Welcome all to the finest international Pokemon competition on the planet, the World Cup of Pokemon. This year, 16 teams are vying for the glorious title of World Champions. Will anyone usurp last years champions, Oceania? Let's find out. Onto the first round! The final rosters can be viewed here The format for this round can be found here The rules of the tournament can be found here Round 1 Spreadsheet Divisions All players in the starting 8 of a roster were placed in a division of 4 battlers. Every team plays every other team at least once, and no team plays any other team more than twice. Furthermore, no 3 teams will appear in a division together twice. By this I mean if one division is Canada, Asia, West, UK, another division will not be Canada, Asia, West, South. Each team plays each of the other 15 teams once and 9 of the other 15 teams twice, and the teams you face twice were all selected randomly. Furthermore, all members of the team were inserted randomly into the divisions once I set out the format in the above manner. I went out of my way to ensure everything was played out like that to ensure fairness and preserve the integrity of the tournament. Deadlines Now, all battles are to be completed by Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at midnight EST. At this time, the divisions will be frozen and the points will be calculated based off the standings as they sit. Battles that are not completed will NOT have a winner declared, and will simply not count in deciding final standing. (Exceptions may be granted if proof can be shown that one user was clearly avoiding the battle / severely inactive. I have the final say on all decisions of this matter). I figure that three weeks is more than enough time, and I will take no excuses what so ever. I expect all Captains to nag their players to get their battles done if they are being active, and make substitutions as necessary, that is your job. Furthermore, if by Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at midnight EST you have not completed at least one battle, I will force the Captain to sub you out. I will NOT accept inactivity. I don't want people sitting around, I want people being proactive. The reason the first round is so long is so teams can actually take some time to collaborate in their irc channel and help each other with teams and strategies. It is not this long so you can sit around and not battle until 5 days before the deadline. I am sure I have made myself clear :) So let's get to it, shall we? ;) Pairings The divisions for the first round can be found here. For reference: full list of pairings (Move your mouse to reveal the content) full list of pairings (open) full list of pairings (close) Berlin, Germany Aeroblacktyl vs SoT Aeroblacktyl vs tito Aeroblacktyl vs Sebastian SoT vs tito SoT vs Sebastian tito vs Sebastian Roma, Italy Haldar vs CTI Haldar vs Xiang Haldar vs Kevin Garrett CTI vs Xiang CTI vs Kevin Garrett Xiang vs Kevin Garrett Sydney, Australia Conflict vs [K-12] The Madchine Conflict vs nagai Conflict vs Nachos [K-12] The Madchine vs nagai [K-12] The Madchine vs Nachos nagai vs Nachos Montreal, Canada Jackal vs Sanji_93 Jackal vs WhiteQueen Jackal vs _Flygon_ Sanji_93 vs WhiteQueen Sanji_93 vs _Flygon_ WhiteQueen vs _Flygon_ New Dehli, India Sapientia vs Shinigami Sapientia vs supermarth64 Sapientia vs reachzero Shinigami vs supermarth64 Shinigami vs reachzero supermarth64 vs reachzero Amsterdam, Netherlands apologies vs Krack apologies vs jumpluff apologies vs Stone_Cold22 Krack vs jumpluff Krack vs Stone_Cold22 jumpluff vs Stone_Cold22 Houston, USA Maniaclyrasist vs Kefka Maniaclyrasist vs Mosh Maniaclyrasist vs Eo Ut Mortus Kefka vs Mosh Kefka vs Eo Ut Mortus Mosh vs Eo Ut Mortus Barcelona, Spain Philip7086 