BlazBlue: Central Fiction Ruleset

Tournament Rules

  1. Tournament Length

    This tournament is double-elimination.

  2. Set Length

    All tournament sets will be best-of-three (first-to-two wins), until Top Three at which point tournament sets will be best-of-five (first-to-three wins). Rules below do not change between these two set formats.

  3. Set Procedure

    1. Before both players sit down at the console, they must agree on which side they will play on (player 1 side or player 2 side). —
      1. If an agreement cannot be reached, Players will play a best-of-one game of rock paper scissors to determine who gets to pick their side.
    2. After players sit down and connect their controllers, one of the two players must go to the console menu and remove any existing Bluetooth® -connected devices that show as paired to the console. This is a necessary step to avoid the possibility of tournament set interruptions.
    3. Players select their characters. Either player may elect to do Double-blind Character Selection as detailed in section 5.
    4. The players play the first game of the set.
    5. The winning player from the preceding game will announce their character selection for the next game.
    6. The losing player of the preceding game will announce their character selection for the next game.
    7. The next game is played.
    8. Repeat steps four through eight for all subsequent games until the set is complete.
  4. Stage Agreement Clause

    Players may select any LEGAL stage if they both agree on it. Players may not play on illegal stages or change the length/terms of a set. If this is violated, both players will be subject to complete disqualification from the event.

  5. Double-blind Character Selection

    Either player may request that a double-blind selection occur. In this situation, a pool captain, referee, or third party will be told, in secret, of each player’s character choices for the first round. Both players are to then select their character for the first round with the selected pool captain, referee, or third party validating the character selection.

  6. Pausing and the Home Button

    Pausing must be turned OFF in the settings. However, if it is not, pausing is only legal while either player remains upon their OWN respawn platform, and only for the purpose of summoning a Tournament Official, or in the case of a controller malfunction. All other pauses will incur a stock loss to the player who pauses the game. If the pause causes the opponent to lose their last stock, the pausing player receives a game loss. This rule also applies to controllers which cause the game to revert to the PS4 home screen.

  7. Stalling

    Stalling, or intentionally making the game unplayable, is a bannable offense at the discretion of Tournament Officials. Stalling includes, but is not limited to, becoming invisible, movement without an attack animation for an extended period of time, and reaching a position that the player’s character can never be reached by the opposing character. Stalling will result in a forfeit of the game for the player that initiated the action.

  8. Double K.O. / Draw / Self-destruct Moves

    If a game ends with a double K.O. or due to a self-destruct move, the results screen will determine the outcome. If the result is a draw, players continue to play (as per system design) until a winner can be determined. Neither player will receive a win on their tally in the event of a double K.O./draw.

  9. Color Request Clause

    Players may request that their opponent change colors to accommodate color blindness, or if their color is indistinguishable from the other team color or the stage background. This request must be made before the game starts.

  10. Warm-ups

    Warm-up periods, button checks, and “handwarmers” may not exceed 60 seconds on the game clock. Violation of this rule may result in a game loss at the discretion of the Tournament Official.

  11. Tardiness

    Anyone who is not present for their set 10 minutes past the scheduled start time of the round is subject to a total disqualification from the event.

Game Rules

  1. Game Settings

    • Platform: Playstation 4
    • In Game Settings: Default
    • Stage: Random Select
    • Pausing: Not Allowed
  2. Additional Rules

    1. Patch

      FanimeCon 2022 will use whichever patch is currently live at 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday May 25th, 2022.