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The Ribbon Syndicate League

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WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder



Welcome to the Ribbon Syndicate League, a prestigious League where only the crème de la crème are permitted. This League employs rigorous and ofttimes eccentric rulesets that will put your battle skills to the test.

The Ribbon Syndicate League is unique in that, instead of using "badges" to measure a member's success, the League uses "ribbons." There are several different types of ribbons for League members to obtain, from "League Ribbons" to "Special Ribbons." Members of the Ribbon Syndicate League must employ battle strength and logical cunning to maximize their efficiency within the League.

The Ribbon Syndicate League offers five different categories, from which challengers attempt to obtain ribbons.
These categories are based on the five Pokémon Contest categories: coolness, cleverness, beauty, cuteness, and toughness.



General Rules

1) All main SPPf rules apply.

2) Please show respect to every member of this League; treat other members how you would like to be treated.

3) If there is an issue, please be sure to contact one of the RSL Coordinators immediately.

4) Do not use cheated/hacked Pokémon (Pokesav, Pokegen, illegal Abilities through AR, etc.).
Anyone found doing so will be banned, as it is an insult to those who have worked hard to legitimately obtain their Pokémon.

5) This League follows the SPPf Battling Standard Rules as well as Smogon tiers.

6) Novices, Experts, and Coordinators must offer wifi battles, though Pokémon Showdown is permitted if a challenger requests it.

7) Novices, Experts, and Coordinators must also offer single battles if a challenger requests it, though they are free to offer other battle styles as well.

8) Never disconnect from a battle (forfeiting is okay). You may incur penalties if you are found to be purposefully disconnecting. If you have connectivity issues, mention it before a battle.

9) Do not post spam.

10) Do not use foul language, whether it be in your posts or in your Pokémon nicknames.

11) If you are a Novice/Expert/Coordinator, you must remain active.
Posting in this League with posts such as "activity post" do not count as remaining active.
Conversely, it is not necessary to post in the League every day, every week, etc.
Maintaining an active presence on the forums and being reachable for challenges is acceptable.

12) Have fun!


Key Terms and Concepts

Before explaining the rules of the League in depth, it is important to identify some key concepts and terms within the League:

Contest Categories: The Contest Categories are the five areas in which the Ribbon Syndicate is divided. The five Contest Categories are coolness, cleverness, beauty, cuteness, and toughness.
Each Contest Category has 5 League Ribbons to obtain (Normal, Super, Hyper, Master, and Final Ribbons).

League Ribbons: League Ribbons are the Ribbon Syndicate's version of badges. You earn these ribbons by defeating Novices, Experts, and Coordinators.

Effort Ribbons: Effort Ribbons are the currency of the Ribbon Syndicate League. You amass Effort Ribbons by participating in battles, and use accumulated Effort Ribbons to buy Special Ribbons.

Special Ribbons: Special Ribbons can be bought from the Ribbon Shop with Effort Ribbons. Special Ribbons give certain perks and bonuses to the challenger that uses them.

Novice: A Novice is a skilled Trainer within a particular contest category (the equivalent of a "Gym Trainer"). If a challenger defeats a Novice, the challenger receives a Hyper Ribbon.

Expert: An Expert is an especially skilled Trainer within a particular contest category (the equivalent of a "Gym Leader"). If a challenger defeats an Expert, the challenger receives a Master Ribbon.

Coordinator: A Coordinator is the final leader in a particular contest category (the equivalent of an "E4 Member"). If a challenger defeats a Coordinator, the challenger receives the Final Ribbon in that Contest Category. If a member receives all 5 Final Ribbons, he or she will be declared a Ribbon Syndicate Champion.



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WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder

General Rules


Application

In order to apply to The Ribbon Syndicate League, simply fill out the following form and post it in the League:
All new members will receive 5 Effort Ribbons as a startup!

Code:
Member Application

Username:
Friend Code:
Time Zone:
Level of Forum Activity:
What is Rule #12?: 
About Yourself:
In order to apply as a Novice, simply fill out the following form and post it in the League:
Please note that Novice applicants may be subject to test battles upon request.

Code:
Novice Application

Username:
Novice Position:
Friend Code:
Time Zone:
Level of Forum Activity:
What is Rule #12?: 
About Yourself:
In order to apply as an Expert, simply fill out the following form and post it in the League:
Please note that Expert applicants may be subject to test battles upon request.

Code:
Expert Application

Username:
Expert Position:
Friend Code:
Time Zone:
Level of Forum Activity:
What is Rule #12: 
About Yourself:
In order to apply as a Coordinator, simply fill out the following form and post it in the League:
This position will not be filled on a first come, first served basis, but rather by a consensus of the other Coordinators.

