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what are your hottest tech in gen 7 bh, ndbh, and camomons atm
In Gen 7 BH I played around with a couple interesting Gengar sets:
:gengar-mega:
Gengar-Mega @ Spooky Plate
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Judgment
- Poison Fang
- Rapid Spin
- Secret Sword
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Gengar-Mega @ Spooky Plate
Ability: Adaptability
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Acid Spray
- Judgment
- Sludge Wave
- Taunt

In NDBH I don't have super hot tech but I like non-choiced Ash-Greninja lately and have been using mixed Adaptability with Black Glasses. Doesn't get some of the OHKOs that Banded sets get but picks up nice 2HKOs. Also I've been liking Discharge on PH Xern to get some para hax and punish Ho-Oh.
For Camomons I'd have to say the pure Flying-type Volcarona I've been using some. Defog makes Hurricane more accurate, which is pretty fun.
:volcarona:
Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Defog
- Hurricane
- Roost
- Quiver Dance
1. bh7 or bh8 or nd bh?
2. favorite mon in bh7?
3. favorite mon in bh8?
4. favorite playstyle?
5. best/ favorite bh player not named Gurpreet Patel (Sent you a Friend Request)?
6. favorite user in om room?
7. favorite ps staff?
8. favorite smogon staff?
9. favorite tier not named bh or camo?
10. favorite things to do in leisure time not named ps?
11. favorite nba team?
12. favorite drink?
13. favorite food?
14. favorite type of pizza?
15. favorite place that you have been to?
16. have you been to hong kong?
17. coffee or tea?
18. when will you host a tour?
19. when will you tryhard for the star rank?
20. have you ever made a team featuring megagross in bh?
21. i’ve been struggling to deal with drilbur in bh lately because i can’t sweep with mono electric zekrom. any advice?
22. fr any advice on intrepid band dragapult cuz i got owned by rex 2 in a row
23. thoughts on this team?
24. what mon do you think is the most underrated rn in bh8?
25. if you had a chance to namechange on ps, would you change to a loser or keep losr for the sr gang?
26. why aren’t you incredible absolutely phenomenal?
27. what’s your personality type?
28. favorite pokemon related meme?
29. favorite gen?
30. do you have a switch?
31. if yes, what’s your favorite non mons game?
32. how many hours do you sleep a day on average?
33. favorite movie?
34. most underrated bh player?
Wow lots of Q's here. For the sake of the thread I'll put my responses in a spoiler.
1. Gen 7 BH is what got me started and where I felt the most creative, but I'm also super invested in Gen 8 BH. It is always fun to go back to Gen 7 because it is such a solid meta but I've had a lot of fun with Gen 8 and how different the game play has been.

2. This is tough. Favorite in terms of just design and typing I'd have to say Mega Sableye but I also love Mega Beedrill and Yveltal. I also built a ton of sets with both MMX and MMY, if you wanna look at it that way.

3. Zacian-C and hero forme Zamazenta are really cool to me. But it is also nice that Snorlax is really viable this gen.

4. My go-to build, without even trying really, lands somewhere between Balance and Semi-Stall. I feel comfortable having at least two breakers and also a wall that can surprisingly punish you. It is super fun to play with HO though, if built right.

5. I'd have to say highlighter. Not only is he insanely good, he is also really fun to watch and I still never know what to expect them to bring to any given battle.

6. I don't really chat much in OM Room but I do play in some tours. I'd say my favorite person is whoever is available at the time to help me test a BH team out.

7. Ransei is always nice and pleasant to talk to. They did ban my funny alt suspect name once but I know they're just doing their job.

8. I think drampa's grandpa is a pretty cool dude.

9. Same as in the interview, Hackmons Cup! Other than that, Random Battles can be fun too.

10. Did you read the interview? Lol JK. But as mentioned, I do like playing tennis, going to the beach, playing with my dogs, and trying to be somewhat active. But I can also be super lazy and love watching TV or playing games on my Switch in my down time. Mainly mons or Mario.

11. I'm not really invested or super interested in the NBA but I do tune in for the playoffs usually. Can't really say a team, but I enjoy watching super talented players like Steph Curry and LeBron James play.

12. Water is honestly pretty great and I've recently grown to like La Croix and other flavored waters like that. If I had to pick a soda though, Coca-Cola all the way.

13. See answer to #6 from Gman's questions.

14. It is hard to turn down meat lover's, but I am really flexible when it comes to pizza. Can't go wrong if you have sausage and mushrooms on it but I definitely am not a fan of supreme or anything with onions.

15. I've been to Boston twice and have really enjoyed it both times. It is a place I could see myself living one day, or at least visting regularly.

16. Never been anywhere in Asia. I'd like to go, though.

17. Definitely coffee. But if you're talking tea, I take mine cold and sweet.

18. Good question. I feel like we need one for Gen 8 BH soon so I might look into it.

19. Until recently, I've switched around alts way too frequently when laddering to get consistent results on an account. I also am usually getting off PS for the day around when the daily is happening.

20. I like calling him megagross too. I really haven't used it much though, other than one team with Metagross running Mold Breaker hazards and Anchor Shot.

21. I think you mean Excadrill? Just give Zekrom a broken move like Fishious Rend or V-create and delete it.

22. Banded Pult is a neat set but you could try to revive the former glory of FC Melmetal to counter it. FC Zama-C should work too though.

23. No Prankster is a little suspect and Choice Lunala is fading in usefulness lately. Looks like some neat movesets like Boomburst Type: Null but idk how effective that would be in practice. I think doubling up on Knock Off + Burn Spreader PH mons might be overkill though and I'm not sure who you really switch in to take big Fishious Rend or V-create. Double Choice breakers can be really good, but a decent stall team could give you trouble.

24. I think Dragapult is pretty underrated. Its ability to go mixed and barely land kills on things like Eternatus is super useful.

25. If "a loser" became available on PS I would definitely take it.

26. Incredible. Absolutely PHENOMENAL

27. Campaigner: ENFP-A

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29. I grew up on Gen 1 and 2 so it is hard not to love them the most. But the game I enjoyed playing the most was Soul Silver, cause at the time it got me back into Pokemon after not playing it for several years. The nostalgia of seeing Kanto and Johto again was really nice.

30. Yes

31. Mario Odyssey was really fun to play but I also enjoy Mario Kart.

32. I'm a night owl at times, but I'd probably average around six to seven hours a night. I don't take naps.

33. Can't go wrong with The Matrix.

34. My boy Marsopa Trump & Test Rex
tell me some hackmons cup stories!
One time I got a Beedrill with Beedrillite, but it didn't have any STAB moves. I played TheCoastsOfToast in a friendly once and got Wish Eternatus Eternamax and Wonder Guard Snorlax with Double Iron Bash. There have been several games where I landed three OHKO moves in a row without the help of abilities. One time I got a Wonder Guard Scrafty with Defense Curl and Ice Ball but was killed by a critical hit from Brave Bird Shedinja when Ice Ball missed. I also got a Huge Power Terrakion with Close Combat and V-create once, as well as a Storm Drain Primal Groudon with High Horsepower. Lastly, once I got a Color Change Poliwag with Coil, Soft-Boiled, and Power Trip and swept after picking up Dark-type STAB. Gmansour20 I missed some of these when I answered your question lol. If you ever get bored I saved a bunch of good replays from Gen 7 HC under HateFringe.
 
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Good Morning and welcome back to OM Interviews! Today we'd like to welcome the every so fiery...


Morytha!

