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Nuzlocke World Cup

Thread Description
A team knockout tournament to decide who gets to be crowned the Nuzlocke World Champion!

MylesNuzlocke

Conqueror of the Saffron Gym
Writer
Team Delta
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1138
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Dec 2, 2019
Messages
71
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Laverre City
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Lonely
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His first name is Myles. Nobody knows (except his friends and the Nuzlocke Forums) his last name! He likes to be lazy. He cares if he dies.
Can I spectate?
 

MylesNuzlocke

Conqueror of the Saffron Gym
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
1138
Caught
Dec 2, 2019
Messages
71
Location
Laverre City
Nature
Lonely
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Fire, Grass
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His first name is Myles. Nobody knows (except his friends and the Nuzlocke Forums) his last name! He likes to be lazy. He cares if he dies.
Never-mind, someone just told me on discord that I can spectate!
 

KujoR

Derp
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1839
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Apr 13, 2020
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1
Hi, I'd like to join! My info:
  1. KujoR#0210
  2. Yes, I can play 3DS games, but it is not preferred.
    (I can play most games from gen 1 up to and including gen 4, and have White 2, Y, Omega Ruby and Ultra Moon.
    Fun fact: I have never played Ultra Moon to this day, not even casually. However, I am sure I can handle if necessary.)
  3. No.
  4. I'd like to team up with 11wildy! (I am also the friend he's referring to in his message.)
 

Xerxos

xerx gon give it to ya
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Just a guy who does way too many Nuzlockes but never documents them.
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And with that, all 40 spots have been filled! Don't worry if you missed out this time, you're free to join our Discord server and spectate, and we're sure to be running this event again in the future! If this tournament goes well, I might get a league underway using this same format.
 

Brendan Farenite

Conqueror of the Cianwood Gym
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
203
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Jun 30, 2019
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327
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Italy
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Gentle
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He/Him
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Helpful and fun and friendly, but also lazy and lazier.
Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since we posted something here, isn’t it?

But don’t you worry, because, as participants and spectators alike know, this whole event isn’t dead - heck, it’s way way far from it - the dedicated Discord server is more alive than ever!

And with that small note out of the way, after a wait longer than necessary, it’s time to finally introduce the teams partaking in this tournament! Get a look at those cool banners each and every one of them created right for this occasion!

Let’s go!


Hailing from the oldest region, where fighting organized crime and having to remember the local Prof. his grandson’s name is asshat are a daily occurrence, the Kanto Classics! In which 11wildy captains his buddies Azure, Shruikan, Lord Buffle of Tuffle and KujoR! Are they ready to blast from the past?


Meanwhile, right next door, in a region where history and legend mix and clash, organized crime tries rearing its head once again, and half of the gym leaders don't even have a Generation 2’s Pokemon in their teams, the Johto Murkrows! Will captain d'angelo russell and his teammates Eugenius, Jamiedodger29, original nickname and empoleon9000 prevail while under history's watchful eyes?


However, they’re not the ones opposing eco-terrorist organizations, nor the ones stopping ancient behemoths from destroying the world’s climate, because the honor goes to FragDFKF, Wizedex, megazard, JGarxia and their captain Duke_Maniac! Will the Hoenn Hurricanes stand their ground, or will the memetic “7.8/10 too much water” wash them away?


But the wave of threats isn’t over yet, it’s up to the Sinnoh Straraptors to stop a madman from rewriting the universe to his whims and desires! How will captain Squiggy Azalea, DGom4421, Zaazaa0, Alolan Floatzel and Joshhh oppose the incarnations of the fundamental forces of the universe?


In a region where a tyrant wants to impose his black twisted ideals by force and a young and naive king follows his white incomplete truths with passion, captain Ytterby, Raderph, Nick Q. Name, Tonsoffamage and DittoJeff have their work cut for them! Let the Unova Units jump into the action, but will they be enough to take on knight templars and ninja pirates?


Yet, in a beautiful and lively land that rose from a war of death and destruction, the Defenders of Kalos face their greatest challenge, a man seeking to twist those very powers to purge the ones deemed unworthy! Captain armorbug, TechForce, MrVirus, Tatsu and Xander, the question is: where do you stand?


For centuries, the Tapus watched upon their region, ready to join the fray in order to maintain the peace. Now, they’re not alone anymore, because Zard, The Rat, Alan900900900 and Steeler have been called to stand by captain decker and form the Guardians of Alola, ready to take on the interdimensional menace at full strength! But will they manage to balance their duties with the upcoming Grand Trials?


