Join us for the Nimbasa City Winter Open!

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With the Pokémon VGC Players Cup III Regional Qualifiers coming up, we at Nimbasa City Post are proud to announce our first-ever online VGC tournament, the Nimbasa City Winter Open, taking place on March 6-7, 2021! Designed to give players a way to practice the current Pokémon VGC Series 8 format for those competing in Players Cup III as well as those who simply want to compete in the current format with these powerful legendary Pokémon!

Read this article to learn the rules for how this tournament will work, and sign-up on Battlefy to compete in the Winter Open!

Tournament Schedule

The Nimbasa City Winter Open will be held online through Battlefy on March 6-7, 2021. Swiss rounds will take place on Saturday, March 6 and Top Cut will be played on Sunday, March 7. 
  • US: 10 am EDT 
  • EU: 3 pm GMT (UTC) 
  • CH: 11 pm Beijing Time 
  • JP/KR: 12 am JST/KS
This event is expected to take 7-9 hours on Saturday and 4-7 hours on Sunday to complete. This information can also be found on the tournament’s Battlefy page. Any changes to the schedule will be announced prior to the event’s start.

Tournament Schedule

The Nimbasa City Winter Open will use the following tournament structure.
  • Format – Pokémon VGC 2021 Series 8 (Official Rules). Players are required to download the Ranked Series 8 rules beforehand.
    • Players are able to use one of the following restricted Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, and Calyrex.
  • Event Structure – Best of 3 matches; Swiss Rounds on Match 6 and Single Elimination Top Cut rounds on March 7.
    • Each round will last up to 60 minutes after pairings are posted and announced on Discord. There will be a 5-minute grace period allotted for technical issues. More information about this can be found below.
    • At the end of Swiss on Saturday, all players who finish with two or fewer losses will advance to Sunday’s single-elimination Top Cut phase of the tournament.
  • Open Teamsheets – Players who make Top Cut are required to submit a PokéPaste of their team (minus natures and EVs/IVs). Check this example for how your submitted teamsheet should look. This will only be used for Top Cut, not during Swiss rounds.
  • Platform – At all times, players are required to be registered and signed up on Battlefy and be present during their tournament run on our Discord server.
    • Players will contact each other through Battlefy where pairings are randomly generated each round and standings can be publicly followed by anyone.
    • The Discord server is used for staff announcements and player communication. A channel will exist to set up your matches but Battlefy should be the primary way to communicate with your opponent.
    • All games are played on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for the Nintendo Switch. All players must have an active Nintendo Online subscription for the duration of their tournament run.

Entry Fee and Prizes

The Nimbasa City Winter Open’s entry fee for all players is $7.50 USD (+0.75 USD Battlefy’s platform fee). Using a different currency may result in an extra charge. This is only paid directly when registering on Battlefy and no other payment methods are allowed.

Refunds for this tournament may only be granted to players who are no longer registered when registration is closed. Failure to do this or being disqualified for any rules violation will not result in a refund. Refunds aren’t automatic and have to be done manually after the tournament is over. Please reach out to Nimbasa City Post staff on TwitterDiscord, or E-mail ( for questions.

Players will be charged $8.25 USD when registering through Battlefy where $0.75 will cover Battlefy’s platform fee. Of the remaining $7.50, $5.50 will be directed to the overall prize pool, while the remaining $2.00 covers staff. After registration closes, the full breakdown of the prize money’s allocation will be posted, which is calculated as follows:
  • 1st Place – 40% of overall prize money.
  • 2nd Place – 20% of overall prize money.
  • 3rd and 4th Place – 10% of overall prize money.
  • 5th-8th Place – 5% of overall prize money.
All prize money will be paid out within 2 weeks after the tournament’s conclusion, using the PayPal account each player used when registering.

Sign-Up Guide

To sign-up for the Nimbasa City Winter Open, complete the following steps:
  1. Join the tournament’s Battlefy page and complete all steps with sign-ups on the website.
  2. Join our Discord server, which is where the main place for announcements will be during the tournament. All players are required to be in the Discord throughout their tournament run.
  3. Double-check your Nintendo Online subscription and have the Battle Stadium Series 8 rules downloaded.
All 3 steps must be completed before the tournament starts. Failing to do so will result in any player being unable to complete it. Please refer to the refund policy section above if you decide to not compete before the tournament start. If you have any questions, message us on TwitterDiscord, or E-mail (

Don’t forget to retweet the announcement to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a free entry!

Procedures and Penalties

  • Late Shows – This tournament will not have a general check-in. This means that once you’re successfully registered on Battlefy, you are expected to submit your team and be in Discord, ready to play starting at Round 1.
  • Matches won’t have any check-in procedures. Once pairings each round are live and posted (you’ll receive a Discord notification), you’re expected to join your match’s chat room, ready to play.
  • After each round, we’ll operate on the following timer: 60-minute rounds with times announced on Discord for the round’s end.
    • If any matches are still being played by the timer’s end, the TOs will check with both players for the status of their match, and if no answer is given in a timely fashion, game losses may be issued.
  • Any player not showing activity or showing up late will be penalized as follows. Multiple late showings may result in disqualification at the TO’s discretion.
    • 5 minutes after pairings are posted – Game 1 Loss 
    • 10 minutes after pairings are posted – Game 2 Loss (Round loss)
  • If you are waiting and your opponent has not shown up, either use the “Report Match Issue” on Battlefy or comment on Discord and a TO will come over.
  • Once a match is over, either player in a set is allowed to report the result of the match. If there are any issues, use “Report Match Issue” or comment on Discord for help. Under each game, mark who won games 1, 2, and 3 (if the match went to a game 3).
  • Players under no circumstances are allowed to ask their opponent for a win during the tournament. Any player found to be asking their opponent for the win either directly or indirectly through bribery/coercion will be disqualified, forfeiting any prizes earned.
  • Connection Issues – If you notice a connection issue on your Nintendo Switch, you must:
    • Take a screenshot of the error message using the screen capture button on either your Nintendo Switch or phone and send it to the TO via Battlefy private chat, Twitter, or Discord (The player who caused the connection issues will receive a different error message than the one who didn’t).
    • Check that your internet connection to the game remains after the match concludes by pressing ‘Y’ and then take a clip using the screen capture button again (you will have to hold it down for 3 seconds to start recording) and send it to the TO via Battlefy private chat, Twitter, or Discord.
  • Identities and Ghosting – All players must sign up using their real identities, such as their real name and Discord username. Any player found to be ghosted (helped by other players during their match) or signing up with a fake identity will be immediately disqualified, losing any prize money earned.
  • Behavior – All players competing are expected to behave well. While we have a rules channel in our Discord, all players and people on the server are expected to adhere by Play! Pokémon’s standards of conduct. Players whose behavior violates these standards may be subject to disqualification, forfeiting any prizes earned.
    • Unacceptable behavior may include: Insults, slurs, and discrimination based on ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. This will be evaluated each time on a case-by-case basis before deciding the most appropriate action to take.


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