Smogon Grand Slam VI [Won by Level 56]

Pearl

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This is it, you've all be waiting for! After fiercely battling for a playoff spot across five opens (which, for what it's worth, featured almost 2000 unique competitors), we're now left with only 16 people remaining. As I said previously in the tiebreaker thread, making it this far is an impressive feat in itself, and while only one of you will be able to walk away with the
, being able to stand here is already worthy of praise.

Before moving on to the action, I'd like to thank everyone who made this tournament possible: the open hosts (MrAldo, Kiyo, Quote and Fireburn), the artists (Zracknel, Bummer and aim), the people who helped keeping the standings spreadsheet updated (HSA, elodin and Eo Ut Mortus), my fellow co-host Zebraiken and also rozes for all of the effort he put into this prior to his ban (as well as teal6 and the rest of the TD team for putting up with my endless barrages of questions, you guys rock). Last but not least, I'd also like to thank all of the people who signed up for the various opens, making this one of the biggest tournaments in the history of Smogon.

With that said, here is the list of people who qualified and their respective seed:

1. FLCL - 38 Points
2. dodmen - 37 Points
3. aim - 32 Points | 84.6% Win Ratio
4. Tricking - 32 Points | 82.1% Win Ratio
5. Rodriblutar - 32 Points | 82.1% Win Ratio
6. ict - 31 Points
7. Welli0u - 30 Points
8. blunder - 29 Points | 80.8% Win Ratio
9. Sacri' - 29 Points | 80% Win Ratio
10. Pohjis - 28 Points | 82.6% Win Ratio
11. soulgazer - 28 Points | 80% Win Ratio
12. Lax - 27 Points
13. KratosMana - 26 Points | 80% Win Ratio (+ Beat Gunner Rohan in the tiebreaker)
14. Level 56 - 26 Points | 78.3% Win Ratio (+ Beat a player with a higher win rate in the tiebreaker than the two users below)
15. teal6 - 26 Points | 78.3% Win Ratio
16. Nintendi - 26 Points | 78.3% Win Ratio

Aside from seeds 4/5 and 15/16, all tiebreakers were decided based on win ratio. For the two aforementioned cases, where there were perfect ties, the involved parties decided to sort things out between themselves, with Tricking and Rodriblutar coming to an agreement without needing to battle for a seed, while teal6 and Nintendi played a Bo1 to decide who would take which seed.

Due to the higher number of playoff spots (as well as a smaller amount of tiers to be featured in this year's edition of Grand Slam), this year's format will be slightly different from last year's. For starters, all sets will be Bo5, but since there are exactly 5 tiers as opposed to last year's 7, there won't be any need for participants to exclude tiers. Besides that, the top 4 seeds won't have a break in the first round, as there are now 16 people in contention instead of 12. The higher seed will get to choose the first tier to be played in a set, while the loser picks the next one. There will be four rounds of direct elimination until there is only one player remaining.

Identity

I expect many battles to be completed under alts and I expect many battles to be completed on other servers to prevent scouting. These kind of factors are pretty bad for tournament security, and thus I will make this clear: If I hear any whispers of identity theft (battling as someone you are not) or proxy battling (helping someone else battle through pm) I will not be pleased and I will take severe actions.

Scouting

Next, I do not want to hear anything about counterteaming, at all. It is the silliest thing I have ever heard, any battler worth their marbles has more than one team. Do not complain about it. I also don't want to hear about any forceful scouting, whether it be spying on another teams irc channel or following your opponent around on PO. There is a difference between "ipl is known for using stall" and "let me follow ipl around all day to watch all his battles since I am his opponent". I expect a lot of the former and none of the latter.

With that said, I give permission to all battlers to ask any person spectating their battle to leave if they do not want them watching. However, given the fact that this is the big stage, I am sure a lot of people want to watch, so don't be too mean.

Timer Clause

As for taking long between moves, if your opponent asks you to hurry up, please oblige. If you are doing a damage calc for a key turn that is one thing, but prolonging every move is suspicious and annoying. Don't do it. Furthermore, Battle Timeout is a rule for a reason. If you run out of time, you lose, simple as that. It does not matter what your opponent says. Do not battle if you think you will have to leave mid battle, and instead reschedule for a better time. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment.

