Apprentice Program Signups: SS RU

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Welcome to Battling 101! If you're seeking a tutor for SS RU, you are in the right place. Please read all the rules carefully and fill out every part of the application.

Current Tutors:

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  • You must be able to access Discord, or whatever your tutor wants as the primary form of communication.
  • You must be willing to use Pokemon Showdown! even if you are being tutored in a cartridge format such as Battle Spot or VGC.
  • You, the tutee, should have at least 15 posts before signing up AND your account's age should be a minimum of at least 1 month old before signing up. If you do not reach that threshold, you will likely be skipped.
    • This is not a hard requirement meaning you may still be paired without satisfying it, but if you want to ensure you are compliant and you wish to attain 15 posts before applying, DO NOT spam post elsewhere in the forum. That is an infractable offense and we do not encourage such behavior from potential Tutees.
  • You must have battled competitively for a decent amount in at least ONE of the Smogon tiers or Battle Spot / VGC to sign up. Playing 10 or so matches on the PS! ladder is not substantial enough, ~70 or so is more reasonable. This experience does not need to be for the format you sign-up for; this is just to weed out people who have never played competitively that can improve themselves simply by using resources already available to them without needing a tutor to hold their hand.
  • You, the tutee, are responsible for setting up times with your tutor. Don't expect them to come to you. Take the initiative and post on their VM wall first. Additionally, please be patient if your tutor doesn't respond in the first 2-3 days.
  • Use the Tutee Talk forum to complain about your tutor (or praise them if they're doing a good job). These are no longer mandatory, but if your tutor is ridiculously inactive or is a complete jackass, COMPLAIN HERE.Nobody can see your tutee talk posts except for you and the Battling 101 Staff; everything is confidential.
  • Don't request tutors unless they have agreed to tutor you.
  • If your timezone and hours of availability do not match up with the correct thread, your post will be skipped. Please PM a B101 mod if you are unsure about which thread to post in.
  • You may only post in ONE of the signup threads. Delete your post if you change your mind about signing up for something.
Here is the signup template, and an example sign-up post.
PS! Username:
Your timezone:
Usual Hours of Availability:
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences):
Are you able to use Discord?:
Do you understand how the blacklist works?:
Username: Shiba
PS! Username: Big Sean
Your timezone: EST (GMT -5)
Usual Hours of Availability: weekdays 8 PM - 12 AM, weekends 12 PM - 12 AM
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences): I started playing competitively in early XY and spammed Baton Pass on the ladder. I was pretty skilled I guess. I then got more involved with Smogon and started to play in various tournaments like UUPL and later on Snake and SPL. I could use a bit more practice in this tier though, so I'm looking to get help
Do you understand how the blacklist works?: Yes
The Blacklist (aka Battling 101 Detention)
You will be banned from signing up in the future if:

  • You show poor activity over a course of a month (banned for 6 months, infracted for 1 point)
  • You decide during the tutoring round that you do not wish to be tutored anymore, or you mistakenly sign up for a tier you thought was something else, and no longer wish to be tutored. This is most common when selecting Smogon Doubles / VGC, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING (banned for 6 months)
  • You show a lack of enthusiasm or you're consistently distracted by other things (banned for 3 months)
  • You fail to complete the tutor evaluation form that we will send out during the last week of the round(banned for 6 months, infracted for 1 point)
  • You are annoying to deal with. This will vary from tutor to tutor. Some tutors don't like it when you talk back, argue with them, whine about hax, whine about sucking at Pokemon, or any version of the 'woe is me' attitude. Tutors get pissed at different things, so if they complain to us that you are exhibiting poor behavior, expect to be on the blacklist.(banned for 3-6 months)
Repeated offense of any of the situations above can potentially mean a year ban. If you have been on the blacklist for three different instances, you will be EXPELLED from Battling 101 (perma-ban from signing up).
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"They don’t call me Greed for nothing!"
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Username: Ampha
PS! Username: Amphareixon
Your timezone: -3 GMT
Usual Hours of Availability: Most weekdays around afternoon/night, weekends depends on how busy I am w a server i'm Moderator of, but its usually chill in both days
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences):
i've been playing competitively since ORAS but got more into it in SM, I was a LC main for like entire SM but always enjoyed RU as a tier alongside w community, my ""peak"" was around late USM/ Early SS, but since then i started to get really crusty(principally during 2021 i'd say) and wanted to get back in form by improving and learning more about the tier I enjoy the most this gen
Are you able to use Discord?:
Do you understand how the blacklist works?:
Username: VirsyE
PS! Username: VirsyE
Your timezone: PST
Usual Hours of Availability: weekdays 4 PM - 6 AM, weekends 1 PM - 5 AM
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences): Hey everyone! I'm looking to get into competitive, mind you I have been playing for years, I'm really into RU, and I am wondering if someone can help me improve. I pretty much only play PS (SS RU), but I do "dabble" in Pokémon Reborn and older Gen. Unfortunately SS RU isn't talked about anymore.
Do you understand how the blacklist works?: Yes
Username: MTB'er Ben
PS! Username: MTB'er Ben
Your timezone: EST/-4 GMT
Hours: Weekdays 7pm-10pm, Weekends 4pm-12am
Experience: I've started my Showdown career in 2015 on randomized OM ladders (mainly Hackmons Cup) and drifted to playing various OM's in general over the years. I switched over to official formats starting with Gen 7 UU- played its life span on/off for months. Finally I settled in my new home tier of Gen 8 RU since its birth, playing mostly bulky-offense teams and the occasional Volt-Turn archetype. You won't see many battles on this account (looking to change this) but I probably have a dozen other alts since I'm always testing teams/ seemingly building around 5 teams a month. I firmly believe I spend more time in the builder than necessary and am ready to learn some principles in order to become a better battler to :]

Do you understand how the blacklist works? Yes
Username: Thungan
PS! Username: Tagonicus
Your Timezone--4
Usual Hours of Availability: After 3:30 PM most days.
Tell us a little about of your experience in competitive Pokemon: Have played a little bit of National Dex Gen 8 (albeit on an old account I used to ladder with). Spent decent amount of time teambuilding and damage calcs in particular. Also have some experience in the SWSH Gen 8 OU metagame. I have been somewhat inactive for a while out of hesitation, but I am so willing to improve and expand beyond my current capacity with oppportunity to communicate and play with other users.
Are you able to Use Discord?: yes
Do you understand how the blacklist works?: yes
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