Beyond the Metagame: A Smash Bros. Podcast

Beyond the Metagame: A Smash Bros. Podcast
Two experienced competitive Super Smash Bros.

5-16: The Art of Confidence ft. Coach Zeke
Aug 28 • 74 min
Coach Zeke, the legendary coach behind many top players’ rise to prominence, comes on the show to teach AV and Peon a thing or two. Listen to the trifecta talk about the journey from expert to master, key aspects holding your play back mentally, and how…
5-15: Why We Smash 2
Aug 21 • 74 min
In the season finale, AV and Peon revisit the original premise of Beyond the Metagame. The two reflect on the benefits of pursuing competitive Smash as a hobby and explore what is preventing many community members from leveraging these lessons learned.
5-14: Patch 8.1 and Small Battlefield
Aug 7 • 80 min
Out of nowhere, the Smash community has been blessed with a new stage, upgraded online functionality, and updates to Elite Smash requirements. Listen to the BTM hosts interpret what these changes mean for the online Smash scene!
5-13: Pandemic Sitrep
Jul 31 • 87 min
As the dust slowly settles around our changed world, AV and Peon ponder the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on competitive Smash, training routines, and their main characters.
5-12: Patch 8.0 and Min Min
Jul 24 • 87 min
With AV and Peon having a few weeks to take in the patch, the fearless duo are ready to share their opinions on Sakurai’s recent shake-up. Tune in to hear their thoughts on Min Min, character buffs, and Peon’s new dangerous hobby!
5-11: The Eternal Student ft. Dabuz
Jul 9 • 76 min
The name Dabuz in the Smash community is synonymous with consistent, methodical, and intelligent. This week, listen in to hear us pick the brain of Smash’s most studious player to find out how Dabuz got these qualities, what he recommends for students of…
5-10: Min Min and Rollback Netcode
Jun 26 • 84 min
With Sakurai blessing us through another character reveal, AV and Peon take to the airwaves to discuss their first thoughts. After a long discussion about the new character, the hosts also share their thoughts on Melee’s upgraded netplay service: Project…
5-9: Coaching Done Right ft. TSM Korean
Jun 18 • 64 min
Today the BTM hosts get the opportunity to speak with Korean, TSM’s coach for Smash. Listen in to hear him drop knowledge about his coaching strategies with Tweek and Leffen, problems that he sees in all mid level players, and hear his take on recognizing…
5-8: Talent vs. Hard Work
Jun 12 • 60 min
AV and Peon address the Smash community’s obsession with the overblown question of nature vs. nurture in their attempt to end this conversation once and for all.
5-7: Aggression
May 23 • 84 min
AV and Peon are all fired up due to one of the most notoriously abused concepts in the Smash community: aggression. Where is it useful? What is it? Are you too aggressive? Find out on this contentious episode!
5-6: What’s Your Problem? ft. The People
May 16 • 85 min
This week, AV and Peon take some calls from the BTM community. We chat with each caller about a problem they may be having, and we get to the bottom of it.
5-5: Cheating on Smash
May 2 • 59 min
This week, AV and Peon talk about cheating on Smash. At what point is spending time with other games or other hobbies detrimental to Smash goals? How do we best leverage time away from Smash to fulfill our improvement goals?
5-4: Camping and You
Apr 17 • 71 min
AV and Peon talk camping. What about defensive play makes it so frustrating to deal with? What does this say about our mid-match psychology? When can camping be best utilized to win an important set or to tilt your opponent past the edge?
5-3: Should You Play Project+?
Apr 10 • 60 min
AV and Peon breakdown the newest iteration of Project M, “Project+.” Who is this game for, what are our impressions, and is it worth your time?
5-2: Are You Carried?
Mar 27 • 69 min
This week, AV and Peon discuss whether the concept of being carried is something we should give any credence to, and if so, how to know if you are carried. The team dives into the weeds, examining if this concept is only meant to be derogatory, or if…
5-1: Flying Solo
Mar 21 • 72 min
With the recent global pandemic, your home is now the main venue for improving at Smash! In this topical season opener, AV and Peon dive into getting the most out of playing Smash alone, analyzing the pitfalls of solo play, their thoughts about WiFi, and…
4-18: Switching Mains
Feb 14 • 88 min
Thinking about switching mains? What’s gonna be different? What will stay the same? AV and Peon tackle all the hard questions for you in your journey to make one of the hardest changes to your Smash Bros gameplay.
