Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will take center stage for the first time in the competitive scene at Genesis 6. The event – which will take place in Oakland, California – has released their ruleset for Ultimate, which could set the precedent for tournaments to follow.
Of course, the basics are exactly what we have come to expect from competitive Smash. All matches will be three-stock with an eight-minute time limit. Hazards will be off as well as the Final Smash meter.
A total of 11 stages have been deemed viable by Genesis for players to choose from. The five starter stages players are allowed to pick at Battlefield, Final Destination, Lylat Cruise, Pokemon Stadium 2 and Smashville. Counterpick for stage select includes Castle Siege, Kalos Pokemon League, Town & City, Unova Pokemon League, Yoshi’s Story and Yoshi’s Island (Brawl).
After each game of the set, the winning player is allowed to ban two stages from the available picks. The loser of the first game then selects from the remaining stages.
No fighters have been banned, which is not a surprise considering how young Ultimate is. However, there is a very interesting clause for the usage of Mii Fighters.
All Mii Fighters are available to be used with any moveset the user wants. However, anyone who plans on potentially using a Mii Fighter must declare they are creating one before the set begins. No competitor will be allowed to make a new Mii Fighter in the middle of a set to avoid stalling.
What Do These Rules Mean?
This will be the first major tournament to run an Ultimate tournament, which means Genesis 6 could easily set the precedent for rules going forward.
There are a few potential stages that could be added by other tournament organizers (Skyloft and Delfino Plaza come to mind) but these 11 are likely going to form the core in competitive play. Plus, we will likely see a few characters banned as time goes on.
All things considered, these rules seem like a good start for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scene. Nothing too out of the expected but with such a long-tenured competitive scene to build off, that is likely a good thing.