Ever since Dragon Quest’s Hero hit Smash with more than a few random elements in his arsenal, the competitive scene has argued whether he should be playable in tournaments. Surprisingly, Nintendo France has decided to ban him from the European Team Cup.
Nouveau nom, nouveau format. #SmashBrosEC
Notre tournoi Super #SmashBrosUltimate européen revient… sans balle Smash.
👉 Créez 1 équipe de 3 joueurs
💪 Devenez la meilleure équipe 🇫🇷
👊 Et accédez aux finales 🇪🇺
— Nintendo France (@NintendoFrance) September 23, 2019
The ban also includes Terry and all future DLC fighters, but at least with those it’s likely justified by the qualifying rounds are taking place in September and October of 2019, before those characters are even released. With Hero, it seems specifically due to the character’s elements of luck.
Piranha Plant, Joker, and Banjo & Kazooie are all viable, alongside the original cast.