Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rules for DS Games at Regionals

Play! Pokémon has announced the rules for the DS Regionals. The main points are:

  1. Standard Format Style - All sanctioned Pokémon video game tournaments require players to assemble a team of Pokémon, with items, prior to the start of the event. The standard format style for all PLAY! Pokémon tournaments is Double Battle.
  2. Double Battle - In Double Battles, each player selects four Pokémon from his or her party of six to battle with. At the start of the battle, players send out the first two Pokémon in their party, making a total of four Pokémon on the battlefield. Game play continues until a player knocks out all four of his or her opponent’s Pokémon. (At Team KO tournaments, we will be using all 6 pokémon rather than four.)
  3. Standard Team Construction Rules - When building a team for a PLAY! Pokémon tournament, all players must adhere to these standard construction rules.
  • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number
  • Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item
  • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname
  • A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”)
  • Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods: By leveling up, By TM or HM, As an Egg move, through breeding, From a character in the game, A move already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion (which I assume include special moves that Dream World pokémon know.)

The Modified format is the standard tournament format for PLAY! Pokémon video game events. This format will be used at all premier events unless specified otherwise. The Modified format for the 2011–2012 season will use the following restrictions:

  1. Only Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Game Cards are permitted for use.
  2. Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001–646, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution
  3. The following Pokémon may not be on a player’s team:
  • 150 – Mewtwo
  • 151 – Mew
  • 249 – Lugia
  • 250 – Ho-Oh
  • 251 – Celebi
  • 382 – Kyogre
  • 383 – Groudon
  • 384 – Rayquaza
  • 385 – Jirachi
  • 386 – Deoxys
  • 483 – Dialga
  • 484 – Palkia
  • 487 – Giratina
  • 489 – Phione
  • 490 – Manaphy
  • 491 – Darkrai
  • 492 – Shaymin
  • 493 – Arceus
  • 494 – Victini
  • 643 – Reshiram
  • 644 – Zekrom
  • 646 – Kyurem
Additionally, Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box. Pokémon above level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration of battle. Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities that have been officially released via Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion. Pokémon may not know the moves Sky Drop or Dark  Void. The Wonder Launcher cannot be used during battle.

As these are the official Nintendo Sanctioned Rules, these will be the rules Team KO will follow for most tournaments unless otherwise stated (don't worry kids, at some point we'll have a tourney where you guys can use your legends).

For Statesboro, GA Team KO Members (Galactic Pokémon League): Depending on how many people are interested, we are tentatively scheduling a DS tournament using these rules the day after our TCG Battle Roads (which is on Oct. 8th). This means the TCG Tourney will be on Saturday and the DS tourney will be on Sunday (Oct. 9th). This mirrors the setup which will be used fro Regionals this year (TCG on Saturday, DS on Sunday). If you want to participate, join the Facebook group and say so... email me... tell me at league.. whatever. Just let me know, because I'd like a tentative count. Also, if you are going to participate Team KO has one additional rule. You MUST fill out a Team Registration Sheet (located under the Pokémon League tab at the top of the page) so that I or whoever ends up judging can see if you hacked your pokémon. NO HACKS ALLOWED EVER! :D