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When the event starts, we would do some sort of a round robin tournament to determine the initial rankings. From there, a player may challenge the person above them in the ladder to try and take their position. Here's a quick rundown of proposed rules/procedures.
-The higher ranked player chooses the format for the battle.
-Each challenge would be best 2 out of 3.
-Players can enter a match with whatever 6 Pokemon they want (except for whatever we use as a banned/restricted list). No substitutions in a match, but you don't have a set roster. You can choose from anything allowable for each match.
-2 consecutive challenges lost against a higher ranked player results in falling a spot on the ladder.
-Players would have a week to respond to a challenge. Not necessarily get it in, but respond. No response in a week would result in a forfeit. Exceptions can be made if someone is on vacation or something like that.
-New players (or returning players who leave) joining the game get placed at the bottom of the ladder.
Some clarification... in case it's not clear. Let's say we have 6 people participating. The ladder would look something like this:
1. Player A
2. Player B
3. Player C
4. Player D
5. Player E
6. Player F
Let's say that I am Player F. I would only be able to issue a challenge to Player E. If I defeated Player E, I would move up to the 5th spot on the ladder and Player E would move down to the 6th. That's the general idea. I would make note on the site for how many times someone has been in the top spot and how many successful challenges they have won while ranked #1.
I wanted to keep it pretty simple to start. I had some other ideas, but I thought that simpler and more accessible is to way to go for now. We can always spice things up down the road if need be.
So, first things first. What do you guys think of this idea? Is it something you'd like to take part in? I'm looking for suggestions too. Anything I've overlooked? Anything you think would make it better? I'm looking to possibly announce this in a couple of weeks, so we have some time to discuss it and hammer out any details. Any and all feedback is welcomed.