Hello everyone! We have a few quick updates for you today on some rules and moderation related topics:

WBO Community Rules Update
We have revised the WBO Community Rules. All users are required to abide by these rules.

What we have done in this update is offer more specific detail on the sorts of things which are:

  • Instantly Bannable Offences
  • Things Not To Do
  • Minor Problems

These things directly govern how WBO Staff apply (or don't apply) warnings and bans.

We have also outlined more specifically what the goal of our moderation team is and what responsibilities users bear when it comes to observing problems in the community.

Please take some time to review them.



Terms of Service Update
We have also updated our Terms of Service to mention that abiding by the Community Rules is required by all members who participate in the community on site and on related external platforms that we manage.



Moderation Team Changes
First, as some of you may have noticed, DeceasedCrab is no longer a WBO Staff member. He decided to step down of his own accord earlier this week, a decision which we have respected. We expect the community to respect it as well. He was a valued member of the team and we are sorry to see him go, but we wish him nothing but the best! We look forward to seeing him at future events.

There will be no further comment on this from WBO Staff and discussion on worldbeyblade.org, the WBO Discord, any other WBO run platform, or harassing DeceasedCrab about it will not be tolerated. Thank you for your understanding!

Moderation Team Expansion
Next, we wanted to announce that we are planning to soon expand our moderation team. This was already in discussion before the above occurred, but with that having happened, it has placed a greater urgency on the expansion.

With the activity on the forums and WBO Discord combined, it's become clear to us over the past few months that we need more help on this front.

We have several candidates in mind and will soon be reaching out to them. We will post a further update once any new Staff members have been added!



Questions, Concerns, or Comments?
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the updates posted here, please feel free to reach out to a WBO Staff member privately or post in the Discuss worldbeyblade.org forum if it is an issue which warrants public discussion.
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Hello everyone! We're happy to announce that we have recently implemented a range of new features for WBO Organizers in event pages. They have been implemented in an effort to:

  • Grant greater flexibility in the management of participant lists/event sizes
  • Make it easier to seed participants
  • Improve visual design in a few areas

Check them out below and let us know what you think!



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Updated Participant Display on Event Pages
The listing of participants beside the Join Tournament button has now been updated to feature a maximum of one row of avatar thumbnails. This helps to make the event page cleaner to look at.

Previously, when you had dozens or even hundreds of participants registered it started to become a bit of an eyesore to have them all showing!



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Updated Participant Pop Up Window Design
To go along with the limitation on the participant avatar thumbnails shown by default, we have made an update to the design of the participant pop up window that makes it easier to browse all participants in an event.

Participants are now listed with their avatar and username in a list format. This replaces the previous grid of avatars which made it especially hard to decipher between users that have the default WBO avatar.

The total count of participants has been added to the pop up window now as well beside the "GOING" text.



Manually Add & Remove Players
Within the participant pop up window, Organizers now have the ability to manually add and remove players.

Organizers should only use these functions when there is a legitimate reason for doing so.

When should players be added manually?
For instance, adding players manually will be useful for ticketed events (such as conventions) where only those who have a ticket may join and would like to manually construct an accurate list of participants.

When should players be removed manually?
Removing players would be permissible when:

  • Someone that has joined your event has demonstrated that they will not or cannot comply with some additional event specific requirement(s) required by the WBO or requested by the Organizer.
  • Someone that has joined your event is clearly from somewhere very far away and hasn't indicated that they will be traveling to play in your event.

Any abuse of this system can be monitored by the Staff team as logs are kept of every addition/removal.


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How to Manually Add Players
From the "Invite" tab, simply type the usernames of the players you wish to add and click "Add Players".

Added players will receive a PM notifying them that they have been added.


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How to Manually Remove Players
On the "Going" tab, hover over a player and click the X that appears along the right hand side to remove them.

Removed players will receive a PM notifying them that they have been removed.



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Global Invite (Event Notifications)
Ever wondered why you never received any notifications despite setting up your location and notification preferences in your profile? Well, it's because the functionality was never finished … until now!

Organizers can now send 1 "Global Invite" per event which will notify all nearby players who meet the criteria to be invited based on the location settings set in their profile. Players will receive invites as PMs and also an email if they have PM email notifications enabled.

Note that invites will be sent out in batches, so if there are hundreds or thousands of applicable users it will take a few hours for all of the invites to be sent.

This is a great way to announce events to a targeted and relevant audience and boost your attendance numbers.

If you haven't already and are interested in receiving notifications for tournaments near you, set up your location in your profile now!




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PM Notification When a User Joins Your Event
Organizers, you will now receive a PM notification whenever a user joins your event.

This will make it easier to keep tabs on who has joined your events at any point in time and understand when they have joined.



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Disable User Registration
From the "Schedule a Tournament" form, we have added the option to disable user registration entirely for events, effectively making them invite-only.

This option works in tandem with the above functionality regarding the manual addition and removal of players to grant Organizers much greater control over their participant lists.

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All WBO events generally must be open to the public, except in circumstances, such as at a ticketed event (ex. a convention), where it may make sense to allow the Organizer to manually construct their participant list based on those who they can confirm have actually bought tickets.

Usage of this feature for WBO events will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

This feature was also implemented partially out of consideration for our intention to eventually allow non-WBO events (whether that be official WBBA events or events hosted by other groups) to be posted on worldbeyblade.org in some yet to be determined capacity. People running these types of events may want them to be invite-only. We will comment more on this in the future when we have a finalized plan in place.

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User Registration Info Field
Below this option you'll also see the "User Registration Info" field. This field is to be used to describe how you can register if the event has disabled user registration (ex. You must buy a ticket from ... and then contact the host")



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Participants Now Sorted by Rank
Organizers, do you hate seeding players manually? So do we.

Thankfully, the participant list on event pages is now automatically sorted by rank from highest to lowest to new players without a rank!


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Player List Button
You can see the sorted participants in the participant pop up window, but there's an even faster way to copy this information for your Challonge bracket.

The "Player List" button visible for Organizers under "Contact Host" exports an unstyled list of your events participants sorted by rank. Quickly copy this to speed up the process of building your Challonge brackets!

This update not only brings higher ranked players to the top of the list which might attract more people to your event, but it makes it way easier to seed your event.



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Join Tournament Button Confirmation Message
We understand that some people unfortunately do not take the "Join Tournament" button seriously and click it having no intention of attending.

While this sort of behaviour will be difficult to fully eradicate, we have now added in a statement below the button encouraging users to think twice before clicking it:

"Only join if you're sure you can attend."

We hope that this small change in addition to Organizers being able to manually control their participant lists will make it easier to ensure they are accurate.



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Participant Capping
This feature has technically been available for a while now, but on the back-end had not been fully and properly integrated. It now is complete and we've solved some lingering bugs with the original implementation, such as users inability to unjoin an event that had reached its cap.

As has been the case thus far, participant caps will be approved on a case-by-case basis for WBO events.

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Organizers, we want to hear from you!
Many more changes are on the horizon as part of Project AIDA that we will detail when they are ready, but we would love to hear feedback from you guys as well.

Is there anything you wish was possible on event pages that would make your experience as an Organizer better?


Hey World Bladers!

We've been reasonably quiet regarding some of our recent developments in this area but, after extensive discussion between the Organized Play team, we're finally ready to share our plan for the long-awaited Burst Limited format!

As you may have guessed, Burst Limited serves as a middle ground between the modern Standard format and our old-school Classic format, with the goal of evolving into a ranked format over time. Burst Limited is balanced around the 2017/18 God Layer System era of Beyblade, featuring a number of balanced inclusions & removals from that period, and permitting newer Hasbro Layers that tend to be lumped into this performance class by popular community opinion.

In order to provide development feedback to help perfect the ruleset, this format is now available for all Organizers to host unranked experimental events.




CONTEXT

For our Burst Limited format, we've been very careful to balance simplicity and accessibility. Do we dive deep into Cho-Z and GT? Do we make the format God-only? The popular consensus - and the one that we hinted at - was that we would aim for a format balanced around the God Layer System with some exceptions, and that's exactly what we've chosen to do here. Except, perhaps not for the reasons you'd expect.

While we did experiment with a few different balancing points, we ultimately settled on an adjusted God Layer System for a few reasons:

  1. The weight class of God Layers is on par with all modern Hasbro releases, thus making many of these products extremely viable and accessible in Limited format.
  2. Settling for systems later than this would rule out far more parts than it makes available, as seen in Burst Classic (though we all love the format!).
  3. Setting aside certain problematic releases, the God Layer System is regarded by many as one of the most balanced, diverse and progressive eras of Beyblade Burst.
With this in mind, we've been able to open up the playing field by incorporating newer releases into Burst Limited. Like Classic, newly-released drivers are usable and should allow for the continued evolution of the format. And that's not all; we hope that the addition of mainline Hasbro releases will allow this format to be more accessible and inclusive than any before.

Plus, while we aren't aiming for a format balanced around Takara-Tomy's Cho-Z line, we've managed to include a few specific releases like Z Achilles and Shadow Amaterios which, after some testing, we believe will contribute to the balance of Burst Limited and offer more options for older collectors.

Like any experimental format, Burst Limited won't be perfect out the gate, and we're seeking your input to help finalize our banlist. We're looking for testing on parts we've included, parts we've potentially missed, and even parts that have just been released. Between our new Burst Limited Customizations sub-forum and this thread, we welcome all input on our exciting new format!

So what are you waiting for? Come help us develop the best ruleset we can for Burst Limited!



RULE OVERVIEW

Rules
  • During the preliminary stage:
    • BF: 1pt | KO: 1pt | OS: 1pt
  • During Deck Format Finals:
    • BF: 2pt | KO: 1pt | OS: 1pt
    • One Metal God Chip or Level Chip per deck.
  • Maximum Garuda must be used with its stock God Chip or a Metal God Chip.
Layer Bans
  • Spriggan/Spryzen Requiem
  • Garuda G3
  • Balkesh B3
  • Kerbeus K4
  • Turbo Achilles A4
  • Turbo Spryzen S4
  • Lightning L-Drago
  • Storm Pegasis
  • Burn Phoenix
  • All Cho-Z Layer System Layers, except:
    • Bloody Longinus
    • Buster Xcalibur
    • Geist Fafnir
    • Hazard Kerbeus
    • Shining/Shadow Amaterios
    • Z Achilles
    • Left/Right Artemis/Apollos/Aeclipse
  • All Takara Tomy GaTinko & Sparking Layer System Layers
Disk Bans
  • All Disks released as part of the Takara Tomy GaTinko & Sparking Layer System.
Driver Bans
  • Bearing (Hasbro only)
  • Hybrid
  • Ignition'
  • Xtend+
  • All Hypersphere Drivers


FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS

While the following parts are currently permitted, we're keeping a close eye on these as we fear they may become problematic:
  • Archer Hercules H4
  • Atomic-S
  • Generate
  • Shining/Shadow Amaterios




CHANGE LOG
  • June 28, 2020 - Initial Revision.
  • August 10, 2020 - Ds' removed from ban list. Updates made to "Future Considerations."


EVENT ARCHIVE

We are happy to announce the beginning of an exciting new initiative which is set to dramatically change many aspects of the World Beyblade Organization: Project AIDA.

This announcement outlines what led to the creation of the project, what its goals are, the problems it aims to solve, as well as the changes and challenges associated with it.

In the spirit of transparency, we are posting this publicly as we feel that it will be beneficial for there to be a better understanding of what our goals for the community moving forward will be.

We also encourage any reactions or feedback you may have!

Project Announcement Overview
  • What challenges led to the creation of Project AIDA?
  • What is Project AIDA?
  • How will Project AIDA work?
  • Changes & Challenges Ahead

As part of Project AIDA, we're excited to share few initial updates with you as well! Please click below to read the individual announcements:

Initial Updates Overview


“What challenges led to the creation of Project AIDA?”



Before we can define what Project AIDA is, we have to define how it came into being and what problems it aims to solve:

The Beyblade community, the internet, the world, the staff, and the WBO itself with regards to the scope and scale of its membership and activities has changed a lot since the WBO was created in 2008.

More specifically, some of the key changes and challenges which have slowly developed are:

Complex Systems, Guidelines & Initiatives
Very little about the WBO and it’s various systems, guidelines, and initiatives has been set up to be scalable with a small team of unpaid volunteers.

Yet, we’ve added on many layers of complexity and responsibility not only for Organizers but also for staff along the way.

What may have been more manageable with 1,000 members in 2009 isn’t quite as manageable with over 100,000 in 2019.

It is loud and clear to us after reading recent feedback from around the community that something needs to change on this front.