Hello Morytha and welcome to OM Interviews! How are you doing today?

i'm fine, i'm going to eat dinner in a little bit

Kk, just let me know when ur goin and we can resume when ur free

i eat fast, like, itll probably be 10 minutes like always

Good to hear you're doing okay. Starting off, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

Well I want to be an astronomer but the more interesting part to other people is probably games and i like xenoblade and smash a lot, thats basically it

In that case, would you like to talk a bit about those games? Why do you enjoy them?

so for smash, it started mostly because my brother wanted to try it in probably 2012 and we played a lot and i ended up being the one to keep playing it to this day, its just fun to do to take my mind off things and when i'm bored i started with xenoblade through smash 4 and chuggaa's playthrough of it, so i decided to get it for myself and loved everything about it: story, characters, music, places to see, all of it. then the 2nd one came out so i got that at some point and its the same kind of thing with it, and torna too

Who do you main in smash.

in melee, marth/falco, at the end of smash 4 it was marth/cloud, but for a while was shulk, and in ultimate it's shulk

How does it feel playing these characters? How'd you get into playing them?

oh theyre all really fun to play, like melee marth for example is just once you get into it you can do anything with him, everything of his flows so nicely into other moves, and i got into playing them mostly because theyre fun, and shulk is fun plus hes xenoblade so thats a bonus

As for that, who's your fav xenoblade character? Why?

jin from xenoblade 2 easily. why is kind of difficult to explain entirely, especially with spoilers for the game, so i'll just say that hes a cool character

Moving on to the mons side, how did you discover Pokemon & Pokemon Showdown?

oh back in 2014 i decided to try a pokemon game to see what it was like, it was pokemon x. i ended up watching stuff on youtube about it and at some point found some youtuber who built teams on showdown and at some point decided to get on for myself to try it. i went without a name for several months while just making teams on there that i wanted to use ingame

What metagames do you find yourself enjoying? Anything special you feel you've added to them?

i enjoy oms mostly, like mix and mega is the one i've definitely played most, and the rest are fun too. i'm not sure about adding anything special to them besides whatever funny/interesting things i can come up with just to mess with on ladder, like i used occa berry dusk mane a bit for arcanine, which i think a couple other people ended up trying

Innovation? In this Metagame? Damn impressive. Would you like to share any of your sets?

Clefable @ Cameruptite
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Thunderbolt
- Calm Mind
- Soft-Boiled

Well here's one i made, i've used cameruptite clefable off and on since the beginning of this gen since it seemed like it could be decently strong and there wasnt stuff like magearna around yet. sheer force tbolt hits pex really hard, catches it off guard too since standard clef is ampharosite.

Necrozma-Dusk-Mane @ Occa Berry
Ability: Prism Armor
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Sunsteel Strike
- Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Morning Sun

And of course, the occa berry dusk mane. eats up a flare blitz pretty easily and eq smacks arcanine nicely, also something that wouldnt be expected. since arcanine is altarianite, both of its stabs wont do too much the first time around

Those are pretty cool, ngl. You seem to spend a bunch of time on PS as well, are there any memorable experiences you've had?

i'm sure i could come up with so many, and ignoring promotions since obviously theyre memorable, like one example is vi0, a smash mod, managing to have almost 30,000 lines in a single month, it was funny and we still joke about it

Expanding on that, is there anyone you'd like to shoutout in this interview?

Vi0, Kie, Ransei, SectoniaServant, Necrofantasian, drampa's grandpa, quadrophenic, HiGHTiDEくコ彡iNKLiNG, Rach, a random duck, Chaospirex, Jolt of Justice, legalize weedle, XpRienzo, Hydro, raymond quaza, Paul Atishon, hsykid, Chazm, that OM guy, Kris, and so many others i forget that just are good friends

Good to see you have so many people to talk to :) Speaking of which... Why'd you namechange?

i just loved xc2 so much that i wanted to use the name of a place in it, which is what Morytha is, Flaming Deoxys was obviously my first name and I grew attached to it, and the color was nice, but im also a xenoblade fan. and Flaming Deoxys seems to have turned into a legend or something with how many people want him to come back

Anything you'd like to say to end it off?

everyone should play the xenoblade games when you can, theyre good!!!

Feel free to ask questions below!
 
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1. Whats your least favorite Mon/Stone Combination to face (ex. I hate venusaurite Corv)
2. Are pizza rolls italian gushers?
3. Favorite breakfast
4. What was the worst idea for a Mon/Stone combination (i am guilty for thinking that Abomasite Drampa with Blizzard would be amazing, it was not)
5. What was the last series you finished
6. How's your day been :)
 
1. this gen it's probably anything excadrill runs honestly, I'm just kind of bad against it for some reason
2. yes.
3. any kind of cereal
4. oh boy I've had countless horrible ideas so I'll pick one extremely cursed set: diancite arctozolt.
5. assuming series is any series I'm proud to announce I've become a weeb and watched love live!
6. it was good but the weather was nasty
 

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Good Morning and welcome back to OM Interviews! Today we'd like to welcome the every so fiery...


Morytha!

Hello Morytha and welcome to OM Interviews! How are you doing today?

i'm fine, i'm going to eat dinner in a little bit

Kk, just let me know when ur goin and we can resume when ur free

i eat fast, like, itll probably be 10 minutes like always

Good to hear you're doing okay. Starting off, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

Well I want to be an astronomer but the more interesting part to other people is probably games and i like xenoblade and smash a lot, thats basically it

In that case, would you like to talk a bit about those games? Why do you enjoy them?

so for smash, it started mostly because my brother wanted to try it in probably 2012 and we played a lot and i ended up being the one to keep playing it to this day, its just fun to do to take my mind off things and when i'm bored i started with xenoblade through smash 4 and chuggaa's playthrough of it, so i decided to get it for myself and loved everything about it: story, characters, music, places to see, all of it. then the 2nd one came out so i got that at some point and its the same kind of thing with it, and torna too

Who do you main in smash.

in melee, marth/falco, at the end of smash 4 it was marth/cloud, but for a while was shulk, and in ultimate it's shulk

How does it feel playing these characters? How'd you get into playing them?

oh theyre all really fun to play, like melee marth for example is just once you get into it you can do anything with him, everything of his flows so nicely into other moves, and i got into playing them mostly because theyre fun, and shulk is fun plus hes xenoblade so thats a bonus

As for that, who's your fav xenoblade character? Why?

jin from xenoblade 2 easily. why is kind of difficult to explain entirely, especially with spoilers for the game, so i'll just say that hes a cool character

Moving on to the mons side, how did you discover Pokemon & Pokemon Showdown?

oh back in 2014 i decided to try a pokemon game to see what it was like, it was pokemon x. i ended up watching stuff on youtube about it and at some point found some youtuber who built teams on showdown and at some point decided to get on for myself to try it. i went without a name for several months while just making teams on there that i wanted to use ingame

What metagames do you find yourself enjoying? Anything special you feel you've added to them?

i enjoy oms mostly, like mix and mega is the one i've definitely played most, and the rest are fun too. i'm not sure about adding anything special to them besides whatever funny/interesting things i can come up with just to mess with on ladder, like i used occa berry dusk mane a bit for arcanine, which i think a couple other people ended up trying

Innovation? In this Metagame? Damn impressive. Would you like to share any of your sets?

Clefable @ Cameruptite
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Thunderbolt
- Calm Mind
- Soft-Boiled

Well here's one i made, i've used cameruptite clefable off and on since the beginning of this gen since it seemed like it could be decently strong and there wasnt stuff like magearna around yet. sheer force tbolt hits pex really hard, catches it off guard too since standard clef is ampharosite.