Disconnections

If a player disconnects and either player contends that they could still win, the optimal solution is to recreate the exact situation the disconnection occurred at during the battle. If it is agreed between players that this is not feasible due to unreasonable battle length, highly improbable circumstances, or some other reason, the player who did not disconnect may choose to rematch with either the same teams or (the option to use) new teams. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment. Do not do it.

I know that was a lot to read, but it is all necessary for me to have posted here so everyone can see it in the case of a dispute. I don't want any confusion or any problems.
ROUND 1









1. FLCL vs. 16. Nintendi (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)
2. dodmen vs. 15. teal6 (UU, RU, NU, Ubers)
3. aim vs. 14. Level 56 (RU, NU, Ubers)
4. Tricking vs. 13. KratosMana (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)
5. Rodriblutar vs. 12. Lax (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)
6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer (RU, LC, Ubers)
7. Welli0u vs. 10. Pohjis (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)
8. blunder vs. 9. Sacri' (UU, NU, LC, Ubers)
ROUND 2









16. Nintendi vs. 8. blunder (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)
2. dodmen vs. 10. Pohjis (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)
14. Level 56 vs. 6. ict (UU, RU, LC, Ubers)
4. Tricking vs. 12. Lax (UU, RU, NU, LC, Ubers)


SEMIFINALS
16. Nintendi vs. 4. Tricking
10. Pohjis vs. 14. Level 56

DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 29, 11:59 PM EST
note: From this round onward, Mega Gardevoir is banned from UU! (Weavile was banned the round before)
 
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teal6

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Round 1
(A) FLCL vs. Nintendi
(B) dodmen vs. teal6
(C) aim vs. (Winner of Level 56 vs. Gunner Rohan)
(D) Tricking vs. KratosMana
(E) Rodriblutar vs. Lax
(F) ict vs. soulgazer
(G) Welli0u vs. Pohjis
(H) blunder vs. Sacri'

Round 2
(I) Winner of A vs Winner of H
(J) Winner of B vs Winner of G
(K) Winner of C vs Winner of F
(L) Winner of D vs Winner of E

Round 3
(M) Winner of I vs Winner of L
(N) Winner of J vs Winner of K

Round 4
(O) Winner of M vs Winner of N


I consider making these playoffs the best achievement I've done so far on Smogon - harder than 8-1 SPL, Classic II or semifinals of GS IV. I am proud to have achieved this and to stand alongside fifteen incredibly talented players, but I do not intend for my growth to stop here. I'll get stronger with each game played starting with Dodmen, and in the end I will see just how far I can go.

Thank you all for making this such a ridiculously competitive and successful tournament so far, I love to see it as a host, organizer and competitor myself.

As always: the fight is all.
 
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1. FLCL vs. 16. Nintendi
2. dodmen vs. 15. teal6
3. aim vs. 14. (Level 56 vs. Gunner Rohan)
4. Tricking vs. 13. KratosMana
5. Rodriblutar vs. 12. Lax
6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer
7. Welli0u vs. 10. Pohjis
8. blunder vs. 9. Sacri'
 

Yoshizilla315

Tournament Banned
#13
1. FLCL vs. 16. Nintendi - FLCL has been completely unstoppable recently, crushing his opponents in everything he plays. I've not heard from Nintendi in a while, and I was surprised to see his name in playoffs.

2. dodmen vs. 15. teal6 - As much as I love teal, I've seen a lot better from dodmen recently, and he looks unstoppable for the foreseeable future.

3. aim vs. 14. Winner of Level 56 vs. Gunner Rohan - I feel that Gunner Rohan has mastered more tiers than Level 56, which will give him the advantage. aim will beat Gunner because aim can't be beat.

4. Tricking vs. 13. KratosMana - As shown in SPL, Tricking has proven himself to be an incredible player. As for KratosMana, I'm not sure about him, so I'm giving Tricking the edge.

5. Rodriblutar vs. 12. Lax - Rodri is pretty much the best player of all time at everything, and while Lax is good, I just see Rodri taking this series.

6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer - Honestly, I'm quite surprised to see soulgazer making Grand Slam playoffs, he was a meh player in my opinion before. Despite him showing surprising results, ict placed first last year (or the year before lol), so I expect much from ict. He's also done very well this slam as well, so there's that to keep in mind.

