Art by sirDonovan , Modified from sirDonovan's thread. Thanks Natalie. for helping me with this thread. Hey, everyone! As I'm sure you all are well aware, the Tournaments room is an official room on PS, alongside the Lobby and Help rooms. We focus on utilizing the tournament script to its maximum potential and thus created the Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament. We've decided to bring it back for a fourth season! What is BLT, and how do I participate? Essentially, whenever we have a scripted tournament within the room, the top four players get a certain number of points based on the prominence of the tour. There are also four official tournaments every day, the formats of which decided on beforehand in our monthly schedule. Every time someone receives points from a tournament, it is documented by our room-bot, Lady Monita. At the end of each cycle (around two weeks), we look to see who has the most points on the leaderboard, and the top player is recorded in our Hall of Fame. This will be the basis for the qualification for BLT. The top sixteen on the leaderboard for the cycles in April and May will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament on one of eight ten-player teams (8 qualified + 2 subs). Co-managers will be drafting from the pool of qualified players to form their team (our website will have player stats to see which tiers the players excel in). Managers will also choose their two substitutes from a certain area further down the leaderboard, so if you don’t make it into the top sixteen, you still have a chance of getting onto a team! Good sportsmanship in the Tournaments room is required to participate in BLT IV. Overwhelming toxicity, collusion, or otherwise going out of your way to bypass the anti-scouting measures in the room will not be tolerated and will result in a ban from competing in BLT IV. If you are a victim of any of these during our room tours, please contact a staff member (with room %, @, or #) with relevant screenshots as evidence" What are the teams, and how will they be set up? The eight teams are as follows Burlesque Bewears | Manager 1: samjo; Manager 2: Scyther NO Swiping Twinleaf Trevenant's | Manager 1: Always!; Manager 2: blazenix Six Island Sharpedos | Manager 1: Natalie.; Manager 2: Feliburn Sunnyshore Staraptors | Manager 1: Roseybear; Manager 2: kushal00 Geosenge Garchomps | Manager 1: Jack Dalton; Manager 2: Vapo Paniola Ranchers | Manager 1: AlexAKSD; Manager 2: Mars Lowell Hau'oli Hariyamas | Manager 1: GXS; Manager 2: Silverwhiteblue Goldenrod Greninjas | Manager 1: Ceteris Paribus; Manager 2: Leafage The draft will take place on the first or second weekend of June (subject to change). Unlike past BLT seasons, we will be utilizing a modified auction to draft the qualified players between the eight teams. What this means is that managers take turns to nominate one of the qualified players up for bidding, until all the aforementioned players have been drafted. The order in which the teams nominate someone initially will be randomized at the start of the draft. Afterwards, a Snake Draft will be utilized to draft the two substitutes per team, with the order to pick depending on the remaining budget of each team at the end of the auction. Qualifier Check-in Each week, when the qualified users get posted, we ask these users to confirm their spots in this thread. We have a one cycle deadline for each user to confirm their spot. This means that the users who clinched their spot in the first cycle have until the end of the second cycle to confirm their spot and so on. Players who do not check-in before the deadline will lose their spot. The information that should be present in the posts are as follows: PS! Username Timezone Top 1-3 tiers that you'd want to be playing What tiers are played, and how will battles be completed? The tiers that will be played are: SM Ubers SM OU SM OU SM UU SM RU SM NU SM LC SM Doubles OU As with the format BLT I and II, the eight teams will be split up into two groups of four. All teams within a group will battle each other in three one-week periods. Winning the week secures the team three points, the losing team gets zero points, and a tie results in one point to both teams. At the end of the three weeks, the two highest placing teams in each group will move on to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the higher placing team from Group A will face the lower placing team from Group B, and the higher placing team from Group B will face the lower placing team from Group A. The winners from these matchups will face in the finals. How will the substitutes work? To encourage parity in the tournament, the substitutes will be chosen in the final two rounds of the draft. These players will have to have placed 17th-20th on the leaderboard in at least one cycle between April and May. Keep in mind that in the case of inactivity these players will have to step in and play whichever tier is needed, so versatility is key! Every manager will pick two substitutes, so tryouts in multiple tiers are your best bet if you didn’t qualify! Activity Calls Make contact with your opponents! Every season we have to make activity calls that displease one party member. To prevent this, post a VM on their Smogon wall to try to set a date for the battle. If you do this via any other medium, save logs and screenshots so that in the event of an activity call, you get it to go your way. Leave time zones, preferred time to play, and be specific. No activity calls will be made if neither team's players or managers post about it, so take initiative on that. Dead Games In the event that a game is not played and neither teams post for an activity call, it will be declared a dead game, that is the game will be taken as to not exist. This will also be the case if an activity post is made but neither players showed a satisfactory level of activity. Schedule properly to not let these occur! What if there is a tie? Using the system in place from the last tournament, we will have a best-of-three be played. Each manager will have 24 hours to choose one tier after the tie has been announced. Failure to comply will result in their choice being defaulted to SM OU. In addition to the two manager picks, the third tier will be SM OU. The managers will announce their picks in the thread or via PM to me, and will then submit their lineups for the three tiers. This will only come into effect in the event that there is a tie for the final four spots of the first stage, in the semi-finals, or in the finals. Will there be prizes? To encourage people to qualify, complete their matches on time and make sure they don't go inactive once the tournament starts, we will have a few prizes. They are as follows: A nomination for Voice (+) rank in the Tournaments room: This will be awarded to the top two players with the most individual wins on the winning team of the tournament. Keep in mind that this is not a guaranteed promotion and is subject to change. Each nomination will be discussed among the staff, focusing on sportsmanship throughout the tournament, activity, and chat presence. This is subject to change since we have a few surprises in store for you guys! Team entry in the Hall of Fame: The winning team will be recorded in the Hall of Fame which is displayed on our website for all to see. This will be great for bragging rights to your friends! In-game prize: If you have a copy of SM, we will be breeding a good Pokémon for everyone on the winning team. The specific Pokémon hasn't been decided yet, but it'll definitely be good! The previous seasons of the Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament were received well and were fun for those involved. However, it was not without flaws, so we intend to fix up the issues the previous season had to create a more enjoyable experience for everyone. This is just an announcement of the start of the next qualifying season for BLT, and to inform you all that getting points over the next four biweekly periods will be much more important than normal. Feel free to use this thread to discuss BLT and ask any questions you may have. However, I will be moderating this thread and will delete any posts that are offensive, irrelevant, or anything of the sort so do make sure to keep things civil. We hope to see you all in Tournaments chat! Good luck, and have fun!