4-17: Patch 7.0 and Byleth
Feb 6 • 102 min
Byleth and their arsenal have been deployed to the Smash battlefield. Join AV and Peon as they discuss the new addition to the smash roster, the gamut of balance changes made to the game, and a recap of their respective Genesis experiences.
4-16: Let Byleths be Byleths
Jan 17 • 87 min
Peon and AV react to the newest addition to the roster, Byleth! Who is this character for? What will their place in the meta be? All will be answered and more in this week’s episode.
4-15: Slumpbusters
Jan 9 • 75 min
Peon hits the therapy couch again as AV walks him through his recent slump. Through this, the two lay down a game plan for diagnosing, accepting, and treating rough patches in your gameplay.
4-14: Smash Through the Decade
Jan 3 • 95 min
Our co-hosts take on the challenge of producing a retrospective on the narratives, development, and highlights of Super Smash Bros. through the last ten years. In this episode, they break down the stories told through the game to underline the importance…
4-13: Demystifying Cheese
Dec 19, 2019 • 87 min
This week, AV and Peon discuss GimR’s new technology and its relevance to the metagame. Later, the two breakdown the concept of cheese, and debate when and if it is worth complaining about.
4-12: 1 Year of Smash Ultimate
Dec 12, 2019 • 95 min
Beyond the Metagame celebrates Smash Ultimate’s one year anniversary with a retrospective on expectations, lessons learned, and game experience highlights.
4-11: Thankful for Smash
Nov 28, 2019 • 82 min
This week, Peon and AV have some fun with their second annual Thanksgiving special. The hosts give thanks regarding their favorite aspects of Smash Bros in and out of the game.
4-10: Performing Under Pressure ft. Sports Psych Steve
Nov 21, 2019 • 74 min
Today, Sports Psych Steve returns to share his wisdom regarding how to bring your “A” game even when the pressure is at its highest. The hosts and Steve also explain the benefits of applying Sports Psychology to gaming, and reframe the importance of…
4-9: Patch 6.0 and Terry Bogard
Nov 11, 2019 • 93 min
Terry Bogard has entered the building, and with him arrive a slew of low tier buffs. AV and Peon give their initial feedback on the character roster’s newest addition, while also reacting to the buffs that came packaged with 6.0.
4-8: Crossing the Chasm ft. Toph
Nov 4, 2019 • 87 min
AV and Peon open their minds up to new perspectives as they are joined by famed Melee player, commentator, and smash icon Toph! Through the episode, the hosts leverage Toph’s vast culmination of smash knowledge to build out dialogue around crossing…
4-7: Climbing the Summit
Oct 24, 2019 • 78 min
AV and Peon discuss the upcoming Smash Ultimate Summit tournament, diving into their expectations of each event and reigniting their old gambling habits.
4-6: Owning Your Gameplay
Oct 17, 2019 • 74 min
AV and Peon explore the idea of taking responsibility for one’s own gameplay, strolling down memory lane to find the memories that evolved their perspective on owning up to their mistakes. The BTM duo dive into what it takes to accept loss, how we can…
4-5: Hot or Not
Oct 10, 2019 • 81 min
For once, AV and Peon get the chance to fire off their many hot takes with reckless abandon as they get together to decide what’s hot and what’s not. Watch the duo square off in a few rounds of debate around some relevant and controversial topics in the…
4-4: Bracket Demons
Sep 26, 2019 • 82 min
In a classic BTM adventure, AV and Peon take a trip to the spirit world to classify the many different types of “bracket demons.” In doing so, they look into their past, present, and future to formulate battle plans for the different challenging players…
4-3: Back in the Saddle
Sep 19, 2019 • 67 min
This week, Peon dives into analyzing his long break from Smash; it’s not pretty. In turn, AV helps Peon form a plan of action to shake off the rust, spawning a discussion about the benefits from breaks in your play and how to best return to form.
