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Welcome to the eleventh iteration of SPL, SPL XI. In this tournament, 10 teams containing the best players on Smogon (and starry) play against each other and duke it out every week, attempting to gather as many wins as they can to reach playoffs. Some of them will fail, while others will bloom. Whatever the case, the matches will be exciting, so without further ado, here are tournament rules and the matchups!


Tournaments Rules and General Guidelines



Matchups


Ever Grande BIGS (3) vs (9) Cryonicles
SS OU: aim vs Updated Kanto
SS OU: soulgazer vs Eo Ut Mortus
SS OU: ima vs Sacri'
SS DOU: Ezrael vs Tman
SS LC: trash vs ggggd
SM OU: Sabella vs Leftiez
ORAS OU: Santu vs Garay oak
BW OU: Fakes vs Finchinator
DPP OU: GaryTheGengar vs shawyu 1313
ADV OU: eden vs z0mOG
GSC OU: Descending vs Mr.E
RBY OU: Nails vs HML am


Wi-fi Wolfpack (6) vs (6) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace
SS DOU: SMB vs MajorBowman
SS LC: HT vs Osh
SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru
DPP OU: BIHI vs Vay
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh
GSC OU: sulcata vs McMeghan
RBY OU: Sceptross vs Kaz


Stark Sharks (9) vs (3) Indie Scooters

SS OU: bro fist vs Lopunny Kicks
SS OU: teal6 vs talah
SS OU: xray vs Jayde
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Memoric
SS LC: EviGaro vs tazz
SM OU: frisoeva vs ZoroDark
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze
BW OU: SoulWind vs zf
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Honor
ADV OU: Conflict vs CyberOdin
GSC OU: Blightbringer vs Fear
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Bedschibaer


Team Raiders (3) vs (9) Alpha Ruiners

SS OU: reiku vs FLCL
SS OU: Trosko vs Twixtry
SS OU: Lusa vs Empo
SS DOU: kaori vs qsns
SS LC: LilyAC vs jake
SM OU: Posho vs Gondra
ORAS OU: Lycans vs xImRaptor
BW OU: dice vs Caetano93
DPP OU: ToF vs Hyogafodex
ADV OU: pasy_g vs Alexander.
GSC OU: Earthworm vs FriendOfMrGolem120
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs ErPeris


Congregation of the Classiest (3) vs (9) Dragonspiral Tyrants

SS OU: Relous vs Christo
SS OU: false vs starry blanket
SS OU: Insult vs Nat
SS DOU: stax vs marilli
SS LC: Serene Grace vs Luthier
SM OU: suapah vs blunder
ORAS OU: Persephone vs CrashinBoomBang
BW OU: Raiza vs John W
DPP OU: Tamahome vs The Grand Babido
ADV OU: Teclis vs Gilbert arenas
GSC OU: KratosMana vs gorgie
RBY OU: Amaranth vs Heroic Troller

Deadline January 19th, 9 PM EST
 
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SS OU: aim vs Updated Kanto
SS OU: soulgazer vs Eo Ut Mortus
SS OU: ima vs Sacri': very close one though, both amazing players right now.
ORAS OU: Santu vs Garay oak: gary looked rough vs persephone last week, and i was really not a big fan of his team choice in general. i think gary's a skilled player, and i have always said that any skilled player can pick up oras with some help because of how centralized and simple the tier is, but i think the cryos lack the support he needs to do this. santu has moderate experience in ORAS, especially in stour. he also has a lot of help between the bigs and his italian brethren. i honestly also think santu is a better player overall, giving him a really significant edge here.

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan: overrated vs underrated.
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace: charm hasn't looked like himself lately. though the "himself" i'm referring to was only really a thing for one tournament, so.
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi: sjneider looked HOT vs erz, though erz did him a lot of favors in that one by really REALLY choking away a very favorable mu. still, neider played exceptionally on top of these chokes, navigating his way through a tough one. luigis ok too though. he uses a lot of bad shit that abr will build circles around, and sjneider is a good enough pilot to win those matchups for sure.

SS OU: bro fist vs Lopunny Kicks
SS OU: teal6 vs talah
SS OU: xray vs Jayde
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze: as much as i hated quaze's team last week, it worked. erz is a great builder and he has amazing support all around him, but wow he choked. hope that was just some debut nerves that he can shake off, but regardless of nerves, he is clearly at the very bottom of this pool. quaze is proven in general, and while i can't say much in terms of what he might bring, i don't think he'll need to cheese that hard to win this one.

