Hax finds himself joining a long line of players who have been plagued by play related injuries over the history of Esports. Haxs announcement has also brought player health issues into the limelight, with many people starting to recognize the importance of stretching and taking care of ones health to ensure longer careers. Even Mang0, widely considered the best player currently and even of all time, has stated that he can only play Fox for about 1 or 2 more years.
"Spaceys", as Fox and Falco are often termed, are the most technically demanding characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, often requiring several inputs per second that make it difficult to play him for long periods at a time. Many fans are wondering if players will switch mains from Fox or Falco to a less technically demanding character so that they can have a longer career.
Haxs full statement on his twitter is as follows:
sad to announce that Im on an indefinite hiatus from Smash. hand injury from back in May has worsened. dont know how long Ill be gone for.
With Haxs departure from competition, character selection being looked at more, and the recent release of Smash 4 on the Wii U, it will be very interesting to see how things will play out in 2015 for competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee.