Welcome to the semifinals of the Pokemon Showdown Premier League! The format of this tournament is simple: if you're familiar with the soccer World Cup, it's identical (as we were lucky enough to get 32 teams signed up). Anyway, the idea is that there's eight groups, with four teams in each. Within each group, the four teams face each of the other three teams in their group once. After three weeks, the teams will be ranked (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss). The top two teams advance from their groups, while the rest are eliminated.
art by Blue Frog
art by Blue Frog
Now we'll have sixteen teams - two from each group. Each group winner will play a second-placed team from another group, in a straight knockout format. After all eight matches in this round are over, the knockout format continues into a quarter-finals -> semi-finals -> finals. Matches will be in standard Smogon tiers, so challenge your opponent in those. Obviously, play on PS. Series are best of one.
Basic tournament rules - you absolutely should read this, especially if you're new to forum tournaments
- Sportsmanship: don't be an ass. Not to your opponents, not to your team, not on PS, not on Smogon, not to me. The punishment for this could be a server ban (which means an instant loss for you), forum infraction or disqualification. Think before you type, please.
- 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.
- Disconnections and timer: a timer loss is a loss. No ifs, no buts. If you disconnect and your opponent's nice enough to replay that's fine, but they're free to take the win.
- Ghosting and identity: don't take or give battle advice or make moves based on the suggestions of others, and don't pretend to be someone else in order to play as them. You will be caught and you will be disqualified. Don't be silly.
- Substitutions: managers, you're free to sub in players for inactive ones at any stage. Subs are taken from your /roomauth list. This follows the same requirements for legitimacy as your starting 7, so be aware. I'll accept substitutions from the manager and any roomowner.
Standings format: [points] Team Name [wins-losses-dead games]
 Social Media (14-7-0) (MikeDecIsHere)
 Português (11-9-1) (zdrup15)
 Community Mentoring (9-11-1) (Redew)
 CAP (7-14-0) (jas61292)
 Neverused (14-5-2) (Raseri)
 Italiano (13-7-1) (The Quasar)
 Trivia (9-10-2) (Sunako)
 Monotype (5-15-1) (Nani Man)
 Rarelyused (14-7-0) (barton)
 Wifi (13-8-0) (Darnell)
 Challenges (8-12-1) (Bean)
 Anime and Manga (7-13-1) (Kostitsyn)
 Underused (14-4-3) (CoolStoryBrobat)
 Deutsche (10-8-3) (asgdf)
 Meteor Falls (6-9-6) (Vacate)
 Cafe Le Wow + TVBF (4-13-4) (Osiris)
 Español (12-6-3) (Astyanax)
 Doubles (11-10-0) (Audiosurfer)
 Roleplaying (9-11-1) (Formerhope)
 Health & Fitness + Sports (7-12-2) (jdarden)
 Ubers (10-8-3) (MAJISTRATE)
 Scavengers + Battle Spot (12-9-0) (Spydreigon)
 Other Metagames (11-9-1) (The Eevee General)
 Game Corner (6-13-2) (WintryCourtney)
 Overused (12-8-1) (MattL)
 Tournaments (12-8-1) (Scene)
 Free Time (8-12-1) (Champion Albert)
 The Studio (8-12-1) (evir)
 Competitive Tutoring (17-2-2) (Royalty)
 Français (10-8-3) (Vinc2612)
 Old Gens (5-11-5) (ashiemore)
 Mafia (4-15-2) (Transmuter)
Ubers: Tricking v NocturOP
OU 1: Inflikted v Alastor Law
OU 2: Mix (Mixxx) v Ecuacion
UU: Livio v ImSNT
RU: The Quasar v Chano
NU: galbia v Dylan1244
Randbats: trev v Licor43
Ubers: Cranham v brokenwings
OU 1: Hairy Ambipom (hairy toenail) v Trinitrotoluene
OU 2: snakeindagrass v Rob.
UU: adilbilal (adil) v EyanZ
RU: smelliott v Psychotic
NU: slayerx725232 v Royalty
Randbats: Darnell v DaAwesomeDude1