Rather than shit up Milan's warstory any further with a giant debate about the friend rule, I decided to move everything out of there into it's own thread. TPCi grants us the privilege to decline to play someone at an event if you are friends with them. I've been following these alot of the threads in this forum and have seen alot of people who I know don't ever interact with each other pre-arranging to 'friend rule' with others just so they don't have to play other Smogonites. We don't want to see this happening. This rule is a privilege that TPCi grants us and should not be abused. The purpose of these tournaments is to have fun. The friend rule isn't supposed to be used to your benefit to avoid people that know what they're doing, it's just so you don't have to play with your actual FRIENDS. People that you've known for years, travelled with, or talk to on a regular basis. Do not abuse it.