no thread lock pl0x I bet you can guess what this thread is about (hehe witty title right?). I want to compare how you play on the UU ladder compared to how you would play in a tournament because I have been hearing a lot how generally in tournaments, especially in later rounds, you get to see a lot of higher level play more representative of the tier than a ladder game would. of course I thought this was bull shit because I took pride in my ladder stats, I am for the record generally always in the top 3 of the ladder if I am actively laddering and often keep the number one spot. It's a Pokemon pride thing I think. And then a couple months ago I went and did my first major tournament for a UU match and got completely thrashed in round one by a certain user who will remain nameless for privacy and I became so disappointed in myself and the ladder for giving me false confidence. Clearly either I was unlucky (I was not, if anything I haxed my opponent a tad) or the ladder and the tournaments we play in are two different beasts. But I regain confidence because my ego can't be stopped forever and I am now trying these mini tournaments the UU subforums have to see the differences - plus I am back on top of the ladder hehe. It's a Pokemon pride thing I think. But now as I gaze upon the ladder i think back to my first time I got my ass kicked so hard and I wonder what went wrong. The only thing I can think of is that the ladder and tournaments are very very different, but how are they? Yes i understand tournament battles in general are much more difficult but specifically whats the difference? As in in tours you see a lot less Scarf Heracross but in the ladder seeing a Heracross pratically means for sure its scarfed. So in this thread i want to discuss how ladder play in UU is different from tournament play both in specifics (there is more scarfcross in ladder play) and in more general strategies (in tournaments i ever use stall teams). I hope this becomes a good resource for ladder players switching to tour battles.