Dear All Pokemon VGC Players, Chris Brown and TPCI I'm unhappy. You can probably tell from my frustrated tweeting over the past couple of weeks, that I'm extremely gobsmacked at the lack of respect that TPCI continually shows its players, the people who travel and pay entry fees for their tournaments. The people who keep this game going. The people who have made pokemon what it is over the past twenty years and continue to shape storylines in the game in ways we could never have imagined. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been totally thrown around by TPCI on various events that they havent bothered to report on or even acknowledge have happened. For me it began with the Porygon2 Pokeball requirement. Bank happened and they other balls (beast etc) became legal. But TPCI didn't change the ruleset on the day bank came out so they weren't legal. And we found out because two of our wonderful TO's got in contact and then told our playerbase. On another day bounce Gyarados became legal and once again TPCI didn't bother to let us know, and once again the same TO had to announce it over twitter to the playerbase. We need to be extremely thankful to our TO's that source this information, but it isn't their job. They are volunteers here for their children, or the love of the game, or the community or all 3! TPCI should be announcing this information in a timely factor to everyone, and if they've cocked up, or can't get something out in time then tell us. But they don't. Either there is no communication mechanism, or they can't be bothered to talk to us, or they dont want to talk to us. Earlier this week we found out Oceania Internats wasn't getting an official stream. This time, the onsite organisers, not TPCI gave out this information. [Ed's tweet when I get to a laptop] Hundreds of players in Oceania had signed up to the tournament at exactly the same price as London and rightly should expect the same benefits. They did not receive them. Further to this players turned up for the London IC expecting the usual tournament structure. Instead we had a carryover swiss into Day 2 of the Internationals, which should have been communicated to the playerbase beforehand. People then prepared for this in Melbourne, only to find out it had reverted back to not carrying records over to Day 2. Again no warning, and makes a mockery of the tournament structures, players at London who went x-2 day 1 then x-1/2 day two and misses cut have a right to be upset, because the same rules are not being applied across the world, in TPCI's biggest tournament set outside worlds. And now the player cap for Latam Internationals for VGC. Firstly, why is the VGC cap 128 and the TCG 600+ when VGC attendance has been holding steady at Internationals. How is it going to be done, first come first served. Are international players with stipends going to miss out on places and the experience of meeting and playing Latams finest? Are Latam players going to miss out on their own IC, making it inpossible for them to qualify for worlds (probably). And Pokemon just announce this and expect us to be ok with it? Thats not cool guys. What irks me the most, is a distinct lack of communication to the wider playerbase. Certain organisers and players with background links can gain information seemingly easily, but the rest of the playerbase is in the dark. So invite TPCI and Chris Brown to respond. Why is there no info coming out, why do you not communicate with the community any more, as you used to do? I remember starting in 2015 there was a much more open dialogue. Not perfect, but definitely felt better than what is happening right now. Even if you choose not to reply to this thread directly, get in touch with the guys here and sort an arrangement out, even a thread to tell us about ongoings, reasonings and things to watch out for would be enough, we just need some sort of dialogue. And Chris, I've been hard on you and I've posted memes and frankly been rude at points and I regret that. You've done a lot of hard work for TPCI over the past years, and the game has grown unrecognisably, and we as a community are indebted to the work you've put in. But you can't stay silent and expect it all to blow over, as we get more monetary and tournament support it feels like the games being run into the ground from a community perspective, which surely is the opposite of what you want. People will get more vocal, and if you'd rather spend more time on Smash then move aside and let someone new take over so we can re-energise the community, or reconnect with us and energise the community yourself, but it can't stay how it currently is. I've said my piece, if anyone has anything to add then please do, but in my view the ball is now in TPCI's court. Its up to you Chris, please come and explain and we will understand, but the more silence we get, the more frustrated we get. Its your move.