pokémon after having taken damage, Joker will gain meter. The more damage the Pokémon have taken, the more Joker’s Rebel Gauge will fill up. If the Pokémon are over 100%, the Trainer only needs to switch Pokémon twice to completely fill up the Gauge.
So as JaDX in Ciphercord discovered watching Treta 2019, if PT switches in a team with Joker after being damaged, it will fill Rebel gauge and call Arsene faster.
I believe this is because the game registers each Pokemon as a new character and dumps in free meter to compensate. pic.twitter.com/gAOqXThqSY
— Fiend @ Den of the Blue Lions! (@SonicfiendSmash) September 9, 2019
Because of this glitch, Pokémon Trainer can enable to Joker to summon Arsene almost immediately at high percents. This gives Joker an even bigger buff in Doubles, since he already gained meter when his teammates died. In addition, this glitch is not affected if team attack is on, as is the case with competitive Doubles events.
Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez and Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey joked about teaming together to abuse the Joker and Pokémon Trainer glitch. However, they may not ever get the chance. Scott “Tantalus” Robertson II announced on Twitter that this duo would not be legal at Glitch 7. Tantalus said that he would reverse the decision if Nintendo removed the glitch before “next Tuesday” (presumably Sept. 10, as Glitch 7 is this coming weekend).
Some top players have reacted negatively to Tantalus’ decision, such as Justin “Wishes” Magnetti. Wishes noted another Doubles glitch that has remained legal, this time involving Pokémon Trainer and Snake. If Snake attaches a C4 to Charizard, he can detonate it while Charizard is off-screen during his up-throw animation. Charizard will not take damage, but the opponent he is throwing will die instantly if the timing is right. This glitch also works with characters that have similar throws, like Kirby and Meta Knight.
I propose a ban on Snake/PT pic.twitter.com/cW2V9tLg0a
— justy★ (@Wish7s) September 9, 2019
As it stands, the Doubles ban on Joker and Pokémon Trainer will likely stay in effect for Glitch 7. However, it is unclear if the ban will persist at other tournaments. No other notable tournament organizers have made official statements about the glitch. We will have to wait and see if this ban extends beyond this weekend.
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.