Necrozma-Dusk-Mane @ Occa Berry
Ability: Prism Armor
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Sunsteel Strike
- Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Morning Sun

And of course, the occa berry dusk mane. eats up a flare blitz pretty easily and eq smacks arcanine nicely, also something that wouldnt be expected. since arcanine is altarianite, both of its stabs wont do too much the first time around

Those are pretty cool, ngl. You seem to spend a bunch of time on PS as well, are there any memorable experiences you've had?

i'm sure i could come up with so many, and ignoring promotions since obviously theyre memorable, like one example is vi0, a smash mod, managing to have almost 30,000 lines in a single month, it was funny and we still joke about it

Expanding on that, is there anyone you'd like to shoutout in this interview?

Vi0, Kie, Ransei, SectoniaServant, Necrofantasian, drampa's grandpa, quadrophenic, HiGHTiDEくコ彡iNKLiNG, Rach, a random duck, Chaospirex, Jolt of Justice, legalize weedle, XpRienzo, Hydro, raymond quaza, Paul Atishon, hsykid, Chazm, that OM guy, Kris, and so many others i forget that just are good friends

Good to see you have so many people to talk to :) Speaking of which... Why'd you namechange?

i just loved xc2 so much that i wanted to use the name of a place in it, which is what Morytha is, Flaming Deoxys was obviously my first name and I grew attached to it, and the color was nice, but im also a xenoblade fan. and Flaming Deoxys seems to have turned into a legend or something with how many people want him to come back

Anything you'd like to say to end it off?

everyone should play the xenoblade games when you can, theyre good!!!

Feel free to ask questions below!
Which Deoxys forme is best Deoxys forme?

Best soup?

Favorite ATLA character?

Have you supported The Immortal for his technical contributions?

How do I fix my wifi router?

not nuq DaSov'a'?

If you had to subsist entirely on crab rangoon, multivitamins, and Dihydrogen Monoxide for a year but you got $706478854578475447.62 and a piece of unbreakable string at the end would you do it?
 

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Hello and welcome back to OM Interviews!!! Today, we bring in the mashed up mashed potato himself...



The Number Man!
Hello The Number Man, and welcome to OM interviews! How are you doing today?

Hi, OM and thanks, im happy to be here! Im good, just got home from a friends birthday party. You?

I'm good, thanks. Hope you enjoyed the party. Starting off, why don't you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, Im a college student (in the field of cognitive science), currently in the middle of finishing my masters thesis. My hobbies include working out, reading, watching the occasional reality show with my gf and of course playing mons.


That's cool! Speaking of mons, what are some of your favourite formats to play?

My favorite format would have to be STABmons + Almost any ability or STAAABmons in shorthand. But i also enjoy alot of OMs - AAA, STABmons and Camomons in particular, and I've been really really enjoying Inheritance as well lately. Other than that, I have a soft spot for gen7 OU (as it was the first format I tried to seriously learn).And i also have to mention CAAAmomons, another OM mashup.(edited)

Well, going into that, is there anything you feel like you've contributed to these metagames?

I feel like I've contributed a decent amount to the development of mashups this gen, both in curating resources and popularizing certain sets. The 1 STAAABmons set that stands out would be No Retreat Magic Guard Life Orb Cobalion which terrorized the metagame due to access to Volt Switch which let it pivot out of bad MUs to bypass the NR trapping effect while being really hard to beat 1v1 after an omniboost and frequently swept unprepped teams. This eventually led us to restrict No Retreat in STAAABmons lol. As for OMs i guess i could maybe say that I was one of the first ppl to notice how broken Magearna was in the gen8 version of Inheritance, a mon that put in a lot of work in my w1 game of OM snake with a set inheriting from Butterfree.

Building off of those resources and sets, you've recently been crowned OMM RO! How has your time in the subroom been?

Yeah I cant say I was expecting that honestly but I'm really glad (and honored) it happened. It's been great, I feel like I've grown so much as a player from when I first found the room in February of 2019. I was getting bored of OU and discovered OMs but quickly realised that most of the ladders were dead and somehow found Mashups. I've had fun building and playing mashups ever since, but even more importantly I've met some great people throughout my time here.

Going off of that, how has your time curating these mashups been? Is there anything you'd like to do moving forward?

Its fun, but its also a lot of work. I've mostly been focusing on STAAABmons (with the help of a great council) after getting tier leader sometime in Feb/March of this year and I think we've been decently successful in keeping it as balanced and fun as possible. My to-do list for the future (which will probably have to wait a bit, at least until both team tours im participating end) would be the following: - develop CAAAMOmons a bit more and get some tiering decisions done - find a way to bump up the popularity of Doubles and LC mashups - host a forum tour of some sort to attract some more attention to the room - a far fetched dream, but make OM Mashups PL a thing

Adding on to that, with so many combinations of mashups, do you think it's truly feasible for all of them to shine? Is there a way set up for them all to get a spotlight?

I sadly don't think it's feasible. Some will always be more popular than others, whether it be because they are easier to pick up or because they just appeal more strongly to the core userbase of the room. There's also the issue with the fact that something becoming spotlight doesn't necessarily mean it will be played - the mashup usually has to be reasonably popular already for the spotlight to have a positive impact on its popularity and playerbase (otherwise we get "dead" spotlights, where people stop playing after a week). As for getting every mashup a spotlight, I've been considering the idea of having two spotlights at the same time - one for the "regular" mashups (OM + OM or OM + ubers) and one for the LC/Doubles mashups as I've noticed that the playerbases for these two categories don't really overlap that much. That way both groups of players could get a spotlight that appeals to them.

I see. Shame considering there are so many good ones. Moving to different topics, you've been drafted in the OM Snake Draft! How has your experience been so far?

It's been great! I honestly wasn't sure whether I'd be drafted or not and even hesitated signing up since I'm working on my master's thesis right now, but I'm very glad I did. I've been a big fan of inheritance (it's my favorite out of the OMOTM candidates) ever since I first discovered it in gen7 so I'm really glad I got the chance to play it in a tournament setting. Building for it has been fun, especially now that the ever looming threat of 20 possible Magearna sets is gone and I've enjoyed my matches too, even though I'm a bit unhappy that my w1 and w2 wins weren't the cleanest.

Is there anything that stands out to you currently as a massive threat that people should be talking about?

Hmm thats a good question. Well first of all, I think Comfey as a donor (for Kiss, Primarina but also in general) is underrated. It gets everything it needs to bypass most defensive checks (Leech Seed/Taunt for pesky Unawares, Stored Power for Magic Bouncers that resist fairy but cant do much back) so the only real counterplay is clefable/xatu inherits that can set up alongside it and beat it 1v1 or just applying enough pressure that it cant boost up to ohko range. Other than that id say both Dragapult and Zeraora are kinda borderline due to their versatility and speed tier. Dragapult is kinda kept in check by Zera outspeeding but Zera can only really be checked offensively with priority (and lol scarfers), most of which doesnt even OHKO from full and it can beat most defensive checks that arent running a type immunity ability anyway.

So, you've recently earned both OMs and Global Voice! How'd that make you feel?

It was great! But mostly it was a shocker lol. I guess OM voice kinda made sense but I honestly didn't expect to become global voice at all. Still, I'm glad it happened as it makes me feel like my contributions are appreciated.

Congratulations on it, anyways! Now, let's get back to you for a bit. What are some of your favourite books you've read? Do you have anything you'd like to say about them?

