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Hello and welcome back to OM (me) Interviews! Today's lovely guest is none other than a random assortment of letters! S, B, P and C please come to the stage!Hello SBPC, and welcome to OM interviews! How are you doing today!
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I'm doing just fine man, finished up some weekend work for classes and played some splatoon with friends. How about you?
I'm doing well, thanks. Starting off, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure. I'm an 18 year old finishing out my senior year in high school. I've been studying music theory and production since i plan to pursue music industry work. I enjoy looking into technical things, which has lead me to become a bit of a geek for stuff like fighting game frame data and deep stat pools for rpgs. I tend to get into a lot of competitive scenes just because of it, which has lead me to play a decent amount of other games such as Splatoon and Street Fighter. I was a pitcher for my high school team for awhile too, but i stopped playing around 2 years ago. I try and get into watching anime and tv shows but it usually never clicks for me, although I really enjoy talking with others about their favorite series. I also have a habit for trying to make friends with everyone that walks so there's a few people that can call me out for random conversation attempts at ungodly hours.
So, how did you first get into pokemon, pokemon showdown and OMs?
My first ever Pokemon game was Pokemon Black, it was a birthday gift from my aunt. I got into Pokemon Showdown originally because there was this guy in my friend's group chat who'd use his skill in pokemon as a bragging right all the time, so after enough of it i decided I'd learn the game just to shut him up. My first dip into OMs was in generation 7, where I played balanced hackmons with a sample team for a few hours, and then revisited many months later when I picked up ZeroUsed and mained the tier for awhile. After that i got into NFE through NFEPL3.
Speaking of which, you've recently been promoted to NFE co-leader! How has that experience been?
Nothing new really. NFE council has always worked well together, so I'm simply just taking my leadership position as a means to further help the tier.
Is there any NFE projects that you're excited for?
Oh absolutely. I got a lot planned for the upcoming months. First once PL finishes, we're going to do a reboot of ORAS NFE. Then after that's finished, I'm gonna resume my work on NFE OMs for an upcoming event featuring those. Can't reveal the details just yet, since we'd like our announcements to be as formal as possible. But it's something to be excited about.
And how do you feel about state of NFE itself? Is their anything in the metagame you're worried about, or any pokemon you feel are underutilized?
Ah. It's no secret im not really happy with the current state of the NFE Metagame. I've made a few posts about it in our Metagame Discussion Thread, (link here) but to summarize, I fear the upper portion of our metagame is far too centralizing to a point of absurdity, and can boil down to a big 4 (Raboot, Thwackey, Corsola-G, and Vullaby as removal) with an additional 2 pokemon from the top half of the metagame, or a more niche threat that helps with counterteams/endgame sweeping. I feel that Fletchinder and Grassy Terrain based teams are underutilized right now, the former for its ability to counterteam Thwackboot cores, and the latter for their exceptional ability to pummel through the standardized defensive cores used to help combat thwackboot.
Do you have any examples of those two archetypes you feel comfortable sharing?
Oh absolutely. Big 4 teams, or as i call them, the Hat Builder, are pretty everywhere in my teambuilder just because they can be very easy to make and are incredibly efficient. I just have slips of paper i put into my old baseball hat (or my OU hat, depending on what i feel like) with names of other threats that aren't the big 4, and pull 2 out at random. If you wanna try it yourself, just take some names off the VR and throw them in a randomizer. Here's some of mine though, for examples. https://pokepast.es/ecbcb113681f4bc1 https://pokepast.es/2cca4fa7006baef9 And for grassy terrain, you can use the big 4 + a grassy abuser.. https://pokepast.es/e14c1767d57cf4fa Or bring a full blown dedicated Hyper Offense. https://pokepast.es/59628f4dec391a60
Progressing onwards, what in the NFE community or general state have you guys been worrying about?
With focus towards NFEPL 4 being such a massive taking to our attention right now, there hasn't been much discussion of other things to be worried about. However, I've seen some people curious of the effect of DLC 2 coming soon, as well as some talk of worries of the current metagame state.
Staff has been focused on trying to improve ladder activity however, as it's a large focus to what draws people to the metagame, as well as trying to boost our forum activity.
Onto the positive, What about the NFE community do you enjoy? Is there any funny moments or screenshots you'd like to share?
Man, aside from some of the more hidden petty drama you can find on occasion, I've always just loved the tight knit nature of the community. It's a generally welcoming place to be with a great pool of motivated, kind people that just makes you wanna stick around for the long haul, even if the current metagame is kinda ass. Unfortunately I don't have any screenshots saved, but I do find this particular log to be a funny poorly aged quote. [18:17:06] %Anime≧◡≦Sans: I will never like raboot [18:17:09] %Anime≧◡≦Sans: quote me on this [18:17:55] %Anime≧◡≦Sans: if i ever decide raboot is good [18:17:57] %Anime≧◡≦Sans: im quitting Thank goodness, she hasn't quit yet.
And how do you feel you've contributed to the NFE metagame? Any sets or pokemon you've pioneered?
My contributions mostly lie in old gens, as I created Gen 5 and helped with the formation of everything older than that. As of the current generation though, I've mostly focused on developing and making stronger use of the more standard stuff, innovating in team composition and techs to help in the long game. I also pioneered Trapinch + PsyTerrain Kadabra, but trapinch is banned now, making the Kadabra set less than optimal. I also started pushing Drifloon as an innovation to take abuse of Grassy Terrain, since its everywhere in this meta.
Now, to the cooler stuff, how was your time as a Splatoon / Street Fighter main? What other hobbies do you enjoy? Any memories you'd like to share?
My god I loved those games to death. I still play splatoon pretty frequently and sometimes enter tournaments when I have a pickup team and some spare time. As for street fighter, I still actively spectate it, but haven't played since my ps4 got stolen. I think one of the coolest memories with the former of those games was the time I played in Inkstorm 2018, under the name Galaxy Splat. And while our record wasn't shining, (pls dont look us up we did SO BAD LOL) it was a ton of fun. And for hobbies, I still enjoy baseball, and like to teach younger people how to get into pitching since its a huge learning curve and proper tutoring is very expensive. I also like to play a little chess from time to time, but im not anything crazy at it. And on a quick note, shoutouts to my splat teammates from both Galaxy and 711, y'all are flames. Also sub to 5hak's twitch he has premier content.
Tackling other stuff, you were a manager in OMPL! How'd you enjoy that experience, and are you planning on managing for WCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM as well?
I absolutely loved OMPL. Favorite team tour of all time and I'm still incredibly astounded with how we did. And for World Cup? I'd love to manage sign me up.
Keeping on, how do you think of the Snake Metagames? Are you interested in playing any of them?
I wasn't really a huge fan of any of the snake metas that I played/helped for during the tour itself, however I'm really interested in Inverse, and will probably continue looking into it inbetween NFE events.
Anyone you'd like to shoutout that you've befriended?
Huge shoutouts to Tack and Sans for drafting me in PL3 and introducing me to this community, to Jett for being an incredible TL, and to Andyboy, my OMPL Co-manager that helped me with the tour a massive amount. Also shoutouts corvis and nfe council, 2 groups that I've grown incredibly fond of over the past year.
Finally, is there anything you'd like to say to the readers?
Practice good self care, wash your ass, and have a great day
(Yes im telling your readers to take a fucking shower)
we're not yugioh players smh
no but it should be expected from someone who attends fighting game tournaments to tell people to shower
Feel free to ask more questions below!