As we posted previously on our Facebook page, as well as many other sites reporting on it, the rules for the 2015 Video Game Championships have been released.
The rules are as follows:
1)Only Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Cards or downloadable versions are permitted for use.
2)The battle format is Double Battle
3)Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001–719, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title (e.g. X & Y), or received at an official event or distribution
4)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, 647 – Keldeo, 648 – Meloetta, 649 – Genesect, 716 – Xerneas, 717 – Yveltal, 718 – Zygarde, 719 – Diancie
5)Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box.
6)Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve.
7)Pokémon may not hold the item Soul Dew.
8)Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration of battle.
9)Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities.
10)Players may use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion.
11)The Pokémon must have the Blue Pentagon proving that it was caught or hatched in Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire.
It's interesting to note that National Dex and Hoenn dex really were the only options for the upcoming season, and it's nice to see them choose National. This really opens up the options for what people can have on their teams. Additionally, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire contain every pre-Hoenn legendary (outside of those found in Gen 1 which are in XY). This means if you have access to X,Y, OR, and AS you could potentially have a team of containing some of the best usable legendary pokémon ever released. Some commonly used legends in previous National Dex VGCs include Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, and Cresselia. It will be interesting to see which tournament staples see continued use as well.