SS OU: reiku vs FLCL
SS OU: Trosko vs Twixtry: "upset" i guess but trosko didn't look super hot vs tdk. hope he derusts a bit.
SS OU: Lusa vs Empo
ORAS OU: Lycans vs xImRaptor: idk.

oh yeah and GO TYRANTS!!!
 
8/13 right last time

SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit - 55/45. Gama looked a bit off last week, whereas Welli0u played a great game of pokemon. Capitalized every turn he needed to and showed up with a good looking team. I think I will trust his playing more than Gama's at this stage in time -- not to mention his prep.
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi - 60/40. Sjneider played good pokemon week 1 whereas Luigi just got outplayed half of all turns vs raptor. He is still decent and Sjneider still unproven but I think he is better.
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru - 60/40. Pearl showed some signs of life vs SW, Zokuru really didn't (cant wait to talk about the DR tho). Also think Pearl's team choice will be better.
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh - 65/35. BKC managed to turn what should've been an unwinnable situation vs a recover mie and some friends into an out-of-nowhere win vs conflict through perfect mistake capitalization. Dekzeh seemed to be a foot behind vs Alex all game, so I think BKC will show up and play better.

SM OU: frisoeva vs ZoroDark - 40/60. Still don't know enough about Frisoeva to feel confident picking him, especially considering Zorodark played a good game with a team I would definitely not have expected him to bring.
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze - 35/65. Erzengel looked a little lost ingame. I actually think he had the MU edge but couldn't figure that out in time to use it to his advantage. Quaze has been good. Please keep experimenting with teams like your sun -- it makes ORAS entertaining.
BW OU: SoulWind vs zf - 60/40. Highlight BW game. I think both play very good pokemon, I think Soulwind brings better teams. Edge for that reason.
ADV OU: Conflict vs CyberOdin - 50/50. Conflict went from a commanding lead through a crazy Blissey play to SOL with a single big risk. Odin got outplayed despite favorable MU (imo) but managed to take it back with a big freeze. Not sure who I have more confidence in.

SM OU: Posho vs Gondra - 35/65. Gondra looked great last week. I was wrong when I said Posho used a Latios in Snake, but I was not wrong in thinking that he would be outplayed.
ORAS OU: Lycans vs xImRaptor - 45/55. Raptor made Luigi his b*tch and is slowly solidifying himself as a force to be reckoned with. Lycans game 1 didn't really change my opinion on him greatly, but I think Raptor is favored.
BW OU: dice vs Caetano93 - 45/55. My God, the Doctor is so hot. He played a well-controlled game and showed off a very cool Breloom set. I think dice may be tilting and is likely to underrate his opponent. Upset in the Dr.'s favor.
ADV OU: pasy_g vs Alexander. - 45/55. Pasy lowkey threw last game and looked a little nervous. I think he has a higher ceiling, but Alexander is more composed and relaxed. I think he will play better.

SM OU: suapah vs blunder - 35/65. Suapah looked good vs Eo, but his resume doesn't really stack up to Blunder's. Comfortable edge for sheer playing ability.
ORAS OU: Persephone vs CrashinBoomBang - 40/60. Persephone kinda choked vs Garay and gave him way more options than he should've for how that MU was. I'm not sure that kind of playing will fly vs a steamroller like CBB, who I think would've definitely closed out the game vs Lycans without the DC.
BW OU: Raiza vs John W - 55/45. Both play pretty well, I think Raiza has more experience in BW and will prep better.
ADV OU: Teclis vs Gilbert arenas - 35/65. I think Teclis made some gamebreaking errors in his game vs me and definitely looked lost at points. Marcop played a strong game, I was not a fan of the team he brought though. Regardless, given Marcop's playing ability I find it hard to not favor him significantly, even if he brings another strange team.
 
hf kinglers

Ever Grande BIGS (8) vs (4) Cryonicles

SS OU: aim vs Updated Kanto - hopefully joey plays this time i want to see him play ss
SS OU: soulgazer vs Eo Ut Mortus
SS OU: ima vs Sacri' - close game but i think ima will bounce back from his defeat also im bias cuz thats my gf
SS DOU: Ezrael vs Tman
SS LC: trash vs ggggd
SM OU: Sabella vs Leftiez - interesting one lol i hope leftiez brings some crazy techs this time like he used to
ORAS OU: Santu vs Garay oak
BW OU: Fakes vs Finchinator - way closer game than people think
DPP OU: GaryTheGengar vs Jirachee
ADV OU: eden vs z0mOG - interesting matchup
GSC OU: Descending vs Mr.E
RBY OU: Nails vs HML am