4-2: Elite Entertainment ft. The Phenomenal EE
Sep 12, 2019 • 74 min
This week, AV and Peon are joined by none other than the Phenomenal EE, famed Super Smash Bros. caster known for his enthralling performances on the mic. The BTM duo uncovers EE’s thoughts about his own commentary style, the state of esports, and the path…
4-1: Banjo-Kazooie, Terry Bogard, and a Nintendo Direct!
Sep 5, 2019 • 67 min
In the Season 4 opener, AV and Peon are blessed with a content-filled Nintendo Direct, a brand new patch, and a new addition to the roster! The BTM boys unpack the release of Banjo and react to the reveal of the latest character in development, Terry…
3-17: Community Appreciation
Aug 22, 2019 • 52 min
In the Season 3 finale, AV and Peon recall some of their favorite experiences in the Smash community, talk about what brings us all together, and play back some wholesome stories from listeners like you.
3-16: Character Crisis 2
Aug 12, 2019 • 66 min
In the inevitable sequel to Peon’s character dilemma, AV starts to question his loyalty to Donkey Kong. On this episode, Peon talks AV through his quest to find a notable replacement or companion to the king of the jungle.
3-15: The Hero’s Journey
Aug 5, 2019 • 82 min
On this week’s episode, the BTM squad analyzes Hero, the brand new Smash Ultimate DLC character! The two go over their initial thoughts of the character, his general viability, and whether or not he’s a healthy addition to the competitive metagame.
3-14: A Rookie’s Guidebook ft. N64Josh & Nightcrawlr
Jul 26, 2019 • 89 min
AV and Peon catch up with their fellow podcast creators, N64Josh and Nightcrawlr, hosts of the Smash Bros Cast. In a wonderful fireside chat, the BTM co-hosts find out what Josh and Crawlr have been doing lately, their reasons for ending the show, and…
3-13: Community in Crisis
Jul 18, 2019 • 70 min
With recent events displaying unbecoming behavior from members of the Smash community, AV and Peon stop to reflect on the values that they stand for, the true nature of the Smash community, and the things you can do to make the ecosystem a more positive…
3-12: Why Play a Low Tier?
Jul 11, 2019 • 81 min
In an uncharacteristic change of heart, the BTM duo reconsiders the value behind playing low tier characters.
3-11: Smash’s Rival ft. Dan Fornace
Jul 4, 2019 • 85 min
AV and Peon crossover between universes as they are joined by none other than Dan Fornace, creator of the indie platform fighter, Rivals of Aether. On the show, Dan paints the picture behind the inspiration for the game, why its characters are so vibrant,…
3-10: The Hero, Banjo, and You
Jun 27, 2019 • 85 min
This week, AV and Peon react to the announcement of The Hero and Banjo-Kazooie. How will these characters distinguish themselves? Will these characters play to your strengths? What do these announcements say about the future of Smash character DLC?
3-9: Smash Ultimate Burnout
Jun 20, 2019 • 69 min
With AV and Peon’s respective burnouts from parts of the Smash community, the two get down to business and figure out how to proactively combat this enduring issue.
3-8: The Loyal Scientist ft. Fatality
Jun 6, 2019 • 71 min
AV meets his match as the casting duo are joined by introspective master and Captain Falcon extraordinaire, Fatality! To learn more about how we can optimize our brain for success, we pick Fatality’s brain on his self awareness, methodical practice…
3-7: Patch 3.1
May 31, 2019 • 68 min
This week, AV and Peon discuss the most recent balance patch in Smash Ultimate’s development life cycle. Who are the biggest winners and losers? What does this say about the balance philosophy going forward?
3-6: Tilt
May 24, 2019 • 80 min
This week, our fearless duo talk about what tilt is, what causes it, and how we can address it to evolve into better versions of ourselves. However, when they get to talking about getting through tilt as a competitor, tensions arise as AV and Peon…
3-5: The Traveler
May 10, 2019 • 75 min
Join AV and Peon on their journey in breaking down the experience of traveling to other regions! Along the way, they highlight the pros and cons of competitive environments, the variety of regional subcultures, and the Prometheus principle. What’s that?
