Smogon's Official Ladder Tournament IV - Playoffs Round 1

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Empo (60) VS. (40) imsosorrylol - One of the more interesting series because the pairing has two players that are, more or less, enigmas. Empo is known for using some really unconventional, off-the-wall stuff while also being a polarizing figure in terms of his character. On the other hand, imsosorrylol has distanced himself from the tournament circlejerk due to some arguably immature behavior and spamming of cheese playstyles, mainly Trick Room. Ultimately, I think Empo is the better player and could be one of the dark horses in this field seeing how dangerous he can be when his teams are actually solid, but if he does not prepare well, sorry can easily overwhelm him with his teams.

Sabella (65) VS. (35) HQuaze - Sabella has been flirting with some interesting variations of Chansey balances that has led him into the playoff field and he seems to have a newlyfound motivation to build and play the SM OU metagame. While I have never seen him as a top player, he has solidified a spot in the tournament community. On the other hand, HQuaze is a relative unknown outside of the ladder scene as far as I know and, to be quite honest, he seemed like a competent player there, but he never struck me as anything too special. I think the advantage in experience will ultimately give Sabella a noteworthy edge when you top it off with his recent strides in SM.

Alexander. (55) VS. (45) reyscarface - I think this series will be close as both are solid, polished players who know what they're doing in this tier. Unlike either of the above series, we basically know what we're getting here. This series will come down to preparation moreso than play as I do not think either will truly misplay too much and we all know how rey is when it comes to teams -- expect a steady diet of stall. Alex will have to prepare well for stall and Rey will either need to pull a win or two out of his ass with stall, which he is good at doing, or branch out. Given what I saw in WCOP and Alex's history in OLT, I am going to give him and his trusty SubPunch Prinzwole the edge, but that does not mean you can count rey out considering he went 10-0 in SPL and all.

CaronSmith (35) VS. (65) Bushtush - I am not familiar whatsoever with CaronSmith despite him being some ladder meme lord according to the word on the street. Bushtush is a player I personally think has a lot of potential, but has not fully shown it late. I think a lot will come down to how well Caron adjusts and if Bushtush actually uses good teams, unlike some of his choices during laddering itself. I think I have to go with Bushtush just because I know him better, he strikes me as someone capable, and he knows the tier inside-and-out.

Liones (30) VS. (70) Kickasser - Kickasser is really good at this game when he puts his best out there while Liones strikes me as consistently mediocre. I think that there might be flares of creativity here, but it might be the type of creativity that is best staying on the ladder as opposed to making a big splash in the tournament scene. With this said, I think Kickasser will win this one handily although I am not confident he will be consistent in this field in the longterm.

xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto - I think this one is a bit too ungodly for a mere mortal like myself to weigh in on, sorry lads.

Ojama (40) VS. (60) ABR - With Ojama having some sort of grasp on the SM OU metagame, the crafty Frenchmen stands a chance against the flashy new-gen standout, in ABR. With that said, I think ABR is the favorite in this field and he will not want to lose r1 considering how many other big tours he is in and the road to the trophy being much clearer from the winner's bracket. I expect these games to be some of the best this round, but due to ABR's superior knowledge of the tier and ability to build teams at a higher level, I have to favor him. ABR will likely bring out some fresh builds that he has put a lot of thought into that integrate ideas catered to handle Ojama and general metagame trends right now quite well whereas I am personally unsure where Ojama is at although I do know he cheesed through part of the ladder during earlier cycles and I would not put it past him to try that on ABR.

Shoka (40) VS. (60) Tricking - Shoka has became infamous for his laddering with Zapdos stall and hiddenroom every single time -- truly an ungodly strategy. With this said, he is a fine player. I do not think he has a full grasp on SM though. And I think that Tricking either has good team connections or the ability to make solid teams seeing as he did fairly well in WCOP and SPL in SM OU. If this was BW it'd be a different story, but giving the edge to the more modern and up-to-date player of the two in a cool series.

Fardin (40) VS. (60) Googly - Googly is going to give this Fardin guy a headache with the team previews of the games, let alone some of the sets and strategies he pulls out in the games themselves. Like the style Googly has, even if it isn't consistently effective at a high level. Favoring him mainly for that personal reason, but also think he is probably better than Fardin, who I simply do not know all too well.