Where the wild Pokemon live at their most feral and the encounter tables are more than varied, Six, ThickThighs, SnackyTheSylph and Penbert join captain TheTRUEgge to form the dream team, the Galar Snombatants! Between a tournament for the championship, blooming rivalries and opposing supporters, are they up for the task? Or something more than a simple title lies ahead, shrouded in shadows?

You have it guys: 40 nuzlockers of various ages and expertises, under the banners of a total of 8 teams, but only one will come out on top of the others, and cash in the glory of winning the first edition of the Nuzlocke World Cup! Heroes will rise and fall, emotions will bloom, rivalries will emerge, and fights will ignite the battlegrounds in the fires of competition!
The first round is over already, but that matters little when every team is still up and running for the prize! But the second round… is where the stakes are raised.

Stay tuned, Round 1’s results will be shared soon.

Until then, Brendan here, peace out everybody.
 
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Dancing Omastar

Jack of some trades
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
354
Caught
Jul 3, 2019
Messages
23
Location
Somewhere in Poland
Nature
Lax
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He/him
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Fairy, Ghost
Man, those team introductions are amazing. Were they made by the teams themselves or by the hosts? Also, this event sounds very, very interesting. I'm not sure who will I support yet but if I had to choose just by the names, it would probably be Kanto Classics or Galar Snombatants. Good luck to everyone in the following rounds!
 

Alan900900900

Lurker extraordinaire
Globetrotter
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
183
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Jun 30, 2019
Messages
334
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
Dark, Ice
Pokédex Entry
This Pokemon is a master of having too many projects at the same time. Also, Pikablu.
Man, those team introductions are amazing. Were they made by the teams themselves or by the hosts? Also, this event sounds very, very interesting. I'm not sure who will I support yet but if I had to choose just by the names, it would probably be Kanto Classics or Galar Snombatants. Good luck to everyone in the following rounds!
Speaking as one of the participants, the banners and names were made/selected by each team, but the little introduction blurbs were written by the organizers. Thanks!
 

Xerxos

xerx gon give it to ya
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Those were all the work of @Brendan Farenite, so make sure to send your thanks to him! Also, I'll try to get the Round 1 results up sometime this weekend, since I've already put it off for way too long.
 

Xerxos

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Round 1 Results


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Since the final team scores after the run phase were within one point of one another - with the Sinnoh Staraptors earning 2 points and the Galar Snombattants earning 3 points - the match was decided by a battle between wildcards Zaazaa0 and SnackyTheSylph. You can watch the replay of the battle here! Using a team consisting of Dragonite, Starmie, Rhyhorn, Zapdos, Victreebel, and Snorlax, Zaazaa0 was able to secure a 6-0 victory in the wildcard battle, sending the Sinnoh Staraptors to the winners bracket! Despite a very similar team, consisting of Dragonite, Gyarados, Zapdos, Victreebel, Golem, and Charizard, SnackyTheSylph was not able to overcome the extremely stacked Generation 1 OU team that Zaazaa0 had assembled.

Final score: (Sinnoh) 4 - 3 (Galar)

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The Hoenn Hurricanes and Defenders of Kalos ended the run phase with a true tie: each side had earned 2 points, and one matchup had resulted in an equal number of deaths! Due to this rather unique situation, JGarxia of Hoenn and Xander of Kalos were forced to battle due to their equal death counts - but since a tiebreaker battle is only worth one point, the result of this battle wouldn't matter since the match would have to be decided by a wildcard battle regardless of who won! JGarxia won the tiebreaker battle by the finest of margins, with his Feraligatr the only Pokemon left standing. This brought the team scores to 3-2 in favor of Hoenn, but with the difference being only one point, the wildcards were forced to duke it out!

Wildcards FragDFKF from Hoenn and armorbug from Kalos went at it in a Generation 1 matchup, and despite having arguably a weaker team on paper, armorbug was able to not only come out on top, but keep his entire team alive! The combination of armorbug's Zapdos, Snorlax, Gyarados, Sandslash, Golbat, and Gengar was too much for Frag's Venusaur, Golem, Jolteon, Starmie, Machamp, and Alakazam. So, despite JGarxia's clutch win for Hoenn in the "tiebreaker" battle, armorbug was able to take the match for the Defenders of Kalos!

