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Issue #30 Released!

Discussion in 'The Smog' started by Setsuna, Sep 26, 2013.

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Which article was your favourite in this issue?

Poll closed Oct 17, 2013.
  1. Note From the Editor

    4.2%
  2. Interview with Stellar

    25.0%
  3. Sun and Sandz: A Farewell Interview

    8.3%
  4. What is Smogon Mentorship?

    20.8%
  5. What's going on in RMT?

    4.2%
  6. Trivia

    8.3%
  7. NU Teambuilding 101

    16.7%
  8. A Beginner's Guide to Trick Room

    20.8%
  9. The Outrageous Dragons of RU

    12.5%
  10. Powerful Plants: The Grass-types of RU

    8.3%
  11. NU's Top Threats: How do they fare in RU?

    8.3%
  12. Metagame Comparison: DPP UU vs BW RU

    4.2%
  13. Differences Between Smogon Doubles and VGC

    8.3%
  14. When Babies Escape Daycare: LC Pokemon That Wreck Outside of LC

    8.3%
  15. Anything Goes! Balanced Hackmons Threats Revealed

    12.5%
  16. The Arterview: elcheeso

    8.3%
  17. Movie Critics - The Panel: Blue Times Two

    8.3%
  18. Smogon Noir - The Underside of Smogburbia

    12.5%
  19. The Five Stages of Hax Plus drops some bars

    29.2%
  20. RODANNING it, how to survive on smogon whilst badgeless

    25.0%
  21. The Societea: The Aftermath

    8.3%
  22. Best New Moves of Each Generation

    4.2%
  23. Mega Speculation: Mega Evolutions and Their Potential Impact

    12.5%
  24. Generation Five: The reasons why we wish we didn't have to say goodbye

    12.5%
  25. Similarities & Differences: Mantine & Skarmory

    12.5%
  26. Pokémon Origins

    16.7%
  27. Streaming: Next Generation YouTubers

    8.3%
  28. RU Sure About That? Advising Opponents on the RU Ladder

    4.2%
  29. A Cyclic Psychic: The Ups and Downs of Alakazam

    12.5%
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  1. Setsuna

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    Hello, everyone! You know, it really does feel better to release on a semi-monthly basis rather than every 2.5 months (or sometimes three months, uh!), wouldn't you say? Anyhow, we've tried to cover a bit of everything with issue #30, and we've been trying to keep things in balance that way lately. As usual, shout-out to our cover artist for this installment of the Smog, Rocket Grunt! Stunning artwork, mate. All in all, it's been a great issue. And I'm also happy to announce that we're having Flora and skylight join the Staff team over the coming days! As I mention in my Note from the Editor, they both have been killin' lately and we couldn't be happier with having them onboard. Congrats!

    As usual, it's been awesome working with all of our contributors who came together to make this happen. Thank you!

    We, of course, welcome your constructive feedback. You can leave that below and be sure to come back for the poll that will (probably) show up here within the next few days. As always, if you would like to write or draw for the Smog, give us a pitch in the Article Approvals subforum.

    ~Setsuna, Birkal, sandshrewz, Bummer, and Toast++
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  2. RODAN

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    my article is the best one
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  3. Alter

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    Loved the Five Stages of Hax article. Well done Treecko!

    Edit: 100th post for me :D
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  4. jumpluff

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    Thanks for interviewing me and sandz~ And nice work on hitting #30, everyone!! Definitely something to be proud of. As for Flora and skylight, I'm sure you'll make great staff, congrats on your promotion. n_n
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  5. Bummer

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    One of my favs so far, especially Lady Salamence's conspiracy article

    But then I remembered there was the farewell interview :(:(:(
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  7. cbt

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    great issue, my short period on the internal side of this has been great so far!

    also preemptive congrats to the new staff!
  8. Mack the Knife

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    Good job guys! Also sorry Magistrum about that Whimsicott.

    EDIT: movie critics panel has the wrong title.
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  9. skylight

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    fixed! :) good pick up imo because somehow I didn't even pick it up when updating the index page :x
  10. Magistrum

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    Great issue! Glad to be contributing for this :3

    Also awesome cover!

    IT HAZ BARCODEZ SMOG 4 SALE ($_$)
    Wait what? Mack what are you apologizing for ?_?
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    Hey everyone. Great work on this :D

    I joined Smogon a year and two days ago, and I have to say I'm very glad I was able to contribute something before that year was up (articles were done about a week ago). Especially considering this is the last issue before XY, it definitely feels like I managed to get in right before the floodgates opened or something.