Wi-fi Wolfpack (6) vs (6) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan - 1tl played very well and beat empoor so im going with the upset
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace - this should be a fun one to watch, very curious to see tace's team
SS DOU: SMB vs MajorBowman
SS LC: HT vs Osh
SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit - very close in skill but i will favor gama cuz stylistic matchup
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru
DPP OU: BIHI vs Vay
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh
GSC OU: sulcata vs McMeghan
RBY OU: Sceptross vs Kaz

Stark Sharks (8) vs (4) Indie Scooters

SS OU: bro fist vs Lopunny Kicks
SS OU: teal6 vs talah
SS OU: xray vs Jayde - jayde played well last week imo despite losing
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Memoric
SS LC: EviGaro vs tazz
SM OU: frisoeva vs ZoroDark
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze - this is an interesting one cuz quaze brings some heat that sometimes works. gonna go with the upset tho.
BW OU: SoulWind vs zf
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Honor
ADV OU: Conflict vs CyberOdin
GSC OU: Blightbringer vs Fear
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Bedschibaer

Congregation of the Classiest (5) vs (6) Dragonspiral Tyrants

SS OU: Relous vs Christo
SS OU: :v4:
SS OU: Insult vs Nat
SS DOU: stax vs marilli
SS LC: Serene Grace vs Luthier
SM OU: suapah vs blunder
ORAS OU: Persephone vs CrashinBoomBang
BW OU: Raiza vs John W - john w plays some solid pokemon with no bullshit teams, i think he will have a good record
DPP OU: Tamahome vs The Grand Babido
ADV OU: Teclis vs Gilbert arenas
GSC OU: KratosMana vs gorgie
RBY OU: Amaranth vs Heroic Troller
 
BW OU: Fakes vs. Finchinator

Close as hell. Fakes is tough to stop when he gets going but Finch has the (metagame) awareness to take appropriate preventative measures

GSC OU: Descending vs. Mr.E

If Descending plays how he's shown himself to be capable of, this could definitely swing the other way. I'd love for the lesser-seen Pokes to come out on both sides here

ORAS OU: Erzengel vs. Quaze

A battle sure to be ripe with inventive, colorful teams. Quaze has had no problem turning on the gas playwise

BW OU: Raiza vs. John W

Two strong players from the new school of BW. Raiza's teams feel more solid but he's gotta amp up the aggression he's shown before lest he fall on the back foot against John's relentless style

SM OU: suapah vs. blunder

Very interested to see how suapah will approach this one, but blunder's been ripping it up something fierce with his slugger-filled armadas
 
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YAHALLO AMIGOS!! Welcome back to the heavily-requested UNBIASED PREDICTIONS

Lessons learned after Week 1:

- the BIGS season is already in dire straits
- SS OU is literally GSC with team preview, and in my opinion, is probably the worst tier to watch LOOL jesus it's as bad as RBY
- LC might be the new variance tier

