The World Cup of Pokémon 2019 - Round 1

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The World Cup of Pokémon 2019 - Round 1
Hosts: Hogg, Ark and Hikari


Welcome all to the fourteenth annual World Cup of Pokémon. This year, 16 teams are vying for the glorious title of World Champions. Who will rise to the top in the tournament of nations? It's time to find out!


Teams consist of ten starters, five substitutes, and two captains. The tiers for this year are: SM OU (x4), ORAS OU, BW2 OU, DPP OU, ADV OU, GSC OU, RBY OU.

In this first round, players will be placed into groups of four, where they will battle all three of their opponents. Divisions will be assigned randomly and each team will play each other team once in SM and once in old gens.

Six points will be awarded for first place, four for second place, and two for third place in a division. If there is a tie for any position, the total number of points between those two positions will be split equally among the tied parties. For example, if two people are tied for first place, they will split ten (six for first + four for second) points between them for a total of five points each.

Teams will be ranked based on records, rather than points. This means the eight teams with the best records will qualify for the quarter finals of the World Cup of Pokémon 2019. If two or more teams within the top seven have identical records, points will be used to sort out the tiebreaks. However, if there is a tie in records for the last spot, points will be ignored and the teams will face off in a tiebreak series. The tiebreak will consist of three games (Bo3): One SM game and one tier chosen by each team (which could be SM again). The higher seed (based on points for Round 1) will get second pick of tier.


This year we have five subs per roster, and Captains may use them as they see fit. Keep in mind once a player is subbed out, they cannot be subbed back into the same round, but can be put back onto the roster for next round.

Substitutions will be not be allowed in tiebreak series unless both teams agree (or TDs enforce double sub). We will be reluctant to give activity wins to those who are clearly fishing for them.


Pokémon Showdown is the main simulator for this tournament, and Smogtours is the main server.

Standard Tournament Rules and Procedures:
On... Sportsmanship

Note the sportsmanship infraction may be used liberally this WCoP, and any unsportsmanlike conduct on the forums, in #wcop / #pokemon / any of the semiofficial tier channels, or in opposing wcop team channels (I won't infract for you being a dick in your own wcop team channel unless the situation is so extreme I feel I absolutely have to make an exception (consider basically any masterclass interaction ever)), will be grounds for an infraction. We encourage you to play semi-aggressively, but don't be a masterclass.

~ Aldaron

On... Scheduling Matches

I'm sure plenty of you have come across coin flipping / who to activity drama while scheduling matches. I'm here to reduce the arbitrary element associated with some of these decisions. It is entirely your decision to adhere to these STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS, but note that if you choose not to, I'll most likely ignore any pleading from your end and default you to a coin flip, regardless of what you claim is your irc or forum activity. By signing up for this tournament, you are agreeing to this condition, that adhering to what I outline will protect you from coinflips / activity and that not adhering to it will subject you to coinflips / activity regardless of your proposed justification.

Once that round's thread is posted, you have up to 48 hours to contact your opponent ON HIS VM WALL
and mention your timezone and exactly what dates, what time ranges you are available, and where you will battle. Note that the default accepted sim and server is the official server on Showdown. You must provide at least 3 different time ranges at least 48 hours from the timestamp of your message, with at least 2 that are 24-hours apart from each other. The minimum and maximum length for 1 time range is 30 minutes, and the minimum difference between the 3 required time ranges is 3 hours. If you give 3 time ranges that stick with this policy, you can give any additional time ranges at any time you please.


Once your opponent has contacted you, you now have up until 72 hours after the round's thread has been posted (NOT after your opponent's message) to respond with times that are good for you. What this means is that if both of you spend the maximum time contacting and responding, you should have back and forth collaboration at a maximum of 72 hours after the round has been posted, with both parties given an additional 24 hours to prepare for the battle should it be scheduled as soon as required. If none of the opponent's proposed time ranges are good for you, you must respond with alternative time ranges.

