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Smogon Awards Nominations Thread

Discussion in 'The Smog' started by Jimbo, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo take me anywhere
    is a Tutor Alumnusis a Tournament Director Alumnusis a Site Staff Alumnusis a Super Moderator Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnus

    Sep 30, 2007

    If you haven't done so already please go read the Smog article Introduction to the Smog Awards.

    In addition to PMing the Smogon user SMOGON AWARDS, you can also discuss your nominations (and provide reasoning!) in this thread.

    Please format your nomination like this:

    Category - Nominations

    Biggest Fruit - Tangerine
    Tangerine is the biggest fruit because he's named after a fruit.


    Please bold your nominations! Note that there are some rules:

    • You can nominate up to three people per category
    • You many nominate for as many categories as you please
    • You cannot nominate yourself, threads you have made, posts you have posted, or mafia games/tournaments you have hosted.
    • You don't have to provide reasoning but it's encouraged. If your reasoning is well thought out and cool it might be included in the next issue!
    • You must have joined before June of 2009 to vote or nominate people.
    If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please post them.

    The deadlines for nominations is November 13th.
  2. Jimbo

    Jimbo take me anywhere
    is a Tutor Alumnusis a Tournament Director Alumnusis a Site Staff Alumnusis a Super Moderator Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnus

    Sep 30, 2007
    Here is an easily copy/pasteable list of categories:

    Best OU Battler
    Best UU Battler
    Best Ubers Battler
    Best Tournament Player
    Best Ladder Player
    Most Influential Player
    Most Gimmicky Player
    Biggest Upset (This can be a person or a situation in general)
    Best Overall Battler
    Nicest User
    Meanest User
    Wittiest Poster
    Most Helpful Poster
    Most Improved User
    Most Overlooked User
    Most Approachable User
    Most Intimidating User
    Best Mafia Game
    Best Mafia Player
    Best Debater
    Best Discussion Sparker
    Most Influential User
    Best Overall IRC User
    Best Overall Smogoner
    Best Congregation Poster
    Best Firebot Poster
    Best Stark/Policy Review Poster
    Best Wifi User
    Best Thread of 2009
    Best Trou Thread of 2009
    Best Post of 2009
    Best Overall Poster
    Best Shoddy Mod
    Best Forum Mod
    Best Writer
    Most Promising New User
    Best Warstory
    Best Non official Tournament
    Best Researcher
    Best Contributor
    Best Artist
    Best Team Rater
    Best Editor
  3. VKCA

    VKCA (Virtual Circus Kareoky Act)

    Jan 8, 2009
    What does this mean? And why not a best well category?
  4. darkie

    darkie just remember no caps when you spell the mans name
    is a Site Staff Alumnusis a Smogon Social Media Contributor Alumnusis a Super Moderator Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a CAP Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnus

    Dec 25, 2005
    It means you don't have to nominate people for every category. You can pick and choose which categories for which you feel qualified to nominate.
  5. LightningFusion

    is a Forum Moderator Alumnus

    Mar 3, 2009
    How come some of the best nominations haven't returned like "Person who should post less"?
  6. Tangerine

    Tangerine Where the Lights Are
    is a Team Rater Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus

    May 4, 2007
    We removed (most) awards that were simply just too negative and not helpful. We also removed some redundant ones (like "who should post more" and "best poster" is redundant).

    There is no "best well" category because we felt that it wasn't something worth giving an award for - simple as that.
  7. reachzero

    reachzero the pastor of disaster
    is a CAP Contributoris a Super Moderator Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnus

    Oct 18, 2008
    I'm surprised at no "most improved player". These awards seem very focused on the forum, away from actual competitive play.
  8. GAK


    Oct 12, 2008
    So do we just copy/paste the list into a pm to smogon awards, and then put the user name after each category, and then our reason below it?

    I'm confused on how to use the list...
  9. Xiang


    Apr 6, 2009
    Best OU Battler: Only being able to pick 3 nominations for OU just blows, because I'm pretty sure most people can list off more than three people who are really, really good...
    IPL- supreme long term vision and knowledge of the metagame pays off, great on OU ladder
    Panamaxis- Ultimate Cup winner, great on OU ladder
    Husk- MVP of the World Cup

    Best UU Battler:
    Eo Ut Mortus- consistently #1 on UU ladder when he makes the effort, went undefeated in Team Trials, did well in UU smogon tours
    IPL- made a magical smogon tour team that could decimate other UU stalls, but when matched with his own battling prowess, could also edge out the most offensive of UU teams as well, good at ladder too
    Twist of Fate- frgin good at standard UU stall teams hard to break, good at ladder too

    Best Ubers Battler:
    Mind- I don't know much about Ubers, though I do know that what happens often is that people win Ubers Smogon Tours and get high placings on the Ubers ladder with this guy's teams. He also does pretty well himself in both tourneys and ladder.

