So just to update everyone, we've got some news on the summer online Wii U tournament.
First off, the tournament has an official name: Ascend to the Heavens. You can be sure various pictures of Ganondorf in the middle of an Up Smash will be accompanying the logo.
Secondly, the ruleset is pretty much all but finalized as well. We'll be going with:
First player to win 3 games wins the set
6 minute time limit
No items (obv)
Custom Moves/Fighters are banned (unless someone really wants to argue for this, in which case I'll listen)
Mii Fighters are banned
Stage Counterpicks are a thing, more on that later
There will be a Losers' Bracket
Thirdly, Stage List has been finalized as well
Starters: Battlefield, FD (and all Omega forms EXCEPT for Gamer), Smashville, Town and City
Kongo Jungle, Halberd, Lylat Cruise, Duck Hunt, Pokemon Stadium 2, Delfino Plaza, Wu Hu Island Cruise, Castle Siege
Fourthly, Stage Rules
Initial stage pick will be done by striking. Basically what this means is that before a match starts, the two players will ban stages in an alternating manner. The first player will choose a stage from the starter list that they do not wish to play on in that round, leaving three stages left. The second player will choose one from the remaining three, and the first player will finally choose from the last two. Whatever stage is remaining at the end is the stage the first match will take place on. The player that gets to ban a stage first will be determined by coin flip.
Counterpicks, as mentioned before, are a thing. These are a bit more simplified than your standard tournament counterpicks. After the first game is completed, the loser of that match will pick the stage for the next game, choosing from either the Starter or Counterpick list. This format will continue for the duration of the set, with the loser of the previous game picking the stage for the next game, and communicating to their opponent which stage they want by entering their choice in the profile name section (or by Skype or some other means).
The only limitation for this is that once a stage has been used in a game, it cannot be used again for the rest of the set. For instance, if Final Destination is the first stage picked for a set between Pig and myself, Final Destination cannot be chosen again by either one of us.
Lastly, sign ups will begin in early-mid May, with the tournament itself starting in late May/early June. If you can, I'd suggest getting a Skype before then; it'll definitely come in handy.