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    Introduction

    Welcome to the VGC Discussion thread! This thread was created in order give us VGC players a separate, more organized place to discuss our significantly different metagame. Feel free to discuss ideas, metagame shifts, team builds, team help and anything pertaining to the VGC! This thread will also include the latest news on the VGC, so that everything you need for VGC will be streamlined. (:


    What is VGC?


    VGC is an acronym for Video Game Championships. The VGC is an official annual tournament season held by Pokemon Company International, and, by association, Nintendo. Trainers leave the comforts of their home to get together and battle. Prizes are given out to the winners of each tournament as well.

        Spoiler:- Explanation of the VGC:



    The Rules

    The format for VGC is Double Battles, Flat Battle rules, level 50 all. The ruleset for this metagame are as follows:
    1. 4v4 Doubles
    2. Species Clause - A player cannot have two of the same Pokemon on a team.
    3. Item Clause - No two Pokemon on the same team can hold the same item.
    4. Self KO Clause - If the player’s final Pokémon used Selfdestruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon are knocked out as a result, that player loses that game. If a player’s final Pokémon used Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Charge, Head Smash, Struggle, or Wild Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon are knocked out as a result, that player wins that game.
    5. Pokémon Banlist - A team cannot have any of the following Pokémon: Arceus, Celebi, Darkrai, Deoxys, Dialga, Giratina, Groudon, Ho-Oh, Jirachi, Kyogre, Kyurem, Lugia, Manaphy, Mew, Mewtwo, Palkia, Phione, Rayquaza, Reshiram, Shaymin, Victini, Zekrom, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect.
    6. Move Banlist - No Pokémon on a team may know any of the following moves: Dark Void, Sky Drop.
    7. No Unreleased Items - A player cannot use unreleased items. Currently Soul Dew and Pinch Berries. Example: Salac Berry and Custap Berry.
    8. (Currently) No Pokemon or Moves from Black 2 and White 2 - All Pokemon must be obtained from Black and White downwards; Pokemon requiring Black 2 and White 2 to be made are banned.

    * Sometimes, the rules vary, as in 2010 when Ubers, such as Kyogre, were allowed to be used, and in 2011, when the Pokemon were restricted to Pokemon only found in the Black and White Pokedex, so it is wise to keep informed and updated (ideally, the current rules would be posted here).

    How to Qualify for Worlds

    1. Players Ranked in the Top 12 in North America based on Championship Points
    2. Players Ranked in the Top 16 in Europe based on Championship Points
    3. Players who have an invitation to the 2013 World Championships by placing 1st or 2nd at the 2012 World Championships
    4. Players who reach the Top 4 of the Last Chance Qualifier held on Friday, August 9th at the 2013 World Championships venue

    Championship Points by Events
    There is no Best Finish Limit so you can participate in as many events as you want for as many Championship Points as you get. Please keep in mind that no Championship Points are awarded for lower placements unless the appropriate participation kicker is reached. For example, you will not receive any Championship Points for 17th unless the event has 128 players.

    Global Battle Union Tournaments
    1st Place - 10 Points
    2-8th Place - 8 Points
    9-16th Place - 4 Points
    17-64th Place - 2 Points
    65-128th Place - 1 Point

    Regional Championships
    1st Place - 120 Points
    2nd Place - 110 Points
    3-4th Place - 90 Points
    5-8th Place - 70 Points
    9-12th Place - 50 Points
    13-16th Place - 40 Points
    17-32th Place - 20 Points
    33-64th Place - 10 Points

    National Championships
    1st Place - 400 Points
    2nd Place - 300 Points
    3-4th Place - 250 Points
    5-8th Place - 110 Points
    9-12th Place - 80 Points
    13-16th Place - 60 Points
    17-32th Place - 40 Points
    33-64th Place - 30 Points
    65-128th Place - 10 Points

    Regional Byes
    Players with at least 4 Championship Points — a Top 16 finish in an official GBU Tournament or any CP finish at a previous Regional Championship — will receive a first round bye at their Regional Championship.

