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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competitor controversially double DQ'd from $5,000 online tournament after lag tests are called while being up 2-0

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • April 26, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. PDT • Comments: 26

The COVID-19 global pandemic is forcing tournament organizers to resort to online events within the fighting game community. It's no wonder that the "FixUltimateOnline" hashtag has been trending on Twitter as of late.

Despite Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's netcode not always amounting to an ideal experience, Pound 2020 is an online event this year for better or worse. For both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate, there are $5,000 prize pools that competitors are competing for.

Unfortunately, a controversial ruling had to be made earlier today by one of the tournament moderators. After being up 2-0 against Cosmos in a set, Grayson ended up getting double DQ'd while on the winners side of top 32.

Grayson ended up hosting the first game of the set and won against Cosmos. It was then reported that the players were experiencing lag that hindered the gameplay.

Cagt requested that both competitors provide proof of their LAN and Speedtest results. Cosmos reported a ping of 2, a download speed of 93.53 Mbps, and an upload speed of 60.48 Mbps. Grayson, on the other hand, had a ping of 26, a download speed of 34.76, and an upload speed of 10.82 Mbps.

Things felt stable as Cagt then had Grayson perform a button check with Cagt as the host. Cosmos would then join the room so that the two could play out the second match.

Grayson would again take victory over Cosmos, but Cosmos reported that there was still lag present. This time, a ping of 26, a download speed of 31.73 Mbps, and an upload speed of 9.70 Mbps was shown.

While another button check was attempted with Cosmos as the host, the presence of lag was still felt. A difficult decision was then made to double disqualify Grayson from the tournament and award Cosmos the win.

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Cagt has revealed that he has privately apologized to Grayson for the ruling as he feels that he "made the wrong call in the heat of the moment." As a form of apology, Cagt is offering Grayson a fully compensated trip to a future event of his choice once the pandemic is over.

According to his Tweets, he aims to handle these type of situations better in the future. At the same time though, it wasn't specified what the "right call" was.

A ruling on this type of scenario would've been seemingly unfair for one of the parties involved. There doesn't really seem like there was any realistic compromise that would've been convenient for everyone.

Assuming Nintendo has caught wind of the "FixUltimateOnline" hashtag that's been trending, maybe someday we'll just have better online to avoid these type of circumstances.

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