Thanks Well if we're talking actual books I really liked Brent Week's Lightbringer series, which follows the adventures of Gavin Guile, Prism of Chromeria (Prism = Warrior King basically, but he's also the greatest magician in the world) and of Kip, a bastard boy from a village far away from Chromeria who recently found out that he is actually Gavin's son. I liked the characters and I also liked the magic system, it was very well designed. Basically they cast magic by absorbing the component wavelengths (infrared to ultraviolet) of sunlight (which is white light), and the result depends on the color of light absorbed. I definitely recommend it if you like fantasy stories. As for my favorite story of all time, it has to be Worm, a web serial novel by Wildbow. It's basically a deconstruction of superhero fiction and follows Taylor, a bullied girl who awakens superpowers during a particularly bad incident in school. I read Worm like 5 or 6 years ago, and to this day no other story has pulled me in like it did. It's an amazing story and i really recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/scifi/superhero fiction. It's very long though so dont do it if you dont have time to kill.

Those sound really cool and I'll have to check them out! Finally, is there anything you'd like to say to the readers?

I guess it's time for shoutouts. First of all, I'd like to shoutout Drampa and Ransei for making OM Mashups a thing in the first place. Then I'd like to shoutout all the Mashups staff regs and the mashup veterans who sadly arent with us anymore for keeping it alive all this time. I'd also like to give out a shoutout to RajShoot and MGenius for making TPP a thing (for the second time now!) and letting us mashups peeps play mashups in a team tour environment - last year's TPP is what actually got me into STAAABmons. Speaking of TPP, all the OG absolposters deserve a shoutout as well Best Gal Ainzcrad Aloopuriza Axgwd Icemaster Kythr Nakeeb Floogal Npopat. And of course all the new Absolposters such as K3ppr, Joey, Karl, Omega; Binpin, Noc, Shion... sorry guys i cant list all of you but I love yall and also the plaza community in general. I gotta give a special shoutout to Manu 11, RICEMAN and PokaPK for always being up to play and just in general being good friends. Last, I'd like to give a shout out to some users from the OM community, OM for taking a chance with me in OMPL, Atha (get this man in OMPL next year!) for being my AAA test buddy, Mark K for being a great test and building partner in OMPL, Lasen for being a godtier memer, Chazm for being a great test partner in Snake as well as getting me nommed for OM voice and last ITH for picking me in OM snake and letting me have lots of fun in the tournament! Im really sorry if I forgot anyone but I've really met a lot of wonderful people here on pokemon showdown.

Feel Free to ask questions below!
 
Hello and welcome back to OM Interviews!!! Today, we bring in the mashed up mashed potato himself...



The Number Man!
Hello The Number Man, and welcome to OM interviews! How are you doing today?

Hi, OM and thanks, im happy to be here! Im good, just got home from a friends birthday party. You?

I'm good, thanks. Hope you enjoyed the party. Starting off, why don't you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, Im a college student (in the field of cognitive science), currently in the middle of finishing my masters thesis. My hobbies include working out, reading, watching the occasional reality show with my gf and of course playing mons.


That's cool! Speaking of mons, what are some of your favourite formats to play?

My favorite format would have to be STABmons + Almost any ability or STAAABmons in shorthand. But i also enjoy alot of OMs - AAA, STABmons and Camomons in particular, and I've been really really enjoying Inheritance as well lately. Other than that, I have a soft spot for gen7 OU (as it was the first format I tried to seriously learn).And i also have to mention CAAAmomons, another OM mashup.(edited)

Well, going into that, is there anything you feel like you've contributed to these metagames?

I feel like I've contributed a decent amount to the development of mashups this gen, both in curating resources and popularizing certain sets. The 1 STAAABmons set that stands out would be No Retreat Magic Guard Life Orb Cobalion which terrorized the metagame due to access to Volt Switch which let it pivot out of bad MUs to bypass the NR trapping effect while being really hard to beat 1v1 after an omniboost and frequently swept unprepped teams. This eventually led us to restrict No Retreat in STAAABmons lol. As for OMs i guess i could maybe say that I was one of the first ppl to notice how broken Magearna was in the gen8 version of Inheritance, a mon that put in a lot of work in my w1 game of OM snake with a set inheriting from Butterfree.

Building off of those resources and sets, you've recently been crowned OMM RO! How has your time in the subroom been?

Yeah I cant say I was expecting that honestly but I'm really glad (and honored) it happened. It's been great, I feel like I've grown so much as a player from when I first found the room in February of 2019. I was getting bored of OU and discovered OMs but quickly realised that most of the ladders were dead and somehow found Mashups. I've had fun building and playing mashups ever since, but even more importantly I've met some great people throughout my time here.

Going off of that, how has your time curating these mashups been? Is there anything you'd like to do moving forward?

Its fun, but its also a lot of work. I've mostly been focusing on STAAABmons (with the help of a great council) after getting tier leader sometime in Feb/March of this year and I think we've been decently successful in keeping it as balanced and fun as possible. My to-do list for the future (which will probably have to wait a bit, at least until both team tours im participating end) would be the following: - develop CAAAMOmons a bit more and get some tiering decisions done - find a way to bump up the popularity of Doubles and LC mashups - host a forum tour of some sort to attract some more attention to the room - a far fetched dream, but make OM Mashups PL a thing

Adding on to that, with so many combinations of mashups, do you think it's truly feasible for all of them to shine? Is there a way set up for them all to get a spotlight?

I sadly don't think it's feasible. Some will always be more popular than others, whether it be because they are easier to pick up or because they just appeal more strongly to the core userbase of the room. There's also the issue with the fact that something becoming spotlight doesn't necessarily mean it will be played - the mashup usually has to be reasonably popular already for the spotlight to have a positive impact on its popularity and playerbase (otherwise we get "dead" spotlights, where people stop playing after a week). As for getting every mashup a spotlight, I've been considering the idea of having two spotlights at the same time - one for the "regular" mashups (OM + OM or OM + ubers) and one for the LC/Doubles mashups as I've noticed that the playerbases for these two categories don't really overlap that much. That way both groups of players could get a spotlight that appeals to them.

I see. Shame considering there are so many good ones. Moving to different topics, you've been drafted in the OM Snake Draft! How has your experience been so far?

It's been great! I honestly wasn't sure whether I'd be drafted or not and even hesitated signing up since I'm working on my master's thesis right now, but I'm very glad I did. I've been a big fan of inheritance (it's my favorite out of the OMOTM candidates) ever since I first discovered it in gen7 so I'm really glad I got the chance to play it in a tournament setting. Building for it has been fun, especially now that the ever looming threat of 20 possible Magearna sets is gone and I've enjoyed my matches too, even though I'm a bit unhappy that my w1 and w2 wins weren't the cleanest.

Is there anything that stands out to you currently as a massive threat that people should be talking about?

Hmm thats a good question. Well first of all, I think Comfey as a donor (for Kiss, Primarina but also in general) is underrated. It gets everything it needs to bypass most defensive checks (Leech Seed/Taunt for pesky Unawares, Stored Power for Magic Bouncers that resist fairy but cant do much back) so the only real counterplay is clefable/xatu inherits that can set up alongside it and beat it 1v1 or just applying enough pressure that it cant boost up to ohko range. Other than that id say both Dragapult and Zeraora are kinda borderline due to their versatility and speed tier. Dragapult is kinda kept in check by Zera outspeeding but Zera can only really be checked offensively with priority (and lol scarfers), most of which doesnt even OHKO from full and it can beat most defensive checks that arent running a type immunity ability anyway.

