Date & Time: January 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM PT (3:00 PM ET)
Prizing: 1st place: $100
Format: Double Elimination; Best of 3 to Grand Finals; Grand Finals Best of 5 with one set advantage to upper bracket team. No bracket reset.
Eligibility: All participants must adhere to the eligibility guidelines posted here. Each school may field more than one team, if space is available. Players may only participate on one team for the duration of the tournament.
Hosting: For each Match, the player that's positioned on top in the bracket will host a Battle Arena. The host should communicate the name and password to their opponent.
Lag: If lag occurs during a tournament game, the game should still be completed (if possible). Leaving a game early may result in a forfeit of the game or Match. The player(s) that are experiencing lag should take video proof and provide it to tournament officials immediately after the game has concluded. All decisions made regarding lag are at the discretion of tournament officials.
Character Selection: The winner of each game must select the same character; the loser may switch.
Starter and Counterpick Stages:
Additional Counterpick Stages:
* Battlefield and Omega variations of the stages are allowed when a player counterpicks either Battlefield or Final Destination respectively; however, the following stages are not allowed to be selected in Battlefield and Omega forms. This list is subject to change.
Starter Stage Striking: A coin flip will determine which player strikes first. Players may strike from the Starter stages (each person strikes stages in a P1-P2-P2-P1 format) to determine the starting stage for the first game. If Battlefield or Final Destination is selected, a mutually-agreed upon variant can be used, though if players do not agree the default must be played.
Counterpick Stage Banning: After each game of the match, before counterpicking, the player who won the previous game may ban two stages from the full stage list. These bans do not persist throughout the match. The loser of the previous game then chooses from the remaining stages, barring any of those that the losing player has won on previously in that match. If Final Destination or Battlefield is chosen as a counterpick, a variant may be chosen as long as it is not specifically disallowed above.
NOTE: A player may not pick any stage that they previously won on during the set.