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Pokemon VGC 2015 Rules and Formats 12/15/2014

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Format: Standard Doubles.
Games: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions (cartridge or download).
Levels: All pokemon with levels higher than 50 will be autoleveled down to 50 for the duration of the battle. (They keep their moves, but their stats will be recalculated for the battle.)
Pokemon: Any pokemon from the National Pokedex (basically meaning any pokemon that has been made available so far), except for the following: Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem (plus White and Black Kyurem), Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, and Diancie. All pokemon on your team must have different National Pokedex numbers (this means that you may not have two or more of the same pokemon, even if they have different formes, like Wash Rotom and Heat Rotom).
Origin: Pokemon must have been obtained in some legal manner (capturing, hatching, evolving, or through an in-game event such as from an NPC or special download) in either Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire, with a blue pentagon showing on the pokemon’s status page to prove this. (Pokemon legally obtained in X or Y will, of course, have to be transferred to Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire for you to be able to use them.)
Hidden Abilities: Permitted.
Mega Evolutions: Permitted. Of course, you can still only perform one Mega Evolution per battle.
Items: All items obtainable in Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire (plus any that you get from the Pokemon Global Link or from special events) are permitted, except for the Soul Dew. Pokemon must all be holding different items, if they are holding any at all.
Moves: There are no banned moves. (This means you can still use your Dark Void Smeargles.)

You can read the rules document more in-depth here.

Wifi Competitions and how they work 01/16/2013

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For our Video Game players, wifi competitions are a great way to test your skills, learn new strategies, and get some experience in a competitive playing environment, all without having to leave your house (or wherever your nearest public wifi hotspot is). The new series of competitions allows more opportunities for players to earn Play Points and potentially earn Championship Points, which go toward being able to compete at Nationals and Worlds, respectively. They also offer participation prizes to those who meet the requirements to earn a ranking. The current schedule of announced wifi competitions can be found listed under the Tournaments tab. This article will help explain what you need to be able to compete in a wifi competition, how to register for one, and how to participate. (more…)

Competitive Spotlight: Latios 01/14/2013

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Eon Pokemon
Length: 6’07”
Weight: 132.3 pounds
Type: Dragon/Psychic

During the World Championships in August of 2012, Latios got a special mention as one of the most often-used pokemon by competitors. In the competitive metagame, Latios has an advantage by being both powerful and versatile, being able to learn many different types of moves as well as a high Special Attack and Speed stat to be able to dominate with those moves. When given a spot on a Double Battles team, Latios can be lent support by other strong pokemon which counter its weaknesses well. (more…)

VG Competitive Basics: Effort Point Training 09/03/2012

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It’s that time again… back to school.

Before I can start talking about competitive battling in the Pokemon video games for our trainers getting ready for the Autumn Friendly and Regionals, I should first cover the basics on capturing, breeding, and training strong pokemon. The mechanics for this have differed in just about every generation since the first Pokemon versions, and will experience some more changes upon the release of Black 2 and White 2. For now, I’ll talk about a game mechanic which will remain roughly the same in the new versions as it was in Black and White. (more…)

Game On: A Guide to Teambuilding for VGCs 01/10/2012

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Have you ever wondered what makes those teams you’ve played against seem so much stronger than yours? Or perhaps you’re a TCG player looking to get into the VGC side for more competitive fun? Well, this is the guide for you.

via Game On: A Guide to Teambuilding for VGCs – The PokeGym.

Summon the Perfect Storm! 01/08/2012

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A team built around the Sandstorm weather condition highlights both strategic thinking and powerful Pokémon. Click here to read this article at Pokemon.com.