Everything you need to know about Frostbite-style On Demand Side Events

Frostbite-style On Demand side events take inspiration from similar events found at Magic the Gathering Grand Prix as well as FGC money match culture. It is a way to play tournament level matches where something is on the line so they will be slightly higher level than your average friendly set in the overnight venue.

Entry is $1. We only accept $1 bills so make sure you bring some! Once you register for your chosen event you are placed into a queue until there are 8 players ready to compete. Once all players are ready, one of the players will take the bracket to a volunteer who will run the bracket at designated stations to play out a single elimination, all matches best 2/3 bracket. 1st place will get $5 and 2nd place will get $3 of the collected prize money.

To avoid pot splitting, each tournament bracket win counts as a lottery ticket for sponsor prizes, so make sure to give it your all until the very end! Our side event schedule and sponsor prizes are currently TBA. However, here’s a short blurb on every side event we offer so you can prepare in advance:

Competitive 1v1

This is by far the most popular side event. It plays exactly how it sounds. The ruleset will be exactly the same as the #TBH8 main event. Get in extra practice before your pool or get revenge after your bracket loss.

Low Tiers Only

The Frostbite Low Tier Hero Award was the inspiration for this side event, and it is extremely popular! Try out this unique metagame where you can battle with and against Smash 4’s most underrepresented characters. Only the following characters are legal (Tier E and lower on the Smash 4 Backroom Tier List V4): Mr. Game and Watch, Ike, Wario, Roy, Charizard, Little Mac, Palutena, Pac Man, Falco, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Kirby, Wii Fit Trainer, King Dedede, Ganondorf, Zelda, and Jigglypuff (Miis TBD).


This is kind of a mix between “For Fun” and “For Glory.” You will be forced to select Random at the character select screen and the stage select screen. Don’t worry! The Random Stage Select will be set to tournament legal stages only. Players may not gentlemen to a non-legal stage or to specific characters.

Items Insanity

Have a little bit of “For Fun” action! Similar to Competitive 1v1 but with one big change, items are set to medium. Random Stage Select is in effect, but it is set to tournament legal stages only. Players may gentlemen to a non-legal stage if both players agree.

*NEW* Make-Your-Own

This was born from a cool idea by Frostbite 2018 attendees. Get a group of 8 people together and agree on what special rules you want to play under! Want to find out who the best of a certain character is? Gather 8 of your fellow character mains together and play a Ditto Bracket! Have an interesting “For Fun” gametype you play with your friends? Gather 8 people and inform the staff to turn your event into an official side event! There’s endless potential here. We’re really looking forward to see what people come up with!

Still have questions? Please contact:

Vayseth, TBH8 Wii U Event Director, @Vayseth_

Hyper Crasher, TBH8 Wii U On Demand Side Events Director, @Hyper_Crasher

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