Hosted by: ThePillsburyDoughBoy and The Great Mighty Doom Approved by Birkal and Pocket where's my art badge! Preface One of the most important exercises to become a better player at chess is to review your matches after you play them. In doing so, we find the mistakes, positions, and techniques that could have turned our loss into a win. In Pokemon we seldom review our matches, often due to the to the frustrating implications of a loss. Well, what if we applied the principles of chess to Pokemon? In this community wide exercise, together we can develop our skills to become better battlers! Whereas most OU forum projects focus on the team-building aspect of Pokemon, this project intends to develop the battling skills of everyone from around the forum. Here is how it works: each round, users within this thread will submit a battle through the PS! replay viewer and the first three to be posted will be the ones under critique. Once the 3 battles are submitted, the round of critiques will officially begin. From here, the experienced battlers of OU can give constructive criticism of the battle in question. Once the battles have been sufficiently critiqued, either me or The Great Mighty Doom will end the round. At the end of the round, we will hand pick what we think was the best critique of the bunch. Those who win the round will be inducted in our critique Hall of Fame! Remember, good posts do not go unnoticed! In addition to maintaining a Hall of Fame for critiques, we will also have a guide to the battles listed in each round. That way if you missed out on an earlier round, you can always review a battle that covers a certain skill! Rules: In this thread, we are aiming to provide constructive criticism in order to improve our battling skills. If you can not give constructive criticism, whether be with your attitude or skill, refrain from posting in this thread. Likewise if you can not take constructive criticism do not post in this thread. In order to prevent an imbalance of battles to critiques; only a limited amount of battles posted will be rated. This will occur on a first come, first serve basis. A user can submit only one individual battle, so choose wisely! The first three battles posted at the beginning of a round will be the ones critiqued. After a set of three is submitted in this thread, submissions will stop and the critiques will commence. A new set of 3 submissions will not begin until all 3 battles are critiqued and me or The Great Mighty Doom post to start submissions. Failure to recognize an established set of three battles will result in your post being ignored and deleted. If you are using an alt please specify who you actually are in relation to your username. Guidelines: If you are newer to the game and are inexperienced in OU, refrain from posting a critique of another battler. However, feel free to post a battle once a new set of three submissions begins. Even if you are experienced in OU, feel free to submit a battle where you think it could act as a good learning experience for yourself and the OU community. No battler is infallible! The quality of a critique is directly linked to a quality of a battle. Ideally the battle you submit should be one where the loss was closer, lacking hax, and where no obvious pitfalls were made. An example of a bad submission: "When I played The Great Mighty Doom he beat me 6-0, he froze 3 of my pokemon, and I used Explosion on my only Pokemon who could beat X pokemon on his team". Giving information what you were trying to accomplish with your team or what your goal was for the battle will allow you to put context on what you were doing for your critics. To those giving critiques, remember that you are giving advice to possibly newer and more inexperienced players. Thus, try to remain as concise as possible in your explanation. In addition, use the terms of your post correctly. For example, the difference between a check and a counter. However, to those who are receiving the critique, it is your responsibility to understand the definitions and explanations used by the critic. Therefore, perusing the Gen 5 Pokemon Dictionary can be a great asset to get what your critic is saying. Flaming other users on their skills, teambuilding, and/or intelligence WILL NOT be tolerated. ______________________________________ Round 3 has begun you may now post a battle.