Official Smogon Tournament XVIII - Round 3-A

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Welcome to the third round of this year's Official Smogon Tournament! The OST is one of Smogon's longest standing traditions in tournaments and has crowned many great Pokémon players as its champions across five generations. Over the next few months, thousands* (!) of players will compete to the best of their ability as they attempt to join the exclusive ranks of the OST trophy holders. Only one of those players will succeed in their journey and earn the recognition that comes with their victory, along with the iconic OST trophy.

The tournament will have a best of three format. This means that players will play until one of them wins two games. Players are allowed to switch teams in between games, or use the same team throughout the set; it is completely up to the player. If players only partially complete a series before the deadline, it will be considered an uncompleted match and action will be taken accordingly (either an activity win or a coin flip).

Just like last year, there will be a cash prize for this tournament! The winner of this year's Official Smogon Tournament will receive 500 USD!

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or a tournament director!

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.
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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.

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


Players may sign up as a substitute if they didn't join in time. If you are eliminated from the tournament (i.e. you lose your games, are substituted out, or drop out), you may not sign up as a substitute. I will endeavor to substitute players in whenever a player drops out, and one week before the round 1 deadline, I will look through all players and activity win requests and replace any inactive players with substitutes. Given the size of the bracket this year, there might be two substitution waves. There is a very high chance that you will get to play if you sign up as a substitute. Substitutes will only be allowed into the tournament during round 1. Substitutes will be implemented on a mostly first come, first serve basis, but if you are inactive after you sign up as a substitute then you're at risk of not being substituted into the tournament.

Please read this guide if you're unsure how to schedule with your opponent! Alternatively, watch this video made by teal6:

Now then, without further ado..

S poi re  vs  Kowasabii
jpflame  vs  utofa
Enzo Gorlami  vs  BluBirD252
Pheo'  vs  GXE
AFlyingMermaid  vs  Dj Breloominati♬
Medunite  vs  iinverynoob
Akaru Kokuyo  vs  Rubyblood
RaiZen1704  vs  0NI
Stecolomaxx  vs  Bouff
Myzozoa  vs  pkcc
Trickster7  vs  Xenqt
kjdaas  vs  Empo
haxrme  vs  Stathakis
Shucklegigas  vs  MAX UND MAX
nikitas  vs  For an Endless Night
Adri  vs  hjkhj
Hollow Soul  vs  AceKirazo
czim  vs  zioziotrip
Ron  vs  mcpallday
Srita Kaguya  vs  udongirl
Storm Zone  vs  Perish Song
Mr.378  vs  sneakyjeans
GusthavoM  vs  Call me PK
PikachuZappyZap  vs  Expulso
James2464  vs  pigsaysoinkoink111
wdogy  vs  Alumn
arnavgupta  vs  Luigi
dahli  vs  Meracx
Alpha Rabbit  vs  Exiline
touc  vs  ModernUmutcan
Makesuit  vs  Nuxl
Clouds  vs  ProDigeZz
beatiful  vs  jcbc
aim  vs  Venuesaur
Leru  vs  Savouras
powergo1  vs  Keahi
Roseybear  vs  AlphaRay01
Drookez  vs  lolebruh
infinitemugen99  vs  GaijinEagle
baconeatinassassin  vs  Tachibana
proudbrownie102  vs  ok cool omg
Drafeu-kun  vs  za
shadow-lxrd  vs  Leo
egalvanc  vs  TDR
FaceOFF  vs  Ditching
SC0RBUNNY  vs  ChickWayne
S1nn0hC0nfirm3d  vs  StallSucksBro
Clasmia  vs  Allen-xia
michy47  vs  GLFGno7
jonfilch  vs  Lunala
banaaaaaaa  vs  Hockey1
Sage  vs  Anique
Scottie  vs  blarghlfarghl
starbitstorm  vs  simp
Eulelp  vs  Serpi
tlenit  vs  Ruft
Mendeez  vs  Permission Slip
gorex  vs  RLplayer
qsns  vs  Mimikyu Stardust
xray  vs  mc56556
mentalsoft  vs  weird mon
Iziyo ⍟  vs  Serika
abbehzt  vs  DurzaOffTopic
airfare  vs  SpookyZ

(If your name isn't in this list check the OST Round 3-B, 3-C, and 3-D threads for it!)

Deadline is Sunday, February 13th at 11:59 PM EST (GMT-5).
Deadline for extended games from Round 2 is Wednesday, February 9th at 11:59 PM EST (GMT-5).
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Requesting a longer extension until Friday

I should have elaborated in my activity request. I am on vacation and won't have another long block of time to play 3 games until Friday. Feel free to check my ip, I'm in a location I've never been in before.


Edit: we don't need the extension anymore as, we are playing at 7 eastern
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Activity Win Request

edit: I wrote a long Karen-esque essay about how bad my opponent is at scheduling, but it's unnecessary and in bad taste. Here are the facts:

1. I have been the proactive scheduler at every junction of round 2
2. My opponent has taken days to respond to every single one of my VMs
3. I waited 30 minutes for my opponent to show up at our first agreed-upon time, and he never showed up.
4. On our attempt to reschedule a game, my opponent gave a time period of his availability. I tried to confirm a time during this time period, but he never responded.
5. I showed up for a full hour during my opponent's given availability, VMed him once at the start and once again 45 minutes in, and then waited an extra half-hour after just in case he'd show up, for a total of 90 minutes, 60 of which fell squarely inside a time he said he'd be online.
6. I will not be available tomorrow. I made this clear to my opponent.

In all, I have made every effort to get this game done despite the timing being particularly difficult for me. My opponent has failed to show up during an agreed-upon time twice. I originally requested an extension to our extension, but I have little faith that we will get a game done given extra time. Therefore, I am requesting an activity win.

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