amazing logo by Zracknel! Welcome to the NU Open, where all of your old favorites like Charizard and Pikachu (lol) reside. We're almost at the end of the Grand Slam, so do your best in the final stretch! Tournament Rules: General tournament rules and regulations can be found here. Grand Slam rules can be found here. Standard BW2 NU. Best of three, single elimination. The banlist for this tournament is the same as the NU ladder of the Smogon University server of Pokemon Showdown. If tier changes occur during the middle of a round, they will take effect in the subsequent round. Battles should take place on Pokemon Showdown! unless both players agree otherwise.* Gothitelle is BANNED from UU, and thus from the NU Open. a bunch of rulings I expect you all to read (Move your mouse to reveal the content) a bunch of rulings I expect you all to read (open) a bunch of rulings I expect you all to read (close) Identity I expect many battles to be completed under alts and I expect many battles to be completed on other servers to prevent scouting. These kind of factors are pretty bad for tournament security, and thus I will make this clear: If I hear any whispers of identity theft (battling as someone you are not) or proxy battling (helping someone else battle through pm) I will not be pleased and I will take severe actions. Scouting Next, I do not want to hear anything about counterteaming, at all. It is the silliest thing I have ever heard, any battler worth their marbles has more than one team. Do not complain about it. I also don't want to hear about any forceful scouting, whether it be spying on another teams irc channel or following your opponent around on PO. There is a difference between "ipl is known for using stall" and "let me follow ipl around all day to watch all his battles since I am his opponent". I expect a lot of the former and none of the latter. With that said, I give permission to all battlers to ask any person spectating their battle to leave if they do not want them watching. However, given the fact that this is the big stage, I am sure a lot of people want to watch, so don't be too mean. Timer Clause As for taking long between moves, if your opponent asks you to hurry up, please oblige. If you are doing a damage calc for a key turn that is one thing, but prolonging every move is suspicious and annoying. Don't do it. Furthermore, Battle Timeout is a rule for a reason. If you run out of time, you lose, simple as that. It does not matter what your opponent says. Do not battle if you think you will have to leave mid battle, and instead reschedule for a better time. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment. Disconnections If a player disconnects and either player contends that they could still win, the optimal solution is to recreate the exact situation the disconnection occurred at during the battle. If it is agreed between players that this is not feasible due to unreasonable battle length, highly improbable circumstances, or some other reason, the player who did not disconnect may choose to rematch with either the same teams or (the option to use) new teams. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment. Do not do it. I know that was a lot to read, but it is all necessary for me to have posted here so everyone can see it in the case of a dispute. I don't want any confusion or any problems. Battle Clauses: Evasion Clause OHKO Clause Sleep Clause Species Clause Timed Battle Team Preview Quarterfinal Matchups: FLCL vs senegal Zebraiken vs Ciele McMeghan vs CrashinBoomBang blarajan vs Nachos Highlight Matches: McMeghan vs CrashinBoomBang This is the match to see! In the left corner, we have McMeghan, a user who has had a lot of success in the tournament scene, including all of the Grand Slam tournaments, and was voted the most desirable user on Smogon! (tallies were recorded by Earthworm). In the other corner, we have NU Council and QC member, recent favorite of Smogon Tour 13, and local drunkard of #neverused CrashingBoomBang. While it looks like CBB has the upperhand here with all of his experience, McMeghan has proven that he is extremely versatile in all tiers. Will CBB put an end to Earthworm's wet dream? Or will McMeghan finally give Django a reason to ban CBB from #neverused? ~MikeDecIsHere as always, if anyone wants to do hl matches please contact me! Deadline is October 5th. Quick note about activity wins. If your opponent gives you an explicit date and time he can play, or he gives you exact times where he's free, please DO NOT simply respond with "i'm free sometime next week." That will get your opponent the activity win every time. Make an effort to actually schedule a match. A lot of activity wins last round were decided because of this.