Tournament:Smash Summit (series)
The Smash Summit series, starting with Smash Summit in 2015, is a series of national-level invitationals focusing on Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Summit tournaments span several days, with singles and doubles on the final days. The first days feature various side events focusing on its main Smash game as well as other games, in addition to other activities such as Mafia, all of which is streamed on Beyond the Summit's Twitch channel.
14 Summits have taken place so far (11 for Melee and 3 for Ultimate). Smash Summit 12 is planned for Melee in December 2021, and Smash Ultimate Summit 4 is planned for Ultimate on March 3rd-6th, 2022. Although a crossover Summit between the two games was planned for 2020, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the idea was scrapped.
Format and scheduling
Typically, 16 different players are selected to participate in each Smash Summit. 8 to 10 players are automatically invited based on their placement in preceding major tournaments, or based on power rankings such as SSBMRank. The other competitors qualify through either a voting phase or through qualifiers. In the former, fans can buy merchandise or donate cash, which grants them the opportunity to cast votes for certain players; the money then contributes to the event's prize payout. At the end of each voting deadline, two players are eliminated, while starting from the third voting round, two players are invited; this repeats until all vote-ins have been selected. Although the invitation process remained roughly the same, there has been irregularities such as in Smash Summit 10 Online, where the majority of players qualified through qualifiers.
Smash Summit presents itself as a unique opportunity for fans to watch the players interact with each other on a personal level. The competitors are invited to commentate other sets and give interviews after each set. Each Summit has its own theme and art design, often based around a real-life event or holiday occurring at a similar time.
Smash Summit tournaments typically run over four days, from Thursday through Sunday. The first day is often referred to as a "Media Day", as it is mostly dedicated to filming comedic skits with the invited players, which are aired throughout the event, as well as lighter side events. Pool play is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, along with doubles, side brackets, and non-Smash-related events. The final singles bracket is played out on Sunday.
Smash Summit has used multiple tournament formats, but pool play generally consists of either a swiss or round-robin format. The players are then usually seeded into winners' or losers' for the final bracket based on their performance. The final bracket is a typical double-elimination bracket, with the winner being crowned on Sunday evening.
Side brackets include doubles brackets, commentator brackets, secondary/low-tier brackets, Squad Strike, and unique rulesets (such as the "swag bracket", where fans vote for the "most entertaining" player to advance to the next round). Non-Smash events include other video games, such as Mario Party; party games, such as Mafia; and athletic competitions.
Melee singles winners
Melee Doubles Winners
Ultimate singles winners
Players with multiple appearances