Thursday, May 28, 2009

SSB Brawl Official Tournament This Saturday!

Okay guys, this Saturday is (finally!) the Official Super Smash Bros. Brawl Official Tournament! Are you ready?!??!

It's been awhile since April 18th, plus there will be a few changes from the practice tournament, so here's the rundown of how the tournament's gonna go:

Prizes
We've got official prizes this time around! The Champion will be awarded a $25 gift card to Game Stop, the 1st Runner-Up a $15 gift card to Game Stop, and the 2nd Runner-Up a $10 gift card to, you guessed it, Game Stop.

Wiimotes and Nunchuks
1) All gamers will use library-supplied Wiimotes and nunchucks to brawl. No outside controllers or accessories will be allowed.
2) Gamers may brawl with both the Wiimote and the nunchuk or just the Wiimote.

Registration
1) Play is limited to 24 gamers.
2) Pre-register at the adult Information desk by 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 30th.
3) If there are any open slots remaining, register at the Constitution Room door on a first-come, first-serve basis from 1:50 PM until the end of the Warm-Up Round (right now there are only 7 spots left, so you might not want to leave it 'til Saturday!). If the slots fill up prior to the end of the Warm-Up Round, you are welcome to stay and watch, but you will not be able to Brawl in the tournament.

Warm-Up Round
This is exactly what it sounds like- a chance to warm up and also to get used to the Wiimote and nunchuk if you usually play with a different controller. Gamers brawl 3-minute rounds in groups of 4 in the order in which you signed up. The results of each warm-up Brawl will not affect the tournament in any way.

Qualifying Round
Between the warm-up round and Round I, gamers will play a qualifying round to determine player brackets for Round I. Like the warm-up round, gamers play 3-minute rounds in groups of 4 in the order in which you signed up. No gamers will be eliminated from the qualifying round, but your placement will determine your bracket placement in Round I. Each bracket of Round I will have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-placing gamer from the Qualifying Round.

Tournament Rounds
1) Each Brawl will be 3 minutes.
2) Each bracket of each round will be single elimination. So, in a 4-gamer bracket, the 4th-place gamer is knocked out while the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place gamers advance. In a 3-gamer bracket, 2 gamers advance, and so on. With one exception...
3) In a round with 4-gamer brackets, the gamers in a bracket with 3 or less people will all advance to the next round. The bracket is still Brawled to determine bracketing for the next round. The same rule applies to a round with 3-gamer brackets (i.e. a bracket with only 2 gamers).
4) Number of rounds is determined by the total number of gamers. With a limit of 24 gamers, the max is 5 rounds plus a Championship round.

Championship and Runners-Up
1) The penultimate round will be Brawled by the top 4 gamers in two 3-minute, 2-gamer brackets.
2) The 1st-placing gamers in each bracket will Brawl for the titles of Champion and 1st Runner-Up.
3) The 2nd-placing gamers in each bracket will Brawl for the title of 2nd Runner-Up.

Stage Selection
All Rounds Excluding the Championship Round: Player 1 of each group selects the stage.
Championship Rounds: Stage selection will be random for both the championship and runners-up rounds.

Character Choice
Gamers may choose to brawl any of the unlocked characters.

New Characters
If a challenger approaches, the winner of the Brawl will play to unlock the new character. If the character is unlocked, it will then be available to all gamers for the rest of the tournament.

Disqualification
The following will result in disqualification from the tournament:
1) Excessive trash talking.
2) Purposely disrupting other gamers’ play.
3) Excessive, on-purpose game pausing.
4) Refusing to let the next gamer play when it is his/her turn.
5) Gamer is not present for an unreasonable amount of time when called for his/her turn.

Okay, I think that's it! If you have any questions, just ask for Megan at the adult Info desk, otherwise I'll have the brackets and all the rules & info in the Constitution Room on Saturday shortly before 2 PM. See you there!

Megan

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