MELEE-FC1 occurred from July 9th-10th, 2004. It had 98 entrants in singles, which was a record at the time. It was the first of the MELEE-FC tournaments in South Bend, Indiana. It established a base ruleset which would be adapted for the MLG tournaments, with stage neutrals, bans and counterpicking and the use of four stocks per game. As a compromise between the different regions, the round robin pools had items on but the final bracket had items off.