3-4: Crossing the Plateau
May 3, 2019 • 62 min
As we move past the early days of Smash Ultimate, AV and Peon approach the concept of the dreaded plateau. In this episode, they talk about figuring out whether you’re in one, learning how to move past them, and avoiding them in the future.
3-3: The “Low” Tier Hero ft. Maister
Apr 25, 2019 • 68 min
This week, we are joined by Maister, one of Mexico’s best players and the best Game & Watch player in the world. He joins AV and Peon to talk about pushing the metagame of an unpopular character, staying positive through adversity, and proving to the…
3-2: Patch 3.0 and Joker
Apr 18, 2019 • 80 min
Nintendo pulls a fast one on AV and Peon, releasing the patch with almost no warning! In this episode, the duo goes over their first impressions of Joker, balance changes, new content, and the patch’s overall implications for Smash Ultimate’s future.
3-1: Smashing Tournament Nerves ft. PhD Louie
Apr 11, 2019 • 81 min
In the season 3 premiere, AV and Peon discuss mental health with PhD Louie, a veteran of the Smash scene and studied academic. Dr. Louie goes into depth about how to calm tournament nerves and offers many practical solutions to some of the most difficult…
2-15: The State of the Ultimate Address
Mar 29, 2019 • 79 min
In true finale fashion, AV and Peon take on addressing the Smash community about the developments in the first quarter of Smash Ultimate. Join them as they talk about how characters, players, and techniques have developed, in addition to some of the…
2-14: Victory
Mar 21, 2019 • 67 min
This week, AV and Peon talk about what victories mean for your progress as a competitor, how to go about contextualizing them, and what to do when you think you’ve won it all.
2-13: Community Building
Mar 14, 2019 • 39 min
In another solo mission, AV provides insight into how his dedication for serving the community supplied the motivation for creating a Smash Bros. podcast. Through the narrative, he takes us through his growth as a leader in the Smash community, giving…
2-12: The Ultimate Summit
Mar 7, 2019 • 70 min
The very first Smash Ultimate Summit is happening this weekend! AV and Peon discuss the history of Summit, their expectations for the event, and what it means for competitive Smash Ultimate.
2-11: The Pursuit of Happiness
Feb 28, 2019 • 44 min
This week, Peon flies solo, questioning whether or not it’s healthy to look for fulfillment outside of traditional day to day life. In this fireside chat, we learn about his struggles, why we look for meaning outside of our main occupation, and how Beyond…
2-10: Fundamentals
Feb 22, 2019 • 53 min
AV and Peon host a crash course on the mystical concept of fundamentals to give you a clear path on what they are and how to improve them.
2-9: Ego Trip
Feb 14, 2019 • 64 min
Is ego affecting your ability to improve at Smash? AV and Peon get to the bottom of how an unchecked ego can hinder growth in all areas of the Smash community.
2-8: Genesis Stories and Ultimate 2.0
Feb 7, 2019 • 72 min
This week, AV and Peon retell their Genesis stories, discuss about what they took away from the experience, and break down what the recent patch means for you as a player and competitor.
2-7: The Unbreakable Mind ft. Sports Psychologist Steve
Jan 31, 2019 • 89 min
This week we are joined by Sports Psychologist Steve, an industry professional known for his ability to connect his foundations in applied psychology with his gaming domain knowledge. In true BTM fashion, AV and Peon pick his brain to formulate the…
2-6: Progress Check
Jan 24, 2019 • 56 min
AV and Peon take a step back to acknowledge their progress as Ultimate competitors, wrangling with their biggest roadblocks to improving before Genesis 6.
2-5: Character Crisis
Jan 17, 2019 • 59 min
This week, AV becomes Peon’s psychiatrist, talking him through his character crisis. Through this journey, they provide the framework for choosing a main and what should motivate this incredibly critical decision.
2-B1: The Crossover Episode ft. The Smash Bros. Cast
Jan 15, 2019 • 83 min
What’s this, a crossover episode? Enjoy our rebroadcast of our appearance on the Smash Bros. Cast where we talk with N64Josh and NightCrawlr about jumping into the competitive scene.
