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Monday, September 9, 2019

Sign-up for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open September 2019!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Now featuring Québec.

In a very surprise announcement—even to me, and I'm an insider—Nintendo and Battlefy are teaming up once again, this time with the esteemed The Big House super major based in Michigan. The four top placers in the newly-announced Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open September 2019—taking place September 21—will get free tickets to Detroit to participate in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles bracket at The Big House 9—taking place the weekend of October 4.

You can register for the event here.

KoopaTV readers know that less than a month ago, I wrote about the August version of the Battlefy-Nintendo tournament series (featuring many useful tips and information that is still applicable and relevant), which featured the prize of going to the October Nintendo Live tournament in Japan. What's different about the tournament this time?
  1. Nintendo's lawyers finally are allowing players in Québec to participate (as part of Region 7)
    1. Puerto Rico and other US territories still excluded
  2. The prize for going to Detroit is valued much less than going to Kyoto. Plane tickets are cheaper and the lodging is for less days, but more importantly, you only win a $350 Visa gift card and not a $450 gift card
  3. There is no Grand Finals round this time to determine the order of the top 4; all 4 top-placers are going to Detroit
  4. Battlefy as a platform is substantially more stable and robust with its server redundancy than in August, though note that's not the same as the stability of your own personal Internet connection (or your would-be opponents’)
How should you practice for the tournament? I wrote an article compiling all of the fighter usage stats from the August tournament here, and that article has a spreadsheet breaking down fighter usage stats per your specific region—and yes, there are substantial regional differences besides Joker being #1 everywhere. Since it's the same player base, you should expect very similar usage. One note: given recent events, you should anticipate adding Banjo and Mii Gunner to the list of most-used characters (Joker, Hero, Link) and train in those match-ups.

You should also try practicing playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for four hours in a row, because unless you get a very good win record early on (such as winning your first eleven games), you're going to have to play the ladder round the whole time to get a chance of getting into your region's top 32. Specific tips on doing that are back in that August article.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open September 2019 character mural
At least it's generic Mii Gunner in the mural and not... him...

Ludwig, of course, will be participating once again, as the member of the media in residence for this series of tournaments. He wants to gain confidence in winning with his other characters that aren't his father, since for someone who mains four characters, he relied mostly on Lord Bowser for his matches. Ludwig is glad he wrote the August article so comprehensively, because it means this article is pretty easy to write.

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