    Best Ladder Player:
    IPL- Consistently at or near the top of the OU ladder, was 1st in UU for a while, placed relatively high in Ubers at the same time
    Eo Ut Mortus- Was 1st in both UU and Ubers for a long duration of time. He also made the accomplishment of having 5 alts comprising of the top 6 account on the UU ladder once.
    Edit:Krack-was #1 on all ladders simultaneously?

    Best Tournament Player
    Reachzero- reaches deep into almost every tournament he enters
  10. umbarsc


    Sep 17, 2007
    Can we nominate people who have been banned?
  11. MetaNite

    is a Team Rater Alumnus

    May 4, 2008
    I voted for Bloo, plain and simple. He is a powerful one, yet is very modest...

    (This is the 11th post in this thread, and I have 1,111 posts... odd.
  12. reyscarface

    is a Smogon Media Contributoris a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Community Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusdefeated the Smogon Frontier

    Dec 9, 2008
    I would add Krack to your Best Ladder Player list, xiang. I mean, he got #1 in all the ladders (barring suspect, which wasnt active) at the same time.
  13. Kristoph


    Jun 10, 2005
    Theorymon is the best IRC user. Every time he pops up in #stark talking about random Ubers stuff, my heart gets all aflutter. I also nominated him for Most Influential Player because unless I'm not paying good enough attention, he pretty much leads the Ubers metagame in terms of innovation; nobody works harder than he does at both analyzing and playing the game. I wish more players were like him, and not just in this community.

    I nominated Theorymon for a couple other categories too. I'm pretty much gay for Theorymon.
  14. Gideon


    Jul 19, 2009
    And right now he is number 1 on suspect ladder assuming kraq is krack meaning in a span of about a week he has been number one in all of the ladders.
  15. Philip7086

    Philip7086 Myuu
    is a Tutor Alumnusis a Tournament Director Alumnusis a Site Staff Alumnusis a Team Rater Alumnusis a Battle Server Admin Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a Researcher Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis an Administrator Alumnusis a Past SPL and WCoP Championdefeated the Smogon Frontier

    Jun 23, 2008
    hmm.. some of these are really hard to narrow down for me. I'll submit my full nomination list tonight hopefully, and make it public :P
  16. hanke

    won the 6th Official Smogon Tournament

    Mar 30, 2009
    as rey said

    i voted for Krack to Best Ladder Player , because the numbers are indisputable in the ladder , he got #1 in all the ladders.
  17. Mountain Dewgong

    Mountain Dewgong

    May 9, 2009
    Nicest User - Hipmonlee, Glen.
    Reason: Well, Hip is just a given, though Glen is a sweetie. Haha.

    Wittiest Poster - Doctor Heartbreak
    Reason: Amazing timing and quality.

    Most Helpful Poster - Xia

    Most Overlooked Poster - Big Bayou

    Most Intimidating User - Capt Kirby

    Best Discussion Sparker - Deck Knight

    Most Influential User - Brain

    Best Firebot Poster - Kellogsequent, Foreys

    Best Thread of 2009 - toss up between http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58608 and http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59642

    Best Trou Thread of 2009 - http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56865

    Best Shoddy Mod - Panamaxis

    Best Forum Mod - Cookie

    Best Artist - Aragornbird, Rocket Grunt

    Edit: Tangerine, I know. :) I've already PMed them in.
  18. Tangerine

    Tangerine Where the Lights Are
    is a Team Rater Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus

    May 4, 2007
    Just letting you guys know that the nominations posted here will NOT be counted - this thread is really for people who wants to show their nominations/want to discuss categories/nominees.
  19. PrayingMantis


    May 17, 2009
    Sapientia for:
    Best Shoddy Mod
    Best OU Battler
    Best Ubers Battler
  20. 6A9 Ace Matador

