Tournament Guidelines and Submissions [8.1]


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Hello folks and welcome to the Tournament subforum! This thread is about the bare essentials of Tournament Rules. See the sections below for more details.

1) Hosting a Tournament
Any person, in theory, can host a Tournament. Post your idea in the tournament concept thread and, if approved, it will be brought into discussion by the committee. General guidelines are:
  • Remember that matches in ASB take a long time, which means that a tournament can pass the one-year mark quite easily. So don't suggest formats that will take longer to complete (like say a 16-man round robin). Aim at ending it in at most 10 months.
  • You can only host a tourney in pairs. I don't care if it is main host and co-host or if both are co-hosts. There gotta be two people hosting the tournament, in case one of you disappears in the meantime. Like it happened before. Twice.
  • Be in control of your tournament. Tag people if necessary. Don't be afraid to DQ players if they take way too long. Reward the best players, but also the player most committed to the tournament.
  • If the tournament takes too long and/or if both hosts disappear or go inactive for long periods of time, the Committee reserves the right to hijack the tournament.
  • There is a maximum of 3 tournaments going on at a time. This number may be increased or decreased based on the size of the userbase (aka demand). If 3 tournaments are on, you can apply normally and it will begin as soon as one of those tournaments end, assuming you are next on queue, of course.
  • DQs on the final match are frowned upon. By frowned upon I mean "I would recommend not doing it unless the guy is REALLY gone...or like the DQ is 3 days and 12 days passed with no sign of life and 5 warnings or something stupid like that...or if it is the 6th time the guy passed DQ". If needs be, the next tournament may begin before the final match ends if it is taking too much. But it is highly recommended that the winner of the tournament is the best player of the last two and not the one that sticks around the most, unless the other is a true john.
  • The Tournament Committee may hold your tournament signups a bit so the time between sign-ups is long enough.
If you obey those guidelines you should be fine.

People banned from hosting Tournaments
- no one

2) Playing on a Tournament
Well you wait for the sign-up thread and sign-up? It as simple as it gets. Hosts have liberty to decide the method of picking who gets in (first come first serve or random or priority to certain people or handpick the best ones or whatever). Also, in some tournaments you will need to have a trained team and in others the tournament will provide them. If you don't have enough acceptably-trained Pokemon to form a team in a non-rental tournament, the host may deny you entrance. Keep that in mind.

Respect your opponent and post on DQ. Don't hold back a round just because you forgot this tourney. Hosts and refs are (supposed to be) strict with DQ, so don't take risks.
Default DQ rules are as follows:
Strict 48h Disqualification. One warning per player. First warning (any tag after DQ interval is passed) resets the timer. If the player passes DQ interval a second time, DQ can be called, giving the player one hour to post (with full orders/pokemon, just saying "orders coming watch this space" doesn't suffice) after DQ is called to rescind it. If one hour passes, the player is DQ'd regardless of the ref posting or not. User calling DQ must tag DQ'd player. Referees please tag the combatants when you have finished your reffing. Players, if you know you're going to be away you better post a Leave of Absence BEFORE you leave, or give a very good reason in case of an emergency. DQ time won't pass during a valid LoA.

Tournament rules vary. The only rule always up is the Self-KO Rule. If your final Pokemon KOs the final Pokemon of your opponent, but for that it had to KO itself (Energy KO, Explosion, Perish Song, Destiny Bond etc etc etc), your opponent is the winner. Everything else is up to the hosts.

People banned from playing on Tournaments:
- no one

3) Reffing Tournament battles
It falls upon the hosts to decide who will ref each battle. As long as you are alive and breathing and have passed Reffing 101 (already a rule, but wasn't mentioned in the post), you can apply. Sure, it is expected that you don't make many mistakes (you can make some, but not that much) when reffing said matches. When in doubt, ask around (oh wait that rhymed, darn it).

Finally, reffing a tournament battle requires commitment. Don't sign-up if you don't think you will be able to post on DQ during it. Searching for a subref is usually irritating and, in the end, the host will end up having to ref more matches than they should and that is bad.

4) Predictions Tournament
During the sign-up period of a Tournament, any person can apply to the Committee to host a Predictions tournament. The hosting can be done by yourself and its format is rather free. Just talk to them and see what you can wipe out.

The only thing required is that the host must post the predictions after they are done, so we don't have problems in case said person disappears. Everything else is up to the host, pending approval by the Committee.

[ Rewards and Entry Pending ]

5) Prizes for Participants
The usual Prize per match is RC, TC, and JC as per usual rules (see Handbook). Hosts can give away special prizes, albeit tiny prizes, to winners.

For the final prizes, there are 3 prizes usually given out: Legendary Pokemon, Master Ball, Pokemon Progression. Hosts can also propose other kinds of prizes like items or Pokemon you used on tournaments that use rentals. Again, this goes as far as your creativity. Just balance stuff with the Committee and you should be fine.

Regarding Legendary Pokemon, seek the discretion of the Moderation Team/Tournament Committee. Here's a tiering of the legends just to give a rough idea of where inclinations may lie:
Tier 0
Mega Rayquaza, Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, Ultra Necrozma, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, Arceus, Necrozma-DW, Necrozma-DM, Eternamax Eternatus

Tier 1
Mewtwo, Lugia, Kyogre, Groudon, Zacian-C, Zamazenta-C, Eternatus, Kyurem-W, Kyurem-B, Calyrex-I, Calyrex-G
Ho-Oh, Mega Latias, Mega Latios, Xerneas, Yveltal, Necrozma, Solgaleo, Lunala, Zacian, Zamazenta
Rayquaza, Giratina, Dialga, Palkia, Mew, Deoxys, Darkrai, Mega Diancie, Melmetal

Tier 2
Latias, Latios, Regigigas, Heatran, Reshiram, Zekrom, Zygarde, Jirachi, Victini, Hoopa, Hoopa-U, Marshadow, Urshifu, Glastrier
Suicune, Mesprit, Azelf, Uxie, Cresselia, Kyurem, Manaphy, Shaymin, Shaymin-S, Genesect, Volcanion, Magearna, Zarude, Spectrier
Entei, Registeel, Regirock, Regice, Landorus, Tapu Lele, Celebi, Meloetta, Diancie, Terrakion, Regidrago, Moltres-G, Articuno-G, Zapdos-G

Tier 3

Zapdos, Keldeo, Thundurus, Tornadus, Tapu Koko, Tapu Fini, Tapu Bulu, Calyrex
Articuno, Moltres, Raikou, Cobalion, Zeraora, Floette-E, Regieleki

Tier 4

Ultra Beasts
A: Xurkitree, Stakataka
B: Nihilego, Buzzwole, Celesteela, Naganadel, Blacephalon
C: Pheramosa, Kartana, Guzzlord

[ More Predictions Rules ]

6) Payment for Refs and Hosts
[ Formulae Incoming @ Later Time ]

7) On Leaves of Absence
The host of the tournament has the right to make up rules for how Leaves of Absences will be considered. It is advised (but not enforced) that hosts consider the LoAs and give reasonable extensions to the players, as we all have lives outside ASB. But this is entirely up to the discretion of the respective host. The host just must be aware that the tournament must end in a reasonable timeframe (rule of thumb: 10 months. Limit: 12 months), so don't go overboard on tolerance.

Also, if, during a LoA, the player posts on flashes or casual battles, or engage on reffing without being way past DQ on the latter, the LoA is to be disregarded entirely by the tournament host or committee (or another unbiased mod if both are involved in the matter somehow), except if the tourney has specific rules on the matter.

8) Other stuff
Ask the Committee.
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