Code:
Coordinator Application

Username:
Coordinator Position: Cute Coordinator
Friend Code:
Time Zone:
Level of Forum Activity:
What is Rule #12?: 
About Yourself:


Battle Modes

There are two main methods of conducting battles within the Ribbon Syndicate League: For Fun and For Glory.


For Fun

In the For Fun battle mode, Ribbon Syndicate members are free to challenge other members in regular battles. The battle style, battle tier, battle rules, etc. are left completely up to the two members involved in the battle. Members who participate in For Fun battles will not lose any Effort Ribbons or League Ribbons from losing For Fun battles. Members cannot utilize Special Ribbons in For Fun battles. Members who participate in For Fun battles will earn Effort Ribbons for these battles: 5 Effort Ribbons for a win and 2 Effort Ribbons for a loss.

To participate in a For Fun battle, fill out the first form and post it in the League.
When you see someone looking for a battle opponent, feel free to VM/PM them for a battle.
When battles are completed, both members are to fill out the second form and post it in the League.

Code:
Seeking Battle Opponents! (For Fun)

Username:
Available for the Next: [amount of time, example: 2 hours]
Code:
Battle Results (For Fun)

Username:
Battled with: [username]
Result: [example: Win 4-0]


For Glory

The For Glory battle mode is the central battle mode of the Ribbon Syndicate League, and the only mode in which challengers can earn League Ribbons.
Each Ribbon has its own unique rules that must be adhered to in order to earn the Ribbon:


Normal Rank Ribbons



If a League member wishes to win a Normal Rank Ribbon for any of the Contest Categories, that member completes the following form and posts it in the League:

Code:
Seeking Battle Opponents! (For Glory)

Username:
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle]
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] 
Available for the Next: [amount of time, example: 2 hours]
Any Novice, Expert, or Coordinator in any Contest Category can accept a League member's battle request.
(ie. the Beauty Expert can respond to a challenge for a Tough Normal Ribbon, and the Tough Coordinator can also respond to a challenge for a Tough Normal Ribbon)

When the battle is over, both the League member and the Novice/Expert/Coordinator are to fill out the following form and post it in the League:

Code:
Battle Results (For Glory)

Username:
Battled with: [username]
Result: [example: Win 4-0]
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle] (challenger only)
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] (challenger only)
Normal Rank Ribbon battles have the following battles stipulations:

• Both Pokémon teams must contain a Pokémon whose main body colour matches the Contest Category in which you are participating.
Main body colour is defined as a colour that takes up at least 50% of a Pokémon's body.

For example:
Half of a Girafarig's body is yellow, therefore it would be eligible to be a Tough mascot.
Only Garchomp's stomach is red, therefore it would not be eligible to be a Cool mascot.

- Cool = Red
- Clever = Green
- Beauty = Blue
- Cute = Pink
- Tough = Yellow


Super Rank Ribbons



~ members must first obtain Normal Rank Ribbons as prerequisites before challenging Super Rank ~

If a League member wishes to win a Super Rank Ribbon for any of the Contest Categories, that member completes the following form and posts it in the League:

Code:
Seeking Battle Opponents! (For Glory)

Username:
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle]
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] 
Available for the Next: [amount of time, example: 2 hours]
Any Novice, Expert, or Coordinator in that specific Contest Category can accept a League member's battle request.
(ie. the Beauty Expert cannot respond to a challenge for a Tough Super Ribbon, but the Tough Coordinator can respond to a challenge for a Tough Super Ribbon)

When the battle is over, both the League member and the Novice/Expert/Coordinator are to fill out the following form and post it in the League:

Code:
Battle Results (For Glory)

Username:
Battled with: [username]
Result: [example: Win 4-0]
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle] (challenger only)
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] (challenger only)
Super Rank Ribbon battles have the following battle stipulations:

• Both Pokémon teams may not contain a Mega Pokémon.


Hyper Rank Ribbons




~ members must first obtain Normal and Super Rank Ribbons as prerequisites before challenging Hyper Rank ~

If a League member wishes to win a Hyper Rank Ribbon for any of the Contest Categories, that member must wait until the the Novice of that specific Contest Category is open for challenges.
Only the Novice of a specific Contest Category can hand out Hyper Ribbons of that category.
(ie. only the Beauty Novice can hand out Beauty Hyper Ribbons)
If a Novice is ready to accept challenges, that Novice completes the following form and posts it in the League:


Code:
Accepting Challenges! (For Glory)

Username/Title:
Available for the Next: [amount of time, example: 2 hours]
Challengers with the appropriate prerequisites then complete the following form and post it in the League in response:

Code:
Challenge Accepted! (For Glory)

Username:
Accepting [name of Novice]'s Challenge
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle]
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle]
When the battle is over, both the League member and the Novice are to fill out the following form and post it in the League:

Code:
Battle Results (For Glory)

Username:
Battled with: [username]
Result: [example: Win 4-0]
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle] (challenger only)
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] (challenger only)
Hyper Rank Ribbon battles have the following battle stipulations:

• Both Pokémon teams cannot contain more than 2 OU Pokémon.


