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Tournament:The Big House 4

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The Big House 4
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Dates October 4th-5th, 2014
Venue Sheraton DTW Hotel
Address/City 8000 South Merriman
Romulus, Michigan USA
Attendance 709
Entry fees Melee singles: $10
Melee doubles: $10 per person
Project M singles: $10
Project M doubles: $10 per person
Venue: $30-35
Pot size(s) Melee singles: $5,740
Melee doubles: $2,280
Project M singles: $3,330
Project M doubles: $1,040
Super Smash Bros. Melee winners USA Mango 1v1
Sweden Armada & USA Mew2King 2v2
PM Icon.png winners Chile ZeRo 1v1
USA Mew2King & Chile ZeRo 2v2
Organizer(s) Juggleguy, Strong Bad, SonuvaBeach, 2Shadez

The Big House 4 was a Super Smash Bros. Melee and Project M national tournament held in Romulus, Michigan, on October 4th-5th, 2014, hosted primarily by Juggleguy and Strong Bad. In addition to featuring professional smashers from the Midwest region such as Duck, Anther, Kels, VaNz, and Darkrain, the tournament also featured powerful out-of-region talent such as Mango, Mew2King, Hungrybox, Axe, Hax, Westballz, KirbyKaze, Plup, Colbol, SFAT, Lucky, Shroomed, MacD, Zhu, Bladewise, The Moon, Darrell, HugS, and Wizzrobe, as well as international talent such as Armada, Leffen, ZeRo, and Professor Pro.

The Big House 4 currently stands as one of the largest Project M tournaments to date, with 333 entrants for Project M; additionally, the event was the largest Midwest Melee tournament at the time, surpassing the previous record set by MELEE-FC Diamond in 2007, and the tournament was also the largest to run round-robin pools.

Amid growing concerns over average gameplay time in version 3.02, The Big House 4 was the first major tournament to use three stocks in Project M games instead of the previous standard of four.

In the Melee singles bracket, after losing to Mew2King's Sheik 0-3 in winners' semifinals, Mango swept through losers' bracket, defeating Lucky 3-2 in losers' quarterfinals, Armada 3-1 in losers' semifinals, and Leffen 3-1 in losers' finals, finally beating Mew2King in two consecutive 3-1 sets of grand finals to win the tournament. Leffen reached winners' finals for the first time in a major American tournament, defeating top professional players such as Hungrybox and Armada; his performance solidified his position among the best players of Melee. Hungrybox lost to Leffen 2-3 in winners' quarters, as well as to Lucky 1-3 in losers' bracket, unexpectedly finishing at 9th place, his worst tournament placing since 2007. A large amount of other upsets occurred in Melee singles, with Kels eliminating Axe 3-1 in losers' bracket to make it to top 8, and Kalamazhu making a long run through losers' bracket to secure 9th place, defeating KirbyKaze and MacD, before losing in an extremely close set 2-3 against Hax.


Friday, October 3rd

9:00 PM: Venue opens
10:00 PM: Melee It On Me podcast
12:00 AM: Venue closes

Saturday, October 4th

9:00 AM: Venue opens
11:00 AM: Melee singles pools, Melee doubles pools, Project M singles pools
3:00 PM: Project M doubles pools
8:00 PM: Melee singles pools (2nd round), Project M singles pools (2nd round)
12:00 AM: Venue closes

Sunday, October 5th

9:00 AM: Venue opens
10:00 AM: Melee doubles bracket top 16, Project M singles bracket top 32
1:00 PM: Melee singles bracket top 32, Project M doubles bracket top 8
4:00 PM: Project M singles bracket top 8
7:00 PM: Melee singles bracket top 8
10:00 PM: Tournament ends

Melee Ruleset[edit]

Stage striking for neutral stages for the first match of the set is done in a "1221" fashion:

  1. First player strikes one stage.
  2. Second player strikes two stages.
  3. First player strikes one stage.


Neutral (Singles)[edit]

  • Final Destination
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Dream Land
  • Battlefield
  • Fountain of Dreams

Counterpick (Singles)[edit]

  • Pokémon Stadium

Neutral (Doubles)[edit]

  • Final Destination
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Dream Land
  • Battlefield
  • Pokémon Stadium

Counterpick (Doubles)[edit]

  • Kongo Jungle 64

Stage procedure[edit]

After each match:

  1. Winner announces stage ban (except in best-of-5 sets)
  2. Loser chooses counterpick stage
  3. Winner chooses their character
  4. Loser chooses their character

Project M Ruleset[edit]

  • 3 stock, 8:00 minute timer.
  • All items set to off and item frequency set to NONE.
  • Input Assist set to off.
  • Ties after the time limit are determined by stocks, then by percentage.
  • Dave's Stupid Rule is in effect.
  • Life stealing is allowed in doubles.
  • Friendly Fire is turned on in doubles.
  • Pause is turned off.