    Recent News

    Catch your latest news on the VGC here!
    • Abram Burrow's Cloyster will be distributed at Regionals.

      Cloyster @ Choice Scarf
      Trait: Skill Link
      IVs: 31 HP / 31 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SAtk / 31 SDef / 31 Spd
      Naughty Nature (+Atk, – SDef)
      - Icicle Spear
      - Rock Blast
      - Hidden Power [Grass]
      - Razor Shell
    • Winter Regionals will take place on January 20th!
    • Registration for the Internation Challenge Wi-Fi Tournament will begin on January 17th. The actual tournament will begin on January 25th to 28th.
    • VGC '13 European Events in May and June have been announced




        Spoiler:- Older News, in case you missed it and are interested:
        Spoiler:- Older News, in case you missed it and are interested:



    Upcoming Tournaments
    The VGC 2013 Season is soon approaching. Unsure where to look for the nearest VGC near you? Got you covered.



    Winter Regionals: January 20th, 2013
    - Florida (Lake Buena Vista - Royal Plaza)
    - Missouri (St. Louis area, Unconfirmed)
    - Oregon (Salem - The Pavillon at Oregon State Fair and Expo)
    - Virgina (Sandston - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond Airport)
    - Souther California

    Spring Regionals: April 14th, 2013
    - British Columbia (Vancouver area)
    - Georgia (Athens - Classic Center)
    - Massachusetts (Foxborough - Gillette Center)
    - Wisconsin (Madison)
    - Utah (Salt Lake City)


    VGC Rate My Teams
    As you know, teamwork is the most important part of Pokemon battling. However, that philosophy is not limited to just the Pokemon on your tea; you also will probably need the help of your fellow trainers as well! This section was created so that if you need some help with your team, you have a place streamlining it. If you want to help others, also streamlined. If you need ideas, then they are, once again, streamlined into one place.





    2013 Pokemon World Championships
    Where next year's World Champions are going to be held!

    Date: August 9th-11th
    Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada (East Facility of the Vancouver Convention Centre inside Canada Place)



    2012 Pokemon World Championships Coverage
    Unable to attend Worlds 2012 in Kona, Hawaii? That's ok; we've got as much coverage from it right here!

    The Official 2012 Pokemon World Championships Website
    Wolfe Glick and Friends (Gamespot Interview)
    Natalie Kapszak (Gamespot Interview)
    Gavin Michaels (Gamespot Interview)
    Aaron Zheng & Huy Ha (Gamespot Interview)
    Gamespot Semi-Finals Stream
    Gamespot TCG Stream. Starts at 4 hours and 45 minutes.
    Gamespot VGC Stream and Closing Ceremony. Starts Automatically. Ray Rizzo vs. Wolfe Glick.
    Battle Videos from the 2012 Pokémon World Championships (Credit to Nugget Bridge for compiling all these videos.)
    The Closing Ceremony (Official Site)
    Pokemon World Championship 2012 Montage (Gamespot)
    Last Look at the World Championships (Official Site)


    Useful Links for Training, Raising, and Battling Pokemon
    New to VGC-Style battles? Need some references for your team? Or maybe you just want to brush up on your skills? These links will be extremely helpful then!

    Introduction to Competitive Pokemon
    Introduction to Doubles Mechanics
    Serebii.net Pokedex
    Smogon University Pokemon Analyses for VGC
    Bulbapedia Egg Groups
    IV and Personality
    5th Gen RNG
    EV Training Guide
    Another EV Training Guide
    Moveset Calculator
    Damage Calculator
    Speed Tiers for VGC 2012
    The Autumn Friendly Thread


    VGC Related Websites

    Nugget Bridge: Dedicated VGC Website and Forum
    Introduction to VGC
    Official Play! Pokemon Website
    The Lava Pool: A VGC Dedicated Podcast



    Anything else you guys think should be added to the OP? Let me know!
    Last edited by Ragnarok; 21st July 2013 at 3:33 AM.

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