Previous Tournament:
The 23rd SL Champions League Tournament
Upcoming Tournament:
COMING SOON

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~SL COMIC CANON TOURNAMENT 4~
Registration Ends: May 3rd 11:00 PM EST
Tournament Begins: May 4th 12:05 AM EST

Coinciding with the anniversary of The Silver League, we see the return of the SL Comic Tournament! For those new to the tournament, the premise is simple. The theme of this tournament use the kind of team you would have if you were an actual Pokemon Trainer, more specifically, your own personal character in The Silver League Comic Canon Lore!

You don't need a grand story line to be apart of the canon either, just be the kind of person you'd wanna be, embarking on the adventures you'd want to take part in. If you got questions about The Silver League's Ginune Region to help fitting into the region or even composing your dream team, feel free to ask!

For the sake of "world building" This tournament in canon was formally known as the "Reaction Festival" or "ReactFest" for short, but in the present day of Ginune (post the Reaction saga) the annual tournament is still held in Ambercrest City (though it doesn't have a name yet... feel free to suggest some!).

WITH ALL OF THAT WORLD BUILDING ASIDE THOUGH... the biggest and most important theme of this tournament is HAVING FUN - the point of this tournament is to encourage using your dream team in fun and exciting battles, where normally they may not see play due to their less then stellar competitive viability. Not everyone plays with the same "just use the Pokemon you like, regardless of tiers" mindset, but this is the 1 tournament where this mentality is HIGHLY encouraged, and this'll tie into the rules as well.

RULES: 
1. ALL TEAMS ARE REGISTERED AND PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE
-This ties into the lore, where anyone could look up anyone's Pokemon in advance (like that one episode of Diamond & Pearl). This also helps future proof battles so people don't need to ask me (Silver August) if the Pokemon used in a given battle were indeed their registered Pokemon.

2. ALL POKEMON MUST BE APPROVED
-Again, the point of this tournament is to have FUN, and due to the nature of the theme of this tournament, there is a high probability that people will be using Pokemon who are simply... not as competitively viable as others, or will out right use compromised teams (such as registering as a Rocket Grunt who's options for Pokemon is a lot more limited, as well as generally weaker). So its discouraged to try and register a team that's conveniently all the top tier Pokemon, if all of these Pokemon are honest to goodness your favorite Pokemon, and you have in canon story that justifies them in a truly believable way, then MAYBE, but even then... this is a tournament where I encourage people to use stuff like Sandslash or Lanturn, use Pokemon that mean something to you on a personal level!

Adding to that - LEGENDARIES ARE 95% LIKELY TO BE A HARD NO - Legendary Pokemon, Mythical Pokemon and even Ultra Beasts all fall under the "legendary" umbrella here on SL and while its perfectly fine to have a story featuring them as part of your back story. It's sometimes far too easy for the story to be well "cringy" or too convenient or simply clash with pre-established SL Lore. It is true that some characters like Shade and Neko DO have legends written into the actual canon story and they get a pass for that reason, but ANY and all legendaries must be approved because by getting that Pokemon approved, it becomes OFFICIALLY CANON within SL's story and I'm picky about these things. I can be lean.. but I also need a really convincing and compelling story that I legit would wanna add to the lore.

2.5. THE FOLLOW POKEMON REQUIRE A PROPER STORY EXPLANATION FOR WHY THEY ARE ON YOUR TEAM:
-Toxapex
-Chansey / Blissey
-Ferrothorn
-Clefable
-Pelipper
(More to be added if needed)

3. NO LANDORUS, NO HEATRANS, NO MAGEARNAS
-Nope, none, zero, zip, no story no matter how compelling will convince me, Lando sees WAY too much usage as it is, and is way too universally amazing for a tournament of this nature. While we're here, handfuls of other truly rare or detestably one of a kind Pokemon like the Tapus or the Musketeers are also hard No's simply because there's theoretically only one of the in the world at a given time.. and the odds of them hanging out with YOU in particular seems... very convenient. 

4. You can register UP TO 10 POKEMON
This mainly lets you have options for battles, guesstimating who your opponent will bring in, while not allowing you to straight up have 2 completely different teams. Again like in the anime, trainer's don't have single teams with hard strategies, they just have the group of friends they've made on their journey, tie into that (while also just using the same rules that have overall found success in the E4 run set up). 

5. You can break species clause.
Just like with legenardies, this needs to be approved via a very compelling story reason. For Example; Silver August's mom, Ruby August is a Miltank rancher, so her team understandably uses 4 Miltanks, along with her personal pet Stoutland that also serves as a guard dog and a Hippowdon she uses to plow the fields. Right there you have a perfectly acceptable in canon reason for breaking species clause. Beyond that you got Villain Team grunts who can break species clause due to their limited pool of options (and the truth that they're not THE BEST Pokemon ever). Again if your breaking species clause with OU Tier Pokemon, or just very convenient Pokemon that synergize REALLY WELL with them selves, even with different movesets... stuff like that is probably gonna get rejected.

