Leroy Smith, Tekken 7's most recent DLC character alongside Ganryu, has been a thorn in the game's competitive side since he launched in December of last year. Even on the day of his release, many pro players were quick to note just how powerful Leroy was, and then once people learned how to use him, his strength became abundantly clear.
Huge damage, crazy parries, deadly moves that were infuriatingly safe to throw out -- Leroy had it all. He was such a problem that the first major Tekken Tournament of 2020 -- Evo Japan -- was all but ruined by his involvement. Not only did a player using Leory win the whole thing, but six different players in the top eight used Leroy to get there. Without a doubt, he's the most overpowered character Tekken 7 has had since the game hit consoles in 2017.
Fortunately, Leroy's time in the spotlight may have finally come to an end. Obviously it's a little too early to say whether he's still the best character in Tekken 7, but he's been heavily nerfed via patch 3.21, which is available to download now. The update only includes Leroy-specific balance adjustments, knocking down the damage for many of his moves and stripping away some of their most powerful properties. You can check out the full patch notes here.
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