Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open is right around the corner. Here’s what you need to know if you want to compete in it!
The North America Open will consist of twelve online qualifier events along with a finale where the twelve qualifier winners will compete in person at PAX East on March 30th, 2019. Each region will get three waves of these qualifiers-- the first wave will start on February 2nd, the second wave on February 16th and the third wave on March 9th. The qualifiers will use a best-of-one, single-elimination format using time rather than stocks with items on.
The qualifier finals for these events will be held on separate dates and live-streamed, the first wave on February 9th, the second March 2nd and the third on March 9th. During the qualifier finals, the ruleset changes to best-of-three, single-elimination singles matches with three stocks, items still on. After that, the winners of each qualifier final will be pitted against each other at PAX East. They will start with items on in a best-of-one, 3v3 elimination squad strike round robin bracket with three players on each team. The competitors will then be reseeded based on their performance, into a double-elimination, best-of-three 3v3 squad strike, items on, bracket. The two teams that reach Grand Finals will then play best-of-three, 3v3 tag team squad strike games with items on to decide which team will be victorious.
To participate in these events, you need to pre-register on Battlefy. Don’t procrastinate if you’re interested; each qualifier event is capped at 2048 entrants. If you want further clarification on the rules, the full ruleset can be viewed here on Nintendo’s official webpage.
Author's Note: Are you interested in signing up for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open? What do you think about the unorthodox rulesets they are using for this event? Please let us know in the comments!