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Tournament:Panda Cup

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Panda Cup
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Info
Founded 2022
Region North America
Format Double Elimination
Staff
Director(s) Panda
Website(s) Panda Cup website

The Panda Cup is a Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament circuit organized by Panda and is the first North American Super Smash Bros. circuit officially licensed by Nintendo. The circuit began on June 24th, 2022 and was planned to conclude on December 18th, 2022. The championships was planned to be held on December 16th-18th, 2022, with a Last Chance Qualifier held on December 15th, 2022, but it is currently postponed.[1]. There will be a pot prize starting at $100,000.

Format[edit]

Regions of the Panda Cup

32 players in each game will qualify for the finale through four different ways:

1. Featured Community Stops: 11 offline tournaments featured as community stops had totals of 16 players qualifying for Melee and 18 players qualifying for Ultimate. The number of qualifying spots for each tournament ranged from 1 to 3 players. 6 tournaments were qualifiers for both games, Saving Mr. Lombardi 3 was a qualifier for Melee only, and Almost Pro, Let's Make Moves Miami, and Port Priority 7 were qualifiers for Ultimate only.

2. Panda Cup Online Qualifiers: 8 players qualified through online tournaments for Ultimate only. There were 8 regions, with 4 qualifiers and a regional final for each. Points were distributed to the Top 96 of each qualifier, with the Top 32 of each region's leaderboard invited to the regional finals. Players were removed from Top 32 eligibility based on DQs, meaning the Top 32 indicated by points may not have been final.[2] In the event of a tie in points for the regional finals spots, all of the tied players would be invited into the regional finals, even if it meant more than 32 players would make up the bracket. The regional finals were a double-elimination bracket with all sets Best of 5. The winner of each regional finals qualified for the finale. Players ha dto be 18 years or older to participate in the online tournaments, and registration was region-locked to the players living within each tournament's region.

3. Expert Community Panel: A community panel for each game determined the final players that were invited before the Last Chance Qualifier, inviting 12 players for Melee and 2 players for Ultimate. The panels included trusted members of the community, many of whom helped to create the MPGR and PGRU. Each panelist created a list, and the lists will be combined and averaged to determine the invited players. Only placements, wins, and losses at Panda Cup events counted for the panel.[3]

The panel judged players based on 4 criteria:

  • Placement at Panda Cup events
  • Win rate against players who were qualified or with a higher seed at Panda Cup events
  • Losses against qualified or higher seed players
  • Win/loss rate against other players who may have been chosen by the panel

4. Last Chance Qualifier: The Panda Cup Last Chance Qualifier will be an offline bracket held the day before the finale, with the top 4 players of each game qualifying.[4]

In the Panda Cup Finale, the 32 qualified players of each game will face off. All finalists will earn complimentary travel and housing.[5]

Online Qualifier scoring[edit]

Placement Score
1st 100
2nd 70
3rd 45
4th 30
5th 20
7th 12
9th 8
13th 6
17th 5
25th 4
33rd 3
49th 2
65th 1

Official Ruleset[edit]

Terms and Conditions

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Rulebook

Game settings[edit]

  • Stocks: 4
  • Timer: 8:00
  • Game Version: NTSC 1.02 and all characters/stages unlocked, using the TO’s choice of memory card data

Stages[edit]

Starter Counterpick
Battlefield Pokémon Stadium
Yoshi's Story
Dream Land
Final Destination
Fountain of Dreams

Additional rules[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rulebook

Game settings[edit]

Options[edit]

Stages[edit]

Ultimate's stage list is subject to change.

Starter Counterpick
Battlefield Kalos Pokémon League
Final Destination* Lylat Cruise
Pokémon Stadium 2 Small Battlefield
Smashville
Town and City

*The only acceptable alternative form of Final Destination (chosen through the Omega Form option on stage select) is Wuhu Island Omega.

Player qualification[edit]

Players could only qualify once. If a player was already qualified, the next highest placing non-qualified player received the spot.[6] If a qualified player declines to participate, the qualifying spot will be transferred to the next highest ranked player in the event in which the declining player competed who is not otherwise qualified, following the tiebreaker rules listed below.