So, you've recently earned both OMs and Global Voice! How'd that make you feel?

It was great! But mostly it was a shocker lol. I guess OM voice kinda made sense but I honestly didn't expect to become global voice at all. Still, I'm glad it happened as it makes me feel like my contributions are appreciated.

Congratulations on it, anyways! Now, let's get back to you for a bit. What are some of your favourite books you've read? Do you have anything you'd like to say about them?

Thanks Well if we're talking actual books I really liked Brent Week's Lightbringer series, which follows the adventures of Gavin Guile, Prism of Chromeria (Prism = Warrior King basically, but he's also the greatest magician in the world) and of Kip, a bastard boy from a village far away from Chromeria who recently found out that he is actually Gavin's son. I liked the characters and I also liked the magic system, it was very well designed. Basically they cast magic by absorbing the component wavelengths (infrared to ultraviolet) of sunlight (which is white light), and the result depends on the color of light absorbed. I definitely recommend it if you like fantasy stories. As for my favorite story of all time, it has to be Worm, a web serial novel by Wildbow. It's basically a deconstruction of superhero fiction and follows Taylor, a bullied girl who awakens superpowers during a particularly bad incident in school. I read Worm like 5 or 6 years ago, and to this day no other story has pulled me in like it did. It's an amazing story and i really recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/scifi/superhero fiction. It's very long though so dont do it if you dont have time to kill.

Those sound really cool and I'll have to check them out! Finally, is there anything you'd like to say to the readers?

I guess it's time for shoutouts. First of all, I'd like to shoutout Drampa and Ransei for making OM Mashups a thing in the first place. Then I'd like to shoutout all the Mashups staff regs and the mashup veterans who sadly arent with us anymore for keeping it alive all this time. I'd also like to give out a shoutout to RajShoot and MGenius for making TPP a thing (for the second time now!) and letting us mashups peeps play mashups in a team tour environment - last year's TPP is what actually got me into STAAABmons. Speaking of TPP, all the OG absolposters deserve a shoutout as well Best Gal Ainzcrad Aloopuriza Axgwd Icemaster Kythr Nakeeb Floogal Npopat. And of course all the new Absolposters such as K3ppr, Joey, Karl, Omega; Binpin, Noc, Shion... sorry guys i cant list all of you but I love yall and also the plaza community in general. I gotta give a special shoutout to Manu 11, RICEMAN and PokaPK for always being up to play and just in general being good friends. Last, I'd like to give a shout out to some users from the OM community, OM for taking a chance with me in OMPL, Atha (get this man in OMPL next year!) for being my AAA test buddy, Mark K for being a great test and building partner in OMPL, Lasen for being a godtier memer, Chazm for being a great test partner in Snake as well as getting me nommed for OM voice and last ITH for picking me in OM snake and letting me have lots of fun in the tournament! Im really sorry if I forgot anyone but I've really met a lot of wonderful people here on pokemon showdown.

Feel Free to ask questions below!
Hi Mr. Based Number Man. I have 10 questions of utmost importance that I absolutely must know the answer to. Please get back to me ASAP so I can resume my daily activities without itching to know your thougts on these very serious matters.

1) I have heard rumors that you have recently been perm-banned from all showdown related platforms, including smogon. Are these allegations true? If so, how are you answering this question?
2) How many pieces of Agency merchandise do you own? How many pieces are you currently wearing?
3) Please describe, in 3 sentences or less, your masters thesis.
4) Who would win in an irl fight between users Ainzcrad and Aloopuriza ?
5) Do you have any tips on becoming a superior baste chad like you?
6) Will Axgwd ever finish the chronology?
7) I have also heard recent rumors of an up and commer in the TPP community - a user by the name of EMPRESS ASHLEY. Why do you think they were able to break onto the TP scene so quickly and do you have any advice for other users who want to get their names out there, either in the TP/OM communities or smogon as a whole?
8) What was the reason for choosing absol as a mascot?
9) Who, in the absols discord, do you think would be most likely to drop out of the agency?
10) Who can stop the absols in tpp 2? :blobpex:
 
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Hi Mr. Based Number Man. I have a 10 questions of utmost importance that I absolutely must know the answer to. Please get back to me ASAP so I can resume my daily activities without itching to know your thougts on these very serious matters.

1) I have heard rumors that you have recently been perm-banned from all showdown related platforms, including smogon. Are these allegations true? If so, how are you answering this question?
2) How many piece of Agency merchandise do you own? How many pieces are you currently wearing?
3) Please describe, in 3 sentences or less, your masters thesis.
4) Who would win in an irl fight between users Ainzcrad and Aloopuriza ?
5) Do you have any tips on trying to become a superior baste chad like you?
6) Will Axgwd ever finish the chronology?
7) I have also heard recent rumors of an up and commer in the TPP community - a user by the name of EMPRESS ASHLEY. Why do you think they were able to break onto the TP scene so quickly and do you have any advice for other users who want to get their names out there, either in the TP/OM communities or smogon as a whole?
8) What was the reason for choosing absol as a mascot?
9) Who, in the absols discord, do you think would be most likely to drop out of the agency?
10) Who can stop the absols in tpp 2? :blobpex:
Aloo is one of my best frens so i wouldn't hurt him
 
hey the number man, first of all congrats on gvoice, i have some questions i would like to ask:
1) How long did it take for you to come up with the omms?
2) Why isnt volcarona banned from staaab yet?
3) Where there any difficulties in making the omm room?
4) What is "based"?
5) What is the agency and why does everyone keep talking about it
6) Who is your favorite jojo character besides jotaro
7) https://pokepast.es/0bd544b907969566
 
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Best Gal

once upon a time wont last forever
Hello and welcome back to OM Interviews!!! Today, we bring in the mashed up mashed potato himself...



The Number Man!
Hello The Number Man, and welcome to OM interviews! How are you doing today?

Hi, OM and thanks, im happy to be here! Im good, just got home from a friends birthday party. You?

I'm good, thanks. Hope you enjoyed the party. Starting off, why don't you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, Im a college student (in the field of cognitive science), currently in the middle of finishing my masters thesis. My hobbies include working out, reading, watching the occasional reality show with my gf and of course playing mons.


That's cool! Speaking of mons, what are some of your favourite formats to play?

My favorite format would have to be STABmons + Almost any ability or STAAABmons in shorthand. But i also enjoy alot of OMs - AAA, STABmons and Camomons in particular, and I've been really really enjoying Inheritance as well lately. Other than that, I have a soft spot for gen7 OU (as it was the first format I tried to seriously learn).And i also have to mention CAAAmomons, another OM mashup.(edited)

Well, going into that, is there anything you feel like you've contributed to these metagames?

I feel like I've contributed a decent amount to the development of mashups this gen, both in curating resources and popularizing certain sets. The 1 STAAABmons set that stands out would be No Retreat Magic Guard Life Orb Cobalion which terrorized the metagame due to access to Volt Switch which let it pivot out of bad MUs to bypass the NR trapping effect while being really hard to beat 1v1 after an omniboost and frequently swept unprepped teams. This eventually led us to restrict No Retreat in STAAABmons lol. As for OMs i guess i could maybe say that I was one of the first ppl to notice how broken Magearna was in the gen8 version of Inheritance, a mon that put in a lot of work in my w1 game of OM snake with a set inheriting from Butterfree.

Building off of those resources and sets, you've recently been crowned OMM RO! How has your time in the subroom been?

