Credit to #Pokemon Cups for the Rules and Point System User Keiran made the strong banner. #Neverused Showdown 1 So, as many of you are aware, the second version of this was a complete failure. A lot of it is my fault since I just didn't host enough, but we're back now and this time it's different. Instead of the small, daily, tournaments, we will be hosting 2-3 tournaments a week and aiming to get much bigger numbers. Sign ups and the like will still take place on IRC, but now the theme will be announced days in advance! This gives you time you build and test the best teams possible, making competition more intense. I'll be hosting most of the tournaments, but will likely need a bit of help so if you are able to reliably host then let me know. Anyway, lets go it. Introduction The #Neverused Showdown is a series of tournaments designed to test players teambuilding and battling skills to the very limit. Not only that, but you will get the opportunity to face some of the best NU players outside of the standard ladder environment, enabling players to explore the NU metagame with a twist. The cups are not simply the standard NU metagame, each one will have a unique theme or teambuilding restriction, in order to test players and extend their knowledge beyond the standard ladder teams. These themes are meant to provide a bit of entertainment, so may not be entirely competitive i.e. "Players may not use any Pokemon whose names start with a letter in users name". The theme will be announced a few days before the beginning of the tournament. Records will be kept of who wins each tournament, and at the end of each month a winner will be declared, recieving bragging rights until they lose their title! How to play Be sure to get on IRC and to the #Neverused channel, where you can discuss the NU metagame at any time of day. This link will take you directly to #neverused. The tournaments will be held here; Midnight GMT on Saturday, and 10 PM GMT on Sunday, but this can vary due to real life commitments of the host or activity of the channel at that time. The host will ask for participants at the start time, Simply post "in" on IRC when the hosts asks to join in. Matchups will be announced by the host and the battles begin. Rules The standard NU banlist will be in place unless otherwise specified in the theme for the tournament. Species Clause, Sleep Clause, Evasion Clause, OHKO Clause, and Timed Battle are all enforced unless otherwised specified in the theme. Spectators should be allowed in all matches for the enjoyment of those not playing, everybody loves watching good matches! Despite this, scouting is not permittied so you should refrain from watching other battles if you are still in the tournament. Stay active once signing up, you will be disqualified and possibly barred from joining future cups if you go afk without saying so. Leaderboard and Points Points Breakdown: The points added up at the end of the month, and an overall winner will be declared. Leaderboard Amarillo - 4 CrashinBoomBang - 3 Django - 2 Raseri - 1 Sweet Jesus - 1 Also please don't clog this thread up with " ". Do however post if you want to discuss themes; we will likely be reusing a lot of the popular themes from previous seasons, so if you like something then speak up!