To everyone on US West- you guys are all bosses, it couldn't have been done it without everyone on the roster. All the new bloods helped immensely regardless of whether or not they played and the vets finally have their trophies. I'm very happy with everyone's performance this year, even if I believe this wasn't a good metagame (I could usually tell if I won or lost my games by turn 3). You guys are the main reason I decided to keep playing pokemon and for that I owe you shoutouts (format stolen from Phil)
Aldaron- Great personality I'm glad we get to have in the channel year after year, always reasonable with great input on any disagreement. You were a great help helping prepare some of us for matches.
Bloo- I'm glad we ran into each other more this year, you're a great guy and a great pokemon player with no doubt. You're tests were some very impressive games and helped motivate me to step my game up further than before.
Earthworm- A funny personality to have in the channel, you and wormbot were responsible for some good times. I remember whenever anyone disagreed with a QC decision, the first thing they would do is PM you and tell us you agreed with them as their argument, which goes to show how much respect you've earned throughout Smogon. Thanks a ton for lending us a server!
Indra- Team west could never be complete without the dgf boss.
Lavos- I had doubts after our first try out games, but after your first game you started kicking some ass. Glad Phil had an eye for talent where I didn't- whether or not you won those games I would've been saying this because you turned around some previously "meh" teams with great ideas and following through in battle. Don't let people telling you you're a douche convince you, you're not. Even if they got the wrong first impression I feel like you can change their minds sooner or later.
LoveDestiny- Didn't have any real talks with you but from first impression you seem like a legit boss being a key member of the old west teams.
Loven- I really would've liked to have you on the team :/ You Indra and Rem completed a dgf trio last year that I believe gave us great chemistry, I won't have any problems taking you back next year.
Mithril- You are a great supporter of the team but even though I got a chance to be your tutor one round I still wish we had talked more, you have a lot to gain from getting more involved and we all see potential in your pokemon future, go get em! (Or pursue something irl dedication anywhere will bring you great things).
Moet- I was very pleased to hear you made it on the roster after the start of wcop because you were so willing to help us out with tests all the time. You showed me you know the meta inside-out with your unique sets and I would've had no problem having you in a starting lineup.
MW- I admit I had doubts early and it seemed like you mostly only talked to others in PMs but you proved yourself in the games where it mattered and I know you helped immensely with endless tests, intel and being a general boss.
Myzozoa- Always lucking us with Deo-D, but deserving the wins anyway. You are so good with your custom teams (and for everyone reading there are non- Deo-D teams) that I never saw any reason to help you analyze the opponent's team during a match because you always figure out how you're going to win (when you can) very quickly.
Noodlez- Introduced me to one of my favorite new sets before he left.
Oristeros- If I was ever legit scared of a ladder player, it was you because after the ladder match we played back in suspect days I was very impressed. I never heard anything about you after that but when I heard you were going to be on the team this year it was a pleasant surprise, I knew you were capable of coming out of nowhere and being an MVP candidate and you proved it to others with your games this year.
Panamaxis- What a player, very impressed in the tests we had with you. Thanks for donating boss teams to give us more options as well as the tests.
Philip7086- If there was ever a dependable captain that could put a team on his back consistently this is the guy. You were involved in making just about every game we played one we could be proud of, and techincally the grandfather of my pokemon playing (Tutoring undi who tutored me and maintaining US west which was my main motivation). Too bad you're still 0-3 in tiebreaks, I'm sure Lairon would've turned things around this year.
rem- Doesn't even like BW but still made a boss team- the fact that it can almost never lose to matchup alone says something. Also a great guy that makes west fun to play for.
Scofield- Very happy for you that you finally got your trophy, always dedicated to west and always helping even when you don't come out of retirement and go undefeated.
Seven Deadly Sins- You're a really good guy and underrated pokemon player, back when I joined smogon your QC posts putting idiots on blast were my favorite thing. I hope you continue to join #usbest for years to come.
Symph- Even if you didn't want to play you maintained a friendly presence in #usbest and certainly did some great work last year, keep it up.
TFC- The Blastoise thug, whether or not everyone else saw it you had flashes of greatness, especially outside of BW. Here's to a better meta so you can show off your skills to the world.
undisputed- One of the all around pokemon greats and best friends from smogon, signing up for b101 is something I will never regret pokemon wise because you passed on your great skills and introduced me to wcop. Too bad we couldn't meet up (my fault tbh) but hopefully someday in the future we can make it happen.
USA East- You guys brought some serious game and were great opponents, obligatory GGs well deserved.
Let's make team USA Weast so there's a US superteam to take on LA.