Final score: (Hoenn) 3 - 4 (Kalos)

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In the match between the Johto Murkrows and the Unova Units, an unexpected situation arose - Johto's original nickname accidentally played a version of Pokemon White that had randomized wild encounters, leaving us a bit bewildered as to how to handle his matchup against Tonsoffamage, as the latter had had a much higher death count. After some deliberation, we decided that original nickname and Tonsoffamage would have to fight a tiebreaker battle, the winner of which would earn one point for their team. To keep things fair, we also notified Tonsoffamage of the single non-Unovan Pokemon in original nickname's team - a Mightyena! The ensuing battle was interesting despite its very short length (only 17 turns!), and Tonsoffamage ended up winning 3-0 and taking the point for his team.

At this point, the score was 3-1 in favor of Johto. The result of the matchup between Jamiedodger29 (aka DidacticDiviner) and DittoJeff was concealed, as the death counts were within two of each other. Jamie issued a challenge in an attempt to secure the match instead of risking a wildcard battle, and DittoJeff accepted. The battle ended in favor of the player from the Johto Murkrows, with Jamie taking the battle in a 4-0 victory. This bumped the Johto Murkrows up to 5 points, which was more than enough to beat Unova's 1 point.

Final score: (Johto) 5 - 1 (Unova)

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Both sides had strong showings, but it was the Kanto Classics that ended up taking three points from the four revealed matchups. The last matchup, which was between Kanto's 11wildy and Alola's Zard, left open the possibility for a challenge to be issued by either player. Rather than risking the death count loss - which would bump Alola's point total to within one of Kanto's, forcing a wildcard battle - 11wildy decided to challenge Zard to a battle. The challenge battle was a necessary gamble for both sides. Alola could not risk losing the final matchup, as such a result would mean an immediate win for Kanto without the possibility of a wildcard battle. Kanto, on the other hand, could risk the challenge battle as a win for Alola would simply even up the point totals, meaning a subsequent wildcard battle would have to take place to ultimately decide the match. In a back-and-forth battle, 11wildy ended up taking the match for the Kanto Classics with a 2-0 victory over Zard.

Final score: (Kanto) 5 - 1 (Alola)

And that's Round 1! Remember, this tournament uses a double-elimination system, so the teams that lost in Round 1 are now in the losers bracket. Round 2 is when we'll see our first two teams get eliminated from the competition, so hang tight, and wait until June 19th for the Round 2 Nuzlocke runs to be completed! If you're interested in watching any battles that end up taking place, make sure to join the Nuzlocke World Cup Discord server and ask for the @Battle Alert role.
 

Brendan Farenite

Conqueror of the Cianwood Gym
Team Delta
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203
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327
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Italy
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Helpful and fun and friendly, but also lazy and lazier.
Guess I took too long to make this post, didn’t I? Round 2 did end one month ago…

Anyways!

Previously, on Master Chef Nuzlocke Nuzlocke World Cup…

Forty players of various ages and expertises have been reunited under the banners of eight different teams, with only one clear intent: rise to the top above the others and cash in the prize and the glory of winning the first edition of the Nuzlocke World Cup!

With Round 1 dividing the teams in the winners and the losers brackets, Round 2 further rises the stakes, because this is when heads begin to fall and for the teams in the losers bracket it’s time face the risks, dangers and perils of the feared elimination!

While some could say this could lead to a remarkable Round, the many of us on the Discord server know better than that, not only two eliminations took place, but also a whole slew of events that put Round 2 on the lead as the most eventful so far!

First of all, due to mishaps related to progress loss and data corruption having unfortunately struck a handful of participants, it was decided to extend the deadline for another week. Originally, the teams had time from May 22nd to June 19th, but following the above mentioned issues us organizers discussed the situation and postponed the end of the run phase to June 26th, so that everyone could have a chance at concluding their Nuzlockes.

Furthermore, Joshh suddenly and unexplainedly dropped out of the competition, leaving an empty place and an uncompleted run among the ranks of the Sinnoh Staraptors. Luckily, we found a new participant in Krashkube, which, despite his disadvantageous start, was able to complete his assigned game in time!

Next, after finishing his own game, Xander reluctantly announced his retirement from the tournament due to real life obligations, thus Myz will be filling in from the beginning of the next Round, officially becoming the new player of the Defenders of Kalos.

And finally, we come to the best part of this announcement: Round 2’s final results!



