WCoP Administrative Decisions

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Here you can find rulings pertaining to the World Cup of Pokémon, general tournament rules here

In this post i'll link past and future rulings for ease of access.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements are listed below. If you have any specific questions about eligibility, please contact the hosts.

Players who participated in the last WCOP

If a player participated in the last WCOP, they will be locked onto their team from the previous year, barring the following exceptions:
  • If the team they most recently played for no longer exists, they will be treated as a player eligible for a new team (see below).
  • If a player's region has changed since last WCOP, they may choose to instead play for the region currently associated with their forum IPs. This is a one-time choice; doing so forfeits their previous eligibility. They will not be able to be grandfathered back onto their previous team in the future, and even if they return to their old region in the future, this eligibility will remain forfeited.
Players who did not participate in the last WCOP/ players eligible for new teams

Players that are not locked on a team and are not eligible for grandfathering (new players or players whose previous teams no longer exist) may only play for the regions associated with their forum IPs. Tournament directors will not consider any other means of identification for regional eligibility. Please do not submit real-world identifying documents such as passports or birth certificates.

If a player has IPs to prove that they spend extended periods of time in multiple regions within the past 12 months (e.g. students who attend university in one region and live in another), they can apply to join the team associated with either region. TDs will review this on a case-by-case basis. Eligibility for the rejected team will be forfeited.

Players with significant periods of provable residency prior to the past 12 months may apply to join the team associated with their old IPs. The TD team will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis, but as a general rule, the minimum amount of time we will consider is one year of residency in the old region. As referenced above, you MUST be able to verify said residency via forum IPs; if your IPs do not reflect this prior residency, your application will not be accepted. Eligibility for the rejected team will be forfeited.


As a reminder, hosts and TDs reserve the right to reject any player they deem to be insufficiently eligible. An example of this would be a player whose IP drastically changes shortly before the start of the tournament.

Team selection:
- Multiple incumbent teams given the option to select opponents will do so from highest to lowest seed
- Any incumbent team given the option to select an opponent may yield it to a lower seed as long as they haven't already been given a pick
- e.g. Seed 14 yields their pick; it goes to Seed 16, and Seed 15 can no longer give up their pick
- Depending on the number of new teams, the format will be different in the following way:

1 team:
  • Seed 16 plays the challenging team for qualification

2 teams:
  • Seeds 15 and 16 play the two challenging teams, with Seed 15 given choice of team

3 teams:
  • Seeds 14, 15, and 16 play the three challenging teams, with Seeds 14 and 15 given choices of teams

4 teams:
  • Seeds 14 and 15 pick challenging teams to play for qualification
  • The remaining two challenging teams play each other, and Seed 16 plays the winner for qualification

5 teams:
  • Seed 14 picks a challenging team to play for qualification
  • The remaining four challenging teams are randomly paired to play each other
  • Seeds 15 and 16 play the winners for qualification, with Seed 15 given choice of team

6 teams:
  • The six challenging teams are randomly paired to play each other
  • Seeds 14, 15, and 16 play the winners for qualification, with Seeds 14 and 15 given choice of team

7 teams:
  • Round 1:
    • Seed 16 picks a challenging team to play
    • The remaining six challenging teams are randomly paired to play each other
  • Round 2:
    • Seeds 14 and 15 pick challenging teams to play for qualification, excluding Seed 16 if still present
    • The remaining two teams fight for qualification





 
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RE: Bdlc

Situation: Bdlc demanded that one of his players receive ghosting for his qualifier matches.

Result: Bdlc will be tournament banned for 1 year, and not allowed to manage in a team tournament again, as per the SPL VIII precedent.
Lucix will become the team Africa captain, and name a player from the roster to become his co-captain.
A team having a player banned is not cause for getting a replacement.
 
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RE: Aquafinity

Situation: Aquafinity leaked one of the sets that Serene Grace intended to use versus High Impulse to team UK. The leak was immediately reported to the TD team and Team India was informed prior to the game taking place.

Result: Aquafinity will have his tournament ban extended by six months since it's his second offense.
 

