why did people start calling you kingpin?
kratosmana and blunder started calling me that in spl 7 just to joke around and it stayed. unlike most ppl think, i didnt start the kingpin meme. but fsr that name has become popular and more and more ppl have been referring to me as the kingpin and it kinda amuses me because i associate it with "the kingpin marlo stanfield" from the wire, who is my fav show and he's my fav character in it.why did people start calling you kingpin?
I'm not sure if there are ways to really improve the tournament scene, because that would require changing the mentality of the current generation of players and I think we hit the point of no return a few years ago. The non-official tournaments are pretty much dead when they used to be extremely popular back in the days. It's all about winning and receiving the acknowledgment of the Smogon community by winning a trophy or performing very well in several official tournaments. People don't build anymore, they just steal and use standard teams. It is what it is, and I don't even think hosting cash-prized non-official tournaments would really help dealing with the real issue of the tournament scene. People have kind of forgotten that the main purpose of playing a game is to have fun and this is kind of sad. As for new players, I gotta admit I'm not really familiar with the newer generation of players.Hey Kingpin! Coming from someone who looks up to you, I wanted to know:
What are your thoughts on growing the scene of competitive Pokemon on Smogon? Are there any newer players you think might have an impact on the tour scene from the Smogon community or the French community?
Did you approve elodin of Kingpin Jr.?
You obviously play USM at a high level, do you think the Zygarde banned was necessary for a healthy meta?
What advice would you give someone when it comes to teambuilding?
Who is the character in your avatar?
What's your favorite season of The Wire?
What are some of your favorite movies?
What music do you like to listen too?
That is all! :]
I'm not sure if there are ways to really improve the tournament scene, because that would require changing the mentality of the current generation of players and I think we hit the point of no return a few years ago. The non-official tournaments are pretty much dead when they used to be extremely popular back in the days. It's all about winning and receiving the acknowledgment of the Smogon community by winning a trophy or performing very well in several official tournaments. People don't build anymore, they just steal and use standard teams. It is what it is, and I don't even think hosting cash-prized non-official tournaments would really help dealing with the real issue of the tournament scene. People have kind of forgotten that the main purpose of playing a game is to have fun and this is kind of sad. As for new players, I gotta admit I'm not really familiar with the newer generation of players.
I don't think solely basing your preparation on counterstyling your opponent is the best approach. Sure it can work in early rounds assuming you're facing a "random", but you'd probably get the same results by just bringing a solid team. I think focusing on yourself is the best approach. It doesn't work one way. If you think your opponent isn't also thinking about counterstyling you or changing their playstyle so your counterstyle will be ineffective, then you're wrong. Sure, everyone has patterns but when it comes to winning an official tournament, you are facing the very best of the best, whether it's playing-wise or teambuilding-wise, so a very simplistic approach of counterstyling just cannot work. But that's just my opinion of course. I think having a good idea of what your opponent likes to bring is necessary, just to keep in mind what you can't be weak to against them, but that's about it. The rest of your preparation needs to be focused on yourself. This is my personal approach and I'm sure every top player has their own. I think this is what makes the game more enjoyable and challenging, bringing stuff you rarely use in key matches. To make it short, don't be predictable, use different stuff from one game to another without being counter-nature (if you suck at stalling, don't stall), be offensive, bring win conditions.Hey Ojama
I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on how to approach prep in official tournaments... do you think trying to heavily counterstyle your opponent is the best approach, do you just use 'good teams' or do you apply a healthy mix of both and does it depend on what type of opponent you are facing?
I think playing different generations helps in having a better overall understanding of the game and a more complete teambuilding. Facing top players in every generation is what has improved my teambuilding, because every generation has specificities and being able to adapt your teambuilding to every generation, with their own mechanics and trends, makes you a very flexible teambuilder. I'm not saying being good at ADV makes you better at SM, I'm just saying that it helps widening your field of vision teambuilding-wise. I also strongly believe that switching from one gen to another helps a lot at not burning out. It's paradoxical but Pokémon is a game that needs to be played the least possible. Or well, let me rephrase it: one needs to use their time perfectly to enjoy this game as long as possible. Watching replays of top players, playing in official tournaments and building + using your own teams is what will make you improve a lot. I can't stress enough the importance of building and using their own teams. With all the aspects within this game, hating the game can be pretty easy. Make good use of your time is my advice.Hi Ojama,
As a pretty new player I've tried my hand at pretty much every tier and enjoy most, if not all, of them with varying preferences. As you've established yourself as a top player in pretty much every generation of Pokemon, I wanted to ask if you would suggest I (and players like myself) focus all my efforts into a single tier and take them on one at a time, or continue learning each one here and there at the same time?
I ask this because I feel like I'm OK at most of them but I wouldn't consider myself amazing at any single one, and I noticed that there seems to be a distinction between top players who specialise in one or two tiers and players that seem to be able to play anything at a really high level.
What do you do in your day-to-day life? How do you manage to find time for your hobbies?
Which Ojama is your favourite?
Both ?? Ass if I had to pick.Tits or ass?
i swear to god you are never going to drop thisMr.E
What past gen tier are you most known for playing, and what are some of your greatest achievements in playing (in either this tier or in general)?
GSC, obviously. I don't know how many particularly great achievements I have but I went down to I think semifinals in Chromatics Last Stand Tournament, AKA Sneak 1, one of the best tournaments in community history during the ending days of RBY and the tourney series of which Smogon Premier League is a spiritual successor. I lost to EeveeTrainer because he froze my maxed-Evasion Alakazam. I've always had pretty bad luck in individual events but I won Marble Palace's first Gen 3 tournament, the only individual event I've ever won, when we still played 200.
I have two SPL trophies performing well in GSC for my team. I'm particularly proud of the Scooters victory during SPL's inaugural season, since I practically dragged my team kicking and screaming into the playoffs after Week 7 against all odds... where I proceeded to go 0-2 but my team finally picked up the slack at that point and brought me over the finish line! And most of my teammates were my old friends in the community that have all since left or went into the official side of things once VGC became a regular thing, a connection I miss in modern SPL where my teammates are just my teammates. That's likely the main reason why I didn't play in SPL X, I don't have any really good friends left on Smogon so nobody bought me despite my skill at the game.