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Happy New Year! We come to the third year of the Battle Spot Singles circuit in 2019, where players will compete to qualify for the Invitationals at the end of the year. The Invitational Champion goes home with the title of the BSSC 2019 Champion and a ribbon on the forums!
- January 7: Battle Spot Singles Open
- Single-elimination*, best-of-three USUM BSS tournament. Best-of-five starting at Semifinals. Teams are not locked during the set.
- March 11: Battle Spot Singles Ladder Tournament II
- Qualifying stage of 4 cycles each a week long where players climb the USUM BSS ladder on Pokemon Showdown and the top 3 players enter the playoffs (1st in each cycle gets a round 1 bye). Playoffs is a best-of-three single-elimination tournament.
- May 13: Battle Spot Singles Classic II
- Single-elimination*, best-of-three match of [Gen 5] GBU Singles, [Gen 6] Battle Spot Singles, and [Gen 7] Battle Spot Singles.
- [**]: Battle Spot Singles Masters
- Single-elimination*, best-of-three USUM BSS** tournament. Teamlocked (You cannot change the team of 6 Pokemon during the set).
- [**]: Battle Spot Singles 2019 Invitational
- Format TBD**
** Due to the unknown release date of Generation 8 games, these two tournaments will be determined at a later time (more info on that below)
- Player rankings will be determined by CP (Circuit Points). The top 12 players will qualify for the 2019 Invitational, with the Top 4 getting a round 1 bye.
- Unlike last year, cartridge play will not have direct qualifications for the Invitational. Instead, your highest end-season rating in season 14-17 in the USUM ladder will be converted into CP. As such, players will no longer be able to qualify for two slots.
- This circuit has a best finish limit (BFL) of 3, meaning that only the top 3 tournament/cartridge CP results will count towards your total CP. Basically, your lowest tournament CP will have no effect on your total (two if you earned CP through Cartridge play).
- Point structure
- For every win, players will earn 2 CP. If they win via activity or coinflip, they will not get the points until they win in the proceeding round.
- Ladder Tournament playoff qualifiers will get 4 CP, and 6 CP if they were in first place in the cycle.
- Two-way finals are worth 3 CP. Three-way finals are worth 4 and 2 CP for first and second place respectively.
- Last Life Bracket: If a player loses in the Open, Classic, or Masters, they will be placed in the Last Life bracket, where each round won will be worth 1 CP. This bracket is purely as a last chance to get more CP; players in this bracket are no longer able to win the tournament in question and they are free to drop out from the tournament if they wish to do so. However, incomplete games will result in a double game loss (i.e. counts as a loss for both players), so players are required to be proactive to be matched with another player as soon as possible if their opponent drops out in order to earn CP, or request an extension if they think they will not be able to complete their game in time. Players who lose in the Last Life Bracket are out of the tournament.
- The Last Life bracket will be having players who dropped out at the same round play each other, adding on to the bottom of the bracket and keeps pairing order. e.g. The Last Life bracket of Round 3 will have Round 2 Last Life bracket winners facing each other at the top of the bracket and Round 2 regular bracket losers playing each other in the below the Round 2 Last Life bracket winners.
- Cartridge CP: A player's highest end-season rating during seasons 14-17 in the USUM PGL Singles ladder will be converted to CP using the following formula: (Rating - 1699)/20, rounded up.
- Example: If someone ends the circuit with 4, 0, 8, 12 CP for the tournaments and their highest cartridge ladder rating was 1812, their final CP will be 8 + 12 + 6 (cart) = 26 CP. The 4 and 0 CP from their bottom two performances will not affect their total.
- We got rid of the name "Seasonals"
because it sucksand added the Open and Masters! Now all our tournaments are unique and I hope all of them sound exciting!
- Due to the unknown release date of the Generation 8 games sometime next year, some of the contents above are subject to change. Here are the adjustments that we are planning to do (including Battle Spot Premier League) depending on three different release dates:
- July: Masters
- October: Invitational
- Release day: BSPL (new gen)
- July: BSPL
- Release day: Masters (new gen)
- After Masters: Invitational (new gen)
- Release day: BSPL (new gen)
- September: Masters (new gen)
- November: Invitational (new gen)