    6A9 Ace Matador veni, vidi, vici, VERSACE, VERSACE VERSACE

    Oct 10, 2008
    Best OU Battler: Earthworm - He makes little to no mistakes, his predictions are more than often correct.
    Best UU Battler: LonelyNess, SevenDeadlySins - Both are strong team builders and battlers.
    Best Ubers Battler: Mind, Jibaku - He has shown he can consistently beat the Uber ladder and those leaderboarders who play it. The latter is one excellent stall player.
    Best Tournament Player: Earthworm - Wins and progresses in tournaments often.
    Best Ladder Player: ImPerfectLuck - Most consistent lader player, and has remained so for a long time.
    Most Influential Player: Theorymon - He is passionate about his work, and thus influences others, although he can be annoying, he's good at what he does.
    Best Overall Battler: Loki - Strong at everything.
    Nicest User: Jumpluff, Captain Kirby - Both are fun to talk to and nice!
    Wittiest Poster: Cookie - Smart man.
    Most Approachable User: Serv - A nice man.
    Best Mafia Player: LonelyNess - Strong at manipulating people, and a great liar too.
    Best Shoddy Mod: Seven Deadly Sins - Talks to users in main chat, moderates the chat and battles, he's a great mod.
    Best Artist: Lorak - His art is amazing.
    Best Team Rater: Haunter - His rates are helpful and concrete.

  21. DougJustDoug

    DougJustDoug Knows the great enthusiasms
    is a member of the Site Staffis an Artistis a Programmeris a CAP Contributoris an Administratoris a Battle Server Admin Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnus
    CAP Leader

    Jun 26, 2007
    Here's all my nominations, along with reasons and shoutouts to all the nominees:

    Nicest User - X-Act, jumpluff
    X-Act is always cordial, polite, and logical -- even in the face of conflict and dispute. That's a rare quality online. Jumpluff has made friends across the Smogon community and is reknowned for her nice disposition. She is always involved in friendly conversations on the forum, IRC, and the server.

    Meanest User - Tangerine
    I realize this is somewhat of a joke category, and the "Tangermean" thing is now a bit of a cliche. But, over the past year, if there was any sort of fight happening in Smogon -- Tangerine was often in the middle of it.

    Wittiest Poster - cookie
    I rarely see a post from cookie that isn't deft and witty. For someone that makes so many humorous comments in Firebot, Trou, and elsewhere -- it's easy to come off as "trying too hard". That's never the case with Cookie, which is a testament to his razor-sharp wit.

    Most Helpful User - Colin, Darkie, Jimbo
    Colin has the patience of Job, as evidenced by his tireless efforts in the Shoddy Battle forum, with the same basic "please help me" requests over and over and over. Darkie and Jimbo are jack-of-all-trades in Smogon and this year they were two of the biggest workhorses in various areas of the community.

    Most Improved User - Fuzznip
    He went from being a constant "Lurk More" and "Incoherent Post" infraction recipient -- to being a respected badgeholder, a go-to analysis writer, and quality poster throughout Smogon. The turnaround is amazing.

    Most Overlooked User - Misty
    An omnipresent admin that works behind-the-scenes to keep things moving smoothly. Always willing to re-evaluate Smogon and consider new ideas.

    Most Approachable User - Mingot, Jimbo
    Mingot and Jimbo are always involved in group discussions and team projects. They both seem to work well with a variety of other Smogoners. I guess it's a wifi thing...

    Best Debater - Aldaron, Blame Game
    Since Aldaron gets into many outright "fights" online, I think his general approach to argumentation might get overlooked. But, I've seen Aldaron exhibit a rare quality in debate -- an effort to acknowledge the opponent's argument. Aldaron is certainly bull-headed and inflexible much of the time -- but I think he looks at "the big picture" more than people realize. Blame Game gets a nod from me for being patient and logical, while still firmly getting his point across. Even when I disagree with his point, I usually enjoy reading his arguments.

    Best Discussion Sparker - Tangerine
    This one goes to Tangerine, and second place is nowhere close. Tangerine has made it a personal mission to increase the overall quality of discussion in Smogon, and he has relentlessly taken steps to make that happen. Tangerine is always posing new ideas and proposals. Whether you agree with Tangerine or not -- you can't deny that he gets people talking.

    Most Influential User - Jumpman16, Aeolus
    Over the past year, Jumpman and Aeolus have acted as sort of "head admins" for the community. Their combination of seniority and involvement, put them in the middle of most of the big decisions made in Smogon this year -- with many other community leaders looking to them for a "thumbs up or thumbs down".

    Best Overall IRC User - Aldaron, Tangerine, JabbaTheGriffin, Colin
    I'm on IRC for several hours almost every day, and these four seem to be in the middle of the most of the good talk on #stark and the internal channel -- the two official channels I watch most closely. I list Aldaron first, because of his efforts to keep #stark interesting and relevant, without descending into pokenoob drivel.