Increasing Event Sizes & Responsibility
The experience of record-breaking events like Beytuber Brawl,  BEYBLADE SHOGATSU 2019 alongside planning for WBO X Championship over the past couple years has helped to more clearly teach us what our limits are and where we need to improve as an organization which promotes Beyblade tournaments.

We’re no longer worried about getting enough people for our events, but about having too many. This prompted worries about the increasing level of responsibility and liability that such events bring. The implementation of new new guidelines and functionality followed, but this is still an ongoing concern.

While we will continue to pursue opportunities for larger events when possible, our experience planning for WBO X Championship has ironically contributed to renewing our commitment to promoting the growth of local Beyblade communities moving forward.

This is where we think we can have the most impact as a volunteer-based organization.

A Note About WBO X Championship

More Competition for Attention
We’ve lost ground within the Beyblade community over the years as:

  • the purveyor of things like breaking Beyblade news
  • the primary venue for discussion about Beyblade online

New avenues for both of these things have opened up since 2008, and the overall size and activity of the the Beyblade community online has increased immensely since the WBO was launched. As a volunteer-based organization, it has been challenging to keep up as the community has grown, as we have all grown-up, and the staff has changed.

However, what does remain is our expertise in organized play, which is unmatched.

It has become clear that there is still more we can, should, and want to be doing for the Beyblade community.

This has forced us to deeply rethink: “Who are we? What do we want to be? How do we want to do it?

It is introspective questions like these that led us towards the conception of Project AIDA.



“What is Project AIDA?”



Project AIDA is a new long-term initiative of the World Beyblade Organization that will drive all of our decisions moving forward as we aim to solve the biggest challenges we face and make the WBO a stronger, better community for all Beyblade fans.

The Goals of Project AIDA

  • Make the WBO platform more flexible, powerful, and easier to use.
  • Make the WBO community more welcoming and valuable to all Beyblade fans.
  • Make it easier to build and maintain a local community.
  • Improve process and simplify requirements for posting events.
  • Simplify staff structure and empower staff members.

Why the name “Project AIDA”?
The name of Project AIDA was inspired by the Japanese name of an episode in Beyblade G-Revolution. “Ai da…” is the name of the episode. It  translates to “It’s love …”.

Kai exclaims “This is my love!” just before defeating Brooklyn.

This name and the context with which it was stated perfectly encapsulates why we are undertaking this project and why we are all here in the first place.



“How will Project AIDA work?”



Project AIDA Planning Method
To help define and break down more precisely how we want to organize this project, its ideas, and tasks, we have developed a plan that is divided into four key areas. The first being broad and directional, and the last being specific and actionable:

  • 1. Vision
  • 2. Strategies
  • 3. Themes
  • 4. Tactics

You can read more details about numbers one through three below. Some details about our “Tactics” will be referenced below, but more precise details about them will be announced as they come closer to completion.

The Project AIDA Vision
This new vision statement developed for this project defines what the goal of the WBO now is at the highest level:


“Play Beyblade, Together”


It sounds simple because it is.

What do we want to help people do? We want them to play Beyblade with other people. Everything we do from this point forward will be guided primarily by this vision.

Project AIDA will make use of two key strategies in order to realize the vision.

Within the strategies listed below, there is a handful of “themes” which help to define more clearly the major goals within each strategy.

Strategy: More Events For All-Ages, All Formats, All Around the World
In order for people to “Play Beyblade, Together” there needs to be events to attend. And there needs to be a lot of them for all ages, in all formats, everywhere. More than we have now.

The key themes of this strategy include:

  • Theme: Simplify Guidelines & Requirements for WBO Events
  • Theme: Be More Inclusive and Flexible
  • Theme: Foster Deeper Discussion & Connection Among Members
  • Theme: Be a Blader

Strategy: A More Focused, Robust, Open Platform Dedicated to Promoting Communities & Events
The platform our efforts to encourage people to “Play Beyblade, Together” exists on needs to become more focused, open, robust, and easier to use in order to build value for all Beyblade fans regardless of their location or preferences.

The key themes of this strategy include:

  • Theme: Improved and More Flexible Events Section
  • Theme: Revamped Communities Functionality
  • Theme: Offer More Valuable Rankings & Statistics
  • Theme: Simplify Organizer’s Resources
  • Theme: Revamped Homepage
  • Theme: Make the Platform Smarter with Integrations & Automation



Changes & Challenges Ahead



The core vision of Project AIDA–“Play Beyblade, Together”–is far-reaching and has the potential to touch almost every aspect of everything that we do on the WBO.

In fact, even before this announcement some of the thinking behind it has found its way into the updates we've made. One of the most recent examples being the recent legalization of all Hasbro and TAKARA-TOMY stadiums for unranked WBO tournaments.

We will continue to make more straightforward positive changes like this when possible, but there will be some serious changes and challenges ahead. Some which may take a long period of time to unfold completely. Especially those related to rebuilding or building new functionality for the site which may stretch the limits of what MyBB–the software worldbeyblade.org is built on–is capable of.

But to achieve the project’s goals, we want to try and take on a more iterative approach than we have in the past. Rather than “big bang” style updates, we will aim to push smaller components of this project forward as our priority dictates and then ensure that there is a process in place to iterate and refine faster than we have in the past.

In thinking about how to make this happen, we realized that perhaps our affection for tradition over the years has been both a blessing and a curse.

While yearly traditions such as BeyDays, Beyblade Remembrance, and the WBO Anniversary have been important yearly milestones for us … they also take immense amounts of time to manage and prepare. There has been benefits to doing these events, but we would like to instead take the time that would have gone into these and put it towards achieving the goals we’ve stated above before returning to them.



Project AIDA Initial Updates



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Introducing, the official WBO Discord Server!
To help foster deeper discussion and connection among members, we are excited to announce the launch of the official WBO Discord server!

Our server has been tailor-made exclusively for WBO members. It features channels to discuss anything and everything Beyblade, keep up with the latest Beyblade news, WBO news, and upcoming tournaments around the world. We hope to see you there!



Beginning of Staff Restructure
We have begun the process of restructuring our staff group in order to enable a feeling of greater agency among individual staff members and create greater organizational clarity and accountability both internally and externally for all of you reading this.

"Committee", "Contributor", and "Moderators" are no more; only "Staff".



While the next two updates do not directly fall under the two Project AIDA strategies, what they do is clarify the WBO’s role and responsibility in the community, what we are reasonably capable of, and what you are responsible for as a member.

Both are key to enabling us to properly pursue the above strategies and ultimately come closer to achieving our vision of encouraging as many people as possible to “Play Beyblade, Together”.

Updated Registration Agreement/Terms of Service & Organizer Agreement
We have recently made an update to the Terms of Service for worldbeyblade.org.

The key goals of these updated Terms of Service are to make them both more comprehensive while also being easier to understand.



Not-For-Profit Organization Registration
We are happy to announce that we are now officially registered as a Not-For-Profit Organization in Canada under the name “Fighting Spirits Inc.” (inspired by a Bakuten Shoot Beyblade OST track title ;)).




What’s Next?



In terms of the most immediate next steps within our project plan, we are focusing on continuing to think through and execute tactics related to the following broader themes:

  • Staff Restructure
  • Make the Platform Smarter with Integrations & Automation
  • Simplify Organizer’s Resources
  • Simplify Guidelines & Requirements for WBO Events
  • Communities Section

When we have more specific results or changes to report, we will post updates here in the News forum.

Finally, we’d like to thank all worldbeyblade.org members for your continued support and feedback (both the positive and negative!).

We’ve envisioned a future for the Beyblade community that will enable us to connect with each other and enjoy the game even more than before and hope that you’ll come along with us for the ride.
Hey World Bladers!

Following on from our Project AIDA announcements today, we're happy to announce that an official Discord server has gone live to support your worldbeyblade.org experience!

You can join the server using the instructions below!



How to Join the WBO Discord

1. Create a WBO and Discord Accounts
In order to access WBO Discord both a worldbeyblade.org account and a Discord account are required.

Create them first if you haven't already.

2. Account Linking & Joining the Server
Joining the WBO Discord requires you to link your WBO account with your Discord account.

We've enlisted our Blader DJ to help with this. Account linking brings over your username and any roles (Member, Organizer, etc) you have assigned on worldbeyblade.org to provide you full access to the server.

To link your accounts, first click the button below to join the server.

Upon joining the server, head over to the #account-linking channel and follow the included instructions to get linked!




Why Discord? It's a complement to the forums and fosters further discussion.

While we've traditionally avoided chatrooms and features that risk splitting the community, we appreciate that direct messaging has become standard in the present day and that certain discussions are quicker and easier via these platforms.

We believe that launching this now will complement the announcements we're making both today and over the coming months, and will allow for better communication between Bladers everywhere.

We'd like to emphasise that this platform is not intended to replace communication via the forums, but rather complement it instead. We will continue pushing worldbeyblade.org as the place to be for Beyblade events, discussions and more, but we'll also be engaging with the community via this platform as well.



Feedback?
Opening this Discord is new territory for us, so we'll ask that you please bear with us as we work out the best way to manage it, fix any bugs, and so forth!

But if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about the WBO Discord please feel free to post them here or in the Discuss worldbeyblade.org forum.
New Team Members
Alongside the initial updates associated with Project AIDA, today we’re delighted to announce a restructure of our staff and the promotion of five new members to our team:



New Staff Structure: All Staff Are Now Simply ... "Staff"
"Committee", "Contributor", and "Moderators" are no more.

Each of them and all other existing staff join a new consolidated group titled simply "Staff".



Why the change? Greater agency, clarity, and accountability.
We have done this in order to:

1. Enable a feeling of greater agency among individual staff members
2. Create greater organizational clarity and accountability both internally and externally.


We recognized that over the past decade, the "Committee" position began to carry a bit more weight in the community than we felt it was meant to. "Contributors" were later introduced to relieve some pressure from Committee members and create a role with a much more focused set of responsibilities.

This had two effects. One internal, and one external:

Internally, it ultimately lowered the ability for staff to feel as if they had the power to do things very far outside of that narrow set of responsibilities.

Teamwork and communication will always be necessary, but at the same time, it is especially important for us as a volunteer-based organization to empower and more explicitly express our trust in staff to make reasonable independent decisions when necessary and appropriate. Doing so will help us to simultaneously adapt quicker and increase the ability for staff to feel like they are making a difference.

Externally, it added another level of confusion for the community as to who they could turn to and who was in charge. By flattening our team structure to simply "Staff" we wanted to create greater clarity for all members.

All staff can help you.



Individual Areas of Focus
Each Staff member will have areas of focus behind-the-scenes. For instance, some will focus on Organized Play. Some on moderation. Some on platform or community development. And so on.

But they also have a strong base of knowledge about Beyblade and the community which will allow them to assist members in need and contribute in other areas outside of their focus when necessary.



Why them?
Each staff member–both the new additions we've announced today and existing members–have earned their position because of their valuable skills, insight, experience, dedication, and impact both on the website and offline in their local communities.

And as such, each of them believe in Fighting Spirits Inc.'s  vision and are expected to help further it however and whenever they can.



Say hello to the new staff team
The new additions to our staff team represent the beginning of a larger restructuring of our team, as we move towards the future outlined in our new vision statement for Project AIDA.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming joyos, Shindog, Alta, TrainiacJ, and LazerBeamz to the staff team. We can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish and how they'll help Fighting Spirits Inc. flourish.

You can view the full staff team here:


Alongside the initial updates associated with Project AIDA, we are happy to announce that we are now registered as a Not-For-Profit Organization in Canada. We have always operated as one, but this has made it official!

We are registered and on an official basis operate under the name “Fighting Spirits Inc.” (inspired by a Bakuten Shoot Beyblade OST track title Wink).

However, we plan to continue using “World Beyblade Organization” as well. We are in the process of researching and registering this as a trade name if possible.

Why we registered and what it means
Last year we announced all activities regarding entry fees, prize reimbursement, Blader Passports, and our shop were temporarily suspended due to new requirements imposed by our payment processing system PayPal. This is what pushed us down the long path towards registering.

For the time being this will continue, but the good news is that registering as an NFP has helped us to finally meet PayPal’s requirements. We are able to begin collecting and sending funds again and will do so once we have ensured that it is being done properly and efficiently.

We would also like to be clear that there is no change at this time in terms of the status of all staff as unpaid volunteers. When we begin collecting entry fees or open our shop again, all funds will go directly to funding the WBO itself (hosting, platform development, organizer prizes/equipment support, online contests, and so forth) as they always have.

While there are now new legal requirements for us to fulfill behind the scenes every year as per Canadian law, there will also be no major change to how members interact with the WBO as a result of this registration. That being said, as we have announced, some updates have been made to our Terms of Service. We encourage everyone to read it.

