As many of you know Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been following a recommended rule-set that was established in January. Now that the PGR season is over it is time to form a new committee and tweak any changes to the rule-set. The Rule-set Committee was originally comprised of several influences withing the community such as ESA's BAM, Panda Global's Bear, Blind, Champ, D1, Martakia, Tantalus, TLTC, TMPR, Vayseth, and Zan.
As the PGR season comes to a close, the ruleset committee has been hard at work preparing a governing body this time around, responsible for creating a ruleset for recommended use throughout the world. The current committee entails of different leader and figure heads from around the world to better fit the needs of players. Leaders from Japan, Australia, Europe, and Mexico have joined the committee to gain different point of views for the ruleset change.
Along side this recent update, the committee will plan on announcing how their collaboration will work for this current season and for future PGR seasons going forward.
For those unfamiliar on how these changes will work, as each PGR season comes to a close the committee reviews the recommended rule-set for issues, snags, or changes due to the ever expanding meta for Smash Wii U. Being a relatively new process, The committee has elected to take a route of caution and hold off on any major changes to both characters or stages this time around.
Below are the updated changes to the current Smash Wii U Recommended Rule-set.
Omega Midgar replaced with Omega Palutena temple
Omega Midgar was found to have a semi-techable bump on the left side of the stage. Due to the nature of Omega stages, the committee implores players to select them as close to FD as possible. Omega Palutena Temple was picked as the replacement even with the VERY slightly higher ceiling, less than 1%, as it has seen tournament play previously in multiple regions.
You must by thinking, why not choose Omega Gaur Plains? Reason being is that If you roll to the ledge and throw an item down it will go through the stage.
Mid-set Coaching & Timeouts Removed
This topic has been controversial since its inclusion to the meta and has caused several blunders. Mid-set Coaching will be making its exit from the current Recommended rule-set for several different reasons.
Coaching is currently seen as a top player privilege and most low/mid level players are unable to field high level coaches. Most players would rather grab a character specialist and constantly change coaches throughout the tournament. There are some dedicated coaches out there, but the majority of the coaches are players; many of which who are still in the bracket themselves.
In larger scale tournaments, most staff do not have the manpower to properly enforce every single coaching situation. This leaves it open to easy abuse.
In terms of timeouts, calling a timeout or a coaching period is an extremely powerful way to control momentum in a set. 30 seconds between each match will not only limit this but is beneficial to spectators.
These rule-set changes were set to go live after Super Smash Con this past weekend. No further updates have been given if the rule-set will apply to 2GG's SCR Saga or Shine 2017.
Plans for PGv5 Rule-set
The release of each updated rule-set will update 1-2 weeks after each PGR season ends.
US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe, and Australia were regions that were used to gather data from for the update.
In the future, the committee will gather the data into presentable graphs and polls so they can show how regions feel about certain areas of the game. They also plan on surveying each season’s PGR as a data point representing the pinnacle of the current meta.
The committee will not be doing any major changes such as Lylat bans, Battlefield or Dreamland, Miis, or Stock Count because there have been too many major events in the current season. The committee will prioritize a set release schedule for rule-set changes that allows TOs to acquire this information and for players to prepare for a new rule-set change in a timely fashion.
Author's Note: What do you guys think about this rule-set change? Is it fair? Does this mean coaching will start windling away? Let us know what you guys think in the comment section down below! Click here to see the official update from the committee.