A Pokemon Scarlet & Violet tournament in South Korea was canceled after players planned a battle where they would only use the move Metronome.
Due to a series of inconsistencies in the qualification process in the Asian country, from the game format where you only fought once, to having to re-play some matches due to the low time limit per match, the final four players of a Pokemon tournament at Trainers Cup decided to enter teams that would only use the “Metronome” move, causing them to be disqualified due to an existing clause in the tournament format.
For those of you who don’t know, “Metronome” is a move that allows you to execute any random move in the game. This could lead to all sorts of results, even in battles that might not end per the rules for battles.
As a result of this, through Twitter, the finalist player Nash published a tweet where he indicated everything that happened:
How we got disqualified for playing Metronome. pic.twitter.com/AR6ukdApMU
— Nash (@NashVGC) June 3, 2023
Basically, they gave invitations to the Trainers Cup to the top 50 Korean players from each Global Challenge. The 150 players competed in a best of a fight tournament. The top 4 arrive on the second day, the top 16 on the first. People were very frustrated as everything would be decided with only 10 games. Additionally, this format is vulnerable to sub-accounts and game manipulation. (…)
(…) Just like Japan, we had multiple problems. The players had to repeat games, and could not stop playing during the circuit. Pokemon Korea decided that this tour is invalid, and that the Top 16 will not be ranked. Compensation was demanded, and they decided to give them an invite to next year’s Trainers Cup, which doesn’t mean anything since you only have to get 1,600 points in the Global challenge(…), this was devastating for the players, implying that our format was It would stay that way until next year, and two weeks later, we played the ladder with updated data that fixed the previous anomalies.
Blue, Sangyoon, Mija and I were the top 4 of this second ladder, which meant secured invites for Day 2. Before that, we had to show up to the final round of the TrainersCup, where a match would be streamed. It would just be a showmatch with nice prizes, so the results of day 2 were not affected in any way. The four of us decided to play only using Metronome, to protest against all the problems with our community; That is, no physical events, constant problems in our tour system, putting aside minor divisions with absurd compensation for problems they caused. This showed that from behind they have no respect for the players.
During this week, Blue received an email from Pokemon Korea, disqualifying him without saying why. Upon contacting them, they refused to provide an answer. BetaGo immediately received the invitation to Day 2, and agreeing with the 3 of us, he proceeded with the battle using only Metronome.
Today (June 3) the 4 players received an e-mail along with an announcement on the official website and on the twitter of Pokemon Korea informing that we had been disqualified. The reason was “All the chosen Pokemon know only one move”.
According to Pokemon Korea, this is a prohibited act that falls into the following category:
.-Act of causing harm to other participants or delivering an offensive image
.-Other shares that Nintendo CO., ltd. and TPC (and its subsidiaries) deem inappropriate.
Pokemon Korea saw our teams, didn’t like them, and disqualified us for playing Metronome.
The combats would take place only with the Metronome movement
Although the tournament regulations have historically had clauses that indicate not being able to put the same movement on more than one Pokémon, this does not necessarily indicate that the players have had to do it exactly like that this time, and even if it had been explicit in the rules of the tournament, even so, it is a strong event that they have made the decision to completely cancel the tournament.
It only remains to wait and see how Pokemon Korea responds to this, either in favor of what the players protest, or continue with their own way of working.
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