The process to become registered has been a long and arduous one and we are still learning. Although it has created a new set of responsibilities for us, it also has created the opportunity for us to do so much more moving forward without fear of restrictions like we faced with PayPal last year.

We hope you all will look forward to the future of the WBO from here!
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Hello World Bladers,

In the spirit of full transparency, we wanted to announce that we have recently made an update to the Terms of Service for worldbeyblade.org by Fighting Spirits Inc. alongside the initial updates associated with Project AIDA.


Acceptance Required to Continue Using worldbeyblade.org

  • New Users: All new users are required to accept the Terms of Service upon their initial sign up.
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Why update the Terms of Service?
The key goals of these updated Terms of Service are to make them both more comprehensive while also being easier to understand.

Our previous terms of service had not been updated since our inception over a decade ago and were in fact simply the default terms of the software we use (MyBB) to run the forum. They were also a long block of text that was difficult to read.

In the time since we became worldbeyblade.org and Fighting Spirits Inc., things have changed substantially.

With regards to the service we offer through our platform (www.worldbeyblade.org), it has slowly become clearer that we need to make our level of responsibility and liability as a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization more explicit. It should be in line with who we actually are and what we are reasonably capable of under these constraints.

We encourage all users to thoroughly read the Terms of Service in order to make an informed decision as to whether to accept them or not.



Additional Related Updates

Organizer's Guide: All Participants Must Have worldbeyblade.org Accounts Before Event Begins
We have removed the section from the Organizer's Guide which permitted Organizers to create accounts for participants after the conclusion of an event with their e-mails.

Any person wishing to participate in an offical event must have a worldbeyblade.org account prior to being formally registered for an event. This ensures that they have physically agreed to our Terms of Service themselves and helps to protect both yourself and all parties involved with running the event.

If your event participants do not all have worldbeyblade.org accounts prior to the conclusion of registration for your event, you will be assessed a warning or lose your Organizer status in accordance with the "Organizer Violations" section of our updated Community Rules.

You can find further instructions about how to help people create worldbeyblade.org accounts in the Organizer's Guide under Tournament Management -> Registration.

Event Creation Page: New Organizer Agreement Checkbox Implemented
Additionally, we have also added in a new checkbox to the event creation page for all Organizers. Organizers are required to check it when creating any event to confirm their continued agreement with our Terms of Service and the included Organizer Agreement.



June 30th, 2020 Update

For safety and legal reasons, the following items have been added to the Registration Agreement, Terms of Service, and Event Pages:

  • All players in events posted on the Platform must meet the age restrictions on Beyblade products in their region. TAKARA-TOMY recommends Beyblade for ages 6+. Hasbro recommends Beyblade for ages 8+. Players under these ages may only participate with the permission of their parent/guardian.
  • If you are under 18 years old, a parent/guardian must accompany you and be present for the duration of the event.




Feedback?
If you have any questions, please feel free to post here or e-mail us at contact@worldbeyblade.org.
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to some WBO Organized Play rulebooks and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:



Updates Overview
  • All Rulebooks: Unranked Events – All Official TT/Hasbro Stadiums Permitted
  • All Rulebooks: Relaunching – Minor Update
  • IMPORTANT Burst Classic Format: Ban List Updates
  • Burst Format: Deck Format – 1 Metal Chip Core Permitted Per Deck
  • IMPORTANT Organizer’s Requirements: Under 18? Parent/Guardian Must Co-Host With You
  • Organizer’s Guide: Planning Your Tournament – Confirmed Interest Requirement Removed
  • Organizer’s Guide: Club Format Updates



All Rulebooks Updates
Unranked Events – All Official TT/Hasbro Stadiums Permitted
All official TAKARA-TOMY/Hasbro (and Sonokong) stadiums are now permitted for unranked events. Ranked events must continue to use the list of stadiums outlined in the "Legal Equipment" section of each rulebook.

When proposing an unranked event, Organizers are now required to specify what stadium(s) will be used if they are not using the traditionally permitted stadiums for ranked events. The designated stadium type may not be changed after the event proposal has been approved.

We hope that with restrictions lifted on stadiums for unranked events, existing Organizers will take the opportunity once events are permitted again to experiment more.

And perhaps more importantly, we hope that those thinking about becoming an Organizer will face less barriers when getting started by not needing to have access to a specific stadium from Japan.

We believe that people should be able to play Beybade the way they want to in unranked environments. The strict consistency in terms of the stadiums used required for ranked events is not needed, so just have fun!

Relaunching – Minor Update
We have updated one small section of the definition for "Relaunching". Previously, the rule stated:

Relaunching - Old Definition Excerpt Wrote:Bladers must request a relaunch immediately after the Beyblade leaves the launcher.

This has now been updated to:

Relaunching - New Definition Excerpt Wrote:Bladers must request a relaunch during the countdown or immediately afterwards.

This was done in order to exclude the possibility that a relaunch could be argued to not be valid if the Beyblade does not fall off the launcher. A launcher can malfunction in a way that is out of a player's control that causes the Beyblade to not leave the launcher, so a relaunch request should be legal.






Burst Classic Format Updates

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IMPORTANT Burst Classic Format: Ban List Updates
The following updates have been made to the Burst Classic Format ban list:

Illegal
Beyblade Burst Sparking – All Layers & Disks
Fusion'
Dragoon V
Draciel V
Driger V
Dranzer V
Gaia Dragoon V

Legal
Jormuntor J2
Dark Deathscyther

The ban of the Bakuten Shoot Beyblade "V" remakes and the Sparking Layer System has been implemented in order to maintain balance in metagame and the spirit of the format. All of these parts are either too heavy, powerful, or both to fit in with Burst Classic.

We have also changed the wording in the rulebook to specify exactly which remake Layers are legal. You can consider all remakes released in the future to be banned by default unless we announce otherwise.

Fusion’ has been banned due to its ability to perform very similarly to the currently banned Accel’ when the point of its tip is worn down. Recent tournament performance has also proven this.

Recent testing of Jormuntor J2 and Dark Deathscyther along with testing from last year of Jormuntor J2 has proven that both Layers deserve a chance to exist within Burst Classic Format. While both Layers do have respectable amounts of stamina and defense, testing suggests that they can be beat by other pure stamina and attack types effectively.

These bans will continue to be monitored over time and may be re-banned if they are proven to be too powerful in a tournament setting.





Burst Format Updates

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Burst Format: Deck Format – 1 Metal Chip Core Permitted Per Deck
Similar to our ruling for Metal God Chips, only one Metal Chip Core may be used in a deck during a Deck Format match.




Organizer’s Guide/Requirements Updates

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IMPORTANT Under 18? Parent/Guardian Must Co-Host With You
If you are an Organizer under 18 years old, you must now be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is 18 or older during the event.

The full name and e-mail of the parent/guardian that will accompany you must be listed when submitting an Event Proposal. We will e-mail to confirm and require a response from them.

We have also updated the rules of the Schedule an Event forum to more clearly describe what is required in Event Proposals.

Planning Your Tournament – Confirmed Interest Requirement Removed
The requirement for confirmed interest of at least four people for whenever you submit an Organizer’s Quiz application or Event Proposal has now been lifted.

However, when posting an Event Proposal you must show that you have confirmed interest already secured or present a plan to promote your event to attract participants (eg. posting on social media, chat groups, event platforms, posting ads, etc).

Please note that this change only applies to event proposals, and it is still a requirement to have at least four participants on the day of the event.

Club Format Updates
The following updates have been made to Club Format:

  • The number of Club Format events permitted per region each month has been reduced to 1 from 2.
  • The requirement to include a mandatory group photo along with your results spreadsheet has been lifted.
  • The "Club Ace" and "Club Master" Bits have been removed. The “Club Champion” Bit remains using the design of the “Club Master” Bit and will be awarded to Club Format event winners, similar to the Gold Bit for regular events.

Club Format was designed as a free-to-play option which could act both as an easy entry point for communities new to official WBO tournaments and as a last resort for events where less than eight participants show up (the minimum for ranked events).

However, we’ve decided to reduce the number of Club Format events permitted per region per month in preparation for future changes that will make it even easier to host tournaments of all kinds.

The mandatory group photo requirement was removed because with Blader Rewards/Credits no longer existing, there’s not really an incentive to try and game the system and pretend you’re hosting small events. So, we didn’t think the extra layer of verification was needed anymore.

In regards to Club Format Bits: while we still like the idea of the original system, looking at it now, it seems inefficient because we do not currently have a system in place to track total numbers of Club Format Wins among players. It would have to be done manually, which is very time consuming. At least with things like the Emerald Bit we can easily look at their profile and see they have 15 victories, for example.




Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
Due ongoing developments surrounding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and in an abundance of caution, we've decided:

Event Proposal Conditions Starting July 1st, 2020
Barring any catastrophic changes to the worldwide situation surrounding the virus, event proposals made by Organizers for events occurring on July 1st, 2020 or later will be required to:

  • Official Government Documentation: Cite official government documentation which permits events/gatherings of their proposed size to occur in their local area. This must again be verified one week before the event.
  • Local Regulations: Demonstrate their intention and plans for compliance with all local regulations for permitted gatherings (eg. wearing masks, physical distancing, etc).
  • WBO Requirements: Demonstrate their intention and plans for compliance with the WBO's safety requirements for attending events during the pandemic.
  • Hiding Event Page When Participant Cap is Reached: We recognize that given the strict requirements on gathering sizes in many areas around the world, it may not be in the best interests of event Organizers and players for an event to continue being posted publicly once the participant cap has been reached. As such, Organizers may request for their event page to be hidden once the participant cap for it has been met. Please indicate your request for this when making your event proposal.

    If your cap is reached we will remove your event from public visibility until after the event date has passed. We encourage Organizers to note this will be done in their event description and to PM all participants before it is removed to confirm the event will still be happening.

However, we will be continuing to monitor the situation and will provide an update if this changes.

The World Beyblade Organization by Fighting Spirits Inc. is dedicated to bringing Beyblade fans together–so this is a decision that was not made lightly–but above and beyond even that is our commitment to doing what we can to put the health and safety of players first.

We hope that with this break in events we'll all be able to spend more time improving other aspects of the community, our relationships online, and preparing for future events! We can surely turn this into something positive so that we're even stronger when this has passed.
The goal of the World Beyblade Organization by Fighting Spirits Inc. is to put the health and safety of players first at all times. As such, in light of the developing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, we are introducing the following requirements for anyone attending Beyblade tournaments organized through our platform.



1. Feeling unwell? Stay at home.
We urge any player who might be feeling under the weather to stay home.

We have your best interests at heart and while everyone is welcome to attend WBO Organized Play tournaments, we urge you to consider your personal health before deciding to attend an event.

The Organizer running the tournament reserves the right to turn away any attendee with visible flu symptoms, including a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

2. Wear a Mask or Face Covering
All people and tournament participants within the tournament area must wear a mask or face covering at all times.

If you need to remove the mask briefly to eat or drink something, you must maintain at least 2 meters/6 feet of distance between you and others. We strongly recommend briefly leaving the tournament area entirely if possible in this case, however.

Learn how to properly wear a mask here.

The only exceptions to this requirement are as follows:

  • Children under two years of age.
  • Persons with an underlying condition recognized by their country or local government which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering. You must notify the Organizer at least one week in advance so that proper accommodations can be made in this case based on local regulations and recommendations. If you do not and attend the event anyways, you will be asked to leave the tournament area. Organizers, you must notify a Staff member if a participant notifies you of this and we will work with you to address it.

3. Thumbs Up Instead of Handshakes
Contrary to traditional best practices, players must refrain from any physical contact with their opponent, including shaking hands after a match. We recommend a thumbs-up, nod or positive verbal exchange instead.

4. Do Not Lend or Play with Others Equipment
Lending of parts, launchers, or other equipment and playing with another person's tops during or prior to the tournament is prohibited.

The Organizer running the tournament reserves the right to disqualify any players who do this and ask them to leave the area.

5. During Beyblade Inspection, Disassemble Beyblades for Judges
During the Beyblade Selection phase which takes place before every match, we request that players disassemble their selected Beyblade(s) for judges to do a visual inspection before the match begins.

It is prohibited for judges to physically touch any Beyblades during inspection.

6. Do Not Bring More Than 1 Person With You
All participants may not bring more than one person (parent, guardian, sibling, friend, etc) with them that isn't registered for the tournament.

Organizers may ask surplus people and or the participants who brought too many people with them to leave the area or tournament if they discover this rule has been broken.

