88 episodes

Two experienced competitive Super Smash Bros. players analyze and break down the unspoken psychological framework of the competitive scene.

Beyond the Metagame: A Smash Bros. Podcast Abhi Vaidyanatha, Dane Hartog

    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 76 Ratings

Two experienced competitive Super Smash Bros. players analyze and break down the unspoken psychological framework of the competitive scene.

    7-6 Do You Have Protagonist Syndrome?

    7-6 Do You Have Protagonist Syndrome?

    AV and Peon tackle the concept of Protagonist Syndrome. How do we avoid the pitfalls of focusing solely on our own progress? How does one optimally track their own improvement?

    • 1 hr 39 min
    7-4: Current and Past Events

    7-4: Current and Past Events

    AV and Peon spend some time discussing the events of the past year. Contents may include: paleontology, a patented Ness down-air, cultural optimism, and why you should never downplay your own successes.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    7-3: Sora and the DLC Retrospective

    7-3: Sora and the DLC Retrospective

    AV and Peon embark on a journey to talk about Sora, slowly descending into madness as they look back at all the DLC characters that have been released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    7-2 Back in the Saddle, Again

    7-2 Back in the Saddle, Again

    After a lengthy hiatus, Peon and AV return to discuss reengaging with Smash as the pandemic subsides. Tournaments have returned, and with them, the insatiable urge to compete.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    7-1: Starting Melee in 2021

    7-1: Starting Melee in 2021

    The dream team is back and ready... to play Super Smash Bros. Melee. The two discuss the joys of learning Melee in 2021 with the fewer matchups, plethora of training resources, and great online support. Additionally, they discuss the state of Smash Ultimate and what it will be like to return to local tournaments in the upcoming months.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    6-1: Some Guy Named Steve

    6-1: Some Guy Named Steve

    AV and Peon wake up from their collective fever dream and realize that Steve from Minecraft has in fact been confirmed for Smash. Suspending their disbelief, they address this wild addition to the already stacked roster.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Miller Ferguson ,

A Great Podcast for a Great Game!

When looking for a new podcast to listen to, I knew that I wanted to do a video game podcast, because playing video games is something I love doing. And as of lately, I’ve been seriously getting into playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on my Nintendo Switch, and having tons of fun with it. I’m consistently getting better and better at the game, and like hearing better player’s takes and opinions on certain aspects of the game and certain playable characters. I then searched up “Smash Bros. Podcasts”, leading me to the Beyond the Metagame Podcast.

The three episodes I watched were “5-11: The Eternal Student ft. Dabuz”, “6-1: Some Guy Named Steve”, and “5-2: Are You Carried?” And out of all of these, the most memorable of the episodes was “5-2: Are You Carried?” In the game, carried means that the character you play is so good, that it makes you seem good at the game. This episode made me realize that I indeed am carried by my character. However, that is not going to make me stop using him 😊.

If I were to ask you one question, it is how do you get all these PGR and professional players to come on the podcast? I’d imagine they’re always busy and relatively hard to get in contact with, so how you get them on is a mystery to me.

As for topics to cover, you both have already done podcasts on certain characters, but I feel that a cool idea would be to start a series where every episode involves an in-depth analysis on one character from the roster, until all the cast as been covered. This is because so many people play so many different characters, therefore every player can have their own analysis. That would be something I would want to watch.

Overall, as a Smash Bros. player this was an extremely enjoyable podcast to listen to. You guys both work very well together, are hilarious, and have such an in-depth knowledge of the game and I find myself learning something new every time I put on an episode. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone who plays Smash or is just wanting something to relax to and have a laugh. I give this podcast five out of five stars, and keep up the good work :)

_Sancho ,

fine as all get out

AV and Peon never fail to make me enjoy smash bros more. They bounce off of each other in wonderful ways, AV being more of the introspective type and Peon the ‘mover’ per se. The podcast benefits greatly for them both. The interviews are always informative, the jokes are hilarious, the breakdown of the psychological side is something I find fascinating. The best part? They don’t covet their neighbors speedboat. The humor is a bit PG-14 (remember when PG14 was a thing?), and Peon never fails to find that thin balance between comedy and crassness, just like the thin line between pain and pleasure.

If you don’t get these jokes, listen to the podcast. You will then.

All of this to say, throw some love at our big bois. The scene needs it now more than ever, and it’s a great podcast to boot. Keep on trucking, BtM.

anonyynynymous ,


I like this podcast and I wanna boost it in the algorithm bye reviewing since I can’t donate through patreon. This is my favorite way to learn smash because they are cool and nice and it’s not hardcore stuff it’s just chill and you still get to learn the game. I listen to this whilst trying to sleep and playing grindy games. 10/10 pogchamp

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