So, now that signups are over and you should all have a team (and if you don't yet it takes about 10 minutes to make one on Showdown anyway so no big deal) the tournament can begin. All battle brackets will be posted in this topic, and you will all be required to post your match results and any updates regarding your matchups here along the way. This is copypasted straight from Smogon and will be the rules for the tournament: Play Restrictions Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus: A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish. A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset. A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset. Evasion Clause: The moves Double Team and Minimize, in addition to the abilities Sand Veil and Snow Cloak, are not permitted in play. Moody Clause: Pokémon with the ability Moody are not permitted. OHKO Clause: A Pokemon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset. Sleep Clause: Only one Pokémon may be put to sleep on the opposing team at a time, if not induced by a move such as Rest. Species Clause: Players cannot have two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number on the same team. Pokémon may be up to level 100. Banned Pokémon Arceus Blaziken Darkrai Deoxys Deoxys-A Dialga Genesect Giratina Giratina-O Groudon Ho-Oh Kyogre Kyurem-W Lugia Mewtwo Palkia Rayquaza Reshiram Shaymin-S Xerneas Yveltal Zekrom Banned Items Gengarite Kangaskhanite Lucarionite Banned Moves Swagger Any queries about this, I'll do my best to answer them. I'm pretty sure Showdown's OU lobby already enforces these rules automatically anyway so you'll know if your team doesn't comply if it gets kicked up to Ubers automatically. Now, the tournament will be a straight knockouts-style tournament so nothing really to explain. The first round matchups are as follows: Teapot vs Ninetales and Jigglypuff Rex vs Dinova Shocari vs Mr. RMA Ekans vs Ruko Tailon vs Dwayna Dragonfire Kyubeon vs Psycho Monkey ROUND 2 Rex vs Ruko Kyubeon vs Teapot Tailon vs Shocari ROUND 3 Kyubeon vs Tailon Ruko vs -BYE- FINAL Ruko vs Tailon CHAMPION Ruko You have until June 9th 2014 to finish these first-round matchups. I will be sending out a PM as a reminder to all competitors that this thread is up with all the details, and you can all then message each other to organize times for matches and whatnot. If any matchups are not completed, then the most active member will go through to the next round by default; because of this, make sure you keep your status up to date in this thread, even if it is just to say your opponent has yet to respond to you - I am not going to go chasing after people to find out if they're still around or not, if you don't keep me updated, I'm going to assume you're not active and you'll be disqualified. Matches are one battle to a finish; beat your opponent once, they're gone and you go through. Simple as that. Once more, the link to Pokemon Showdown is here if you need it: http://pokemonshowdown.com/ ...and all battles are to take place in the OU lobby since it naturally enforces the rules of the tournament anyway. That is all. Best of luck to everyone. EDIT: One thing I forgot to mention as well: Do NOT post replays or mention any details about any other player's team here or anywhere else until after the tournament is over. If you wish to keep a replay, PM it straight to me and I'll keep it safe until the tournament has ended, and then post all the replays for everyone to see. Anyone who fails to comply with this faces disqualification.