As you can see, the chosen games were Crystal, Platinum, Emerald, one of choice between Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with the wildcard Generation being the third one (thus offering the choice between the Hoenn games Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald, and the Kanto games Fire Red or Leaf Green).
Contrary to Round 1, where there was no additional rule, Round 2’s Nuzlockes were played with the additional stipulation of a maximum of three items usable from the bag in battle (thus forcing players to decide between a boosting item or a healing one; held items were still fair play and not subjected to any limitation), so let’s begin with the winners bracket!

As the Classics opted to not accept any challenges, this meant they were the ones leading for 3 - 2, and thus a wildcard match was required!
With a victory of 4 - 0, Buffle, Son of Boofle, defeated Eugenius, thus granting the Kanto Classics access to the winners brackets’ semifinals! Meanwhile, the Johto Murkrows are sent to the losers bracket, where there’s no more room for mistakes!

While the situation was of 2 - 1 in favor of the Staraptors, the battles between the Emerald and the Crystal players were the true deciding factors, since both matchups had tied in the death count!
With a very close battle in each side, and a result of 1 - 0, Krashkube brings home a victory against Tatsu! Following his teammate’s example, Zaazaa too wins his match against Armorbug 2 - 0, confirming the Sinnoh Staraptor’s victory, and their place as the Kanto Classics’ opponents in the winner bracket’s semifinal match! Meanwhile, the Defenders of Kalos will fight the next Round in the losers bracket, so they may still have a chance to get back up!

And now to the losers bracket!

The situation here was incredible, with the Guardians sporting the least amount of losses in the entire Round, with 3 deaths only in total! And while Meat Princess and Alan may have tied, the rest of the matchups was totally in favor of the Alola Guardians, with a crushing victory 4 - 0! For the first time in this tournament, there was no need for players to battle in order to establish the final results, but that also means that the Unova Units are the first team to be eliminated from the Nuzlocke World Cup!

What can I say, those results are wild! MZ wins the matchup against MR VISH, thus cashing one point for his team, while Garxia and Syndrapova tied, thus they had to fight a tiebreaking battle worth one point. And for the first time in this tournament once again, a matchup in which both parties wiped! While Wizedex and shinx had the opportunity to still challenge each other with their pre-wipe teams they opted to not to, resulting in neither side winning points!
And while the other matchups could still issue challenges, the Hurricanes too decided to not accept any of them, meaning only the tiebreaker battle was fought. However, despite Garxia easily winning against Syndrapova, with a result of 4 - 0, this move ended up playing in favour of the Galar Snombatants, who passed to the losers quarterfinals, while the Hoenn Hurricanes are the second team to be eliminated!

Come on guys, let’s give those two teams a round of applause, they fought valiantly, tooth and nail, until the end, and they deserve respect for that!
And who knows, maybe they’ll still be able to play a part in this tournament… but only time will tell….

Now the situation is as follows:

The Kanto Classics will nuke it out against the Sinnoh Staraptors in the winners semifinals, and I expect to see fly more than just sparks! Ignite the fires of competition!

In the losers quarterfinals, we will see the Defenders of Kalos facing off against the Guardians of Alola, while the Johto Murkrows will have the Galar Snombatants as their opponents. As with this Round that just ended, the two losing teams will be eliminated from the competition, with no more chances to cash in the glorious prize of victory!

Who will win? Who will lose?

Two teams have been sent back home, but with still six teams up and running and three - or maybe even more? Who knows - Rounds left to play, it's once again way too soon to state how this tournament is going to end.

Who will be allowed to the Grand Finals? Who will be sent in the losers bracket to battle their way out of the elimination? Who will have to walk away and get ready try their luck next year?

Which team will survive to Nuzlocke another day? Which ones will have to abandon their dreams to win the first ever Nuzlocke World Cup?

We will find out together, in the already begun and now almost over Round 3! Buckle up and get ready to rumble, the remaining thirty players will have to complete their runs with not one, not two, but three different extra rules this time around!
The first one is Set Mode, a classic oftentimes considered to be the next step in difficulty after playing Shift.
Then we have a hard-level clause to prevent players from circumventing the level limit, and avoid Pickup’s loot table’s abuse: at no time are you allowed to own a Pokemon that is 5 levels or more above the ace of the next Gym Leader/Totem Pokemon/Island Kahuna/major boss (or the Champion, if you've completed everything but the final gauntlet). The existing level limit from previous rounds - where you're not allowed to fight a Gym Leader with a Pokemon higher-leveled than the leader's ace - still applies as well.
Lastly, we have a brand new OU clause! At any given time, you may only have two Pokemon in your team that are in the Overused/Uber tier (such tiers being based on the same as the Smogon rankings) in your game's generation. Quite a twist, isn’t it? Aren’t you all curious to see how this will impact the next team compositions?