    Best Overall Smogoner - Jumpman16, BlueKirby
    Jumpman had another stellar year within Smogon. He continues to be involved in multiple facets of the community, and exemplifies the qualities and achievements that the rest of the community hopes to achieve. C'mon, admit it -- everyone wants to be like Jumpman... BlueKirby has a wide variety of Smogon involvement. He is up-to-date with competitive battling, he is involved technically with the site, and he leads the Tutoring Program. He's liked by all and has transitioned well with his promotion to admin.

    Best Stark Poster - reachzero, Haunter, Legacy Raider
    When it comes to competitive Pokemon talk, these three always seem to raise the bar when they post. I put RZ first, because I think he has elevated his game over the past year, and has really stepped up in leading community opinion in Stark threads.

    Best Thread of 2009 - Hax In Pokemon Battles (the Policy Review thread setup for April Fools)
    This thread was the public face of the April Fools joke, which was the most fun I had online all year. Seeing all the wonderful posts from Smogoners new and old, all coming together to pull off the prank -- it was epic.

    Best Overall Poster - Brain
    Brain doesn't post very much, but when he does post, it never disappoints. He is thoughtful, logical, and writes in such a way that makes me want to read more. He often criticizes himself for posting tl;dr -- but I never get bored reading a long post from Brain.

    Best Shoddy Mod - Imperfectluck
    He battles a lot, and he battles a lot under his modded account -- which is admirable. He stays involved in the chat, and he relentlessly moderates chat offenders. He's worshipped as a hero on the server -- and deservedly so.

    Best Forum Mod - RB-Golbat
    A supermod that uses his unrestricted mod powers to actually help police the entire Smogon forum community. Tirelessly works to keep the forums in good order, and exemplifies the phrase "firm but fair".

    Best Writer - Sarenji, Cookie
    Their work in The Smog this year stood out to me. There are many competent writers in Smogon, but few that have creativity like Sarenji and Cookie. When reading their stuff, it was so good, it made me look up to notice the by-line. That's the ultimate compliment I can give a writer.

    Best Researcher - Colin, RB-Golbat
    Colin has worked continuously this year to get the mechanics for Shoddy 2 absolutely perfect. From a sheer fact-gathering standpoint, his work is impressive. But, on top of that, he has woven the empirical evidence together and formed elegant models for how everything interrelates. Colin has been the ultimate "Pokemon scientist" this year. RB-Golbat gets a nom from me for his untiring participation in some of the most laborious research projects this year. Some people may take the results of RBG's research work for granted -- but I certainly appreciated it.

    Best Contributor - Theorymon, X-Act
    My nominations here come from two sides. Theorymon has been a one-man gang when it comes to C&C output. People may chide him for his lengthy analyses, but his commitment to improving the Strategy Pokedex is unquestioned. X-Act is the consummate contributor outside of C&C. He's always figuring out new things, generating data reports, writing new guides and applets -- and he does it all from his own initiative.

    Best Artist - Cartoons, Wyverii, Rocket Grunt
    Cartoons and Rocket Grunt have been instrumental in making the The Smog look like a professional publication. Both of them are not only polished illustrators, but their art has flair and style too. Wyverii gets a nod from me for her work on the CAP project and producing art for the CAP website. She also has a jaw-dropping art thread and makes avvies and other stuff for various members of the community.
  22. Tangerine

    Tangerine Where the Lights Are
    is a Team Rater Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus

    May 4, 2007
    Most Influential Player - Theorymon

    Is there even a contest here? Theorymon defines an entire metagame by himself. His ideas dominate the metagame that is supposedly filled with gods. When a player can popularize Delibird in such a metagame, then you know that there is no other player can ever, ever, come close.

    Nicest User - Colin, Misty, Teifu

    "Nicest" and "Colin" are two words that many players will probably not piece together. But since joining Smogon and joining us on IRC, Colin has undoubtedly been the most polite user I have ever seen, and extremely approachable, despite rumors.

    Meanest User - SevenDeadlySins, CaptKirby, MoP


    Wittiest Poster - Doctor Heartbreak, cookie

    I don't think there is a way cookie isn't winning this award.

    Most Helpful User - Jimbo, RB-Golbat

    Most people probably have no idea how helpful Jimbo is. When we say Jimbo is "big" - we don't refer to his physical size - we refer to his presence he has made for Smogon. Jimbo is definitely a user that is helping out everywhere he can, from tutoring to the Smog to ingame expansion to the smog awards last year to even moderating Wi-Fi.

