VGC Premier Challenge West Babylon #3 (Swampert Series)


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Swampert Series #3
The Arena
983 Little East Neck Rd
West Babylon, NY


Swampert Series #3 – The Arena – West Babylon, NY – Sunday, May 15, 2016
Registration begins at 12pm. Play begins at 1pm

Facebook event page:  –

Event Fee:

Juniors: $ 5.00
Seniors & Masters: $ 10.00

Standard Format: Double Battle (Best of 3)

Championship points will be awarded.
Additional prizes for each division based on division attendance.

Standard Format

Standard Format is the ruleset used in all official Pokémon leagues and tournaments, including the World Championships. It is also known by fans as “VGC” (Video Game Championships).
This is an officially sanctioned Pokémon tournament.

What you should need to know about the Standard Format rules are as follows:

  • All matches are played in the Doubles format.
  • Pokémon above Level 50 will be brought down to 50 for the match while those below 50 will stay as is.
  • Players choose 4 of their 6 registered Pokémon after team preview.
  • Players may not change their registered Pokémon once the tournament begins.
  • Pentagon Rule: All Pokémon must have the blue pentagon on their stats page indicating they were caught, bred, or received as an official gift in Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire.
  • Species Clause: No two Pokémon on your team can share the same Pokédex number.
  • Item Clause: No two Pokémon on your team can hold the same held item.
  • All discovered Pokémon will be allowed except the following Mythical Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa.
  • Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
  • The following held item is banned: Soul Dew

For the purpose of this tournament, the battle rules will be set as follows:

  • Double Battle
  • Normal Rules
  • Due to the rules being set to Normal Rules, Each player must select exactly FOUR of his or her six Pokémon in a battle. If a player starts a battle with more or less than 4 battles, that player will be given a game loss.

For reference, the PDF containing the official VGC rules is here:

Rules: VGC 2016 rules:

  • Double battle
  • Normal Rules
  • No handicap
  • Best of 3

General Tournament rules:

  • If a player is missing on a round’s start without informing the tournament organizer or judge, the player is issued a loss for that round and a warning. Player is disqualified if this is repeated.
  • The judge will run a legal check on each player’s team at the beginning of the tournament, and all the teams will be recorded for reference.
  • You may NOT change your team at any point of the tournament. Any changes made is an immediate disqualification.
  • Anyone caught using illegally modified and generated Pokémon will be disqualified.
  • If a match has passed 20 minutes (in-game timer reaches 40:00), the players of that match must stop playing and call the judge immediately. If neither player has called the judge in this situation, both players are given a loss for that round.
  • Timeout rule (will only apply to the above point): Whoever has the most pokemon alive is winner. If both are equal, whoever has the highest total HP remaining percent wins. If both are equal, whoever has the highest total HP remaining wins.
  • If your game freezes or your 3DS runs out of battery, that will be counted as a loss for you.
  • You may bring a blank notepad and pencil to take notes for your battles. Be sure to show them to the judge beforehand. Always start with a blank sheet for each round.
  • You are NOT allowed to bring any reference sheets or ask people about information such as, but not limited to, moves, Pokemon stats, abilities, or type weaknesses and resists.
  • You are NOT allowed to have anyone helping you in any way during the tournament.

What is Swiss?

You will play multiple rounds playing against different people in every round. You will be matched up with people with similar scores as you are. For example, if you won round 1, you will be paired with another winner from round 1.

You are not eliminated if you lose at any point. You will keep playing vs other people until the tournament is over.

If the total number of participants is an odd number (5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, etc.), then one participant will receive a “Bye” each round. Participants receiving a bye will not play for that round. This will not negatively affect their scores.

What is “Top Cut”?

After the swiss rounds, we will have the top 4 players to play against each other in single elimination brackets in a best of three for each match. The final standings will be decided once this stage is completed.

How are the battles done?

Once the tournament starts, Pairings for each round will be posted. Find your opponent in the game (ask him/her for the in-game name) and then send a battle request via the PSS in the game. If you’re the receiver of a battle request, make sure it is from the person you are supposed to play with. Make sure you are sitting opposite to your opponent so neither player can see each others’ screens.

If you are sending the battle request, you must pick the following options for the battle request:

  • Number of Players: Two-Player Match
  • Battle Format: Double Battle
  • Battle Rules: Normal Rules
  • Handicap: Off

You may start as soon as the judge calls announces you may begin.

Robert Mirabile
NY Premier Tournament Organizer
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