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As September wanes, get ready for the next phase of challenges in the...

πŸŒ™ Lunar Cup πŸŒ™ October 1 - 31
Build your team using Bug, Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass type Pokémoon to face the dangers that lie ahead! ❌ Megas, Shadows, Scrafty, Pachirisu, Stunfisk, Alolan Marowak, Whimsicott, and Vullaby are not permitted in the Lunar Cup.

Visit https://silph.gg/cup/lunar for a full list of rules, stats, and resources.

πŸ† Ready to Schedule: Lunar Cups (and Practice Cups) are now available to schedule on Silph.gg!

πŸ“ Cup Assets: Assets for the Lunar Cup are also available for download. https://assets.sil.ph/silph-arena/

πŸ“¦ Wholesale Prize Packs Coming: Shipping constraints through this last year are still on-going. Lunar Cup prize packs, pins, and stickers will be available for order in the Gear Store as soon as possible! Stay tuned for more updates!

πŸ’ž Invite your friends to Join the Battle! The fresh start of a new PvP Season is the best time to jump into the Arena! Tell your friends and encourage them join your next community tournament!

The new Season is almost upon us and the title of β€œThe Very Best” is once again up for grabs! Are you prepared for the journey of Season 4?!

- The Arena Team -
πŸ“° How Warriorjmac5 Made The Seemingly Impossible, Possible! πŸ”₯

1,000 battles is a stunning feat - 2,000 battles is legendary! Read the new Sideline Report about warriorjmac5's (https://sil.ph/warriorjmac5) record shattering journey to become the first to competitor to reach over 2,000 ranked matches in one season! Bravo battler!

https://silph.gg/sideline-report-road-2000-matches
πŸŒ™ Lunar Cup Meta Development Notes πŸŒ™
Before the new moon rises, get a glimpse at the behind the scenes process to creating the Lunar Cup with the latest Meta Development Notes! Read about which orbiting PokΓ©mon were considered in the Arena Meta Team's decisions and thought process for the first Cup of Season 4 now!

https://silph.gg/updates/lunar-cup-meta-development-notes

- The Arena Team -
πŸ“° OCTOBER COMMUNITY DAY NEWS! πŸ“°
Hello everyone from The Silph League! Duskull joins us for Community Day on Saturday, 9th October 2021.
Evolve Dusclops during the event or up to two hours afterwards to get a Dusknoir that knows SHADOW BALL!
https://assets.sil.ph/silph-league/assets/2021-10-09-community-day/shiny-badge.png

πŸ“‹ October Event Registration: OPEN / oct2021
As most countries are observing social distancing procedures, we will NOT be opening regular check-ins, and instead continue to use retro check-ins.

These are the steps to check-in players:
1⃣ Make sure your community and event staff are registered for the oct2021 event.
2⃣ Open https://thesilphroad.com/retro-check-in in your internet browser.
3⃣ Click Select a Badge, at the top of the drop-down list of events, select Community Day October 2021.
4⃣ Enter players' Travelers Card username (i.e. Lowry).
5⃣ You can enter multiple player names at once by separating them with commas (i.e. PlayerA,PlayerB,PlayerC).

Verifying that players participated in Community Day is for you to decide as community leaders, due to the present world scenario we are not making this a requirement for October 2021.

Check-ins for October will be live 6 hours before Community Day begins in the APAC region.

✏️ Badge Assets: LIVE
Visit <https://assets.sil.ph/silph-league/> today! P.S. Don't forget, we have new assets for you!

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As always, please feel welcome to join us in t.me/silphleague for help!

- The League Team -
πŸŽ‰ New season, new phase of challenges! We are just days away from the start of the fourth Silph Arena Season, so get ready for new metas, exciting challenges, and your chance to make your mark on PvP history! We are excited to present the schedule for the 2021-2022 PvP Season. It will include:

πŸ—“ Monthly Cups from October through December πŸ—“
Similar to last season, there will be three unique Themed Cups will be featured in the first split of the Season. These Cups will challenge your battle prowess, strategic creativity, and ingenuity.

πŸŽ† Midseason Break and All-Star Invitational Returns! πŸŽ†
Instead of a themed Cup, January will feature a special invitational separate from the PvP Season. Competitors will have the chance to display their skills in a unique way while getting a break from the competitive grind.

πŸ†Cups, Regionals, Championships, and More! πŸ†
February through July will bring more themed Cups, as well as the return of Regionals. In August and September, Regionals winners will face off in Continentals and then, onto the pinnacle of PvP mastery at Worlds!