Master Rank Ribbons



~ members must first obtain Normal, Super, and Hyper Rank Ribbons as prerequisites before challenging Master Rank ~

If a League member wishes to win a Master Rank Ribbon for any of the Contest Categories, that member must wait until the the Expert of that specific Contest Category is open for challenges.
Only the Expert of a specific Contest Category can hand out Master Ribbons of that category.
(ie. only the Beauty Expert can hand out Beauty Master Ribbons)
If an Expert is ready to accept challenges, that Expert completes the following form and posts it in the League:


Code:
Accepting Challenges! (For Glory)

Username/Title: 
Available for the Next: [amount of time, example: 2 hours]
Challengers with the appropriate prerequisites then complete the following form and post it in the League in response:

Code:
Challenge Accepted! (For Glory)

Username:
Accepting [name of Expert]'s Challenge
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle]
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle]
When the battle is over, both the League member and the Novice are to fill out the following form and post it in the League:

Code:
Battle Results (For Glory)

Username:
Battled with: [username]
Result: [example: Win 4-0]
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle] (challenger only)
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] (challenger only)
Master Rank Ribbon battles have the following battle stipulations:

• The challenger's Pokémon team cannot contain more than 2 OU Pokémon.
• The Expert's Pokémon team cannot contain more than 3 OU Pokémon.


Final Rank Ribbons



~ members must first obtain Normal, Super, Hyper, and Master Rank Ribbons as prerequisites before challenging the Final Rank ~

If a League member wishes to win a Final Rank Ribbon for any of the Contest Categories, that member must wait until the the Coordinator of that specific Contest Category is open for challenges.
Only the Coordinator of a specific Contest Category can hand out Final Ribbons of that category.
(ie. only the Beauty Coordinator can hand out Beauty Final Ribbons)
If a Coordinator is ready to accept challenges, that Coordinator completes the following form and posts it in the League:


Code:
Accepting Challenges! (For Glory)

Username/Title: 
Available for the Next: [amount of time, example: 2 hours]
Challengers with the appropriate prerequisites then complete the following form and post it in the League in response:

Code:
Challenge Accepted! (For Glory)

Username:
Accepting [name of Coordinator]'s Challenge
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle]
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle]
When the battle is over, both the League member and the Coordinator are to fill out the following form and post it in the League:

Code:
Battle Results (For Glory)

Username:
Battled with: [username]
Result: [example: Win 4-0]
Looking to Obtain: [name of ribbon]
Special Ribbon: [name of Special Ribbon you are using, 1 per battle] (challenger only)
Effort Ribbon Wager [min. 1 Effort Ribbon per battle] (challenger only)
If the challenger defeats a Coordinator, the challenger will receive the Final Ribbon for that Contest Category.
Once a League member has earned all 5 Final Ribbons, he or she will be declared a Ribbon Syndicate Master.
However, if a challenger loses to a Coordinator, that challenger will lose his/her Hyper Ribbon and Master Ribbon of that Contest Category.

Final Rank Ribbon battles have the following battle stipulations:

• The challenger's Pokémon team cannot contain more than 3 OU Pokémon.
• The Coordinator's Pokémon team cannot contain more than 4 OU Pokémon.
• Neither Pokémon team can contain Legendary Pokémon.


General FAQ

• You can only win League Ribbons through For Glory battles.

• Novices, Experts, and Coordinators can enter the League as challengers.

• Novices/Experts/Coordinators automatically earn their own Ribbon after obtaining the necessary prerequisites.

• You do not lose any League Ribbons if you lose Normal, Super, Hyper, or Master Rank battles.

• You must wager at least 1 Effort Ribbon in every For Glory battle.

• Novices/Experts/Coordinators do not wager Effort Ribbons when accepting challenges.

• If you win a For Glory battle, you receive double your wager of Effort Ribbons.

• If you lose a For Glory battle, you will lose your wager of Effort Ribbons.

• You can still participate in For Glory battles if you have no Effort Ribbons, you simply cannot win any Effort Ribbons from said battles.

