RPL Season 3 Announcement Post!
After almost a year since Season 2 was announced, I have decided to start up a 3rd Season of the “Race for Wool Pokemon League” with the new release of generation 7. This post will go over general info about season 3, draft format and rules, the regular season format and battle rules, trading and free-agency rules, and sign-ups.
The league will consist of coaches who draft a team of 11 pokemon to battle with. All matches will occur on pokemon showdown (a web-browser battle simulator), under showdown’s “Pokebank OU” format. Teams will be able to view the pokemon rosters of other teams and decide which 6 pokemon of their 11 available to bring to a battle. Moreover, for every week coaches can customize specific movepools, abilities, EVs, etc. of their 6 pokemon specifically for their week’s opponent. This introduces a high level of strategy into each matchup, and you have to have good preparation skills and good battling skills in order to win matches (a lot like RFW).
Due to the new generation, which is considerably untested when it comes to draft format, the draft this season will be different from previous systems. The biggest change is that there is no tiers of pokemon; coaches will simply draft pokemon in the Pokebank OU tier (and below), which includes basically all pokemon that are not ubers.
Pokemon may only be drafted once, which means that draft order matters. Before the draft coaches will be seeded based on ability, and the lowest seeds will pick first. Coaches will pick in “snake” order for all 11 rounds, so if there’s 4 coaches, the order would go: 1 2 3 4, 4 3 2 1 ,1 2 3 4 for the first 3 rounds. Each coach will have up to 2 mins to draft once it’s their turn. If they miss their turn, they will be skipped and will have to make up their turn later in an extra 12th round.
When drafting, each coach may draft one “potential mega.” This is the only pokemon out of all 11 pokemon that you are allowed to mega-evolve during a battle. However, you don’t have to mega-evolve this pokemon if you don’t want to, and in fact, the pokemon doesn’t even have to hold it’s mega stone. When you draft your potential mega you must tell me immediately that you intend for this pokemon to be your potential mega. Finally, mega-pokemon are considered the same as their normal forms, so if someone drafts regular Scizor, nobody else can draft Mega-Scizor, and is someone drafts Mega-Scizor, regular Scizor can no longer be drafted.
In addition to all Gen 7 Uber pokemon being banned, I have banned several other pokemon. You can veiw the list of additional banned pokemon here. This document also lists pokemon-specific draft rules. To view all available pokemon to draft you can go to the teambuilder on Showdown, specify your format as Pokebank OU, and look through all the pokemon with the “New,” “Bank,” “NFE,” or “LC,” tags. Note that about half of all mega-pokemon are currently impossible to get in generation 7, and so you may not draft these megas (because Showdown won’t support it; there’s nothing I can do about it). In showdown, all megas with the “Unreleased” tag are megas you can not draft.
The draft will take place Saturday, December 17th at 9:30pm ET. Expect the draft to last about 2 hours. We will draft in the Musclecraft mumble (mumble.musclecraft.net, default port). You don’t have to be in mumble however, and can communicate your picks to me through Skype if you prefer. If you can’t make the draft but still want to play, you can draft all your 11 pokemon after the draft ends.
All matches will be played in Showdown’s Pokebank OU tier. Pokemon can up to level 100 like last season. Showdown will enforce these clauses:
Baton Pass Clause: Limit one Baton Passer, can’t pass speed and other stats simultaneously
Sleep Clause Mod: Limit one foe put to sleep
OHKO Clause: OHKO moves are banned
Moody Clause: Moody is banned
Evasion Moves Clause: Evasion moves are banned
Endless Battle Clause: Forcing endless battles is banned
Swagger Clause: The move Swagger is banned (note that this is not automatically enforced; if you bring swagger you will forfeit the match).
Note that Pokebank OU has also banned the ability Power Construct. Since this is the only ability Zygarde Complete can learn, it is effectively banned, and other Zygarde forms can not have this ability, they must use Aura Break instead.
Regular Season Format
Every week coaches will play 2 matches, although for the first week of the regular season, which contains Christmas weekend, coaches will only play one match. Matches may be played anytime between Wednesday and the following Monday, where match submissions will be due at 1:59am ET (technically Tuesday morning). Like last season, if a match does not happen (and neither coach forfeits) then both coaches will receive a -1 on their record. If matches are submitted after the deadline, the winner will be rewarded +0.5 on their record instead of a +1. It is the coaches responsibility to contact and schedule their matches on their own.
The regular season format will depend on how many coaches sign up. I would like every coach to play every other coach once, so if we get 12-16 coaches, and each coach plays 2 matches per week, the regular season would be 6-8 weeks long. However, if less coaches sign up I might have to change the format accordingly so that coaches play enough matches. The regular season schedule will be released no later than a day after the draft.
At the end of the regular season the 5 coaches with the best records will move on to the playoffs consisting of a single-elimination bracket. Coaches will be seeded based off record, and any ties will be broken by head-to-head record. All playoff matchups will be a best of 3 series.
Each team will have 4 transactions for the regular season, which constitute both free-agents and trades. Free-agenting a pokemon involves dropping a pokemon on your roster for any undrafted pokemon. Trading is simply trading one or multiple pokemon with another coach. You may only make transactions on Tuesdays; the deadline is 1:59am ET (technically Wednesday morning). Contact me through Skype in order to do a transaction.
The deadlines for transactions will be Tuesday, January 16th. You may not do any free-agencies or trades after 1:59am ET on that Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning).
Sign-Ups are here. Even if you are a returning coach, you must sign-up. The deadline for sign-ups is Saturday, December 17th, at 8pm ET.
I am limiting Season 3 to 16 teams. All returning coaches have a guaranteed spot. Any new teams can sign up, but I will prioritize people who are in the RFW community over others. Otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.