In the event Panda Cup Finale qualifying spots require tiebreakers (for example, because one spot trickles down to 7th place, where there are two players), the following system is in place:

  • If one spot has two claimants: both tied players face-off in a best-of-five set. The winner of this set claims the Panda Cup Finale spot.
  • If one spot has three or more claimants: a single-elimination bracket of best-of-five sets is played out, seeded based on initial event seeding. The winner of this bracket claims the Panda Cup Finale spot.
  • If two spots have three or more claimants: a double-elimination bracket of best-of-five sets is set up. If the number of claimants is not a power of two (2, 4, 8, etc), the players with the lowest initial seedings begin in losers (leaving a power-of-two number of players in Winners). The players who make it to Grand Finals of this bracket claim the Panda Cup Finale spots.
  • If three spots have four or more claimants: a double-elimination bracket of best-of-five sets is set up. If the number of claimants is not a power of two (4, 8, etc), the players with the lowest initial seedings begin in losers (leaving a power-of-two number of players in Winners). The two players who make it to Winners Finals and the one player who makes it to Losers Finals of this bracket claim the Panda Cup Finale spots.

Controversy[edit]

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The reason given for the split is: There should probably be a comprehensive article about the Panda Cup boycott. (Discuss)

On November 29th, 2022, Smash World Tour released a document detailing actions behind-the-scene that eventually led to its cancellation. The document had a specific section dedicated to the actions of Panda, specifically Panda's CEO Alan Bunney.

During the first few months of the year, Smash World Tour found that many tournament organizers were unwilling to participate in the Smash World Tour due to the actions of Bunney, who told the organizers that the circuit would either not happen in 2022, or would be quickly shut down if announced. Bunney also pressured tournaments to either not join the SWT or, if they were already in the circuit, to drop out, stating that tournaments in the SWT would not be part of the Panda Cup and also implying that they would not be safe from Nintendo. Notably, Bunney learned that Beyond the Summit had the broadcasting rights to a few tournaments that Panda Cup wanted, so Bunney tried to force BTS to give up their streaming rights, threatening to get Nintendo involved if they didn't. The threat prove unsuccessful, and with many events declining the invitation, Panda eventually lifted their exclusivity rule. This led many tournaments that were in both the Panda Cup and the SWT to receive a license from Nintendo, surprising the SWT organizers, who were initially told by Nintendo that it was not possible.

The accusations in the document was supported by LD, the co-founder of BTS.[7]

The document's release led to an outcry against Bunney and Panda, with many accusing them for causing the cancellation of the Smash World Tour 2022 and hurting the grassroots scene. Many prominent members of the community called for a boycott for the circuit and the Panda Cup Finale,[8][9][10] and within a few hours, many players who had qualified for the finale (such as Lima and Axe) or had planned to attend the Last Chance Qualifier (such as Sparg0 and Spark) announced that they were dropping out.[11] Some players are unable to drop out due to being contractually required to attend (such as Panda-sponsored player Plup).

List of tournaments[edit]

Melee[edit]

Offline qualifiers[edit]

Event Date Attendance Winner
CEO 2022 June 24th-26th 224 USA Plup
Get On My Level 2022 July 1st-3rd 493 USA Hungrybox
Smash Factor 9 July 29th-31st 101 USA Wizzrobe
Lost Tech City 2022 September 30th-October 2nd 153 USA Mango
The Big House 10 October 7th-9th 982 Canada aMSa
Saving Mr. Lombardi 3 November 12th 152 USA KoDoRiN
DreamHack Atlanta 2022 November 18th-20th 196 USA SFOP

Finale[edit]

Event Date Attendance Winner
Panda Cup Last Chance Qualifier TBD TBD TBD
Panda Cup Finale TBD 32 TBD

Ultimate[edit]

Offline qualifiers[edit]

Event Date Attendance Winner
CEO 2022 June 24th-26th 651 Dominican Republic Sonix
Get On My Level 2022 July 1st-3rd 753 USA Onin
Smash Factor 9 July 29th-31st 719 Mexico MkLeo
Almost Pro September 2nd-4th 194 USA Aaron
Lost Tech City 2022 September 30th-October 2nd 418 USA Marss
The Big House 10 October 7th-9th 636 Canada Riddles
Let's Make Moves Miami October 28th-30th 467 Japan acola
Port Priority 7 November 12th-13th 600 USA Tweek
DreamHack Atlanta 2022 November 18th-20th 415 USA ApolloKage