Stage Strike from Starters for the first match of the set in "1221" fashion:

  1. First player strikes one stage.
  2. Second player strikes two stages.
  3. First player strikes one stage



  • Battlefield
  • Dreamland
  • Green Hill Zone
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Smashville


  • Final Destination
  • Fountain of Dreams
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Skyworld
  • Wario Ware, Inc.
  • Yoshi’s Island: Brawl

Stage procedure[edit]

After each match:

  1. Winner announces two (2) stage bans
  2. Loser chooses counterpick stage
  3. Winner chooses their character
  4. Loser chooses their character


Melee singles[edit]

(574 entrants)
Top 32 bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Mango FoxHeadSSBM.pngFalcoHeadSSBM.pngCaptainFalconHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png $2,280
2nd USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png $1,140
3rd Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png $855
4th Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.png $570
5th USA Hax FoxHeadSSBM.png $285
5th USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png $285
7th USA Kels FoxHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png $143
7th USA Westballz FalcoHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png $143
9th USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Kalamazhu PeachHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Plup SamusHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Wizzrobe CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
13th USA MacD PeachHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Colbol FoxHeadSSBM.png
13th USA The Moon MarthHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Shroomed DrMarioHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Nintendude IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
17th Canada KirbyKaze SheikHeadSSBM.png
17th USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Abate LuigiHeadSSBM.png
17th USA DJ Nintendo FoxHeadSSBM.pngBowserHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Hanky Panky PeachHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Gravy CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
25th Canada RaynEX FoxHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Bladewise PeachHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Porkchops FalcoHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Dart! MarthHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Darkrain CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Zanguzen FalcoHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Zhu FalcoHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Duck SamusHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Plank SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Laudandus SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Gahtzu CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Milkman FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Bizzarro Flame GanondorfHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Cactuar FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA HugS SamusHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Phish-It DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Tai MarthHeadSSBM.png
33rd UK Professor Pro FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA VaNz PeachHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Redd FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Moose FalcoHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Drephen SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Trail IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Slayer CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png

Melee doubles[edit]

(114 teams)
Top 16 bracket

Place Name Character(s) Name Character(s) Earnings
1st Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.png USA Mew2King FoxHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png $1,026 ($513 each)
2nd USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png USA Plup SamusHeadSSBM.png $456 ($228 each)
3rd Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Hax FoxHeadSSBM.png $342 ($171 each)
4th USA MacD PeachHeadSSBM.png USA VaNz PeachHeadSSBM.png $228 ($114 each)
5th USA Colbol FoxHeadSSBM.png USA DoH PeachHeadSSBM.png $114 ($57 each)
5th USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png $114 ($57 each)
7th USA Shroomed SheikHeadSSBM.png USA HomeMadeWaffles FoxHeadSSBM.png
7th USA Wizzrobe CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png USA Gahtzu CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
9th USA DJ Nintendo FoxHeadSSBM.png USA The Moon MarthHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Mango FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Scar CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Zhu FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Cactuar FoxHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Darkrain CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png USA Westballz FalcoHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Zanguzen FalcoHeadSSBM.png USA Kalamazhu PeachHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Kels FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Vro MarthHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Tafokints SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Redd FoxHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png USA HugS SamusHeadSSBM.png

Project M singles[edit]

(333 entrants)
Top 32 bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st Chile ZeRo PitHeadSSBB.pngFoxHeadSSBB.png $1,332
2nd UK Professor Pro SnakeHeadSSBB.png $666
3rd USA Mew2King MarioHeadSSBB.pngMewtwoHeadPM.pngFoxHeadSSBB.png $444
4th USA Junebug DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png $333
5th USA Pink Fresh LucasHeadSSBB.png $166.50
5th USA Wizzrobe SonicHeadSSBB.png $166.50
7th Sweden Armada PitHeadSSBB.png $83.25
7th USA Ripple KingDededeHeadSSBB.png $83.25
9th USA Coney WarioHeadSSBB.png
9th USA Oracle ROBHeadSSBB.pngLucasHeadSSBB.png
9th USA Seibrik MarioHeadSSBB.png
9th USA Oro?! ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png
13th USA Hungrybox MarioHeadSSBB.png
13th USA DLA DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png
13th USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.png
13th USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBB.png
17th USA Plup MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png
17th USA Fumbles IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png
17th USA ORLY CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png
17th USA Westballz FalcoHeadSSBB.png
17th USA Plasma LucasHeadSSBB.png
17th USA VaNz ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.pngSheikHeadSSBB.png
17th USA Nick Riddle LinkHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.png
17th USA Carls493 WarioHeadSSBB.png
25th USA Frootloop SheikHeadSSBB.png
25th USA DJ Nintendo IkeHeadSSBB.png
25th USA Tagless Kyle MarthHeadSSBB.png
25th United Kingdom Jolteon ToonLinkHeadSSBB.pngMetaKnightHeadSSBB.png
25th USA DMX MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png
25th USA Kappy MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png
25th USA Porkchops FalcoHeadSSBB.png
25th USA Solharath SonicHeadSSBB.png

Project M doubles[edit]

(52 teams)
Top 8 bracket

Place Name Character(s) Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Mew2King MarioHeadSSBB.png Chile ZeRo PitHeadSSBB.pngFoxHeadSSBB.png $520 ($260 each)
2nd USA Wizzrobe SonicHeadSSBB.png USA Plup MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png $260 ($130 each)
3rd USA Junebug DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png USA Pink Fresh LucasHeadSSBB.png $156 ($78 each)
4th USA Oro?! ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png USA Ripple KingDededeHeadSSBB.png $104 ($52 each)
5th Sweden Armada PitHeadSSBB.png UK Professor Pro SnakeHeadSSBB.png
5th USA Abate MewtwoHeadPM.png USA KOKingpin KingDededeHeadSSBB.png
7th USA VaNz PeachHeadSSBB.png USA Drephen NessHeadSSBB.png
7th USA Nintendude MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png USA Oracle ROBHeadSSBB.png

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