Official Smogon Tournament XVI - Signups (Top prize of $200!) (Check post 1.572)

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As a 1.5 time host of OST I write this post with full sincerity. I understand that the current TD team feels like they are stuck between a rock and a hard place with this tournament right now. There are not enough sign-ups to get us to the next prescribed "tier" of the tournament to get a one-on-one finals yet quite literally nobody wants RR finals. The solution requires some degree of acknowledgement of the situation and will, I believe, not foster ill-will with the community.

Increase the number of byes. RR finals are awful, so don't do that. Simply start the tournament with a higher # of byes than the current guidelines call for. You are the ones with the power to make that decision in this case. The tournament community has to listen to what you say goes. Anyone with the right to win this tournament should get through R1 even if they don't get a bye. I do not think we should delay the start of the largest Smogon tournament at the start of a new generation to fit with the % guidelines which are, to some extent, arbitrary. I hope that the tournament starts soon.

Welcome to this year's edition of one of Smogon's longest standing traditions, the Official Smogon Tournament! The format is as simple as it is classic - a winner-takes-all best of three in the current generation of our OverUsed format! The winner receiving the golden trophy

Players will be picked randomly against one another for as many rounds as it takes to find one final champion. While posting replays will not be mandatory until the later rounds of the tournament, it is encouraged to save them in case of any disputes! Seriously, do yourself a favor and save them somewhere.

Additionally, join our discord and/or our PS! room to discuss the tournament, ask about rules, find your opponent more easily or just to hang out!

OST Specific Rules
  • This is a standard SS OU tournament.
  • The tournament will be single elimination.
  • Players will play a best of three series of games each round
  • Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't agree on which server to play on, the Smogtours server is the default option.

Standard Rules and Clauses
  • Sleep Clause: A player cannot put two or more different opposing Pokémon to sleep using attacks that induce sleep to opposing Pokémon.
  • Species Clause: A player cannot have two of the same Pokémon on their team. For example, a player cannot have two Koffing on his or her team.
  • Evasion Clause: A player cannot use the moves Double Team or Minimize in their Pokémon's movesets.
  • OHKO Clause: Players cannot use Horn Drill, Guillotine, Sheer Cold, or Fissure in any of their Pokémon's movesets.
  • Team Preview: Players must turn on the Team Preview feature where players can view the opposing team's Pokémon and choose their lead Pokémon.
  • Timer Clause: If a player exhausts the timer, he/she loses.
  • Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Check this thread for more information.
  • Baton Pass Clause: The move Baton Pass is banned outright.
  • Uber Clause: Players may not use any items, moves, abilities, or Pokemon that appear on Smogon's OU Ban List. If the tiers change or new items, abilities, moves, or Pokemon become available in the middle of a round, the changes will take effect in the following round. There will be an announcement in the relevant round if this occurs.
  • Dynamax Clause: You cannot dynamax
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.

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

General Tournament Rules

Just like last year, in addition to the trophy the winner will receive a custom avatar on PS! courtesy of Zarel and there will be a cash prize for this tournament, courtesy of Chaos and Zracknel. The winner of this year’s Official Smogon Tournament will receive the top prize of 200 USD! Additional prizes for finalists and semifinalists will also be offered, based on revenue from the SPL Apparel Shop.

These signups will be open for about 1 week, though we may cut them short if it's deemed necessary.

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or another TD team member!

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