Apex 2012 was a tournament held in New Jersey by Alex Strife and it was the third tournament in the Apex series. It featured pools for Brawl and Melee singles, brackets for Smash 64 singles and doubles, Pokémon Black & White singles and doubles, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, and All Brawl, a free-for-all side event with items turned on. It was the largest Brawl tournament to ever take place, with 400 entrants, and one of the largest Melee tournaments of all time, being the second-largest Melee tournament at the time, with 318 entrants. Like many other Apex tournaments throughout the series, Apex 2012 drew its share of international competition. Of the over 1,000 attendees, about 81 of them were from countries other than the United States.
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Procedures for stage-striking, life-stealing, and double blind picks were incorporated into all three rulesets.
Apex 2012 used the Smash 64 Backroom's recommended ruleset.
The first match of all sets is selected by a 3-stage striking system with the Starter Stage List. An impartial observer/tournament organiser flips a coin to decide who strikes first. Rock-paper-scissors is acceptable as well, but it’s technically a skill irrelevant to smash.
Singles stage list
Doubles stage list
Apex 2012 featured a single-elimination Brawl side event. The cap was 64 entrants.
Road to Apex
Beginning in July of 2011 and continuing until December, select tournaments for Brawl and Melee were listed as Apex qualifiers in the United States and internationally. Each "Road to Apex" qualifier tournament would award the highest placing players a certain number of points, which would then be used to help with seeding the Apex bracket. The points are broken down from 1st place to 7th place below.
Additionally, the top placing regional player of each singles event will be awarded a $100 stipend upon arrival at the Apex venue to help cover travel costs.
Here is the list of Apex qualifying events.
In addition to the events, vVv Gaming gave out stipends to the top three of the 2011 AllisBrawl fall ladder playoffs, in order to help cover the costs of attending Apex 2012.
Entrants were assigned into 80 pools of 5. Each entrant played a round-robin against every other player in their pool. The 2 players with the best record in their pools advanced to a second round of pools. There were 32 pools of 5 in round 2. The top 2 players in their second round pool advanced to the 64-man bracket.
All teams were directly placed into a 128-man bracket.
Entrants were assigned into 64 pools of 5. Each entrant played a round-robin against every other player in their pool. The 2 players with the best record in their pools advanced to a second round of pools. There were 32 pools of 4 in round 2. The top 2 players in their second round pool advanced to the 64-man bracket.
Smash 64 singles
Smash 64 doubles
Melee exhibition matches
Brawl exhibition matches
Melee USA vs. the World Crew Battle
Like in past international smash events, a crew battle was held pitting some of the best players from the United States those eight from abroad. There were originally supposed to be eight players for each crew, but this was modified after Mew2King defeated Leffen with 3 stocks remaining, giving USA an 11-4 stock advantage. The USA crew allowed Captain Jack to join the World crew in addition to Amsah, who otherwise would have been the last member of the World crew.
Players are shown in the order that they played from top to bottom, characters played are shown in chronological order from left to right.
Brawl USA vs. the World Crew Battle
This crew battle was canceled due to lack of time, however, had it occurred, it would have matched eight of the best American players against eight of the best international players. Havok was the captain of the USA crew, and Ally was the captain of the World crew. Below is the roster for the World crew; the USA crew did not decide on their roster before the tournament.
Ganondorf main DLA held an event which pitted the challenger against seven Ganondorf players in seven consecutive one-stock, 3 minute matches. Winning the gauntlet required the player to defeat all seven Ganondorfs. Timeouts and Ganoncides count as a win for the Ganondorf. The challenger may choose any character for any match. Challengers are restricted to 10 ledge grabs; Ganondorfs have no ledge grab limit. Stages are chosen by each Ganondorf player from the tournament stagelist.
Players may bet $5, $10, or $20, for payouts of $10, $25, and $50, respectively.
Apex 2012 has garnered criticism for various issues related to how the event was managed. A lack of setups caused Brawl to run over schedule, delaying pools matches and necessitating the cancellation of the USA vs. the World crew battle. Though the quality was excellent, many viewers were irked by the presence of non-Smash Bros. games on the livestream, as well as the lack of moderators in livestream chat where viewers criticized Smash Bros. as not a real fighting game in comparison to traditional fighters, such as Marvel vs. Capcom. The performance of a specific Brawl commentator, Pierce7d, drew fire for being overly disrespectful of the players. Another issue was the fact that the Japanese players had to travel to and from the tournament in the back of a U-Haul truck that was carrying many CRT TVs along with their luggage.
A full set of photos from the weekend can be viewed here.