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How I lost in the first Round (A Seattle VGC Warstory)

Discussion in 'VGC' started by Feathers, May 8, 2010.

  1. Feathers

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    The title may be a bit daunting, but I assure you my journey was just as engaging as whoever's it was that ended up winning.

    My Journey really begins more than three weeks ago, when I finished EV training my team and commenced with the practice. I had everything figured out, everything countered, every lead memorized, every weather combination locked into my head...

    During the last week, I practiced so often that I came to the point where I could predict almost entire matches just by looking at the leads. I figured I was more than ready, that I would do better than last year, that I would make it to Nationals via winning a Regional.

    Skip ahead to today. I was ready to go, and had packed all of the essentials for my trip. I learned from last year, where I ended up having a pretty failsauce time EV training last minute. I had both of my DS', binders of extra cards to give away and trade, and my good luck charm, Portable Whale the Wailord Pokedoll.

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    I set my alarm for 7:00AM. Of course, waiting for the VGC is actually quite worse than Christmas morning, as I woke up an hour and a half early with the jitters and a nervous and anxious mind. I just couldn't sleep, so I got up, dressed, and ate only two pieces of toast for breakfast. Last year I was only able to eat a single McDonald's hashbrown, I was so nervous.

    I checked the BC-WA border cams to find that the wait was only 10 minutes. No problem, so I just hung out in my room and awaited the arrival of my friend Ben, who was just coming to watch and study for next year. Not 20 minutes later and the border wait was up to almost an hour. I woke my dad just as Ben was arriving, and we ended up leaving just after 8AM.

    15 minutes later we were at the border crossing, where we waited only half an hour thanks to duty free. Finally, we crossed the border from Canada to the USA and began our literal journey to the Pokemon VGC. It was about a 2 hour drive, but it passed by in a breeze thanks to the fact that I frequent the commute to Seattle. About thirty minutes in, I was able to convince my friend to throw a team together and participate, so he spent the drive EV training and forming a simple strategy.

    We arrived at Seattle Center at around 11AM, which left two hours to spare. I was supposed to meet up with Chinese_dood and some other friends, but we couldn't find them, and they later somehow ended up behind us after arriving two hours earlier than we did..... we just grabbed a spot in line, where we met some pretty cool dudes.

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    The dudes behind my whale are the dudes we met. They told us that the staff had let some seniors in to watch the juniors, but they'd be sent to the back of the line afterwords. Ben and I had a few matches with them for fun. On a whim, we tried a four-person battle. It went a bit like this...

    Dude 1: Oh cool, we won't know who's going to end up battling with who.

    Dude 2: Yeah, totally random battle right here.

    Me: I HAVE A GIRL SPRITE

    ....so yeah, it was a pretty fun battle, and they were pretty awesome dudes. That's probably my favorite part of these events, meeting new people.

    After an incredibly long wait, and after Ben filled out his team sheet, we proceeded to enter the tournament. By now, I was just totally pumped to be there. Who would my first opponent be? Would I make it to the finals? Win a trip? Inside the small entrance, there was a person counting how many people were showing up. Luckily we were part of the first 50 or so people, so no worries there. Right away we are greeted with registration:

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    Looks to be the same as last year. We stood around in line for a bit, where we started spotting other Smogonites. Apparently Skarm and Zerowing's Duck group had been trying to get my attention, but I'm basically retarded, so it took me forever to notice. Eventually we were able to say hi, and Firestorm and I traded a comment or two about Video Games Live. I also found GottaBePerfect, who I didn't really get a chance to talk to, and some other cool girls who really didn't want to play any Smogonites...

    Eventually we reach the counter, where they examine your team sheet and give you your wrist band. This year, they also give you a pretty neat drawstring bag.

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    Once you are registered, they waste no time ushering you into the competitor line. It was essentially the same as last year, the only difference being that you have to win four matches to make it to the finals. They also give you a registration card for a Pokemon ID, much the same as the TCG one.

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    It's just one continuous line, with a lot of standing in between. Most of the Smogonites are clumped near the front.

    Another picture of the stations:

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    Please excuse Marriland's back.

    While standing in line, I was able to watch some people play. I watched someone leading with Charizard and Metagross get owned by a Dark Void Smeargle leading with G-Chomp.

    At this point, the Smogonites and people I had befriended were all worried about facing each other, and taking each other out. I was personally hoping I'd be paired with crap players until the finals. Eventually, it is my turn to play, and I am directed to table 12. I have a quick glance around looking for Ben and my other buds. No luck. I proceed to the table, put my bag down, and look at my opponent. He says, "You Feathers?" and I was all "Yeah."

    "You know who I am?"

    .....

    My first opponent is BadIntent.

    The first thing out of my mouth is "You are the last person I wanted to face first. I hope you understand." He nods and we shake hands.

    I was asked not to reveal anything about his team, and I won't reveal mine because there is slim chance that I will be attending Nationals anyway. All I will say is that I made a bad prediction on the first turn, and the second turn brought a critical hit to remove one of my most important pokemon from play. Had I not messed up the first turn, the match could have gone very differently. Once my first Pokemon is down, I told him GG, but we finished the match anyway. I took down 2 of his pokemon before falling. It was certainly not my best performance. I know I was anxious because I was making small talk the entire match, which was probably annoying. Sorry, dude.