The first opponent now has X hours to prepare for the battle (if the second opponent agreed to some time) or 24 hours to contact a TD if, for whatever reason, this second set of time ranges does not suit the first opponent. Note this should be an absolute last measure and that more often than not, the TDs will likely force one (or both) sides to sub out.

Once a time is agreed upon, please make a message on your opponent's vm wall between 10 minutes and 1 second before the agreed upon time and say you are ready to battle and then get to agreed upon location (regardless of whether or not your opponent sends you a response vm). Please protect yourself by making this message, as it makes decisions much easier. You will be required to be wait for your opponent for the duration of the time range.

If neither of you contact each other before 48 hours after the thread has been posted, you're both opening yourself up to a potential coin flip. If I look at the situation, I might just determine I'm going to sub both of you out, coin flip you, or whatever based on however I'm feeling at that moment. Don't leave yourself and your team vulnerable to this.

Just because at anytime one of the responders does not respond within the given range does not give you automatic activity win credentials. If they don't contact at all on your vm wall up until 48 hours before the end of the round (note, I'm not going to take irc or sim messages as evidence due to how easily they can be if you want to protect yourself, stick to the vm messages), then you obviously have activity win justification. Note to team captains, if one of your players does not contact all his opponents before 48 hours before the end of the round, I will FORCE a sub, no questions asked. You WILL contact your opponent in a timely manner. However, if they do contact you at all after the suggested response time and before 48 hours before the end of the round, you are required to respond before 24 hours before the end of the round with 2 1-hour time ranges at least 1 hour apart before the end of the round. The opponent, since he did not stick to the proposed response schedule, WILL BE REQUIRED TO PLAY AT ONE OF YOUR NEWLY SUGGESTED TIMES, so you have the advantage here. This obviously puts a bit of an emphasis on the last 48 hours of each round (as is standard operating procedure for most of our official team tournaments anyway), so I will try my best to keep the last 48 hours of the round as close to the majority of the weekend for as much of the world as I can.

If you follow all of these guidelines, you will a.) most likely get your match done with minimal issue or b.) protect yourself and your team from an undue coin flip or activity decision. Yes, I hate activity decisions in official tournaments. Yes, I will do my best to prevent activity decisions in the playoffs (the qualifying round is fair game however and I will have no problem issuing an activity call here), but don't push your luck.

Here is an example of how following this would work:

Round 1 thread is posted June 7, 2015 at 10:00PM. Its deadline is June 14, 2015 at 11:59PM. User A and User B are matched up. User A contacts User B on his vm wall on June 9, at 9:00 PM (47 hours after the thread was posted, so ok), and gives 4 time ranges: June 10, from 7:00-7:30 PM (22 hours after the timestamp of his message, which is only ok so long as at minimum 3 of the other proposed time ranges adhere to the requirements), June 11, from 9:00-9:30 PM (48 hours after the timestamp of his message, which is ok), June 12, from 6:00-6:30 PM (69 hours after timestamp of his message, so ok, but only 21 hours after the earliest time range that is 48 hours after the timestamp), and June 12, from 9:00-9:30 PM (72 hours after the timestamp, so ok, and 24 hours after a legal time range and 3 hours after another legal time range). The June 11 and both June 12 time ranges satisfy the requirements, so User A can propose his first June 10 time range as well. User B responds on June 10, at 8:00 PM (23 hours after User A contacted him, so ok), and picks June 11, at 9:00 PM to battle, which is ok because it is 24 hours after his own response.

You'll note I made most of my response ranges multiples of 24 hours, but also included 24 hours. This means I expect you to be able to check Smogon at least once a day. If that is not feasible, you put yourself at risk.

~ Aldaron

On... Disconnecting and timing out drama

Refer to this thread.

On "Self-KO Clause" and Ties:
Self-KO Clause is an antiquated concept that is not used in Smogon tournaments. The one exception to the rule is if the tournament is live (weekly Smogon Tour, Suspect Tours, etc.). For all standard tournaments here this rule does not exist. It Does Not Exist.

