That’s a very good mindset to have about it. my own activity has dipped down a lot, I always saw this community as a way for me to have fun screw around with sets, I did have passion to try and become better at metagames I had no knowledge in like SM and SS but honestly life got in the way. I def hit my ceiling in ORAS but just stick around for my love of the game and talking to players I know from new people I’ve never chatted to before to older players like well you Decem, and the many others who have left over the years like Barida, Stunfisk, Etc. When I do eventually leave for good I will look back fondly on these times.Since our season is over and my motivation to play this game has diminished a ton I wanted to say a few words regarding this tournament. If I were to be real this tournament wasn't as enjoyable for me outside of our team chat because I believe the possibility of being included in SCL skewed people's images on the tier and community a lot.
This made me really think of what Monotype as a community is. I've been on this site for 6 years and I've been in this community for 5, and it's honestly like a little bubble and family even though a lot of us get into arguments and talk shit about each other here and there. Back when we were all chilling in leagues, Monotype wasn't all about being possibly included in a trophy tournament; hell, we were just an OM and horrible type mains. Despite this, the tier was fun as shit because at the end of the day, we were all having tons of fun with each other. As of now, people have gotten better but still they don't play Monotype because they want to start it in a trophy tournament, they join the community and they play the tier because they truly have a passion for them. We don't really need a green trophy to motivate us to improve. Monotype has always been just about being the next hotshot player to impress the rest of the community you love even though we meant basically nothing to the rest of the outside tournaments community on Smogon. It's always been about being the next Laxus, the next PK-Kaiser, the next 1 True Lycan, the next Chaitanya or the next Trichotomy, and that's what motivated everyone to improve. This is the reason why we've always had a ton of household names and staple players. There has always been a lot of passion for MPL and it really shows that we as a community don't really need objective rewards to be happy and stick by each other. Monotype being in SCL would have been really nice, but I don't think the community that I've enjoyed here for so long would be the same because we'd get a lot of hate externally which would ruin the vibe. Even though I was never like the best tier leader, the best decision maker or the best player, I'm truly glad that I decided to spend my time on this website here because it's produced very nice memories and I got to meet a lot of great people. Moving on, I do think we should try to introduce more people to the community especially since a lot of older people are leaving due to life, but it's just natural.
College starts tomorrow for me and I've basically hit my ceiling as a Pokemon player. I just really wanted to say that I love this community and I'm proud to call it my home. I don't think I'll be as active as before due to life things but I'll still stick around because I have a lot of friends here.