Beware the Pursuits, say goodbye to your Pickup abuse, and get ready to become familiar with the Smogon tier lists!

Stay tuned, it will be a wild ride. And we’re not even halfway through yet! Next time, Round 3’s results!
Brendan here, peace out everybody.
 

Brendan Farenite

Conqueror of the Cianwood Gym
Team Delta
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327
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Last time, we left when Round 3 was halfway through, so let’s make a quick recap of the situation, shall we?

In the winners bracket, we have the Kanto Classics and the Sinnoh Staraptors facing each other, in what can be described as the first part of the winners semifinals.

Meanwhile, the losers bracket has the Johto Murkrows against the Galar Snombattants and the Guardians of Alola battling the Defenders of Kalos. Remember, the teams losing their match in this bracket won’t be given any other chances and will be shown the door to the elimination!

As said previously, the Round’s current stipulation was Set Mode, with the hard-level cap and OU clauses being annexed to the official ruleset, adding to the overall difficulty and pushing the participants to get creative and inventive with their final teams. Will this prove to be a challenge? Or is it just going to be a fun escamotage? We’re going to find out shortly, but first, some more news.

Like in Round 2, Round 3’s deadline was briefly extended once again due to multiple requests caused by emulator and data backup issues, from August 3rd to the 6th. However, this choice was met with criticism and dissatisfaction by those who finished their own runs in time, and we were well aware of how they were feeling, thus we took action.

The participants were notified of our decision to increase the Rounds’ run phase, and then they were called to vote in order to decide how much this extension would be. Hence, the majority of the votes went to an increase of the Nuzlocke run time from 4 to 5 weeks, and this change will stick until the end of the tournament.

Now, after these issues regarding Round 3’s extension, we decided to take a firmer stance on the respect and enforcement of the deadline. From now onward, extensions will be allowed only in the most dire and extreme of circumstances; in the case of an unjustified breach of the deadline, the guilty player(s) will be inflicted a penalty in the form of increasing their deathcount by 5, which will become 10 if said breach goes on for more than a week. The penalty is inflicted regardless of the run’s results. Savefile and data corruption won’t be eligible for an extension at all, so ENSURE TO PROPERLY BACKUP YOUR EMULATOR’S DATA!!!

With that said, there’s to note two participants in the losers bracket were allowed an extension until August 12th, since theirs were in fact extenuating circumstances. Following their deadline’s end, the battle phase began, lasting until August 19th.

Now, onto the results!

Winners bracket:

Kanto Classics vs Sinnoh Staraptors

This match has only begun, with the fires of competition igniting and getting hotter and hotter! Both teams have completed their runs on time, but we’re still keeping their death counts secret - after all, this is the winners finals, and it will last until the end of the next round! As you might have heard, each player had to battle their counterpart in the opposing team, and here are the results:
- Yellow players: KujoR is defeated 0 - 3 by Zaazaa0
- GS players: KurganAzure, BurialBlues prevails against Squiggy with a close victory of 1 - 0
- ORAS players: 11wildy sweeps DGom4421 with a staggering 6 - 0 victory!
- SM players: ScrollWyrm wins 2 - 0 against Alolan Floatzel
- G4 wildcard players: with a result of 3 - 0, Buffle, But she's got a new hat cashes in a victory against Krashkube

Those matches were lit, and one has to wonder how this rivalry will end! Those results aren’t definitive by any means - we have some special twists up our sleeves, so nothing is set in stone yet!

Losers bracket:

Johto Murkrows vs Galar Snombattants

Those two teams are fighting tooth and nail, trying everything to top each other and survive this round! And this can be clearly seen in the results: despite the Murkrows possessing an advantage of 2 - 0, there are three matches to be fought in order to decide if this matchup will find conclusion via a points difference or a wildcard battle!
empoleon9000 and TheTRUEgge battled a tiebreaker battle, with the former winning and thus cashing in another point for the Murkrows, while Syndrapova and shnix both refused any challenge issued by their respective opponents, DidacticDiviner and Eugenius.
With a score of 3 - 2, another wildcard battle was unavoidable, thus cross_off (#1 bo bichette stan) and THEY CALL ME MISTER VISH took it down to the battlefield once more.
So, with a score of 4 - 0, cross off brings home the victory, and alongside it, the right for the Johto Murkrows to continue their journey into the next round, and for the Galar Snombattants that means they’re out of the tournament!

