graphic created by Irraquated. make sure to tell him he's awesome! Welcome to the Inaugural Monotype Premier League! Premier Leagues have become a staple of the Smogon competitive environment and the Monotype Room will now have it's very own. This will serve as the mega-thread for the MPL. Feel free to discuss the tournament, post predictions, comments, etc. here. Registration will be done using a Google Form. Metagames Each team will play 7 matches, across 6 Monotype Metagames, for each week of the MPL. ORAS (2x), BW, Monothreat, AAA, STABmons, Hidden Type Managers, please have your lineups submitted to me, Nani or Chandy by Friday of each week. If you're submitting it to me and playing my team that week, please do so in a live pm. I will respond immediately with my team so I do not gain any match up advantages. Make sure you designate an ORAS1 and ORAS2 player. Players, make sure you complete your battles on time! We would prefer to not have to make activity decisions. Please save your replays and pm them to your manager (win or lose). Also, once you have decided on a time with your opponent feel free to advertise it in this thread and the MonoPL room. Overall Schedule (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Overall Schedule (open) Overall Schedule (close) Week 1: Friday, April 17th - Sunday, April 26th Mangers must submit lineups by April 17th. Week 2: Monday, April 27th - Sunday, May 3rd Managers must submit lineups by April 24th. Week 3: Monday, May 4th - Sunday, May 10th Managers must submit lineups by May 1st. Week 4: Monday, May 11th - Sunday, May 17th Managers must submit lineups by May 8th. Week 5: Monday, May 18th - Sunday, May 24th Managers must submit lineups by May 15th. Semi-Finals: Monday, May 25th - Sunday, May 31st Managers must submit lineups by May 24th. Finals: Monday, June 1st - Sunday, June 7th Managers must submit lineups by May 31st. Ban Lists (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Ban Lists (open) Ban Lists (close) ORAS: Monotype Ban List BW: Smogon University BW OU Ban List Monothreat: ORAS Monotype Ban List AAA: (1) Standard AAA Banlist along with ORAS Monotype Bans. This means Greninja/Shaymin-Sky are Globally Banned. Aegislash and Genesect are banned from Steel teams. (2) Gale Wings is globally banned. (3) Exceptions: Blaziken is allowed on Fighting teams (Keldeo & Terrakion are banned); Talonflame is unbanned, but is not able to use Gale Wings. STABmons: (1) Standard STABmons Banlist along with ORAS Monotype Bans. This means Greninja/Darkrai are Globally Banned. Aegislash is Banned from Steel teams. (2) Normal Monotype Teams are banned. Hidden Type: ORAS Monotype Ban List Monothreat Schedule (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Monothreat Schedule (open) Monothreat Schedule (close) Round Robin: Fire Water Poison Ice Dark Playoffs: Psychic Ground Finals vs. ORAS1: CrazyClown94 vs. Ashaury (no decision) ORAS2: iLight vs. Arifeen BW: AM Vid vs. Raseri Ground Monothreat: aquas0und vs. Sae STABmons: Ridley vs. Acast AAA: Zarif vs. 1 True Lycan Hidden Type: Anttya vs. Bondie Semifinals (Tuesday, May 26th - Sunday, May 31st) vs. ORAS 1: iLight vs. Azelea ORAS 2: Ridley vs. Arken BW: Vid vs. Booty Monothreat: Kyo vs. Kammi STABmons: CrazyClown94 vs. Mega-Pikachu AAA: Floe (aquas0und) vs. YourKouhai Hidden Type: Anttya vs. Freeroamer vs. ORAS1: Arifeen vs. Kaiser ORAS2: Ashaury vs. Bossman BW: Acact vs. Crestfall Psychic Monothreat: Azian vs. Croven AAA: 1 True Lycan vs. Firnen STABmons: Black Schwan vs. All Falls Down Hiddden Type: Bondie vs. Trade Standings 1. Cute Clefables, 4-1 (20 wins) 2. Lewd Lucarios, 4-1 (18 wins) 3. Ambitious Altarias, 3-2 (19 wins) 4. Salacious Swamperts, 2-3 (16 wins) 5. Devious Diancies, 1-4 (13 wins) 6. Mauville Maulers, 1-4 (13 wins) Week 5 (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Week 5 (open) Week 5 (close) Week 5 (Monday, May 18th - Sunday, May 24th) vs. ORAS1: AM Vid vs. Clearly ORAS2: Cell vs. RZL BW: CrazyClown94 vs. Auburn (no decision) Dark Monothreat: aquas0und vs. OmniaX AAA: Zarif vs. Zewwok STABmons: Kyo vs. Savanah Hidden Type: Anttya vs. Animus vs. ORAS1: Azian vs. Booty ORAS2: 1 True Lycan vs. ArVaDa- BW: Raseri vs. Qube Dark Monothreat: Sae vs. Kammi AAA: Irraquated vs. Azelea (no decision) STABmons: BlackSchwan vs. YourKouhai Hidden Type: Bondie vs. Freeroamer vs ORAS1: Balto vs. Kaiser ORAS2: Zenith vs. Bossman BW: Cnorth26 vs. Crestfall TraceOfLifeRC Dark Monothreat: viperfang4 