This is mainly addressing SFIV tournaments but all non-team fighting game tournaments in general.
Now these are the rules for almost all the tournaments I’ve ever been too (EVO, ECC, NEC, OKC, TFZ Tours, and many others)
-You don’t have to stick with the same character unless you just won
-2 out of 3, finals 3 out of 5
-You can change your button configuration
-Friends aren’t placed in the same exact bracket
-You can use your own controller
-You can request to switch sides (1P > 2P, 2P > 1P) after loss.
-And of course game specific rules like illegal characters and such.
Now the tournament at our Gamestop held during the same week of SFIV’s release did the exact Opposite.
-The character you choose from the start is the character you HAVE to stick with.
-1 out of 1
-You CAN’T change you button confige.
-Friends were place in the order on the bracket as there were in line (naturaully most friends were next to each other in line.)
-You had to use the controller provided to you (All fucking PADS, no STICKS!!)
-And you couldn’t play as Gouki (cause he wasn’t unlock [even though he’s playable in the arcades])
Now of course the reason I am asking this question is because It seems that other contraries like Japan and some European ones don’t do the whole double elimination thing.
So my question is what is the MLG ruling on offical fighting game rules? Does MLG matter? Are the rules not that important that there not recognized as being something to seriously to consider?