vs Tyrano Philip7086 vs franky Philip7086 vs KD24 Tyrano vs franky Tyrano vs KD24 franky vs KD24 Paris, France Earthworm vs Deep Thought Earthworm vs Private Earthworm vs Scofield Deep Thought vs Private Deep Thought vs Scofield Private vs Scofield Madrid, Spain goofball vs Colchonero goofball vs BlueBlur goofball vs Aldaron Colchonero vs BlueBlur Colchonero vs Aldaron BlueBlur vs Aldaron Mexico City, Mexico hanke vs Ashley Young hanke vs sasu hanke vs MetaNite Ashley Young vs sasu Ashley Young vs MetaNite sasu vs MetaNite Tokyo, Japan remlabmez vs Rurushu remlabmez vs Heist remlabmez vs Itchni Rurushu vs Heist Rurushu vs Itchni Heist vs Itchni New Jersey, USA Malfunction vs Mizuno Malfunction vs Stigmata Malfunction vs Stallion Mizuno vs Stigmata Mizuno vs Stallion Stigmata vs Stallion Detroit, USA marioland vs SilentEcho marioland vs Iconic marioland vs Reyscarface SilentEcho vs Iconic SilentEcho vs Reyscarface Iconic vs Reyscarface Sao Paulo, Brazil Huntofthelion vs Lonelyness Huntofthelion vs G80 Huntofthelion vs B-Lulz Lonelyness vs G80 Lonelyness vs B-Lulz G80 vs B-Lulz Seattle, USA M Dragon vs vashta M Dragon vs DarkLynx M Dragon vs Cristall vashta vs DarkLynx vashta vs Cristall DarkLynx vs Cristall Istanbul, Turkey Stathakis vs The_Chaser Stathakis vs skarm Stathakis vs ENZ0 The_Chaser vs skarm The_Chaser vs ENZ0 skarm vs ENZ0 Phoenix, USA TAY vs Grind_Pantera TAY vs PurpleWeezing TAY vs Plus Grind_Pantera vs PurpleWeezing Grind_Pantera vs Plus PurpleWeezing vs Plus Wellington, New Zealand giara vs Limitless giara vs YTP giara vs Quantum Mechanics Limitless vs YTP Limitless vs Quantum Mechanics YTP vs Quantum Mechanics Munich, Germany joshe vs Joel joshe vs Bad Ass joshe vs Scimjara Joel vs Bad Ass Joel vs Scimjara Bad Ass vs Scimjara Toronto, Canada Binabik vs husk Binabik vs DawnBringer Binabik vs imperfectluck husk vs DawnBringer husk vs imperfectluck DawnBringer vs imperfectluck Beijing, China Fallen Alice vs Atticus Fallen Alice vs JabbaTheGriffin Fallen Alice vs -Mind- Atticus vs JabbaTheGriffin Atticus vs -Mind- JabbaTheGriffin vs -Mind- New York, USA Blue_Tornado vs TrunksRDT Blue_Tornado vs Rewer Blue_Tornado vs Lady Bug TrunksRDT vs Rewer TrunksRDT vs Lady Bug Rewer vs Lady Bug San Juan, Puerto Rico Royal Flush vs DarkLucario Royal Flush vs DaPlayaFlow Royal Flush vs Loki DarkLucario vs DaPlayaFlow DarkLucario vs Loki DaPlayaFlow vs Loki Los Angeles, USA alex vs LinIsKorean alex vs Hipmonlee alex vs 6A9 Ace Matador LinIsKorean vs Hipmonlee LinIsKorean vs 6A9 Ace Matador Hipmonlee vs 6A9 Ace Matador Dublin, Ireland Kinneas vs Zephir Kinneas vs Light-Kun Kinneas vs locopoke Zephir vs Light-Kun Zephir vs locopoke Light-Kun vs locopoke Miami, USA panamaxis vs GARLIC panamaxis vs Taylor panamaxis vs LiNAInVeRsE GARLIC vs Taylor GARLIC vs LiNAInVeRsE Taylor vs LiNAInVeRsE Rio de Janeiro, Brazil matty vs Havak matty vs Duskie matty vs FM Havak vs Duskie Havak vs FM Duskie vs FM London, England Sage Abdul vs Justinawe Sage Abdul vs Sarenji Sage Abdul vs Gouki Justinawe vs Sarenji Justinawe vs Gouki Sarenji vs Gouki Denver, USA LoveDestiny vs Mien. LoveDestiny vs Cost LoveDestiny vs twash Mien. vs Cost Mien. vs twash Cost vs twash Marseille, France Arin vs Malekith Arin vs legendary_07 Arin vs Lake Malekith vs legendary_07 Malekith vs Lake legendary_07 vs Lake Boston, USA Blue Kirby vs pi face Blue Kirby vs eaglesrock Blue Kirby vs Twist of Fate pi face vs eaglesrock pi face vs Twist of Fate eaglesrock vs Twist of Fate c/pable prediction format (Move your mouse to reveal the content) c/pable prediction format (open) c/pable prediction format (close) Berlin, Germany Aeroblacktyl SoT tito Sebastian Roma, Italy Haldar CTI Xiang Kevin Garrett Sydney, Australia Conflict [K-12] The Madchine nagai Nachos