art by Blue Frog Welcome to the semifinals of the Pokemon Showdown Premier League! The format of this tournament is simple: if you're familiar with the soccer World Cup, it's identical (as we were lucky enough to get 32 teams signed up). Anyway, the idea is that there's eight groups, with four teams in each. Within each group, the four teams face each of the other three teams in their group once. After three weeks, the teams will be ranked (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss). The top two teams advance from their groups, while the rest are eliminated. Now we'll have sixteen teams - two from each group. Each group winner will play a second-placed team from another group, in a straight knockout format. After all eight matches in this round are over, the knockout format continues into a quarter-finals -> semi-finals -> finals. Matches will be in standard Smogon tiers, so challenge your opponent in those. Obviously, play on PS. Series are best of one. Basic tournament rules - you absolutely should read this, especially if you're new to forum tournaments required reading (Move your mouse to reveal the content) required reading (open) required reading (close) Sportsmanship: don't be an ass. Not to your opponents, not to your team, not on PS, not on Smogon, not to me. The punishment for this could be a server ban (which means an instant loss for you), forum infraction or disqualification. Think before you type, please. Activity wins and scheduling: Contact your opponent as quickly as possible on their Smogon wall, and look out for them on PS too. Unfortunately, I'll have to make some activity calls - I'll be making these based on activity posts (make these detailed, please, and explain why you deserve an activity win) and VM conversations, so be active and schedule as early as you can with your opponent. Use VMs and you will be fine. No extensions, sorry. Disconnections and timer: a timer loss is a loss. No ifs, no buts. If you disconnect and your opponent's nice enough to replay that's fine, but they're free to take the win. Ghosting and identity: don't take or give battle advice or make moves based on the suggestions of others, and don't pretend to be someone else in order to play as them. You will be caught and you will be disqualified. Don't be silly. Substitutions: managers, you're free to sub in players for inactive ones at any stage. Subs are taken from your /roomauth list. This follows the same requirements for legitimacy as your starting 7, so be aware. I'll accept substitutions from the manager and any roomowner. Matchups format: Smogon Name (PS name if different) Standings format: [points] Team Name [wins-losses-dead games] Final group standings standings (Move your mouse to reveal the content) standings (open) standings (close) Topaz Group  Social Media (14-7-0) (MikeDecIsHere)  Português (11-9-1) (zdrup15)  Community Mentoring (9-11-1) (Redew)  CAP (7-14-0) (jas61292) Emerald Group  Neverused (14-5-2) (Raseri)  Italiano (13-7-1) (The Quasar)  Trivia (9-10-2) (Sunako)  Monotype (5-15-1) (Nani Man) Onyx Group  Rarelyused (14-7-0) (barton)  Wifi (13-8-0) (Darnell)  Challenges (8-12-1) (Bean)  Anime and Manga (7-13-1) (Kostitsyn) Amber Group  Underused (14-4-3) (CoolStoryBrobat)  Deutsche (10-8-3) (asgdf)  Meteor Falls (6-9-6) (Vacate)  Cafe Le Wow + TVBF (4-13-4) (Osiris) Amethyst Group  Español (12-6-3) (Astyanax)  Doubles (11-10-0) (Audiosurfer)  Roleplaying (9-11-1) (Formerhope)  Health & Fitness + Sports (7-12-2) (jdarden) Sapphire Group  Ubers (10-8-3) (MAJISTRATE)  Scavengers + Battle Spot (12-9-0) (Spydreigon)  Other Metagames (11-9-1) (The Eevee General)  Game Corner (6-13-2) (WintryCourtney) Ruby Group  Overused (12-8-1) (MattL)  Tournaments (12-8-1) (Scene)  Free Time (8-12-1) (Champion Albert)  The Studio (8-12-1) (evir) Quartz Group  Competitive Tutoring (17-2-2) (Royalty)  Français (10-8-3) (Vinc2612)  Old Gens (5-11-5) (ashiemore)  Mafia (4-15-2) (Transmuter) Matchups Italiano (4) v (3) Español Ubers: Tricking v NocturOP OU 1: Inflikted v Alastor Law OU 2: Mix (Mixxx) v Ecuacion UU: Livio v ImSNT RU: The Quasar v Chano NU: galbia v Dylan1244 Randbats: trev v Licor43 Wifi (4) v (3) Competitive Tutoring Ubers: Cranham v brokenwings OU 1: Hairy Ambipom (hairy toenail) v Trinitrotoluene OU 2: snakeindagrass v Rob. UU: adilbilal (adil) v EyanZ RU: smelliott v Psychotic NU: slayerx725232 v Royalty Randbats: Darnell v DaAwesomeDude1 This week ends Sunday the 19th of October (one week from now) at midnight EST. Enjoy!