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PMCC Article Version 2.0: Updated with information on Blacklisted 2 and added Low Tier City 4 to the circuit.
We at PMTV pride ourselves on our role as a cornerstone for the Project M community. We are always working hard to produce top caliber content through our polished streams, detailed articles, beautiful videos, and more. PM Underground serves as a content hub for all sorts of community projects, and PMTV is involved with PM communities all over the world. Despite Project M’s immense growth and momentum over the last year, official support for Project M through various streams and stream hosts has waned. Right now, in the face of adversity, PM is still the biggest it has ever been, and we want to make sure everyone knows it.
We want to go bigger.
With this in mind, we are proud to announce an exciting undertaking that will put Project M on a continental scale. This effort is unprecedented in the Project M community, in both its ambition and breadth. We are working in collaboration with Project M communities across both the United States and Canada, as well as with the community at large. We aim to bring you a spectacular opportunity to compete with the best of the best, watch high level play on your favorite streams, and unite the community as one cohesive unit dedicated to the game we all love. And we want this party to go all year long.
PMTV and Project M Underground are proud to announce the…
Project M Championship Circuit
Featuring 11 Qualifier Tournaments covering most of North America, the Project M Championship Circuit is truly a massive enterprise for the Project M community. Top performers in each of these tournaments will earn Circuit Points, and high scorers will be rewarded at the end of the PM Championship Circuit with cash prizes and priority seeding for a special Grand Finale event. You can only gain Circuit Points by attending these events, so plan ahead and attend as many tournaments as possible! Bigger events earn more points, so bring as many friends as you can from your regions!
Your 2016 PM Championship Circuit’s event lineup is:
Frozen Phoenix – Located at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on March 12-13. Some top players already confirmed include Junebug, Dirtboy, Kage, Blitz, Fire, Rogunshu, Satan, Nightmare, Hammertime, Heysuess, Morks, and n0ne.
This tournament features a $1000 pot bonus and will be streamed by AZPM at www.hitbox.tv/azpm. Frozen Phoenix will have PM singles and doubles, as well as Melee singles and doubles. Signups can be found here: form.jotform.com/60135033599253. This event is Pre-Registration only, and non-Canadians will require a passport to cross the Canadian border. More information can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/196552150697566/
Supernova– Located at Nebulous Gaming in New York City, NY on April 16. Some top players already confirmed include Gallo, Junebug, iPunchKidsz, Sora, and Stoks.
This tournament features a pot bonus sponsored by Hitbox and will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/nebulousgaming. Supernova will have PM singles and doubles. Signups can be found here: https://smash.gg/tournament/supernova/register. This event has an entrant cap. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/748982418565665/
Blacklisted 2 – Located in Game Underground in Natick, MA on May 21-22. Some top players already confirmed include DVD, Harmak, and Mafia.
This tournament will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/smashinggrounds and will have PM singles and doubles. There will be a payout for AT LEAST top 8 players. Sign up at https://smash.gg/tournament/blacklisted-2, and More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/478390859010673/
The Big Balc – Located in Placentia, California on May 28-29. Some top players already confirmed include Frozen, ThunderzReigN, Nashun, iPunchKidsz, Machiavelli, Junebug, Hero of Time, Luck, Venom, Rcizzle, and Kaos.
This tournament has PM singles and doubles, and will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/socalprojectm. Signups can be found here: https://smash.gg/tournament/the-big-balc/details, and more information about the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/934085959972274/.
Smash N' Splash 2 – Located at Key Lime Cove in Gurnee, Illinois on June 12-13. Some top players already confirmed include Westballz, Wizzrobe, and Plup.
This tournament will have singles and doubles for Melee, PM, and Smash 4 Wii U. Signups can be found at https://smash.gg/tournament/low-tier-city-4/details and more event information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/977454149008754/
Low Tier City 4 – A bonus addition to the Project M Championship Circuit! Located at Plano Centre in Plano, Texas on June 18-19. Some top players already confirmed include KOKingpin, Pop Magoot, Lunchables, Blue, Sneez, and Filthy Casual.
This tournament will have singles and doubles for Melee, PM, Smash 4 Wii U, and Smash 64. Signups can be found at https://smash.gg/tournament/smash-n-splash-2-1/details and more event information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1513608982300234/
EVO Side-bracket – Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 15-16. Some top players already confirmed include HF Neon, Machiavelli, Bladewise, Junebug and Hungrybox.
