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The 2021 Doubles OU Circuit will consist of the following tournaments:
- Three Doubles Seasonals: Winter, Spring, and Fall (BFL of 2)
- Doubles Ladder Tournament
- Doubles Classic II
- Official Smogon Doubles Tournament
- Doubles Majors
1st: 16 CP
2nd: 13 CP
3rd: 11 CP
4th: 10 CP
5th-6th: 9 CP
7th-8th: 8 CP
9th-12th: 7 CP
13th-16th: 6 CP
17th-24th: 5 CP
25th-32nd: 4 CP
33rd-48th: 3 CP
49th-64th: 2 CP
65th-96th: 1 CP
Note: If a given Seasonal has less than 96 entrants, 65th-96th place will not receive CP.
Doubles Ladder Tournament:
1st: 10 CP
2nd: 8 CP
3rd-4th: 6 CP
5th-8th: 4 CP
9th-16th: 2 CP
1st: 13 CP
2nd: 10 CP
3rd-4th: 8 CP
5th-8th: 6 CP
9th-16th: 4 CP
17th-24th: 2 CP
25th-32nd: 1 CP
Note: The winners of each individual cup within Doubles Classic will get a 2 CP bonus added to their overall CP from Doubles Classic, while the finalists from each individual cup will get a 1 CP bonus. This bonus can be claimed twice; for example, a player who wins BW Cup and places 2nd in XY Cup and SM Cup will receive a 3 CP bonus.
Official Smogon Doubles Tournament:
1st: 20 CP
2nd: 16 CP
3rd-4th: 13 CP
5th-8th: 10 CP
9th-16th: 8 CP
17th-32nd: 6 CP
33rd-64th: 4 CP
65th-128th: 2 CP
129th-256th: 1 CP
Note: If the tour has less than 256 entrants, 129th-256th place will not receive CP.
1st: 15 CP
2nd: 13 CP
3rd-4th: 10 CP
5th-8th: 7 CP
9th-16th: 5 CP
17th-32nd: 3 CP
1. What are Seasonals?
Seasonals are the most straightforward of our tournaments and serve as the flagship tournaments for the DOU Circuit. They are large, double elimination tournaments that generally take around 14-15 weeks to fully finish. Each round you will be paired up with an opponent and play a Bo3 SS Doubles OU set, during which you will be allowed to switch teams between games. Seasonals will be held in the Winter (January), Spring (April), and Fall (August). These tournaments will be seeded as well; Winter Seasonals will use the final 2020 Circuit standings to seed its entrants, while Spring and Fall Seasonals will use the current 2021 Circuit standings.
2. What is Doubles Ladder Tournament?
In this tournament, people will be signing up to ladder for a full week to rank as high as possible. The highest ranking finishers may earn a spot in the playoffs. This cycle will continue for four weeks and culminate in a single elimination, best-of-three playoff for all qualifiers. There will be four laddering periods, with four participants from each qualifying for a 16-man playoff. As always, these qualifiers will be decided by ELO at the end of the laddering period. There will be no wild card entrants or byes in playoffs. We will only have one DLT this year to make room for a new tournament, Doubles Majors (see below).
3. What is Doubles Classic?
Doubles Classic will function similarly to the Smogon Classic. It will consist of three separate single elimination tournaments played in three different tiers: SM DOU, XY DOU, and BW DOU. Based on their results in these three tournaments, the top 16 players will play out a single elimination playoff consisting of best-of-three sets, with one game played in each tier. Doubles Classic differs from Doubles Grand Prix in that it will only consist of old generation metagames. Now that we have three old generations of DOU, we can run this tournament just like Smogon Classic and not include current generation DOU. Our plan moving forward is to maintain Doubles Classic as an oldgens tournament, giving our past formats a chance to remain involved in the official DOU Circuit. The only change to Doubles Classic this year is the CP distribution; the CP awarded for final standing after playoffs has been lowered across the board. This was done because Classic only encompasses non-current metagames, and it was determined that rewarding Seasonal-level CP for an oldgens tournament was a bit much. To compensate, the bonus CP system was expanded. This year, players may claim the bonus CP (2 for the winner, 1 for the finalist) from 2 cups instead of just 1. For example, a player who wins BW Cup and SM Cup will receive 4 points instead of just 2.
4. What is Doubles Majors?
A new tournament to the DOU Circuit, Doubles Majors will mimic the format of UnderUsed Majors. During Stage 1, players will be divided into pools, within which they will play a round robin. This means that each player in a given pool will play one game against all other players in their pool. Based on the results of this round robin, a certain number of players from each pool will qualify for Stage 2, which will be a single elimination bracket. We are unsure of some of the exact details at this time, like number or size of pools, but we are confident Doubles Majors will be an exciting addition to the circuit.
5. What does BFL mean?
BFL, or Best Finish Limit, is a restriction that limits how many placings you may count for your Circuit Point totals. Since the BFL for Seasonals is 2, only your top 2 results from Seasonals during the 2020 circuit will count. If you play in all 3 Seasonals, you will only receive points from 2; if you play in 2 or less Seasonals, all of your points will count. The idea behind a BFL is to reward high placings and not consistently average performances. It also becomes a safety net for people who, for whatever reason, have a bad performance, can't play in one Seasonal, or have to drop out midway due to extenuating circumstances.
6. When are all these tournaments happening?
Check the second post in this thread for the circuit schedule!
*Regarding restricting access to tournament matches
In order for access to be restricted to a tournament set, both players must consent (i.e., the default is public room, modjoin off). Furthermore, viewing access to tournament matches may not be restricted in any way in the following scenarios:
- During or after Top 8 of single elimination tournament brackets, including playoffs of tournaments with a qualifying + playoff component
- During or after Round 10 of Seasonals
- At any point during Doubles Premier League
- At any point during Doubles Invitationals
Any games with restricted access under the specified scenarios will be considered invalid and must be replayed. For example, Player A wins game 1 of a set, then modjoins game 2 and wins game 2. Game 2 will not be counted and must be replayed for the set to be complete.
Anyone found to be abusing the rule (e.g. hiding a room when you know you'll lose so it will be invalid) will be punished severely.
We're looking forward to another great year of tournaments, hope to see you join!
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