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Hey fellow PvP players, in this thread I will explain how we enforce this rule, what counts towards it and why it is important to cooperate with us here. I made the mistake and not thoroughly wrote down procedures, limitations and explanations for the community which resulted in some unfair bans that will be fixed as soon as possible, so count this thread as an apology for our mess as well. This type of stuff shouldn't happen, will not happen again and I take full responsibility for it. The current rule that forbids any type of boosting. What counts towards this rule?: Playing against any accounts you have access to If Bob has the password of Billy and Bob matches against Billy in ranked PvP, you may risk of being flagged as boosting players. The best advice we can give here is that you do not share accounts to avoid any confusion here. Did Billy actually play or was it Bob controlling both accounts. Those are questions we have to answer. Playing against your own alternate accounts If Tom owns the accounts Tom123 & Tom321 and matches against himself in ranked PvP, he will be banned for boosting. Playing on an account you do not rightfully own Jake gave his account to Bob so he can play ranked PvP on it and Bob starts playing in ranked with Jake's account, you will be banned for boosting. Please avoid at any cost playing on someone elses account in ranked PvP unless you have full control over it (E-Mail is yours, you are the only one having access to the account and the original owner does not return) Disconnecting on purpose and receiving payments for it Bob matches against Tom, Tom messages Bob & asks him if he could disconnect or let him win for 50k$. Bob should report Tom however if he accepts this payment both players will be banned for boosting. Disconnecting repeatedly against the same players Billy always disconnects against Jake because he thinks he is the superior player. This might get you flagged as boosting if done multiple times as you are supposed to play out all matches. We can see the difference between server crashes, a user with bad internet or someone boosting. Disconnecting against Guild members on purpose or due to "Queue/Game" guild rules Bob, Tom and Jake are in the same guild [ExamplePlayers]. Tom matches against Jake in ranked PvP and Jake disconnects during team-preview. If done multiple times you may get flagged as boosters. Jake writes in his guild chat or in a matchmaking chat on their discord that he is in the queue. Jake: queue Bob always forgets to write in that chat and matches against Jake. Jake is annoyed and tells Bob to disconnect because he broke the "queue/game" guild rules. This may get you flagged as boosting as well, as you are supposed to play out all matches. As the last thing always gets broken and causes a lot of confusion we made an announcement regarding it: If you have any further questions please write them down below and I try to answer all of them to the best of my ability. Kind regards. Credits to Qeight
Hello fellow Pokemon trainers! We have observed, over the last 3 seasons, what impact our rule change had and came to the conclusion that the impact was minimal however we acknowledge the displeasure a lot of players had with the rule change. This is the reason why we tried to find a middle-ground which still allows testing in a real competitive environment henceforth from now on we will only allow 2 accounts being used in ranked PvP within each season. You have to rightfully own the account, this means playing on a friends account is still against our rules. This change will go live in the upcoming PvP season (February 2019 season) Have fun with that change. :)
PROLOGUE Please do note that PRO is in BETA and you may still encounter some bugs in PvP. However, we are happy to inform you that our Developers are hard at work on a PvP update to apply some quality of life changes. Unfortunately, there is no estimated time for this. However, you may keep an eye out in our PRO Official Discord and our Update Logs for further updates on PRO. The current rules may be changed or new rules may be added in the future so remember to check this topic from time to time. PvP Reports belong in the Report Center. We required Screenshot evidence for every violation however some things we can only validate with a video recording. Failure to provide the correct evidence for the violation will result in no action taken, we need to 100% validate everything in order to take actions this includes evidence of the match happening in ranked PvP. PvP RULES 1. The usage of any listed banned move, ability, item or combination in ranked PvP will be sanctioned. 2. All Pokemon listed down below are banned in ranked PvP. 3. Every match should be played out in a timely manner. Time-, PP-, Switch- or any type of stalling beyond reasonable usage is not allowed. Video evidence is required and without it we will not take actions. Video evidence may be deemed insufficient at Moderators discretion. PP-stalling: Using moves to unnecessarily extend a matches duration with no proper reasoning such as using healing moves instead of attacking. Switch-stalling: Switching your Pokemon around with no proper reasoning instead of attacking Time-stalling: Waiting till the last few seconds to make your move on every single turn, prolonging the match more than it should've. 4. Placing a Status Condition (Poison, Burn, Paralysis, Sleep, Freeze) on your Pokemon before a Ranked battle is prohibited. Video evidence is required. 5. Boosting in any form in Ranked PvP is forbidden. Action will be taken if caught or attempted. | Rule explanation Intentionally queuing against a user to aid yourself or another user in the form of Rating, PvP Coins, etc will be considered as Ranked Boosting and will be punished accordingly. 6. You can use only 2 of your own accounts to PvP within each season. Using any account you do not rightfully own, or using more than 2 accounts, will result in heavy punishment. You can only have one account in the Top 25 at the end of the season, having more than one will result in heavy punishment. You can only have one account in the Top 25 of one server, having your account in the Top 25 of both servers will reult in heavy punishment. 7. Forcing players to disconnect from a Ranked Battle with false information will lead to punishment. Asking a player to disconnect for compensation is still considered Illegitimate Rank Boosting. Please refer to Rule Explanation for more information. 8. Lying/deceiving another player in any way in order to obtain a draw or a forfeit is prohibited. 9. Violating any of our specific PvP Clauses will result in sanctions. CLAUSES OHKO Clause: OHKO Moves (Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, and Sheer Cold) are disallowed in the Ranked ladder. Species Clause: The same two Pokemon should not be on the same team. Regarding Rotom and Alolan Pokemon, you may only use 1 Rotom in your team. Alolan Pokemon can not be on the same team as their counterparts. Sleep Clause: If you have already put a Pokemon on your opponent's side to sleep, and it is still sleeping, you cannot put another one to sleep. This rules is not induced by self-sleep inducing moves, such as Rest. Video evidence is required. Regarding Natural Cure - Two Pokemon can be put to sleep if, and only if, the first Pokemon has Natural Cure (The reverse order would violate the clause as the Natural Cure Pokemon would be on the field asleep with an additional Pokemon being asleep in the party). Regarding Pokémon that wake up and use U-Turn/Volt Switch - Although they show as if they are asleep, in reality they are awake and will show as such when sent out. Baton Pass Clause: The move Baton Pass is forbidden. Evasion Clause: A Pokemon may not have +Evasion or -Accuracy moves in its moveset. Using +Evasion moves or -Accuracy reduction moves are forbidden. Regarding moves with a chance of accuracy/ evasion effects- All moves with a chance to reduce accuracy or raise evasion are banned from Ranked PvP. List of moves banned by this clause: Swagger Clause: The usage of the move Swagger is forbidden. CHANGE LOGS Credits to: Singham & Flik - Established the first PvP Rules thread. Windypuff, Kagawa & Alaris- Updating thread. Letrix - Revamped and updated the thread. Qeight - Revamped and is keeping this thread updated.