After the success of the first edition of the Women’s Tournament, organized by Alyssa Smith back in September, we have partnered with the event staff team, and we will bring you full coverage and streaming for the second Women’s Tournament!
We hope you’re still keeping well with everything going around lately, and we’d like this tournament to be a great opportunity for you to stay in shape and try the new Series 8 format.
If you competed at the first Womens Tournament, most infos below will be familiar to you. This tournament is intended to welcome women into the Pokemon VGC community and to also create a safe space for women within the community. Anyone who identifies as a woman, including non-binary, is welcome.
The Women’s Tournament II will be hosted online on Battlefy on February 6-7, 2021. Swiss rounds will be played on Saturday, while the Top Cut will be played on Sunday.
Both days, the matches will begin at 1 pm CST:
- Americas: 2 pm EST, 11 am PDT
- UK & Ireland: 7 pm GMT
- West & Central Europe: 8 pm CET
- Japan & Korea: 4 am (+1) JST/KST
- Australia (Melbourne time): 5 am (+1) AEST
The event is expected to take from 7 to 9 hours on Saturday and from 4 to 7 hours on Sunday. A more detailed and tentative schedule can be found on the tournament’s Battlefy page. Any changes at the TOs (tournament organizers) discretion will be clearly communicated with as much time in advance as possible.
The event will follow these regulations:
- Format: battles will be played using the VGC 2021 Series 8 regulations, which can be found here.
- Players can bring their own team of 6 Pokémon OR use a Rental Team.
- In both cases, you are required to fill the info about your team.
- It is strictly forbidden to change a single move or item on your team during the tournament, as is training your Pokémon to have different stats once you’ve locked in your team.
- Event structure: Best-of-3 Swiss rounds on Saturday 2nd + Single-elimination Best-of-3 Top Cut bracket on Sunday.
- Each round is played within 60 minutes after pairings are posted and announced on Discord. There will be a grace period of 5 min for matches having technical issues out of any of the players’ control. Full breakdown on the rules for this is on the Procedures & Penalties section below.
- Up to 64 players: Swiss rounds on Saturday 2nd + Top 8 Cut on Sunday
- Over 65 players: Swiss rounds on Saturday 2nd + x-2 Cut (all players with 2 or fewer losses advance) on Sunday
- Platforms: all players are REQUIRED to be…
- Players will contact with each other through Battlefy, where pairings will be randomly generated for each round and standings can be followed by anyone.
- The Discord server will be used for staff announcements & feedback from the players, but NOT to set up your matches.
- All games will be played on Pokémon Sword / Shield for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles. Make sure you have a Nintendo Online subscription before the tournament starts.
In order to sign up for the Women’s Tournament II, please complete the following steps:
- Join the tournament’s Battlefy page and complete all steps regarding sign ups.
- Join Women’s Cup Discord Server, which will be our main source of announcements during the event. All communication between players and players-TOs should be addressed through Battlefy.
- Check your Nintendo Online subscription and make sure to download the Battle Spot Series 8 ruleset.
- Fill the team sheet form. You can do this anytime before the tournament If you change your mind after sending a team, just fill the form again — only your last submission will count.
All steps must be completed before the tournament starts at 1 pm CST on February 6th. Failing to do so will result on you not being able to compete.
As said before, the Victory Road staff will bring only media coverage of the event. The Victory Road staff is not part of the TOs team, meaning that all the issues involving rulings and tournament management should be notified to the Women’s Tournament II staff team.
Procedures & Penalties
The tournament will have a general check-in. That means that, once you complete the registration over on Battlefy, you are EXPECTED to submit your team and confirm your participation on Saturday, 1 pm EST, until 2 pm EST.
Matches will NOT have a check-in procedure, either. Once pairings for each round are posted (you will be notified on Discord), you are EXPECTED to join your match’s chat room and post to signal activity.