Yeah I cant say I was expecting that honestly but I'm really glad (and honored) it happened. It's been great, I feel like I've grown so much as a player from when I first found the room in February of 2019. I was getting bored of OU and discovered OMs but quickly realised that most of the ladders were dead and somehow found Mashups. I've had fun building and playing mashups ever since, but even more importantly I've met some great people throughout my time here.

Going off of that, how has your time curating these mashups been? Is there anything you'd like to do moving forward?

Its fun, but its also a lot of work. I've mostly been focusing on STAAABmons (with the help of a great council) after getting tier leader sometime in Feb/March of this year and I think we've been decently successful in keeping it as balanced and fun as possible. My to-do list for the future (which will probably have to wait a bit, at least until both team tours im participating end) would be the following: - develop CAAAMOmons a bit more and get some tiering decisions done - find a way to bump up the popularity of Doubles and LC mashups - host a forum tour of some sort to attract some more attention to the room - a far fetched dream, but make OM Mashups PL a thing

Adding on to that, with so many combinations of mashups, do you think it's truly feasible for all of them to shine? Is there a way set up for them all to get a spotlight?

I sadly don't think it's feasible. Some will always be more popular than others, whether it be because they are easier to pick up or because they just appeal more strongly to the core userbase of the room. There's also the issue with the fact that something becoming spotlight doesn't necessarily mean it will be played - the mashup usually has to be reasonably popular already for the spotlight to have a positive impact on its popularity and playerbase (otherwise we get "dead" spotlights, where people stop playing after a week). As for getting every mashup a spotlight, I've been considering the idea of having two spotlights at the same time - one for the "regular" mashups (OM + OM or OM + ubers) and one for the LC/Doubles mashups as I've noticed that the playerbases for these two categories don't really overlap that much. That way both groups of players could get a spotlight that appeals to them.

I see. Shame considering there are so many good ones. Moving to different topics, you've been drafted in the OM Snake Draft! How has your experience been so far?

It's been great! I honestly wasn't sure whether I'd be drafted or not and even hesitated signing up since I'm working on my master's thesis right now, but I'm very glad I did. I've been a big fan of inheritance (it's my favorite out of the OMOTM candidates) ever since I first discovered it in gen7 so I'm really glad I got the chance to play it in a tournament setting. Building for it has been fun, especially now that the ever looming threat of 20 possible Magearna sets is gone and I've enjoyed my matches too, even though I'm a bit unhappy that my w1 and w2 wins weren't the cleanest.

Is there anything that stands out to you currently as a massive threat that people should be talking about?

Hmm thats a good question. Well first of all, I think Comfey as a donor (for Kiss, Primarina but also in general) is underrated. It gets everything it needs to bypass most defensive checks (Leech Seed/Taunt for pesky Unawares, Stored Power for Magic Bouncers that resist fairy but cant do much back) so the only real counterplay is clefable/xatu inherits that can set up alongside it and beat it 1v1 or just applying enough pressure that it cant boost up to ohko range. Other than that id say both Dragapult and Zeraora are kinda borderline due to their versatility and speed tier. Dragapult is kinda kept in check by Zera outspeeding but Zera can only really be checked offensively with priority (and lol scarfers), most of which doesnt even OHKO from full and it can beat most defensive checks that arent running a type immunity ability anyway.

So, you've recently earned both OMs and Global Voice! How'd that make you feel?

It was great! But mostly it was a shocker lol. I guess OM voice kinda made sense but I honestly didn't expect to become global voice at all. Still, I'm glad it happened as it makes me feel like my contributions are appreciated.

Congratulations on it, anyways! Now, let's get back to you for a bit. What are some of your favourite books you've read? Do you have anything you'd like to say about them?

Thanks Well if we're talking actual books I really liked Brent Week's Lightbringer series, which follows the adventures of Gavin Guile, Prism of Chromeria (Prism = Warrior King basically, but he's also the greatest magician in the world) and of Kip, a bastard boy from a village far away from Chromeria who recently found out that he is actually Gavin's son. I liked the characters and I also liked the magic system, it was very well designed. Basically they cast magic by absorbing the component wavelengths (infrared to ultraviolet) of sunlight (which is white light), and the result depends on the color of light absorbed. I definitely recommend it if you like fantasy stories. As for my favorite story of all time, it has to be Worm, a web serial novel by Wildbow. It's basically a deconstruction of superhero fiction and follows Taylor, a bullied girl who awakens superpowers during a particularly bad incident in school. I read Worm like 5 or 6 years ago, and to this day no other story has pulled me in like it did. It's an amazing story and i really recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/scifi/superhero fiction. It's very long though so dont do it if you dont have time to kill.

Those sound really cool and I'll have to check them out! Finally, is there anything you'd like to say to the readers?

I guess it's time for shoutouts. First of all, I'd like to shoutout Drampa and Ransei for making OM Mashups a thing in the first place. Then I'd like to shoutout all the Mashups staff regs and the mashup veterans who sadly arent with us anymore for keeping it alive all this time. I'd also like to give out a shoutout to RajShoot and MGenius for making TPP a thing (for the second time now!) and letting us mashups peeps play mashups in a team tour environment - last year's TPP is what actually got me into STAAABmons. Speaking of TPP, all the OG absolposters deserve a shoutout as well Best Gal Ainzcrad Aloopuriza Axgwd Icemaster Kythr Nakeeb Floogal Npopat. And of course all the new Absolposters such as K3ppr, Joey, Karl, Omega; Binpin, Noc, Shion... sorry guys i cant list all of you but I love yall and also the plaza community in general. I gotta give a special shoutout to Manu 11, RICEMAN and PokaPK for always being up to play and just in general being good friends. Last, I'd like to give a shout out to some users from the OM community, OM for taking a chance with me in OMPL, Atha (get this man in OMPL next year!) for being my AAA test buddy, Mark K for being a great test and building partner in OMPL, Lasen for being a godtier memer, Chazm for being a great test partner in Snake as well as getting me nommed for OM voice and last ITH for picking me in OM snake and letting me have lots of fun in the tournament! Im really sorry if I forgot anyone but I've really met a lot of wonderful people here on pokemon showdown.

Feel Free to ask questions below!
hey buddy got some questions

1. can you explain draptrap to me in 10 words or less
2. based on what?
3. how many rons do you think there are, really?
4. best ranshop title?
5. who would win in an irl fight between raj and mg?
6. scizor or scyther?
7. favorite pizza topping combination?
8. the year is 2120. who is staaab TL?
9. who is the real queen of tours plaza?
10. best tpp team of all time?
 
Hello and welcome back to OM Interviews!!! Today, we bring in the mashed up mashed potato himself...



The Number Man!
Hello The Number Man, and welcome to OM interviews! How are you doing today?

Hi, OM and thanks, im happy to be here! Im good, just got home from a friends birthday party. You?

I'm good, thanks. Hope you enjoyed the party. Starting off, why don't you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, Im a college student (in the field of cognitive science), currently in the middle of finishing my masters thesis. My hobbies include working out, reading, watching the occasional reality show with my gf and of course playing mons.


That's cool! Speaking of mons, what are some of your favourite formats to play?

My favorite format would have to be STABmons + Almost any ability or STAAABmons in shorthand. But i also enjoy alot of OMs - AAA, STABmons and Camomons in particular, and I've been really really enjoying Inheritance as well lately. Other than that, I have a soft spot for gen7 OU (as it was the first format I tried to seriously learn).And i also have to mention CAAAmomons, another OM mashup.(edited)

Well, going into that, is there anything you feel like you've contributed to these metagames?