The start of Season 4 is just around the corner and time is of the essence! Soon we will release updates to Rules and Ranking, but need to ensure all details are ready before launch. Please stay tuned to our channels for updates to be released as soon as we are able. Savor these few days to rest up, train hard, and get ready to battle!
https://silph.gg/season/4

- The Arena Team -
Before Season 4 kicks off we have a few more important updates to announce! The Team has been busy putting last minute touches on several impactful changes that should improve the PvP tournament experience for all!

πŸŽ‰ New Tournament Formats Now Available! πŸŽ‰
Tournament Organizers can now host Round-robin and Double-elimination formats in addition to the standard Swiss-style. Round-robin will have diminishing rank returns at a pattern of 2x, 1.6x, 1.2x, 0.8x, and 0.4x, while Double-elimination will only be available as unranked. (Round-robins are not eligible for 10x rank gain.)

😷 COVID-19 and In-Person Tournaments 🦠
The Arena team continues to evaluate the risks of holding in-person tournaments as impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A potential path forward has been outlined in this article and we ask not only that you read it thoroughly, but use these next few months to contemplate the best choices for your community, in your corner of the world. Please continue to follow local ordinances and health guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, so we can enjoy a safer world together - whenever that future may be.

πŸ—£ Community Feedback πŸ—£
As each season evolves, so does the Silph Arena to meet and address it's needs. In the last several weeks, we have hosted discussion sessions with community members to hear feedback and improve the PvP tournament experience. Some of those ideas has already been put into motion and will continue to develop throughout Season 4. We will continue to host similar sessions in the future, so please stay tuned to our channels for more details and please remember you can always provide feedback in this server or emailing Team@silph.gg.

πŸ“” Rules Update Incoming! πŸ“”
Changes to Arena Rules are in the last stages of review and we will provide clear & concise guidance on updates as we venture into Season 4. Please bear with us as we finalize these details as release them as soon as we are able.

https://silph.gg/qol-updates-s4

We're excited to see how these updates better your ability to compete and reach new heights in the Silph Arena!

- The Arena Team -
As each season begins, we start discussing changes to the rules and rematch systems based on community feedback and shifts in landscape of PvP and how we interact with PokΓ©mon GO. After feedback and thoughtful discussion, we are confident that these updates will create more fairness while competing in tournaments.

βš–οΈ Rules Updates for 2021-2022 Season βš–οΈ

πŸ‘¬ Rematch Rule Change: Before a rematch takes place, the opponent who did NOT request the rematch will have the option to select if both competitors will use the same three PokΓ©mon as the original game or use the same lead PokΓ©mon while allowing the back two PokΓ©mon to change.

πŸ“ˆ Return to Rank: Competitors who voluntarily opted out of rank during Season 2 and 3 will be able to opt back in during the month of October 2021.

🀏 Tiebreakers: The recommended method for settling tiebreakers will now be determined by Battles Won, followed by Buchholz, then Global Rank.

πŸ“” State-Of-The-Game Guide: A handy, comprehensive guide is in the works to outline the "State-Of-The-Game" mechanics and how they impact gameplay specific to PvP. With guidelines from the Arena Legislation Team, this information will be made available to all Tournament Organizers and should aid in settling disputes and provide consistency across the entire Arena.

And more!

Please read through the updates thoroughly and be sure you have a full understanding as you leap into your first tournament for Season 4!

https://silph.gg/updates/season-4-rules-updates

πŸ“¦ Lunar Cup Merch Has Landed! πŸŒ™

You can now buy official Lunar Cup prize packs, pins, & stickers for the Lunar Cup in the Gear Store. Buy yours now while supplies last! Buttons are no longer available for purchase, but organizers can still make them! Assets for buttons are available for download here: https://assets.sil.ph/silph-arena/

Shop the Gear Store now: https://gear.silph.gg/

- The Arena Team -
Beware of the things that lurk in the night...

πŸŽ‰ The Lunar Cup and Season 4 Start Now πŸŒ™
Today we kick off Season 4 with the Lunar Cup! Enter the moonlit battlefield with your best Bug, Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass types! For a full list of allowed PokΓ©mon, visit: https://silph.gg/cup/lunar

The start of the Season is the perfect time to jump into PvP tournaments! Whether you are a seasoned veteran or starting out for the first time, we have resources to take your battling to the next level. Be sure to read through, revisit, or share these great resources-

Getting Started in PvP: https://silph.gg/getting-started-pokemon-go-pvp
How to Build Your PvP Team: https://silph.gg/how-to-build-your-pvp-team
Advanced PvP Strategies: https://silph.gg/advanced-pvp-techniques

πŸ“ Looking to join a remote Lunar Cup? πŸ—Ί
See upcoming tournaments from around the world on the Tournament Map (https://silph.gg/map) or check out the #join-a-remote-tournament or #ΓΊnete-a-un-torneo-remoto channels.