This tournament will feature PM Singles and will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/azpm. More information and signups can be found at https://smash.gg/tournament/evo-2016-pm-side-event/details. Keep in mind that you need to be able to enter the EVO venue to participate, which requires at least a Spectator-level ticket.
Nexus – Located at the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska on July 23-24. Some top players already confirmed include LJG, JJROCKETS, GGA Dan, SinnyBoo242, and Skillager.
This tournament features a $1000 pot bonus and will be streamed at www.twitch.tv/lowtierlegends. Nexus will have singles and doubles for Melee, SmashU, and PM. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/910613645654144/
Salty Juans 3 – Located at the University of New Mexico's Student Union in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 6-7. Some top players already confirmed include Filthy Casual, WhiteLightnin', Arcana, and Light.
This tournament will feature singles and doubles for PM and Melee, and it will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/enchantedesports. An event page is to be announced.
ARLO 3 – Located at DZ Comics and Gaming in Moore, Oklahoma on August 20-21.
This tournament will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/stockcancelgaming. More information will be available as the event approaches.
Tipped Off 12 – While the date and location of this tournament are undecided at this time, it will likely occur during the month of September in Georgia.
This tournament will be streamed at www.hitbox.tv/musiccitysmash. More information will be available as the event approaches.
The Common Wealth – Located at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on September 17-18.
This tournament will feature multiple Smash games as well as other FGC games. More information can be found at http://tgsgaming.com/tcw/.
Grand Finale – The details of this event are still in the process of being finalized. It will likely occur sometime in October or November. We are collaborating with Hitbox to make this the event of the year!
Q: How does the PM Championship Circuit work?
A: Players that attend Circuit Qualifiers and perform well will receive Circuit Points based on their performance and the number of attendees at the event. Players with the highest scores after the last Qualifier will receive cash prizes and priority seeding for the Grand Finale event.
Q: What is this mysterious Grand Finale?
A: It is a mystery! When details are finalized, we will announce the event officially. However, we guarantee that the Grand Finale will be more awesome than any of the other events in the Circuit. In the meantime, tighten your wrist straps and attend as many Circuit events as possible!
Q: Why is [insert event here] on the Circuit?
A: We tried to make sure that there was at least one event within reach of every major Project M region, so players who could not afford the time or cost of travel would get a chance to participate in the Circuit. We favored large events that top players were sure to attend, in order to provide the best possible experience for attendees and viewers alike. There were many additional factors that went into the decision, but the primary concern was accessibility.
Q: Why is [insert event here] NOT on the Circuit?
A: Some events have not been announced or planned this early in the year, so it is possible some major Project M events were overlooked. Other event organizers could not be contacted or were uninterested in participating. Ultimately, to keep things fair to players from all regions, the same number of events from each region would need to be included, resulting in some tournaments being chosen over others. There were many additional factors that went into deciding what would or would not end up on the Circuit. Hopefully we will be able to improve the Circuit in future years with support for more tournaments, better tournaments, and even overseas tournaments.
Q: How are Circuit Point scores calculated?
A: For the PM Championship circuit, the scoring algorithm for Points is dependent on tournament size.
< 64 entrants:
1st – 160 2nd – 110
3rd – 80 4th – 50
5th – 30 7th - 20
64 < x < 100 entrants:
1st – 250 2nd – 150
3rd – 100 4th – 70
5th – 40 7th – 30
9th – 10
101 < x < 150 entrants:
1st – 300 2nd – 180
3rd – 120 4th – 80
5th – 60 7th – 40
9th – 20 13th - 10
151 < x < 200 entrants:
1st – 360 2nd – 240
3rd – 160 4th – 120
5th – 100 7th – 70
9th – 30 13th – 20
17th - 10
> 200 entrants:
1st – 450 2nd – 300
3rd – 200 4th – 150
5th – 100 7th – 80
9th – 50 13th – 30
17th – 20 25th - 10
Q: What are the prizes?
Of this pot, 30% will go directly to a pot bonus for the Finale. 25% will go toward funding travel costs for the Finale. 5% of the funds goes to 3rd place, 15% to 2nd, and 25% to 1st.