If both Pokemon faint simultaneously in DPP, ADV, GSC, or RBY, the game is ruled as a tie. Tied games do not count as played games in overall standings and will be expected to be replayed within the round's initial deadline. Similarly to this, tied games do not count towards the total number of games played in "best of X" series. In other words, if a tournament includes "Bo3" RBY, what is really being played is "first to two wins" RBY.

However, ties simply don't exist in later generations. The developers removed ties from BW and have not added them back since. There's a lot of inconsistency with the mechanics of their tiebreaking system but Smogon follows them to stay true to the cartridge. The main ones are listed below:

Note: The following list is for SM, XY, and BW, and not for DPP, ADV, GSC, or RBY

Self-KO Moves (Destiny Bond, Explosion, Final Gambit, etc.):
Attacking Pokemon Loses

Offensive Recoil (Life Orb; Double-Edge, Flare Blitz, etc.):
Attacking Pokemon Wins

Defensive Recoil (Rocky Helmet; Iron Barbs, Rough Skin):
Attacking Pokemon Wins (SM)
Attacking Pokemon Loses (XY and BW)

Passive Damage
(Status, Weather, etc.):
Faster Pokemon Loses


Now, all battles are to be completed by Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Battles that are not completed will be reviewed for activity and have a winner declared accordingly. If both parties are at fault, the game will simply not count in deciding final standing. Activity calls will not be made before the round is over. I figure that three weeks is more than enough time, and I will take no excuses. I expect all Captains to nag their players to get their battles done if they are being active, and make substitutions as necessary. That is your job.

Furthermore, if by Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST you have not completed at least one battle, I will force the Captain to sub you out. I will NOT accept inactivity. I don't want people sitting around, I want people being proactive. The reason the first round is so long is so teams can actually take some time to collaborate in their Discord channel and help each other with teams and strategies. It is not this long so you can sit around and not battle until five days before the deadline. I am sure I have made myself clear.
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SM OU #1:
Cdumas (2-1) / Lopunny Kicks (2-1) / suapah (2-1) / TDK (0-3)

SM OU #2:
xray (1-1) / Axel (2-1) / Sjneider (0-3) / ZDen (2-0)

SM OU #3:
Twixtry (3-0) / talah (0-1) / p2 (0-2) / ChillShadow (1-1)

SM OU #4:
Vore Gidal (1-1) / robjr (1-2) / Tamahome (1-2) / Valentine (2-0)

SM OU #5:
Eeveeto (1-2) / UltraBallz (1-1) / Essence (1-1) / FMG (1-0)

SM OU #6:
Sacri' (0-2) / Spectear (0-1) / ABR (3-0) / 1 True Lycan (1-1)

SM OU #7:
menci (1-1) / craing ;_; (1-1) / Empo (3-0) / Mysterious M (0-3)

SM OU #8:
lighthouses (1-2) / Jrdn (0-2) / Jardem (3-0) / Fruitdealer (1-1)

SM OU #9:
Yvettee (2-1) / mencemeat (2-1) / Sakis (1-2) / mncmt (1-2)

SM OU #10:
Kory2600 (2-1) / IPF (0-3) / z0mOG (1-2) / TaceBreeze (3-0)

SM OU #11:
ramboss (2-1) / ZoroDark (1-2) / LittleBigPlanet2 (0-3) / Insult (3-0)

SM OU #12:
Hamhamhamham (1-1) / GypsyKing (1-2) / ict (1-2) / Jytcampbell (2-0)

SM OU #13:
Sabella (1-2) / HSA (2-1) / CKW (1-2) / Relous (2-1)

SM OU #14:
Ojama (1-1) / Laz (1-2) / Eternally (2-1) / Trosko (2-0)

SM OU #15:
John W (1-2) / Eternal Spirit (21) / The Hallows (1-1) / Will of Fire (1-1)

SM OU #16:
Leo (1-2) / lax (3-0) / Frania (1-2) / Hayburner (1-2)

blarghlfarghl (0-3) / Poek (2-1) / baddummy (2-1) / FlamingVictini (2-1)

