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Discover What's New at Melee

Welcome to our update hub! Here, you can stay informed about the latest improvements and features we've added to Melee. Whether you're a seasoned user or just getting started, we're excited to share our progress with you.

Change Log - - Beta Version 7/19/2024

Minor Updates
  • Implemented game-specific infractions in the tournament controller.
  • Resolved an issue causing the penalties popup to appear slowly.
  • Optimized performance for decklist-related queries.
  • Fixed the game filter issue in the tournament view within user settings.
  • Updated several data tables on the site with the new filtering plugin.
  • Added player metadata to admin player exports in the tournament controller.

Change Log - - Beta Version 6/14/2024

Guest Accounts for Tournament Play

In response to your feedback, we have introduced "guest accounts" to enhance the tournament experience. Tournament organizers can now generate guest accounts, allowing participants to join without creating a personal account or sharing their personal data with Melee. Key features of guest accounts include:

  • Instant Enrollment: Guest accounts are automatically enrolled in the tournament upon creation.
  • Temporary Access: These accounts are temporary and cannot be claimed or converted to permanent accounts.
  • Player Portal Links: Each guest account comes with a unique Player Portal link that does not require a login. These links are private and should be shared only with the designated player.
  • Match Access: Players can use their guest account username or Portal link to access their matches.
  • Information Security: Please provide players with a printout or email containing their guest account details to prevent any loss of information.

Improvements to Phase Creation for New Tournaments

Based on user feedback, we are enhancing the tournament creation process to be more intuitive and user-friendly for new organizers. While we continue to work on a comprehensive solution, we have made several key improvements to reduce confusion:

Playoffs vs. Single Elimination

At first glance, playoff phases and single elimination phases appear similar but serve distinct purposes:

  • Playoff Phases: Always occur at the end of a tournament and are designed to narrow down the field to a single winner. These phases match players based on their standings, pairing the highest-ranked with the lowest-ranked, the second highest with the second lowest, and so on.
  • Single Elimination Phases: Intended for mid-tournament use, these phases match players randomly.

Additionally, playoff phases interact differently with Swiss phases compared to single elimination phases. In the final round of a Swiss phase followed by a playoff phase, the Swiss phase is "power paired" from top to bottom of the standings. This reduces mismatched incentives among competitors before the top cut.

Given these distinctions, we have determined that the Single Elimination phase type is redundant when compared to the Playoff/Top Cut phase type and the Play Until X Losses phase type. Therefore, we have decided to disable the single elimination phase type.

We plan to reintroduce single elimination as "Bracketed Single Elimination" once we have developed additional tools to facilitate bracketed play. In the meantime, if randomized single elimination play is needed before the top cut, we recommend using the Play Until 1 Loss phase type.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve your tournament organizing experience.

Minor Updates
  • All links to our documentation now directs users to our help site.
  • Renamed "Playoff" phases to "Playoff/Top Cut" to reduce confusion about phase creation.

Change Log - - Beta Version 5/31/2024

Tournament Audit Logs

Comprehensive Audit Logs Introduced:

We have implemented detailed and queryable audit logs for tournaments on the tournament controller. This feature provides scorekeepers with a comprehensive view of all activities within their tournaments.

Key Features of Audit Logs:

Log event types cover a wide range of activities including match result changes, phase transitions, player check-ins, standings calculations, and 60 other types of events, ensuring thorough tracking and accountability.

Feedback and Improvements:

While we aim for comprehensive coverage, there may be additional relevant event types that are not yet logged. We encourage scorekeepers and users to inform us if they notice any important events that should be logged but aren't currently included.

Important Note:

This new audit logging feature is intended to replace the live tournament stream on the tournament controller. This change is designed to provide a more structured and accessible way to monitor tournament progress and actions.

Minor Updates
  • Addressed an issue that led to decklists being removed from match and standings data tables.
  • Removed the tournament stream from the tournament controller.
  • Changed the user flow for deleting an user account.
  • Added the ability for users to download all of their data prior to deleting their user account.

Change Log - - Beta Version 5/16/2024

New Two-Game Match Format for Disney Lorcana

Implementation of Match and Standings Models:

We have leveraged our newly updated match and standings models to support two-game matches for Disney Lorcana. These matches adhere to specialized match rules and utilize tiebreaker algorithms designed according to Ravensburger's specifications.

