MSEL Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate Rules

The rules contained on this page only cover this specific game, please review the MSEL General Competition Rules for information covering all official tournaments.

1. Anti-Cheat 

No additional anti-cheat is required for official matches. 

2. Match Procedure 

Supported Platforms 

  • Nintendo Switch™ 

2.1. Series Lengths 

Matches are played as a best of 5 series and a best of 7 series in the post-season finals. 

2.2. Game Lobby 

Prior to the match, coaches/players should add each other as friends on their Nintendo Switch systems. The home team will create the lobby (“Online” > “Smash” > “Battle Arenas” > “Create Arena”). The following settings are to be used in official matches: 

  • Type: Host preference 
  • Visibility: Friends 
  • Format: 1-on-1 
  • Rules: 
    • Style: Stock 
    • Stock: 3 
    • Time Limit: 7 minutes 
    • FS Meter: Off 
    • Damage Handicap: Off 
    • Items: Off and None 
    • Stage Hazards: Off 
    • Launch Rate: 1.0x 
    • Score Display: Off 
    • Show Damage: Yes
  • Rotation: Host preference 
  • Max Players: 2 
  • Stage: Choice 
  • Spirits: Off 
  • Voice Chat: Off 

In the event that an incorrect ruleset is used, the match should be stopped and reset. Previously played stages with the incorrect format will not count toward the series. 

2.3. Stage Veto 

The stage veto procedure is as follows and is done throughout the match, with the home team acting as Player 1 and the away team as Player 2: 

  1. In Match Chat, Player 1 will declare which character they will use for game 1, and Player 2 will then declare their character. 
  2. Players will select the first stage by striking from the set of starter stages in 2.4. in the following order: Player 1 strikes a stage, Player 2 strikes two stages, and Player 1 strikes a stage. Player 2 will choose from the remaining stages for the first game. Stage strikes only affect the first game and are removed in consecutive games (i.e. stages struck for game 1 can be played in the other games in the match). 
  3. Player 1 selects their character. 
  4. Player 2 selects their character. 
  5. The first game is played. 
  6. The winner of the game will declare their next character first and the loser second. 
  7. The winner of the game bans two stages from the list of starter or counterpick stages. These bans will be lifted for the next game (i.e. stages banned will not be permanently banned throughout the match). 
  8. The loser of the game chooses the next stage, provided it is not already banned, or they have not already won on that stage in the match. 
  9. The winner declares and selects their character. 
  10. The loser declares and selects their character. 
  11. The next game is played. 
  12. Repeat steps 5-9 until a match winner is determined. 

2.4. Starter Stages 

The following starter stages are permitted for use in official matches: 

  • Battlefield 
  • Pokemon Stadium 2 
  • Smashville 
  • Town & City 
  • Small Battlefield 

2.5. Counterpick Stages 

The following counterpick stages are permitted for use in official matches: 

  • Kalos Pokemon League 
  • Hollow Bastion 
  • Final Destination**

** Omega variations of the stages are allowed in place of Final Destination if agreed upon by both players 

2.6. Self-Destruct Finishes 

In the event that the game ends due to a self-destruct move, the results screen will determine the winner of the game. 

2.7. Sudden Death 

In the event that the clock runs out and a sudden death is initiated, the player which had the highest number of stocks is the winner of the game. If both players had the same amount of stocks, the player with the lower percentage is the winner of the game. If both players had the same amount of stocks and the same percentage, players should follow the scenario below this one. 

In the event that both players knock out at the same time and initiate a sudden death, players will play a tiebreaker game on the same stage with the same characters using the official match format with the following modifications: 

  • Stock: 1 
  • Stock & Time: 3 minutes 

3. Tournament Rules  

3.1. Game Connections 

All players taking part in Generation Esports tournaments are required to have a  Nintendo Account for the tournament they’re participating in connected to their Generation Esports account in the form of a game connection. All game connection information shown on a team’s roster must match with the accounts in game. Players using different accounts or those not officially on the roster are prohibited from playing in matches. Only one account connection is allowed per game, the use of alternate accounts is prohibited. All account connections are prohibited from being changed after the team has participated in its first match of a tournament’s regular season. 