Defenders of Kalos vs Guardians of Alola


Neither team is slacking off, their actual tally is of 2 - 3 in favor of the Guardians, and that means things will be dealt once and for all with a wildcard battle!
Tatsu and Steeler settled this on the battlefield, the results are as follow: with a 0 - 2 result, Tatsu is defeated, and so Steeler’s the one to come out on top, meaning the Guardians of Alola are allowed to advance to the losers bracket’s semifinals, while the Defenders of Kalos are eliminated from the tournament!

Everyone, another shower of applause, because those two teams are leaving with their heads held high, as they gave their all and kept going until they couldn’t and even some more!

And clap your hands once more for DGom4421, as this has been his last game on the tournament; school and real life obligations forced him to forfeit his spot in the Sinnoh Staraptors, with Dafaillord joining the team as his replacement.

Now, Round 4 begins with the following situation:

In the winners bracket, the second part of the semifinal matchup between the Kanto Classics and the Sinnoh Staraptors! The winning team will be the first qualified for the grand finals, and the losing team will be sent to the losers bracket.

In the losers bracket, the Johto Murkrows and the Guardians of Alola will nuke it out, because by now it’s clear what happens to whoever loses there! Meanwhile, the winning team will face off the losing team of the winners semifinals in the losers bracket semifinal match!

And as usual, something new to spice things up:

First of all, this Round’s stipulation, no items in battle! Forget about healing in a pinch or boosting stats with X-items in battle, but do not be afraid, held items are still allowed and pretty much encouraged, so make them count!

Then, some new rules! The species clause appears, meaning players are not allowed to have more than one of a Pokemon’s species in their team; catching dupes is still allowed, so don't worry about not being able to acquire backups. Then, adding even more to the difficulty, a no gift Pokemon clause, so gift Pokemon, Eggs and Game Corner Prizes are not allowed, and therefore do not count as a catch either; traded and revived fossil Pokemon do not count as gifts, and can be used as long as they follow their own listed rules.

And do not worry, I’m not forgetting the most important, long-waited and long-requested games list!

- Red/Blue
- Ruby/Sapphire
- Diamond/Pearl
- X/Y

(If a game in the list comes in a pair, you are free to choose either)

The wildcard Generation is the following: Generation 5 (B/W, B2/W2)

This also comes with a few extra rules clarifications:
- You are only allowed a Hidden Grotto catch, but you can still choose where to make it
- The PWT is not allowed, aside from the story-mandated battles. Deaths from those battles do not count either, as they won’t net any experience.
- Aside from the story-mandated movie, the Pokewood as well is banned from use.
- The Entralink and other online features are not allowed.
- Due to it coming from a gift that should be refused but the game won't allow for that choice, the gift Lucarionite in the XY games can't be used.

4 teams out, 3 more to go. This is the halfway point everyone, and from here, the way is only even more uphill.

Who will be the most determined, tenacious, gutsy, brave and bold? Who will crumble under the pressure of an even harder Nuzlocke? What story will they tell once they will reach the end, no matter if sweetest or most bitter?

Let’s find out together, on the Nuzlocke! World! Cup!
 

Brendan Farenite

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So, another long stretch of time passed, and now it's time to explore and report the tortuous happenings that took place during Round 4 of the Nuzlocke World Cup…

Sit down and grab a drink everybody, this will take a while.

As a reminder, the extra stipulation was the prohibition to use items in battle, plus new rules in the form of the Species clause and the ban of gift, eggs and game corner Pokemon, just to spice the difficulty up some more; the games list instead, included Red/Blue, Ruby/Sapphire, Diamond/Pearl, X/Y and Generation 5 as wildcard.

Let’s start nice and easy, and cover first of all the Losers Bracket. The previous Round saw the Johto Murkrows and Guardians of Alola come out on top of their matchups, throwing out of the tournament the Galar Snombattants and the Defenders of Kalos. The former two remain, but who was the one to enter the top three, and the one to be left behind, adorned with the wooden medal?

Let’s take a look at the deathcounts first!

(As a reminder, neither team knew their opponents' losses at this point of the Round)

Red/Blue players, Eugenius (3 losses) vs The Rat (0 losses): The Rat cashed in a point for the Alolan team!