7. Maintain Physical Distancing (2 meters/6 feet apart)
Except during the countdown prior to the beginning of a tournament match, all players are to maintain physical distancing from each other (at least 2 meters/6 feet apart).

During a match, after the Beyblades have been launched, players must take a step backwards from the stadium to meet the minimum physical distancing requirements outlined above.

After a match/round, players may approach the stadium one at a time under the direction of the judge to pick up their Beyblade.

8. After each Match Judges Must Disinfect Stadium
After the conclusion of each match, judges must disinfect all stadium surfaces using an appropriate disinfectant product (ex. Lysol wipes).

9. Only Bladers Registered Before the Tournament Day may Participate
If you are not registered on the event page, you cannot participate and will be turned away at the venue.

This is to control the number of people present at the event and ensure that local gathering size regulations are followed. Waitlists are not permitted for WBO tournaments at this time, so ensure you register ahead of time if you wish to participate.

10. Eliminated from the tournament? You must leave the tournament area.
If you have been eliminated from the tournament after the conclusion of the First Stage or have lost a match during the finals, you must leave the tournament area as defined by the Organizer.

Only players actively remaining in the tournament as well as the Organizer and the minimum judges required to complete the tournament may stay within the tournament area.

This will help to ensure smaller and smaller crowds as the tournament progresses, reducing the risk of transmission of the virus even further.

Organizers, if players who have been eliminated would like to watch the finals we encourage you or a judge to record a video of the matches and upload them online later for viewing.



Parents and Guardians! We need your help.
If you are a parent or guardian bringing a child to a tournament and are interested in helping out, contact the Organizer of the tournament to find out how you can help.

All of our tournaments are run by volunteers who may also be players. As a result, it can be challenging at times to ensure these restrictions are enforced at times, so any additional help on this front is appreciated.



These requirements will remain in effect until further notice.

We encourage all WBO members to follow and stay up to date on the latest developments and recommendations from their national and local public health authorities as well as from the World Health Organization. You can find general recommendations from the WHO here.

We thank everyone in advance for doing their best to take proper precautions to ensure that the environment at any tournament is as safe as it can be!
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to some WBO Organized Play rulebooks and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:



Updates Overview
  • All Rulebooks: Formatting & Language Updates
  • IMPORTANT Burst Classic Format: αssault' Driver Banned
  • IMPORTANT Burst Format: Master Mode Change Restriction
  • IMPORTANT Organizer’s Guide: Tied Records – Procedure Updates



All Rulebooks Updates

Formatting & Language Updates
Throughout the rulebooks for all formats we have made some updates to the formatting and language used throughout several sections in each rulebook in an effort to reduce their length where possible and to make them easier to understand and scan as a reader.

In particular, the following sections had the most notable edits:
  • Deck Format
  • Round Results
  • Parts with Multiple Modes
  • Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings (Burst Format)
  • Hasbro Only Format (Burst Format)
  • Document outlines re-worked for easier skipping between sections

The actual content of the rules did not change, but we hope the new formatting and language used will make it a bit easier for new players to understand and for existing players to reference.






Burst Classic Format Updates

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IMPORTANT Burst Classic Format: αssault' Driver Banned
The following update has been made to the Burst Classic Format ban list:

Illegal
αssault'

Recent events have proven αssault' to perform similarly to the banned Accel' and Zephyr' Drivers.





Burst Format Updates

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IMPORTANT Burst Format: Master Mode Change Restriction
We have clarified that mode changing the Master Layer Base during a match is illegal in a new section titled "All Dual Spin Parts" under "Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings".




Organizer’s Guide Updates

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IMPORTANT Tied Records – Procedure Updates
Under "Ending the First Stage & Determining Finalists – Tied Records" in the Organizer's Guide we have updated the rules and sequence for the tiebreak factors listed when trying to determine who should advanced to the finals of a tournament (and in what position) for both Round Robin/Block Round Robin and Swiss Formats.

All Organizers should review this update in detail within the guide, but the basic structure is now as follows for Swiss:

1. Overall Score/win record
2. Bucholz
3. Existing Match History (2 or 3 Tied Players with Match History/Equal Bucholz Only)
4. Seeding (Confirmed Finalists Only)
5. Tiebreak Matches

And for Round Robin/Block Round Robin, the only change that was made was correcting an error for the second tiebreak factor (Challonge TB Column) which listed "Bucholz" even though it didn't exist in those formats. It now simply states to use that factor "Only if the players in question have match history.".




Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to some WBO Organized Play rulebooks and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:



Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Final Stage – Deck Format: KOs Now Worth 1 Point
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Classic Format: All HyperSphere Drivers Banned (Effective December 23, 2019)




IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Final Stage – Deck Format KOs Now Worth 1 Point
Knock-outs in Deck Format for Burst Format are now worth one point instead of two.

With the release of Layer Bases like Judgment and Zwei in 2019, the ease with which knock-outs can be achieved is now much higher than it has been in years past for Beyblade Burst. As a result, Deck Format battles were beginning to make it more difficult for players to make strategic decisions and respond to their opponent's choices in a meaningful way because battles were ending so quickly. We hope that this change will allow for players to engage in more exciting and strategic battles moving forward!

We will continue to evaluate this change and other potential changes moving forward to ensure that we are presenting rules which allow for the best possible competitive experience.

Note: To be clear, this change does not currently apply to Burst Classic Format where Deck Format KOs are still worth two points. We will be discussing this in the near future and will post an update if a change is made.




IMPORTANT: Burst Classic Format: All HyperSphere Drivers Banned
Effective December 23, 2019, all HyperSphere Drivers will be banned from Burst Classic Format.

Much is still unknown about these Drivers given how relatively new they are, but members of the Organized Play team tested and identified that at least a few of them are a bit too powerful for the format and would become an unhealthy centralizing force if allowed. For now, we have decided to ban all of them, but this ban will be evaluated and refined as further testing is conducted.





Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
WBO Organized Play Rule Updates November 2019: Pick 3 Choose 1, Hybrid Driver, & More

Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to some WBO Organized Play rulebooks and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:



Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT: All Rulebooks: “Spinning” Definition Update
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Hybrid and Ignition’ Driver Ruling Clarification
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Classic Format: Ban List updates
  • Burst/Burst Classic Format: Deck Format - Part Repetition Restrictions Updated
  • Burst/Burst Classic Format: Driver Wear Regulations Update - Clarification on “Flat Bearing” and other worn parts
  • Burst Format: Maximum Garuda - God Chip Restrictions Lifted
  • Burst Format: Legend Spriggan/Legend Spryzen S3 - Mode Switching Restriction
  • Burst Format: Bullet Driver - Ruling Simplification
  • Burst Format: Level Chips - Using TAKARA-TOMY Level Chips with Hasbro “Beyblade Burst Turbo” Energy Layers Restriction Lifted
  • Organizer’s Guide: "Pick 3, Choose 1" playable in first stage for unranked events



All Rulebooks Updates

IMPORTANT: “Spinning” Definition Update
We have made a small addition to the definition of “Spinning” to all rulebooks.

The bold text in the following excerpt is the new addition:

Gameplay Appendix – Spinning Wrote:A Beyblade is still considered to be spinning as long as it is visibly rotating to any degree along the axis running directly through the center of the Beyblade faster than the rotation along the stadium floor in the same direction it was launched in.

This additional has been added largely to avoid any possible confusion with the Ignition’ Driver if it activates in the opposite direction at the end of a battle.




Burst Classic Format Updates

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IMPORTANT: Burst Classic Format Ban List Updates
The following updates have been made to the Burst Classic Format ban list:

Illegal
Gaia Dragoon
Lightning L-Drago
Earth Aquila
Rock Leone
Flame Sagittario
Hybrid
Ignition’

Legal
All HyperSphere Drivers

As both Gaia Dragoon and the recently released Lightning L-Drago Layers far outweigh and overpower all other Layers that are legal in Burst Classic, they have been banned from the format.

This ban will also apply to the Earth Aquila, Rock Leone, and Flame Sagittario Layer remakes when they are released, as they are expected to have a similar weight and performance level to that of Storm Pegasis and Lightning L-Drago.

Likewise, the Hybrid and Ignition’ Drivers have been banned from Burst Classic. Their height and weight, as well as their motorized components, give them the ability to outspin virtually anything in the format and make them quite difficult to defeat with Attack, meaning they are too powerful to be legal in Classic.





Burst/Burst Classic Format Updates

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IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Hybrid and Ignition’ Driver ruling clarification

This has not been added into the Burst rulebook itself, but rather serves as a clarification for anyone that was wondering:

  • Turning Hybrid or Ignition’ on or off constitutes a mode change that does not require disassembly, and therefore can be performed an unlimited amount of times and at any point during a match.
  • Changing the Driver’s spin direction constitutes a mode change that requires disassembly, and may only be performed once per match.



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Burst/Burst Classic Format: Deck Format - Part Repetition Restrictions Updated
Several part repetition restrictions have now been lifted or clarified for WBO Deck Format. The following parts may be used together in your deck:

  • Any combination of Regular/Dash/SlingShock/HyperSphere Driver variants (ex. Using Jolt, Jolt’, Jolt-S in the same deck)
  • HyperSphere Disks alongside their original counterpart (ex. TAKARA-TOMY Blitz and Hasbro Blitz)
  • Orbit and Orbit Metal
  • Level Chips (no limit)



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Burst Standard/Burst Classic Format: Driver Wear Regulations Update - Clarification on “Flat Bearing” and other worn parts
We have clarified the rules regarding the legality of worn parts, in response to the “Flat Bearing” issue brought up by Virtuous Circle here.

Pictured on the left is what TAKARA-TOMY once considered an illegally worn Bearing, while what is now considered illegal currently is pictured on the right.

While it's obvious that both Bearings have been "intentionally worn down to affect shape or performance", the Bearing on the right has been "worn down to an extreme degree", and clearly attained its unnaturally worn state through methods other than repeated launching into a BeyStadium. A naturally worn Bearing would still retain the rounded shape of the Bearing on the left.

However, some Drivers, such as Volcanic' and Unite, do not reach their prime until they have been "intentionally worn down to affect shape or performance" by repeated launching into a BeyStadium, which would technically render them illegal by the WBO's rules up until now (which had stated “Beyblade parts that have worn down to an extreme degree, causing the part’s shape and/or performance to be drastically altered, may be rejected from WBO events”).

The rulings under “Driver Wear Regulations - Illegal” have been amended to the following:

WBO Organized Play Official Rulebook Wrote:
ILLEGAL
  • The tip has been worn down to the point that other structural parts of the Driver become the primary point of contact (ex. If the rubber on Jolt wears down completely and is parallel with the plastic casing surrounding it) or if structural parts such as screws are exposed.
  • Tips which have obviously been damaged or intentionally worn down to affect shape or performance through methods other than repeated launching in a Beyblade stadium (ex. sanding down a pointed tip to a flat surface or launching a Beyblade on concrete).



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Burst Format: Maximum Garuda - God Chip Restrictions Lifted
The rule that prohibits Maximum Garuda from being used with any God Chip besides its stock God Chip and a Metal God Chip has been removed.



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Burst Format: Legend Spriggan/Legend Spryzen S3 - Mode Switching Restriction
Mode changing Legend Spriggan/Legend Spryzen S3 during a match is no longer permitted.

With this change, all Layers/Layer Bases with spin direction mode changes are now restricted from changing their mode during a match.



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Burst Format: Bullet Driver - Ruling Simplification
The rules for the Bullet Driver have been simplified. Please see the complete ruling in the updated rulebooks.

Essentially, the ruling has been changed so that while the “Bullet” (the piece which detaches from the Driver) is considered an active piece in the stadium as part of the Bullet Driver combination in use while the top half (Layer, Disk, Driver Body) is still spinning, as soon as the top half is outspun, knocked-out, or bursted, the battle will end.



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Burst Format: Level Chips - Using TAKARA-TOMY Level Chips with Hasbro “Beyblade Burst Turbo” Energy Layers Restriction Lifted
TAKARA-TOMY Level Chips may now be used with Hasbro Layers.





Organizer’s Guide Updates

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All Formats: "Pick 3, Choose 1" ruleset now playable in first stage of unranked events
The WBO is currently undergoing a trial run of an experimental change to the first stage of its tournaments, known as “Pick 3, Choose 1” (or P3C1 for short).

Under this ruleset, rather than relying on a single, double-blind selection during the First Stage, Bladers will instead assemble three Beyblade combos to reveal to their opponent prior to the match, and then make their final selection from the three presented combos.

This rule change is designed to make the first stage less luck-based and more knowledge-based. Keep in mind that P3C1 will only affect the first stage of tournaments, and the finals will still follow the WBO’s established Deck Format.

