Tournament rulesets (SSBU)
Tournament legal describes the rules and settings that are generally accepted for use in competitive Smash tournaments. In SSBU, while many elements of tournament rulesets are consistent across major tournaments, they are not set in stone. Some specific details vary from tournament to tournament, with some local tournaments having completely different rulesets depending on the goals of said tournament.
Since the competitive scene is still rather young, and because of the sheer number of stages and the option to turn off stage hazards, there is no universally agreed upon stage list. This is why some tournaments use stages that are banned in others. When the losing player is choosing a counterpick stage, the winning player is sometimes allowed to ban one to two stages they have not counterpicked to or won on in the set. The list compiled below is an estimate based off of tournaments up to Ultimate Nimbus. While Small Battlefield has not seen much tournament play due to the lack of offline tournaments since its introduction, the stage is considered legal at the moment and may be used as a substitute for either Pokémon Stadium. The legality of Minecraft World is debated, due to the ability to choose specific forms, however the lack of offline tournaments since its introduction have inhibited the discussion to a degree. Northern Cave and Hollow Bastion are other recently released stages that have been considered as potential replacements to Kalos Pokémon League and Smashville, respectively.
The following stages are on the starter lists of virtually all tournaments, meaning they can be selected for any game in a match:
The following stages are commonly seen as counterpick stages, meaning they can only be picked after the first game in a match. In some tournaments, they may be used as starter stages, or be banned altogether:
The following stages rarely see use in larger tournaments, but may still be found in smaller tournaments and tournaments hosted by Nintendo. These stages may also see use in competitive play via the Gentleman's Rule.
Battlefield and Ω forms
Most Battlefield and Ω forms are typically allowed, but there are several that are explicitly banned for one reason or another. Stages that only have two dimensions cause significant differences during gameplay due to manipulating the Z-axis, and as such are always banned. Stages that conceal the ground are banned due to the unfair advantage they provide to characters that lay traps on the stage, such as Snake, Isabelle and Steve. Stages that conceal the blast zone walls are banned due to hindering player visibility and unfairly effecting characters that rely on offstage chases.
Stages that manipulate the Z-axis
Stages that conceal the ground
Stages that conceal the blast zone walls
No longer banned as of version 8.0.0