Ruby/Sapphire players, original nickname (1 loss) vs Alan900900900 (0 losses): this matchup’s players were free to challenge each other.

Diamond/Pearl players, DidacticDiviner (4 losses) vs Steeler (0 losses): Steeler netted another point for the Guardians!

X/Y players, empoleon9000 (1 loss) vs decker (1 loss): this matchup’s players' deathcounts tied, thus empoleon and decker had to fight a tie-breaking battle worth 1 point.

Wildcard players, Generation 5, cross_off (2 losses) vs charzard (0 losses): charzard won the matchup, meaning, once again, another victory went to Alola!

So, with a partial tally of 0 - 3, the Guardians of Alola possessed the advantage, but has this lasted? Or did the Johto Murkrows take charge and reversed the situation?

empoleon9000 and decker fought their tiebreaking battle valiantly, but in the end it was empoleon9000 to prevail! Thanks to his 4 - 0 victory, he casheed in 1 point, bringing the partial results to 1 - 3, still in favor of the Alolan team.

After the battle, Alan900900900 decided to decline any challenge from his opponent, original nickname. Following this decision, and by looking at the deathcounts, it's Alan to have won another point for his team!

With a final result of 1 - 4, the Guardians of Alola win the Losers Semifinals and advance to the next Round! Even more astounding, this team's total losses during this Round consist of only 1 Pokemon!

Johto Murkrows , as saddening as it is, your loss means you're now out of the tournament, but you are in the top 4, fully deserving of the wooden medal, and the fact you've won your very last battle means you did go down in a blaze of glory!


Now, onto the Winners Bracket! The Kanto Classics and the Sinnoh Staraptors’ matchup wasn’t still over after all, so, how did it go this time around?

Just like last Round, each teams’ players had to battle their opponent, regardless of the actual deathcounts results:

Red/Blue players, Lord Buffle of Tuffle (0 losses) vs Zaazaa0 (0 losses)

Ruby/Sapphire players, KujoR (0 losses) vs Squiggy Azalea (4 losses)

Diamond/Pearl players, 11wildy (0 losses) vs Dafaillord (4 losses)

X/Y players, ScrollWyrm (11 losses) vs Alolan Floatzel (8 losses)

However, there has been an exception, regarding the wildcard players, Generation 5: Azure suffered a severe wipe, and by proxy that meant Krashkube (4 losses) won the matchup!

For the whole duration of their battle phase, the Kanto Classics reigned supreme, as each one of its members that made it to the battle phase (11wildy, KujoR, Lord Buffle of Tuffle and ScrollWyrm) took on and defeated each opponent from the Sinnoh Staraptors (Dafaillord, Squiggy Azalea, Zaazaa0 and Alolan Floatzel respectively)!


As stated previously, Krashkube won his matchup by default due to an unfortunate wipe suffered by Azure.

After taking in account the battle results from the previous Round (Round 3), the Classics were leading with a tally of 8 - 2! Furthermore, In both Rounds 3 and 4, the deathcount matchups have resulted in a 2 - 2 tie in both cases!


And after all those tallies, you’d expect the Round to be over, right?

...Well, prepare to be disappointed, because us Organizers decided that all of this buildup had to be used for a final confrontation that would have cemented who’d get to be the first Grand Finalist of the Nuzlocke World Cup, and who’d be sent in the Losers Bracket to nuke it out against the Guardians of Alola for the second and last available spot in the Grand Finals.

However, we kept the whole thing a secret in order to spice up on the drama and the surprise, thus we failed to realize that by doing so, we didn’t take in account people’s feelings on the situation, leading to us to forget that one of the prime factors that made the NWC a successful event were the interactions with participants and spectators alike and the input they provided.

In short, the idea wasn’t well met, and the further revelation of its specifics and the fact the battle would have been only one irked many, including the winners of said battle, the Sinnoh Staraptors.

With the damage already done, apologies weren’t going to be enough, so we looked back on our mistake and this time we opened a dialogue with not only the participants, but anyone on the NWC Discord server, in order to solve the issue and find a solution that could right our wrong and satisfy the players still taking part in the competition. Votations were held, and one outcome was reached.


In order to solve the situation in the most ideal and satisfying way, it was decided: the fifth and final Round of the Nuzlocke World Cup will be a Triple Threat Grand Finals!