Online qualifiers[edit]

Event Date Attendance Winner
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southeast USA 1Online July 3rd 46 USA Jake
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Heartland 1Online July 5th 74 USA ATATA
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northwest NA 1Online July 9th 42 Canada Samuel
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mid-Atlantic USA 1Online July 12th 74 USA MPg
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mexico 1Online July 14th 42 Mexico Many
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southwest USA 1Online July 17th 86 USA Kiyarash
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mid-Atlantic USA 2Online July 21st 42 USA Dabuz
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: South-Central USA 1Online July 23rd 76 USA m0use
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northwest NA 2Online July 28th 25 Canada Samuel
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northeast NA 1Online July 30th 90 Canada Vapor
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Heartland 2Online July 31st 44 USA Ravenking
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southwest USA 2Online August 2nd 35 USA Zaibatsu
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southeast USA 2Online August 4th 46 USA ESAM
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: South-Central USA 2Online August 9th 39 USA Teaser
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mexico 2Online August 14th 30 Mexico Chag
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northeast NA 2Online August 18th 36 Canada Armadillo
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southeast USA 3Online August 20th 48 USA 8BitMan
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mid-Atlantic USA 3Online August 21st 40 USA MPg
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northeast NA 3Online August 23rd 33 USA Unleashed
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mexico 3Online August 27th 37 Mexico OG-Mustaine
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: South-Central USA 3Online August 28th 31 USA Magic Trumpet Man
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northwest NA 3Online August 30th 33 Canada Ouch!?
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southwest USA 3Online September 1st 51 USA Scend
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Heartland 3Online September 3rd 74 USA TimeGear
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northeast NA 4Online September 4th 54 USA Axiom XL
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southwest USA 4Online September 10th 64 USA Kiyarash
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mid-Atlantic USA 4Online September 17th 54 USA MPg
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northwest NA 4Online September 18th 66 USA LightningQuiz7
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mexico 4Online September 20th 43 Mexico Regi Shikimi
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: South-Central USA 4Online September 22nd 78 USA T_pot
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Heartland 4Online September 29th 60 USA Ravenking
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southeast USA 4Online October 4th 95 USA 8BitMan

Online finals[edit]

Event Date Attendance Winner
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Heartland Regional FinalsOnline October 15th 37 USA Ravenking
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mid-Atlantic USA Regional FinalsOnline October 16th 33 USA MPg
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southeast USA Regional FinalsOnline October 22nd 33 USA Jake
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: South-Central USA Regional FinalsOnline October 23rd 31 USA Deathspade
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Southwest USA Regional FinalsOnline October 29th 33 USA Scend
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Mexico Regional FinalsOnline October 30th 32 Mexico Chag
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northeast NA Regional FinalsOnline November 5th 33 Canada Anarchy
Panda Cup Online Qualifier: Northwest NA Regional FinalsOnline November 6th 34 USA Justice

Finale[edit]

Event Date Attendance Winner
Panda Cup Last Chance Qualifier TBD TBD TBD
Panda Cup Finale TBD 32 TBD

Players qualified[edit]

Melee[edit]

The following players qualified through offline tournaments in the circuit for Melee:

CEO 2022

Get On My Level 2022

Smash Factor 9

Lost Tech City 2022

The Big House 10

Saving Mr. Lombardi 3

DreamHack Atlanta 2022

Panda Cup Last Chance Qualifier

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

The following players were invited by panelists for Melee:

Ultimate[edit]

The following players qualified through offline tournaments in the circuit for Ultimate:

CEO 2022

Get On My Level 2022

Smash Factor 9

Almost Pro

Lost Tech City 2022

The Big House 10

Let's Make Moves Miami

Port Priority 7

DreamHack Atlanta 2022

Panda Cup Last Chance Qualifier

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

The following players qualified through online finals in the circuit for Ultimate:

The following players were invited by panelists for Ultimate:

Regional qualifier players[edit]

Region Online Finals Finale
player
Heartland
Mid-Atlantic USA
Southeast USA
South-Central USA
Southwest USA
Mexico
Northeast NA
Northwest NA

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]