Pokémon Online World Cup 2018 Hello, and welcome to the 2018 edition of Pokemon Online's Pokemon Online World Cup! In this thread we are going to post everything related to all the POWC administrative matters and our decision on those matters. Here, the hosters (@HSOWA and myself) will post: Season Schedule Teams and their Rosters Administrative Decisions First and foremost, those are the sixteen teams (in alphabetical order): Team | Captain | Assistant Captain Asia-Pacific | @TraceofLife | @Capt.Knightwalker Austria | @Za Meowdo | @Bedschibaer Brazil | @Eternal Spirit | @ggggd Canada | @suapah | @Genesis7 China | @fsk | @psychic mewtwo Europe | @Casparov | @Void France | @Edna | @kory2600 Germany | @La.Melle2402 | @Mazar Greece | @Mysterious M | @Roudolf13 ISGME | @White Lion | @MiyoKa LATAM | @SpectearIsLove | @ZDen Italy | @Atli | @Troller Spain | @Luispako | @Chano United Kingdom + Ireland | @Hassin627 | @Lycan1 US East | @Finchinator @GMars US West-Central | @Marcop9923 | @partys over This year we will have new system of 4 pools of 4 teams that will battle it out in a 4 way Round Robin tournament, within their pools. The points that are awarded for each series are: Win = 2 points; Tie = 1 point; Loss = 0 points. After the group stage, the two teams with the highest amount of points, within each pool, will move on to the quarter finals. If two or multiple teams are tied in points, battle differentials (the wins minus the losses) will determine the placement of the teams. If this is still insufficient, the head to head record will determine the placement, except if one of more teams face elimination. In those cases a tiebreaker will be played with the format of SM OU / Tier picked by Team A / Tier picked by Team B. However, if one of the captains decides a tiebreaker would be desirable, then a tiebreaker will be held instead of consulting the head to head record. The following bracket will be used after the group stage has finished: Quarter Finals Q1: Winner A vs Runner-up B Q2: Winner C vs Runner-up D Q3: Winner B vs Runner-up A Q4: Winner D vs Runner-up C Semi Finals S1: Winner Q1 vs Winner Q2 S2: Winner Q3 vs Winner Q4 Final Winner S1 vs Winner S2 --- To sign up, you're required to personally post the following format in the sign-ups thread here: Code (text): [b]Player Name[/b] - State your notable alts on the Pokemon Online Server / Smogon Forums / Pokemon Showdown! [b]Tiers of Expertise[/b] - State from one to all of the tiers listed above that you would like to play. [b]State / Country of Residence[/b] - Indicate your state (if you live in the USA) or the country you are currently living in. [b]Birthplace[/b] - Place you were born in. [b]Other Eligibilities[/b] - If you qualify for another region, you may list it here. Pokemon Online World Cup will feature ten tiers, and every team will have twelve players in its team. The tiers are as follow: 3 SM OU; 1 ORAS OU; 1 BW OU; 1 DPP OU; 1 ADV OU; 1 GSC OU; 1 RBY OU; 1 SM UU; 1 SM RU; 1 SM NU; We expect you to only choose a tier if you have experience playing it or are willing to learn it at a great level in a short window of time. After signing up, we encourage you to get in contact with captains of the teams you are eligible for via Discord, where they can do tryouts for their team's spots. Discord activity can be important depending on the team and multiple captains will have a team chat on there for easier communication! Remember that this is a team tour. Thus you're expected to get in contact with your team on a daily basis. --- After signups have been completed, the captains will have to post their final squad, consisting of at least 15 and a maximum of 19 players, in the player signup thread as soon as possible. (Co-)Captains are allowed to play in the tournament itself and will count for the player limit, if they decide to play. A new rule for this year will be that you must have a Smogon account in order to join this tournament. We will check the validity of any account we deem to be suspicious. This does not apply if your PO forums account was made before January 1st, 2017. --- The official schedule will be announced when all teams could yield a full roster, but you may already know that it's going to take, at very least, six weeks. Players that played in POWC 2017 must play for the same team that they played for last year, unless your team no longer exists or didn't exist last year. --- This thread will be locked and any further news will be posted separately. --- Some small reminders: 1) The captains must send in their Line-ups on time and send them to both @HSOWA and @tjdaas, just in case something bad happens. If no roster has been submitted before the deadline, we will use the previous one. 2) Regarding replays, players are not required to post them in the corresponding week its thread. However, all player should save the replays, so that the hosts can view them when needed. 3) Even though it is stated in the Universal Official Tournament Rules, players should send in their teams in order to not risk losing due to a disconnection. This can be done either by a forum PM on both here or smogon or a PM on discord to either @HSOWA or myself. A good site to use is https://cryptobin.co/, where you can put on password on your bin before sending it to us, which removes all chances of misconduct. I don't like to repeat the rules again, but when you DC and you didn't send in your team while your opponent does, you will automatically lose.