While we’re still working out the logistics on how P3C1 will be incorporated into ranked events in the future, Organizers are free to host unranked tournaments in the meantime to experiment with this new, strategic ruleset.

Click the button below to find the complete ruleset in the Organizer’s Guide.




Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
A short but necessary update given the various queries about this topic.

Outlined below is an important new ruling addition, update, and clarification to a WBO Organized Play rulebook and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:



Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Lord Base Spin Direction Switching Restrictions




Burst Format Updates

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IMPORTANT: Lord Base Spin Direction Switching Restrictions
Effective immediately, the Lord Base's spin direction may not be changed between rounds within the same match. This impacts the use of dual-rotation GaTinko Chips with this Base, such as Spriggan.

While our Burst System rulings permit one mode change via disassembly per match for Burst Layers, we feel that the ability to do this with Lord has a high potential of upsetting the balance of the metagame. As such, we've decided to bring it in line with our previous ruling on Spriggan/Spryzen Requiem and Cho-Z Spriggan/Turbo Spryzen S4.

The Burst System rulebook has been updated in accordance with this:

Quote:An exception to the rule regarding mode changing for parts which require disassembly (see Gameplay Appendix below) is the Lord Layer Base. Players must select the mode of Lord - if applicable - during the Beyblade Selection phase, before showing it to the judge for inspection. After submitting their combination for inspection, they may not change the mode for the duration of the match.




Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to some WBO Organized Play rulebooks and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:



Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT Burst/Burst Classic Format: Bullet Driver Ruling Clarification
  • Burst Format: Dread Phoenix P4 and Turbo Spryzen S4 Clarifications
  • Burst Classic Format: Atomic-S Ban Clarification
  • Metal Fight/Metal Fight Limited/Zero-G Format: Product Restrictions - Destroyer Dome Track Illegality Clarification
  • All Rulebooks: ”Breakage During Play” Clarifications
  • IMPORTANT New Resource: Judge’s Guide
  • IMPORTANT Pre-Processing Events is Now Required for Organizers
  • Pen/Paper May Only Be Used For Events With Under 16 Players
  • Tied Records: Clarifications
  • Results Spreadsheet Template: “Bits to be Awarded” Field Has Been Removed
  • Results Spreadsheet Template: Results Sheet – Challonge Link Field Added
  • New Resource: Flyer Template
  • Community Rules: Tournament Violations Addition – Registering for a Capped Event and Not Showing Up/Unregistering




Burst/Burst Classic Format Updates

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IMPORTANT Bullet Driver Ruling Clarification
Under “Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings” in the Burst Format rulebook we have clarified how the specific gameplay mechanics unique to the new Bullet Driver are to be judged:

Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings – Bullet Driver Wrote:Bullet Driver Components
The Bullet Driver consists of two pieces:
  • Driver Body: The piece attached to the Layer/Disk.
  • Bullet: The piece which can detach from the Driver Body during battle.

Bullet Driver Regulations
  • Both the Driver Body and Bullet must be assembled before the match or round begins.
  • When Bullet detaches from the Driver Body during battle it is considered an active piece in the stadium as part of the Bullet Driver combination in use. This means any hits, KO, or Burst it inflicts on the opposing Beyblade are considered to belong to the Beyblade using the Bullet Driver.
  • If the top half (the combination of the Layer/Disk/Driver Body) stops spinning, is knocked-out, or bursted while the Bullet continues spinning, the match will continue until the Bullet defeats the opponent or is defeated itself.
  • If the combination using Bullet loses after the top half has been defeated, the amount of points awarded to the opponent will be based upon how the top half was defeated. See the chart below for a detailed breakdown of the different possible scenarios and corresponding match results.
  • Players and judges should not try to pick up the Layer, Disk, Driver Body or Bullet at all until the round has ended.

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Dread Phoenix P4 and Turbo Spryzen S4 Clarifications
Under “Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings” in the Burst Format rulebook we have added Hasbro’s Dread Phoenix P4 and Turbo Spryzen S4 where applicable to clarify that the same rules which apply to their TAKARA-TOMY counterparts (Dead Phoenix and Cho-Z Spriggan) apply to them.



Burst Classic Format: Atomic-S Ban Clarification
We have clarified explicitly in the Burst Classic Format rulebook that Atomic-S is currently banned. All bans will be reviewed over time as more events are played.




Metal Fight/Metal Fight Limited/Zero-G Format Updates

Product Restrictions - Destroyer Dome Track Illegality Clarification
In the “Product Restrictions” section of the rulebooks for the Metal Fight/Metal Fight Limited and Zero-G Formats we have clarified explicitly that Hasbro’s Destroyer Dome Spin Tracks are not legal for use.



All Rulebooks Updates

Breakage During Play Clarification
We’ve added some additional clarifications to the “Breakage During Play” description for all rulebooks. Particularly for the part regarding if two Beyblades break at the same time. A match reset is now only required if both players cannot produce identical replacements.

Breakage During Play Wrote:If a Beyblade part or launcher breaks during battle or while launching, the round is voided and the owner must produce an identical replacement to continue the match, or they will be declared the loser of the match.

If both players’ Beyblades break at the same time and they both cannot produce identical replacements to continue the match, the match is reset and the selection phase begins again.



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Judge’s Guide Updates (New!)

IMPORTANT New Resource: Judge’s Guide
For a long time all information about how to judge matches at WBO events has been tucked away in our Organizer’s Guide. We’ve realized that in many cases, our judges are players which are not necessarily Organizers themselves.

And while the Organizer’s Guide did have many details pertaining to judging matches, it wasn’t as detailed or as well-structured as it could be, so there was always some confusion as to how to get started and how to qualify new judges.

So, we’ve decided to split information related to judging into a new resource: the Judge’s Guide!

We encourage all Organizers to use this when bringing new judges into your team and we encourage all existing judges to read it to ensure they are up to speed on the latest best practices!




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Organizer’s Guide Updates

IMPORTANT Pre-Processing Events is Now Required for Organizers
In an effort to speed up the processing of events, we have now mandated that all events must be pre-processed by Organizers after they have completed their results spreadsheet.

If you are an Organizer, you can learn how to pre-process your events here.

This does add an extra step to the responsibility of Organizers, but we feel that in the long run it will speed things up for everyone. Pre-processing an event helps immensely in catching one of the most common issues with results spreadsheets: incorrectly spelled or typed usernames. This results in our team needing to follow up with Organizers more often for corrections, which results in less time spent on other initiatives, projects, or future tournaments for both sides.

Note: To be clear, submitting a results spreadsheet will also still be required.



Pen/Paper May Only Be Used For Events With Under 16 Players
Challonge now must be used for any event with over 16 players, and we encourage its use for events smaller than 16 players as well.

If your tournament has over 16 players and you don’t have access to Challonge, you must receive prior approval from the Organized Play team in your event proposal in order to run the event using pen and paper.

With the rise in prevalence of smartphones with data for our members in most regions, we think that this should not be an issue in nearly all cases.


Tied Records: Clarifications
We’ve added in some updated guidelines to the “Tied Records” section of the Organizer’s Guide in an effort to better clarify how to handle some specific tiebreak scenarios that may come up at the end of the First Stage when determining which players will advance to the Final Stage.

The areas updated primarily relate to how the Challonge TB column can be factored in and how to handle the fifth tiebreaker–Tiebreak Matches–with different amounts of tied players.

Please review these thoroughly in the Organizer’s Guide as it can get a little bit complicated!




Results Spreadsheet Template Updates

Results Spreadsheet Template: “Bits to be Awarded” Sheet Has Been Removed
In an effort to simplify everyone’s lives a little bit more, we have gone ahead and removed the “Bits to Be Awarded” sheet from the template as a requirement.

We hope to automate the awarding of some Bits in the future, and in the case of Bits such as the Passport Bit, this is already technically indicated on the “Tournament Information & Participants” sheet when you write “Bought Passport” under the “Passport/Fee” column.

We do not expect Organizers to calculate wins for win total-based Bits like the Emerald Bit, but for things like the DJ Bit which you may still need to award, simply add a note for this beside the judge’s name on the participant list.

Results Spreadsheet Template: Results Sheet – Challonge Link Field Added
We have added in a new field to the “Results” sheet of the Results Spreadsheet Template for linking to your Challonge bracket. It is still required to include your full results listing on the sheet for ranked events, but the Challonge bracket link is a central piece of tournament information that we felt should be included in the spreadsheet.




Other Updates

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New Resource: Flyer Template
We’ve now added in a flyer template for Organizers to download and print to help promote the WBO both prior to and during their events where appropriate. It can be especially useful for events at conventions where there will be a lot of on-lookers who walk by your space during the convention.

There is one .pdf for each side of the flyer. For the inside, there are two versions: one with a call to action asking people to flip it over for event-specific information, and one without it. The back page of the flyer is blank so that you can add your event’s information there if you would like.




Community Rules: Tournament Violations Addition – Registering for a Capped Event and Not Showing Up/Unregistering
We’ve added in a new option under “Tournament Violations” allowing us to warn members who register for a capped event, but do not show up.

If you think that you will not be able to make it to an event you have registered for, be sure to remove yourself from the participant list on the event page so that someone else who’d like to join can do so.




Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
Hey everyone!

As you may have heard; back in January, we announced the development of a Burst Classic format. This format was designed to give Single and Dual Layers a dedicated place to shine, and to also provide Bladers with a brand-new experience, away from the stamina-focused format of Standard.

For the most part, this format was very well received, and many Bladers immediately got stuck in with the development process, giving their comments and opinions on what worked, what didn't work, and what they would change to maintain the balance.

After 6 months of development, experimentation and data collection, I'm very pleased to announce that we've now completed our experimentation period, and our final Burst Classic rulebook is now available! Effective Monday July 8th, Burst Classic will become a fully-fledged ranked format, and all communities will be able to officially run this format in it's latest and greatest form!

What are you waiting for? Take a look at the rulebook!




An Overview of the Final Restrictions List

A huge appeal of Burst Classic has been a return to a simplistic and more naturally balanced time. As such, we haven't felt the need to inherently ban parts from the pool that we're focusing on; the 2016/17 Dual Layer format was quite balanced in itself - save for a few Layers causing issues, which we made sure to hit from the get go. The addition of newer Drivers has also helped to keep the game feeling fresh and new to newbies and veterans alike, and has helped to enable some combination styles that weren't originally possible.

That said, some of the recent Burst-defying Dash Drivers have proven to be too much within this format and, as many of you will have seen in our planning, we were very hung up on how to approach these for a very long time. Thankfully, by running experimental events with all Dash Drivers permitted, we've been able to find a balance that we're happy with, and that we think the community will be happy with as well.

Without further ado, this is our final banlist:



LEGAL PARTS:
Energy Layers
All Single Energy Layers
Most Dual Energy Layers (see exceptions below)

Forge Discs
Most Non-Numbered Forge Discs (see exceptions below)

Performance Tips/Drivers
All Performance Tips from Single and Dual Energy Layer Beyblades
Most God Performance Tips (see exceptions below)
All Non-Plus Cho-Z Performance Tips
All SlingShock Performance Tips
All Gatinko Performance Tips
Most Dash Drivers (see exceptions below)


BANNED PARTS:
Energy Layers
Dark Deathscyther (TT Only)
Jormuntor J2 (Hasbro only)
Lost Longinus/Luinor L2
Storm Pegasis
All God, Evolution, Cho-Z, Turbo & Gatinko Layers

Forge Discs
All Core Disks (e.g: 1, 4, 7, 10, Aero' etc)
All Disks released as part of the Gatinko Layer System (Blitz, Hurricane, Sting etc).
Ωuter
Zenith

Performance Tips/Drivers
Bearing (Hasbro only)
Atomic
Accel’, Zephyr’, Blow’, Destroy’
Xtend+



This list has largely remained unchanged since it's last revision during the experimental period, though we've relaxed our restrictions on our "all Dash and Plus Drivers" ban to only affect Accel', Blow', Destroy', Xtend+ and Zephyr' now. We feel that these Drivers specifically had a significant effect on the Classic metagame and, in many scenarios, created a situation where certain combinations were nigh-impossible to Burst, and also had the stamina potency to outspin many of the dedicated Stamina options.

As usual, we will continue to keep an eye on our restrictions list over this format's lifespan, and make changes according to the needs of the format. But for now, we feel that this is the best state we can launch the format in.

Once again, thank you to everyone who ran experimental events and gave their input to help us gather the data we needed to make these decisions!




New Organizer Resource: One Page Burst Classic Format – Part Restrictions & Format-Specific Rules Overview
Because we understand that communicating all of the specific restrictions to tournament attendees can be challenging, we've put together a resource for Organizers to print and bring multiple copies of to their Burst Classic Format events: a one page overview of the part restrictions and format-specific rules.