2-4: Elite Smash and You
Jan 3, 2019 • 69 min
Does Elite Smash or GSP matter? AV and Peon explore this topic in this week’s episode to figure out the things we can take away from this controversial Smash Ultimate feature.
2-3: The Comfort Zone
Dec 28, 2018 • 69 min
This week, AV and Peon explore their personal comfort zones to learn about their origins, how to break out of them, and how to apply these strategies as a person and player.
2-2: Facing the Community ft. CONEY
Dec 20, 2018 • 80 min
AV and Peon are joined by community mainstay CONEY! In this episode, we explore the historical development of the scene, what it takes to succeed at any iteration of Smash, and how we can change the future face of our events.
2-1: First Steps
Dec 13, 2018 • 76 min
In the first episode of Season 2, AV and Peon dive into their experiences with the game so far, impressions of characters/mechanics, and ultimately what the best practices are in the new game.
1-15: Ultimate Launch Spectacular
Dec 6, 2018 • 71 min
In the final episode of Season 1, AV and Peon celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
1-14: Handwarmers ft. Dr. Cait McGee
Nov 29, 2018 • 70 min
This week, we are joined by Dr. Caitlin McGee, notable esports physical therapist. In this episode, AV and Peon try to keep up as she brings her extensive knowledge/experience about injury prevention, healthy practices, and overall wellness.
1-13: Appreciation
Nov 22, 2018 • 57 min
For the show’s Thanksgiving Special, AV and Peon talk about why it’s important to be thankful and what they appreciate about different parts of the Super Smash Brothers community.
1-12: Preparation
Nov 15, 2018 • 56 min
Are you ready to take on any challenge? This week, AV and Peon talk about preparation, discussing the ins and outs of tackling bracket demons, matchups, and tournament anxiety.
1-11: Living the Game ft. Max Ketchum
Nov 8, 2018 • 74 min
This week, AV and Peon are joined by Max Ketchum, notable community figurehead, caster, competitor, and event organizer. In this episode, we showcase Max’s evident devotion to the game to set a great example for making waves in your own communities.
1-10: Direct Breakdown
Nov 2, 2018 • 82 min
In their 10th episode special, AV and Peon spend an evening discussing the contents of the recent Nintendo Direct and the effects that it will have on you as a casual or competitive player.
1-9: The Warrior’s Path ft. SSBProTips
Oct 25, 2018 • 60 min
AV and Peon are joined by community veteran and content creator SSBProTips. In this episode, we learn about defining the path to greatness, how to walk it, and where we’re often led astray.
1-8: The Ultimate Speculation
Oct 18, 2018 • 76 min
AV and Peon put their thinking caps on to speculate about the changes that the upcoming Smash game will bring for you as a competitor, inside and outside the game.
1-7: Lose Yourself
Oct 11, 2018 • 58 min
What’s so great about losing? AV and Peon talk about defeat, analyzing how to learn and grow from our lows to reach even higher highs.
1-6: Social Commentary ft. GPik
Oct 4, 2018 • 71 min
AV and Peon are joined by GPik, a commentator known for his work in Smash 4 and Rivals of Aether. This week, we break down what it means to be a good commentator, analyze the development of the craft, and connect it to the big picture.
1-5: Identity Crisis
Sep 27, 2018 • 56 min
To what level does our personality cross over into our playstyle in game? AV and Peon uncover the key elements to analyzing the boundary between player and character.
1-4: No Tech Zone
Sep 20, 2018 • 75 min
How much should we practice on our own? How useful are advanced techniques? AV and Peon break down how to maximize your time to see results.
1-3: Learning to Learn ft. Jtails
Sep 13, 2018 • 48 min
AV and Peon are joined by Jtails, expert smash competitor and teacher, who goes into depth on how to explore a new smash game.
1-2: Burnout
Sep 13, 2018 • 57 min
AV and Peon discuss the concept of burnout in competitive smash. What is it, what causes it, and how can we prevent it?
1-1: Why We Smash
Sep 13, 2018 • 45 min
Hosts Abhi Vaidyanatha (AV) and Dane Hartog (Peon) discuss the very basics in their pilot episode. Why do we play Super Smash Brothers?