Match Compatibility:

Please note, two-game matches are distinct from other match types such as Best of Three and cannot be combined with them. This is due to incompatible standings tiebreakers. However, in playoff phases where only rankings are required—not standings—these matches are fully compatible.

Updated Match Result Submission:

We've updated the system to accommodate the submission of results specifically for two-game matches, streamlining the process and ensuring accuracy in standings and rankings.

Minor Updates
  • Updated the footer on various pages to better highlight our legal links and privacy policy.
  • Fixed an issue in the user profile results table to now display all tournaments, not just those with decklists.
  • Added a new debugging option in the matches cog menu on the tournament controller to view raw match details.
  • Introduced new columns to standings and match exports on the tournament controller for enhanced data analysis.
  • Resolved a bug that sometimes prevented automatic updating of tables on the tournament controller.
  • Addressed issues causing premature tournament endings or incorrect current round calculations.
  • Removed the "How To Play" link from the menu bar to streamline user navigation.
  • Updated all TCGPlayer affiliate links to utilize the new Impact system for improved tracking.
  • Enabled assigning a double loss directly from the matches table on the tournament controller.

Change Log - - Beta Version 4/19/2024

Over a year in the making.

Redesigned Match and Standings Models

We have completely overhauled our match and standings systems to support a broader array of tournament types. This significant update involved revising over 25,000 lines of code to accommodate some of the most popular and requested tournament formats, enhancing functionality and flexibility in managing tournaments.

Tournament API Completely Redesigned

We've made comprehensive updates to our Tournament API, which now features completely revised endpoints. For developers looking to integrate or update their systems, detailed documentation is available on our new API documentation page at API Docs.

Tournament Controller UI Overhaul

The Tournament Controller has been revamped to improve user experience:

  • A new Quick Settings tab allows scorekeepers to access tournament settings swiftly.
  • Updated the page headline to include more useful information such as the publication status of matches and standings.
  • Introduced a tournament status dropdown to facilitate efficient status updates.
  • Enhanced match result submission options are now available for both desktop and mobile users.
  • Enhanced edit matches display for improved functionality and clarity.

Minor Updates
  • Round Completion and Tournament Ending: Resolved an issue that affected the logic for completing rounds and concluding tournaments.
  • Data Exports: Updated the functionality for exporting tournament matches and standings.
  • Pod Management: Automatic generation of pods now occurs if they are not created before matching players in podded phases.
  • Tournament Initiation: Tournaments that have not yet started will now automatically begin when matching occurs.
  • Playoff Standings Display: Fixed the display issue.
  • Decklist Archetype Standings: Temporarily removed this feature while we rewrite the underlying code.
  • MTG-Specific Actions: Removed several Magic: The Gathering-specific actions from non-MTG tournaments.
  • Character Encoding on Privacy Policy Page: Addressed an issue with character encoding.
  • Inline Select Fields: Increased the width of inline select fields on data tables.
  • Decklist View Updates: Updated the decklist view page to include standings from the associated tournament.
  • Printing Processes: Removed phase selection from the paper printout process and addressed several issues with round selection.
  • Result Slips Formatting: Updated the formatting of result slips to match the new result entry interface.
  • Post-Tournament Creation Navigation: After creating a new tournament, the organizer will now be directed to the phases tab of that tournament’s controller.
  • Round Timer: Moved the round timer into its own tab on the tournament controller.
  • Decklist Columns: Automatically hide decklist columns for tournaments that do not require decklists.
  • Data API Link: Updated the data API link in the footer to point to the new Swagger documentation.
  • Match Result Entry Hotkeys: Added optional hotkeys for match result entry.
  • Table Content and Ordering: Changed the content and ordering of tables on the tournament controller and view pages.
  • Matches Dialog Form: Refactored and redesigned the edit matches dialog form.
  • Inline Editable Fields: Added several inline editable fields to tables in the tournament controller.
  • Publishing Standings: Added the ability to delay the publishing of standings for a tournament.
  • Filtering Plugin: Updated several tables on the tournament controller to use the new filtering plugin, thereby adding many filter options.
  • Standings Caching: Standings are now cached per round instead of per phase.
  • Round Turnover Tab: Temporarily removed the non-working Round Turnover tab from the tournament controller.

Change Log - - Beta Version 3/13/2024

Direct Player Portal Access

We're excited to announce a significant update that enhances your experience on! Now, when you visit, you'll be automatically directed to your personalized Player Portal. This feature is designed to streamline your navigation, saving you time and effort.

