Draft League Classic I: ORAS Cup I - Signups [Substitutes Closed]

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Welcome to the Draft League forum's ORAS Cup signups! The first tournament of three to qualify for Classic, the ORAS Cup will provide you with highly coveted points both for the Circuit playoffs and the Draft Classic. You can read more about the Draft League circuit here. Hosted by Lady Salamence and SlickPanther, the tournament will take place using the "[Gen 6] Draft" format present on both the main and Smogtours Pokemon Showdown! servers.
  • Once signups are complete, players will be randomized into pools of eight for drafting in the Draft League Discord server in channels made for each pool. A contributor will facilitate the coordination of the draft section for each pool.​
  • Once drafts are finished, players will be re-randomized into battle pools of four, which play in a round robin format. Groups of battle pools will be granted a scheduling channel for ease of communication. The two highest placing players in each battle pool will advance further.​
  • After pools complete, the competitors that advance will be placed into an unseeded bracket until a winner is determined.​
  • Note: You must be in the Discord server for all of these stages, to ensure ability to participate and communicate.​
You can read more detailed rules about the Draft and Pools stages of the tournament in the Drafting Doc, linked below, as well as in the following spoiler tags. Note that Activity Wins are being handled in a different manner than in Kickoff.

  • You have up to 90 points with which to draft 8 Pokémon. Costs are listed on your pool’s tab on the drafting spreadsheet.
  • You may only draft 1 Mega Evolution and the non-Mega variants of Pokémon may not Mega Evolve.
  • If a Pokémon is picked by someone else, you may not pick it.
  • For the first round, there is a 12 hour timer. After the first round ends, there will be a continuous 6 hour timer within which you must pick, or you will be skipped, and will be required to make-up your pick when you are next online. All timers are off between 10pm-7am local time (check your pools pinned message for local time).
  • Your timer will halve every time you are skipped. It is recommended to leave picks (with backups) with your pool moderator to avoid this.
  • The following complex bans are in place:
    - Blaziken may not have the ability Speed Boost.
    - Greninja may not have the ability Protean.
    - No Pokémon may hold the item Soul Dew.
  • The following Pokémon have access to all of their forms (although you may only bring up to 1 to each battle):
    - Pikachu
    - Wormadam
    - Basculin
    - Meowstic
    - Pumpkaboo
    - Gourgeist
  • Smogon’s Species Clause applies to your draft.
  • All games must be played in the [Gen 6] Draft tier on smogtours.psim.us or psim.us.
  • General tournament rules and regulations can be found here.
  • ORAS cartridge win conditions are in place; there are no ties.
  • Each set is a best-of-one set.
  • The following clauses apply:
    - Species Clause: A player cannot have two Pokémon with the same National Pokédex number on a team.
    - Sleep Clause: If a player has already put a Pokémon on their opponent's side to sleep and it is still sleeping, another one can't be put to sleep.
    - Evasion Clause: A Pokémon may not hold an item, use a move or possess an ability that can increase their evasion stat
    - OHKO Clause: A Pokémon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset.
    - Moody Clause: A team cannot have a Pokémon with the ability Moody.
    - Endless Battle Clause: Players cannot intentionally prevent an opponent from being able to end the game without forfeiting.
    - Baton Pass Clause: A Pokémon may not have Baton Pass in its moveset.
    - Swagger Clause: A Pokémon may not have Swagger in its moveset.
  • Any items unreleased in ORAS are banned.
  • Replays must be posted to the pool/round thread, please mention the result, your opponent's name and your pool number.
  • Rankings within pools may not be 100% accurate as the spreadsheet does not track head-to-head results. Players are ranked based upon: most wins, head-to-head, battle differential.
About Activity Decisions

Activity Decisions / Coin Flips
: In the event that there is an uncompleted match at the deadline, it will be coin flipped unless one or both of the players involved in the match specifically request an activity win and explain sufficiently why they deserve to win over their opponent. Attempting to schedule a battle is required in order to receive the win by activity. To make it clear that you are requesting an activity win when you post, you must open your post with "Activity Win Request" in bold.

For example, if you believe your opponent is making an unfair request and that they don't deserve the activity win over you, you can either make your own request or quote their post and explain why they don't deserve it. You should try to make your activity win request posts at least 24 hours before the deadline to give your opponent a reasonable opportunity to contest it with their own activity win request.

[Credit to the Official Smogon Tournament hosting team for the rule.]

Scheduling Advice:
  • Prioritize scheduling with your opponent. The chance of you advancing in the tournament by attempting to avoid your opponent is nonexistent compared to playing your matches.​
  • Do your best to make time for your matches, Activity Win requests may be rejected if the hosts believe that a valid attempt to play did not occur, such as if you only offer limited times to play.​

This thread and all future ORAS Cup threads should be considered the final ruling in case of discrepancy between threads, Discord announcements, and Google spreadsheets. Contact a host if you have any questions or spot an error. We are human, after all. Use this sheet to explore the Draft and Battle rules, as well as the Point tiers for draftable Pokemon.

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Signups will close on Saturday, March 4th, at 6:59pm GMT+0. To enter, simply use the form above and join the Discord server, anyone who is not in the server will have their signup removed. The Draft documents will be going offline on 5 March as we set up the draft stage.
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