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What is the GO Battle League Premier Cup and how will it work?

Published: 30/Apr/2020 3:50

by Paul Cot

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There’s another competition coming to GO Battle League, the Premier Cup!

The inaugural Pokemon Go cup competition will be part of the much anticipated GBL Season 2. Not a lot is known about the new format and currently trainers have more questions than answers.

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What do we know about the Premier Cup?

While details remain sparse, Niantic did reveal some basic information. The Premier Cup will run concurrently alongside the Master League portion of Season 2.

GO Battle League Premier Cup Competition
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The Premier Cup will run alongside GO Battle League Master League in Season 2…

It will be open from June 15, 1pm PDT to July 6, 1pm PDT. The first two weeks of this will see only the Premier Cup and Master League available, while the third week is when all competitions are opened up. The same happened in Season 1.

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Much like Master League, there won’t be any limit on CP either. However, there will be some important restrictions to the species you can use – Legendary and Mythical Pokemon won’t be eligible.

There are plenty of non-Legendary and Mythical Pokemon that have high CPs to utilize, but the vast majority of the very highest CP ‘mons are made up of the likes of Dialga, Mewtwo and Rayquaza.

In fact more than 75% of the top 25 Pokemon based on max CP are Legendary and Mythical. So, the Premier Cup could look very different to Master League.

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Master League Without Legendary Mythical Pokemon
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The likes of Dialga and Lugia will be available in Master League but not the Premier Cup…

Will it be a knockout competition or league?

There are still plenty of questions, though. The most important of those is whether, as its name suggests, it will be an actual cup competition or a league format like we have already seen.

The former would no doubt be more exciting but there would be questions about its feasibility given the sudden death nature of a knockout competition. Therefore, a straight, sudden death knockout cup seems unlikely as this would mean half of all players would only get to play one game.

An alternative way it could work is to have a league within a cup – we’ll explain. Trainers could be put into a league with a selection of others and the top 50% of them in terms of results qualify for the next round.

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This could continue all the way through to the very end. A perhaps more likely scenario though, is that each match is against a completely random opponent and the trainers with the most wins/best win ratio qualify for the next round.

Of course at this point this is purely speculative. If it isn’t a cup competition we’ll simply be looking at Master League minus the Legendary and Mythical Pokemon. We can expect Niantic to reveal more details soon.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.