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WCoP Qualifying Format

In the last few editions the qualifying format was decided by the tournament directors on the spot, which meant that teams did not know how many rounds they needed to play before signing up as a new team. To make this phase of WCoP more transparent, the future WCoP relegation rules will be the following:

Team selection:
- Multiple incumbent teams given the option to select opponents will do so from highest to lowest seed
- Any incumbent team given the option to select an opponent may yield it to a lower seed as long as they haven't already been given a pick
- e.g. Seed 14 yields their pick; it goes to Seed 16, and Seed 15 can no longer give up their pick
- Depending on the number of new teams, the format will be different in the following way:

1 team:
  • Seed 16 plays the challenging team for qualification

2 teams:
  • Seeds 15 and 16 play the two challenging teams, with Seed 15 given choice of team

3 teams:
  • Seeds 14, 15, and 16 play the three challenging teams, with Seeds 14 and 15 given choices of teams

4 teams:
  • Seeds 14 and 15 pick challenging teams to play for qualification
  • The remaining two challenging teams play each other, and Seed 16 plays the winner for qualification

5 teams:
  • Seed 14 picks a challenging team to play for qualification
  • The remaining four challenging teams are randomly paired to play each other
  • Seeds 15 and 16 play the winners for qualification, with Seed 15 given choice of team

6 teams:
  • The six challenging teams are randomly paired to play each other
  • Seeds 14, 15, and 16 play the winners for qualification, with Seeds 14 and 15 given choice of team

7 teams:
  • Round 1:
    • Seed 16 picks a challenging team to play
    • The remaining six challenging teams are randomly paired to play each other
  • Round 2:
    • Seeds 14 and 15 pick challenging teams to play for qualification, excluding Seed 16 if still present
    • The remaining two teams fight for qualification

In case of ties between any of the teams seeded between 13 and 16, a tiebreaker will be played in order to determine which team will take which seed. This tiebreaker will consist of three SS games (Bo3) and will be played directly after the conclusion of Round 1.
 

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RE: talah

Talah left the Team Greece discord during qualifiers and showed no intention to play or participate at all afterwards, which is not acceptable. He'll be removed from WCoP 2020, banned from participating in WCoP 2021 and infracted for poor sportsmanship.
 

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Re: Astamatitos v Kickasser

After multiple reschedulings, Astamatitos and Kickasser agreed to play on Saturday, July 11 at 4 PM GMT +1. However, Kickasser was unable to make that time due to a personal emergency. Astamatitos informed Team France that he would be unable to play on July 12, but agreed to be on for the following hour if Kickasser was able to make it or if France was able to provide a substitute. However, France was unable to provide a substitute for the game.

Decision: Team Greece will be awarded the activity win for the match.
 

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Re: talah

talah was reported by his team's captain for leaving Team Greece's discord, "liking" the posts of Team Europe and Greece's opponents, and allegedly helping team Europe both in general and in their matches against Greece. He has since appealed this ban; he alleges he was still willing to help despite not being in the team chat and in his appeal supplied evidence that he reached out to a teammate expressing this, as well as requesting that his message be conveyed to the other team's captain.

We reassessed the report and failed to find any indication that Talah helped Team Europe against Greece; furthermore, no evidence was provided to us of this beyond speculation that talah built the team Twixtry used against CBU, which was also used much earlier by Quaze against West. Helping another team or player beyond that isn't against the rules, and obviously, what posts someone "likes" is completely irrelevant.

As for leaving the discord, this isn't sufficient grounds for a report. Frequently in team tournaments, a player will leave the discord following a difficult argument or loss. In such cases, managers tend to exercise responsibility and initiate the reconciliation necessary to bring the player back. We found in this case the team captain made no such effort and instead went straight for a ban report during the middle of the tournament, for no seeming benefit to their team. Enabling managers to drop players with no effort made on their part to (re)integrate them into the team is behavior we do not want to encourage.

Given all of this, we are undoing talah's WCOP ban.

We want to make the following points clear:

1. Except in cases where explicitly allowed (SPL sellbacks), replacing members of a team mid-tournament has not been allowed in the past decade, nor will it ever be in the foreseeable future.

2. Except in the cases of sellbacks, cheating, or team leaking/sabotage, we will not be evaluating reports made on team quitters until the conclusion of the tournament, even if they are submitted before that point.

3. We will be speaking anyone accused of quitting on a team before closing a report. If the accused intends to defend their behavior with a reason such as a toxic environment, they will be expected to provide evidence to substantiate their claims.
 
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