Hiye (30) VS. (70) Leftiez - Leftiez is a fierce player in individual tours and I do not see him struggling in the early stages as long as he gets lesser-known opponents. Hiye is not someone who really stands out to me, too, but he has at least made aggressive plays in some of his higher ladder games - it's just that he also does not have the same grasp on long-term gameplanning that many in this tournament do, so definitely favoring Leftiez here.

Ciele (70) VS. (30) stfu its a cartoon - not-so-bold prediction: the amount of Chansey teams in this series will surpass the amount of non-Chansey teams used.

Vertex (40) VS. (60) SoulWind - Oh my god it would be hilarious of Soulwind lost to this dude, but I think the teams he gets will be Vertex-proofed and I do not think Vertex can use any form of standard, consistent teams and I am not convinced he is anywhere near SW in terms of playing ability, so this will prolly go to SW.

Cdumas (50) VS. (50) blunder - This is a fire ass series -- my favorite alongside the ABR vs Ojama pairing. I think that Blunder is the better player, but Cdumas has been on the new wave of top OU players, so I'm going to say it is about even. I don't have much to say on either, but I expect this set to go three and I do not expect to see much nonsense in terms of the teams used (thankfully).

Zokuru VS. Floppy _ However, I do expect to see the nonsense in this series -- don't really have much to say about this series, but I expect it to be kinda drawn-out and aids, especially given how Zokuru is.

c0mp (35) VS. (65) Blackoblivion - c0mp still plays? Didn't really know how much he was into gen seven stuff tbh, but he's usually alright. I think BO is on a roll of sorts though and I favor him here.

meeper123 (65) VS. (35) Zuchtrest - change your name back idiot

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rooting for ABR, blunder, meeps, and ciele to go far :D
 
#30
Empo VS. imsosorrylol
Sabella VS. HQuaze Rooting for HQuaze
Alexander. VS. reyscarface
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush
Liones VS. Kickasser kick le 100
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto Hyper offense lord xtra ftw
Ojama VS. ABR to my knowledge ABR is way better in SM
Shoka VS. Tricking
Fardin VS. Googly
Hiye VS. Leftiez
Ciele VS. stfu its a cartoon
Vertex VS. SoulWind rooting for soulwind, impressive player
Cdumas VS. blunder highlight
Zokuru VS. Floppy Gorgie should be able to handle that stallish boy
c0mp VS. Blackoblivion this series will be cool, I'm rooting for my guy oblivion
meeper123 VS. Zuchtrest close one
 
#33
I am really impatient to see how are all of the frenchmen going to perf in this playoffs since they all already invest themselves quite a lot for this tournament, so here are my 100% biased thoughts on everyone.

Kickasser
, also known as "kick le 100". This guy literally came out of nowhere and made it to the ST semis on his first run, showing to the tour community that he could play more than decently if needed. I think his personnal performance in the tour is going to largely depend of his mindset, but he won't give up that easily.

Ojama
: aaah, one of our two french supergood players. To be honest I can not really imagine what it makes to keep playing Pokémon after such a long time, having mastered multiple gens of Overused. I never really fought him or interacted with him, but since he decided to start studying SM for the Snake, I would not be surprised if he was able to make a very good run/friendly fight with reyscarface in the tournament (the trophy will be quite hard to get with all those pure specialists tho). The first round is definitly going to be his baptism of fire in SM OU Tournaments.

Shoka
: well I don't really know you since you are rarely speaking or fighting on PS main server to the best of my knowledge, and I can not really say anything, except that I remember that you already make it to ST and OLT playoffs. bonne chance quand même mec, les rares fois où on s'est combattus c'était intéressant et agréable n_n

Leftiez
: when I started to play competitive Pokémon, I first arrived in PS french chatroom. Since this moment, I have always been very impressed by Leftiez' skills in the current OU gen, and he is probably my favorite player to fight/to watch fighting among the french qualifiers, since he is actually very good. It is a shame to see he does not have any trophy yet while he largely deserves it. Perhaps this time ? I really wish you the best of luck for this tour.

