.@BeyondTheSummit announces three upcoming Smash Bros events in 2019, including an all-new "Smash Major!"
Beyond The Summit, a broadcasting company supporting countless esports events around the globe (some of which are live-streamed directly from their own headquarters in Los Angeles), has recently announced not one, not two, but three pivotal events for the Smash Bros community.
While Beyond The Summit has displayed a preference for Smash Melee, as evidenced by the seven Smash Summits held directly at their HQ, the company has also previously involved themselves with the Smash Wii-U community, though it was a short-lived partnership. However, with the release of Smash Ultimate around the corner, BTS has announced their first Summit event that will be dedicated to the new game.
The Smash Ultimate Summit will be the first of three new events players can look forward to next year, and it will take place on March 7-10, 2019. This will then be followed by a return to Melee’s corner with their eighth Smash Summit on May 9-12.
How the Smash Summits have worked in the past: BTS would host sixteen-player brackets at their abode in Los Angeles. Players invited directly by the company would fill the bracket, whereas the remainder would be left in the hands of voters via SmashGG.
In addition, while BTS contributes base prizes for both the Singles and Doubles brackets for Smash Melee, these prize pools would be increased via purchases from their shop on SmashGG, or direct donations.
As an example: for the previous Smash Summit, which occurred just last weekend, the total prize pools added up to almost $50,000. The doubles bracket would be conquered by Echo Fox Mew2King and PG Plup, and Liquid Hungrybox would add to his legacy by triumphing over one of his long-time rivals, TSM Leffen, in the Grand Finals of the singles bracket.
Now comes the biggest twist of all: the third event. The primary reason for the incredible interest in this event is that it has been dubbed a “Smash Major,” set to take place in Southern California on September 20-22. As the term “Major” has been used, it appears that BTS will be making a temporary departure from the concept of invitationals to try their hand at an open bracket, where all competitors may enter.
No details on this new major have been shared at this time, but it is likely we can look forward to a Smash-centric event not unlike the likes of majors such as The Big House, Super Smash Con and Genesis, meaning that a lineup consisting strictly of the Super Smash Bros franchise, and possibly a few guest titles, will be provided by BTS.
Beyond The Summit has also conducted similar events for other fighting game titles, the most recent of which includes a 16-player invitational for Dragonball FighterZ: the Summit of Power. Eight competitors were directly invited, whereas the other eight were decided by a mixture of qualifiers and a voting compendium where direct donations would increase specific players’ chances of climbing onto the Summit of Power on June 8-10.
NRG HookGangGod, the eventual winner of the Summit of Power, qualified for the event at a New York local called the Next Level Battle Circuit. Though Echo Fox SonicFox had taken the victory, he had already received an invite to the Summit, and so the qualifying spot was passed down to the runner-up, which was HookGangGod in this case.
HookGangGod, however, would wreak his vengeance on the Fox in an eight-game Grand Finals that would leave everyone hanging on the edge of their seats. SonicFox managed to force a bracket reset with a narrow 3-2 win, before being utterly dominated 3-0 by a vicious HookGangGod and his team of Cell, Piccolo and Super Saiyan Vegeta.
Each of BTS’s events are always accompanied by the making of history in the fighting game community.. With Smash Ultimate’s release scheduled for December 7th, competitors are eager to see how a completely new flavor of gameplay will sweeten the pot for next year.
JagoBlake, the author of this article, is an esports enthusiast who just so happens to have a way with words. Whenever he is not scouring the Internet in pursuit of breaking news, he's investing time into his favorite fighting games so as not to appear inadequate in the face of competition. To support his work, follow him on Twitter - @xJagoBlake.
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