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Issue #26 Released!

Discussion in 'The Smog' started by jumpluff, Apr 7, 2013.

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Which were your favorite Smog articles?

Poll closed May 7, 2013.
  1. Interview with Iconic

    11.2%
  2. OU Spotlight: Keldeo

    14.2%
  3. Enlightenment: A Guide to Working Out Arceus Formes from Team Preview

    15.7%
  4. Underused 201: Battling

    21.6%
  5. Status in RU

    9.0%
  6. NU Spotlight: Drifblim

    9.0%
  7. Doubles Spotlight: Amoonguss

    10.4%
  8. An Introduction to Setup Moves in OU

    10.4%
  9. Using Choice Items in OU

    9.7%
  10. OU's Top Threats: How Do They Fare in Ubers?

    13.4%
  11. NU Doubles

    10.4%
  12. The Best New Pokemon of GSC

    12.7%
  13. GSC and ADV Underdogs that Would Have Hit Big in RBY

    23.1%
  14. Seasonal Fun

    9.7%
  15. The Arterview: Bummer

    8.2%
  16. The Many Styles of the April Fools' Sprites

    26.9%
  17. Pokémon Biology: Special Abilities

    10.4%
  18. Top 10 Most Infuriating Pokémon In-Game

    22.4%
  19. The Oddish

    26.1%
  20. Beyond the Barrel: Pokémon You REALLY Shouldn't Use in Overused

    17.9%
  21. Battling 1337: How to Battle Correctly

    44.0%
  22. Where Are They Now? The Stars of Old Smogon

    14.9%
  23. How Moves Work

    12.7%
  24. Battling 101: Anime Style

    12.7%
  25. ADV Player Bio: reyscarface

    23.1%
  26. Review: The Legendary Birds of Kanto

    9.7%
  27. The Monsters We Crave: Pokémon and Monster Theory

    13.4%
  28. I Thought We Were Supposed to Just Play

    11.2%
  29. Suspect Testing Rounds 8-9

    10.4%
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  1. jumpluff

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    Hello, everyone! We're well into 2013 now, with this issue already being the year's 3rd (or 4th, if you count Issue #23)~ Hopefully you've been enjoying the more frequent release schedule and timelier content! As always, I'm pretty proud of what the team has managed to accomplish in a month.

    Some of you might be disappointed to notice we've said farewell to the Featured articles this issue and replaced them with Spotlight articles, in order to deal with dwindling authorship, as well as open up potential for innovation. This is a mixed bag, and we didn't take it lightly; while there won't be a guaranteed Featured RMT/Pokémon article for a given tier every (other) issue anymore, Spotlight articles are effectively the same as any article. This means that absolutely anyone can apply to write a Spotlight article (candidates will be evaluated based on knowledge), we can have any number of Spotlight articles per metagame in an issue (although there's no quota and they don't present a barrier to release), and an author is free to experiment with the format as much as she likes. Since the Featured articles were widely liked, we hope enthusiastic metagame experts will apply to write RMT/Pokémon Spotlight articles now the offer's on the table!

    We'd love to hear from you, and we really do hope you enjoy what we've done! We've put up the feedback poll as part of this thread, so you can let us know which articles were your favourites. And if you're a fan of The Smog, please do consider getting involved -- many of our contributors are readers who wanted to be a part of something they loved. You can always contact any of The Smog's dedicated mentors if you're looking for advice or need some questions answered!

    ~Setsuna, jumpluff, Birkal, sandshrewz, and Toast++
  2. Jukain

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    great job this time guys~
  3. Golden Piloswine

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    I'm a part if it! :D

    good job guys! ;)
  4. Lady Salamence

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    Glad another issue is out. Time for a new one! Y'all should come join us though!
  5. Layell

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    Some excellent work this issue the spotlight change is great and I can't wait to see how the greater creative freedom will help the future issues!
  6. Magistrum

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    It was my first time contributing to The Smog and I'm happy how this issue turned out!

