In light of members being confused as to why this rule has been changed/put in place, I'm opening this thread for questions. Any posts that are solely complaining or otherwise non-constructive will be deleted.
First, a few examples:
IDEAL 1v1 BATTLE:
Evolving Basic vs. Evolving Basic
In this case, both battlers will receive money for the outcome of the battle. Both players should, where possible, attempt to win the battle.
The current trend of predetermining the outcome of these battles was unacceptable, such as agreeing for only one player to use damaging attacks, and ensure they win the whole set.
Evolving Basic vs. Permabasic
We are not banning the use of permabasics in 1v1 battles. However the permabasic will not be paid regardless of the outcome. This does make it difficult to battle competitively.
The use of permabasics in 1v1 battles should be avoided wherever possible. Unless it is urgent, we would ask that members simply wait a day or two until someone else also has a basic to evolve.
The Trainer Station
is intended to help people find a specific battle. Posting your request here does not mean the battle MUST be conducted on the forum. Consider it a battle lobby.
Evolving Basic vs. Fully Evolved
Although this is technically an acceptable battle, NOBODY gets paid for this. Not the basic, the fully evolved Pokemon, or the ref. This is not a new rule.
The battle will count to evo though, so if you really just want a Pokemon evolved and nobody cares about money, do this. The fully evolved Pokemon can OHKO as required.
Permabasics can still be used in and will be paid for all other battles types. 2v2's and 3v3's can be competitive, and allow parties to use a basic in one of those slots. For example:
Evolving Basic/Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved vs Permabasic/Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved
Evolving Basic/Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved vs Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved
Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved vs Permabasic/Fully Evolved/Fully Evolved
Yes, these battles will take longer. What we are aiming for is for basic Pokemon to be used, at least in some small degree, competitively, and as such remove the abuse of the system by predetermining the outcome of 1v1 battles.
Whether this is against other evolving basics, or by including basics in larger battles is up to the individual.
This thread is now open for questions.