Tournament:Smash World Tour 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the circuit will run online qualifiers for both games; however, the regional qualifiers and finale will be offline. The pot prize will start at $150,000 ($75,000 for each game), with a few ways to increase it throughout the year.
"Phase One" is different between each game. For Melee, a panel of players will determine 16 players to invite to each regional finale. Players will be selected based upon several factors, including their performances in both 2020 and 2021 tournaments. For Ultimate, online qualifier tournaments will be held in each region, with 8 or 16 players advancing to the regional qualifier.
"Phase Two" will be mostly offline. Each region will host a regional qualifier which will determine the players sent to the finale, with the number of finale slots depending on the region. If qualified players are unable to attend, additional players are chosen based on their placement in the Last Chance Qualifier.
"Phase Three" will be the finale, where the 32 qualified players of each game face off offline. A Last Chance Qualifier will be held for each game with the top 8 players qualifying for the finale, bringing the total to 40 players for each game.
For the offline tournaments, players are required to pay for their own flights and hotel.
Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
As the circuit was announced during the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no qualifier tournaments for Melee while all Ultimate qualifiers were held online. This has led to a negative reaction from several top players such as MkLeo and Tweek, who noted how unreliable Ultimate's online netcode was. Indeed, several matches were fought with a distance of over 2,000 kilometers between the players while several controversies related to connection problems popped up throughout the qualifiers, most notably in tournaments that spanned an entire continent such as South America and Europe.
Notably, due to the severe status of the pandemic in South America, the in-person tournament for the region was cancelled. Instead, Chape and HP were chosen as the South American Melee finalists while the Ultimate qualifier was changed to online. This announcement led to an outcry of disappointment within the South American community, with many South American players accusing Smash World Tour and VGBootCamp for sidelining a community that saw seldom national representation. Amidst the controversy surrounding the final, GimR posted a response clearing up the situation, specifically noting their efforts to ensure tournament matches ran as smoothly as possible and the difficulty it took for South Americans to obtain a United States visa, especially during the pandemic.
*Ω form Battlefield may be substituted for Final Destination at the request of either player.
List of tournaments
Regional qualifier players
Players denoted with an asterisk (*) qualified but did not attend the regional final.
The following players replaced those that did not attend: