April 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM #2170
Pallet Cup Rules & Signup (closed)
To join the tournament, you must register on this forum and leave a comment in this thread saying that you want to participate. We will be accepting participants until Sunday, April 27.
This is going to be a battle simulator tournament. That means you don’t have to actually own the games to join in – just make a team on the simulator and battle away!
The battle simulator we will be using is Pokemon Showdown: http://www.pokemonshowdown.com/
The battle community is split between this and Pokémon Online, but I have decided on this because it does not require the use of a server, so it will be a lot easier to allow new players to join in. It is fairly straightforward. Hit “Play” at the top of the screen and you will automatically sign in as a guest.
In the top, right corner, you may enter in a username. On the left hand side you will see a Team Builder option. This will allow you to customize your team down to the last detail. Once you have made your team, you may hit Import/Export File to give you the code for you team. You can then copy and paste this code into a text file to save it for later. This is purely for backup purposes since clearing your cookies or even your history could erase your team.
Once you go back to the lobby, you may search for a specific user to battle.
We will be allowing participants to use Pokémon from all 5 generations, and our first tournament will be OU (over used), which means you can use any Pokémon from the OU tier or lower. People who know Smogon.com fairly well will understand the tier system we will abide by, but those of you who do not know, this is the link to the tier listings: http://www.smogon.com/bw/tiers/
Generation 5 is being included because, prior to 5, almost all teams consisted of the same few Pokémon (Scizor, Swampert, Infernape, etc.). With the introduction of Gen. 5, the overall roster was increased, and Pokémon were introduced to counter these few Pokémon. The OU tier is meant to give us as many Pokémon to pick from as possible, while excluding ones that basically make you win automatically.
Although many might choose to only use Pokémon from the OU tier, I highly suggest using Pokémon from the lower tiers as well because your opponent will likely not recognize strategies using these Pokémon as easily. These teams tend to fair very well. Remember that just because a Pokémon is not OU does not make it bad. In fact, bringing creative strategies to a battle will likely serve you better than a team of predictable OU Pokémon.
I would hope that we may have other fun tournaments in the future using different tiers (like the Little Cup Pokémon), but OU is the most accessible, so it makes the most sense as a first tournament. Our ability to have wackier and more interesting tournaments in the future hinges on the success of this one, so please anyone who is interested; I encourage you to take part in the tournament, even if OU is not your favorite.
Sleep clause will be in effect.
The sleep clause makes it so only one Pokémon in any party can be asleep at any given time. The sleep clause was basically made because of the Pokémon Breloom, who learns both spore (a move that reliably puts Pokémon to sleep) and focus punch (deals heavy damage unless the user is attacked).
Species clause will be in effect.
The species clause prevents you from having repeat Pokémon on you team. We may have tournaments later where this will not be a factor, but the first tournament will be as traditional as I can make it.
Evasion clause will be in effect.
Absolutely no moves or items that increase a Pokémon’s evasion or decreases an opponent’s accuracy. This is generally considered a very cheap tactic that will basically guarantee victory. It is not a very unique or respectable strategy, so let’s keep it out of the tournament.
OHKO moves not allowed.
Pokémon battling has random elements, but many players like to think that strategy factors in far more than randomness. Moves like Fissure or Sheer Cold (just to name a few) are generally considered unbalanced, and detract from the spirit of the competition.
Self-kill moves are allowed.
These moves are ones that take you and your opponent down, or at least, have a high probability of taking down your opponent (Destiny Bond, Perish Song, Self Destruct, Explosion, etc.). These will be allowed, because they provide a viable strategy; however, if the last Pokémon on a team uses it in an attempt to take down the last Pokémon of the opposing team, the user will be disqualified.
Matchups & Reporting Results
Matchups will be announced in this forum thread every other day starting Monday, April 29. Upon posting, competitors will have 48 hours to battle and report the results of their battle here. It is the winner’s duty to report the match results here. Once the defeated trainer confirms, the winner officially moves to the next bracket.
All rulings by the official judge (ME) will be final.
KC will announce the prizes of this tournament in a blog post.
I believe that is all, but if you fancy yourself a battle veteran, and see something that I left out or would be detrimental to the tournament, please respond and state your case for making a change to the tournament.April 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM #2177
I will do the participating.April 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM #2186
It has been forever since I played in OU. I’ll join, and see if I can still hold my own in battle ;DApril 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM #2187
Ill definately be participating.April 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM #2189
I am very much interested in joining up. My only concern is when this is scheduled to take place, ’cause I work pretty much all day.April 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM #2190
Oh yeah, You seemed to have missed a few clauses and rulings:
1. Moody Clause – A team may not contain a Pokemon with the ability Moody.
2. Latias and Latios holding a Soul Dew is ban
3. You may not use the abilities Drizzle and Swift Swim on the same team.
Generally, those rulings should be enforced while challenging an opponent or finding a battle on Pokemon Showdown, but it wouldn’t hurt to put it up in the thread.April 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM #2191
@Disfunction You have 48 hours to finish each match so any 5-10 minute break from your day should be more than enough!April 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM #2195
I’m almost afraid to sign up, because I might lose my street cred when these guys beat me so bad, but yeah, KC is in!
In the highly unlikely chance I win, I think the prize will be determined by a final match between the other finalist and the last person in my bracket I defeated (basically, pretend I lost the semi-final). That sound good Jad?April 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM #2198
Sounds good to me. Good luck everyone!April 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM #2201
Signing up for this. Haven’t played Pikachu in way too long (Adell help me get addicted again please) but looking forward.April 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM #2204
It’s on like Donkey Kong!April 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM #2223
i would like to join =)April 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM #2224
By the way, if anyone thinks they’d want to join, but don’t think they know enough about how to make a team, or battle well, I’d be happy to give a few introductory lessons — just to help get you test the waters of competitive battling.
It’s actually pretty simple using the simulator, since you don’t actually have to train your team. You just kinda pick what you want, and go to town.April 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM #2225
Count me in…even if I get quickly knocked out. :)April 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM #2226
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