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All is Brawl Partners with EVO for National Smash Tournament!
All is Brawl is proud to announce that we will be partnering with EVO to bring you Super Smash Brothers: Brawl at this year’s competition in Las Vegas. The event will feature both a singles and doubles competition over a two day period. The cofounders of AiB, JV and Nealdt, will be on hand to run the event from start to finish. Together they represent the most experienced pair of tournament organizers in the Smash community working with the most prestigious and longest running fighting game tournament in existence.

Many likely remember last year’s controversial Brawl event. In 2008, the EVO organizers rightfully stayed true to their own philosophies, especially for a newly released game, but in doing so many in the Smash community felt alienated. If you were among those who were less than enthused with last year’s event, fear not, this year will be different. 2009 represents a shift back to the same community rules and standards that made EVO’s 2007 tournament a huge success. That year, Melee’s 270 entrants set a record attendance for a Melee tournament that stands to this day.

Some words from the JV_

“We are extremely excited and proud to be a part of Evolution 2009. We are talking about the top long standing competitive fighting event out there. A stage I wholeheartedly believe Brawl deserves to be on. The guys behind EVO (Tony, Joey) that I have spoken with are committed to doing right by the community (I think it’s great of them to do so… we wouldn’t be involved otherwise). That means control over the ruleset, the necessary resources, proper setups, etc to really run a great event. All this means it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to not only really get to check out and appreciate different fighters but also for us to really show these different communities just how great Brawl and the Brawl community is. When it comes down to it we are all in the same boat, we are all gamers, all trying to learn, master, and appreciate a competitive fighter. Be a part of our community and have fun while doing it all. It’s important that everyone realizes this so we can grow together.

So what can you expect from AiB? Lots of sexy! Over the coming months we will be trying involve some sponsors. This means more money to the prize pool, cool stuff going on, maybe an AiB Rio Suite throughout the weekend for people to hang out at. On top of that we will be trying to put together some just general Vegas AiB community events. Be it at the pools, casinos, free sightseeing spots (I know Vegas well!), side events, shoot, even a Vegas scavenger hunt would be good times. Bottom line, we will put together some cool stuff. So be on the look out for some more exciting EVO/Vegas related announcements in the coming months.”

Why should you attend All is Brawl’s first sponsored national tournament?
1. Rules in line with the community standards
2. The tournament will be run by JV and Nealdt (with a little AlphaZealot on the side). This combination of tournament organizers is the best that Smash has to offer.
3. The partnership with EVO provides Smash with a great prime time venue the likes of which have not been witnessed since MLG’s 2006 season (unless you count other EVO events).
4. Multiple other games available to enter or spectate. View the best players from other games like Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Meet your traditional fighting game brethren. EVO isn’t just a tournament, it is a gaming convention!
5. This is the weekend after Genesis and Supercon! So let’s say you are heading out west to California for that national tournament, why not stop by Las Vegas while you’re in the neighborhood before heading home? That’s what I plan to do, at least. Make it a couple weeks to remember by hitting two top flight amazing tournaments in back to back weekends.

Tournament Details

Location: The tournament will be held at the RIO Hotel and Casino in the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.
Date: Between Friday, July 17th, and Sunday, July 19th, with the competition to take place on Saturday (the 18th) and Sunday (the 19th).

You can register for this event here (note, you must enter online)
The entrance fees for this event are as follows:
Venue Fee (before May 31st): $30
Singles Registration: $15
Doubles Registration (per team): $25
Total package for just entering Brawl (before May 31st): $57.50
Total package for just entering Brawl (after May 31st): $77.50

The venue fee is raised from $30 to $50 after May 31st, so register early to save money on both airline tickets and registration fees. The cost of this tournament ($57.50 before May 31st) is in line with other national scale tournaments scheduled in the future like Genesis ($80 total package, $50 Brawl only) and in the past like Melee FCD ($75) and OC3 ($60).


Additionally, if desired, there are other games that you can enter for at $10 each if your interest is peaked, they are:
Street Fighter 4
Soul Caliber 4
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Street Fighter HD Remix
GGXX Accent Core
Street Fighter 3rd Strike Teams

Our goal attendance number is 200 entrants and 100 teams. If we make this goal there will be at least $5,500 in the pot for this event. We will be using a scaled payout system based on the number of attendees, the payouts are as follows:

Singes Payouts
100 entrants or less
1st: 60% = $900 (if 100 entrants)
2nd: 30% = $450
3rd: 10% = $150

Between 101-150 entrants
1st: 60% = $1350 (if 150 entrants)
2nd: 25% = $562.50
3rd: 10% = $225
4th: 5% = $112.50

Between 151-200 entrants
1st: 48% = $1,440 (if 200 entrants)
2nd: 22% = $660
3rd: 14% = $420
4th: 8% = $240
5th: 4% = $120
5th: 4% = $120

201 entrants or higher
1st: 46% = $1725 (if 250 entrants)
2nd: 20% = $750
3rd: 12% = $450
4th: 8% = $300
5th: 5% = $225
5th: 5% = $225
7th: 2% = $112.50
7th: 2% = $112.50

Doubles Payouts
50 teams or less
1: 60% = $750 (if 50 teams)
2: 30% = $375
3: 10% = $125