If a player’s name does not match what is shown on their roster, please reach out to a HSEL Administrator through the live chat service for assistance while the game is still being played. Name discrepancy reports will not be accepted after a match has been completed.  

3.2. Match Streaming 

3.2.1. Spectators 

Spectators are permitted in game lobbies for the sole purpose of streaming their team’s match to the School’s Twitch or Youtube channel or to record the match. Spectators may not have any communication with team members while the game is currently being played and must not be a member of the roster participating in the match. At the end of the match, the stream vod or an unedited copy of the recording must be shared with the other team. 

3.3. Playoff Qualification 

Teams must compete in and complete 75% of their Regular Season matches in order to be considered for playoff qualification. Teams who do not meet this requirement will be removed from qualification consideration regardless of their final record.  

3.3.1. Unplayed Matches 

Any match or queue that a team misses or does not complete will result in the match being counted as a loss against the team's record at the end of the regular season. 

3.4. Playoff Qualification Tiebreakers 

The leaderboard is ordered following the tiered protocol below. The leaderboard is updated after every match score is submitted. 

Step Criteria Explanation and notes
1 Wins Forfeit wins and bye wins are scored as a sweep win.
2 Adjacent head-to-head record

When a match is submitted, this criteria is evaluated for both participants. The winning participant is initially placed at the bottom of the list of participants with an equal record. Next, both are compared with the other participants directly above and below on the leaderboard, adjusting their position based on the head-to-head results (if any). This system will repeat itself if a participant moves up a position as a result of this check until their leaderboard position stops improving.

3 Overall game win percentage Winning a match 3-0 is better than 3-2.
4 Round differential ("+/-")

Applicable competitions only:

Total rounds won minus total rounds lost across all matches inside the same stage. A higher positive value is better. (e.g. 15 rounds won and 10 rounds lost will have a round differential of +5).

5 Opponents' game win percentage It is better to beat an opponent who consistently won 3-0 than 3-2.
6 Forfeit losses Fewer is better.
7 Bye wins Fewer is better.
8 The number of wins earned before the first loss More wins is better.
9 Opponent's game win percentage in the first loss Higher opponent's game win percentage is better.

4. Restrictions 

4.2. Fighters 

No fighters are currently prohibited from use in official matches. 

4.3. Mii Fighters 

When choosing a Mii Fighter, players must use default Mii Fighter costumes and must use a Guest Mii character. If a player chooses to use a Mii Fighter, they must declare to their opponent the type and moveset listed in the format “Type XXXX” (e.g. “Gunner 1321”). Any combination of moves may be used, but any Mii Fighters that a player may want to use during a match must be created before the match begins (up to a limit of three Mii Fighters) or else they will be prohibited from doing so. Using undeclared Mii Fighters or Mii Fighters that do not follow these restrictions may result in a player forfeiting the game in which the ineligible Mii Fighter was used. 

4.4. amiibo™

All amiibo figures are prohibited from use in official matches. 

4.5. Stages 

Any stages not listed in 2.4. or 2.5. are prohibited from play in official matches. Alternate forms to the stages listed in 2.4. or 2.5. are prohibited from play in official matches. 

5. Stoppage of Play 

Players unplugging their controller at any time, accidentally or intentionally, will result in a forfeiture of the series. Any controller malfunctions are the player’s responsibility, and as such Generation Esports will not force a game/match restart should a player’s controller malfunction during a game. 

In the event that a player should have internet connectivity issues that causes them to drop out of the game the game will be reset only if both players have all their starting stocks, combined have not accumulated more than 60% damage, and a minute in-game has not passed. If these conditions are not met, then the player will forfeit that game, unless their opponent agrees to a redo. 

In the event where the game server is lagging (e.g. it takes much more than a second for an in-game second to pass or the smash ball loading icon is constantly appearing), the game may be reset if and only if both players consent to the reset. 

6. Organization Rosters 

Only one roster is required for all Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players on a School Organization. Each player on the roster will be given their own match when they queue up at the designated match time. No player substitutions can be made at any point during the match, as the matches are set to be played 1v1 


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