In a time where in-person Smash Ultimate tournaments cannot continue, YouTubers Jacob “Alpharad” Rabon and Charles “MoistCr1TiKaL” White plan to hold a series of online tournaments known as the Quarantine Series. These online tournaments will take place over the next four months and lead into a grand championship tournament, a dramatic boost to Smash esports.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was getting its first Smash World Tour this year. However, due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many participating tournaments either moved to a different date or canceled events altogether. That being said, the unfortunate but necessary cancelations leaves a big void in the Smash Ultimate community. That’s where the Quarantine Series comes in.
The Quarantine Series is a series of 10 tournaments taking place online. Cr1TiKaL acknowledged that Smash Ultimate online services are behind the times, but it is better than nothing. He and Alpharad are partnering with G-Fuel and Twitch to bring impressive prize pools for this tournament. In total, at least $80 thousand will be awarded to winners of these tournaments.
Each month, a minor tournament takes place. The minor tournament is open to anyone who wants to try their hand at competitive Smash. Each minor tournament will have a minimum prize pool of at least $5 thousand. Depending on viewership and sponsors, that prize pool can even increase. Players will receive points based on how well they placed in the tournament.
Those who earn enough points in the minor tournament then qualify for a major tournament. There is only one major tournament each month, so not many opportunities exist to qualify. Major tournaments will have a minimum prize pool of $10 thousand and the cycle repeats for next month.
Quarantine Series will continue for four months and then a grand tournament will take place. The grand tournament features the very best and hosts a prize pool “much bigger than $10,000.” The exact prize pool depends on more sponsors joining the Quarantine Series.
To launch the Quarantine Series, a $10 thousand kickoff tournament begins March 29. This tournament will feature major pro players from the Smash Ultimate community, such as T1’s Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez and NRG Esports Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada. The Quarantine Series will surely scratch that itch to play and view competitive levels of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate while adhering to social distancing rules.
Written by Daniel Borjas