vs. BushTush AAA: Laxuy vs. Firnen STABmons: Snaquaza vs. All Falls Down Hidden Type: Illusio vs. Trade (activity) Week 4 (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Week 4 (open) Week 4 (close) Week 4 (Monday, May 11th - Sunday, May 17th) vs. ORAS1: iLight vs. Ashuary ORAS2: Ridley vs. Arifeen BW: Vid vs. Acast Ice Monothreat: CrazyClown94 vs. Azian AAA: Kyo vs. 1 True Lycan STABmons: aquas0und vs. Raseri Hidden Type: Cell vs. Sae vs. ORAS1: Suspense Barida vs. ArVaDa- ORAS2: Balto vs. Kammi BW: Cnorth26 vs. Rumor Ice Monothreat: DEG vs. Arken AAA: Laxuy vs. YourKouhai STABmons: Snaquaza vs. Mega-Pikachu Hidden Type: Illusio vs. Freeroamer vs. ORAS1: Clearly vs. Kaiser ORAS2: RZL vs. AFD BW: Chimplup vs. Crestfall Ice Monothreat: OmniaX vs. BushTush AAA: unfixable vs. Croven STABmons: savanah vs. Bossman Hidden Type: Animus vs. Firnen Week 3 (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Week 3 (open) Week 3 (close) Week 3 (Monday, May 4th - Sunday, May 10th) vs. ORAS1: AM E4 Zer0 vs. iLight ORAS2: Balto vs. Cell BW: Barida vs. AM Vid Poison Monothreat: Cnorth26 vs. Kyo AAA: Laxuy vs. Zarif STABmons: Dream Eater Gengar vs. Ridley Hidden Type: Illusio vs. CrazyClown94 vs. ORAS1: Arifeen vs. Clearly ORAS2: Ashaury vs. RZL BW: Acast vs. Auburn Poison Monothreat: Azian vs. OmniaX AAA: 1 True Lycan vs. unfixable STABmons: Sae vs. Zewwok Hidden Type: Bondie vs. Animus vs. ORAS1: Pk-Kaiser vs. ArVaDa- ORAS2: All Falls Down vs. Arken BW: Cresfall vs. Booty Poison Monothreat: Croven vs. Kammi AAA: DylaTheRed vs. Azelea STABmons: Trade vs. Mega-Pikachu Hidden Type: Firnen vs. FreeRoamer Week 2 (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Week 2 (open) Week 2 (close) Week 2 (Monday, April 27th - Sunday, May 3rd) vs. ORAS1: iLight vs. Pk-kaiser ORAS2: Mega Ridley vs. Bushtush BW: Kyo vs. TraceOfLife RC Water Monothreat: AM Vid vs. En4cer AAA: aquas0und vs. Firnen STABmons: Anttya vs. All Falls Down Hidden Type: CrazyClown94 vs. Trade (no decision) vs. ORAS1: Arifeen vs. Balto ORAS2: Ashaury vs. Cnorth26 BW: Acast vs Barida Water Monothreat: Azian vs Viperfang4 AAA: Galbia vs Laxuy STABmons: QuoteCS vs Snaquaza (activity) Hidden Type: Bondie vs Illusio vs. ORAS1: Booty vs. Chimplup ORAS2: Azalea vs. Clearly BW: Rumor vs. pezmango (activity) Water Monothreat: Arken vs. Auburn AAA: YourKouhai vs. savanah STABmons: Mega-Pikachu vs. Zewwok Hidden Type: FreeRoamer vs. Animus Week 1 (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Week 1 (open) Week 1 (close) Week 1 (Friday, April 17th - Sunday, April 26th) vs. ORAS1: Arifeen vs. Bossman ORAS2: Ashaury vs. DylaTheRed BW: Acast vs. Pk-kaiser Fire Monothreat: Azian vs. Croven AAA: 1 True Lycan vs. Firnen STABmons: Raseri vs. All Falls Down Hidden Type: Bondie vs. Trade vs. ORAS1:iLight vs. ArkenCiel ORAS2: Mega Ridley vs. xBooty BW: AM Vid vs. Rumor Fire Monothreat: Zarif vs. Kammi AAA: ScorpionZ vs. YourKouhai STABmons: Anttya vs. Mega-P1kachu Hidden Type: aquas0und vs. Freeroamer vs. ORAS1: iZenith vs. Clearly ORAS 2:Balto vs. Pezmango BW: Cnorth26 vs. Chimplup Monothreat: AM Zer0 vs. Auburn (no decision) AAA: Suspense vs. Zewwok (Activity Decision) STABmons: DEG vs. unfixable Hidden Type: Illusio vs. Animus Registration MPL Registration Form List of Registered Players Do not sign up for metagames that you are not willing to play in for multiple weeks of the MPL. If you would like to edit the metagames you chose then please pm me. Do not submit a second form! Do not sign up to play for a team if you do not intend to see the tournament through to the end. This includes maintaining a competitive attitude if your team is already eliminated from playoff contention. You never know whether or not winning your end-season matches will make you a more valued player next season, so even if your team isn’t necessarily in the playoff picture anymore, there’s always value in playing your best. Failure to complete matches in a timely manner consistently may result in being barred from future MPL seasons. Teams/Managers The Devious Diancies | Death on Wings The Lewd Lucarios | Freeroamer The Salacious Swamperts | scpinion The Ambitious Altarias | Anttya The Mauville Maulers | Omega-Xis14 The Cute Clefables | Dirpz The managers are the CEO, President and Board of their team. Their decisions about team business are final. The managers maintain the team finances. Also, the managers should make sure their team completes all their matches each week. Finally, they decide