I feel like I've contributed a decent amount to the development of mashups this gen, both in curating resources and popularizing certain sets. The 1 STAAABmons set that stands out would be No Retreat Magic Guard Life Orb Cobalion which terrorized the metagame due to access to Volt Switch which let it pivot out of bad MUs to bypass the NR trapping effect while being really hard to beat 1v1 after an omniboost and frequently swept unprepped teams. This eventually led us to restrict No Retreat in STAAABmons lol. As for OMs i guess i could maybe say that I was one of the first ppl to notice how broken Magearna was in the gen8 version of Inheritance, a mon that put in a lot of work in my w1 game of OM snake with a set inheriting from Butterfree.

Building off of those resources and sets, you've recently been crowned OMM RO! How has your time in the subroom been?

Yeah I cant say I was expecting that honestly but I'm really glad (and honored) it happened. It's been great, I feel like I've grown so much as a player from when I first found the room in February of 2019. I was getting bored of OU and discovered OMs but quickly realised that most of the ladders were dead and somehow found Mashups. I've had fun building and playing mashups ever since, but even more importantly I've met some great people throughout my time here.

Going off of that, how has your time curating these mashups been? Is there anything you'd like to do moving forward?

Its fun, but its also a lot of work. I've mostly been focusing on STAAABmons (with the help of a great council) after getting tier leader sometime in Feb/March of this year and I think we've been decently successful in keeping it as balanced and fun as possible. My to-do list for the future (which will probably have to wait a bit, at least until both team tours im participating end) would be the following: - develop CAAAMOmons a bit more and get some tiering decisions done - find a way to bump up the popularity of Doubles and LC mashups - host a forum tour of some sort to attract some more attention to the room - a far fetched dream, but make OM Mashups PL a thing

Adding on to that, with so many combinations of mashups, do you think it's truly feasible for all of them to shine? Is there a way set up for them all to get a spotlight?

I sadly don't think it's feasible. Some will always be more popular than others, whether it be because they are easier to pick up or because they just appeal more strongly to the core userbase of the room. There's also the issue with the fact that something becoming spotlight doesn't necessarily mean it will be played - the mashup usually has to be reasonably popular already for the spotlight to have a positive impact on its popularity and playerbase (otherwise we get "dead" spotlights, where people stop playing after a week). As for getting every mashup a spotlight, I've been considering the idea of having two spotlights at the same time - one for the "regular" mashups (OM + OM or OM + ubers) and one for the LC/Doubles mashups as I've noticed that the playerbases for these two categories don't really overlap that much. That way both groups of players could get a spotlight that appeals to them.

I see. Shame considering there are so many good ones. Moving to different topics, you've been drafted in the OM Snake Draft! How has your experience been so far?

It's been great! I honestly wasn't sure whether I'd be drafted or not and even hesitated signing up since I'm working on my master's thesis right now, but I'm very glad I did. I've been a big fan of inheritance (it's my favorite out of the OMOTM candidates) ever since I first discovered it in gen7 so I'm really glad I got the chance to play it in a tournament setting. Building for it has been fun, especially now that the ever looming threat of 20 possible Magearna sets is gone and I've enjoyed my matches too, even though I'm a bit unhappy that my w1 and w2 wins weren't the cleanest.

Is there anything that stands out to you currently as a massive threat that people should be talking about?

Hmm thats a good question. Well first of all, I think Comfey as a donor (for Kiss, Primarina but also in general) is underrated. It gets everything it needs to bypass most defensive checks (Leech Seed/Taunt for pesky Unawares, Stored Power for Magic Bouncers that resist fairy but cant do much back) so the only real counterplay is clefable/xatu inherits that can set up alongside it and beat it 1v1 or just applying enough pressure that it cant boost up to ohko range. Other than that id say both Dragapult and Zeraora are kinda borderline due to their versatility and speed tier. Dragapult is kinda kept in check by Zera outspeeding but Zera can only really be checked offensively with priority (and lol scarfers), most of which doesnt even OHKO from full and it can beat most defensive checks that arent running a type immunity ability anyway.

So, you've recently earned both OMs and Global Voice! How'd that make you feel?

It was great! But mostly it was a shocker lol. I guess OM voice kinda made sense but I honestly didn't expect to become global voice at all. Still, I'm glad it happened as it makes me feel like my contributions are appreciated.

Congratulations on it, anyways! Now, let's get back to you for a bit. What are some of your favourite books you've read? Do you have anything you'd like to say about them?

Thanks Well if we're talking actual books I really liked Brent Week's Lightbringer series, which follows the adventures of Gavin Guile, Prism of Chromeria (Prism = Warrior King basically, but he's also the greatest magician in the world) and of Kip, a bastard boy from a village far away from Chromeria who recently found out that he is actually Gavin's son. I liked the characters and I also liked the magic system, it was very well designed. Basically they cast magic by absorbing the component wavelengths (infrared to ultraviolet) of sunlight (which is white light), and the result depends on the color of light absorbed. I definitely recommend it if you like fantasy stories. As for my favorite story of all time, it has to be Worm, a web serial novel by Wildbow. It's basically a deconstruction of superhero fiction and follows Taylor, a bullied girl who awakens superpowers during a particularly bad incident in school. I read Worm like 5 or 6 years ago, and to this day no other story has pulled me in like it did. It's an amazing story and i really recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/scifi/superhero fiction. It's very long though so dont do it if you dont have time to kill.

Those sound really cool and I'll have to check them out! Finally, is there anything you'd like to say to the readers?

I guess it's time for shoutouts. First of all, I'd like to shoutout Drampa and Ransei for making OM Mashups a thing in the first place. Then I'd like to shoutout all the Mashups staff regs and the mashup veterans who sadly arent with us anymore for keeping it alive all this time. I'd also like to give out a shoutout to RajShoot and MGenius for making TPP a thing (for the second time now!) and letting us mashups peeps play mashups in a team tour environment - last year's TPP is what actually got me into STAAABmons. Speaking of TPP, all the OG absolposters deserve a shoutout as well Best Gal Ainzcrad Aloopuriza Axgwd Icemaster Kythr Nakeeb Floogal Npopat. And of course all the new Absolposters such as K3ppr, Joey, Karl, Omega; Binpin, Noc, Shion... sorry guys i cant list all of you but I love yall and also the plaza community in general. I gotta give a special shoutout to Manu 11, RICEMAN and PokaPK for always being up to play and just in general being good friends. Last, I'd like to give a shout out to some users from the OM community, OM for taking a chance with me in OMPL, Atha (get this man in OMPL next year!) for being my AAA test buddy, Mark K for being a great test and building partner in OMPL, Lasen for being a godtier memer, Chazm for being a great test partner in Snake as well as getting me nommed for OM voice and last ITH for picking me in OM snake and letting me have lots of fun in the tournament! Im really sorry if I forgot anyone but I've really met a lot of wonderful people here on pokemon showdown.

Feel Free to ask questions below!
after all the joke questions i wanted to for real ask u some things i havent found the oppurtinity to ask
1. How are u able to keep up with all the college work+mons+spending time with ur gf, isnt it kinda stressful?
2. What made u manage in tpp 1 and grabbing so many no names at that moment of time?
3. i cant think of smh not memey so i will take the time to say tnx for everything u have done and grats to how far u have achieved!
 
Hi Mr. Based Number Man. I have 10 questions of utmost importance that I absolutely must know the answer to. Please get back to me ASAP so I can resume my daily activities without itching to know your thougts on these very serious matters.

