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    Smash Camp, an event that has run for twelve years, has started once again! Everyone who joins is separated into one of four cabins where you'll compete to earn points through various activities, such as flash games, tournaments, and other events. At the end of camp, the totals will be finalized, and the cabin with the most total points wins. It's an awesome way to have fun with your friends while meeting new people in the process, and is open to anyone, not just members of the Marriland Forums!

    Pre-Camp has officially started, with Camp itself beginning on Monday. It will be taking place exclusively on the Smash Camp Discord, which you may join by clicking here. If you have any questions, feel free to join the server and ask - we hope to see you there!

Competitive Battling Forum Rules

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Rules of the Competitive Battling Forum

  • All Rules of the Marriland Forums apply here.
  • Check existing threads before creating a new one.
    If a recently active thread already exists on something you'd like to talk about, don't create a new one! (Thread revival is an exception, of course.) Also, consider carefully whether your subject really deserves its own thread. If you have a small question that only needs a simple, direct answer, please make use of our Quick Q&A thread.
  • This forum is only about battling on a competitive level.
    Teams, questions, and discussions here are meant to be about competitive battling exclusively. For anything related to casual or in-game Pokémon battling, please go check the respective subforum for the game you're interested in.
  • Use prefix tags to clarify your threads.
    This isn't a hard-and-fast rule that will get you punished if you don't follow it, but it does make the use of this forum much more effective and smooth. It will be far easier to both give and receive help if users can quickly see what format or tier a particular thread is concerned with.
Specific Rules for Rate-My-Team Threads

  • Include a role description for every Pokémon on your team.
    A short description of why you have included a certain Pokémon on your team and how it functions within your team is essential for other battlers who are trying to give you critiques and advice. Please note that failure to follow either this rule or the next one could be grounds for having your RMT thread locked until the appropriate changes are made.
  • Format your team so that it's easy to read.
    The standard format for a Pokémon set looks like this:
    Pokémon @ Held Item
    Ability
    EVs
    Nature
    -Move 1
    -Move 2
    -Move 3
    -Move 4
    Description
    Your format doesn't have to look exactly like this, but all these elements are required. If you haven't reached a final decision for any of the categories, it's all right to leave one or two things blank. Just make sure to let people know that you're looking for suggestions.
  • Keep your criticism constructive.
    All your criticism for RMTs should be kept professional in nature. Flaming, bashing, insults, rudeness, and the like will not be tolerated. Instead of saying, "This team is awful, Keldeo destroys it, git gud u n00b," try something like, "Your team has no way to deal with Keldeo, which can be a big threat. Perhaps you should consider making some adjustments?" Also, if you're going to point out problems in a team, it's polite and helpful to offer solutions as well, if you're able. Going back to our previous example, you might suggest that the battler change his or her Suicune to a Toxapex, which resists Keldeo's powerful Fighting-type attacks.
Credit to seaturtle for the original version of these rules!
 
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A Note About Hosting Tournaments

Pokémon tournaments are a great way to bond with friends over competitive battles and test your skills at successive levels of battling. Informal, casual tournaments organized spontaneously among the userbase are welcomed and even encouraged! However, officially hosted tournaments are a slightly different matter. Because they are used for points on the official leaderboard, and because they have a greater chance to reflect on the Marriland Forums as a whole, official tournaments are subject to a bit more regulation. If you are interesting in hosting an official tournament or would like to make a suggestion, please send a PM to Typhlosion (that's me). From there I can review your idea and perhaps make a few changes, and your user history will also be taken into account. Then, if everything looks good, you'll be all set up with your official tournament!
 
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