Cdumas
: one of the most promising french newcomers...oh right you are not anymore and way better than me :v. I am still surprised to see how fast you grew up as a player, and you really deserved the perfect you made in the last World Cup. We have never been very close to each other despite both being in the french room staff, but I always have considered you as something both very cool and serious, and I know you really want the best for our tournament community. You became a good player, now you have a good chance of making it to the top, so don't give up. and have fun :]

Zokuru
: aaah, last but not least. I have known you for years, probably longer than almost any active french player, and you still surprised me. I won't tell you how to win this tournament, you probably know it. But - if I understand correctly -, you are now known as Smogon #1 staller and the builder of the (in)famous Double Defog stall, and I am glad you finally got some kind of mm renown after having been underrated for all this time. Now don't fuck up, you qualified Cycle 1, you can fight everyone here, just don't try to predict some garbage play for your opponent and it should be cool.

Good luck to everyone ! :100:
 
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Empo VS. imsosorrylol
Sabella VS. HQuaze
Alexander. VS. reyscarface - nice match
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush
Liones VS. Kickasser
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto - second highlight of this round
Ojama VS. ABR
Shoka VS. Tricking
Fardin VS. Googly - googly to win the entire tour
Hiye VS. Leftiez
Ciele
VS. stfu its a cartoon
Vertex VS. SoulWind
Cdumas VS. blunder
Zokuru VS. Floppy - weird match
c0mp VS. Blackoblivion - perhaps he'll be runner up
meeper123 VS. Zuchtrest - i dont know why people predict meeps to lose
 
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Empo VS. imsosorrylol - empo's mad plays will lead him to victory
Sabella VS. HQuaze - my boy Quaze will do this :)
Alexander. VS. reyscarface - Alex is so skilled, highlight match btw
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush - bop
Liones VS. Kickasser
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto - I like how Kanto plays
Ojama VS. ABR - ABR>>>
Shoka VS. Tricking - this bufu can't lose
Fardin VS. Googly - I love so much Googly's teams
Hiye VS. Leftiez - Leftiez>>>
Ciele VS. stfu its a cartoon
Vertex VS. SoulWind - lol this guy hates me but i think he has more experience
Cdumas VS. blunder -
Zokuru VS. Floppy
c0mp VS. Blackoblivionmeeper123 VS. Zuchtrest - Zuchtrest is a beast
 
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Empo VS. imsosorrylol
Sabella VS. HQuaze
Alexander. VS. reyscarface
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush
Liones VS. Kickasser
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto
Ojama VS. ABR
Shoka VS. Tricking
Fardin VS. Googly
Hiye VS. Leftiez
Ciele
VS. stfu its a cartoon
Vertex VS. SoulWind
Cdumas VS. blunder
Zokuru VS. Floppy
c0mp VS. Blackoblivion
meeper123
VS. Zuchtrest
 
#40
Empo VS. imsosorrylol Watch empo over prepare for tr and have sorry bring ultra fat spikestack.
Sabella VS. HQuaze Sabella to win it all
Alexander. VS. reyscarface the star wars begin
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush CANADA
Liones VS. Kickasser Liones Gliscor mlati team is a very solid build and i think if liones can continue to bring good squads he'll win this series
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto Tbh xtra gonna bring slowbro stall g2 and king kanto will have a crawdaunt or something
Ojama VS. ABR This match is one of the Hl's for sure.
Shoka VS. Tricking Jynx might be involved in this series
Fardin VS. Googly Fardin a better staller. Googly is more creative so i could see him pullin out a kingsquad tho.
Hiye VS. Leftiez Leftiez is a favorite to win it and for good reason
Ciele VS. stfu its a cartoon As long as ciele doesnt bring chansey balance he should beat whatever cartoon brings
Vertex VS. SoulWind fr vertex the guy who handed me the most Ls on the ladder.
Cdumas VS. blunder canada the gr8est nation on earth
Zokuru VS. Floppy tbh the better staller is the pp staller
c0mp VS. Blackoblivion BO has been solid in wcop and his olt run should follow suit.
meeper123 VS. Zuchtrest FREEZUCHTREST. also mans quald twice. mental level exceeds human
 
#41
Empo (40) VS. (60) imsosorrylol - Going with sorry in this matchup bc he says he destroyed empo before, and plus I think he will be prepped to deal with some of empo's crazy offenses by bringing some fat shit.

