? CEO 2019 will use the EVO 2019 Ruleset as found in full here.
? Game version: US Nintendo Switch
? Game Settings: 3 Stock, 7 Minutes, Final Smash Meter: Off, Spirits: Off, Damage Handicap: Off, Stage Selection: Anyone, Items: Off and None, First to: 1 Win, Stage Morph: Off, Stage Hazards: Off, Team Attack: On, Launch Rate: 1.0x, Underdog Boost: Off, Pausing: Off, Score Display: Off, % Show Damage: Yes, Custom Balance: Off, Echo Fighters: Separate, Radar: Big, 2/3 Games
? Allowed Controllers: Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Pro Controller, Nintendo Joy-Con, SmashBox
? Mii Fighters: All moveset combinations are legal
? Amiibo’s are banned.
? Starter stages: Battlefield, Final Destination, Pokémon Stadium 2, Smashville, Town And City
Counter-pick stages: Kalos Pokémon League, Lylat Cruise, Yoshi’s Island (Brawl), Yoshi’s Story
? First stage is decided by (Rock Paper Scissors) best of 1. Winner may choose to either strike a stage first or select a port first. Stages are struck in a P1-P2-P2-P1 order
? Following stages decided by winner striking two stages from all stages and then loser choosing. Winning player is not locked into the same character for the next match, but has to pick before loser selects character.
? You may not pick any stage you have previously won on during the set unless mutually agreed to.
? You may not play on a stage that is not on the available stages list. This will result in a double disqualification.
? If a game ends with a self-destruct move, the results screen will determine the winner.
? Sudden Death with tied percentage/stock will result in a 1 stock/2 minutes playoff match.
? There will be no loading anything on to the tournament consoles.Nintendo Switch
 | Bring Your Own Controller



Nintendo GameCube | Bring Your Own Controller

? Double Elimination
? 4 stock, 8:00 minute timer
? Items Off, Pause Off
? Damage ratio 1.0
? Master Hand is banned
? 2/3 Games per Set
? 3/5 Games for all Top 8 Sets

  1. Players/teams select characters or request double blind picks (see Additional Rules).
  2. First stage is selected according to stage striking rules. Neutral ports may be called for. Neutral start may not be used. See Additional Rules section for elaboration on these rules.
  3. Set begins.
  4. After game 1 the counterpicking procedure takes place:
  5. Game winner bans 1 stage in best-of-3, no stages are banned in best-of-5. This ban is in effect for the following game only.
  6. Loser of the previous game picks a stage from the legal stages. Players/teams may not pick the stage they won on in the previous game. Players/teams may pick the stage they won on if their opponents agree to it (see Gentlemen’s clause in Additional Rules
  7. Winning player/team selects characters (may change characters)
  8. Losing player/team selects characters (may change characters)
  9. Next game is played
  10. Repeat steps 3-4 until the set is completed

Starter Stages:

? Yoshi’s Story
? Fountain of Dreams
? Battlefield
? Final Destination
? Dream Land 64

Counterpick Stage:

? Pokemon Stadium


? Players will eliminate stages from the starter stage list until one remains. Procedure is as follows:

? Players play best-of-one RPS
? Winner may choose to have port priority or the first stage strike. Port priority can be ignored if neither player brings it up.
? Player with first stage strike strikes one of the 5 starter stages. The other player then strikes 2 stages, followed by the first player striking one last stage. This leaves the player strike order as follows: P1-P2-P2-P1.

Stage Clause

Players may not pick a stage they have won on in the current set except by use of the Gentleman’s Clause (see Additional Rules).


Some relative spawn points in some stages are significantly advantageous to one player/team. Either player may request, before a match begins, to have controller ports to be switched to avoid these situations. This request cannot be turned down. Port priority must be maintained through the switch. A list of neutral ports for each stage will be available on request.

Singles Stages:

? Final Destination: Port 1 & 2
? Fountain of Dreams: Port 1 & 2
? Yoshi’s Story: Port 1 & 2
? Dreamland 64: Port 2 & 4
? Battlefield: Port 3 & 4
? Pokemon Stadium: Port 3 & 4

Neutral Starts:

Players may never ask for a neutral start where both players move to the opposite side of the stage and manually countdown an unofficial start. If a player asks for this use the above neutral ports rules instead.


Timeouts, Ties, and Sudden Death Situations:

If the timer reaches zero the player with the higher stock wins the game. If players are tied in stock the lower percentage holder wins. If players are tied in percent or lose their last stocks simultaneously then the players will compete in a final 1-stock game with a 3-minute timer. This Sudden Death game determines the winner of the game.

Self-Destruct Moves:

If a match ends with the successful use of a character’s self-destruct move then the results screen will determine the winner. There will be no exceptions to this rule. If the use of a Self-Destruct Move creates a Sudden Death situation than standard Sudden Death rules will apply.

Gentleman’s Clause:

Players may compete under a rule set mutually agreed upon at the start of their set. Prior to starting a set using the Gentleman’s Clause both players must alert their pool judge to any changes they are enacting. Any ruleset willfully delaying the tournament is an exception to this clause.


If a player pauses the game a stock, or the game if no stocks are available, will be forfeited. If the pause occurs causing an opponent to lose a stock the pausing player will sacrifice 2 stocks, or the game if 2 stocks are unavailable. A player can lose the set on account of a pause.

Team Colors In Doubles:

Your characters color must match the color of your teammates character when possible.

Wobbling is legal. Wobbling past 250% will be viewed as intentional game stalling punished by pausing rules.

Freezing, infinites, and glitches preventing the game from continuing(disappearing characters, game resets, etc) are not allowed. Should you activate any of these actions you will forfeit the game. You can lose the set on a forfeit. You are responsible for knowing your characters and what illegal actions they may be capable of triggering. Accidental activations will be ruled as intentional in all cases.


Personal Reasons Clause: If for any reason a top seeded player is unable to attend CEO 2019 after registering, staff will attempt to reseed pools only if the TO’s are notified that said registered player can not attend anymore at least 7 days before Tournament start date on June 28th. Once the tournament begins no reseeding or floating after pool play will be allowed.



Community Effort Orlando (CEO) Gaming, INC is an events company specializing in competitive fighting game tournaments, enthusiast outreach, and promotional entertainment rooted in video game products. Since its inception, CEO Gaming’s President and founder, Alex Jebailey, has focused on providing spectacle heavy annual conventions, live entertainment broadcasts, and internationally reliable event consultation. His consistent efforts have helped produce many of the world’s most popular fighting game conventions.