During the latest balance changes to MultiVersus, Taz was nerfed, but now it looks like the next in line is none other than Shaggy Rogers. So why is the lanky man with a sandwich obsession in the crosshairs of the MultiVersus community? Apparently he has a move that can carry him around and bring wins easily.
The move in question is his Chiller Instinct Kick. This is his special side move where he does that flying kick with the purple aura. People find it difficult to counter it because the move is very high priority. And for those who don’t know what priority is in a fighting game, here’s what it basically breaks down into.
When two people perform an attack at the same time, one of the attackers will have priority to hit the other player. Whoever has priority negates the opponent’s attack, which often means they are the ones registering the hit and dealing damage. This was a particular issue with the Taz Tornado before the nerf. He was able to hurt players even if they attacked him while he was in tornado form.
Players might be quick to jump the gun with Shaggy’s kick. Since it was part of last week’s free character rotation, a lot more players have been using it. There was probably more Shaggy in online matches than someone like Batman just because he was free but also because he was a beloved character in people’s childhoods and he was a same.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the next batch of free characters in the current rotation were caught in the crossfire of mass complaints and appeals to nerfs. While this game is far from complete or perfectly balanced, it’s still fairly new. People haven’t learned the matches or the true potential of legitimately problematic characters.
Additionally, this game also needs to strike a balance for the characters while considering its 1v1 and 2v2. What might work in a 2v2 could easily be countered in a 1v1. Since Shaggy’s kick is very effective due to its priority and knockback, it’s not what fully carries the character. In a 2v2 scenario, you may be caught off guard by the kick because you are busy with another player. When he comes like a ram and knocks you out, it can be frustrating.
At this time, it’s too early to tell if Shaggy will see his kick nerfed in the next MultiVersus patch. If there comes a point where there’s an uneven distribution of Shaggy’s wins and it’s attributed to his kicking, then the nerfs are warranted. Rather, it’s more like a “noob stomper”: a move casuals don’t seem to find counterplay with because they won’t take the time to get around it.
MultiVersus is now available in open beta on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series, and PC consoles.