(Approved by SDS) The First Ever ASB Team Tournament! It is finally time for the long-awaited team tournament to get under way! Teams of three people will clash with the team that wins 2 out of the 3 winning the round! Each team member will play one of the following three match types throughout the tournament: -3v3 Singles -4v4 Doubles -5v5 Triples (Positioning OFF) Standard rules that must be observed in all matches are as follows: -All Abilities -No Items -5 recovers/5 chills -2 Substitutions -2 Day DQ for battlers -2/3 Day DQ for refs (explained later) -Self-KO clause; in the event of a double KO to end the match, the Pokemon that KOed itself through whatever means (self-KOing move, energy exhaustion, etc) loses. As for switching rules, it will be up to the participants of each match to decide whether they will want to play Switch=OK or Switch=KO. This decision will be PMed to the ref along with their team. If both players agree to play with the same switch rules, then those rules will be used. If there is a disagreement, the referee will flip a coin to decide which set of rules will be used. Players will send in the amount of Pokemon required for their match, and once the ref has both teams the thread will be posted and the Pokemon being used will be revealed. Then, both players will have to send to the ref their starting Pokemon, and these will be revealed and a coin will be flipped to decide who must order first. In the interest of getting this tournament running more quickly, and to hopefully keep people more interested in playing, rather than drafting teams you will have to sign up as teams of three people. One person will post the team roster and name, and then the other members will have to post and confirm that they are joining that team. If you don't have a team, then you may sign up as a free agent; while this doesn't guarantee that you will get a team, it does tell people looking for extra members what you are willing to play and lets them know that you are available. If you sign up as a team, make sure to say who is playing which match type. This needs to be known before signups are done! When signing up, you must post the team of Pokemon you will be using. You must bring at least the amount of Pokemon you need for the match type you are playing, and at most you can bring two extra. You may change these and add new Pokemon as much as you want while signups are going on. Once the first round starts, your Pokemon are locked in. You can not swap them out or edit in new moves or evolutions that you get outside the tournament after the first round starts, even between rounds. You will be able to claim prizes within the tournament and these prizes will apply to your Pokemon for future rounds, but will not apply to your Pokemon outside the tournament until your team is eliminated. Once you are eliminated, you will have to merge your in-tournament Pokemon with your out-of-tournament Pokemon. Because of this, make sure to keep track of what moves you buy in the tournament (hint: whenever you claim post an updated version of your tournament Pokemon). If you buy a move both in the tournament and outside of it, you will be able to refund the MC. When matchups are posted, you will PM the ref the required number of Pokemon chosen from the ones you signed up with. Once battles start they are expected to move quickly; this means both battlers and refs should be active. Also, tournament matches should be your first priority; if you have to decide between posting for a tournament match and posting for another match, then unless you are severely risking DQ in the other match or have already done a tournament round that day then you should post in the tournament match. Battlers are on a 2 day DQ; it should not be difficult to post orders at least once every two days, and I am willing to grant an extra day (though no more) to someone who warns me in advance that they may not be able to post or that I feel is likely to post within the next 24 hours (this means refs should not DQ a battler unless they get the OK from me). Refs get a bit of leeway, but not much. They have a 3 day DQ, but under any circumstance if they go over 3 days they will be subreffed (though they will have the ability to subref their match or another match if the opportunity arises). Also, if a ref passes over a 2 day DQ more then 3 times in a match, the match will be subreffed. I dislike being this strict on refs since I know that reffing can be a pain especially when you're already busy, but if I'm not this will be far too long a tournament. The amount of teams in the tournament will depend on the number of teams that sign up, so we'll see about that. In the meantime, go scrounge up some teammates and get ready to play some Pokemon! ...oh. What's that? You want prizes? Well guess what? WE'VE GOT PRIZES! Here they are: 1st Place: Each team member gets a Master Ball 2nd Place: Each team member gets 10 UC Those are some pretty nice prizes! Now then, find your teams, and let's get this show on the road! Signups will likely close in one week. Current Teams: Team Carnivorous Apples** - Flamestrike (S) / Its_A_Random (D) / Engineer Pikachu (T) Darkwing's Ducks** - Rediamond (S) / Lord Jesseus (D) / Destiny Warrior (T) Team jassmashpwn* - smashlloyd20 (S) / Pwnemon (D) / jas61292 (T) Soldiers of Gaia** - King Serperior (S) / Complications (D) / Maxim (T) Team Cruel Britannia* - Alchemator (S) / Objection (D) / Dogfish44 (T) Order's Requiem** - TheRoyalGuard (S) / MrcRanger97 (D) / Ragnarokalex (T) Team ???** - Kaxtar (S) / zarator (D) / C$FP (T) The Cookie Crisp Corgis* - EndQuote (S) / Orcinus Duo (D) / TheWolfe (T) The Jacks of Peril** - Yarnus of Bethany (S) / TheMogRunner (D) / Galladiator (T) Team ASB Heavies* - Quagsires (S) / SubwayJ (D) / Tortferngatr (T) The Harbringers** - Athenodoros (S) / LouisCyphre (D) / Leethoof (T) Team CuntNuggets** - Son_Of_Shadoo (S) / Dummy007 (D) / Texas Cloverleaf (T) The Dreaded SAT's** - Temperantia (S) / SimonSays (D) / Arcanite (T) The Mysterious Masqueraders* - LadySalamence (S) / Gerard (D) / Glacier Knight (T) Team Star Gazers** - typon77 (S) / waterwarrior (D) / MrL (T) Note that unless all members have confirmed these teams are not set in stone; it's mainly just a way for people to have a decent idea of what's currently in planning. S, D, and T stand for Singles, Doubles, and Triples, respectively. There is also a link to each team. * Team has been confirmed. ** Team has been confirmed and all players have submitted a team. Current FAs: danmantincan (S/D) Nightmare Jigglypuff (T) AOPSUser (S) EDIT: Answers to some IRC questions: 1) Single or double elimination? Almost certainly single elimination. There'll already be a lot for the refs to do without a second bracket of teams. 2) Triples with or without positioning? Unless there's a major objection, without. Again, trying to make life easier for the refs. 3) Will I be putting teams together out of the remaining free agents at the end of signups? That's a toughie. The point of the Free Agent pool is for people to be able to see who's available and PM/VM around to make their own teams. However, if there's a sizable amount of free agents and room for more teams, I'll use a RNG to make some extra teams. I wouldn't advise relying on this, however; you guys have a week! Get out there and talk to people!