#7 Thimo | Kris: he wins opens without ghosting
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Hi Thimsy :D
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
How did you get into Pokémon?
Back when I was like 5 or something, my big brother asked me to play Pokémon Ruby Version for him so he could get Groudon on his Pokémon Sapphire Version cartridge. I enjoyed playing it and it kinda stuck with me over the last decade.
How about Pokémon Showdown and Anything Goes?
Back in the first year of high school I had to do this assignment for history class, and I needed a computer for it. My dad gave me his old laptop and the first thing I did was look up "Online Pokemon". I came on the Pokemon Online website and figured I had to download it. This however went horribly wrong as I had no experience with computers whatsoever. I decided to ditch whatever I downloaded because I couldn't open it. Then I found Pokémon Showdown! and it satisfied my needs. I played around some tiers and I stuck around Balanced Hackmons for the first couple months actually. It was back in Gen 5 and I enjoyed it. I actually managed to get around top 20 in the ladder. I experimented with other other metagames and settled in Monotype. After the first guy I found on ladder asked me to join his League, because I beat the guy. I joined the league and we didn't even have a room or something. Not even on a sideserver, but I moved up quickly in ranks. I soon settled in the Monotype community, and found about sideservers and other leagues. The league I was initially in died and I joined and leaved new ones. I was in a new league like every month. I did settle at a few leagues for more than just a few months but that time was quite irrelevant. After about 2 years of being stuck at sideservers I managed to join one of the better leagues at the time which was quite exclusive. I created the notorious Stall Water team at the time and from that point on I heard main had a monotype room. My activity moved from sideservers to the main server. On the main server I met a guy, Overseer. He wanted my Stall Water cause I won roomtours with it, but I refused. However he did pm me like every day still and we ended up becoming friends. Even though he was like this banned user from the room. I heard Anything Goes ladder was quite easy, so we gave it a try, and we hit around top 10 the first time. This was around Summer 2015. After school started me and Overseer didn't really talk much anymore and I didn't bother playing Anything Goes at the time. But I did get a new friend at school who also was into pokemon. A few weeks after school started we started playing pokemon during class. That's how I got interested in Anything Goes again, because I remember it being a fun tier. At home I started laddering it on one of my own alts and I found Cryptis, a guy who I knew from the monotype community, on the ladder. I was going like 40-0 or something, and he linked me the Anything Goes Discord server. I became more and more interested, the community was nice and decided to drop Monotype altogether, because it didn't do much good for me. Anything Goes is still cool though and not boring :)
Are there any other OMs at the moment that have piqued your interest?
At the moment, not really. I'm more drawn towards official tiers at the moment rather than other OMs.
What are your thoughts on the previous OMPL?
I felt like it was nice, but the way it was played out was somewhat of a mess. You could decide yourself whether you wanted to Bo1 or Bo3 which I think is weird. At the end of it, the teams that were losing also started losing interest, and I guess that sucks, but it happens in every teamtour.
Thoughts on the current AG seasonal?
The AG seasonal is a nice new addition to AG. It attracts more users and some new people stick around which I think is great. Notable people that never played AG before joined it and I think its quite a success.
Who's an underrated AG player in the current metagame?
Hard question, but I think racool deserves a nice mention. She is really far in the AG seasonal and she can become very potent if she sticks around.
It works because Anything Goes lacks a Sleep Clause. Firing off 98% accurate Sleep Powders is quite nice in a meta where literally nobody prepares for it. It does have a couple checks such as Ferrothorn, but shouldn't have much trouble setting up in general. It functions as Gen 6's Darkrai, using Sleep inducing moves to get yourself a free substitute, which you can use to setup with. Vivillons Hurricanes get strong quickly and Compoundeyes again helps bringing the Accuracy to 91%. It has a nice Confusion rate which can bail you out.
Xynix asks: What's the origin of your username?
It's my real name.
Cam asks: Do you think AG is going to be better in USUM or literally the same?
It'll be better, because hopefully move tutors will buff my favourite pokemons.
Catalystic asks: What are your thoughts on artificial intelligence?
