Hello, welcome to the most ambitious and prestigious concept of tournament ever hosted on Smogon. The Smogon Championship is meant to establish the official rankings of everybody's tournament performance for the years to come, starting with 2017. At the end of the year (schedule above) the 16 best players will be invited to a playoffs phase where they will fight for the Smogon Championship's brand new purple trophy . The point system is something unique, and very different from the last rankings in date. It focuses heavily on individual performances, and on the Official tournaments, in order to provide the most legitimate rankings. The system has also been vastly simplified. Not every tournament will be concerned, meaning that they do not all grant their players SC points. For instance, most Type C tournaments will not be included in the points distribution system (barring exceptions). Same goes for unofficial team tournaments. These are some examples, you can see the full scope of the points distribution system above. The different tournament types are detailed there, but know that from now on, sign-up threads will have stated somewhere which type their tournament belongs to. You'll also have access to this information in the Unofficial Tournaments Schedule thread. To be noted : only tournaments starting in 2017, and ending before December 1rst 2017 will be taken into account. The playoffs format, detailed above, will feature the current OU tier (SM OU), the official lower tiers (UU, RU, NU, PU, DOU, LC, Ubers), and the old generations OU tiers (ORAS OU, BW OU, DPP OU, ADV OU, GSC OU, RBY OU). We decided to include every single official tier. However, as players qualify for the playoffs they must lock in 2 different tiers (you can't lock SM OU). These two tiers will be the same for the whole playoffs and represent the player's personal pool of tiers. The playoffs bracket will be double elimination, and the players will face each others in a BO3 where each player can choose to ban one tier from their opponent's tier pool (lower seed bans first). Once the bans are made, the higher seed will proceed to select a tier between SM OU and their remaining personal tier. Then, the lower seed will do the same. As for the third game, it will be played in the SM OU tier if the two players are even after their first two games. Indeed, SM OU can STILL be picked by the players as their tier of choice, and CANNOT be banned by any of the players. This means that it is possible to have full SM OU BO3 if both players opt to pick SM OU as their tier for the faceoff. The goal of the Smogon Championship is not only to crown the "best" player of a year of tournaments, but also : provide global rankings for everybody to see where they stand among the consolidated tournament population improve the overall quality of tournaments by attracting more people to join more tournaments give a strong incentive for everybody to be active and committed to the tournaments they join represent every tier and every players' profile at the highest tournament level If you have any question concerning the tournament you can ask them to any member of the TD Staff. BUT make sure to check the FAQ below beforehand! ***FAQ*** Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide What is this about ? Tournaments fulfilling certain criteras will now award points towards the rankings of a Championship. At the end of the Championship, the 16 best players will compete in a double elimination playoffs phase. Did you hack the future Smogon logo ?? Almost, I google'd "Smogon png". What about 48, 96, 192 etc formats ? They're taken into account, do not worry. They're not present in the image to not make the board 10 meters large. It rewards quantity right ?? Not at all. Sure you can join everything if you want, but I'd not recommend that as you might end up botching the important tournaments. The point system is heavily skewed to reward quality over quantity. The best players of 2016 according to this point system were far from the most active, they were rather highly effective players at scoring in major tournaments. Stricter deadlines ? Well, it's obvious that if your tournament ends after the playoffs start, then it won't count. As for official tournaments, if you do not respect the deadlines, you're putting yourself at the mercy of the TDs because they may decide to not give you SC points. It comes hand in hand with the concept of a yearly championship. Tournament types ? A, B .. what ? Tournaments are divided into 3 sub categories: A, B, C. It is how tournaments are supposedly classified when they are approved by the TD Staff. This classification will determine what will be the point system applicable. OLT cycles ? Nope. Your reward for doing well in the OLT cycles is the qualification for the OLT Playoffs (which in itself gives you some SC points already). My favorite tournament is not eligible there, should I riot ? Probably not, as there's most surely a good reason for that. However, not everything can be accounted for in a process like that. If your tournament is not there, and if you think it should be, you can always ask the TD Staff to consider making an exception. Some incredibly popular/contested Live tour projects, or Type C tournaments might be included even if they're not in theory eligible for SC points. What about unofficial Premier Leagues ? They are not included. Team tournaments are not exactly what an individual Championship is made to reward. Secondly, it's incredibly hard to accurately account for individual performances within team setting, that's why we stick to the official ones. Thirdly, these are not as competitive as most tournaments, and are not even handled by the TD Staff. Honestly, unless you want people to join 10 different Premier Leagues, that'd be a bad idea for everybody anyway. Shouldn't Opens, Cups or Circuits give you more points then regular Type A unofficial tournaments ? Opens and Cups, definitely no, as they already also reward you with points for their respective Official Tournament. As for Circuits, that's not out of question, but these tournaments are for the most part new on the scene, and are hard to map out for us at this current state of the year. When does it start, when does it end ? "To be noted : only tournaments starting in 2017, and ending before December 1rst, 2017 will be taken into account." Thanks, and good luck to all the future champions!