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Hey everyone and welcome to a new edition of OU Room Live Tours!
OU Room Live Tours is an event organized by the OU PS! room where you can participate in Gen8 OU Room Tournaments, earning points to qualify for a playoff session and try to win a custom avatar!
The year will be divided into three cycles, and each cycle winner will receive the year custom avatar as a reward. A cycle will be composed of two phases. The first one is a 9-week period of room tours when players will try to gather the maximum number of points to qualify for the second phase. The 16 best players will then be able to participate in the 4-week playoff phase and compete for the title of winner of the cycle.
Cycle 1 will start on the first week of February and will last for 3 months. There will then be a one-month break between the different cycles meaning cycle 2 will start in June and cycle 3 will start in October.
A custom avatar on Pokemon Showdown! featuring one of the main Gen8 OU Pokemon will be made for this edition of OU Room Live Tours and will be awarded to all three cycle winners. We made a poll in the room and let it run for a few day, here is the result:
The Pokemon featured on this year avatar will thus be Weavile. Here is the avatar (a big thank to Clementine and Brumirage!):
Additionally, a roomprizewinner rank in the OU room will be awarded to the finalist and the winner of the playoff phase for one month.
The room tours phase
Each week, 2 Gen8 OU room tours will be organized in the Pokemon Showdown! OU room: https://play.pokemonshowdown.com/overused. These tours will follow a predefined schedule given below. Only the tours scheduled here will count for this event and the leaderboard will be held here (it is not the leaderboard shown in the room). Scouting will be allowed during these room tours. Note that in the case where a game exceeds 200 turns, staff members will be able to either dq a player if there’s a clear winner or to randpick the winner to avoid delaying the whole tour.
The way points are awarded is as follow: winning a room tour will give you 5 points, second place will give 3 points, third and fourth place (people losing in semi-final) will get 2 points, and fifth to eighth (people losing in quarter-final) will get 1 point. Note that you can only win points from one tour each week, so if you reach top eight in the two tours of the week, you'll get the points of your best performance.
Cycle 1 scheduleFor cycle 1, the room tours will be hosted each Wednesday at 3 PM (GMT-4) and each Saturday at 9 PM (GMT-4). The first tour of cycle 1 will thus be organized on Wednesday, February 2nd.
(this schedule is subject to small changes)
(this schedule is subject to small changes)
You can find just below a table with the times for the main timezones. We know some timezones are not well covered, and they will get better timeslots during the next cycles. We will also take the most feedback we can during cycle 1 to improve the schedule for the two other cycles.
Room tour schedule for the main timezones
|US Est (GMT-4)||GMT+0||Europe (GMT+2)||US West (GMT-7)||Asia (GMT+8)|
3 AM (Thursday)
1 AM (Sunday)
3 AM (Sunday)
9 AM (Sunday)
All room tour dates for cycle 1
The playoff phase
After 9 weeks of room tours, the 16 players with the most points will qualify for the playoff phase. The playoff phase will consist of four rounds (each round will last for one week) where people will get paired up with each other and will play in Gen8 OU BO3. For the first round, each player will be seeded depending on their points (the player with the greatest number of points will be seed 1 and so on…) and the highest seeded players will face the lowest ones (seed 1 face seed 16, seed 2 face seed 15…). The 8 winning players will thus move to round 2 and will be paired up randomly. The 4 players winning their round 2 BO3 will move to round 3 and the 2 players winning in round 3 will move to the final round and play in a Gen8 OU BO5 to win the cycle and the custom avatar.
The playoff will be hosted on this thread. At the end of the first phase, I’ll make a new post pinging the qualified players and giving them their pairings. They will then have a week to schedule and play their BO3 with their opponent (when you have a clear schedule, give it in advance to a staff member). The games will have to be linked in the Pokemon Showdown! OU room, and the replays will be added here by the OU room staff (keep them and send them to a room staff member).
You will need to have a Smogon account to take part to the playoff phase, and we will ask you your Smogon account when you earn points for the first time in a room tour. If you don’t have one, you can still create one during the cycle, as there will be no restriction in term of date of creation of your account or number of messages.
In case there is a tie in the leaderboard, players with the same number of points will be ranked according to the numbers of first places in a tour they have. If there’s still a tie with an impact on who qualify to the playoff, an additional BO3 (or several BO3 in case there’s more than two people) will be played at the beginning of the playoff phase. If there's too many ties, we will use one more week to make sure all ties are solved before launching the playoff phase.
The ruling stated here can be reviewed and change between cycles. We will probably adapt a bit the rules, schedule… if we feel it can be improved for cycle 2 and 3.
I hope you will enjoy this event! If you have any question, feel free to contact me on Smogon, PS! or Discord (doom_desire#4292) or to reach out to any other OU room staff.
Many thanks to all the OU room staffs who helped organizing this event and who will be hosting the different tours, thanks to Ox the Fox for the original idea of OURLT and thanks to Baloor for giving us the idea to revive this event!