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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online tournament organizers are implementing new rules such as random character select to avoid player burnout

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 4, 2020 at 5:35 p.m. PDT • Comments: 10

Many offline tournaments have been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to replicate the tournament experience and to help keep people entertained, the Smash community has transitioned towards holding online tournaments until the global crisis is resolved.

Being that the netcode for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't exactly perfect for this scenario (#FixUltimateOnline), the community has really been feeling a burnout regarding online play. This has prompted PG|Alpharad and MoistCr1TiKaL, tournament organizers for the online Quarantine Series, to announce some new rules for future events.

Going forward, the Quarantine Series will be region locked to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Hopefully this will reduce the average distance between two players that are competing against one another during events.

Minor events are being scrapped. The next tournament for this series will take place on May 30 and all players will be locked to random select for their characters.

There's this perception that some characters, like Sonic, are able to really benefit from laggy game sessions due to a variety of reasons. It's often said that the "Wi-Fi tier list" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate varies greatly from the standard rankings. As a result, it's become increasingly controversial to use these challengers in this particular environment.

Introducing the random select rule is intended to make the experience more enjoyable for both the players and the viewers. This should also hopefully reduce the amount of stress that's associated with dealing with Ultimate's netcode.

The tournament that's being held on May 30 will have a $10k prize pool.

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