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PSPL II - FINALS (Won by Italiano)

Discussion in 'Pokémon Showdown!' started by scene, Oct 19, 2014.

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  1. scene

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    art by Blue Frog
    Welcome to the final round of the Pokemon Showdown Premier League! The format of this tournament is simple: if you're familiar with the soccer World Cup, it's identical (as we were lucky enough to get 32 teams signed up). Anyway, the idea is that there's eight groups, with four teams in each. Within each group, the four teams face each of the other three teams in their group once. After three weeks, the teams will be ranked (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss). The top two teams advance from their groups, while the rest are eliminated.

    Now we'll have sixteen teams - two from each group. Each group winner will play a second-placed team from another group, in a straight knockout format. After all eight matches in this round are over, the knockout format continues into a quarter-finals -> semi-finals -> finals. Matches will be in standard Smogon tiers, so challenge your opponent in those. Obviously, play on PS. Series are best of one.

    Basic tournament rules - you absolutely should read this, especially if you're new to forum tournaments
    required reading (open)

    • Sportsmanship: don't be an ass. Not to your opponents, not to your team, not on PS, not on Smogon, not to me. The punishment for this could be a server ban (which means an instant loss for you), forum infraction or disqualification. Think before you type, please.
    • Activity wins and scheduling: Contact your opponent as quickly as possible on their Smogon wall, and look out for them on PS too. Unfortunately, I'll have to make some activity calls - I'll be making these based on activity posts (make these detailed, please, and explain why you deserve an activity win) and VM conversations, so be active and schedule as early as you can with your opponent. Use VMs and you will be fine. No extensions, sorry.
    • Disconnections and timer: a timer loss is a loss. No ifs, no buts. If you disconnect and your opponent's nice enough to replay that's fine, but they're free to take the win.
    • Ghosting and identity: don't take or give battle advice or make moves based on the suggestions of others, and don't pretend to be someone else in order to play as them. You will be caught and you will be disqualified. Don't be silly.
    • Substitutions: managers, you're free to sub in players for inactive ones at any stage. Subs are taken from your /roomauth list. This follows the same requirements for legitimacy as your starting 7, so be aware. I'll accept substitutions from the manager and any roomowner.
    Matchups format: Smogon Name (PS name if different)
    Standings format: [points] Team Name [wins-losses-dead games]

    [​IMG] Final group standings [​IMG]
    standings (open)

    [​IMG]Topaz Group[​IMG]
    [9] Social Media (14-7-0) (MikeDecIsHere)
    [6] Português (11-9-1) (zdrup15)
    [3] Community Mentoring (9-11-1) (Redew)
    [0] CAP (7-14-0) (jas61292)

    [​IMG]Emerald Group[​IMG]
    [9] Neverused (14-5-2) (Raseri)
    [6] Italiano (13-7-1) (The Quasar)
    [3] Trivia (9-10-2) (Sunako)
    [0] Monotype (5-15-1) (Nani Man)

    [​IMG]Onyx Group[​IMG]
    [9] Rarelyused (14-7-0) (barton)
    [3] Wifi (13-8-0) (Darnell)
    [3] Challenges (8-12-1) (Bean)
    [3] Anime and Manga (7-13-1) (Kostitsyn)

    [​IMG]Amber Group[​IMG]
    [9] Underused (14-4-3) (CoolStoryBrobat)
    [6] Deutsche (10-8-3) (asgdf)
    [3] Meteor Falls (6-9-6) (Vacate)
    [0] Cafe Le Wow + TVBF (4-13-4) (Osiris)
    [​IMG]Amethyst Group[​IMG]
    [9] Español (12-6-3) (Astyanax)
    [6] Doubles (11-10-0) (Audiosurfer)
    [3] Roleplaying (9-11-1) (Formerhope)
    [0] Health & Fitness + Sports (7-12-2) (jdarden)
    [​IMG]Sapphire Group[​IMG]
    [7] Ubers (10-8-3) (MAJISTRATE)
    [6] Scavengers + Battle Spot (12-9-0) (Spydreigon)
    [4] Other Metagames (11-9-1) (The Eevee General)
    [0] Game Corner (6-13-2) (WintryCourtney)

    [​IMG]Ruby Group[​IMG]
    [9]
    Overused (12-8-1) (MattL)
    [6] Tournaments (12-8-1) (Scene)
    [3] Free Time (8-12-1) (Champion Albert)
    [0] The Studio (8-12-1) (evir)

