The UU Open V - Sign-ups

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Welcome back Smogon to the fifth iteration of the UU Open. This tournament is the year's premier UU competition, with the victory available to anyone who enters.

Many of you will have entered this tournament before. Many of you will be looking to make your first mark on the tournament scene. There is no telling where this tournament will go. Whether a veteran player takes the prize or a hungry player fresh off the ladder brings it home, much of the excitement of the inaugural Open of the Smogon Grand Slam is just how up-for-grabs the title of Champion truly is.

Will you be counted among those storied names to have conquered the tier of Swampert and Snorlax?



Tournament Rules:
  • General tournament rules and regulations can be found here.
  • Grand Slam rules can be found here.
  • Standard ORAS UU.
  • Best of three, single elimination.
  • Battles should take place on Pokemon Showdown!
  • ALL REPLAYS SHOULD BE SAVED AND POSTED ALONGSIDE YOUR WON/LOST POST.
  • ORAS cartridge win conditions are in place, there are no ties.
  • Tiers are locked at the beginning of each round.

Identity

I expect many battles to be completed under alts and I expect many battles to be completed on other servers to prevent scouting. These kind of factors are pretty bad for tournament security, and thus I will make this clear: If I hear any whispers of identity theft (battling as someone you are not) or proxy battling (helping someone else battle through pm) I will not be pleased and I will take severe actions.

Scouting

Next, I do not want to hear anything about counterteaming, at all. It is the silliest thing I have ever heard, any battler worth their marbles has more than one team. Do not complain about it. I also don't want to hear about any forceful scouting, whether it be spying on another teams irc channel or following your opponent around on PO. There is a difference between "ipl is known for using stall" and "let me follow ipl around all day to watch all his battles since I am his opponent". I expect a lot of the former and none of the latter.

With that said, I give permission to all battlers to ask any person spectating their battle to leave if they do not want them watching. However, given the fact that this is the big stage, I am sure a lot of people want to watch, so don't be too mean.

Timer Clause

As for taking long between moves, if your opponent asks you to hurry up, please oblige. If you are doing a damage calc for a key turn that is one thing, but prolonging every move is suspicious and annoying. Don't do it. Furthermore, Battle Timeout is a rule for a reason. If you run out of time, you lose, simple as that. It does not matter what your opponent says. Do not battle if you think you will have to leave mid battle, and instead reschedule for a better time. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment.

Disconnections

If a player disconnects and either player contends that they could still win, the optimal solution is to recreate the exact situation the disconnection occurred at during the battle. If it is agreed between players that this is not feasible due to unreasonable battle length, highly improbable circumstances, or some other reason, the player who did not disconnect may choose to rematch with either the same teams or (the option to use) new teams. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment. Do not do it.

I know that was a lot to read, but it is all necessary for me to have posted here so everyone can see it in the case of a dispute. I don't want any confusion or any problems.


Battle Clauses:
  • Evasion Clause
  • OHKO Clause
  • Sleep Clause
  • Species Clause
  • Timed Battle
  • Team Preview
teal6 Specific Hosting Rules:
  • Contact your opponent as soon as possible upon the round going up. I am going to be ludicrously strict about activity.
  • When scheduling, offer as wide a swathe of time when you are available to play. 1 hour of activity on one or two weeknights is unlikely to be considered acceptable.
  • Schedule specifically - do not schedule for "Friday afternoon" or "Sunday morning", pick a date, a time and note the timezone.
  • If I catch news of ghosting or some other sort of nefarious play, I reserve the right to investigate to the full limits of my ability in conjunction with the TD team provided there is adequate evidence to warrant it.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me regarding any questions related to the tournament. Should there be an issue that requires any sort of judgment to be made, please feel free to let me know as soon as possible.

Signups will close midnight PST on July 11th, with the first round going up later that day. For planning purposes, the following is the round schedule and it will be adhered to strictly:

Jul 7: Signups
Jul 11: Round 1
Jul 21: Round 2
Jul 30: Round 3
Aug 8: Round 4
Aug 15: Round 5
Aug 22: Round 6
Aug 29: Round 7
Sep 5: Round 8


If for whatever reason this schedule must be deviated from, I will be sure to let you all know as soon as possible. Additionally, if you cannot complete a round due to a real life occurrence, let me know quickly and I will attempt to work something out for you with respect to your opponent considered of course.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner of UU Open V will be receiving a banner on their user profile detailing that they are the champion.

The tournament has, within just the first day, received a ludicrous amount of signups. The addition of another prize is sure to incentivize players even more to reach the top. I'm looking forward to seeing these matches and finding out who has the grit, ingenuity and competitive mindset necessary to claw their way to the top.

Everyone please thank Hikari for negotiating this.

edit: This reward is guaranteed solely for UU Open. I make no promises either which way about additional awards for any other tier in Grand Slam.
 
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