    I'm new to this, and it was a blast and truly a pleasure writing for The Smog for the very first time. It was really great, the staff was super helpful and all of the people were really fun to be around. I definitely think The Smog is the best community on Smogon; everyone in The Smog crew is so nice, helpful, sweet, kind, funny, etc. (even macle :p)

    I'm also very flattered that my article made it on the cover! Thanks! Honestly, I don't think I could've possibly thought of a better topic for my first article, considering it's really about what brought me here in the first place!

    I'm gonna stop before I start tearing up like a loser :p Thanks everyone for making this such a great experience. I definitely plan to be doing more in the future. :)
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  12. phoopes

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    I've loved everything I've read so far, though I do have a question about the Mega Evolutions article. Why are there boatloads of speculated Mega Evolutions (Weavile, Milotic, Arbok, etc.) while some actual MegaEvolutions were left out? Ampharos, Blastoise, Venusaur, and the two Mewtwo Mega Evolutions are things I would've liked to see previewed. Just oversight?
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    That's the best cover I've ever seen!

    Hopefully we can have more like it in the future :)
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    In question #6 of the trivia, how do these pokemon (Machop, Voltorb, Diglett, Paras, Seel, and Grimer) evolve before level 5? Some in-game trade in RBYGSC?

    Great release by the way! I love reading each issue.

    EDIT- I found the answer, it is a bunch of Yellow trades that allow you to get all those 'mons at low levels, by trading hatched 'mons back from GSC, interestingly enough.
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  15. asterat

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    I like the flavor of this.

    Fellow bh players, we must take to the streets! Imanalt to the guillotine.

    Do you hear the people sing?
    Singing a song of angry men?
    It is the music of a people
    Who will not be represented by Imanalt again!
    You don't use stealth rock on a magic bounce wall
    That regigigas set really sucked balls
    Illusion Slaking is hereby dissaproved
    Chansey should have more than one move!





    That aside, I really enjoy the smog. Flavor articles are kind of what I like because I always want to debate against the competitive ones. The alakazam article was a good read :)
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  16. Flora

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    I will summon Deck Knight for you, if he wants to answer anyway. :)
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    I tailored it around viability in OU mostly, because otherwise the article could have gone on infinitely.

    I did initially have Blastoise on there when I thought it was going to have Rain Dish, but then it was revealed with the Mega Launcher Ability. Problem is, Blastoise is never going to be an adequate sweeper and the offensive boosts aren't good enough. Ampharos is too slow to be an effective Dragon, and Thick Fat Venusaur is a cool idea, but I don't think it will find nearly as much utility as Chlorophyll Venusaur now that Sludge Bomb is going to be an even more relevant STAB than it is now.

    I left Mewtwo out because it would necessarily be Uber, where Blaziken might not be in Gen V, and its unlikely to start that way.

    Also how did I get two cover articles lol. I STILL GOT IT!
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    I really enjoyed seeing a streaming section. I have actually streamed Pokemon showdown on twitch a few times and I also agree that it is the best platform for streaming currently. Something I would like to add is the use of overlays.Using Obs makes it very east to set up overlays and other images for your broadcast. Making things like the Smogcast and broadcasts in general look better is simple using OBS and twitch so i highly recommend that people use it
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    Ah thanks for the reply Deck Knight, I was thinking the article was about Mega Evolutions in general, not just OU viability. I was hoping I'd get to see my beloved Fabio Ampharos covered but yeah you're probably right. Never know though! Thanks again.
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    Good job guys, great issue as always.
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    Shouldn't it be Water Absorb?

    sandz edit: fixed thank you~! :)
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    The rap made me laugh my head off. Great job In this issue.
  23. Hulavuta

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    Just realized an error in my article, there's a spot that says "all of over Smogon" and it should be only one of those, not both. I'm dumb lol

    EDIT: Thanks Bummer, that's why you're the one I can count on :)
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  24. Goddess Briyella

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    I'm very happy to have had this opportunity to contribute, and I look forward to writing more for the smog in the future. This issue was incredible and it's awesome knowing I had a small part in it. ^_^

    Also, congrats to Rocket Grunt, whose image made the cover!
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    Very good. Could have had more depth on NU team building though I must say.
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