Tournament Smogon VGC Draft II - Signups

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Welcome to the VGC subforum's inaugural Draft signups! Hosted by Mogo, Nyx, Sapphire, the tournament will take place using the [Gen 9] VGC 2024 Regulation F format present on the main Showdown! server.

Due to the nature of this tour, only the first 5/8ths (62.5%) of signups are guaranteed entry, all signups beyond this point will be picked from a randomized list, so if you'd like to ensure a spot, sign up early. You can read the full ruling here.
  • Once signups are complete, players will be randomized into pools of eight for drafting in the Smogon Draft Discord server in channels made for each pool. A contributor will facilitate the coordination of the draft section for each pool.​
  • Once drafts are finished, the swiss stage of the tour will begin. Each week, they will be paired against an opponent of same or similar record until they either obtain a record of X-3 or swiss stages end, whichever occurs first.​
  • After swiss rounds complete, the competitors that obtain a record of X-2 will move on to a seeded single-elimination bracket.​
  • Note: You must be in the Discord server for all of these stages, to ensure ability to participate and communicate.​
You can read more detailed rules about the Draft and Pools stages of the tournament in the Drafting Doc, linked below, as well as in the following spoiler tags.

  • You have up to 110 points with which to draft 10 Pokémon. Costs are listed on your pool’s tab on the drafting spreadsheet.
  • If a Pokémon is picked by someone else, you may not pick it.
  • For the first round, there is a 12 hour timer. After the first round ends, there will be a continuous 6 hour timer within which you must pick, or you will be skipped, and will be required to make-up your pick when you are next online. All timers are off between 10pm-7am local time (check your pools pinned message for local time).
  • In order to help speed up the first few rounds of the draft for everybody, tournament staff will impose a 24 hour check in. What that means is this:
    • From the commencement of the draft until 24 hours after, every single competitor will need to reach out to their pool mod (either in drafting channel discussion thread, or Discord DM)
    • This message can be simple "I'm here for pool X and ready to draft", no need to be elaborate
    • Any competitor who has already made a pick does not need to check in.
    • Any competitor who has not checked in with their pool mod by the time check-in is over in 24 hours will be replaced.
  • Your timer will halve every time you are skipped. It is recommended to leave picks (with backups) with your pool moderator to avoid this.
    • It is the responsibility of the player to inform the other members of the pool if they have left a pick with the pool mod so the players can properly notify the pool mod it is your turn to pick. The pool mods are not responsible for watching every pick at every hour of the day waiting to input your pick.
    • If you are skipped by the other players when you left a pick but did not inform them that you did, the skip is justified.
    • If the pool mod does not respond in a timely manner, notify 1 online Moderator for further assistance.
  • The following Pokémon have access to all of their forms (although you may only bring up to 1 to each battle):
  • :Basculin-Blue-Striped: - Basculin :Basculin:
  • :Basculegion: - Basculegion :Basculegion-f:
  • :Oricorio: - Oricorio :Oricorio-Sensu:
  • :Toxtricity: - Toxtricity :Toxtricity-Low-Key:
  • :oinkologne: - Oinkologne :oinkologne-f:
  • :maushold: - Maushold :maushold-four:
  • :squawkabilly: - Squawkabilly :squawkabilly-blue:
  • :tatsugiri: - Tatsugiri :tatsugiri-droopy:
  • :dudunsparce: - Dudunsparce :dudunsparce-three-segment:
  • Smogon’s Species Clause applies to your draft.
  • If a Pokémon that is available in SV is untiered, please ask a host.
  • All games must be played in the [Gen 9] VGC 2024 Reg F tier on
  • You may not change teams between games.
  • General tournament rules and regulations can be found here.
  • SV cartridge win conditions are in place; there are no ties.
  • Each set is a best-of-three set.
  • Rulings regarding team legality can be found here, under 1.2.1 -> 1.4.1.
  • Team sheets will be closed with the exceptions of all Pokémons' Tera Types.
  • Replays must be posted to the round thread, please mention the result and your opponent's name.
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.

[Credit to the Official Smogon Tournament hosting team for the rule.]

You must play all games using the following challenge code (which you can use by pasting it into the DMs of your opponent on PS!):
/challenge gen9vgc2024regfbo3@@@Tera Type Preview,!Force Open Team Sheets


If a game is challenged without the code, you must rechallenge using the code, or you will forfeit that game. There will be no gentlemen's agreements.

This thread and all future VGC Draft I threads should be considered the final ruling in case of discrepancy between threads, Discord announcements, and Google spreadsheets. Contact a host if you have any questions or spot an error. We are human, after all.

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Signups will close on Saturday, April 13th, at 9pm GMT+0. To enter, simply use the form above and join the Discord server, anyone who is not in the server will have their signup removed. The Draft documents will be going offline on April 14th as we set up the draft stage.

Please note that this tour will not count towards the Draft League subforum's circuit despite being a draft tour.

If you'd like to help with updating the sheets for the draft/battle pool phases, reach out to any of the hosts via Smogon or Discord.
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