The Kanto Classics, the Sinnoh Staraptors and the Guardians of Alola will have a Mexican Standoff, with the hardest stipulations to boot:

Set Mode!

New limitations!

No Items in Battle!

A rule getting lifted?!


And, thanks to the input of the eliminated players…

Wedlocke!

Stay tuned for the games list and new rules to make this even harder!
 
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Brendan Farenite

Conqueror of the Cianwood Gym
Team Delta
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As of now, less than one week remains before Round 5’s run phase is over, but let’s take a look at the situation at the beginning, shall we?

Like stated last time, Round 4’s ending mess resulted in finding a satisfying solution for everyone involved, in the form of a Mexican Standoff.

But what does that entail logistically speaking?

It means the fifth, and final Round, of the Nuzlocke World Tournament is being played in the form of a Triple Threat Grand Finals!

After the elimination of the Johto Murkrows, the Guardians of Alola have risen from the ranks of the Losers Bracket, ready to take on the Kanto Classics and the Sinnoh Staraptors, sole survivors of the Winners Bracket, in a Melee a Trois that neither of them is ready to back down from without going down fighting!

The Round’s workings are pretty simple: just like usual, each team’s players will nuzlocke their games of choice from the usual assigned list, from October 10th to November 24th, the maximum allowed time lapse before penalties for missing the deadline will be issued (although that has never been a problem since the introduction of said penalties), your typical standard Run Phase fare.

After that, the Battle Phase will have each team facing down the others in battles played online on Pokémon Showdown, with the order decided individually, case-by-case, based on the run phase’s results.

Points are awarded according to the following criteria:
  • Players with the least amount of losses will win 2 points; players with the second-to-least amount of losses will win 1 point; lastly, players with the most losses won’t win any points at all.
  • Winning an online battle on Showdown will net 2 points to the victor.

After both Run and Battle Phases will be over, each team’s total tally will be calculated, determining the final podium.

The team with the most points will be declared the winner of the first edition of the Nuzlocke World Cup. Together with the glory of victory, it’s to remember each and every one of the winning participants will be offered the position of Organizer in the next edition of the tournament.

With this long exposition finally out of the way, it’s time to get to the rules and the games list!

First of all, a new “Difficulty 4” rule (determined according to this list here https://nuzlocke-ratings.herokuapp.com/info/rules ) was chosen by the eliminated players, and by majority vote, they decided to impose on the three remaining teams the classic Wedlocke rules! This new stipulation goes to be applied together with both Set Mode and No Items in Battle, making an already challenging ruleset even more difficult.

Ask for blood and you shall receive it!

Furthermore, there are new rules to incentive players even further in terms of teambuilding: static Pokémon and in-game trades are being banned, thus removing from the picture useful elements like Snorlax, Volcarona, the traded Machop in Goldenrod and much more. However, in order to not limit too much the participants, we decided to lift the OU clause, since we felt the team limitations imposed by the Wedlocke rules were already enough.

Lastly, the games list:

  • Fire Red/Leaf Green
  • Heart Gold/Soul Silver
  • Black 2/White 2
  • Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
  • Wildcard generation: Generation 2 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)


Over seven months ago, 40 nuzlockers of different ages, nationalities and expertises set off to the path of glory, reunited under the banners of 8 different teams.

Today, 15 nuzlockers remain, hardened by the increasing difficulties each Round had them face, and by the merciless battles they had to fight to impede other players from stopping them. Today, 3 teams have entered the last leg of the journey, the worst and most difficult one, the one where the stakes are at their peak!

Well, there is room for only one team on the end of this road, so give your all, because glory awaits you! Are you ready to look back at what you accomplished so far and set your sights to the victories that you longed for ever since the beginning?

Are you ready to mark your passage with sweat, tears and blood?

Are you ready to face the battlefields one last time, and leave them with your heads held high?

Are you ready to push yourselves at your limits and beyond?!?

Give your all!

Never Surrender!

Never Give Up!

Grind Like Hell!

The Nuzlocke World Cup is coming to an end soon, who will prevail?

Until then, Brendan here, peace out everybody!
 

Brendan Farenite

Conqueror of the Cianwood Gym
Team Delta
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Small update: last week one of the participants requested an extension, due to causes irl and outside of their spectrum. After discussing the situation, we have decided to give one week extension to the Round, meaning the deadline is now December 1st, 21:00 PST (December 2nd, 5:00 GMT+0). No further extensions will be allowed following this one, so expect the Run Phase results by the time next week rolls in.
 

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