7. Welli0u vs. 10. Pohjis - :pkGASM:

8. blunder vs. 9. Sacri' - As far as I know, Sacri' pretty much only plays UU (and I think another tier, but I forgot), and blunder is good in every tier he's every touched, so I mean there's a clear advantage there.
 

soulgazer

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6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer - Honestly, I'm quite surprised to see soulgazer making Grand Slam playoffs, he was a meh player in my opinion before. Despite him showing surprising results, ict placed first last year (or the year before lol), so I expect much from ict. He's also done very well this slam as well, so there's that to keep in mind.
I have been the best lower tier player in team tournaments since i joined in 2013 (check spl records) and showed at many occasions to be able to branch out of NU too in other tournaments, official and not. What have you accomplished ? All I can think of is winning a Fall Smogon Tour with like 48 participants... this playground isn't made for weaklings like you, get out.
 

Yoshizilla315

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I have been the best lower tier player in team tournaments since i joined in 2013 (check spl records) and showed at many occasions to be able to branch out of NU too in other tournaments, official and not. What have you accomplished ? All I can think of is winning a Fall Smogon Tour with like 48 participants... this playground isn't made for weaklings like you, get out.
yeah man I got this PM, I haven't seen much from you, though I am excited to see you play in the future! I did realize afterwards that you are a great player, so I sincerely apologize for that. My post was not to insult you at all, at no point did I say I was better than you, or anyone at that matter. If I did push a button, I apologize.

Also, if you do think I'm a weakling, I'd like to play a few matches with you sometime!
 
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yeah man I got this PM, I haven't seen much from you, though I am excited to see you play in the future! I did realize afterwards that you are a great player, so I sincerely apologize for that. My post was not to insult you at all, at no point did I say I was better than you, or anyone at that matter. If I did push a button, I apologize.

Also, if you do think I'm a weakling, I'd like to play a few matches with you sometime!
Holy shit dude, shut up, I've lurked for so long and I can't take it anymore, you're so bad, literally like go do something else with your life, you're clearly not made for this. Lurk more, get good.
 
#22
1. FLCL vs. 16. Nintendi - it's flcl cmon
2. dodmen vs. 15. teal6 - teal doesnt misplay, hello
3. aim vs. 14. (Level 56 vs. Gunner Rohan) - gunner is taking the tiebreaker, but cant see aim loosing
4. Tricking vs. 13. KratosMana - Tricking makes a more consistent impression imo, but this could go either way i feel
5. Rodriblutar vs. 12. Lax - GO LAX
6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer - sg answered that already
7. Welli0u vs. 10. Pohjis - Pohjis is too fire
8. blunder vs. 9. Sacri' - fanboying, sry

edit: 15th of october and all my predicts are off,,,
 
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Garay oak

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1. FLCL vs. 16. Nintendi -No one can stop him
2. dodmen vs. 15. teal6-Dudeman will win this, hes immaculate
3. aim vs. 14. (Level 56 vs. Gunner Rohan)-Sorry gunner but I think aim will come through
4. Tricking vs. 13. KratosMana-I think anti is better overall
5. Rodriblutar vs. 12. Lax-I'll give rodri the edge this time, but lax could win. Go both!!
6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer- He already said it... the best low tier player of all time
7. Welli0u vs. 10. Pohjis-THE WELL. Better player overall
8. blunder vs. 9. Sacri'- I feel like blunder is better in terms of playing, but it could go either way tbh
 

suapah

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#24
1. FLCL vs. 16. Nintendi
2. dodmen vs. 15. teal6
3. aim vs. 14. (Level 56 vs. Gunner Rohan)
4. Tricking vs. 13. KratosMana
5. Rodriblutar vs. 12. Lax
6. ict vs. 11. soulgazer
7. Welli0u vs. 10. Pohjis
8. blunder vs. 9. Sacri'

rooting for all canadian friends n_n
 

BKC

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#25
doob (good series though), teal, joe (vs 56, will also be good), anti (will also also be good), rodri, sg (highlight), pohjis, blund. any series could go either way. cant believe i'm at all interested in seeing these tiers played but this is one elite coglomeration of battlers so good stuff all around. cant see anyone who wouldnt be a deserving winner.

that said, go raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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