The leaderboards have been reset and the Arena is open for battle! We have an exciting Season planned - are you ready to shoot for the stars?!

- The Arena Team -
🚨 Updates to Factions for Cycle 2!🚨

With the first Cycle of Factions nearing it's end, we are looking ahead at how to best improve competitive team tournaments as we prepare for Cycle 2 and beyond. With the assistance of Faction Captains, we have surveyed Master & Ultra League Specialists and will be introducing the following changes based on their feedback for Cycle 2:

Master League Specialist Changes
ML Specialists will now be able to bring two Legendaries on their team of six, instead of one.

Ultra League Specialist Changes
UL Specialists will no longer be limited to bringing one Starter and one Legendary. In Cycle 2, they will be limited to bringing no more than TWO of the following list of PokΓ©mon on their team of six:

Giratina Altered, Cresselia, Deoxys Defense, Registeel, Talonflame, Galarian Stunfisk, Mandibuzz, Umbreon, Swampert, Alolan Ninetales, Jellicent, Scrafty, Nidoqueen, and Cofagrigus

2 Alternates
Each team will be able to have TWO Alternates, for a total roster of 9 competitors. We hope this alleviates unforeseen issues that make it difficult for competitors to complete their battles within the Factions schedule.

Read about all the changes here: https://silph.gg/ml-ul-survey-results

We appreciate the feedback from Factions Captains and team members and look forward to seeing these changes in effect!

- The Arena Team -
SAFARI ZONE NEWS!
Greetings Travelers! We are so excited to announce 3 new Silph Road Badges for the upcoming Safari Zones:
πŸ”΄ Safari Zone Liverpool - Friday, October 15, 2021, to Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Sefton Park
πŸ”΅ Safari Zone Philadelphia - Friday, October 29, 2021, to Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Fairmount Park
🟒 Safari Zone St. Louis - Friday, November 12, 2021, to Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Tower Grove Park
Check-ins for each event will go live 6 hours before they begin in the APAC region.

πŸ“‹ Safari Zone Event Registration: OPEN
We wanted to allow leaders across the country an opportunity to mark these special occasions with their local communities. We will be following the Community Day badge check-in procedures.

These are the steps to check-in players:
1⃣ Make sure your community and event staff are registered for each event.
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Philadelphia -
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St. Louis -
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2⃣ Open
https://thesilphroad.com/retro-check-in
in your internet browser.
3⃣ Click
Select a Badge
, at the top of the drop-down list of events, select the correct Safari Zone.
4⃣ Enter either players' Discord username (i.e. `melgood711#8588`) or players' Travelers Card username (i.e. `melgood711`).
5⃣ You can enter multiple player names at once by separating them with commas (i.e. `PlayerA,PlayerB,PlayerC`).

Verifying that players participated in each Safari Zone is for you to decide as community leaders.
However, these check-ins will only be available for a limited time so do not delay on issuing badges.

πŸ’Ÿ Follow Your Government's Safety Advisory
We encourage community leaders to take responsible precautions and abide local guidelines and ordinances when planning and attending events in this climate. We stress that players should not risk their health or the health of others. Communities whose safety restrictions have been lifted will still need to use the retroactive check-in for each Safari Zone. There will be no Silph Road in-person meet-ups at these events.

As always, please feel welcome to join us in t.me/silphleague for help!

- Director Mel & the Silph Events Team -
πŸ† Congratulations Winners of the Promotion/Relegation Bouts!
The dust has settled and winners of the Relegation/Promotion Bouts have emerged! Congratulations to the Factions rising to higher Tiers and good luck to all as they find their place in new tiers next Cycle! See how the cards fell at the end of the Promotion/Relegation Bouts here: https://silph.gg/factions/cycle/season-1-cycle-1-promotions-relegations

πŸ₯Š Factions Cycle 2 Registration Now Open
Gather your battlers and prepare for the next team competition! Eligible Factions can RSVP for Season 1 Cycle 2 today until October 28th at 11:59PM UTC. Register your team with each team member in their designated roles by the deadline. Changes made after the deadline will not be reflected in Cycle 2. To register, head to: https://silph.gg/factions/cycles

πŸ—’ How to Create a Faction
Are you ready to lead a team into the competitive tiers of Factions? Create a Faction, start strategizing team roles, and get ready for battle! Step up to the challenge and create your Faction here: https://silph.gg/faction/create

βš”οΈ Field Specialist Battlefields
This new Cycle comes with new challenges. The Battlefields have turned and Field Specialists will compete in the Comet and Twilight Cups!

