ZU ZU Fall Seasonal I - Grand Finals (Won by RawMelon)

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Welcome to the ZU Fall Seasonal! This is the second tournament of the seasonal circuit! Entering and winning in this seasonal earns you points for an overall ZU leaderboard. After four seasonals, the top 16 players on this leaderboard will enter a seeded playoffs, where the winner of the tournament will become the ZU champion!

  • This is a standard Gen 7 ZU Tournament. All matches must be played in "[Gen 7] ZU".
  • This tournament will be Double Elimination.
  • All rounds will be Best of Three. You may switch teams in between battles of the same set.
  • Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown (or SmogTours server).
  • To encourage the development of the metagame, and so that everyone is on an even playing field, all matches must have replays recorded. You must post your replays in the thread or PM them to me.
  • ZU is a usage based tier. Essentially you can use anything that is not in a higher tier; PU effectively serves as the ZU banlist. However, there are several Pokemon banned from ZU which are not in PU or a higher tier; aka ZUBL.
  • Sleep Clause Mod: Limit one foe put to sleep
  • Species Clause: Limit one of each Pokemon
  • OHKO Clause: OHKO moves are banned
  • Moody Clause: Moody is banned
  • Evasion Moves Clause: Evasion moves are banned
  • Endless Battle Clause: Forcing endless battles is banned
  • HP Percentage Mod: HP is shown in percentages
General Tournament Rules:

  • Identity: I expect many battles to be completed under alts. This can be 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. Do not complain about it. I also don't want to hear about any blatant scouting. There is a difference between "[user] is known for using stall" and "let me follow [user] 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. I give permission to all battlers to ask any person spectating their battle to leave if they do not want them watching. Everyone will have access to your replays from earlier rounds though.
  • 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.
  • Disconnections: Finally, in the case of a disconnect, the decision is in the hands of the player who did not disconnect. The options are: redo the battle move for move, redo the battle with the same teams but different moves, or redo the battle with completely different teams. If the battle was without a doubt over, they may also take the win. Any suspicion that a disconnect was committed on purpose to redo a match may be appealed to me, and if I feel this happened there will be severe consequences, don't do it.

Grand Finals
Absolute Infinity vs RawMelon

Congratulations to both finalists for making it here! Absolute Infinity must win one bo3 to take the title, while Rawmelon has to win two bo3's. No hard deadline as of now, please get it done as soon as possible.
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After R1 I said that Absolute Infinity had a serious shot at winning and it looks like I was right. I'm rooting for Absolute Infinity but good luck to you both!
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The 2 best zu players atm imo deciding a great ssnl, grats for making it this far and gl to both of you in the finals. I hope you guys have a great series and pls dont forget to post your scheduled time in the thread so we can watch :)


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Absolute Infinity conceded the tour due to being too busy irl to play. RawMelon is the fall seasonal winner. Congratulations.
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