How It Works:

  • Automatic Tournament Detection: The system intelligently identifies the active tournament you're participating in, based on the current date and time. This ensures you're always just a click away from your most relevant tournament details.
  • Direct Portal Access: If you're active in a tournament, you'll be taken directly to your Player Portal for that event. This is where you can view schedules, match-ups, and other critical tournament information.
  • Fallback to Tournaments List: In cases where an active tournament can't be found for you, the system will redirect you to the Tournaments List. This way, you can easily browse and join upcoming events.

Benefits for You:

  • Efficiency: Save time with direct access to your tournament details without the need for manual searches.
  • Convenience: Enjoy a seamless navigation experience, tailored to your active participation.
  • Accessibility: Quickly find your current tournament, enhancing your competitive experience on This update reflects our commitment to continually improving the platform, making it more user-friendly and efficient for our valued community. We believe this new feature will significantly enhance your tournament experience.

As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have any suggestions or encounter any issues, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Change Log - - Beta Version 2/20/2024

Complete Overhaul of Data Tables Plugin

We've significantly upgraded our data tables plugin, enhancing user interaction with options for column visibility, filtering, results per page, and data exports. This major improvement offers a more customizable and efficient way to navigate and manage large sets of data, ensuring a smoother user experience.

Updated Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy has been updated to reflect our ongoing commitment to protect your data and privacy. We encourage all users to review the changes to understand how we collect, use, and safeguard your information.

Minor Updates
  • Added a dynamic player count to the tournament controller's player enrollment form, which turns to a “warning” color when the player count is within 10 of the cap, enhancing visibility and urgency for tournament organizers.
  • A new player status filter on the tournament controller's decklist tab allows for more precise management and oversight of player entries, streamlining the tournament setup process.
  • Now displaying full names to staff on the Edit Matchups form, replacing usernames for easier identification and management of matches.
  • Added a direct link to users' submitted decklists in the main nav bar decklist menu item for quick access.
  • Moved language selection to the main nav bar for more intuitive access, improving the site's usability for our global user base.
  • Added a redundant link for printing match information in the matches action dropdown, offering more convenience in managing tournaments.
  • Self-service documentation links have been updated to lead directly to, providing users with easier access to assistance and platform guidance.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented dashboard menus from being scrollable on some mobile platforms, improving accessibility and user experience on mobile devices.
  • Addressed an issue with the dropdown on the /Decklists page, ensuring error-free expansion and enhancing site functionality.
  • Fixed an issue with the player QR codes that incorrectly linked to player registration, streamlining the check-in and registration process for players.
  • Resolved an issue causing a preferred organization to remain linked to a user's profile even after removal from staff, ensuring accurate organization affiliations.
  • Fixed a loading issue with the tournament entries table on the organization dashboard, improving the management experience for organizers.

Change Log - - Beta Version 1/9/2024

Enhanced File Import Processes

We have implemented a brand new player and tournament (coming soon) file import processes for streamlined data integration, featuring a new user-friendly interface. Currently accessible only to approved organizations.

Unauthorized Data Sharing Report System

We have introduced a comprehensive system allowing users to report unauthorized data sharing, bolstering our platform's commitment to data privacy and security.

Authorization System Overhaul

We have significantly enhanced the authorization system for tournaments and organizations, focusing on maintainability, transparency, and functionality, along with general application performance improvements. Updates to permissions can be seen on your organization's dashboard.

Minor Updates
  • Profile Tournaments Page Enhancements: Added a status filter and direct links to player and tournament controllers in the table.
  • New Import Tool Access: Granted special privilege to approved organizers for utilizing the new players import tool.
  • Disney Lorcana Retailer Application Simplification: Streamlined the application process by opting for a single distributor selection.
  • Tournament Control Page Fixes: Resolved issues with export standings buttons and saving custom player metadata during tournament creation.
  • Performance Improvements: Enhanced data serialization performance significantly.
  • Tournament Control Page UI Update: Added edit icons to player links for clearer navigation.
  • Organizer and Staff Management: Introduced an "Added By" column in organizer and tournament staff tables.
  • Main Tournaments Page View Change: Switched default view from visual to table style.
  • Custom URL for Tournament Hubs: Organizers can now create shortened URLs for their organization tournament hubs on the edit page.
  • Data Request Optimization: Improved datatable functionality to delay server requests after filter input changes.
  • Standings Export Fix: Addressed an issue with exporting standings for specific phases.