• Only one Special Ribbon can be used per battle.

• Novices/Experts/Coordinators cannot utilize Special Ribbons when accepting challenges.

• Once a Special Ribbon has been used, it is removed from your possession.

• A Special Ribbon is removed from your possession after use even if its effect did not come into play during the battle.

• BL Pokémon will not count as OU Pokémon for OU Pokémon limits.

• You are permitted to use a shiny Pokémon's alternate colour to fulfill the Normal Rank Ribbon battle stipulation.

• Challengers can PM/VM Novices/Experts/Coordinators to attempt to arrange a time to battle.

• If a Novice/Expert/Coordinator does not wish to receive challenge PMs/VMs, they must post in the League stating that they will not accept challenge PMs/VMs.



Credits:
Astral Shadow (buttons)
 
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WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder

List of Members & Leaders

Below is the Ribbon Syndicate League's list of members, including challengers, Novices, Experts, and Coordinators.
Each member profile contains all relevant RSL data on said member, including Friend Code and timezone.
Every Member of the Ribbon Syndicate League receives a ribbon to commemorate their membership within the League.
As a member earns more prestige within the League, their member ribbon reflects that prestige:


The standard member ribbon.



Win all Normal Rank ribbons.



Win all Hyper Rank ribbons.



Win all Contest Category ribbons and become Ribbon Syndicate League Champion.


List of Members

WhyBuffet






(Temporary)


(Temporary)









0834 2371 7806
GMT -05


LynxForte






(Temporary)


(Temporary)







4485 0447 2297
GMT -05


Artorius






(Temporary)


(Temporary)







0447 6483 5483
GMT +01


DJSummers






(Temporary)


(Temporary)







0345 0046 5202
GMT -05


xDIRCIOx






(Temporary)


(Temporary)







1478 6647 6643
PT -08


Regi_Rocks









0576 7407 0784
GMT +/-00


Cutty








2449 6004 1037
GMT +07


Wego








3434 4141 8031
CT -06


Marashu








4227 1956 1429
GMT -05


Hakallowin








3539 9542 6092
GMT -05


List of Novices


POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: WhyBuffet)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: LynxForte)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: Artorius)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: xDIRCIOx)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: DJSummers)


List of Experts


POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: WhyBuffet)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: LynxForte)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: Artorius)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: xDIRCIOx)




POSITION OPEN
(Temporary Leader: DJSummers)


List of Coordinators


WhyBuffet
0834 2371 7806
GMT -05




LynxForte
4485 0447 2297
GMT -05




Artorius
0447 6483 5483
GMT +01




xDIRCIOx
1478 6647 6643
PT -08




DJSummers
0345 0046 5202
GMT -05



Credits:
Astral Shadow (buttons)
Astral Shadow (userbars)
 
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WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder

Ribbon Shop

This is the Ribbon Syndicate League's Ribbon Shop, a place where you can buy Special Ribbons.
Special Ribbons will give you various perks or bonuses for battles, depending on the ribbon.
If you would like to purchase a Special Ribbon, simply post the name of the ribbon you want when you have gathered enough Effort Ribbons.
Below is a list of Special Ribbons currently available, their effects, and their Effort Ribbon price:


Effect: Doubles the losses/gains of an Effort Ribbon wager
Price: 20 Effort Ribbons




Effect: Nullifies Normal Rank battle stipulation
Price: 25 Effort Ribbons




Effect: Nullifies Super Rank battle stipulation
Price: 30 Effort Ribbons




Effect: Nullifies Effort Ribbon wager loss
Price: 35 Effort Ribbons




Effect: Get 1 extra OU Pokémon
Price: 40 Effort Ribbons




Effect: Get 1 Legendary Pokémon for Coordinator battles
Price: 45 Effort Ribbons




Effect: Keep all Ribbons after a loss to a Coordinator
Price: 50 Effort Ribbons



Credits:
Astral Shadow (buttons)
 
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WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder

Special Events, Promotions, and Giveaways


~ currently under construction ~


 
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Dun dun duunnnnnnnnnnnnnn
 

DJSummers

Ground-Type Champion
Wow, it came earlier than expected. Can't wait to begin!
 

WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder
The Ribbon Syndicate League is officially open!

Please feel free to apply for any vacant position.
However, keep these two things in mind:

1) The one open Coordinator position will not be filled on a first come, first served basis.
You are free to apply for said position, but it will be left up to a consensus between myself and the other Coordinators if you will be accepted for said position.
As a precaution, please include a backup application for any Novice/Expert position you may also be interested in.

