Victory Road is back with an online tournament for everyone in the community to enjoy! We will be hosting the VR Series 11 Challenge on November 13-14, 2021 as a way to welcome the new format, a throwback to Series 8.
In this post, you will find:
- Structure & Schedule
- Format of Play
- Tournament Procedures
- Entry Fee & Prizes
Structure & Schedule
The VR Series 11 Challenge will be hosted online on Battlefy on November 13-14, 2021:
- Sat. 13: best-of-3 (Bo3) Swiss rounds.
- Sun. 14: best-of-3 (Bo3) Single-elimination bracket.
- Up to 64 players, the top 8 players from Saturday qualify for the top cut.
- Over 65 players, all players with 2 or fewer losses (x-2) advance into top cut.
The event is expected to start at 2.30 pm UTC on both days. This translates to:
- US: 10.30 am ET / 7.30 am PT
- EU: 3.30 pm CET
- CN: 10.30 pm Beijing Time
- JP/KR: 11.30 pm JST/KST
Each round will be played within 70 minutes after pairings are posted and announced on Discord. Therefore, the event is expected to take from 6 to 8 hours on Saturday and from 3 to 5 hours on Sunday. Any changes at the TO’s (tournament organizers) discretion will be clearly communicated with as much time in advance as possible.
Format of Play
Battles will be played using Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, with the current Series 11 rules in play. Make sure you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription and the current regulations downloaded before playing.
Players can bring their own team of 6 Pokémon, or use a Rental Team if they wish to. In both cases, players must submit a detailed Poképaste of their team upon registration on Battlefy. The info on those two pastes must match with your team and with each other.
It is strictly forbidden to change any Pokémon, moves or items, as well as training your Pokémon to have different stats than those you stated on your Poképaste.
The tournament will NOT have a general check-in. That means that, once you complete the registration over on Battlefy, you are expected to submit your team and join our Discord and play on Saturday, starting at 2 pm UTC.
Setting up a match
After pairings for each round are announced on the Discord, players will contact each other through Battlefy. Matches will NOT have a check-in procedure. Please do not use Discord to set up your matches. Any disputes regarding match set up, disconnections or other issues will be resolved in Battlefy.
In order to set up a match, use the ROUND NUMBER + the MATCH NUMBER as the link code. For example, for match number 471 on round 3, the code for both players should be: 0003 0471. 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.
We recommend all players to take a screenshot or picture 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. If any issues occur, please go to Report Match Issue and a TO will come over to assist you.
The entry fee for this event is standardized for everyone at $6.50 USD (+$0.65 USD Battlefy platform fee). If you’re using a different currency, conversion rates could mean an extra charge. This will be paid directly when registering on Battlefy. No other methods will be allowed.
Refunds for this event will only be granted to users who are no longer registered at the time the registration has closed. Failure to check-in, participate in or being disqualified for a rules violation in any tournament will NOT be cause for a refund. Refunds are not automatic and will be done manually after the tournament brackets have been seeded and registration is final.
Players will be charged $7.15 USD when registering through Battlefy, of which $0.65 will go to Battlefy’s platform fee. Of the remaining $6.50, regardless of attendance, $5.00 will be directed towards the prizepool and $1.50 to cover our staff, translators and other management instances on our end.
Once registrations are closed, we will post on all our socials the full breakdown of prizes and costs, which will be calculated as follows:
- Winner: 40% of the event’s prize pool.
- Runner-up: 20% of the event’s prize pool.
- 3rd and 4th Place: 10% of the event’s prize pool.
- 5th to 8th place: 5% of the event’s prize pool.
Prizing funded from the tournament registration fees will be paid out within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the event and will be paid out to the PayPal account used to register for the event.