β˜„οΈ Comet Cup
Build a team with Fire, Flying, Ice, Normal, and Psychic typing under 1500CP. The following PokΓ©mon are not permitted in the Comet Cup: Altaria, Deoxys (Defense Forme), Medicham, Wobbuffet, Chansey, and Mantine.

🌌Twilight Cup II
Revisit the glimmer of the Twilight Cup with a few updates to adjust to recent in-game changes. In this Battlefield, bring species with Poison, Dark, Ghost, and Fairy typing under 1500CP except for Nidoqueen and Pawniard.

❗️ Reminder About Cycle 2 Updates
Don't forget! At the start of Cycle 2, changes for Ultra League & Master League Specialists will be in effect, as well as the allowance of an additional Alternate. Be sure you understand all the updates before we begin! Read about the details here: https://silph.gg/updates/ml-ul-survey-results

πŸ‘¬ Connecting Competitors and Factions
Remember, there are channels in The Silph Arena server for competitors looking to join a Faction and Factions seeking more team members. Stop by #looking-for-faction or #looking-for-more to connect and fill your roster.

Cycle 2 starts November 2nd! There's no time to waste - start strategizing now!

- The Arena Team -
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How will your team measure up in the...

πŸ₯Š The Brawler Cup πŸ₯Š November 1 - 30
In November, step into the ring with a new challenge that pushes the limits! Build a team with ONE PokΓ©mon from each of the six weight classes. The allowed lists range from:

🐀 Bantamweight
πŸͺΆ Featherweight
πŸ’ͺ Welterweight
πŸ‹οΈ Middleweight
πŸš— Cruiserweight
🐘 Heavyweight

🚫 Megas are not permitted. To see a full list of eligible Pokémon per weight class plus rules, stats, and resources visit: https://silph.gg/cup/brawler

πŸ† Ready to Schedule: Brawler Cups (and Practice Cups) are now available to schedule on Silph.gg!

πŸ“ ​Cup Assets: Assets for the Brawler Cup are also available for download. https://assets.sil.ph/silph-arena

πŸ“¦ Official Merch Coming Soon: Shipping constraints are still on-going. Brawler Cup prize packs, pins, and stickers will be available for order in the Gear Store as soon as possible! Stay tuned for more updates!

It's time to start training! Are you ready to fight to the finish?

- The Arena Team -
πŸ₯Š Brawler Cup Merch Now Available πŸ“¦
Brawler Cup merch has entered the ring! You can now buy official pins, stickers, and wholesale prize packs in the Gear Store. Plus, if you order two or more 10-pin packs, receive a discount of $10 off per pack. Get yours now while supplies last at: https://gear.silph.gg/
Your training has prepared you, but can you Golduck and Weavile through the competition in...

πŸ₯Š The Brawler Cup πŸ₯Š
Starting today, bring your team of 6 built with one Pokémon from each weight class listed below. 🚫 Megas are not permitted. To see a full list of eligible Pokémon per weight class plus rules, stats, and resources visit: https://silph.gg/cup/brawler

🐀 Bantamweight
πŸͺΆ Featherweight
πŸ’ͺ Welterweight
πŸ‹οΈ Middleweight
πŸš— Cruiserweight
🐘 Heavyweight

Brawler Cup Merch
Buy official prize packs, pins, and stickers in the Gear Store for this month's Cup! Get yours now while supplies last at: https://gear.silph.gg/

Factions Cycle 2 Starts Tomorrow!
Teams have assembled and Tiers have been set. Season 1 Cycle 2 Factions starts November 2nd! Previously mentioned updates to Ultra & Master League roles will be in effect as Field Specialists venture into the newly rotated Comet and Twilight battlefields. Good luck to all Factions! The competition will be fierce πŸ”₯

Info on November Showdown Incoming!
As we enter the second month of the season, so returns the monthly the Silph Arena Showdown! The top 128 competitors on the Global Leaderboard will be invited to a one-day flash tournament using the Brawler Cup meta. The winner will walk away with an exclusive Travelers Card badge and a invitation to the 2022 Continental Championships! πŸ† This month's Showdown will take place on Sunday, November 14th. Stay tuned to our channels for more details about invites and where to watch in the coming week!