    RB-Golbat is possibly the most helpful supermod I've seen.

    Most Improved User - Xia

    From firebanned to a badgeholder.

    Most Overlooked User - MISTY

    I often call Misty "the glue that holds Smogon together". I say this because if the adhesive is quality enough, no one notices that it is there. Misty is definitely one of those users who hold the site together, in the background, getting all the little things done that is needed to smoothly run the site. Without him there would be so much more bottlenecks.

    Most Approachable User - Gouki

    I don't think there's anyone who dislikes Gouki. Probably one of the most liked user on Smogon - and perhaps, one of the most approachable to talk to.

    Most Intimidating User - I have clear body SORRY

    lol Tangerine intimidated??!?!?!

    Best Debater - Brain
    , Colin

    Pretty much the only users I've been able to consistently hold an excellent discussion with.

    Best Discussion Sparker - obi, Blame Game

    I bring up obi mostly because, his threads are consistently interesting - not just in Stark either, but mostly, his congregation threads.

    Blame Game is pretty much everything we want from a poster in PR.

    Most Influential User - Colin

    Colin probably had the biggest impact in competitive Pokemon philosophy since he made shoddy battle, and I think he deserves this category just based on this influence.

    Best Overall IRC User - Colin, Brain

    See: Best Debater

    Best Overall Smogoner - Jimbo

    "Surprise". There's a reason that I will nominate Jimbo over someone like Jumpman or Doug (not that they don't deserve this award - they're both excellent users who represent smogon very well). The reason being is that I think Jimbo is pretty much the best we expect out of Smogon users - helpful, constructive, all over the place, and did I mention helpful? Jimbo is the smogon mascot, and pretty much I believe better represents the site mostly because of he's not an "ideal" user like Jumpman or Doug, but a down to earth user.
  23. Atticus

    Atticus Atticus
    is a Battle Server Moderator Alumnusis a Past SPL Championwon the 10th Official Smogon Tournamentdefeated the Smogon Frontier

    Aug 15, 2007
    going to share some of my nominations for battling!

    Best OU Battler
    Gouki, husk, Loki
    these guys are BIG

    Best UU Battler
    Twist of Fate, imperfectluck, Gouki
    ToF and IPL were basically a given based on their performance in the tour, I've also seen gouki play very well on the UU ladder

    Best Ubers Battler
    Reachzero, Jibaku, (Theorymon)
    Reach and Jibaku was who I originally though of when it came to ubers, I didn't include theory as my vote simply because I consider him to be more of a metagame researcher then a competitive battler although don't get me wrong, he knows the tier better than anyone I know.

    Best Ladder Player
    Krack, Kevin Garett, imperfectluck
    IPL is the most consistent ladder player in the entirety of competitive battling, krack has also shown ridiculous laddering by achieving #1 on every single ladder, kg has also shown consistent numbers on the ladder too.

    Most Gimmicky Player
    I've known phil for a while and I have never honestly faced a team of his without some sort of catch. "Gimmicky", to me is a little harsh to describe phil's teams as they often win while at the same time remaining extremely innovative

    Biggest Upset
    how many times have we seen people pick against LD in not only the ultimate cup but also the world cup?? too many considering he's pulled through 90%+ of the time

    Best Overall Battler
    Earthworm, Gouki, DARKLUCARIO
    germany pouwer!!!1
  24. hanke

    won the 6th Official Smogon Tournament

    Mar 30, 2009
    ok , my others nominations

    Best OU Battler: husk , Earthworm , imperfectluck

    Best UU Battler: Dekzeh , Eo Ut Mortus , Gouki

    Best Ubers Battler: Mind , Jibaku

    Best Ladder Player: Krack , imperfectluck , Kevin Garett

    Most Influential Player: Theorymon

    Most Gimmicky Player: Phillip7086

    Biggest Upset: LoveDestiny

    Best Overall Battler: Loki , DarkLucario

    Nicest User: Hipmonlee , Jimbo

    Most Intimidating User: Aldaron

    Most Influential User: Aeolus , Jumpman16

    Best Shoddy Mod: Gouki

    Best Forum Mod
    : RB-Golbat

    Best Artist: Pirika
  25. Tangerine

    Tangerine Where the Lights Are
    is a Team Rater Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Live Chat Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus

    May 4, 2007
    How am I not surprised that people are too immature to handle something as simple and as "for fun" as this?

    Then again, most of you probably haven't figured out that this isn't the right place to nominate? It's surprising how many infractions I gave out just on this thread.
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