    I wished him best of luck getting to Nationals, and told him I hoped to see him there. He was totally cool about it, and gave me a bro-hug before I walked the walk of shame.

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    The downside to coming with a parent is that you have to leave quickly, and Ben lost his first match against Zerowing, I think, so we were gone very soon after it began. I never got a chance to meet up with some people, or give away my pokemon cards. So I ask, if you were there for some cards, PM me your address and I'll mail you packs of 20 cards or something.

    All in all, it was still a great experience that I wouldn't have missed for the world. You guys are some of the best people I have ever met, and I can't wait to see you all again next year (or this year, who knows). Next year, I'll be free from the iron grip of my parent-folk, and I'll definitely be staying the night, and possibly touring the Regionals.

    Interesting aspects from this year include:

    Pokemon Rumble Arena Station
    King of the Hill mini Tournament
    Eevee downloadable by wireless (Lots for multiple games, HGSS only.)
    Less than 600 people, probably.

    Having left so soon, I wasn't there for the finals. The last I heard, Chinese_dood made it to his fourth match, not sure about anyone else.

    So yeah, thanks, Smogon, for making the VGC an awesomesauce adventure.

    EDIT: hehe, they're talking about me on Skarmbliss.
  2. FMasamune

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    Great story! It sucks how you had to face BI first round...Apparently he lost 4-0 to fish do you know if any hax were involved?
  3. Feathers

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    Yeah, I was really bummed out, but he was a pretty cool dude.

    And no, I don't. I lost thanks to hax last year as well, so it must have sucked pretty bad. We'll just have to wait for BI's Warstory, if he posts one.
  4. Icy Vegeta

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    Aw, first round departure.... Well there's Gen 5 to look forward to.
  5. Feathers

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    Yeah, I'm totally pumped for a clean slate metagame. Nobody will expect anything. 80
  6. Yeti

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    Fish got one crit on BI in the 4-0 loss.

    We started chanting FEATHERS FEATHERS when we saw you were up against BI but we didn't think you heard us.

    It made us sad you had to fight him r1, but don't worry, Fish has your back.

    I saw you when Skarm & co talked to you in line but was behind like 3 guys so I didn't say anything lol.
  7. Feathers

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    Cool, because BI got a crit on me. >.> SECOND TURN MAN.

    No, I didn't hear. But you guys are great. ;-;
    What he did was really out of the ordinary first turn, and it really screwed me over. Lol he asked me if you were here. You should have tapped me on the shoulder or screamed my name or something. xD

    He and Zerowing were probably the last people I wanted to fight first, but luck is never on my side.
  8. Sixonesix

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    Aww...hope to see you in Indianapolis!
  9. Feathers

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    Thanks! I hope to see me there too. x)
  10. Tyler

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    nice warstory. YES! MARRILAND IS STILL JUDGE!
    How did they match-up players?
  11. Cloud9.

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    Great read man, bad luck getting out first round though.
  12. Feathers

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    Yeah, I can't decide if it was my semi-okay first move, or his crit on me that took me out.
  13. mattj

    mattj blatant Nintendo fanboy

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    Feather's win or lose, I still think you did good. You got to go, meet lots of people and actually got to play. Good for you. :)
  14. Feathers

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    Thanks. I met just the greatest people. You have no idea (...or maybe you do) what it's like to have nobody to talk to about pokemon. I would have at least liked to win one round, as last year I won two before losing to hax.
  15. Feathers

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    They just send you one at a time to a random table to split everyone up.
  16. Sammy

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    I lost in the first round too ;-;
  17. Feathers

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    Really? What sort of team was it?
  18. mattj

    mattj blatant Nintendo fanboy

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    I drove what... 9 hours to Nashville last year and didn't even get PICKED to play. But it was still a great time getting to meet 5K, IPL, TAD, and all the rest. :) The nice thing about the VGCs is that win or lose, you get to hang out with great people that you normally don't have the chance to. (ends rant)
  19. Feathers

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    Yeah, my trip was a lot shorter...but still.

    If I do fly out to Nats, I better bloody well win at least one match. >:(
  20. andrea

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    Way to rep the females, Feathers. <3 I totally hope to see you at the LCQ at nats. ^_^
  21. Feathers

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    Eh, I did ok. The VGC is basically my main Metagame right now, so I hope to focus solely on that to do better next year. This year was just so...open, what with the restricted pokemon being allowed. Too many things can go wrong, and so many things can go right.

    I have the money to go to Nats, but I dunno if that's what I want to spend it on just yet.
  22. Tyler

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    So did they do it how they sent you to one table and then a couple people behind you in line went to the same table? Or did they just call out peoples numbers and they went to the table?
  23. andrea

    andrea /me cresselias

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    Totally roadtripping to nats, if not to get pwnzord round one by a noob, then to hang out with all of you awesome peeps. I am sooooo excited. But hey, I'm glad you had a good time anyways. I was totally rooting for you once I heard what was taking place =X
  24. Feathers

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    No, they went one person per table until each table had one, then sent the other people in one by one.

    I heard people were cheering for me! You have no clue how awesome that makes me feel, even if I did lose. FFFFFF everyone there was just great.
  25. P_L

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    Badintent was there? I battled him a while back, it was singles 3 on 3 however and I won. Although hes a very good battler, you have nothing to feel bad about.

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