Please click the button below to check it out!




Future Considerations

While we're launching Burst Classic, this doesn't mean that our work is over. As stated before, we'll continue to regulate the format with regular ruling and restriction list updates, similar to what our Burst Standard format receives.

Currently, we're keeping a close eye on parts like Zeta', which have proven to be very potent in some of the experimental events, but slightly lack the consistency to make it onto the restriction list.

We're also keeping an eye on the Attack/Defense/Stamina balance, and we're fully aware that Attack is in a stronger place than the other two when used properly, and that Defense might need a minor boost to counteract this. However, right now, we feel that Attack's stronger position is justified due to the additional skill required to control many potent combinations, and also to help it thrive a little bit more while it finds it's place in Standard again.



So what about Limited?

Soon™

In the past, I've touched on our plans to implement a Burst Limited format, and our progression on developing this format. I'd like to update that we're still discussing and planning this format, and it is very much still planned to enter the experimental phase towards the beginning of the new year.

Limited is planned to be a God/Evolution/Turbo-based Limited format, so we have a significantly larger part pool to consider when balancing and regulating this format, so we appreciate the patience while we develop this.

That said, our plan is currently to let Classic be the focus of attention alongside Standard to allow it to grow and gain it's own identity for the rest of the year. Implementing Limited too soon would harm the progress and adoption of Classic, and would undermine the efforts from the community in building the format.



Once again, on behalf of myself and the whole Organized Play team, thanks to everyone who took part in the development process of this format to help make this a reality! Now, head on out, host your own official Classic events! We look forward to seeing how Classic evolves over time!
Outlined below are several important new updates to the WBO Organized Play Organizer’s Guide. All Organizers are required to be familiar with these updates.



Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT All Events Temporarily Free-To-Enter
  • IMPORTANT Prize Reimbursement Temporarily Suspended
  • IMPORTANT Blader Passport Subscriptions Temporarily Suspended
  • Updated, Relaxed Requirements for Unranked Events Spreadsheets
  • Introducing the WBO Challonge Community
  • Simplified Warning Guidelines for Failure to Submit Tournament Information
  • Discontinuation of Blader Rewards/Credits Campaign
  • Sections Added for Inviting Players & Pre-Processing Events
  • BeyDays 2019 Delay and Consolidation with Beyblade Remembrance

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IMPORTANT All Events Temporarily Free-To-Enter, Prize Reimbursement Temporarily Suspended & Blader Passport Subscriptions Temporarily Suspended

Until further notice:

  • All WBO Organized Play events will be free-to-enter. (This does not include convention/venue-related entry fees, if applicable)
  • Prize reimbursement will be temporarily suspended.
  • Blader Passports will not be available for purchase.

Currently active Blader Passports will be extended accordingly once this period has ended based on the number of days since this announcement (for example, if it lasts for 30 days and you have a Blader Passport, the original end date for your Blader Passport will be extended by 30 days).

The reason for this is two-fold: there are some new requirements by our payment processing system PayPal that we are working to meet, and we have also been considering a restructuring of how we manage event fees, including removing the Passport Bit entirely in an effort to streamline our work load. But we will need to evaluate other alternatives for tracking the start/end date of Blader Passports in order to do that.

Currently, users who subscribe to a Blader Passport online are automatically added to the “Passport” usergroup which indicates they have a Blader Passport, but does not show when the start date was.  The Passport Bit displays the start date, but needs to be manually awarded by a Committee Member … which is highly inefficient.

When the WBO first started this was not much of an issue due to the low volume of events and players, but over the years this has steadily required a greater and greater investment of time and it would seem that now is a good time for us to find a better way because as a volunteer organization, our time individually is limited and would be better spent on more valuable things for the WBO.

In the meantime, enjoy the free events. Smile



Updated, Relaxed Requirements for Unranked Events Spreadsheets
The results spreadsheets for unranked WBO Organized Play events now do not need to include a full recording of the match results if you post a link to your Challonge bracket in the tournament thread along with the link to your otherwise complete spreadsheet. This applies to Club Format events run using Round Robin Deck Format as well.

If you are running Club Format using the Winning Streak Format, you do not need to include the results themselves at all in your spreadsheet or otherwise (as that format cannot be performed using Challonge).

We realize that we ask a lot of our Organizers. We do so in order to maintain a standard level of quality and consistency across all of our events worldwide, but we also realize that over the years maybe  too much bureaucracy has accumulated, so we’re happy to start by relaxing the requirements for unranked events where ultimately, including results in the spreadsheet does not matter because they don’t need to be copy/pasted for processing in to the rankings.

We hope that this will make it a bit easier for you guys to host unranked events like those using the ongoing experimental Burst Classic Format!



Introducing the WBO Challonge Community
We are happy to announce that we have now created a new official World Beyblade Organization Challonge “Community” page!

New Organizer Requirements:
1. All WBO Organizers are required to post their Challonge username here.
2. All future WBO events hosted through Challonge must be hosted through this page.

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Organizers, once you have provided your Challonge username, we will invite you as a “Collaborator”. From that point onward, whenever hosting an official WBO Organized Play event, all of your Challonge tournament brackets must be created within the WBO Challonge Community.

Challonge Communities carry a wide variety of features useful for competitive communities, but we are implementing it into our process solely for the ability to capture all WBO Challonge event pages into one central repository.

Currently, all WBO Organizers create tournament brackets within their own personal Challonge accounts. By having Organizers create their tournament brackets within the WBO Challonge Community, it will be easier for us to track the results of events after they happen.

Communities on Challonge also allow you to integrate “Events”, which is useful for events which take place over several days such as BEYBLADE NORTH 2019.



Simplified Warning Guidelines for Failure to Submit Tournament Information
Some time ago we introduced new guidelines for warning Organizers who did not submit their tournament information on time. While well-intentioned, we’ve realized over time that the multi-stage approach was too complex for us to enforce as a volunteer organization. As such, we have decided to simplify them.

Effective now, WBO staff reserves the right to issue warnings to Organizers using their judgment based on the general Low-, Medium-, or High-Impact guidelines listed under “Organizer Violations” on our Community Rules.





Discontinuation of Blader Rewards/Credits Campaign
For reasons similar to the above issue with the Blader Passport, we have also decided to officially discontinue Blader Rewards. All outstanding Credits that have not been awarded will not be awarded.

Any users with existing Credits on their user profiles (under “Credits”) may exchange them for any of the remaining physical items or Bit Boosters on the list by July 1st, 2019 by PMing ~Mana~ and myself. On July 2nd, 2019, all Credits will become void. If there is any physical prizes on the Blader Rewards list remaining after this date, we will use them in a future giveaway.

We’ve also added in several of the newer and limited Bit Boosters–like Bit Booster GENERATIONS I–to the list of redeemable prizes, so take this chance to bolster your Bit collection!

This has been on the back-burner for a long time due to our focus on catching up with actually processing results into the rankings first and we’ve come to the realization that we simply do not have the time or manpower on staff currently to continue managing it.

Awarding Credits had to be done manually by staff, and also created more work for Organizers who had to calculate/record them in their spreadsheets for every tournament. Then, all prize requests had to be manually tracked and ordered …

While always challenging to manage, like the Blader Passport, it was easier to do so during the early years of the WBO when it was first introduced. We’ve grown so much since then that now seems like a good opportunity to re-evaluate how we can best and most efficiently offer prizing for WBO events and players.

Having to manage the ordering of prizes on an intermittent basis for things such as BeyDays or our anniversary is one thing, but having to manage this on an ongoing basis is beyond what we are capable or willing to commit to at this point. We ask for your kind understanding in this matter and thank everyone for helping to make Blader Rewards more successful than we ever imagined it would be.

We hope that with the discontinuation of this campaign, staff will have more time to focus on other areas of the community and the work load for Organizers will be lightened, if only a little bit.

To go along with this update we have also updated the WBO Results Spreadsheet template to no longer mention Credits. It can be found in our Rules & Resources folder or by clicking below.





Sections Added for Inviting Players & Pre-Processing Events
We’ve added in sections to the Organizer's Guide for the previously announced Player Invite and Pre-Processing features to ensure all new Organizers learn about them!:

Post-Tournament Responsibilities – Pre-Processing Tournament Results (Optional) Wrote:After you have completed your results spreadsheet, you can easily pre-process them on the page for your event so that the Organized Play Contributor team can more quickly input them into the rankings when it is time.

This is optional, but a huge help to WBO staff who manage the queue of events to be processed into the rankings. Learn How to Pre-Process Here.

Tournament Management – Tournament Invites Wrote:Once you have created your Event page, click the “Join Tournament” button to access the  "Invite Players" section. Type in up to 25 usernames at a time and instantly send invitation PMs and notifications to the chosen Bladers.



BeyDays 2019 Delay and Consolidation with Beyblade Remembrance
As many of you may know, around the end of May each year is when we hold our annual celebration of Beyblade called “BeyDays”. Regrettably, due to some of the issues described at the start of this post, we do not feel we would be able to do it justice this year in terms of offering the prizing BeyDays has become known for.

As a result, we’ve made the decision to delay BeyDays 2019 until later this summer. In addition, we will also be taking this opportunity to consolidate BeyDays and our yearly “Beyblade Remembrance” event (which typically happens in the summer) into one.

We feel that through this consolidation we’ll be able to focus our efforts a bit more and deliver a community event that everyone can be excited about! Please stay tuned for more.  



Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to the WBO Organized Play Organizer’s Guide.

All Organizers are required to be familiar with these updates.

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This expansive update is informed largely by our experience over the past year with large events such as Beytuber Brawl and BEYBLADE SHOGATSU 2019; the WBO Organized Play Beyblade community has reached new milestones in terms of tournament size exceeding 160 players in both of the aforementioned cases.

The Organizer’s Guide was originally written during a time when our events were much smaller, but larger events bring along with them a whole new set of concerns and responsibilities which Organizers need to be conscious of when organizing and preparing for their events.

The most major points relate to participant capping, venue capacity, updated Tournament System guidelines, sponsorship, and a wide variety of other guidelines which we hope will help Organizers plan for and manage their events better.



Planning Your Tournament
  • IMPORTANT WBO Events Max Participants without special approval: 120 (Page 2)
  • IMPORTANT Participant Capping: Now Permitted With Prior Approval (Page 2)
  • IMPORTANT Participant Cap for First-Time Organizers: 24 (Page 2)
  • Location and Venue: New Sections for “Large Events” and “Consider Venue Capacity” (Page 3-4)
  • Prizes: Defined Static Values for Canadian Dollar, Pound, and Euro Added to Reimbursement Guidelines (Page 4-5)
  • IMPORTANT Sponsorship Guidelines Added: Permitted With Prior Approval (Page 5)
  • Event Equipment: # of BeyStadiums Recommendation Chart Added (Page 6)
  • Lending Beyblades & Launchers Guidelines Added (Page 7)
  • Floor Plan Guidelines Added (Page 8)

Tournament Systems
  • IMPORTANT Updated Guidelines for Swiss: Now Permitted for 17–64 players (Page 10)
  • IMPORTANT Updated Guidelines for Double Elimination: Now Permitted for 33–120 players and with 80–120 players, 16 must be taken for Final Stage (Page 10)
  • IMPORTANT Introduction of Single Elimination for Large Events: Permitted for 80–120, Mandatory for 121+ players. For Final Stage with 80–159 player Single Elimination, Double Elimination Deck Format may be used (Page 11)

Running Your Tournament
  • IMPORTANT Updated Challonge Guidelines Based on Tournament Systems Updates (Page 16-17)
  • Using Challonge’s New Stations Feature (Page 27)

Tournament Management
  • New Account Creation Guidelines & Printable Resource Added (Page 32-33)
  • Printable Need-to-Know Information Sheet Template (Page 34)
  • Tournament Desk Inaccessibility Guidelines Added (Page 34)
  • Stadium Numbers Guidelines & Printable Resource Added (Page 34)
  • Break Guidelines Added (Page 35)
  • Event Staff Role List Guidelines Added (Page 35-37)




Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.
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10th Anniversary BeyLotto & #WBOMemories 2018 Contest Results


Find out if you won below:



Physical Prize & Bit Booster Winners


10 lucky winners have earned themselves a sweet physical prize as well as a Bit Booster from the list below!