Any player not showing signs of activity or showing up late will be penalized as follows:
- 5 min after pairings are posted: game 1 loss
- 10 min after pairings are posted: game 2 loss (that is, round loss)
- Multiple late showings might result in a disqualification at the head TOs discretion.
- Any players not showing up after round 4 with a record that makes them not eligible for top cut (that is, 3 or more losses) will be automatically dropped.
- We strongly recommend you to avoid delaying your games upon contacting your opponent for the sake of everyone’s playing experience.
If you’re waiting on your room and your opponent does not show up, please go to Report Match Issue and a TO will come over.
If you show up over 10 min late for any given round, you WILL BE dropped from the tournament. If you wish to keep on playing, you MUST ask any TO to rejoin. You will be able to do so until the round you were dropped in is in play. No players will be allowed to rejoin afterwards.
If you wish to DROP from the tournament, you MUST FIRST report your match result via Battlefy, and then click Report Match Issue to request to be dropped by a staff member. You can also ask for a drop on the Discord server.
If you’re dropped but decide to keep on playing, you MUST ask any TO to rejoin. You will be able to do so until the round you were dropped in is in play. No players will be allowed to rejoin afterwards.
Setting up a match
In order to set up a match, we recommend the ROUND NUMBER + the LAST THREE DIGITS OF MATCH NUMBER as the link code. For example, for match number 471 on round 3, the code for both players should be: 3471.
Both players must enter the same link code to find one another. Make sure you’ve found the correct opponent before the game starts. Contact on the Battlefy chat if you’re unable to do so, and if this persists, flag your match on Report Match Issue.
Once the round is over, any of the two players is allowed to set up the score, true to the result of the matches. If any issues occur, please go to Report Match Issue and a TO will come over to assist you.
Given that the games have no VS Recorder feature, we recommend all players to take a pic of the WIN / LOSE player cards shown at the end of each match (game 1, game 2, game 3) so that we can have a proof of the winner if any disputes arise. This is NOT mandatory, so you do NOT need to post them for each round, but it is highly encouraged should any issues regarding scoring appear.
As soon as you notice a connection issue on your Nintendo Switch, you must:
- Take a screenshot of the error message with the screen capture button (◙) on their Nintendo Switch, or a pic with your phone, and send it to the TO via Twitter or Discord.
- The player causing the connection issues will receive a different error message than the one who didn’t and thus will be assigned a loss for the game.
- However, you also MUST:
- Check if the internet connection to the game remains after the match concludes by pressing “Y” and then taking a clip by using the screen capture button (◙) again (you will have to hold it down for 3 seconds to start recording). Send the video to the TO via Twitter or Discord.
In the mean time:
- Both players will be allowed to consider the in-game situation of the match prior to the connection issues.
- We highly encourage all players to be honest and assume as lost any disconnected matches, when either 1) they know their connection was shaky or caused the disconnect; or 2) the connection issues happen at a point where the game was essentially lost for them. Our goal is to keep the tournament’s timings as short as possible for the sake of everyone’s experience.
- This is just a suggestion, and we are aware that not everyone will agree. Coercion, bribery or other means to determine the outcome of a disconnect are strictly prohibited.
- If no agreement is reached, one or both players MUST flag the match on Report Match Issue.
- A TO will come over and will evaluate the different pictures and videos sent by either one or both players in order to determine the outcome of the match resulting in a connection issue.
- If one of the players doesn’t send the pic/screenshot and clip to the TOs, they will receive a game loss in that match.
- If any of the players send the send the pic/screenshot and clip to the TOs, both of them will receive a game loss in that match.
- Based on all pics and videos received, the player deemed responsible for the connection issue (whether it be intentionally or not) will receive a game loss for that match.
- The set will continue as usual with the remaining games.
- The TOs decision will be communicated clearly to both players over on the Battlefy chat. Their decision is final and irrevocable.
Keep in mind that players repeatedly causing connection issues will be noted by our TOs and are subject to disqualification at the head TOs discretion. Should a situation arise that is not covered above, the TOs will handle on a case-by-case basis.