Smash asks players to figure out a solution in a given scenario not through memorization of certain button combinations and character placement, but rather through intuition, where even a newbie can decide what is the best general solution for either defensive or offensive plays. Of course, there is reward for those who memorize general methods that give benefits with little to no risk, hence why the Smash community has formed a general Meta, such as how Fox’s upthrow to up-air is a reliable tool or how Marth can do an easy zero to death on spacies with a setup that involves chaingrabs and constant juggling. I do think however there is a problem with the creation of the Meta: the mindset of competitive players.
I still consider myself being new to this scene despite how often I look at what happens and the many streams that feature tournaments. I have yet to go to a tourney and mainly look at netplay as a source for getting better at Melee and PM due to how it holds competitive playstyles. Interestingly, I have received many different thoughts on my playstyle. Some have stated that I do very odd things that somehow work, or how I approach characters in interesting ways. Yet, the most common and discouraging remark I have heard is that I am too different, not playing correctly. These kind of remarks never made any sense to me, especially when it came to the game of Smash. How is it that my playstyle is deemed incorrect when the game encourages creativity?