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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=UypuQg6nY1w I for one enjoy the offical Pokemon Video Game Competition and I want to spread its popularity. You can watch the live stream of the Pokemon World Championship, VGC and TCG here starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Saturday 8/16: http://www.twitch.tv/pokemon#/pokemon Incase no one knows the format; Double Battles, have 6 pokemon, use 4 in battle. You may only use Kalos Native Pokemon born in Kalos except Xerneas, Yvetal, Mewtwo, Zygarde, so no Hyper Voice Gardivor. No pokemon on your team may have the same Dex Number, i.e. Rotom-W and Rotom-H. No pokemon may have the same held item on your team. So no 6 pokemon team leftovers. Battles are a max of fifteen minutes (internal game-clock). You are allowed to take notes of anything about your battles. Top-cut defenitly does best 2 out of 3. Incase no one has ever seen the pokemon tournament style. I attended U.S. Pokemon Nationals (Open) in Indianapolis and it was the best smooth tournament I have ever attended (I do play Yu-Gi-Oh!). They could run 6 main tournaments at a time, give us a hour and half lunch break and have us out by 3(starting at 8) with 9 rounds of swiss. I placed 29th overall in the master divison for my first tournament ever. Day two when best two out of three started with 6 rounds of swiss we still got our lunch break and done by 3. The prize-support is decent. I won a mat, and hat, a binder, a shirt, and pokemon cards(there's the problem). Pokemon qualification for worlds is based upon a point system from all of your events from over the year. I for one enjoyed this and want others to know about this. Things to note: Double battles add a uniqueness to the game by preventing some pokemon to become just overpowered, most notably Mega-Gengar Parish Trap and allows for moves that would never be used, used such as Quick/Wide Guard, Rage Powder, etc. Time-Limit. I was sick of playing smogon where I had to wait and hour and half for my Skarmory to Whirlwind everything to death. No attack on 6 v. 6 just hour and half is a long time. The limit on items, allowing for berries and some other interisting items to be used such as weakness policy and safety goggles. No real defined meta-game except for one thing(Mega-Kangaskan). Meaning you can pick your favorite pokemon within the qualifications and build a team off of it. My team was actually built around Mega Sceptile believe it or not, I just switched it for Switchroo Manatric. EVs spreads can be designed for certain pokemon to be outsped or live certain attacks. Pokemon above level 50 reduced to level 50. Pokemon under 50 remain under 50. In events of a time running out the winner is determined by: Number of Pokemon left then HP % left, then the amount of HP left. No Suspect Test. (Alright that one is an attack on Smogon) As for TCG, idk I don't play it. IF you're a doubter, a hater, or someone new to this, I reccommend watching the stream for a few matches, espeically near the end of the tournament. They are enjoyable and can change drastically with luck(probabilty) factors or outplays. Entry hazards are to slow for this style of play though Sticky Web would be pretty good, but calling back can be the most important thing ever. Format will change with ORAS, though nothing has been speculated. Example teams: Mine: [spoiler] Kangaskan @ Kangaskanite Scrappy to Parental Bond -Fake Out -Return -Sucker Punch -Heavy Arm Jolly w/ 6 HP/252 ATK/252 Speed. Manetric @ Choice Scarf Lightning Rod -Switchroo -Thunderbolt -Snarl -Flamethrower Timid w/ 6 HP/252 Sp. ATK/252 Speed. Bisharp @ Life Orb Defiant -Sucker Punch -Iron Head -Protect -Brick Break Adament w/ 6 HP/252 ATK/252 Speed. Talonflame @ Sitirus Berry Galewings -Bravebird -Flareblitz -Quick Guard -Tailwind, I don't remember and I'm at work so I can't look on Showdown. Adament w/ 252 ATK/6 Sp. Defense/252 Speed Gyarados @ Lum Berry Intimidate -Waterfall -Ice Fang -Taunt -Protect Adament w/ 252 HP / 20 Atk / 20 Def / 28 SDef / 188 Speed ■Survives Modest Mega Manectric Thunderbolt 100% of the time ■2HKOs 252HP Tyranitar with Waterfall 100% of the time Gengar @Focus Sash -Dazzling Gleam -Sludgebomb -Will-o-wisp -Protect Timid w/ 6 HP/252 Sp. Attack/252 Speed Throughout the tournament I learned a lot about my team and what needed to change. Bisharp was garbage, and took Talonflames item of choice or I should have banded my Talonflame. Snarl needs to be replaced on Manetric and I should have made my Gyarados Spread a little more offensive. But I learned(more like reaffirmed) Mega-Kangaskan is broken and Gengar was my MVP with Dazzling Gleam putting in such great work and standing off mega-kangaskans with burn damage. [/spoiler] Unfortuantly I can't seem to find another detailed team that doesn't have Mega Kangaskan but they do exist. Hopefully they reveal the next most overused Mega Evolution of ORAS this weekend. I hope all Pokemon fans take interist and look into VGC. Showdown does have a simulator with it, but unfortunatly they do level 100s and not level 50s (Since no one is going to take the time to change it and being at a sever disadvatage). And the time limit of 15 minutes and 45 seconds to choose a move also. Oh P.S. No sleep clause and Dark Void is legal on Smergle. But not that relevant. Complain, discuss, ask, comment, Pokemon.