Draft League Classic I: USUM Cup I - Round 3

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by the lovely Swiffix

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:
jawabarat  vs  Bowas
Luxanse  vs  iPro
Hi its me kesha  vs  Asterisk387
flower girl  vs  tvr9
freakydood  vs  dtGray
ogalbina  vs  Xand
King L5  vs  Gravity Monkey
Joeshh  vs  OdinRM
khmerougegaming  vs  Arkhan
ChiZGritz17  vs  Mike Cometa
Dj Breloominati♬  vs  Meowscarada!
JimmyG  vs  SponsoredPost
yerdunc  vs  thunderbug
SoggyDoggySage  vs  BaddyGames
ElevatedGodlynessOfficial  vs  Tinkatwink
Sun_Sun  vs  Venoo
TGA  vs  ultraplayer
Stefaan  vs  jscurf2
Galactic Greninja  vs  MonkeBoi215
Lady Writer  vs  Liimpy
Garterra  vs  chi yu later
Astroo Silver  vs  Brayz
Flipps  vs  Marshy.
Snowflakes  vs  EpicToxie
Odieq  vs  Fc
2playaLuffy  vs  Davo2544
Bananacrazy111  vs  EndlessGadgets
gorex  vs  BChezza
Yahoodles  vs  TTK
kurpie  vs  M24
catast  vs  PotatoZ
porygonboi  vs  a12qsd too
HisuAvalugg  vs  Fenrir Rune
OTG Pesky  vs  Delp
aces3232  vs  Sir.dee
shadow gallade yt  vs  PikachuZappyZap
blittius  vs  Deranged_Lime
SlickPanther  vs  MZ
robjr  vs  Tjb145
thebeardydragon  vs  choptch
Nametab  vs  not mishmesh
Kaneki-san  vs  q2w3e4r5
DrMario64  vs  Barold
QuaxLink  vs  supersayan
Dorron  vs  ComputerWhiz
GypsyKing  vs  vinithewini
3.14dgeot-Mega  vs  pattek
Pollitoshark  vs  Infamous Creed
Glue  vs  Star
Babyhuey  vs  vmnunes
Feyy  vs  CG12
BetelNutCEO  vs  vengabenga
Dark green hue  vs  Valerie
The W-Team  vs  zomb™
HunterZinfected  vs  Zooch
mayoouran2  vs  PJB
sablolol  vs  Soulblaze
Rissoux  vs  HarmonyHatterene37
attcris  vs  Maxx___13
crucify  vs  Meta
BLAZING HAWK  vs  banito13
Ac130gaming  vs  MissileRick
PapaMax  vs  Kaif

Due a ban of a player in brackets after the player had already advanced to the next round, henguinie was randomly picked to be granted a Bye this round as per Smogon ban policy (players defeated by banned users are not allowed to advance with a loss).

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, 30 April 2023. No extensions will be granted. 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.
Activity win request vs Asterisk387. I posted a scheduling attempt on their wall, but they haven't been on Smogon in weeks. The Discord username that they signed up for the tour with is also not in the server anymore.
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