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10th – 6th: one Random Booster Vol. 13 booster
@[KingF]
@[Justj11.]
@[DrPedrão]
@[sambeyo]
@[Jadon1029]

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5th – 4th: B-127 Starter Cho-Z Valkyrie.Z.Ev
@[Bleybade god10]
@[sunky_swirled]

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3rd: B-129 Starter Cho-Z Achilles.00.Dm
@[RED NINJA 0829]

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2nd: B-129 Starter Cho-Z Achilles.00.Dm + B-00 Darkness Driger S Burst Ver
@[Arupaeo]

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1st: B-128 Beyblade Cho-Z Customise Set + B-00 Zillion Zeus.M.V "Gold Ver." COROCORO Comic Limited
@[Wombat]




Bit Booster Winners


These 20 additional randomly-picked winners will receive their choice of one of the Bit Boosters listed at the bottom of this post:
  • 11th - Kei
  • 12th - @[Mattéas]
  • 13th - @[CrimsonThunder]
  • 14th - @[LucasP]
  • 15th - @[epickblader]
  • 16th - @[AMMO]
  • 17th - @[renidage]
  • 18th - @[Tangy blader]
  • 19th - @[BladerJC]
  • 20th - @[abuninja1]
  • 21st - @[Nkolla]
  • 22nd - @[Dt20000]
  • 23rd - @[Bringit!]
  • 24th - @[Colin loewen]
  • 25th - @[JJ Payday]
  • 26th - @[jackpotgodzilla]
  • 27th - @[SmartStrike]
  • 28th - @[instaburst13]
  • 29th - @[Angry Face]
  • 30th - @[yukenta]



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#WBOMemories 2018 Instagram Contest Winners


We have determined the winners for our #WBOMemories 2018 Instagram Contest! You can view all of the question entries in the thread linked above and the Instagram entries by searching for the “WBOMemories” tag on Instagram.


5th–3rd: Bit Booster of Your Choice (Options Below)
@[Adarsh Abhinav]

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@[jackpotgodzilla]
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@[Kei]
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2nd: B-127 Starter Cho-Z Valkyrie.Z.Ev. and Bit Booster of Your Choice (Options Below)
@[MrBlade]

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1st: B-127 Starter Cho-Z Valkyrie.Z.Ev. and Bit Booster of Your Choice (Options Below)
@[The Supreme One]

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Bit Boosters Available




Winner Instructions

  • All Winners: Post your Bit Booster selection in this thread. Bit Boosters will be awarded after many or most of the winners have all posted here so that we can do most of them all at once.
  • Physical Prize Winners (Top 10 for BeyLotto, and #WBOMemories 2018 1st/2nd Place): PM Kei your full name, address, and phone number and we will have the prize ordered and shipped to you as soon as possible.



Participation Award: Anniversary Bit 2018


And finally, all winners, tournament participants, and social media contributors during the BeyLotto period will receive the commemorative Anniversary Bit 2018!

Distribution may take a few weeks, but we will begin distributing these soon.



Thank you so much to everyone who entered!
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to the WBO Organized Play Burst Format rulebook. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:

Rule Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT Burst Format: Parts With Multiple Modes – Initial Mode Selection Clarifications
  • Burst Format: Gatinko Layer Rulings
  • Burst Format: Deck Format – Drivers and SlingShock Counterparts Cannot Be Repeated



Burst Format Updates

IMPORTANT Burst Format: Parts With Multiple Modes – Initial Mode Selection Clarifications
When using a part with multiple modes which requires disassembly to change (such as Legend Spriggan), the mode cannot be changed after it is presented to the judge during the Beyblade Selection phase until the first round of the match has been played.

In the case of Layers such as Cho-Z Spriggan and Spriggan Requiem/Spryzen Requiem:

Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings – Spriggan Requiem/Spryzen Requiem Wrote:Players must select the mode of Spriggan Requiem or Spryzen Requiem during the Beyblade Selection phase before showing it to the judge for inspection. After submitting their combination for inspection, they may not change the mode for the duration of the match.

Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings – Cho-Z Spriggan Wrote:Players must select the mode of Cho-Z Spriggan during the Beyblade Selection phase before showing it to the judge for inspection. After submitting their combination for inspection, they may not change the mode for the duration of the match.


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Burst Format: Gatinko Layer Rulings
We have added in several clarifications to cover rulings related to the brand new Gatinko Layer System:

Swapping Gatinko Layer Components is Not Considered a “Mode Change”
Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings – Gatinko Layers Wrote:Gatinko Layer combinations are considered to be separate parts. Regular mode changing rules (see Gameplay Appendix) for Layers that require disassembly and have mode changes (like Alter Chronos or Legend Spriggan) do not apply to Gatinko Layers because the different configurations are considered as separate Layers and not “modes”. Therefore, you cannot switch your configuration of a Gatinko Layer during a first stage or final stage match.

Final Stage – Deck Format
Deck Building Wrote:If using Gatinko Layers, no components (Base, Weight, Gatinko Chip) may be repeated across different combinations.


Burst Format: Deck Format – Drivers and SlingShock Counterparts Cannot Be Repeated
We have clarified that including both the regular version of a Driver (whether it be Hasbro or TAKARA-TOMY) and the Hasbro Slingshock version is not permitted while constructing your Deck. They are considered to be the “same” part, and therefore cannot be repeated.

Beyblade/Part-Specific Rulings – SlingShock Drivers Wrote:All SlingShock Drivers (such as Eternal-S, Jolt-S, Accel-S) and their regular counterparts (such as Eternal, Jolt, and Accel) cannot both be included within your Deck during a Deck Format match at the same time. For example, if you have a combination with Eternal-S in your Deck, you cannot also use Eternal.



New Experimental Format: Burst Classic Testing Continues!
The experimental Burst Classic Format discussion has been ongoing over the past few months now and we’ve had a few test events since then trying it out.

The format is still very much in the experimental stage, so we encourage more Organizers to try it out for their events and for all members to provide their feedback and testing to help us perfect it!






Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.

View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here.
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to the WBO Organized Play Burst Format rulebook. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:

Rule Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Dead/Perfect/Imperfect/Revive Phoenix & Phoenix P4 Usage Clarifications



Burst Format Updates


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IMPORTANT Burst Format: Dead/Perfect/Imperfect/Revive Phoenix & Phoenix P4 Usage Clarifications

First Stage
The Revive Phoenix/Dead Phoenix Layer Body and the Revive/Dead Armour are considered to be separate parts.

Regular mode changing rules (see Gameplay Appendix of Burst Format rulebook) for Layers that require disassembly and have mode changes (like Alter Chronos or Legend Spriggan) do not apply to rP, dP, pP, and iP because the different configurations are considered as separate Layers and not “modes”.

Therefore, you cannot switch your configuration of rP, dP, pP, or iP during a regular first stage match.

Final Stage (Deck Format)
The Revive Phoenix Layer Body and Dead Phoenix Layer Body and the Revive/Dead Armors cannot be repeated within decks or switched between rounds in the Final Stage.

Therefore, it is legal to include rP + dP OR pP + iP in your Deck, but not any other combination of configurations.

Note: “pP” refers to Perfect Phoenix (Revive Phoenix Layer Body + Dead Armor) and “iP” refers to “Imperfect Phoenix” (Dead Phoenix Layer Body + Revive Armor).


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Dead & Revive Armour Gameplay Rule Updates
We’ve updated the gameplay ruling description for Revive Armour to include Dead Armour and the various configurations of the Layer:

Dead Armour & Revive Armour Wrote:The Revive Phoenix “Revive Armour” or Dead Phoenix “Dead Armour”  (the outer ring of the Layer Body which can pop off mid-battle) must be used with one of the Layer Body pieces from either Beyblade. When the ring comes off during battle it is considered an active piece in the stadium as part of the Dead/Revive/Perfect/Imperfect Phoenix combination in use. This means any hits, KO, or Burst it inflicts on the opposing Beyblade are considered to be Dead/Revive/Perfect/Imperfect Phoenix’s. Players and judges should not try to pick up the Dead Armour or Revive Armour at all until the round has ended. The armour piece attached to the Layer Body the beginning of the battle must be reattached after each round it comes off.

Phoenix P4
Hasbro’s Phoenix P4 Energy Layer may not be mixed with pieces from TAKARA-TOMY’s Revive or Dead Phoenix and vice-versa for both with Phoenix P4.





New Experimental Format: Burst Classic Testing Continues!
First announced alongside our January 2019 Rule Updates, the experimental Burst Classic Format discussion has been ongoing over the past month and we’ve had a few test events since then trying it out.

The format is still very much in the experimental stage, so we encourage more Organizers to try it out for their events and for all members to provide their feedback and testing to help us perfect it!






Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.

View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here.
Outlined below are several important new ruling additions, updates, and clarifications to the WBO Organized Play Burst Format rulebook and the Organizers' Guide. View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here, and a summary of the changes below:

Rule Updates Overview
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Spryzen Requiem & Garuda G3 Unbanned
  • IMPORTANT: Burst Format: Driver Wear Regulations
  • Burst Format: Legal Equipment – Product Restriction Updates
  • Burst Format: New Experimental Format – Burst Classic
  • IMPORTANT: Organizer’s Guide: Judging a Match – Beyblade Inspection Process Clarifications
  • Organizer’s Guide: Judging a Match – Launcher Rotation Inspection Requirement Updates
  • Organizer’s Guide: Swiss & Double Elimination – Optional Finalist Increase for Large Events
  • Organizer’s Guide: How to Handle Fixing Incorrect Match Results
  • All Rulebooks: Evidence Procedure Clarifications




Burst Format Updates


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IMPORTANT Burst Format: Hasbro’s Spryzen Requiem & Garuda G3 Layers Unbanned
Hasbro’s Spryzen Requiem and Garuda G3 Layers are now unbanned.

Please note: Spryzen Requiem’s mode (spin direction) cannot be changed between rounds within the same match.



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IMPORTANT Burst Format: Driver Wear Regulations
To place ourselves in alignment with TAKARA-TOMY’s new Driver wear regulations, we have implemented them into our rulebook.

While we cannot show picture examples of every single Driver, these are the general guidelines:

Legal:
  • The Driver is brand new.
  • The of tip of the Driver is worn but still remains the primary point of contact with the stadium floor, including to the point of changes in performance.

Illegal:
  • The tip has been worn down to the point that other structural parts of the Driver become the primary point of contact (ex. If the rubber on Jolt wears down completely and is parallel with the plastic casing surrounding it) or if structural parts such as screws are exposed.
  • Tips which have obviously been damaged through use on surfaces other than a Beyblade stadium (ex. concrete).
  • Any other part of the Driver that has been intentionally worn down to affect shape or performance.

We will also be adding tip wear regulations for all other formats in the near future as well (regarding Bottoms, Running Cores, and Blade Bases from MFB, HMS, and Plastics respectively).



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Burst Format: Legal Equipment – Product Restriction Updates
We have added in a new section under “Legal Equipment” to clarify the restrictions on some specific Beyblade Burst products:

Burst Format Rulebook – Legal Equipment – Product Restrictions Wrote:Product Restrictions: Beyblade Micros, Rip Fire Beyblades, Digital Control Beyblades, the Mugen and Mugen L Drivers, and any Beyblade sideline/promotional product that is not compatible with the mainline Beyblade Burst series of tops are illegal.




New Experimental Format: Burst Classic
Over the past few months, a number of us within the Organized Play team have been working on two new formats behind-the-scenes. Today, we're happy to share one of these Formats; a format dedicated to old Single & Dual Layer System parts which can no longer fit in the metagame, Burst Classic.

This format is now available for Organizers to host unranked experimental events for, in order to provide development feedback to help perfect the ruleset.






Organizer’s Guide Updates

IMPORTANT Organizer’s Guide: Judging a Match – Beyblade Inspection Process Clarifications
We have added some additional explicit requirements to the Beyblade inspection process for judges to ensure nothing is missed. Specifically, judges must now also:

  • Check wear on tip (Driver, Bottom, Running Core, or Blade Base depending on format) based on guidelines found in each format’s rulebook (guidelines for MFB, HMS, PLA coming soon).
  • Verify all parts are not broken or do not have any cracks.
  • Check all stickers are positioned legally.
  • Burst Format: Check that the Layer teeth have not been tampered with.
  • Burst Format: Test the strength/mobility of the Driver spring to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with.



Organizer’s Guide: Judging a Match – Launcher Rotation Inspection Requirement Updates
The requirements for when Launcher Rotation Inspection is required have been updated. Launcher rotations must now be inspected only for: the final stage of events with 60 or more participants.

We’ve also added in the legal number of launcher rotations for the:

  • Light Launcher/Light Launcher L + Phoenix Winder (7)
  • Long BeyLauncher/BeyLauncher L (7.5)
  • Long BeyLauncher LR (10).

And we’ve specified that the numbers found when testing must be within roughly .5 rotations of the official number in the Organizer’s Guide.



