Monotype UU Startup Tournament - Signups [Incentives included!]

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Welcome to the first unofficial UU Monotype Tournament! Players will compete in a best-of-three Pokémon game in the [Gen 9] UU Monotype Format! The format of this tournament will be a double elimination to encourage the development of the tier. Participants in the tournament who obtain at least two wins and have played at least three games will obtain unofficial community voting reqs to vote on whether action is warranted on Rain-based playstyles. ***Disclaimer: UU Monotype is not counted as a tier that count towards the official tiering suspect badge yet due to it not having an active ladder. Ladders do require a reason to have them in place but may this tournament still act as a way for the community to get a chance to act on tiering since it is a usage-based tier.***

Players will be picked randomly against one another for as many rounds as it takes to find one final champion. Replays will be enforced for all rounds after Round 1 to gather usage for this growing OM. Additionally, join our discord to discuss the tournament, ask about rules, find your opponent more easily or just to hang out!

Rain has been a controversial topic amongst the Monotype UU Council. With Pelipper being the primary rain setter for Water's archetype, this naturally increases the viability of many Swift Swim Pokemon like Barraskewda, Basculegion-formes, and Kingdra. Traditionally, current and past-generation Monotype council has deemed Damp Rock as the underlying element that makes Swift Swim-based teams broken due to simply the duration of turns of 8 vs 5 being too much for the tier according to: A.) Kev (Former TL): "Damp Rock is just historically broken." & B.) scpinion (Former TL): "No single type should be overly powerful." The current SV Monotype council has already opted to ban Damp Rock, which raises the question of Whether tiering action is warranted on rain-based playstyles, and if so, What is the best approach for the tier.


Most council members believe that Barraskewda is the primary factor that warrants action. Barraskewda benefits in a metagame where a lot of its traditional checks in SV Monotype in Archaludon, Double Water/Fairy (Azumarill & Primarina) Fairy, etc simply being difficult for it to provide as much value in the metagame. Barraskewda is the fastest and most consistent in the tier, ranking it at #2 with 816 Speed according to the UU Monotype Speed Tiers. Choice Band is the go-to item and since only a boosted Regieleki can outspeed Barraskewda in rain, it enjoys the metagame with its key move in Flip Turn; granting Water powerful momentum alongside U-turn Pelipper. Furthermore, Barraskewda gets access to coverage such as Close Combat, Crunch, and Psychic Fangs, which checks Pokemon like Hydreigon, Sinischta, and Amoongus, respectively. Although this sounds like lolipops and candy canes on paper, there are drawbacks to Barraskewda such as running a Choice Band to boost its damage outputs in the first place. Protect is unexplored counterplay for Barraskewda but can the metagame viability adjust to such sets to check Barraskewda in a meaningful way? Other actions have also been brought up such as banning Drizzle as a whole or simply doing nothing. May this tournament act as a more competitive way to gain usage to help guide the community on the best action for the tier.

Tournament Specific Rules
  • This is a standard SV UU Monotype tournament.
  • The tournament will be double elimination.
  • Players will play a best of three series of games each round
  • Matches are to be played on Smogtours or Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't agree on which server to play on, the Smogtours server is the default option.
About Activity Decisions

Activity Decisions / Coin Flips
: If 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 to receive the win-by activity.

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.

In case of disconnections, if you played in the SmogTours server, call a Tournament Director as soon as possible to see about the possibility of having a rematch.

Challenge Code:
/challenge gen9monotype @@@ -Scizor, -Spectrier, -Dragonite, -Gallade, -Excadrill, -Klefki, -Kyurem, -Sableye, -Chien Pao, -Archaludon, -Iron Hands, -Azumarill, -Great Tusk, -Ceruledge, -Corviknight, -Meowscarada, -Clodsire, -Hatterene, -Volcarona, -Greninja, -Baxcalibur, -Raging Bolt, -Flutter Mane, -Gouging Fire, -Landorus, -Ogerpon-Hearthflame, -Ursaluna-Bloodmoon, -Dragapult, -Iron Valiant, -Heatran, -Skarmory, -Iron Treads, -Mamoswine, -Zoroark-Hisui, -Sneasler, -Gholdengo, -Primarina, -Kingambit, -Goodra-Hisui, -Toxapex, -Latios, -Samurott-Hisui, -Urshifu*, -Ting-Lu, -Roaring Moon, -Zamazenta, -Espathra
Note: I am requesting a challengeable format from admins rn

- Community Voting Reqs (Unofficial): Users that obtain two wins in this tournament qualify for unofficial community voting reqs (Not for TC).
- Custom Appropriate Discord Role (Monotype OM Discord): You get a custom role in the Monotype OM Discord!
- Prize Winner in Monotype OM Public Live Chat Room (^): You get a visible clout rank in the live PS Chatroom for 1 month.

Welcome to UU Monotype: Banlist / Tiering Action
Discord Server
Sample Teams
Speed Tiers
Tier Shift History (Usage Bans): OP | May 2024 Shifts
Viability Rankings

Type "in" to participate, signups will close on May 26th or earlier.
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