KratosMana (3-0) / Persephone (2-1) / Mounts (0-3) / le LLiolae (1-2)

Lusa (2-0) / false (1-2) / Santu (1-1) / Altina (1-2)

Savouras (2-1) / Star (1-1) / Eo Ut Mortus (2-1) / Blunder (0-2)

BW2 OU #1:
dice (2-0) / Analytic (1-2) / SoulWind (2-0) / Reymedy (0-3)

BW2 OU #2:
Ace-11 (0-3) / Pearl (3-0) / Oristeros (2-1) / Toxzn (1-2)

BW2 OU #3:
The Grand Babido (2-1) / FLCL (1-1) / Sand Castle (1-1) / Bad Ass (0-2), jacob (1-0)

BW2 OU #4:
Finchinator (1-2) / BK (2-0) / Conflict (2-1) / Posho (0-2)

DPP OU #1:
panamaxis (0-3) / Philip7086 (1-2) / august (3-0) / Vay (2-1)

DPP OU #2:
Groudon (2-1) / SOMALIA (2-1) / Honor (0-2) / Hyogafodex (2-1)

DPP OU #3:
Christos21 (0-3) / Lycans (3-0) / DeepBlueC (2-1) / Texas Cloverleaf (1-2)

DPP OU #4:
@snofall (2-1) / Malekith (0-2) / TonyFlygon (2-0) / -Tsunami- (0-1)

ADV OU #1:
Triangles (1-1) / McMeghan (1-1) / Heysup (1-2) / Melle2402 (2-1)

ADV OU #2:
Windsong (1-1) / Aeroblacktyl (0-2) / CyberOdin (2-1) / undisputed (2-1)

ADV OU #3:
Void (1-2) / Golden Sun (3-0) / eden's embrace (1-1) / Alexander. (0-2)

ADV OU #4:
elodin (2-1) / Gilbert arenas (3-0) / amber lamps (1-2) / reiku (0-3)

GSC OU #1:
Tricking (1-2) / k3nan (0-1) / sulcata (3-0) / Astamatitos (1-1)

GSC OU #2:
Mr.E (1-2) / shawyu 1313 (0-2) / BKC (2-1) / Jimmy Turtwig (2-0)

GSC OU #3:
Lavos (2-1) / FriendOfMrGolem120 (2-1) / Century Express (2-1) / Arifeen (0-3)

GSC OU #4:
Diophantine (0-3) / Raichy (2-0) / Earthworm (2-1) / M Dragon (1-1)

RBY OU #1:
Vileman (2-1) / MetalGro$$ (1-1) / Caetano93 (1-1) / Peasounay (1-2)

RBY OU #2:
Lusch (2-1) / Eltheto (1-2) / Nails (1-2) / Hipmonlee (2-1)

RBY OU #3:
HML am (1-2) / teal6 (2-1) / Kingler12345 (1-2) / d0nut (2-1)

RBY OU #4:
Genesis7 (2-1) / Heroic Troller (2-1) / rozes (1-2) / Luispeikou (1-2)


3-way Tiebreaker for 7th and 8th

Spain (2)
vs US West (0)

SM OU: Trosko vs lax
ORAS OU: Poek vs Ben Gay
GSC OU: M Dragon vs Lavos

Spain (1) vs US South (2)

SM OU: Axel vs FMG
ADV OU: M Dragon vs TDK
GSC OU: SoulWind vs d0nut

US South (1) vs US West (2)

SM OU: FMG vs lax
ADV OU: TDK vs undisputed
RBY OU: d0nut vs Lavos

Deadline Friday 14th, 11 PM EST

Tiebreak for 14th

United Kingdom (0) vs Asia (1)

SM OU: 1 True Lycan vs Analytic
SM OU: The Hallows vs Altina
GSC OU: baddummy vs Kingler12345

Deadline Sunday 16, 11 PM EST
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