www.apexsmash.com Hey, what is going on everyone? ChiboSempai here, time to talk some intense Pokemon competition and Apex 2012. I've been around here for a while, but I normally hang out more often on Smash World Forums, Pokemon Online, and Skarmbliss. I definitely want to let all of you know about this event however, Apex 2012. Besides being basically the biggest Smash event in the world and a major for fighting games (UMvC3, SSF4AE2012, and MK9), I will be hosting a Pokemon event there as well! For those of you who haven't attended a Pokemon tournament in person, you're missing out. Time to take all of that practice and planning in person, and potentially win hundreds of dollars. Who said Pokemon never paid off? Pokemon tournaments are few and far between, so there is no reason to miss this! DATE This is a 3 day event on January 6th, 7th, and 8th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). The Pokemon event will be taking place on Friday only, though players are free to hang out and have casual play with each other on the other days. EVENTS Super Smash Bros. - Friday Super Smash Bros. Melee - Friday and Sunday Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Saturday and Sunday Pokemon Black & White - Friday Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 - Saturday and Sunday Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012 - Saturday and Sunday Mortal Kombat - Saturday PRICE The price for entering Apex is split into two parts: Venue Fee, and Entry Fee. Venue Fee is a fee that everyone must pay to gain entrance to the event, which basically goes towards paying for the venue, the staff, etc. The entry fee is pooled together and 100% goes back to the winners of the event. The venue fee is roughly $10 per day your games run on. If you are entering only Pokemon, since it is only a one day event, the venue fee is $10. If you are entering Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, the venue fee is $20. The only exceptions are Melee and Brawl being $30 (since we have plenty of action for Melee on Saturday and Brawl on Sunday when the official tournament isn't going on) and Mortal Kombat being $20 like the other fighters. Once you pay the venue fee, you are good for the entire weekend. You can enter Pokemon and pay the $10 venue fee, but still be in the venue Sat and Sun for no additional cost. If you enter no games, the venue fee is $10 (for spectators). If you enter one event like Pokemon but later want to add a different game with a higher venue fee, you will just pay the difference of them. You only pay the venue fee once, not per game. The entry fee is $10 for every event of every game (except Smash 64 is $5), except for Super Smash Bros Melee and Brawl Singles events, which are $15 each. There is Singles OU and Doubles VGC 2012 for Pokemon. For instance, if you plan to come and enter both events for Pokemon, you will be paying $30 ($10 Venue + $10 Singles + $10 Doubles). If you enter only Singles or only VGC, you will be paying $20. Lets say you enter Super Smash Bros Brawl Singles and one Pokemon Event, that would be $55 ($30 Venue + $15 Brawl Singles + $10 Pokemon), you don't need to pay the Venue fee for each game separate. More information on price can be found here: http://apexsmash.com/registration/ EVENTS All registration for Pokemon is done at the door on Friday, you do not need to register online. If you want to enter a Super Smash Bros event, you must register online. All other fighting games will have early registration online, but will also have late registration at the door (for an extra fee). You can register for games online here: http://apexsmash.com/registration/ The venue fee for Super Smash Bros raises on November 29th, so if you want to enter one of those games act quickly to get the early price. TIME As of now, Pokemon will be starting at some time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm EST on Friday, January 6th. We are currently finalizing our schedule and will have the exact time for everyone soon. CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY If you love to spectate other games, be sure to stick around for Sunday. There will be a main stage setup with full seating for everyone to spectate the top 8 or finals of Super Smash Bros Melee, Brawl, Marvel, and Street Fighter. This will be an exciting event you don't want to miss! POKEMON RULESET As mentioned there will be two events, Singles OU and Doubles VGC 2012. The Singles OU will be following the current Smogon OU Wifi ruleset at the time of the event. The VGC 2012 ruleset is the same as the official ruleset Nintendo is running at the 2012 circuit at events. POKEMON TOURNAMENT PLAY All Pokemon matches will be held on the DS system. You must bring your own Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, or 3DS system with a legitimate copy of Pokemon Black or White to compete in the tournament. Please have your team ready on the day of the event for the events you plan to enter. More details on the process of battling will be coming soon. APEX ATTENDANCE For all games, Apex is attracting an outstanding attendance list from all over the world. Many different Japanese, European, Canadian, and South American players will be attending for the various events. Watch eagerly as players battle for the pride of their country and see who takes home the gold! WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO? There is a lot more to do besides tournaments! We will have a giant area on Friday and Saturday dedicated to free play so attendees can play games, or practice for other events. There is tons of space for you to collaborate and meet with other members, having fun, playing games, etc. There will be an Artist's Alley where artists will be selling hand made pieces of art you can't find anywhere else! Additionally, there will be multiple sponsor booths set up from various companies potentially giving away free swag, selling cool products, and more. MORE INFORMATION For more information on Apex 2012 you can visit the official website here: http://www.apexsmash.com QUALIFIERS In preparation for Apex between now and then I will hold Online Qualifiers to be hosted on Pokemon Online. Pay attention to this thread and www.apexsmash.com to find out the dates and times of the qualifiers. The top 4 winners of each event (Singles and VGC will be held) will receive seeding points for Apex. This means that if you enter Apex and have seeding points, you will be separated in the event from other players with seeding points if possible, and may receive byes from early rounds. For any Singles Tournament meet in the Smogon Server. For any VGC Tournament meet in the Skarmbliss Server. At the specified time I will announce in the chat that signups are starting, and people will enter by messaging me on there. The events will be double elimination, best of 1 sets. All rules are the same as their respective ladders, and spectator clause must be on (so I can ensure sets are going properly). Qualifier 1 Friday November 18, 2011: -Singles OU Wifi 8:30pm EST -Doubles VGC 12 10:30pm EST Qualifier 2 Sunday November 27th, 2011: -Singles OU Wifi 5:00pm EST -Doubles VGC 12 7:00pm EST Qualifier 3 Sunday December 4th, 2011: -Singles OU Wifi 5:00pm EST -Doubles VGC 12 7:00pm EST Qualifier 4 Wednesday January 4th, 2011: -Singles OU Wifi 8:00pm EST -Doubles VGC 12 10:00pm EST The more seeding points you win, the higher you will be seeded! The winners will also be interviewed on www.apexsmash.com. CURRENT STANDINGS (will be updated soon) Singles: 1. theamericandream38 - 8 points 1. Chimpakt - 8 points 2. Jarvitz - 5 points 3. Doom - 4 points 4. Jio - 2 points 4. Sapphire Birch - 2 points 5. Arban - 1 point Doubles: 1. theamericandream38 - 8 points 2. Jio - 4 points 3. Jarvitz - 2 points 4. rekcornomtih - 1 point Let me know if you plan to come by posting here! Spread the word to your friends and make this one of the biggest and most exciting Pokemon events ever!