Sabella (60) VS. (40) Hquaze - Dont know too much about Hquaze other than he destroyed cycle 1 whereas sabella quald cycle 4 after struggling to do so in previous cycles. That being said, I am giving this one to sab because I know he can play many different styles and can easily get good matchup through prepping.

Alexander (45) VS. (55) reyscarface - Alex is going up against rey who is strongly considered one of the best sm players as he went undefeated in SPL. I think Alex will overprep and rey will bring some weird shit to counter Alex's bo hazard stack obsession.

Caronsmith (25) VS. (75) Bushtush - Gonna give this series to bush because I think hes the more experienced and well-rounded player. From what i've seen of caron, hes very one-dimensional in the fact that he explicitly uses chansey offense. This will be very easy for bush to prep for, and even if the mu isn't good I think bush will be able to outplay anyway.

Liones (45) VS. (55) Kickasser - Don't know too much about these players so I'm giving it to kickasser bc i recognize his name

xtra$hine (30) VS. (70) Updated Kanto - Giving this to kanto bc I feel he has played alot more sm than xtra, and if his specs lele squad speaks to his teambuilding capabilities; then I feel he outclasses kanto in that regard as well.

Ojama (40) VS. (60) ABR - Although Ojama is an amazing mons player in general, gonna have to give this to ABR because he is much more comfortable with sm, and is very unpredictable when it comes to mu.

Shoka (35) VS. (65) Tricking - Beefed with this dude on ladder a bit, but from what I've seen from SPL and in olt, I think he is the stronger player (plus idk anything bout shoka :()

Fardin (30) VS. (70) Googly - Googlystall.jpg

Hiye (60) VS. (40) Leftiez - Haven't been following Leftiez too much, but from what I've seen of Hiye on ladder replays he is a very smart and talented player, and I know he can outplay a bad matchup.

Ciele (90) VS. (10) stfu its a cartoon - just.... no.

Vertex (40) VS. (60) Soulwind - Soulwind's got this imo although he should watch out for shiinotic rain :EYES:

Cdumas (35) VS. (65) blunder - CD le 100 doesn't even deserve to be in this tour so I'm just hoping God does his job + blunder is the better all-around player imo. ------free mob------

Zokuru (60) VS. (40) Floppy - Tried to counterteam Zokuru today in stours but he is too powerful, Floppy better be prepared for different variations of stall + other cheese playstyles like rain if he wants to win.

c0mp (50) VS. (50) BlackOblivion

meeper123 (45) VS. (55) Zuchtrest - Gonna go with Zuctrest in this mu because I think he is an extremely underrated player/builder. But at the end of the day this series is gonna come down to mu because both players bring crazy shit.

Hoping for my nigga sorry to win it all, and if not him then Zuchtrest because who doesn't like an underdog.
 

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#43
Empo VS. imsosorrylol
Sabella VS. HQuaze
Alexander. VS. reyscarface
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush
Liones VS. Kickasser
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto
Ojama VS. ABR
Shoka VS. Tricking
Fardin VS. Googly
Hiye
VS. Leftiez
Ciele VS. stfu its a cartoon
Vertex VS. SoulWind
Cdumas VS. blunder
Zokuru
VS. Floppy
c0mp VS. Blackoblivion
meepsvictory VS. Zuchtrest

go c0mp, kantoddler and googly!!
 

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#50
Empo VS. imsosorrylol
Sabella VS. HQuaze
Alexander. VS. reyscarface
CaronSmith VS. Bushtush
Liones VS. Kickasser
xtra$hine VS. Updated Kanto
Ojama VS. ABR
Shoka VS. Tricking
Fardin VS. Googly
Hiye VS. Leftiez
Ciele
VS. stfu its a cartoon
Vertex VS. SoulWind
Cdumas VS. blunder
Zokuru VS. Floppy
c0mp VS. Blackoblivion
meeper123 VS. Zuchtrest
 
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