Pokémon Online World Cup 2020 Official DiscordHello, and welcome to the 2020 edition of the 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 hosts (@Hurricane and I) will post: Season Schedule Teams and their Captains Administrative Decisions First and foremost, those are the fourteen teams (in alphabetical order): Team | Captain | Assistant Captain Argentina | @ziloXX | @ElectricityCat Brazil | @Rewer | @satan saves xmas Caribbean | @Bloody alfa | @Lord Thorx China | @sstj | @Laputa Europe | @Djokra | @drud France | @Z+V | @BlazingDark Germany | @Nigel | @CMx India | @Rajshoot | @OminousDraco Italy | @Atli | @Luck>Skill Latin America | @Raichy | @Haru NA East | @Finchinator | @TDK NA West-Central | @Mannat | @KingKdot Spain | @Sinkyr | @Ranshiin United Kingdom + Ireland | @HSOWA | @Taiga --- The format for this tournament will be 2 groups of 7 teams, with each team facing every other team once in every starting slots, in a round-robin fashion in 5 weeks. This is a novel format that shortens the duration of the group stage from 7 weeks to 5 weeks for a group of 7 teams and is voted in favor by the captains (12-2). Week 1 starts on Monday, March 16, 2020. Signups and team rosters are due on 15th March 2020 at 23:59 UTC (18:59 GMT -5). The lineups for week 1 are due 15th March 2020 at 23:59 GMT -5. The grouping is of the following: Group A: China, NA East, Brazil, India, Europe, Germany, UK + Ireland Group B: NA West-Central, Latin America, Caribbean, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina The matchups are of the following (click on the image or open image in new tab for higher resolution): In this format, there are 7 teams per group, and a team plays 12 games each week against various other teams. The graphs above show the specific matchups where each color represents a week. Lineups are submitted per week. Note: A single player can play a maximum of 6 games during the 5-week group stage, with a maximum of 2 games in one week that has to be against different teams. A player cannot play against the same opposing team more than once over the course of the group stage. If a slot of a tier (3 SS OUs are different "slots") is played twice by a team that week, they are allowed to submit different starters as long as the above-stated rules permit. Per game substitutions are allowed, i.e. if a player plays two games that week and has trouble scheduling in one, it is allowed to make a substitution for that one game while continuing to play the other. After the group stage, the three teams with the highest battle differentials (the wins minus the losses), within each group, will move on to the quarterfinals. If two or multiple teams are tied in points, the head to head record will determine the placement, except if one or more teams face elimination. In those cases, a tiebreaker will be played with the format of SS OU / Tier picked by Team A / Tier picked by Team B. The following bracket will be used after the group stage has finished: Quarter-Finals (Winner A and Winner B get a bye) Q1: Runner-up A vs Third-place B Q2: Runner-up B vs Third-place A Semi-Finals S1: Winner A vs Winner Q2 S2: Winner B vs Winner Q1 Final Winner S1 vs Winner S2 ---Pokemon Online World Cup 2020 will feature 8 tiers, and every team is allowed to have 12 to 15 players. The tiers are as follows: 3 SS OU; 1 SM OU; 1 ORAS OU; 1 BW OU; 1 DPP OU; 1 ADV OU; 1 GSC OU; 1 RBY OU (BO3); --- After signups have been completed, the captains will have to post their final squad, consisting of at least 12 and a maximum of 15 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. 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. --- Players that played in POWC 2019 must play for the same team that they played for last year unless that team no longer exists, or the new team 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 @fsk and @Hurricane, just in case something bad happens. If no roster has been submitted before the deadline, we will use the previous one. 2) Please save your replays! You are more than welcome to post replays in the discord channel #powc-replays. And when a dispute arises, we will have to void the game result if no replay is provided. 3) Please read the Universal Official Tournament Rules.