The World Cup of Pokémon 2018 - Signups

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The World Cup of Pokémon 2018
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Players around the globe, now is the time to stand up for your home, for your country! Enlist today to fight alongside your countrymen for the glory of your nation and the coveted World Cup!

The format this year will be 4 SM OU / 1 ORAS OU / 1 BW OU / 1 DPP OU / 1 RSE OU / 1 GSC OU / 1 RBY OU. Each team will be required to draft 15 players (10 playing slots and 5 subs). Please use the following format to sign up:

Player Name: Hogg
Tiers: ADV / RBY
Country / Region of Residence: US South
Other Eligibility: None
Significant Time Missed: Two weeks in June
  • Player Name: Your name, Player.
  • Tiers: Please list the tiers you are willing to play (SM / ORAS / BW / DPP / RSE / GSC / RBY).
  • Country / Region of Residence: The country or region where you currently reside. For players located in the United States, please note that we use census regions; see below for the map.
  • Other Eligibility: If you believe you are eligible for a region other than where you currently reside, please list it here. See below for eligibility requirements.
  • Significant Time Missed: If you are going to miss any significant portion of the tour, please list it here.

Expected Teams:

While captain sign-ups are still ongoing, leaving this list subject to change, the expected teams this year are as follows:

  • Asia [must qualify]
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latin America
  • Oceania
  • Spain
  • UK
  • US Midwest
  • US Northeast
  • US South
  • US West
NEW TEAMS (must qualify):
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Benelux
  • India

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements are listed below. Most of these rules remain largely unchanged from last year's WCOP. If you have any specific questions about eligibility, please contact the hosts.

Players who previously participated in WCOP

If a player participated in WCOP 2017, they will be locked onto their team from the previous year, barring the following exceptions:
  • If the team they most recently played for no longer exists, they will be treated as a player eligible for new teams (see below).
  • If a player's region has changed, they may choose to instead play for the region currently associated with their forum IPs. This is a one-time choice; doing so forfeits their previous eligibility. They will not be able to be grandfathered back onto their previous team in the future, and even if they return to their old region in the future, this eligibility will remain forfeited.

If a player did not participate in WCOP 2017 but did participate in a previous edition of WCOP, they have the option to either play for the team that matches their current forum IPs, or to be grandfathered onto their most recent team. If they choose to be grandfathered, they forfeit their eligibility for the team matching their current IP. If they choose to play under their current eligibility, they forfeit their ability to be grandfathered back onto their old team at a future date.

Players eligible for new teams

Players that are not locked on a team and are not eligible for grandfathering (new players or players whose previous teams no longer exist) may only play for the regions associated with their forum IPs. Tournament directors will not consider any other means of identification for regional eligibility. Please do not submit real-world identifying documents such as passports or birth certificates.

If a player has IPs to prove that they spend extended periods of time in multiple regions within the past 12 months (e.g. students who attend university in one region and live in another), they can apply to join the team associated with either region. TDs will review this on a case-by-case basis. Eligibility for the rejected team will be forfeited.

Players with significant periods of provable residency prior to the past 12 months may apply to join the team associated with their old IPs. The TD team will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis, but as a general rule, the minimum amount of time we will consider is one year of residency in the old region. As referenced above, you MUST be able to verify said residency via forum IPs; if your IPs do not reflect this prior residency, your application will not be accepted. Eligibility for the rejected team will be forfeited.

"Cultural eligibility" rules were removed in the previous edition of WCOP, and have not been reinstated.

As a reminder, hosts and TDs reserve the right to reject any player they deem to be insufficiently eligible. An example of this would be a player whose IP drastically changes merely days before the start of the tournament.

Alice grew up in France, and currently lives in Toronto. Her forum IPs from the past 12 months reflect that she resides in Toronto. While her IPs show a couple of visits to France during her Smogon tenure, they do not reflect any long-term residency. Alice is eligible to play for Team Canada, but is NOT eligible to play for Team France.

Bob spends much of the year at university in California, but his parents live in Iowa. His forum IPs from the past 12 months reflect that he spends extended periods of time in both California and Iowa, and therefore he is eligible to play for either Team US West or Team US Midwest. Once he chooses to play for one team or the other, his future eligibility is locked to that region.

Carla used to live in Brazil but currently resides in Sweden. While her forum IPs from the past 12 months reflect that she currently primarily resides in Sweden, her forum IPs confirm that from 2014 to 2016 she primarily resided in Brazil. She is eligible to play for either Team Brazil or Team Europe. Once she chooses to play for one team or the other, her future eligibility is locked to that region.

Daniel played on Team Oceania in WCOP 2017. He is locked onto Team Oceania for WCOP 2018.

Elena previously played for Team Germany in WCOP 2015 and 2016, but did not participate in the most current edition of WCOP. She currently resides in Greece. She can either play for Team Greece or be grandfathered onto Team Germany. Once she makes this choice, she forfeits the eligibility for her other location.

Fernando previously resided in Venezuela and played on Team LA in WCOP 2017, but subsequently relocated to Texas (confirmed via forum IPs). He has a one-time opportunity to change his regional eligibility to match his current location and play for Team US South. Doing so forfeits his previous eligibility, even if he moves back to Venezuela in 2019.

The Future

Moving forward, we will only have two categories: those who participated in the most recent edition of WCOP, and those who did not. Players who participate in WCOP 2018 will be team-locked for WCOP 2019 (with the same exceptions as listed above). Players who do not participate in WCOP 2018 will have their eligibility determined as though they were new players (using the same rules listed above).
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