World Cup of Pokémon VIII One year ago, team Usa West took home the title, ending Oceania reign. Today, we begin a new quest to determine which of our fiercely competitive nations will outlast all the others in a tournament like no other. To be clear this is a BW 2 OU team tournament. Everything on-site will be ready to go soon, and before we move into the details of this years tournament, you may want to check out the following: World Cup II World Cup III World Cup IV World Cup V World Cup VI World Cup VII Make sure you read through and understand all of the rulings listed below, as well as all of the general tournament rules. Registration The system utilized last year worked well, so we will be using it again. We will not be releasing a list of teams prior to signups; instead, we will allow people to sign up, and then base teams off of who signed up and for what. This allows us to ensure that the teams list is representative of the signups, and that there will be a good balance in the tournament. Ultimately, we don't expect too much deviation from last years team list, but it could happen. To sign up for this tournament, use the following format: If you do not sign up in this manner, we will delete your post. Pokémon Showdown Username(s): The nickname you use in Pokemon Showdown. Country / State of Residence: You are currently living in that country/region. Nationality: You were born in that country/region, or you are a citizen of that country/region. Other Eligibility: One of your parents was born in that country/region AND the TD team feels you as a user have displayed enough pride for this specific country/region to justify eligibility. This determination is HIGHLY subjective. Team Captains Team Captains will be responsible for assembling the roster, promoting the tournament through their team through IRC or other means, ensuring their team is completing battles and subbing battlers in and out as necessary. If there is an issue with a team we will approach the captain to resolve it. Include with your sign up post whether you would like to be considered to be a Captain. One week today, May 31, 2013, we will announce the final team list and the Captains for each team. If you are relatively new or not known well by me, you probably should avoid signing up for captain. We have given some relatively new players captaincy in the past and it has had some pretty poor results, so we will be sticking to our veterans that we know and trust. Being captain has nothing to do with your skill, it is all about leadership and trustworthiness. The captain is not required to actually battle in the tournament. Team Formation After captains have been announced, there will be another one week period in which the captains have to hold tryouts / scout users to assemble their team. This will be the time period where the most activity is required from the captain, an ideal candidate would be on IRC every day and getting the opinion of well respected members of their team on potential roster spots. Final rosters are to be submitted on or before June 7th, 2013. All rosters should include the team name, captain name, starting 8 players and 4 subs as well as the team flag. The captain does not have to be on the playing roster at all. We understand that two weeks is a long time to wait before the start of Round 1, but please take advantage of this time. It is to be used to form the roster, make teams together, test those teams, etc. By the start of Round 1, all teams should be at the top of their game. Don't just sit around until the first round starts and then start training. Aldaron EDIT: This wasn't stated in the OPs, but you are allowed up to 2 non playing assistant captains. You don't have to assign them right away, and they can be assigned up to trophy distribution. However, absolutely no "honorary" trophies will be awarded this year, so if you feel like someone might come along who helps you guys test a lot, or you really want to reward a significant past member, don't appoint 2 assistant captains and leave one or both of those slots open for those guys, as you can make them assistant captain even after winning. Since this policy wasn't made explicitly clear from the beginning, I'll let captains who have posted rosters change the assistant captains up until the end of sign ups. However, once signs up are done, anyone who is declared an assistant (or co or any of the synonyms) captain will be locked into that position. I do acknowledge that certain people don't perform as expected, so you are allowed to replace 1 assistant captain with another during the tournament if you feel either of your choices haven't performed as expected. END edit. Flags Our wonderful artists all worked very hard on the flags last year, and we would like to maintain continuity by keeping them. If a new team is made, or you seriously don't like your flag, it's the team's / captain's responsibility to contact artists. We encourage you to wear these flags with pride! Simulator Pokemon Showdown is the main simulator, but Pokemon Online can be used if both players agree. IRC IRC is a major part of this tournament. You may be left behind on a lot of the community aspect of the tournament if you don't use it, so don't miss out! Join us in #wcop on SynIRC (irc.synirc.net) for continuous World Cup of Pokemon chat. This channel will make it easy to find your opponents and discuss the tournament. If you have a problem connecting to IRC, please refer to this page for instructions on how to get there. If you still can not connect, the easiest way to do so is by using mibbit. Further, each team is encouraged to create their own IRC channel for team use. If you want to try out for a team, it is a good idea to sign onto their channel and get to know everyone there. These channels are the heart of this tournament (and an endless source of entertainment!). Conclusion Alright, with all that out of the way, we expect a great tournament this year. Let the World Cup of Pokémon VIII begin!