BSS Battle Spot Singles Winter Seasonal - Round 2


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Welcome to the first tournament of the 2018 Battle Spot Singles Circuit. This tournament awards Circuit Points (CP) that is used qualify for the Invitational tournament in November where players will fight for the title of 2018 Champion and a BSS Circuit Ribbon (
)! The winner of this seasonal tournament will also get a banner (
) for their profile, and special role in the official Battle Spot Discord server.

Specific Rules
  • This is a standard USUM Battle Spot Singles Tournament.
  • The tournament will be Best of Three, Single Elimination. Starting at Top 4, the sets will become a Best of Five.
  • Players may change their teams during the set.
  • Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown/SmogTours
  • Replays must be saved and POSTED. Matches without a replay will not count as completed. If you don't want to risk forgetting to save replays play on Smogtours as it's automatic there.
  • In an event of a timeout, the player who times out will lose that game unless the opponent grants a rematch. This holds true even for a disconnect, due to being unable to know which three Pokemon have been selected at team preview. Consequently, players do not need to send in their teams to a TD.
  • Activity calls and coinflips will be done by myself and the pick command on Pokemon Showdown respectively.
Standard Rules
  • Matches will be played in the Singles format
  • Pokemon above level 50 will be brought down to level 50. Pokemon below level 50 stay as is.
  • Players pick 3 of their 6 Pokemon at team preview.
  • 3DS-born Clause: A Pokemon cannot have a set that can only be obtained from before gen 6. (i.e. no past-gen exclusive move tutors/TMs/events)
  • Species Clause: No two Pokemon in the same team can have the same National Pokedex number.
  • Item Clause: No two Pokemon in the same team can hold the same item.
Round 2

greilmercenary9 vs The Excadrill
Psynergy vs. MJ
TJ vs. byronthewellwell
Devilican vs. (Theorymon vs. chemcoop)
HQuaze vs. Demantoid
Mikaav vs Lionyx
Jmal98 vs AuraRayquaza
11oyd vs. Plas
Moose And Goose vs. Solerme
hzhz vs. Akaru Kokuyo
The Squash vs. cant say
DragonWhale vs. Nat
Kaori vs. Mishimono
Quote vs. Paraplegic
Algeria4Ever vs. Hijasu
Broken Phobias vs. zugubu royale

Simulator Glitches: Any battle mechanics not properly implemented in the simulator used for a tournament battle are fair game, unless explicitly banned by that tournament's rules. Illegal movesets that are not restricted by the simulator fall into this category as well. However, this does not include faulty tier scripts; for example, if there was a bug in the BW OU tier script that allowed you to use Drizzle and Swift Swim on the same team, taking advantage of this would result in disqualification in that battle. If a game breaking glitch is discovered, we will make a blanket tournament ban on that glitch via an announcement in the Tournaments forum until it is fixed.

Ghosting: The player in a tournament battle should be the one making their own decisions. Do not tell a player what move to make in a tournament battle (i.e. do not "ghost" them), and do not make your moves based on another person's suggestions. If we are made aware that someone playing a tournament battle is making some of their moves based mainly on the suggestions of someone else, punishments may be handed out to both parties involved.

Identity: Pretending to be another player in relation to a tournament battle is strictly prohibited. Do not try to impersonate or play as another player. This applies to the use of alts as well. Any player who breaks this will be disqualified and may be subject to further punishment.

Rule Breaking: If a player breaks a rule during a battle, they are disqualified from that particular battle. If it was a single battle in a series, they will still have the opportunity to play the rest of the series.

Draws: If a battle ends in a draw in an elimination tournament or another tournament format that is unable to handle draws, there should be a rematch between the players with the option for both players to change teams.

Forfeiting: A player may forfeit their battle during or after the battle, as long as the result has not been confirmed by the host. If a player forfeits before a battle commences in the first round of a tournament, they are eligible for substitution if appropriate. We highly recommend that you do not forfeit your tournament battles just because you got lucky, but we do not enforce this.

Host / Tournament Director Decisions: The host may make a judgment call on the outcome of a battle with a disputed result, even if one player has broken the rules. If you believe the host has made an unjust decision, you may inform the Tournament Director responsible for the tournament of the situation and request that they make a final call on it.

Sportsmanship: If a player displays exceedingly poor sportsmanship before, during, or after a tournament battle, they may be disqualified or otherwise punished.

Round 2 ends February 14, 11:59PM EST
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question: why do we have to post replays? Is there any specific reason for that?
I don't know the actual reason but I think for the lesser played metagames it can improve visibility to possibly get more people playing. It may also help improve the meta as ideas spread a bit faster.
It also gives me something to watch at work over lunch, and that's reason enough for me.

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question: why do we have to post replays? Is there any specific reason for that?
We stream a lot of the matchups and if saving/posting replays wasn't mandatory it puts people who get streamed at a major disadvantage and would likely result in people refusing to have their games featured.

Also what Jhon said. I know everyone wants to win and keep their cards close but ultimately the goal is to showcase and grow the metagame. Can't do that if everything is kept secret. Heaps of tours do this so I don't see an issue...

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