2) If you apply for a Novice/Expert position, please be prepared to be active. Posting in this League with posts such as "activity post" do not count as remaining active. Conversely, it is not necessary to post in the League every day, every week, etc. Simply maintaining an active presence on the forums and being reachable for challenges is acceptable. I reserve the right to remove anyone from a Novice/Expert/Coordinator position if I feel they are consistently unavailable for battles.
 

Rocxidi

The Jim Reaper
Coordinator Application

Username: xDIRCIOx
Coordinator Position: Cute Coordinator
Friend Code: 1478-6647-6643
Time Zone: Pacific -8
Level of Forum Activity: 9
What is Rule #10?: foul language
About Yourself: im rly cute irl!

Expert Application

Username: xDIRCIOx
Expert Position: Tough Expert
Friend Code:1478-6647-6643
Time Zone: Pacific -8
Level of Forum Activity: high
What is Rule #12: dont have fun???
About Yourself: ez game
 
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Alatar VGC

House Greyjoy
Member Application

Username: Regi_Rocks
Friend Code: 0576-7407-0784
Time Zone: GMT
Level of Forum Activity: On Serebii every day. 9
What is Rule #12?: Have fun
About Yourself: Ring of Fire member, Competitive battler, Fire Dojo master, trade shop owner! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the Syndicate League. Let the fun begin ;)
 

WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder
Member Application

Username: Regi_Rocks
Friend Code: 0576-7407-0784
Time Zone: GMT
Level of Forum Activity: On Serebii every day. 9
What is Rule #12?: Have fun
About Yourself: Ring of Fire member, Competitive battler, Fire Dojo master, trade shop owner! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the Syndicate League. Let the fun begin ;)
Accepted. Welcome to the Ribbon Syndicate :)

Seeking Battle Opponents! (For Fun)

Username: WhyBuffet
Available for the Next: 2 hours
 

Cutty

Forever now
Member Application

Username: Cutty
Friend Code: 2449-6004-1037
Time Zone: GMT +7
Level of Forum Activity: Been active since 2007 O_O Gosh is there a life out there?
What is Rule #12?: Have fun. fun. fun. Fuuuuuuun! Fuuuuuuun!
About Yourself: Believe me life can be so cruel on Serebii.
 

WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder
Member Application

Username: Cutty
Friend Code: 2449-6004-1037
Time Zone: GMT +7
Level of Forum Activity: Been active since 2007 O_O Gosh is there a life out there?
What is Rule #12?: Have fun. fun. fun. Fuuuuuuun! Fuuuuuuun!
About Yourself: Believe me life can be so cruel on Serebii.
Accepted.
Feel free to make yourself open for some For Fun battle to wrack up some Effort Ribbons, or just stay tuned for more Leader positions to fill up and challenge them :)

I've also decided to give all new members 5 Effort Ribbons as a startup package.
 

Wego

WeCounting Stars
Member Application

Username: Wego
Friend Code: 3434-4141-8031
Time Zone: Central -6
Level of Forum Activity:8/10
What is Rule #12?: Have fun
About Yourself: I like chocolate
 
Expert Beauty Coordinator Open, PM me when ready.. (1hour)
 

WhyBuffet

Pokémon Breeder
Ribbon Syndicate Announcements

- Due to the low number of members at the moment, the five Coordinators will be filling in for the roles of the Experts and Novices of their particular Contest Category
(ie. The Coolness Coordinator will take on the responsibilities of the Coolness Expert and Novice)
This will stay in effect until we get some users applying for said positions.

- While it is encouraged that you utilize the forms on the OP to signal when you are available for battles, I am not going to force you to do so (as Art has graciously demonstrated above).
As long as your message provides all the necessary information, you are free to post however you want.

- Congratulations to xDIRCIOx, who has been promoted to the position of Cute Coordinator.
 

Rocxidi

The Jim Reaper
ill be open pretty much all week and have teams ready to challenge all ranks

i think...
 

DJSummers

Ground-Type Champion
Ribbon Syndicate Announcements

- Due to the low number of members at the moment, the five Coordinators will be filling in for the roles of the Experts and Novices of their particular Contest Category
(ie. The Coolness Coordinator will take on the responsibilities of the Coolness Expert and Novice)
This will stay in effect until we get some users applying for said positions.

- While it is encouraged that you utilize the forms on the OP to signal when you are available for battles, I am not going to force you to do so (as Art has graciously demonstrated above).
As long as your message provides all the necessary information, you are free to post however you want.

- Congratulations to xDIRCIOx, who has been promoted to the position of Cute Coordinator.
Well, I guess I need to get more teams ready for all ranks, or for just 3 of them.
 
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