Group Pool Play VGC 2015 Tournament Sign Ups

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Approved by Oglemi ✔

Special thanks to Tomycase & Smiley-Fakemon.

-This tournament will be played under the Pokemon Showdown format VGC 2015.

-Haven't set a specific date on how long sign ups will last, but I will notify or close when the sign up process goes down. Sign ups are lasting up until 12/22/14 to be guaranteed into the Tournament. You can still sign up though, but you will be under the potential substitute list. If enough people sign up before I make the thread on January 4th 2015 (Tournament Round 1 start date), I might add people from the potential substitute list into the tournament as a player. Until then, people who sign up now will be added to the potential substitute list till further notice. Happy Holidays!

-The Tournament begins on January 4th 2015.

-If you have any questions regarding the tournament, feel free to PM me.

Group Pool Play Rules
  • There will be either 9, 12 or 16 groups filled with either 4, 6 or 8 people.
  • Example:
-Person 1
-Person 2
-Person 3
-Person 4

-Person 5
-Person 6
-Person 7
-Person 8

  • Within your group, you will be having a miniature Round Robin series.
  • What is Round Robin? Pretty much facing everyone who is in your group ONCE in a series of ONE match to decide.
  • After everyone in your pool has faced each other, the top two participants of each group will be moving onto the next round. The top two will be decided by who has the best win/loss ratio. If an event of a tie happens, the contestants who are in the tie will battle again. If this issue is really holding the tournament back, I will do a coin flip so please don't make it come to that :)
  • This process should last about 1-2 weeks.
  • You are allowed to change teams against opponents.

Single Elimination
  • Simple best of 3 games single elimination throughout the rest of the tournament.
  • Your 'seed' for your spot into the single elimination bracket will be depended on how well you placed in the Pool Play Rounds. In short terms, the better your performance in Pool Play, the better chance you have against easier opponents who barely made it out.
  • If you qualify for this part of the tournament, you will need to submit your teams details via pm and must only use that team throughout the rest of the tournament.
  • Once the participants reach the semifinals, the players matches will be best of 5.

Basic Rules
  • If your user name undergoes a change, it is your obligation to report the change to the hosts of any tournaments you are participating in, as well as your opponents in those tournaments.
  • Avoid dropping out of a tournament midway through unless you have a good reason for doing so. People that repeatedly drop out of tournaments without good reason may be punished.
    • If you do have to drop out, you must notify the host and your opponent.
  • Endeavor to complete your battles before the deadline of each round. If we notice a pattern of laziness, we may decide to punish you.
  • Disconnections and Timer Clause: In live tournaments with short time constraints such as the Smogon Tour, if a player disconnects or times out, the opponent may take the win. In other tournaments, if a player disconnects and contends that they could still win, the optimal solution is to recreate the exact situation the disconnection occurred at during the battle. If this is not feasible due to unreasonable battle length, highly improbable circumstances, or some other reason, the player who did not disconnect may choose to rematch with either the same teams or (the option to use) new teams. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment.
  • 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 move-sets 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.
  • 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.
  • Activity wins and scheduling: Contact your opponent as quickly as possible on their Smogon wall, and look out for them on PS too. Unfortunately, I'll have to make some activity calls - I'll be making these based on activity posts (make these detailed, please, and explain why you deserve an activity win) and VM conversations, so be active and schedule as early as you can with your opponent. Use VMs and you will be fine. No extensions, sorry. (Stolen from Darnell)

Last, but not least good luck and have fun all!
Type "In" for entrance.
Get your game face on! (ง︡'-'︠)ง

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Just to clarify, will the BO3 act how they do in top cut of events, where you are not allowed to switch teams in between rounds?

And will we be able to switch teams in between matches in group play?
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Just to clarify, will the BO3 act how they do in top cut of events, where you are not allowed to switch teams in between rounds?

And will we be able to switch teams in between matches in group play?
Interesting question. I'll be sure to add this in the OP. My answer to this is during Pool Play you are free to modify teams infinitely. However, once the single elimination comes around you will have to submit your final team with all details such as evs, items, moves, Pokemon, etc. in a pm of course. So for the single elimination section of the tournament, you must stick with your team through the entire way.
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