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@vVvRapture You say this like I think it's a bad thing that these elements of luck are present, or like I want to see competitive settings from EVO used by Nintendo. I don't. I WANT to see the shitstorm it would cause. Think about it - Brawl was made specifically to be a slap in the face towards the competitive community. What would be a bigger slap in the face than to end up having a higher turnout for major events, by adding more money to the pot than EVO can come up with, with a tournament with settings that the Smash community loathes?
I would like to see VGC singles get a chance; on the same token, I'd like to see VGC UBERS get a chance. They've done tournaments with limitations, rather than bannings, of the legendary Pokemon with high BSTs; they could do this again.
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I've said it elsewhere online, but it's relevant to the conversation here as well.
Be careful what you ask for. Let's say Nintendo does offer an official
Super Smash Bros. tournament series, something equivalent to Pokemon's
World Championships for both TCG and video game...paid flights,
scholarships, cash prizes, product prizes, and so on for its top
players. Guess what? You're going to be dealing with items. You're
going to be dealing with stages with random elements beyond the player's
control. You could be playing the Grand Finals on something like
WarioWare. Even with some people from other fighting games that don't
have these random factors working on the game itself, there is no way in
hell that Sakurai would allow his creation to be used in the very type
of competitive format he was lashing out against with Brawl.
Also, as far as Pokemon being competitive, as you mentioned, they do support that scene heavily, but with a ruleset far and away different from what the competitive scene wants. Evasion-raising moves. Drizzle + Swift Swim. One-hit KO moves with 30% accuracy. Banned in competitive play by the tournament community, legal in Nintendo's events. They WANT luck to be part of what determines a winner so that a player who isn't the absolute best in the world still has a shot at a victory. If you look at some of Nintendo's other popular games - the Mario Kart and Mario Party series - this is quite clear.
If Nintendo wants to really screw with the competitive scene, they'll do their own tournaments...they'll pay out higher than EVO, and make the tournament happen at the same time as EVO, to take away from its player base.