Between 51-100 teams
1: 60% = $1,500 (if 100 teams)
2: 25% = $625
3: 10% = $250
4: 5% = $125

101 teams or higher
1: 55% = $1,718.75 (if 125 teams)
2: 22% = $687.50
3: 10% = $312.50
4: 5% = $156.25
5: 4% = $125
5: 4% = $125





  • 3 Stock, 8 Minute Time Limit (If time does expire, the winner will be determined by first stock, then percentage. In the event both are tied Sudden Death will be played out.)
  • Best of 3 until Winners Bracket and Losers Bracket Semifinals are reached. Winners and Losers Bracket Semifinals and Finals are best of 5
  • No Items
  • No stalling (via ledge or otherwise). Any infinite chain grabs must be ended after 300% has been reached as to prevent excessive stalling. Avoiding a reachable position of combat to purposely run the timer is stalling.
  • Standing infinites are banned only when used to stall.
  • No player/team may counterpick a stage you have already won on earlier in the current set.
  • In the event of a dispute, controller ports, colors, and stage strike selection order will be determined by Rock-Paper-Scissors.
  • Your controller, settings, and name tag are your responsibility prior to the start of the match. Always check you are using the correct settings and everything is working BEFORE a match is played. If a match is to be restarted due to controller functions or incorrect settings, it must be agreed upon by both parties.
  • Any action that can prevent an in progress game from continuing (i.e., freezing, disappearing characters, game reset, touching the equipment, etc.) will result in a forfeit of that match for the player that initiated the action. You are responsible for knowing your own character, and will be held responsible for triggering one of these effects or any conduct preventing the match from finishing.
  • Metaknight’s Infinite Cape glitch is banned.
  • If a player successfully ends the match with either Bowser or Ganondorf’s over B attack by suicide, then the player who initiated the move wins. If a player ends the match by swallowing with King DeDeDe or Kirby, and it counts as a tie the player whom initiated the swallowing wins. Unless the character breaks out prior to death and is shown winning the match. In which case, that stands as the correct result.

Set Format (In Order of Procedure):

  1. Players choose their characters for the first match*
  2. Players start the stage striking procedure**
  3. The first game is played, using the stage chosen during step 2
  4. Each Player/Team may announce one stage to be banned during counterpicks
  5. The losing Player/Team of the previous match announces the next match’s stage from either the Starter Stage List or the Counter Stage List
  6. The winning Player/Team of the previous match chooses their character/s
  7. The losing Player/Team of the previous match chooses their character/s
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 until the best of 3 or best of 5 set is complete.

*Double blind character selection may be called for the first match. In which case the players will each write down their characters on a sheet of paper and exchange them.

**One Player/Team will strike 1 stage, then their opponent  will strike another 2 stages, leaving 2 stages in which the first team will strike 1 leaving one to be played on.

Neutral Stages:

  • Battlefield
  • Final Destination
  • Smashville
  • Yoshi’s Island (Brawl)
  • Pokemon Stadium(Melee)

Counterpick Stages:

  • Delfino Plaza
  • Castle Siege
  • Battleship Halberd
  • Frigate Orpheon
  • Rainbow Cruise
  • Brinstar
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Jungle Japes


Same standard rules and stages as singles.

  • Stock sharing is allowed.
  • Team Attack is on.
  • In team matches, the ports will be selected in a 1221 fashion. Meaning a player from Team 1 (if need be Rock/Paper/Scissors can be used to determine this Team) will select one port first, then both players from Team 2 will make their selection, then the remaining player from Team 1.
  • If a player on a team is using a character that might make it tough to determine the teams color (like Sonic, Lucario, or Pokemon Trainer), then either team is allowed to request an alternate color be used prior to the start of the match in order to limit any potential confusion.


SyNC1 wrote at 2:33 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Kewl (:
FighterKirby wrote at 2:35 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :

Just. YES.
CGC Grayfox wrote at 2:35 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
I very excited to see AiB bringing Brawl back to EVO. I'm going to be there in full.
Shirosaki wrote at 2:37 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Holy...I need to get some tickets to Vegas
nealdt wrote at 2:37 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
FighterKirby wrote at 2:39 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
What he said.
goldemblem wrote at 2:44 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Nice, i wish i could go
TAC wrote at 2:48 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Detective Dizzy wrote at 2:48 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Wow, good luck to everyoen who enters! I'm surprised there's no Melee there though lol.

Traced wrote at 2:50 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
I wish it was in NY. =(
HugS wrote at 2:55 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Hahaha, Beautiful. I'm there.
wWw Crofats wrote at 3:04 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
I would, but too bad.
Wherewolf wrote at 3:13 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Wrong coast =/
TheHebrewHammer wrote at 3:14 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
I'll be there with the rest of vegas
Tronzilla666 wrote at 3:23 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
i guess ill have to enter since i am already entering other games and going already
ViceGrip wrote at 3:26 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
wow this is awesome
Z wrote at 3:28 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Yay for Vegas!
Fenn wrote at 3:35 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
Will there be live streams?
Dannykat wrote at 3:38 PM on Apr 7, 2009 :
I will be there