Also EVERY duplicate Pokemon must be different - even if its as simple as having a different item, nature or movepool, the same Pokemon cannot be use multiple times... unless you have an in story reason, or they're Ditto.

6. Multiple Characters.
You ARE able to register multiple characters but not ONE Pokemon can match one of the others, there HAS TO BE a really good story reason for them... and I will also keep an eye out to make sure they don't have a generally better looking team compared to your main character. For Example, Pearl August is a character I always register but her team is not nearly as well synergized as Silver's team and even then both of them are not top tier competitive teams. IF YOU MUST ENTER MORE THEN ONE CHARACTER (and in a sense give yourself multiple chances to win) you can't knowingly give yourself an advantage. Very few if anyone will get multiples, but I won't rule it out if I'm truly convinced. So feel free to test your luck and story telling abilities.

7. Evolution can be adjusted.
Not every Pokemon can be like Pikachu who can remain NFE and not only get support to justify using it AS a Pikachu but in some cases be BETTER then its evolution. Some characters may have a Pokemon partner who remains their cute first stage self simply because they like the Pokemon more or its easier to travel with... or because its cute. For this tournament you'll have permission to register their evolution without having to explain anything. It's simply more fair and allows for full creativity and use of your "dream team".

8. Trainer Class
This is just for fun mostly, but can help justify your teams - it's mostly for considering the kind of character you want to be. 

(More rules may for clarity if needed, so keep an eye out for future updates.)

PRIZES:
As with years prior, the prize for placing in this tournament will be commissioned Anix art of your character! However over the years a healthy number of regular members already have art! So for the time being I don't have a confirmed prize for those who already have art (beyond a 2nd piece of art? Maybe? Gotta think it over).

That said though, getting first place IS NOT THE ONLY WAY TO GET ART - the reality is that its simply more cost effective to commission character art in a pile, as oppose to just a 1-off purchase, so anyone who gets in the Top 8 realistically has the greatest chance to get awarded art. The decision is based on their teams, their lore, their battles, their sportsmanship and their contributions to the SL Community.

So being honest, if you're brand new to SL, or don't participate in the world building or bore us during the stream for the tournament, you aren't as likely to get the prized art unless you get 1st place, vs someone one in The Top 8 who put a lot of effort into their story.

(PLEASE FOR MY SANITY, WHEN SUBMITTING TEAMS, MAKE SURE TO COPY THE FORMAT AS PRESENTED BELOW)
Confirmed Participants:

1. Silver August - Trainer
Miltank, Gardevoir, Milotic, Jolteon, Ninetales,
Lycanroc-Dusk, Nidoking, Donphan, Gyarados, Dragonite

2. Neo - Entertainer
Comfey, Swellow, Flareon, Gengar, Alakazam,
Banette, Aerodactyl, Tsareena, Bisharp, Ariados

3. JKWiffle - Trainer
Decidueye, Starmie, Vaporeon, Volcarona, Chansey,
Gallade, Dragonite, Goodra, Sylveon, Mimikyu

4. Diogo Amatsukaze - Feathervale Ninja
Staraptor, Beedrill, Zoroark, Gliscor, Florges,
Greninja, Decidueye, Pidgeot, Scrafty, Roserade

5. Krystal - Fangspire Trainer
Lopunny, Ribombee, Charizard, Druddigon, Dragonite,
Jolteon, Alolan Merowak, Roserade, Clefable, Mantine

6. Zephyr - The Red Comet
Gallade, Flareon, Staraptor, Alolan Ninetales, Volcarona,
Kommo-o, Bastiodon, Zoroark, Scyther, Noivern

7. A.Jason - Mareep Farmer
Ampharos, Gardevoir, Swampert, Breloom, Flygon,
Aggron, Houndoom, Absol, Jellicent, Toxapex

8. Marvin - Meteorologist
Charizard, Torkoal, Victreebell, Toxapex, Garchomp,
Bisharp, Politoed, Swampert, Masquerain, Raichu.

9. Dave - Feathervale Breeder
Ditto, Talonflame, Mamoswine, Crobat, Tangrowth,
Scizor, Quagsire, Tyranitar, Rotom-Heat, Altaria, Alakazam

10. Skyler - Eeveelution Master
Jolteon, Sylveon, Vaporeon, Umbreon, Gyarados,
Lycanroc-Dusk, Ferrothorn, Arcanine, Mightyena, Eevee

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