Edge protection isn’t unique to MultiVersus, it’s a common technique in platformers. The main reason edge protection works on platformers is because unlike traditional fighting games, platforms are ruled by percentages and stocks. This can lead to both players getting creative to eliminate each other’s stocks and win the game as quickly as possible.
Edgeguarding is one of the techniques used by players to quickly take over their opponent’s stocks. It’s not without its downsides, however. Whether you’re looking for essential edge protection tips and tricks or just want to learn how to avoid edge protection in MultiVerse, our handy guide below has got you covered.
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What is edge guarding and how is it done?
Edgeguarding sounds easy enough in theory; prevent the opponent who is offstage from coming back onstage, and that should be it. This is easier to do the higher the percentage of the character that is edge protected, since the movements you make will cause more recoil. However, the hard part is actually doing it.
Edge protection is not a systematic process, it is an art. It’s not something that can be repeated over and over again unless your opponent does the same backstage. There are many factors that contribute to edge protection. Your character, your opponent’s character, the stage and the percentages. Since there isn’t just one way to edgeguard, you’ll need to be creative in getting your off-stage kills.
General tips and tricks for edge protection
Here are some edge protection tips and tricks:
- In MultiVersus, edge protection is a relatively safe endeavor unless you make a silly mistake. Don’t use all of your jumps, air dodges, or special abilities and save some for your recovery. You can refresh them by wall-hanging when you’re offstage or by landing onstage.
- Watch what your opponent does when they are backstage. Can you use what he’s doing backstage to take stock?
- Sometimes the best thing is to just go out and do it. When you fail, learn from your mistake.
- Most characters’ Air Attack is a good tool for edge protection.
- If you have a projectile, you can also use it to repel enemies, provided you’re sure you can aim.
Edge protection is an abstract concept due to human habits and tendencies and can vary from playstyle to playstyle. Practice creates masters!
How to avoid edge guarding
One of the worst places in MultiVersus is backstage when another person tries to hit you while you’re out there taking stock. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening. Here are some of them:
- Don’t immediately waste all your resources just trying to recover. You have multiple ways to recover mixups using jumps, air dodges, and specials. If you waste them all and get hit, your stash will be taken from you.
- Walling up is a viable strategy for messing up your recovery. However, be aware that players can just jump off and goad you with their air attack or other move, which may cause you to take stock sooner.
- If you’re feeling risky, look for a reversal when the opponent protecting you on the edge is also offstage. Instead of your balance sheet being taken, it will be theirs and it could turn the tide of the game.
The GIF below might paint a better picture of decision making during an Edgeguard sequence.
In this situation we can see Shaggy backstage with Finn and Wonder Woman ready to stop him from touching the stage again. Wonder Woman’s best bet for ending Shaggy’s stash here is an airstrike down to end the edge guard, while Finns decides to stay onstage as another wall to prevent Shaggy’s recovery should Wonder Woman fail to Shaggy’s stash with her spike.
The opposing Wonder Woman (highlighted in red) has just reappeared and the best she could do is run to her teammate and push Finn off the stage as fast as possible and hope Shaggy can recover. Shaggy was spiked, but he survived and the opposing Wonder Woman was able to knock both Finn and his ally Wonder Woman off the stage, interrupting the Edgeguard sequence.