A new Wi-Fi tournament is scheduled to begin soon. This tournament is known as the 2013 Winter Friendly. This tournament differs in that it does not affect a trainer’s standing in national tournament rankings and as such is strictly for fun. Signups begin on February 7th and end on February 14th. The tournament itself starts on February 15th and ends on February 18th. Signups are first come, first served, and only the first 50000 trainers to sign up will be entered into the tournament.
Since this tournament does not affect national rankings, the rules are slightly different. For one, this tournament uses the Rotation Battle format instead of the Double Battle format. This means that three Pokemon are sent out at one time, but only one is actively fighting at a time. In battle, trainers have the option of attacking with their current lead Pokemon, or swapping to another Pokemon and using an attack in the same turn. This allows for some interesting strategies, and can make things more difficult for trainers, since they need to decide whether to swap and attack or simply attack with their current Pokemon. They must also predict whether or not the opponent will swap out their current Pokemon.
The main difference between this tournament and others is the fact that any Pokemon (except for Chatot) is usable. This means the likes of Mewtwo, Kyogre, Reshiram, Giratina and other legendary Pokemon will be usable. It is wise to expect most trainers to use these Pokemon that are normally banned, because this is one of the few opportunities they get to use them in a competitive setting. Also, because these Pokemon are so much more powerful than normal Pokemon, it is likely that victory will be very difficult unless these Pokemon are used. About Chatot, the reason that he is banned is because of complications with his signature move, Chatter, which yells out what the trainer has recorded to the game when used. Trainers can say anything, so it should be obvious why this is banned.
Like previous tournaments, the requirements of the tournament are a Pokemon Trainer Club membership, a wireless internet connection, and a copy of Pokemon Black 2 or Pokemon White 2 that has been synced to the Pokemon Global Link. Links to the websites for creating a Pokemon Trainer Club account and syncing to the Pokemon Global Link can be found at the bottom of the article.
The prize for this competition is a Micle Berry, which is consumed by a Pokemon that is low on health in order to boost the accuracy of its moves by 20% for one turn. The only condition for winning the berry is to be entered into the rankings in the tournament. This is done simply by completely finishing one battle, whether it is a win or a loss.
The following links will provide more information on how to enter the tournament. The first link is the rules page, which also explains how to set up a team and gives more details about signing up. The second link leads to where Pokemon Trainer Club accounts can be created. The final link goes to the Pokemon Global Link, which is where game cartridges need to be synced before entering the competition.