16 teams will compete in Los Angeles for a slice of the $150,000 prize pool.
The full list of competitors for Smash Ultimate Summit 4 is now official. The latest edition of Beyond the Summit’s (BTS) illustrious tournament series grants entry to 16 players through various means. This includes qualification, invitation, and crowdfunding through purchasable votes.
On Friday, voting for crowdfunded players commenced after an intense week filled with hope, heartbreak, and jubilation. Just 6 out of 20 nominees made the cut, as chosen by the community. Many players campaigned for themselves or endorsed others with giveaways, activities, and special streams. The lucky few will join ten more of the world’s top Ultimate players as they battle for a slice of the $150,000 prize pool.
A stacked Smash Summit bracket
While not as large as other tournaments, Smash Summit always features a loaded player lineup. This year is no exception, with more than half playing in the event for the first time. Competitors play through a group stage first before being placed in Winner’s and Loser’s Brackets. A traditional double-elimination format is kept from there. The Group Stage takes up the first two days of the event, while the bracket is played on the final day.
There are three methods for entry to Smash Summit. The first is by qualifying at Mainstage, another BTS Smash tournament last November. Each of the Top 6 finalists punched their tickets to Smash Summit. Shortly afterward, four more players received personal invitations from BTS to compete.
Community crowdfunding determines the final six entrants. This is done with “votes” obtained from purchasing merchandise from the BTS store. The weeklong process eliminates players each day, requiring a consistent influx of votes to advance. Here is a list of all the players you’ll see at Smash Ultimate Summit 4:
Players qualified via Mainstage 2021
Players Invited to Smash Summit
Fourteen players attending the event will be looking for their first Smash Summit title. Most notable is the 16-year-old prodigy Sparg0, who is still searching for a major offline win after breaking out online during the pandemic. Glutonny (France), Tea (Japan), and ProtoBanham (Japan) are players from overseas making the trip to compete. Smash Summit veterans such as Dabuz, Light, and Maister hope to finally get their hands on that elusive first-place finish.
The unquestioned top two players in the world aim to continue their domination at the event. MkLeo can win his third Smash Summit in three years, adding further to his legend as the best Ultimate player ever. Meanwhile, Tweek is seeking back-to-back first-place finishes following his Smash Summit 3 victory last August.
Several other high-profile players nominated for crowdfunding did not earn a spot at the event. This includes names like Marss, Tilde, WaDi, Larry Lurr, and Riddles. Popular Sheik main VoiD will miss his first Smash Summit after dropping out of the race.
Smash Ultimate Summit 4 is currently scheduled from March 3-6. For live coverage, check out Beyond the Smash’s Twitch channel.