Next week will be the 6th week of the tournament. The plan going in was for the group stage to go no longer than 6 weeks, figuring everyone would get at least one battle in per week. There are several people who have not done this. I know there were extenuating circumstances for one person. I've been pretty lenient up to this point, but I can't let this drag on forever. It's not fair to the people who have been getting battles done in a timely manner and it's going to put too much on my plate with the upcoming Grand Pokemon League on top of this, on top of the regular IPL.
So, I'm giving everyone a heads up now that the group stage will end at the end of next week. Any unplayed battles will result in double forfeits. Meaning both players will be assessed a loss. I really, REALLY do NOT want to have to do this. So, please I'm urging you to get your battles done. You have 10 days left to do so. If you are having trouble getting in touch with one of your opponents, let me know. Do not wait until next Sunday night or Monday morning and tell me you never heard from someone. Be proactive, both in contacting your opponents, and me if necessary. After next week, you'll have had 6 weeks to get 6 battles in. I know schedules can be tough, but I find it next to impossible to believe you can't find 15-30 minutes in common with someone over the course of a month and a half.
On Monday, I'll be contacting everyone who isn't finished yet as a reminder. I don't like being a warden, but we do need to keep things moving. Please help me out by doing your best to get these battles done. Thanks!