LG UltraGear’s new full-scale event in Fight Night looked set to showcase the best of global talent from the fighting game community with big in-game prizes, though some gamers are now feeling frustrated with the experience.
Several Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition players participating in the tournament expressed confusion over the weird and non-standard rules of Fight Night, which caused a few to drop out of the competition altogether.
Instead of the typical match rules seen in almost all SF5 tournaments using best of three rounds and best of three games with the default 99 second timer, UltraGear made the odd decision to play the best of five rounds per game. . with just a 60 second timer and a best-of-one set in the losers range.
On the surface, these changes may not seem that far from the norm, but contestants explained how it forced them to fundamentally change the way they play.
– Broski (@broskiFGC) July 11, 2021
With just 60 seconds on the clock each turn, several players said the format made zoning characters like Dhalsim more of a threat overall as more games ended up in overtaking / scrambling situations. last second.
Coupled with the one-match elimination on the loser’s side, participants had little time to adjust mid-set into a rule set they had probably never played before in SF5.
Imagine trying to beat a zoner in 60 seconds …
– MetroM (@ MetroM225) July 11, 2021
This led EQNX | Brian_F to drop out of the competition after losing to TS | Sabin on the winning side of the North America East tournament due to the format.
“Ggs to art,” wrote professional Balrog player on Twitter. “I pulled out of the LG event, I would rather go do the rest of my chores rather than rush into a 60 second ft3 lap clock.”
Following this first apparent withdrawal, the South Korean player Infiltration also announced that he would not be competing in the East Asian category shortly before its debut.
“I told the staff that I would drop the LG Fight Night event,” Infiltration said on Twitter. “This event is a great opportunity and I prepared myself hard to win. But I had a lot of hard things to understand in the rules, and it made me sad and hard. I will speak later, good luck to all. “
I told the staff that I would drop the LG Fight Night event.
This event is a great opportunity and I prepared myself hard to win.
But I had a lot of things that were hard to understand in the rules, and it made me sad and hard.
I’ll talk later, good luck everyone.
– INFILTRATION (@ INFILTRATION85) July 12, 2021
So why did the organizers change the rules of what people have been using for over five years now?
The official reason given for only playing the best of a set would have been a time-saving measure, although that does not explain the five laps and the reduced clock.
What seems to have happened is that the Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 tournaments used the exact same format, which is the default competition standard for Tekken 7 events and why no one on this side talked about the rules.
It is currently unknown whether this duplicate format was created in error and was not detected prior to the tournament or a deliberate decision to try to make the two games identical for some reason.
Japanese players Victrix | Momochi and CO | Dogura also pointed out the odd setup, but don’t care more that these are just Tekken rules.
LG の 大会 、 60 秒 3 ラ ウ ン ド 先 取 ま じ か w
鉄 拳 か な?
– MOMOCHI (@ momochi212) July 11, 2021
“I burst out laughing seeing the rules for today’s tournament,” wrote Dogura as translated by our own Nicholas ‘MajinTenshinhan’ Taylor. “60 Second 3 Turn Timer … I think I’ve heard of a certain game that has such a set of rules …”
“The LG tournament I’m playing today, is it seriously 60 second, 3 rounds? Lol,” it reads Momochithe tweet translated from. “Are we playing Tekken maybe?” “
LG UltraGear’s Fight Night features an impressive $ 48,000 prize spread across games and regions, so there was a lot at stake for those who were invited to compete.
This is far from the only time the FGC has experienced oddly governed tournaments given that there are things like the infamous GameStop single player events and many more examples, but most between them don’t have such a big prize pool that the best players in the world compete for.
Non-standard tournament rules will likely continue to pop up for the foreseeable future, along with businesses, sponsors and outside organizations wanting their events to stand out from the crowd, so these discussions between players will continue as well.
EventHubs reached out to UltraGear Gaming for comment on the rules for Fight Night, but had not received a response at the time of reporting.