CAP Head Mod
Hey guys! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Birkal, one of the moderators here in Overused. I'm also heavily involved in Smogon's Create-A-Pokemon Project, which is a competitive project in which we as a community create a Pokemon that gets implemented into the current Overused metagame. I like to do useful things when I hit 1k post marks, so have a thread~
For those of you who didn't know, CAP historically originated right here in the Overused forum! It was a project started five years ago; it's the modern day equivalent of Research Week and Viability Ranking threads. It started as some humble voting threads in Stark Mountain, where the community theorymon'd a Pokemon that was basically meant to kill Garchomp. Skip forward five years and you can see what CAP has become today in its own forum. Hundreds of users gather each CAP to debate, create, and vote. It's impressive that CAP has grown so much over the years to involve such a large number of users.
However, I've noticed that the CAP community and the Overused community have somehow grown apart. CAP has developed its own culture, veteran users, and rules. And it is true that some Overused battlers and posters venture into CAP. But what most users don't realize is this: CAP is OUR project as an Overused community. Yes, CAP makes pretty pictures and writes descriptions, but CAP's primary goal is to be a competitive project (read about it in our Mission Statement). What we glorify above all else in CAP is competitive knowledge of the game; we're looking for ladderers, tournament winners, and team builders. Let it be known that if you post in a CAP thread and state your involvement in the Overused metagame, your opinions will be revered highly (it doesn't need to be a long post either). Essentially, CAP wants you.
CAP 5 has just begun. In about two months, we'll have finished created a Pokemon that will get released into BW2 OU. Note that we don't make Pokemon for the CAP spin-off metagame (where all the past CAPs are thrown into OU), we make them specifically for BW2 OU, the metagame that you are all laddering and studying right now. So, what I'd like to do is open the floor up to the Overused community to talk about CAP here in the comfort of our own forum. Remember though, CAP is a public project; you're allowed to make submissions and cast votes there whenever you like. The purpose of this thread is to be a general discussion about the current CAP 5. Here are some of the topics we can talk about in this thread:
- What kind of CAP do you want in the current Overused metagame? Everyone seems to have a sort of "wish list" of how they would tweak the Overused metagame. CAP provides an outlet for us to make those adjustments and study the results. CAP can work to do things like eliminate weather, stop VoltTurn, and prevent entry hazards. Let your imagination run here.
- What aspect of battling are you interested in studying? CAP is unique in that it allows us to focus in on specific parts of battling. Want to learn more about risk? Or maybe learn more about prediction? It could even be a topic like teambuilding or win predictions.
- What are your impressions of current CAP events? You're allowed to post feedback and thoughts in CAP threads, but feel free to really "speak your mind" in this thread. CAP has become famous for tl;dr posts, but this thread can be filled with short and sweet posts. Feel free to talk about current submissions that you like and dislike.
That should be about it! This thread can also serve as a sort of Question & Answer about CAP. If you guys have any questions, post them and I'll do my best to answer them. I'm excited for CAP 5 to begin, and I hope that you guys take full advantage of the resource that is CAP.
Current CAP 5 Step: Concept Assessment
Goal: Our concept has been selected! So now, we need to discuss what exactly the concept means and how we're going to practically go about making it a reality.
Pro-tip: Don't post a specific typing you think we should pursue. That will take place in a few days during Typing Discussion. For now, focus on the concept.
What you can do: Get involved in the discussion, either here or there, on what you think of our concept for CAP 5.