Draft League Classic I: USUM Cup I - Round 2

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Welcome to the Draft League forum's USUM Cup brackets! This thread will contain the bracket assignments for this round of the tournament. Please be aware that the bracket section of the tournament is single elimination, best of one.

Below are the rules for the tournament. Please be mindful of the Activity Wins Rules section, as extensions will only be granted in very unique circumstances. If you believe your match deserves or needs an extension, please post in this thread to contact the hosts. A bracket scheduling channel will not be provided in Discord. Smogon VMs are the expected way to schedule, as it allows the hosts to confirm scheduling should an activity win be requested.
  • 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.​
  • At the end of the draft you must declare 2 Z-Captains, these are the only Pokémon that will be able to use Z-Moves on your draft.​
  • The following complex bans are in place:
    - Mega Kangaskhan may not use the move Seismic Toss.
    - Blaziken may not have the ability Speed Boost.
    - Greninja may not have the ability Protean nor Battle Bond.
    - Zygarde-50% and Zygarde-10% may not have the ability Power Construct.​
  • 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
    - Oricorio
    - Silvally​
  • Smogon’s Species Clause applies to your draft.​
  • All games must be played in the [Gen 7] Draft tier on smogtours.psim.us or psim.us.​
  • General tournament rules and regulations can be found here.​
  • USUM 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.​
  • Any items unreleased in USUM are banned.​
  • All omniboosting Z-moves are banned. This includes the Kommonium Z and subsequently, Clangorous Soulblaze.​
  • 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.]

The matchups with Smogon usernames are in the spoiler below:
Glue  vs  Maruf_Abbasi
Davo2544  vs  Aggronauts
DamnDaTa  vs  SoggyDoggySage
ALG Spies  vs  Feyy
Mr.Yessir  vs  aces3232
henguinie  vs  bdogbears
TBIC106  vs  Garterra
SlickPanther  vs  Frosty707
Dorron  vs  Rose The Beloved
kazam1228  vs  OdinRM
ChiZGritz17  vs  CyndaKill-SH
Rayquaza37  vs  thebeardydragon
FlorenceIris  vs  Barold
~Undead~  vs  catast
termnal  vs  Valerie
SponsoredPost  vs  Azcelerator
Arkhan  vs  Chronalga
Seeminglyswablu  vs  Xand
Galactic Greninja  vs  ThePichuBros1
P4bl00  vs  Gravity Monkey
JimmyG  vs  DJS
Concept Everything  vs  Dark green hue
Fenrir Rune  vs  Troy4ya
Kenava  vs  gorex
TGA  vs  The Rollo
Mike Cometa  vs  daddl_ding
iPro  vs  AverageDragapultUser
vinithewini  vs  Trogba Trogba
Crimfinity  vs  Ac130gaming
ZebstrikemDown  vs  crucify
Tinkatwink  vs  Flapple1
AryaElesmera  vs  Soulblaze
PJB  vs  Wildcat Formation
twig___  vs  thunderbug
vengabenga  vs  hashtag_gaymer
Rissoux  vs  CameronBlzIt
kurpie  vs  LaprasChuckles
yerdunc  vs  handey
W1llerd  vs  Asterisk387
PapaMax  vs  Nashe
Vergi10  vs  ComputerWhiz
Togkey  vs  Zooch
foodv_v  vs  PikachuZappyZap
Jung3  vs  Hi its me kesha
CG12  vs  Rockhop
Fc  vs  enoelr
GypsyKing  vs  Mysterious Player
Paxerion  vs  Liimpy
Sad Skooma Cat  vs  PotatoZ
Cureja  vs  a12qsd too
V4trena  vs  shadow gallade yt
khmerougegaming  vs  shadowtime2000
MonkeBoi215  vs  7ayakum
not mishmesh  vs  empoleon9000
HisuAvalugg  vs  Mr Torkoal
Xiphactin  vs  jawabarat
chi yu later  vs  Commander Beta
PieRomancer  vs  q2w3e4r5
Kingsreign87  vs  Elgino
Stefaan  vs  0glaceon0
attcris  vs  Mathy
scionicle  vs  sablolol
Luxanse  vs  PurpleLobster11
doogalhh  vs  choptch

There were more 3-0 players than the amount of Byes available (64 traditionally), so randomization of the 3-0 player pool determined which players received a Bye, and which 3-0 players unluckily needed to play in Round 2. This results in 128 players in Round 2, which will result in 64 players advancing to Round 3. Those players will then be joined by the 64 Byes to total 128 Players in Round 3, resolving into a normal tournament.

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.​

The tier does not innately catch a handful of complex bans, which must be adhered to in play:
- Mega Kangaskhan may not use the move Seismic Toss.
- Blaziken may not have the ability Speed Boost.
- Greninja may not have the ability Protean nor Battle Bond.
- Zygarde-50% and Zygarde-10% may not have the ability Power Construct.

Here's the challenge command that includes all the teambuilder bans to make it easier for validation. Just paste it in the PMs of your opponent on Smogtours:
/challenge gen7draft@@@ -Blaziken+Speed Boost, -Blaziken+Blazikenite, -Greninja+Protean, -Zygarde+Power Construct, -Zygarde-10%+Power Construct, -Gengar+Gengarite, -Alakazam+Alakazite, -Latias+Latiasite, -Latios+Latiosite, -Metagross+Metagrossite, -Salamence+Salamencite, -Lucario+Lucarionite, -Baton Pass

All games must be complete by 11:59PM GMT+0 on Sunday, 23 April 2023. No extensions will be granted for battle pool games. Incomplete games will be resolved by the hosts (vmnunes and Zooch) following the Activity Win Rules above.

REPLAYS ARE MANDATORY. Please post the name of your opponent with it as well as the end score.

For example: https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen6draft-1806537886-4kh0psde9rs0m9jk0ir7ekv753plw5zpw Lady Salamence VS SlickPanther (victory to SlickPanther 6-0)

This thread and all other USUM 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.
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