MagicScrumpy offered something new to the Melee scene on YouTube at the time of his channel's creation. While most Melee content creation focused on professional players and national tournaments, MagicScrumpy tinkered away at the inner mechanics of Melee.
While his videos received relatively low view counts, nothing could be said about the sheer creativity of the idea. What if Ganon had Luigi's wavedash, giving the otherwise stiff character a fantastic movement option?
Even if these changes were simplistic in the eyes of the modding community, the casual YouTube viewer could enjoy a fresh look at Melee as a game that could be broken, fixed, and changed.
In 2016, MagicScrumpy remade his "What if Ganon Had Luigi's Wavedash?" video with a different and updated montage. These two videos show a change in focus-- while the original showed off the modded mechanic with little concern for style, the new montage had Ganon perform the mechanic with absolute perfection, arguably one that could never be done by a real player.
MagicScrumpy added commentary to his videos, adding personality and perspective to his Melee modding; rather than a showcase of changed moves, MagicScrumpy revealed his thought process and opinion on the game.
His videos then took another turn, as he revealed a series of videos geared towards balancing Melee. Conceptually, these videos were far more difficult and delved into the competitive aspect of Melee. He also included guests from the competitive scene to share their thoughts.
Of course, competitive Melee is a touchy subject rife with opinion and disagreement on what may be absolutely true about Melee. Is Fox overpowered? Do low-tier characters deserve buffs to become competitively viable?
Eight months ago, MagicScrumpy released his most controversial video that gained the attention of professional players. His video focused on nerfing Fox, in which he argued that Fox's base attributes in the game always place him above the rest of the roster.
He then tweaked the character by nerfing damage to certain moves and removing features that some consider necessary to the character's performance, such as shine's ability to break crouch cancels.
@TSM_Leffen I find myself consistently disagreeing with that guy's balance philosophies— DARK TØPH (@toph_bbq) September 11, 2016
William "Leffen" Hjelte, one of the top six players at the time of the video, and also a Fox main, took notice and berated MagicScrumpy on Twitter for misunderstanding the character's performance on the competitive level. Other players then chimed in, putting MagicScrumpy's video under the scrutiny of the competitive Melee community.
@TSM_Leffen everyone would appreciate it if you didn't go out of your way to start shit 24/7. i'm going to stop responding to you now.— scrumpy (@MagicScrumpy) September 11, 2016
It was all bad though.
Some well-known figures of the Melee community stepped forward to defend MagicScrumpy's contributions to the Melee scene on Youtube-- however, the damage had been done and MagicScrumpy became a negative figure overnight.
Reddit and Twitter raided MagicScrumpy's videos after his run-in with the competitive scene. Particularly, Redditors examined a Young Link combo video that MagicScrumpy released on his channel that claimed every clip had come from Netplay.
They found that MagicScrumpy had lied and that his video was tool-assisted, meaning that each frame was choreographed to make him seem more skilled than he was. While MagicScrumpy denied the allegations at first, he eventually confessed that the video had been tool-assisted in a tweet.
After the confession, it seemed that MagicScrumpy's run on YouTube would be over. Yet his Melee videos got even more creative than ever before-- wild ideas like charging aerials (much like how charged smash attacks work) and turning taunt animations into attacks brought another breath of fresh air to his channel.
MagicScrumpy still releases new modded Melee videos. He has even begun a second channel for modding Gamecube games other than Melee.
Despite the drama, MagicScrumpy's content still commands attention with original, creative Melee content to this day.
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