    [​IMG]Quartz Group[​IMG]
    [9]
    Competitive Tutoring (17-2-2) (Royalty)
    [6] Français (10-8-3) (Vinc2612)
    [3] Old Gens (5-11-5) (ashiemore)
    [0] Mafia (4-15-2) (Transmuter)

    Road To The Final -[​IMG]
    Italiano (open)
    The Italians had high expectations that are natural when you've got a strong squad like theirs. Managed by The Quasar, not a bad player in his own right, the Azurri brought known players like galbia, Lord Elyis and Tricking to the table. More important is that they performed, as did extremely reliable Randbats player trev among others. Certainly the favourites here, the Italiano room is widely regarded to have a pretty good team.

    Group Stages: In a pool also consisting of Trivia, NU and Monotype, the Italians were favourites to qualify along with NU. That's pretty much how it happened, with a Week 1 4-3 win over Monotype just about doing the job. Week 2 saw them face Trivia, and they qualified for the second round a week early by comfortably winning 5-2. Facing NU in a battle for first place during Week 3, a tough series saw Italiano lose 4-2 but still escape the group.

    Round 2: Facing one of the tournament favourites in Social Media, Italiano beat MikeDec, aim, Edgar and co 4-2 in a great series, with only one haxy win taking the shine off what was a really impressive win. SM going out was a shock for the rest of the tournament and sent a strong signal out that Italy's finest were actually quite good.

    Quarters: Deutsche were the next opponents for their fellow language room Italiano. asgdf's boys put up a good fight, but ultimately went down 3-4 after a great comeback from by the Italians.

    Semis: The semifinals of the tournament saw yet another language room v language room matchup, with Italiano this time facing the Spanish room. In a tournament that saw a lot of very tight games this was another one, with Italiano scraping by Español 4-3 thanks to Mix, Livio, galbia and trev.

    Road To The Final -[​IMG]
    Wifi (open)
    By contrast, nobody thought Wifi were destined for great things. The team has no well-known tournament players and few frequent ladderers, and severely lacks experience compared to others in the tournament. They do have some advantages, however. Being managed by Darnell has given them great team spirit and togetherness, while a lack of egos means there's no drama within the ranks. More importantly, though, the team has played well and surpassed expectations, while getting a few lucky rolls of the dice along the way.

    Group Stages: Pitted against RU, Anime & Manga and Challenges, the Onyx Group was certainly capable of being beaten. Wifi didn't necessarily prove that Week 1, though, losing 3-4 to what many would have called the group's weakest team, A&M. Week 2 proved to be a lot more fruitful, with a 6-1 demolition of whipping boys Challenges being a huge morale booster. RU beating A&M meant that Wifi had to hope Challenges beat A&M in Week 3 to progress. As it happened, Bean's team picked themselves up and knocked out A&M, meaning Wifi's 2-5 loss to RU was inconsequential as they became the only team in the tournament to qualify despite only winning once. They'll lose next round facing a group winner, right?

    Round 2: Lined up opposite a UU team which comprehensively cleaned out their group with 3/3 wins, nobody gave Wifi a prayer. They pulled through 4-3, however, with an activity win over Dutch lord Kushalos sealing the deal after good wins from the likes of Anto and snakeindagrass.

    Quarters: It didn't get any easier for the intrepid Wifiers this round, either. Matched up against a hugely talented NU team containing players such as Zebraiken, FLCL, Soulgazer and more, Wifi were really up against it. Luck as well as skill played a significant role here, but another narrow 4-3 victory was enough to progress.

    Semis: Competitive Tutoring had pretty much blitzed the tournament up to this point, while Wifi scraped through previous rounds. Yet another 4-3 win sealed the deal in the end, with smelliott defeating Psychotic in the decider.