who plays what metagames, however they can not force you to play a metagame you didn't sign up for. If you signed up for a metagame but don't like that your manager asks you to play it that week then you shouldn't have signed up for it. Nani Man and Zinnia will serve as the hosts. The hosts serve as an unbiased party, which interprets/enforces the rules and help make sure the tournament is progressing in a timely manner. They will have the final say on matches that are decided by player inactivity. Draft Draft Results The Managers will be drafting their teams in a live auction draft on Monday, April 13th at 4pm EST (GMT -5). The draft will be held in MonoPL's room on the main PS! server. Each manager has a budget of 100,000 "bucks" to spend on their team. However, Anttya has been fined 50,000 for threatening scpinion (It doesn't matter, she was going to lose anyways). Managers may purchase themselves for a fixed fee of 15,000. The starting bid for players is 4,000. The managers must draft at least 9 players onto their team (7 players + 2 subs). League Stages Following the Draft, the MPL will commence. The League Stages will consist of a Round Robin format between each team. Each stage will last for 1 week (Monday-Sunday). The Managers must submit their rosters a week in advance so they can be added to this thread and the Monotype Website. We are playing 7 metagames, so there will be a winner and loser in each matchup. Playoffs The 4 teams with the best record will be seeded into a "bracket style" playoff. The #1 seed will play the #4 seed, and the #2 seed will play the #3 seed. The victors of these matches will advance to the finals match. The winning team of this match will be declared the ultimate victors of the Monotype Premier League. In the event of a tie for a playoff spot the winner of the head-to-head matchup will be given the spot. If there is a 3 way tie, which can not be resolved using head-to-head matchups, then the team(s) with the most total wins throughout the MPL will be given the spot. This emphasizes the importance of playing all your battles to the best of your ability. That one win you get for your team in an overall losing week may make the difference in whether your team makes the playoffs. Other Rules (adapted from the SPL Rules) Subs/Trades/Free Agents/etc. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Subs/Trades/Free Agents/etc. (open) Subs/Trades/Free Agents/etc. (close) 1. Substitutes – At any point in time during the week, a team may make a substitution for an inactive player. In order to do this a manager must PM a host saying which player is substituting out, and which player is substituting in. A player that has substituted out for a week cannot be substituted back in. In addition, in order to catch any attempts at garnering favorable matchups, all substitutions are subject to veto by the host if the substitution is suspected to be attempting to “game” the system. 2. Pre-Week Battling – Because there is a set schedule generated at the beginning of the season, it is possible to accurately guess what players you will be facing in any given week. However, because the next week’s rosters are not set in stone until the day before the next week, there is no telling what a manager will do with regards to who they slot in one spot… especially if they have more than one player in any given tier. Asking to battle early for future weeks is essentially asking the opposing manager to short themselves options and forces them to make their roster early, perhaps without all of the knowledge they might have gleaned over the course of the week. Due to this, battling early for future weeks is not allowed. Do not ask to battle early for a future week. You will be denied. No exceptions. This is what you have substitutes for. 3. Trades – Teams may trade players with each other at any point during the regular season. In order to complete a trade, both involved managers must submit a PM to the host detailing which player(s) on their team they are trading away, as well as which players they are receiving as compensation. Trades are finalized at the end of the week they are conducted in. In addition, due to potential conflicts of interest, any players involved in trades must be substituted out of the week they’re involved in a trade. For example, if it’s Week 3 and DeG is scheduled to play Schwan, but DeG's team wishes to trade DeG away for someone new, DeG must be substituted out for another player. DeG is valid for slotting into the roster of his new team at the beginning of Week 4. 