Season 4 is ramping up! Are you ready for the ride?

- The Arena Team -
πŸ₯Š Watch the November Showdown LIVE! πŸ₯Š
Sunday, November 14th, see top ranked battlers duke it out in the Brawler Cup! Watch these competitors in action and cheer them to victory on Twitch!

πŸ“Ί https://twitch.tv/mypvpacademia
πŸ‘‘ Hosted by My PVP Academia
⏰ 16:00 UTC

Join the excitement and see who will knock out the competition!

- The Arena Team -
πŸ“° NOVEMBER COMMUNITY DAY NEWS! πŸ“°
Hello everyone from The Silph League! Shinx joins us for Community Day on Sunday, 21st Novemeber 2021.
Evolve Luxio during the event or up to two hours afterwards to get a Luxray that knows PSYCHIC FANGS!
https://assets.sil.ph/silph-league/assets/2021-11-21-community-day/shiny-badge.png

πŸ“‹ Novemeber Event Registration: OPEN / nov2021
As most countries are observing social distancing procedures, we will NOT be opening regular check-ins, and instead continue to use retro check-ins.

These are the steps to check-in players:
1️⃣ Make sure your community and event staff are registered for the nov2021 event.
2️⃣ Open https://thesilphroad.com/retro-check-in in your internet browser.
3️⃣ Click Select a Badge, at the top of the drop-down list of events, select Community Day November 2021.
4️⃣ Enter players' Travelers Card username (i.e. Lowry).
5️⃣ You can enter multiple player names at once by separating them with commas (i.e. PlayerA,PlayerB,PlayerC).

Verifying that players participated in Community Day is for you to decide as community leaders, due to the present world scenario we are not making this a requirement for November 2021.

Check-ins for November will be live 6 hours before Community Day begins in the APAC region.

✏️ Badge Assets: LIVE
Visit <https://assets.sil.ph/silph-league/> today! P.S. Don't forget, we have new assets for you!

πŸ€– Beep, Boop, Beep!
The Silph bot receives a lot of requests after this announcement. It may not reply to you straight away. If this is the case, please be patient and try again in a few hours.

πŸ’Ÿ Follow Your Government's Safety Advisory.
Communities whose safety restrictions have been lifted will still need to use the retroactive check-in for November.

As always, please feel welcome to join us in t.me/silphleague for help!

- The League Team -
Watch FSPN LIVE this Thursday on Twitch!

πŸ”₯ SoCal Swablu vs DOJO Squad πŸ₯·
πŸ—“ Thursday, November 18th
πŸ•– 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
πŸŽ™ SosaFlo1 + ShutupToshi9227
πŸ“Ί http://twitch.tv/silpharena
Don’t melt under the pressure in…

🧊 The Glacial Cup 🧊
Head into a flurry of new challenges today in the Glacial Cup! This month, create a team using only Dragon, Ice, Poison, Psychic, and Water types! Snowbody is permitted to use the following PokΓ©mon on their team: No Megas, Altaria, Azumarill, Jellicent, Swampert, Deoxys Defense, Wobbuffet, Cresselia, Medicham, Alolan Ninetales, Alolan Sandshrew, Lanturn, Gardevoir, or Toxicroak. For a full list of rules, stats, and resources visit: https://silph.gg/cup/glacial

πŸ“¦ Glacial Cup Merch is Available in the Gear Store πŸ“¦
Don't forget to place your orders for official Glacial Cup merch before they recede! Buy prize packs (pins and stickers) at discounted wholesale prices and individual pins are available at retail price now at: https://gear.silph.gg/

πŸ—’ Read the Meta Development Notes πŸ—’
As you sled into Glacial Cup tournaments, first read about the Meta Team's thought process when developing this Cup! Learn about the balance in typings, plus reasons for the chillingly long ban list and how it helps even the meta. https://silph.gg/updates/glacial-cup-development-notes

βœ… December Community Day PVP Cheat Sheet Coming! πŸ‘¬
Before December's must-play CD, the Arena team will once again assemble a handy cheat sheet to help you focus and grind the event to the fullest. Be on the lookout for this guide in the coming weeks!

This Season, like an iceberg, remains mostly unseen. There is still more glory to be made! Good luck competitors!

- The Arena Team -