Tournament:MLG DC 2010
MLG DC 2010 was one of the five Super Smash Bros. Brawl national tournaments hosted by Major League Gaming in 2010. This tournament drew heavy criticism due to allegations of bracket manipulation between Mew2King and ADHD in losers' finals, an incident which is often cited as a reason that MLG did not include Brawl in its 2011 circuit.
Friday, October 15th
Saturday, October 16th
Sunday, October 17th
Players who break the rules will receive a warning or foul, depending on the rule. Any warning beyond the first will result in a forfeit of the game or match.
Rules of conduct
A notorious incident of supposed splitting occurred at this tournament, involving Mew2King and ADHD. Mew2King and ADHD were about to face each other in losers' finals of the tournament, and Mew2King stated that he didn't feel confident that he could take the set against ADHD, who had beaten him multiple times before. As a result, Mew2King asked ADHD if he would split, but ADHD told him to just play the set and discuss a split afterwards. Mew2King and ADHD played the set, and ADHD won the set, proceeding to defeat Rich Brown in both sets of grand finals to win the tournament. After the tournament, ADHD told Mew2King that he would eventually give him $300. Mew2King and ADHD were then banned from the next MLG tournament, MLG Dallas 2010, due to the splitting incident. Mew2King then lied about what happened, and then admitted that he had made a mistake for what he had done.
The events at the tournament brought up extensive controversy. Many questioned whether the incident constituted "Intentional Forfeiting or conspiring to manipulate Rankings or Brackets"; the set was legitimately played out, even though Mew2King stated that he had a lack of confidence. However, some people suggested that Mew2King might have tried harder had ADHD clearly said that he would not split. MLG's punishment of ADHD for agreeing to give Mew2King a portion of his prize money was widely criticized, as it didn't alter any player's placings and was generally seen as acceptable in the Smash community for one to give away their prize money after a tournament. Mew2King's actions in the situation were also criticized by some, saying that since Mew2King only apologized after MLG refused to lift his ban, it showed that he was only eager to win MLG Dallas to make money. The incident stained the reputation of Mew2King, ADHD, and MLG in the Smash community, and has been a commonly cited theory for why MLG did not include Brawl in their 2011 circuit.