Keeping to our promise of bringing our readers smaller, quicker tournaments we’re proud to properly announce our next tournament: The Halloween Tournament 2014. Or the “2spooky4u” tournament. For those who haven’t already guessed, the tournament is themed around Halloween and will take place in the month of October. Seven Pokémon Types will be permitted to take part in the Doubles Format tournament: Ghost, Dark, Psychic, Bug, Fairy, Dragon and Poison.
Sign-ups for this tournament will be open soon (though spaces will be even more limited than they were in PJT14), but we first thought it best to announce the rules for the tournament so readers can decide whether or not they wish to take part. The following rules are modified from the Official VGC Rules, and will likely act as our basic rule set for all future tournaments.
Players participating in the tournament are only permitted to use Pokémon that are considered legal for the tournament. Any players found using teams that do not adhere to the restrictions set out will be dealt with on a case-by-case situation. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure their team is tournament legal.
Illegal Manipulation of Pokémon
Pokémon or items that have been created or modified using external devices are forbidden from the tournament. Any player found using modified Pokémon or items will be disqualified. As mentioned previously it is your own responsibility to ensure you are using legal Pokémon within the tournament.
We have the right to run checks on the teams of players at any time during the tournament. Failure to pass these checks will result in instant disqualification from the tournament.
Naming of Pokémon and Trainer
It’s common courtesy that players do not name their in-game character or party members obscenely.
Format Style – Double Battle
Battles within the Halloween 2014 Tournament will use the Doubles Flat Rules Battle Format. This format requires player to select four Pokémon from their party of six to use in battle. A battle is played until all four of your opponent’s Pokémon have been made to faint.
The following restrictions are also in place for this tournament and should be adhered to:
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the only games to be used in order to compete in the tournament
All Pokémon must be legitimately obtainable in Pokémon X & Y. We are allowing transferring of Pokémon from older games through Poké Transporter
Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve
Any Pokémon used by players that are above Level 50 will be lowered to Level 50
Pokémon with Hidden Abilities are permitted for entry
No two Pokémon can share the same Pokédex number
No two Pokémon can hold the same held item
Two or more Pokémon cannot have the same nickname in a team
Pokémon cannot be nicknamed using the name of another Pokémon. (For example, naming a Sewaddle “Snover”)
Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:
Through level up
Via TM of HM
As an Egg Move
From a character in a game
As a move known by a Pokémon from an official event
The following Pokémon are banned: Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa and Volcanion. Mega Latias and Mega Latios are also banned.
Pokemon that do not have the following types as their type 1 or type 2:Ghost, Dark, Psychic, Bug, Fairy, Dragon and Poison
The above are all basic rules for this tournament, and should allow players to begin creating teams soon and consider whether or not they wish to take part. Sign-ups will be opened in the coming days and places awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
With this tournament we will be enforcing much stricter time constraints, and anyone who fails to meet them will be removed from the tournament. As we did with PJT14, expect frequent updates on this tournament as well as future Q&A sessions for everyone to take part in. Don’t forget to stay tuned for further Closing PJT14 posts!
As always, we invite our readers to ask questions or raise any concerns they may have and we’ll do our best to respond!