Montreal, Canada Jackal Sanji_93 WhiteQueen _Flygon_ New Dehli, India Sapientia Shinigami supermarth64 reachzero Amsterdam, Netherlands apologies Krack jumpluff Stone_Cold22 Houston, USA Maniaclyrasist Kefka Mosh Eo Ut Mortus Barcelona, Spain Philip7086 Tyrano franky KD24 Paris, France Earthworm Deep Thought Private Scofield Madrid, Spain goofball Colchonero BlueBlur Aldaron Mexico City, Mexico hanke Ashley Young sasu MetaNite Tokyo, Japan remlabmez Rurushu Heist Itchni New Jersey, USA Malfunction Mizuno Stigmata Stallion Detroit, USA marioland SilentEcho Iconic Reyscarface Sao Paulo, Brazil Huntofthelion Lonelyness G80 B-Lulz Seattle, USA M Dragon vashta DarkLynx Cristall Istanbul, Turkey Stathakis The_Chaser skarm ENZ0 Phoenix, USA TAY Grind_Pantera PurpleWeezing Plus Wellington, New Zealand giara Limitless YTP Quantum Mechanics Munich, Germany joshe Joel Bad Ass Scimjara Toronto, Canada Binabik husk DawnBringer imperfectluck Beijing, China Fallen Alice Atticus JabbaTheGriffin -Mind- New York, USA Blue_Tornado TrunksRDT Rewer Lady Bug San Juan, Puerto Rico Royal Flush DarkLucario DaPlayaFlow Loki Los Angeles, USA alex LinIsKorean Hipmonlee 6A9 Ace Matador Dublin, Ireland Kinneas Zephir Light-Kun locopoke Miami, USA panamaxis GARLIC Taylor LiNAInVeRsE Rio de Janeiro, Brazil matty Havak Duskie FM London, England Sage Abdul Justinawe Sarenji Gouki Denver, USA LoveDestiny Mien. Cost twash Marseille, France Arin Malekith legendary_07 Lake Boston, USA Blue Kirby pi face eaglesrock Twist of Fate Substitution This year we have 4 subs per roster, and Captains may use them as they see fit. For the first round, you may sub in a player on your bench at any time. For later rounds, Captains may change their roster in between rounds, and I will only allow subs in Rounds 2-4 in the case of unexpected absense. Keep in mind once a player is subbed out, they cannot be subbed back into the same round, but can be put back onto the roster for next round. Lastly, the 4 subs listed on the roster must be the first four subs that are used, in any order. If you (for god knows what reason) need more than 4 subs, PM me and I will examine your candidate to join the roster. Realistically though, it should never really come to that. Rulings Now some notes on a few issues I feel need to be addressed (basically rulings on often disputed topics): 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 most battles to be done on CAP due to the nature of lag on Smogon University. I also expect many battles to be completed under alts. 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 shoddy. 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 dont 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. Disconnections Finally, in the case of a disconnect, the decision is in the hands of the player who did not disconnect. The options are redo the battle move for move, redo the battle with the same teams but different moves, or redo the battle with completely different teams. If the battle was without a doubt over, they may also take the win. Any suspicion that a disconnect was committed on purpose to redo a match may be appealed to me, and if I feel this happened there will be severe consequences, don't 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. So that's everything, feel free to post predictions and smack talk, but let's keep the personal attacks out of this (you saw what happened to Sprinkles). If you have any questions or need anything clarified, do not PM me on IRC, instead post here so everyone can see the answer. Let's have a good tournament, good luck everyone! Be sure to join #wcop on irc.synirc.net for live chat! FIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY!! PS: choke isn't even in the Canadian National Dictionary.