This weekend, THS (The Holy Sepulchre) hosted a For Honor tournament in honor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The tournament – called “Fight Against Cancer” – was a duel event live-streamed on Twitch and organized on Battlefy.
The rules were as follows:
We were able to catch the grand finals of the tournament, hosted by For Honor Arena. The epic battle came down to Mayco and One Shot (xxone_shotxx115) scrapping it out for the prize. Mayco chose Conqueror for this fight, a heavy character with considerable defensive skills. One Shot went with Warden, a well-rounded hero with a somewhat limited moveset.
The first fight was fairly even, with both One Shot and Mayco scoring two wins each. One Shot was impishly crafty with his feints, while Mayco excelled in his ability to follow his own offense up with guard breaks and light attacks. In the end, Mayco was able to best One Shot with his brilliant all-block finesse.
Lag played a major factor in the first fight and the match was restarted as a result. The second encounter was considerably more in Mayco’s favor, who perfectly timed his guard breaks against One Shot’s shoulder bashes. He was also on-point with countering the Warden’s offense, effectively reversing the onslaught.
During the tournament, a conversation was started in the fairly active chat Twitch chat room regarding balance. For Honor, while having quite a good year, still has some issues regarding how one-sided some heroes are.
Conqueror, having recently received a rework, is considered one of the best heroes in-game. Warden, on the other hand, suffers from a very basic moveset. The hero was actually the first For Honor design in development, so this is not surprising. That said, many Twitch followers considered the match-up to be unfair. Even the commentator was recommending that One Shot choose a different character for the next match-up.
Interestingly enough, this sparked a dialogue about why a fighting game has unbalanced heroes. Ubisoft has yet to update some of their older For Honor roster. Many fans of the game consider this an unfair aspect of competitive play. Many of the reworked (Conqueror included) and newer cast have considerably more abilities and options.
In the final match, One Shot opted to play as Kensei – a newly reworked hero – instead of Warden. While he did considerably better against Mayco, the Conqueror still managed a victory. Utilizing his all-block stance to its fullest and cleverly timing his shield bashes, even Kensei stood no chance. Mayco managed to put xxone_shotxx115 away for good, solidifying his place in the charity tournament.
Many For Honor players assert that Conqueror is too overpowered and that he isn’t a fair match in duels. That said, One Shot played Kensei in their last dance and simply wasn’t able to beat him. Kensei also received a recent rework, becoming one of the top Heroes in the fighting game. Mayco has won several tournaments before, however, and is a tough cookie.
THS has set up a donation page, urging both players and competitors alike to donate.
The new For Honor expansion is due in the fall of 2018.
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