Erotic Pigeons asks: Do you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or fork?
I don't like cheese. I eat macaroni without the cheese with a fork.
Megazard asks: How often do you play while high?
once a week maybe
Do you have anything you'd like to say to finish off the interview?
If you have any questions for Thimo, please ask them below!!!!!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm a student who lives in the US. As you can probably guess, I'm into Pokémon, and have been for a while; I've been on PS since 2012, and playing Pokemon much longer. I'm for the most part a typical nerd; I like math, science, games, anime, although I tend to read a lot more than seems to be normal nowadays.
How did you get into Mix and Mega? What about the metagame caught your attention?
I first got interested by mix and Mega when it got other metagame of the month. I had liked several previous OMoTMs like Inheritance, and I figured this one might be cool. It was complicated to learn at first, as there werent many good players or resources, but it was alot of fun and I was quicklly hooked. I then sought out the thread, and started contributing.
If you could change one thing about Mix and Mega, what would it be?
I've been pretty involved in the Mix and Mega decisions, so not much. The one thing I felt really deserved a ban, shadow tag, just got the boot. In the future, I suppose with enough time I'd like to look into testing some ubers, but I'm pretty satisfied with its current state.
What other metagames have you been playing? What are you most confident in for OMGS?
I prided myself on playing all OMs, but I have to admit I'm not a fan of Camomons. For OMGS, I think Mix and Mega will be my best, but I'll also be counting on a strong performance in AAA, AG, and BH to back that up. STABmons I can play but I'm not near the top unless its Monotype STABmons.
Do you think you'll reach playoffs / finals? Are you enjoying it so far?
I think I'll probably make MnM finals, but as last year showed me you can always get lucked by a worse player. Certainly, I dont intend to rely on any one open. As far as OMGS in general goes, I haven't played a game yet. Both my opponent and sub were inactive. I do have high hopes, though.
What's your opinion on the current 1v1 metagame? Is it balanced? Competitive?
I think its definitely competitive, but much more of that is in teambuilding rather than in the match itself. This means, however, that games are essentially decided from team preview in many cases, and have at most one or two reads except in exceptional cases. As such, there is both more room for random chance to interfere and less chance to recover from a mistake; requiring bo3 or bo5 solves most of this but not all, and even in an ideal situation its very different from 6v6. As for balance, I think reasonably so, altho I personally dislike playing against charizard :P.
What players do you look up to or are really good friends with within the OM community?
Look up to? Thimo is an incredible innovator and battler, and I've always tried to measure up to him whenever I can. UnleashOurPassion from 1v1 is similar. As far as friends go, in addition to the above: Chloe, nv, Racool, GL Volkner, Iron Crusher, Gross Sweep, Blazikin, Chazm, and jasprose. I also have a bunch more in Monotype but that's not an OM anymore.
Can you provide a niche set that you have created and explain how/why it works? https://pastebin.com/kM0qYrg6 - At +2, it OHKOs neutral Arceus or anything less bulky, which is pretty much everything. It can also take espeeds well even at -1, and can beat blissey on the switch. It does sometimes have difficulty setting up thanks to low special defense, but it can still perform valuable hazard clearing regardless.
If you were going to manage an OMPL team what would it be? Amazing because-, oh you mean name. Uh, Magnificent Metagross?
Ransei asks: What's that one place you go to but you always hate?
Camping. I can't stand it, but my Mom is a big fan of it for some reason and we go at least twice a year, often more.
E4 Flint asks: What is your favorite element and why?
Carbon. Its just so versatile, and is involved in a lot of cool stuff; nanotubes diamonds, life...
GL Volkner asks: Is Chloe too much of a weeb or nah?
She still manages to be in denial, so its probably not that bad yet. Give it a few months.
Pigeons asks: Is pineapple on pizza delicious or heresy?
If you want to ruin a perfectly good pizza, fine, but don't expect me to eat it.
Gross Sweep asks: If you were a casserole, what kind would you be and why?
I'm sorry, I have no idea how to answer this question.
Do you have any closing remarks?
Thanks for letting me interview you!
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