    Awesome job to everyone! (/^_^)/\(^o^\)
  7. Espeon7373

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    Great job, everyone! I'm glad I got to be a part of this awesome project for the first time! Now on to next month! :)
  8. PDC

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    Is it just me or can I like not find my article 9.9. But anyway it was a great issue working with you guys!
  9. Molk

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    Haha, nice to see one of my laddering alts make a cameo in the battling 1337 article =).

    Anyways, just judging a few of the titles i see, i know this is gonna be a good read, great job guys!
  10. Birkal

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    This Smog Staff reviewed your article and deemed that it did not meet the quality credentials that we require of our authors. I'm sorry for the inconvenience; I hope you will understand. Better luck in the future!

    Somehow we missed it while uploading. Heh.
  11. PDC

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    You almost made me cry.
  12. Mack the Knife

    Mack the Knife Goodbye Smogon! I may return, I may not!
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    It was fun writing for the Smog, for the first time! I hope everybody finds my article informative.
  13. BattleStar

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    Awesome issue. Looks like there is a lot of new blood in this new issue! Keep it up!
  14. Level 51

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    Gosh and I was just gonna test my OU Ledian set...
    Another excellent article n_n thanks to everyone who contributed!
  15. srk1214

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    The Battling 1337 article is the funniest thing I've seen in quite a while. Please tell me that actually happened.
  16. Oglemi

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    guh i love the colors for the interview this time lol

    so much good art this issue i just ~(^.^)~
  17. Superpowerdude

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    Good work on this issue guys! I really liked this issue because of some articles that were both high quality and unique I am talking about ADV player bio, the oddish and battling 1337 the latter two were the reason why I think this issue has had one of the best entertainment sections. Of course I enjoyed contributing too writing with my pokemon biology friends and writing using choice items in ou. (the art was brilliant ritter)
  18. Level 51

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    Gosh why does everyone like my article so much, I really have no idea I didn't even find it that funny o_O...
  19. JoshuaMunoz

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    Yes it is, it's pretty good. I also liked NU Doubles and the April Fools Articles. Props to all the contributors for making this great issue :)
  20. TheMantyke

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    This one line really made me roll. Excellent job you guys.
  21. jumpluff

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    Sorry, PDC! I liked your article quite a lot, it just kinda... somehow disappeared during the organisational stage, which consequently meant it didn't get uploaded. o_o Fortunately Birkal fixed it. Thanks for writing for us, and for letting us know! I think that's one of the dumbest things I've done so far. I was really tired. ;_;

    I'm really glad to hear from you guys, by the way! Good to hear you enjoyed reading and contributing, and welcome aboard to all our new contributors :D
  22. Yonko7

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    This is great

    Great job everyone!
  23. Rowan

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    Battling 1337 really should have had an importable section because everyone needs to try it out on the ladder to improve their ranking.
    Aside from that article, the player bio was an interesting read as it's the first time (to my knowledge) that there has been an article like it that only focuses on a player. I hope future releases have more of them.
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    This is one of the best releases I've seen in a long, long time- ever since the Smog switched to trying to pump out as many articles as possible, I think we started getting a lot of articles for the sake of articles with overly formulaic writing, dry commentary, and little insight about topics that nobody really wanted to read about. This issue seems to have really taken a turn in the other direction- like many people, I loved the 1337 battle, but I also really enjoyed learning about Sableye and Spiritomb and found that to be a fascinating read. The Ubers Arceus forms article and the UU battling article actually taught me quite a bit, and the interview with rey brought me more into the interviewee's head than most interviews I had read before. Even the types of articles that I normally don't find interesting (mostly the lists) didn't take themselves too seriously and were fun to read. Overall, I think you guys took more risks for this issue, and that they payed off- I hope we keep this trend up for future articles.
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    Good to know everyone is liking this issue so much, and thank you for the feedback!
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