1) I have heard rumors that you have recently been perm-banned from all showdown related platforms, including smogon. Are these allegations true? If so, how are you answering this question?
2) How many pieces of Agency merchandise do you own? How many pieces are you currently wearing?
3) Please describe, in 3 sentences or less, your masters thesis.
4) Who would win in an irl fight between users Ainzcrad and Aloopuriza ?
5) Do you have any tips on becoming a superior baste chad like you?
6) Will Axgwd ever finish the chronology?
7) I have also heard recent rumors of an up and commer in the TPP community - a user by the name of EMPRESS ASHLEY. Why do you think they were able to break onto the TP scene so quickly and do you have any advice for other users who want to get their names out there, either in the TP/OM communities or smogon as a whole?
8) What was the reason for choosing absol as a mascot?
9) Who, in the absols discord, do you think would be most likely to drop out of the agency?
10) Who can stop the absols in tpp 2? :blobpex:
1) I have not, in fact, been permabanned from all showdown related platforms. This is a vile rumour instigated by the CEO of the unbased department Icemaster, because he wanted to take my position as manager in TPP 2 :psyangry:
2) I am ashamed to say none. Yep, that's right. It's back to Jamvad Academy for me
3) I am proposing the concept of a spectrum of "experiential attitudes" (ways of viewing and experiencing the world) and trying to justify it using parallels in existing literature as well as my own research which included a questionnaire and phenomenological interviews where I would interview people on their experience in a given moment and try to find traces of these experiential attitudes.
4) I think Boyn would win, but Aloo has a history of making those who predict vs him look stupid so idk.
5) Based is a state of mind. To achieve it, you must truly understand what it means to be based.
6) Not even at gunpoint
7) EMPRESS ASHLEY is a great player. I've seen her topple the best of the best of tours plaza on their home turf. Rumour has it part of her historic run can be attributed to "agency hax". If you wanna get your name out in plaza you better win a cycle and solidify your place in the plaza hall of fame.
8) You already know this, bur for anyone who doesn't. Absol became a meme in OM Mashups a bit more than a year ago during Tier Shift AAA spotlight after Marowak got banned. Absol quickly became the n1 threat and one of our users who isnt with us anymore started to meme Absol and posted a video in the chatroom. Everyone saw the meme potential so we welcomed our new overlord with open arms. Obviously as the resident mashup goons Gal and I had to pick Absol as our mascot once tpp 1 came around.
9) Definitely Snafutari, as he makes it a mission to be as unbased as possible :psyangry:
10) Anyone can try. But can they succeed? Or will the absols stay undefeated? Tune in for the rest of the regular season to see!

hey buddy got some questions
1. can you explain draptrap to me in 10 words or less
2. based on what?
3. how many rons do you think there are, really?
4. best ranshop title?
5. who would win in an irl fight between raj and mg?
6. scizor or scyther?
7. favorite pizza topping combination?
8. the year is 2120. who is staaab TL?
9. who is the real queen of tours plaza?
10. best tpp team of all time?
1. Im assuming you want my answer to include the meme value as well. PTrip Drapion magpulls opponents Ferro. Ends the game T1. Opponent: :psyangry:
2. The eternal conundrum
3. At least 50, but we know there's only one true ron
4. Hairy balance squad hands down
5. Raj is 6'5 so obviously raj
6. Scizor
7.Tuna + Basil + Onion (assuming cheese + tomato sauce is a given)
8. Axgwd discovers immortality and proceeds to rule the STAAABmons council with an iron fist for the rest of smogon's existence
9. Obviously Mellow1004
10. Absolute Absolposters

after all the joke questions i wanted to for real ask u some things i havent found the oppurtinity to ask
1. How are u able to keep up with all the college work+mons+spending time with ur gf, isnt it kinda stressful?
2. What made u manage in tpp 1 and grabbing so many no names at that moment of time?
3. i cant think of smh not memey so i will take the time to say tnx for everything u have done and grats to how far u have achieved!
1. Well last year i had a very unfortunate irl situation that basically meant i had much more free time than I had expected, so I was able to spend a lot of time on PS. This year as I was finally getting back on track, coronavirus lockdown hit so I again had much more free time than expected. I've been alot busier lately and unfortunately idt I will ever have as much time as I did again lol.
2. While Gal and I were fresh off a promo to % in mashups, we still weren't fully established in plaza, so I saw it as a situation to make a name for ourselves (and our players) by drafting players that we thought were good but weren't considered big names in the community yet. As for managing, Raj and MG actually offered the position to us in the planning stage and I was happy to take it.
3. No problem bro and thanks :D


hey the number man, first of all congrats on gvoice, i have some questions i would like to ask:
1) How long did it take for you to come up with the omms?
2) Why isnt volcarona banned from staaab yet?
3) Where there any difficulties in making the omm room?
4) What is "based"?
5) What is the agency and why does everyone keep talking about it
6) Who is your favorite jojo character besides jotaro
7) https://pokepast.es/0bd544b907969566
Thanks joey!
1) I cant answer this question as I wasn't there when mashups was first created. When I joined mashups the "official" mashups were already chosen and similarly I can't answer question number 3 either.
2) Volcarona is absolutely banworthy in my eyes and most of the council agrees with me, however TPP is going on currently and the TPP meta hasn't reflected our view of Volc. It hasn't been used that much at all. So banning it outright with no justification to the players, especially when our view of Volc isnt completely reflected by their experience seems wrong. We are working on a solution to this problem however.
4) Based on what?
5) Dont be a kid, be an agent
6) Probably Jonathan - he was someone we should all seek to emulate
7) Pain
 
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yo,

1) Opinions on the following pokemon : :lurantis: :lanturn: :surskit: :pinsir:
2) Why is your sample team with magearna in staaabmons still there when it's banned :(
3) Explain your magearna addiction.
4) What kind of music do you listen to?
5) Will the absolute absolposters be a team in the next OMPL?
6) If you could make 1 mashup have a permaladder which one would you choose and why?
7) Will you unban Melmetal in staaab when DLC 2 drops?
8) Is hax luck or skill?
9) Do you actually play "regular" tiers?
 
yo,

1) Opinions on the following pokemon : :lurantis: :lanturn: :surskit: :pinsir:
2) Why is your sample team with magearna in staaabmons still there when it's banned :(
3) Explain your magearna addiction.
4) What kind of music do you listen to?
5) Will the absolute absolposters be a team in the next OMPL?
6) If you could make 1 mashup have a permaladder which one would you choose and why?
7) Will you unban Melmetal in staaab when DLC 2 drops?
8) Is hax luck or skill?
9) Do you actually play "regular" tiers?
1) Lurantis is Absol's wannabe rival, Lanturn is the GOAT, Surskit is a french noob and Pinsir still gives me nightmares
2) Because my fellow council members haven't submitted any teams to replace it :psyangry:
3) Magearna is broken and the only way a scrub like me can win, so I abuse it
4) I like most genres of rock. Started off Linkin Park, moved to pop punk in my HS years (All time low, The story so far, four year strong, tigers jaw). I've been listening to Pendulum and Arctic Monkeys alot recently
5) I doubt it
6) Obviously STAAABmons since its my favorite and I think it has a decent enough playerbase as is and would probably appeal to people who play OMOTM ladders as well
7) Good question, Im not sure
8) Manu hax is skill, regular hax is luck
9) The closest to a regular tier I play is National Dex which I play occasionally (free Tornadus T), but I did play OU alot in gen7. I do like OU in general, this gen just hasnt been that fun for me
 
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