    [​IMG] Matchups [​IMG]

    [​IMG]Italiano (4) v (2) Wifi[​IMG]

    Ubers: Lord Elyis v Cranham
    OU 1: Inflikted v Hairy Toenail
    OU 2: Mix (Mixxx) v snakeindagrass
    UU: Livio v adilbilal (adil)
    RU: galbia v smelliott
    NU: Tricking v slayerx725232
    Randbats: trev v Darnell
    This week ends Sunday the 26th of October (one week from now) at midnight EST. Thanks for being great participants in what turned out to be a really successful tournament. I hope you've all enjoyed it!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014
  2. Spy

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    It's gonna be a tough round. Gl to both teams!
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    Good luck Wifi!
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  4. Nani Man

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    praise italiano

    Do this my friends and win to impress the tanned Italian females
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  5. slayerx725232

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    Good luck everyone! Also, left a message on my opps. wall if that counts as contact. Also, Nani Man, you've betrayed us. RIP. May the Sunkern have mercy on your soul.

    Ninja edit: Fuck you too Ninety_Nine ! n_n
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2014
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  6. silver97

    silver97 GUNDELEROS WE DO THE PATTO DI SANGUE

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    Gl wifi (not too much tho), let's go italy we got this
    #troppoforte #praiseitaly #remuntada
  7. anto

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    Lmao, thanks for mentioning me Scene - lets go Wi-Fi! Nobody thought we would get to finals but we did :). Good luck to Italiano though.
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  8. Paynes

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    eh I've supported wifi throughout and they've done well.........fuck 'em!

    PRAISE ITALIANO
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    Skalaylee I dont even realize everyone in my sig is being sarcastic

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    Let's bring it home friends.
    Gl Italiano lookin forward to some good games.
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    Italiano vs Wi-Fi GL both ^^
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    These finals are just a perfect representation of how luck > skill
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    Good luck to our Italian friends. That being said...


    If WiFi wins, I will upload a video of myself in a tiara and a bedsheet dress singing the entirety of "Let it Go" and I will mass clone a shiny competitive Pokemon I have bred, nickname it WiFiPSPLChamps, and give away no less than 1,000.

    EDIT: I'm male with facial hair for those wondering. Also the Pokemon will be a 5iv -atk Shiny Female Magby.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014
  14. Darnell

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    Even if we lose... the main thing is a team of people who focus on scammers and breeding Pokemon made it to the finals. LOL. Talk about fucking bs.

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) rof

    Good luck Italiano

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    Italiano vs Wi-fi

    GL Both
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    This is very interesting. Perhaps McMeghan, MDragon, Bloo,gr8astard are only lucky. I can tell you, my team has been really good. And skilled too.
    And I'm sure, it's the same for WiFi team.

    Have fun, WiFi.
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  17. Former Hope

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    Good luck to everyone involved. Being that this is the finals, do we have any chance of replay's being attached to the usual wins and losses?
  18. Redew

    Redew Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying.
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    Bene fortuna Italiano! :D

    (Did I say this right The Quasar???)
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    "Buona fortuna" is correct. But it's not important, you are always right. Also thanks to Scene, great final introduction.
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    lol scene, amazing description, but please remove tricking from that mini hall of fame :(
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    Italiano (5) v (2) Wifi

    Ubers: Lord Elyis v Cranham
    OU 1: Inflikted v Hairy Toenail
    OU 2: Mix (Mixxx) v snakeindagrass
    UU: Livio v adilbilal (adil)
    RU: galbia v smelliott
    NU: Tricking v slayerx725232
    Randbats: trev v Darnell

    Can't see Wifi pulling this off again tbh, Italiano are solid. but then again every team I've supported so far has dropped out one by one so... :^) all the best, gj making it here
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    lmao
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    Italiano (5) vs (2) Wifi

    Ubers: Lord Elyis v Cranham - Elyis will do unexpected moves and kill all megagengars with casual shadow sneak giratina (triple defog rules)
    OU 1: Inflikted v Hairy Toenail - Inflikted will use some PU team probably, or maybe a monodragon as usually. Just for fun. Someone calcs for him please.
    OU 2: Mix (Mixxx) v snakeindagrass - Please snakeindagrass don't use reuniclus - suicune - cresselia - etc.
    UU: Livio v adilbilal (adil) - Well , Livio is our THE IMMORTAL GOD, so...
    RU: galbia v smelliott - galbia can win in every tier, we believe.
    NU: Tricking v slayerx725232 - Tricking is noob :)
    Randbats: trev v Darnell - THE RANDMASTER WILL IMPOSE HIS SUPERIORITY. (now if i lose, i will be lynched.)
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    You will be lynched as well :P


    EDIT: In contact with slayerx725232, we'll play at the weekend.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014
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