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Issue #35 Released!

Discussion in 'The Smog' started by skylight, Jul 22, 2014.

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What were your favourite articles this issue?

  1. Note from the Editor

    6.3%
  2. A Trivial Announcement

    5.3%
  3. (Safely) Meeting Smogoners IRL

    7.4%
  4. Interview with kokoloko

    16.8%
  5. OU Spotlight: Greninja

    9.5%
  6. OU Spotlight: Talonflame

    9.5%
  7. Rain Offense in OU

    18.9%
  8. Pokémon You Should Use in OU and Why

    13.7%
  9. LC Spotlight: Trubbish

    5.3%
  10. Hazard Control in XY Little Cup

    7.4%
  11. Randbats - How to Play from an Expert

    24.2%
  12. .dancin'

    10.5%
  13. Out Of Style: Why Assault Vest Can't Be Slapped on Just Anything

    32.6%
  14. Five Things I Learned from Changing my Avatar Every Day

    22.1%
  15. The Dark Side Of OU

    11.6%
  16. OU: The Uber Cuffs are Broken

    8.4%
  17. Top Threats in XY RU

    8.4%
  18. LC Baby Birds of Prey

    8.4%
  19. Tier Fusion: LC Doubles

    5.3%
  20. If Auto-Weather Were Still Permanent

    12.6%
  21. Remembering Our Roots Redux: Where Are They Now

    10.5%
  22. BW Heroes: XY Zeroes

    22.1%
  23. What Makes Great Warstories Great?

    9.5%
  24. Alpha and Omega: What Can We Expect?

    7.4%
  25. Competitive Pokémon on Facebook

    5.3%
  26. Restoring a Lost Art - A Case for Warstories

    10.5%
  27. Marked for Good: The Implication of the Blue Pentagon

    5.3%
  28. Pokémon History: Pairs Over the Generations

    11.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. skylight

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    Hey guys!

    We've just released Issue #35 of The Smog. Unfortunately due to exams and other issues, we've taken a while to get this one out. Despite that, it's still a pretty cool issue, and we hope you enjoy reading it!

    Just like last issue, we have a lot of metagame and battling strategy articles. We have two OU spotlights this issue, as well as Oglemi's secret tips to become a randbats master. Other than that we have a load of different articles this issue, so check it out!

    We're also welcoming Vacate to the staff as of this issue, who we feel will be a wonderful addition to the team and will assist Toast with managing the HTML side of things.

    We welcome your constructive feedback. You can leave that below and be sure to cast your vote on the poll we've included in this thread. As always, if you would like to write or draw for the Smog, give us a pitch in the Article Approvals subforum.

    ~ skylight, Setsuna, Flora, Toast++, Bummer, Vacate and sandshrewz
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  2. Bummer

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    Sephirona is the one who made the cover image, which is the art for OU Spotlight: Greninja. I usually try to avoid featuring the same artist twice on the cover, but this one was too summer-y to pass up.

    Thanks to all of the other artists helping out this issue, the variety between styles and looks is what creates such a diversity between all of the articles. But we're always looking for new influence, so anyone who likes to draw on their free-time and that'd also like to help out in this regard, send me a PM and I'll gladly look over your stuff.
  3. princessofmusic

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    When you visit Issue #35 onsite or any of its articles, the top navigation says "Smogon >> The Smog >> Unnamed Section >> ..." instead of the part in bold being "Issue 35" as normal.

    GP errors:

    skylight's Meeting Smogoners IRL, bottom of fourth paragraph (under "Someone visiting you" heading):

    Second-last sentence under "Meeting up locally":

    Interview with kokoloko, Flora's fourth question/entry:

    The next (fifth) entry:

    ...oh, no more flora interviews? you'll be missed ):

    OK, it's the middle of the night so those are the only articles I've read so far, but it looks like a great issue. Thank you, contributors.

    skylight edit: fixed ty, we don't know how to fix the top thingie yet tho!
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  4. Ununhexium

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    I'm always so excited to read these!! I'll try to get back as soon as possible :)
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  5. Haruno

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    Solid issue. A worthwhile wait for a nice issue. Thanks again smog staff. Just a few typos I'd like to bring up.



    In the article if auto weather were still permanent.
    Zard X has never been demoted to A+ on viability nor was it considered. It was zard Y that got demoted.


    Another error was in the article uo uber cuffs where near the bottom, you accidentally used a picture of deoxys-attack form while describing deo-n and why it was banished.

    Overall these were minor nitpicks but w/e thanks again for the incredibly solid issue.
  6. Valmanway

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    I just noticed that in my weather article, I say Mega Abomasnow gets nerfed to C-, but it's D now. If someone could change that to "Not even on the radar" instead of C+, that'd be nice.
  7. Oglemi

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    If you have a badge you can edit the articles yourselves! Don't make others do what you can do yourself lol. http://www.smogon.com/scms

    I guess I need to write a quick guide......

    Vacate-edit: If you do this, harass either Toast++, skylight, or me for a merge. We appreciate it.
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  8. Valmanway

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    I actually completely forgot about that superpower. Thanks for the reminder!
  9. Berry Juice

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    Awesome issue, but I found a few typos too:
    Rain Offense in OU - last line about Aegislash:
    "and it has quite a bit to offer (to)rain."
    Pokémon you should use in OU and why - third Mega Heracross calc:
    "52+ Atk Mega Heracross Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Mega Mawile: 260-306 (85.5 - 100.6%)"<-missing attack EVs
    edit:Also, in the Pairs article, it says that both Volbeat and Illumise have Tail Glow, but only Volbeat learns it.
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  10. Cereza

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    In the trivia section, it is implied that arceus can learn attacking moves from all types but I don't think arceus is able to learn any atacking fairy type moves. Could someone clarify this? Level 51 maybe
  11. Level 51

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    oops
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    Judgement with Pixie Plate becomes a Fairy-type move.
  13. Cereza

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    Thanks for clearing that up :)
  14. SnoopingGil

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    Not entirely sure if this is the right place to post this, but in the Skarmory section of "Remebering Our Roots", the buff to Sturdy is listed under the changes made between RSE and DPPt. If I remember correctly, this buff actually occurred in BW, not DPPt.
  15. skylight

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    It appears you are correct. Syberia how would you like to change it?
  16. Lady Salamence

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    First Smog article in a long while that I wasn't involved in the creation of, going to be pretty cool to read it not knowing anything going in! Still would suggest contributing for those on the fence, however.
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    While I would normally be shocked to see that my article didn't make it for some reason, I just find a few couple gems on this webzine that's noteworthy.

    But really, poor Jirachi! No wonder I can't use her anymore at all in OU since all of her movesets are just halted for good. Also the same with Celebi. Yes, I love these use so much last gen. But this is the reason why I hope for the two to have mega evolutions just to replace their psychic typing with a fairy typing. I tried in the Megas For All Petmod. All of them disliked that prospect
  19. Level 51

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    Public Service Announcement: Question 2 in the Trivia had no answer. It has since been removed. Apologies for wasting your lives.
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    Is a conversation a PM?
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    well in all of 5 minnutes I solved the trivia.

    also, only one entertainment article? :(
  24. Punchshroom

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    My warstories...I thought they would be worthy... ;_;
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    I've noticed this with pretty much every issue of the Smog... why don't you guys ever link to the actual homepage of the issue in the announcement post? Obviously I can get to it by clicking on one of the linked articles and then the home page or clicking on the Smog link and then the issue, but it seems a little silly not to have a link to the actual issue when that's the announcement.

    Otherwise, great work! I particularly found the Assault Vest article informative.

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