4. Free Agents – Teams with leftover monies from the draft will be able to pick up undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the draft. Free Agents will cost 4000 bucks each and must have registered to play in the MPL prior to the draft. If someone was drafted onto a MPL team they cannot, under any circumstance, be picked up as a free agent. This means if you are drafted, but unhappy with your team, you cannot quit and be picked up by another team. 5. There will be no trades allowed following the conclusion of Week 3. Free Agent pickups will conclude following the conclusion of the League Stages. 6. Trades become finalized with host approval; managers may bring up a trade for veto within 24 hours of the trade being made and the hosts will review the trade and re-finalize or veto the trade. 7. Activity decisions – There are inevitably times where two players simply fail to complete a match; however, the nature of the tournament system sometimes makes it advantageous to purposely fail to play (such as when a team is up 3-2 in a week). Because of this, it is necessary to make activity decisions on matches. Hosts are required to make thorough investigations regarding each and every potential failed match during a week. If both parties are deemed to be equally apathetic or enthusiastic about getting the match done, but just have not had the opportunity to make it happen, the match will result in a no contest. However, if it is deemed that one party made significantly more effort than the other in attempting to get the match done, then a win will be awarded to that player. Things that will make it very likely that you will lose via activity include: failing to VM your opponent immediately upon the week’s start, scheduling a match and being documented as missing the match time, failing to provide any concrete times for which you can be reached, failing to respond to an opponent’s VM at all. Note that this is a tournament that requires a very high level of activity and diligence, if you don’t think you can get your matches done, quite simply don’t sign up. 8. Rule Breaking – There is no excuse for breaking any of the predetermined rules. If you are caught breaking a rule, you will lose your match. There is no lenience with regards to this. Break a rule, you lose. Period. 9. Reversing Rulings - No ruling will be retroactively overturned once the week following the week that the ruling has been made has ended. This includes: activity rulings / rulings based on rule breaking / anything else under the sun. We're not going back in time to reevaluate every single decision made throughout the tournament on Week 5 because you think you were gypped 1-2 wins along the way and now they're the difference between you and a playoff spot. Any appeals to a ruling must be made during the week that the ruling is made; beyond that, all rulings are final once the week ends. Communicating with Your Opponent Each Week We highly encourage you to follow the same guidelines that are used for SPL. Contact your opponent on their Smogon Wall (link for how I would contact Snaquaza). This means you must create, and check, a Smogon account if you would like to play in the MPL. Whomever contacts first, the other must reply. In the event of an activity decision and you both post on each others walls, but no one replies then the person that posts first will get the win. If you don't post/reply and there is an activity decision that must be made it is unlikely it will go in your favor. The MonoPL Room The Monotype Premier League will have it's very own room for discussion of the tournament! General Monotype discussion should still happen in the Monotype room. We will also be holding the draft in this room using the newly created MonoPL Bot. Following the draft, players that are selected will be given voice by their managers. Room Auth #: Hosts @: Team Managers %: Manager's assmen and users that helped get MonoPL off the ground +: Drafted Players Just because you have the ability to broadcast something doesn't mean you can abuse it! We will gladly take it away, just as quickly as we gave it. Finally, the Other Metagames staff have asked us to emphasize this tour is not affiliated with the overall OM forum or room. The Monotype Room is hosting this event and we look forward to seeing all the top Monotype players from our room showcasing their skills!