The rules for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at Evo 2016 have been decided, and released to the public today. Despite the primary weight of the ruleset falling on two individuals against unrestricted Miis, players had hoped to see an unrestricted ruleset like that found at MLG. Smashboards is even in the middle of “MiiWiik”, where a new article focused on the Mii Fighters is being published every day to help spread awareness of them. It seems that the efforts were fruitless, and the rules were revealed far earlier than expected – and with Miis restricted to 1111. There is no doubt that this decision will cause backlash to many in the community.
However completely surprising to the ruleset was shown a new rule regarding how Sudden Death is handled. Sudden Death happens at one of two instances – when both players lose their final stock at the exact same time, or when the game goes to Time with an even amount of stocks remaining. Throughout nearly all rememberable history (including Evo 2015), Sudden Death is ignored, and the winner was declared by whoever had lesser percent. A rematch was done only if the players were exactly tied in stocks and percent. The new ruling for Evo 2016 is as follows: “Sudden Death will NOT determine the outcome of a tied game. A playoff match with 1 stock/2 minutes will determine the winner.”
This means a campier player can stall out a game after taking a single stock, and if they can evade death until the end of time, even if they are behind by say 200%, the game would be decided by a one stock rematch, rather than giving them the loss. They would then be free to do this continuously, if they manage to time out the 2 minute rematch (which is a relatively easy feat, garnering a stock to minute ratio that is even less than the typical gameplay format of 2 stock and 6 minute timer).
Could this new and controversial rule be used to help cover up the decision on restricted Miis at Evo, or could this be an oversight and miscommunication between organizers? Time will tell as we see the reaction from the community.
[Update] The Sudden Death ruling has been reworded to “Sudden Death with a tied percentage will NOT determine the outcome of a tied game. A playoff match with 1 stock/2 minutes will determine the winner.” This seems to imply that the victor is declared by percents for all tied stock at time out scenarios except for tied percent, but this isn’t distinctly clarified. The rematch time limit also remains at 2 minutes, a greater ratio than the default match time still.