Announcement 2018 Ubers Tournament Circuit

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Late to the party, but better late than never. We are happy to announce what our 2018 tournament schedule will be for Ubers! This year's format will aim to give points based on the performance of users throughout our individual tournaments during this year, with it all coming together for a "Championship" playoffs to decide who is the best and most consistent Ubers player of 2018. The winner will be able to proudly display the ribbon for Smogon Metagames on their badgeset, along with specific hover text to note the tier circuit win that earned it to showcase their big achievement as an Ubers player!​


2018 Ubers Tournament Schedule


Winter / Spring

Winter Seasonal (January to late April, Type A)
Ubers Pentathlon II (late February, Type B)
Ubers Premier League VI (April*)

Summer

Summer Seasonal (May to August, Type A)
Ubers Generations Team Tournament (late June*)
Smogon Grand Slam - Ubers Open VI (July to September, Type A)

Autumn / Fall

Fall Seasonal (August to November, Type A)
Smogon Snake Draft (September*)

Winter

Ubers Classic II
ORAS Ubers Cup (September, Type B)
BW2 Ubers Cup (September, Type B)
DPP Ubers Cup (October, Type B)
ADV Ubers Cup (October, Type B)

Playoffs
Ubers Championship I (December)

The final tournament, the Ubers Championship I, will take the points earned from all of the previous tournaments of the 2018 year and have a playoffs to determine who wins the ribbon!
The points system is explained in this post.

Seasonals and Ubers Open will be Type A tournaments. The Ubers Pentathlon features the 5 most recent generations, and will therefore be Type B. Older generation tournaments such as the annual ADV tournament and individual Cups for Ubers Classic will be classed as Type B as well. The Ubers Classic II will not feature a playoffs stage, unlike its first edition.

* These tournaments will NOT count towards the Ubers Ribbon due to their format either being an inclusive team tournament or a unique format.
 
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Nayrz

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I've had some thoughts and after talking with folks I have decided to switch up our circuit and how it is treated:

Old generation tournaments will all be regarded as Type B. This means the Ubers Classic will be changed accordingly. Luckily, no past tournaments are impacted, so this is a safe move.

Type C tournaments will now be regarded as the "gimmicky" tournaments. Tournaments that differ a lot from standard play by banning a specific thing, playing in an unusual way, etc will be seen as Type C. This means there currently aren't any, but my next point should offer room for such a thing. Previously, gimmicky tournaments were seen as ineligible for points.

I am also removing the requirement that a tournament must be announced months in advance. While the intention was to ensure there was fair warning for every tournament eligible for points, Smogon's culture seems too "short-term" to warrant such a long waiting period for people to suggest worthwhile tournaments. I'm under the impression nobody prepares their lives for a tournament that far ahead, so this rule likely hurts more than it helps. Note: New Type A tournaments will still require a little bit of warning, because they are the major point earners of the circuit. It isn't too likely any will be added, but I'm leaving the option open because our future tiering actions may open up more frequent USM tournaments.

edit: The Annual ADV Ubers Tournament will be removed after talking with its usual host Minority. It is rather close in both date and function to warrant having two ADV tours. He will host the ADV Cup during the Ubers Classic instead.
 
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