Organizer’s Guide: Swiss & Double Elimination – Optional Finalist Increase for Large Events
For both Swiss Format and Double Elimination, we have added an option to increase the number of finalists that you may bring to the Final Stage from 8 all the way up to 32 in extremely large events. The rules are now as follows:

  • 79 or Less Participants: Note the top 8 players.
  • 80+ Participants: Note the top 8 players, or optionally the top 16.
  • 160+ Participants: Note the top 8 players, or optionally the top 16 or top 32.

Before the tournament you must announce the number of players that will ultimately be advancing to the Final Stage. You may not change the number of declared finalists later on unless there is extenuating circumstances which would require you to finish the tournament as quickly as possible. If there is any such circumstances, you must obtain proof (such as a note from the venue manager) of this and submit it with your results afterwards.



Organizer’s Guide: How to Handle Fixing Incorrect Match Results
While we encourage all Organizers and judges to be careful in their reporting of matches at all times, sometimes mistakes happen. To that end, we have added in some additional clarifications talking about how to handle such situations to the Organizer’s Guide.

If at some point during a tournament it becomes recognized that an error was made:

1. Round Robin/Group Round Robin
View Round Robin Procedures (Click to View)

2. Swiss Format Errors
View Swiss Format Procedures (Click to View)

3. Double Elimination Errors
View Double Elimination Procedures (Click to View)




All Rulebooks Updates

All Rulebooks: Evidence Procedure Clarifications
We have added in some clarifications to the Organizer’s Guide outlining the procedure for acceptance of evidence in cases where players dispute a judge’s decision after an event has concluded:

Current Ruling:
All Rulebooks Wrote:If you disagree with a judge’s decision ...

You’re entitled to dispute the decision, but must accept the judge’s final call.

If you still disagree, document the incident to the best of your ability and email the details to events@worldbeyblade.org. We take all incident reports seriously.

New Additions:
All Rulebooks Wrote:If the dispute is related to a particular match result, it must be submitted before it is processed into the rankings.

If the evidence submitted is found to prove a particular result should have been reversed, the match will be voided entirely.

Match winners may only be reversed if it is proven that a judge colluded with someone to fix a particular result.





Feedback?
If you have any feedback on these particular changes, or any questions or suggestions for further adjustments or additions, please post your thoughts below or in the WBO Organized Play Rules thread.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of WBO Organized Play! We appreciate any and all feedback and are always looking to improve and clarify things where possible.

View all WBO Organized Play Rules & Resources here.
Hey there World Bladers!

Once again, we've reached the end of another massive year for Beyblade!

Takara-Tomy launched their Cho-Z Layer System, complete with metal elements, and have now begun their invincible Cho-Z Awakening System! Hasbro launched their Slingshock System, adopting a metalless approach to Cho-Z Layers for faster paced battles!

Across the WBO, activity and discussion is at a high, and we've also hosted a whopping 91 WBO sanctioned events across the world this year!

And, after another action-packed year of Beyblade; today, the World Beyblade Organization finally reaches it's 10th Anniversary! We've come a long way since our original press release posted on December 4th, 2008.

And to celebrate this milestone, we've prepared a number of festivities and announcements!

10th Anniversary Celebrations Overview
  • New Year, New Look: Major Theme Updates for WBO X!
  • 10th Anniversary BeyLotto: Win Fabulous Beyblade Burst Prizes!
  • The History of the WBO: 10th Anniversary Interview Series
  • Design Archives of the World Beyblade Organization: 2008 – 2011 (Part 1 of 4)
  • #WBOMemories Contest: Share your Favourite WBO Memories!
  • WBO X Championship 2019: Coming Soon!
  • Beyblade Remembrance 2018 BeyLotto & #BeybladeGenerations Contest Results
  • Entry Fees Waived for WBO Tournaments: January 1st, 2019 - February 3rd, 2019!



New Year, New Look: Major Theme Updates for WBO X!
First, as you may have noticed upon visiting the site, we launched our long-overdue theme rewrite today! As we mentioned back in our 9th Anniversary and BeyDays 2018, this long overdue reintroduces a plethora of features lost in the transition between our Legacy and Responsive themes in 2016, and also introduces some brand-new features as well:

  • Battle Histories on user profiles now allow you to rep your fantastic battle results
  • Tournament Match Listings are now visible on each individual processed event page
  • Tournament Invitations enable Organizers to directly invite Bladers in their community to their events without having to tag them
  • The final version of Organizer Processing, which has enabled Organizers to speed up our ranking processing by submitting their results!
  • And much more!
Click the button below to check out our overview of these changes in more detail.







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10th Anniversary BeyLotto: Win Fabulous Beyblade Burst Prizes!
Our BeyLotto returns once again! Enter for a chance to win some of the most recent Cho-Z Awakening releases like Cho-Z Valkyrie and Cho-Z Achilles!






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The History of the WBO: 10th Anniversary Interview Series
We've also reached out to some of our longstanding and veteran community staff members interviews on their involvement with Beyblade! If you've ever wanted to know how some of us got into Beyblade, look no further!







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Design Archives of the World Beyblade Organization
Over the last 10 years, the WBO has undergone a number of huge design changes, and we're revealing everything in our WBO Archives segment! If you've ever wondered what the WBO could have become with a different design, be sure to check it out!







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#WBOMemories Contest
It's been ten years, so we're certain many of you must have some fond memories of your time with the WBO! We want to hear about them. Answer some questions to earn one entry, or submit a photo and description on Instagram to earn three entries into the draw for a Cho-Z Valkyrie!






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WBO X Championship 2019: Coming Soon!
With 2018-2019 being the WBO's 10th anniversary, we feel that ultimately the best way to celebrate this milestone is to do what we do best: host an awesome Beyblade tournament. Maybe our biggest and best yet.







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Beyblade Remembrance 2018 BeyLotto & #BeybladeGenerations Contest Results
We're also finally announcing the results for our Remembrance 2018 contests! Sorry for the wait!







Entry Fees Waived for WBO Tournaments: January 1st, 2019 - February 3rd, 2019
As usual, let's not forget that we're waiving the fees for all WBO tournaments between January 1st, 2019 and February 3rd, 2019! Make the most of this time to host a few tournaments and bring new Bladers to each of our communities!








Thank you to all World Bladers for your love, dedication and commitment for Beyblade this year! Let's make the 10th Anniversary and the year following it the best yet!
Back in December 2016, we launched a complete WBO rebrand as part of our 8th Anniversary celebrations, which included a brand-new responsive theme across our entire site. But unfortunately, despite all the immense benefits the new design offered, many features were lost in the transition to this design.

As you can see already; today, we launched our much anticipated rewrite of our now-feature-complete Responsive theme, and have also deployed a number of brand-new features to improve your experience across the site!

In this thread, I'll be going over some of our brand-new features and what they mean for you and your communities, as well as touching on a few of our future plans as well.



Battle Histories

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Ever wanted to know exactly how you did in a tournament - the tournament, the result, how many points you gained - all at a glance? Meet our Battle Histories!

Battle Histories are your main point of interest for all of a Blader's tournament progress. By heading over to a Blader's user profile - for example, yours or mine! - you'll be able to see the results of Bladers within any processed tournaments that they've taken part in, alongside a breakdown of their running BeyRank scores and total wins and losses!

Please note that this feature will not appear on the profiles of Bladers who have not participated in any processed events! If you want to build up your Battle History portfolio on your profile, consider joining one of our Organized Play tournaments in your area!



Processed Tournament Pages – Full Match Listing

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Included on event pages for tournaments which have been processed into our rankings (like this one) is a new section at the top called "Tournament Results". Clicking "View Matches" will pull up a window listing all of the matches for all users in that specific tournament.

This way, you now have the ability to not only view a specific set of matches for a specific user (Battle History described above), but the ability to view a specific set of matches for a specific tournament.




Tournament Invitations

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Your tournament thread has been approved, the words "0 Bladers registered" staring into your soul, but there's no easy way to invite Bladers in your community to your tournament!

Well, this one will make Organizers everywhere rejoice! The ability to send Tournament Invitations to other users on site has now been added! Organizers can now click a new "Invite Participants" button located on their tournament thread to instantly send PMs and notifications to chosen Bladers about their event!

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However, as we've carefully mentioned above, this feature is currently only available to Organizers while we test the stress this has on our servers. Hopefully one day we'll be able to open up the criteria further but, for now, this feature should serve as a fantastic tool for Organizers to use to transform that 0 participant count into a 10, 20, or more quickly!
 


Organizer Processing

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We touched on this feature back during BeyDays 2018, and launched it at around the same time as well. So why are we mentioning it again?

Well, Organizer Processing was always designed with our theme rewrite in mind, and we're happy to report that as of today, we've reached our final version of this feature, with full support for the theme rewrite and all the bugs ironed out!

For those who aren't familiar with the feature, Organizer Processing has allowed tournament organizers to enter in the results for tournaments themselves using a specialist tool, and then save them for our Organized Play team to hit the button and process! With this process and new tool, what used to take ~30 minutes per tournament for the Committee to do now takes Organizers and the Organized Play team under a minute to do from start to finish! An incredible improvement!

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And of course, if you find yourself looking at an older tournament thread - perhaps having clicked the link for one in our new Battle Histories feature! - you're now able to see the winners for that event on the top of the thread! The Tournament Results option will also show you the results for all matches that took place within that tournament as well! Go check it out!



Tournament Thread Adjustments

We've been keeping a close eye on the layout of our tournament threads and looking closely into what we can do to streamline and simplify areas for both attendees and Organizers! Ready for an onslaught of quality of life changes for our tournament thread layout? Here we go!

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The Admission Fee box now has a dedicated area for notes pertaining to the admission fee! This is particularly useful for those Organizers who host convention-based tournaments and require all participants to visit somewhere else to get a convention ticket, or for tournaments that take place within a shop and require admission fees to be paid at a specific desk. The possibilities are endless, so use this how you see fit!

We've also made it so the Admission Fee box no longer shows the "Passport admission fee" if both prices are the same. This was a confusing area for attendees of convention-based events specifically, where both prices were almost always the same and raised more questions than answers.

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"Burst Format", "HMS Format", "Plastics Format, "Zero-G Format" - We get it, there's a lot of different Formats in Beyblade, and it's not always easy for everyone to tell if they Beyblades they're collecting are appropriate for a certain tournament. So we've added an image representation for these within this box, along with a button to direct you to the appropriate rulebook! We hope this clears up some of the confusion that can occur when planning what to take from your collection for a specific event!

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With tournaments in the past year hitting an all-time high, it has become harder and harder for Organizers to inform each and every participant about guidelines and registration, so we've taken the liberty to add a "Need-to-Know Information" section! This will appear by default on every single tournament thread, so we hope that these fixed guidelines help our Organizers by making attendees aware of some common questions and concerns, and how to help speed up their registration experience!

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We've revamped our Social Media module and implemented a fancy new interactive module for submitting tournament footage to our Social Media team, as well as an alert to make all attendees aware of the WBO's Photography Policy and their rights to not be included in footage.



General Site Adjustments

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We're not done yet! We've also made some key adjustments to our index and navigation bars to help get you to the information you want to see quicker! Some of our most important resources and locations were difficult to reach, so we've condensed them into handy drop-down menus in the navigation bar to ensure that they're always with you!

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We've also heard you guys loud and clear, and have added a quick option to our Upcoming Tournaments list to jump straight to our main tournaments forum! In the Summer months when we have more tournaments than we can realistically advertise on the main page, you'll thank us!

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In each of the main Beyblade Hobby-related forums, tournament forums, and Discuss worldbeyblade.org we've added featured images to the top right corner to help communicate what the forum is about and make the page just a little bit more visually interesting. Check out all of the forums to see the images in use! These may be changed or new ones may be added over time.

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We've also re-enabled our Forum Rules dropdown within forums with applicable rules! You can find these at the top of a forum, and can be opened with the arrow on the right hand side! We'll be updating these very soon, so stay tuned for that!



So what's next?

What, you want even more?!

Currently, we aren't committing to any specific new features. That said, we're looking at continuing to improve the experience on site for all Bladers and Organizers. As a taster of what we would like to move forward with in the future;
  • Expanding Tournament Invitations to attendees.
  • The ability to send Tournament Invitations to potential participants based on actual locations.
  • For Organizers: Exporting Plain Text List of Participants for Events to help more easily construct Challonge participant lists
  • Further BeyRank system updates!



Thank you for all your patience with this upgrade over the past two years! It's safe to say that you're now using the latest and greatest version of the worldbeyblade.org site yet, and we hope that you enjoy using and browsing it as much as we've enjoyed making it!