The official website List of people going to each event 6/20 Paris Tournament links: The final European tournament took place with Honchkrow taking first and winning a trip to compete at the Worlds in San Diego. Nationals are this weekend, and with Smogon winning 5 of the 6 regionals and a few other prize winners we are primed to do well. If you are competing good luck and make Smogon proud (and try not to face eachother during the swiss rounds)! Paris Finals 6/13 Nashville and Berlin Tournament links: The second of the European tournaments took place with drug_duck taking the top prize which includes a trip to the world championships in San Diego. The final US Regional qualifier also took place with imperfectluck and OmegaDonut taking first and second respectively in Nashville. The final Euro tournament is this weekend, with the Nationals the following weekend, good luck to everyone going! Nashville Finals Berlin Finals ipl's Nashville Warstory (Winner) OmegaDonut's Nashville Warstory (2nd Place) tad38's Nashville Warstory (Observer) drug_duck's Berlin Warstory (Winner) 3,14159's Berlin Warstory (Participant) 6/6 Philly Tournament links: The largest tournament by far of the VGC, 600+ people showed up including a large number of Smogoners, with most of them being turned away, however despite the setback, Pokethan nabbed first place (Smogon's 4th straight victory) and VashTheStampede got second. Congrats to those two and good luck to the Nashville and Berlin participants this weekend. Philly Finals TTS' Warstory (Observer) Pokethan's Warstory (Winner) Jonathan's Warstory (Participant) sandman's Warstory (Participant) Mosquitox216's Warstory (Observer) 5/30 London and Dallas Tournament links: The first of the European tournaments took place today with UltimateUnknown taking first, and Wichu's brother claiming the top spot in the Junior division. The Dallas tournament also happened today with Alakapimp and NestW both earning trips to St. Louis. Dallas Finals London Finals Kinnea's London Warstory (Participant) Akira_SquirtleSquad's London Warstory (Participant) Havak's London Warstory (Participant) Tyler422's Dallas Warstory (Participant) Captain K.'s Dallas Warstory (2nd Place) Alakapimp's Dallas Warstory (Winner) 5/23 Phoenix Tournament links: Today, just over 200 people showed up at the Phoenix Convention Center to take part in the continuation of the Video Game Championship Series. The battles were intense, but yours truly emerged victorious and earned a trip to the Video Game Nationals in St Louis. Congrats to me, and good luck to everyone participating in London and Dallas this upcoming weekend. Finals zerowing's Warstory (Winner) OmegaDonut's highlights (Participant) 5/16 San Francisco Tournament links: On May 16 nearly 300 Pokemon trainers showed up in San Francisco ready to battle including our very own Siddarth and batpig, who both placed in the top 4, Siddarth placing 3rd and batpig winning the whole tournament. Congrats to Siddarth and batpig for a great showing, and once again good luck to everyone participating this weekend in Phoenix! Finals batpig's Warstory (Winner) Siddarth's Warstory (3rd Place Tie) 5/9 Seattle Tournament links: Upwards of 200 people showed up to the Seattle Tournament on May 9, with our very own Diesel placing second and winning a trip to the Nationals in St Louis. Congrats Diesel, and good luck to everyone who plans on playing in San Francisco this weekend! Finals Diesel's Warstory (2nd Place) Ultimadra's Warstory (Participant) ________________________________ Dates: May 9: Seattle, Washington May 16: San Francisco, California May 23: Phoenix, Arizona May 30: Dallas, Texas June 6: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 13: Nashville, Tennessee June 27: St. Louis, Missouri August 14: San Diego, California (Worlds Invite Only) Additionally there are several European tournaments: May 30: London, United Kingdom June 13: Berlin, Germany June 20: Paris, France Show up at a Pokémon Video Game tournament ready to play! Don't forget to bring these important items when you arrive at an official event. A North American copy of Pokémon™ Platinum Version for the Nintendo DS™ A team of legal Pokémon per the Tournament Regulations A completed Team Information Sheet Proof of age Registrants wishing to receive Shiny Milotic are encouraged to bring their own Nintendo DS. Shiny Milotic will only be distributed to tournament registrants, and only one Shiny Milotic will be available per person. Battle Rules: Rules can be read here Code: [B]Banned[/B] 150 – Mewtwo 151 – Mew 248 – Tyranitar 249 – Lugia 250 – Ho-Oh 251 – Celebi 382 – Kyogre 383 – Groudon 384 – Rayquaza 385 – Jirachi 386 – Deoxys 479 – Rotom 483 – Dialga 484 – Palkia 487 – Giratina 489 – Phione 490 – Manaphy 491 – Darkrai 492 – Shaymin [B]Banned Items [/B] Soul Dew [B]Banned Moves[/B] Judgment ______________________Pre-April 8 Things_________________________ /edit: If you want to make a team, post a well thought out thread in the RMT section and just post a link to it in here. This way, you can get your team fully rated and I can make sure people aren't trying to post sub-standard RMTs while trying to bypass the RMT forum rules. - Obi NEWS UPDATE 2/20 The 2009 Video Game Showdown has been officially announced for the United States and Europe, you can read the announcement here. The rules that have been revealed are what we pretty much knew already, Double Cup, Level 50 limit, and each competitor must use Platinum. Look for new updates in the coming weeks. PLEASE READ: Do not make this topic a debate about "cheating" or what you think the hack checkers can check, stay on topic and discuss VGS strategies or any info that gets revealed in the future. Basically don't mention Pokesav, Pokesav breeding, AR codes, or how to beat hack checks, or you will be infracted from this point forward. Stay on topic and do not discuss trying to "beat" hack checks here on Smogon. With the 2008 Pokemon Video Game Showdown in the books and next years tournament looming, I've decided to make a new thread for discussion of the 2009 Showdown and a wrap up of the 2008 Showdown. Original thread here. First info on the 2009 Showdown: The tournament is currently going on in Japan, with rules similar to last year. Seems to be a Platinum only affair, but if someone can confirm this please do. There is an updated ban list, with a few things added and a few things removed, most notably Heatran, Dragonite and Rotom. The rules are still 2vs2 Double Cup and if you would like to check out the Japanese website its here. There is no word on any US, Canadian, etc tournament as of yet. This post will be updated as news comes in. Japanese Qualifier Results: Hyogo Finals - Rain Dance Team Hyogo Champion vs Challenger Kagoshima Semi-Finals - Trick Room Team Miyagi Finals - OU Pokemon Saitama Finals - OU Pokemon Tokushima/Chiba Winning Teams Fukuoka Winning Team Shizuoka/Nigata Winning Teams Yamaguchi/Nagano Winning Teams Ishikawa/Wakayama/Iwate/Yamanashi/Shimane/Ehime Winning Teams Osaka/Toyama/Kochi/Kumamoto Winning Teams Tochigi/Aichi/Oita/Hiroshima Mie/Kagawa/Miyazaki Winning Teams Kanagawa/Tokyo/Gunma/Okayama/Nara Winning Teams Tokyo/Gifu Winning Teams Thanks to micuat for all the info related to tournaments in Japan.