Ever Grande BIGS (4) vs (6) Cryonicles

SS OU: aim vs Updated Kanto | kanto had a pretty unwinnable matchup last week. Gonna keep riding the bandwagon, though. joey's heat, so this pick makes me a bit nervous, but fuck it.
SS OU: soulgazer vs Eo Ut Mortus | sg's still a wild-card, and eo's projected to be one of the best players in this tier so. In addition, the fact that no one seems to do anything in this tier besides pivot between a bunch of fat shit for 9438995 turns should bode well for a legendary stall player.
SS OU: ima vs Sacri' | still not fully believing in ima yet; Sacri's way more proven.
SS DOU: Ezrael vs Tman
SS LC: trash vs ggggd | Pablo's a lot more hyped, and managed to clutch out a win last week.
SM OU: Sabella vs Leftiez | Both of these dudes lost last week. Leftiez still might be crust, though, and he's never been that good on the sheet. Gonna trust Sabella slightly more here.
ORAS OU: Santu vs Garay oak | Yeah idk LOL Could really go either way. Santu's never fully impressed me and Garay struggled a lot in Snake, and has very little noteworthy results in OU tiers. tossup.
BW OU: Fakes vs Finchinator | I think Finch is solid in BW, but I've been on the Fakes train for a long time. I think he should bounce back here and avoid the 0-2 in a close one
DPP OU: GaryTheGengar vs Jirachee | Definitely not really convinced by Gary, but he does manage to put together some wins. Jirachee definitely isn't good, and I think Gary has enough skill to take this. Small edge in the variance madhouse.
ADV OU: eden vs z0mOG | z0m was probably a steal in ADV. While last week's win wasn't too impressive, there's no way in hell I'm bolding EDEN over him LOOL Did you guys watch last SPL? This guy's atrocious dude.
GSC OU: Descending vs Mr.E | bro LMAO MRE LOOKED LIKE A COMPLETE CLOWN LAST WEEK BRO WHAT WAS THAT TEAM? WHAT ARE YOU DOIN BRO YOU'VE BEEN PLAYIN GSC SINCE ANTI WAS IN DIAPERS AND YOU GET TRASHED THAT HARD? oh my lord. I still believe in goat ass MrE, though, and I think he should definitely end this SPL with around 4-6 wins. I have no idea who the hell Descending is, so this should be a great bounce back spot for our hero.
RBY OU: Nails vs HML am | Nails is way more proven so small edge in the meme tier.

Wi-fi Wolfpack (6) vs (4) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan | The baron got a win last week, but faces a much stiffer challenge this time around. Star's heat and should wash him.
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr | rob wasn't really impressive last week. The Hallows lost somehow after dominating early. If all else is equal, give the edge to the man with ABR support.
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace | Charm got absolutely body bagged last week by goat ass RED WHITE AND TEAL jesus. Maybe he'll stop using Protect as much my god. He's still a bit more proven than Tace I guess, and he does have the aforementioned ABR support. Decent edge.
SS DOU: SMB vs MajorBowman
SS LC: HT vs Osh | LOOOOOOOOOL We back with another HT game. To no one's surprise, he got completely ravaged by RU mainer Evigaro, who was ranked 10th in the Power Rankings. Life doesn't get easier for him here, as he faces off against one of the best LCers on the site in Osh, who has been making waves in Slam and team tours for a fair amount of time. Massive edge.
SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit | The Well just keeps winning. At a certain point, that has to matter. Gama was never that impressive until he went on his massive sheet-god winning streak. Now, he seems to be in a bit of slump...like, he lost to the washed up corpse of Gondra bro LOL HOW?? Small edge for the well.
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi | Sjneider keeps fucking over my predictions, but too bad. Luigi is a SMOGON TOUR CHAMPION, and just off of that, I'm gonna back him in this matchup.
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru | Pearl had a solid advantage vs. SoulWind, but uncharacteristically threw it away. Perhaps it was due to his unfamiliarity with BW OU on the big stage. Nonetheless, hes a solid player, and should be able to farm this random clown.
DPP OU: BIHI vs Vay | This game's a complete tossup honestly LOOOL People keep hyping Vay for whatever reason just because he beat 2019 panamaxis like LOL thanks guys. Both lost last week, and both are pretty unproven in my eyes. Normally, I would bold BIHI because he has BKC support, but this is the fucking variance madhouse, so that's not nearly enough to give him a bold.
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh | BKC looked like a man on a mission against Conflict, and had himself a solid performance. dekzeh started off hot vs. Prinz, but collapsed pretty quickly. He still might be crust, and if that is the case, he should be no match for the goat.
GSC OU: sulcata vs McMeghan | Roro's the best GSCer in my opinion. He'll be favored against everyone, and the milkman is certainly no exception to this rule.
RBY OU: Sceptross vs Kaz | Kaz is a bit more hyped, and has impressed me a hair more, so he can have the miniscule edge here I guess.

Stark Sharks (4) vs (7) Indie Scooters

SS OU: bro fist vs Lopunny Kicks | John finessed Star with a fire flames Jellicent last week. He'll obviously be bolded against everyone so wrap it up.
SS OU: teal6 vs talah | MY BOY TEAL6 HAS ASCENDED. He's been a god ever since the beginning of Snake. He absolutely dismantled Charmflash in the biggest beatdown of the week LOL MAN BEAT A HYDREIGON WITH A CHANDELURE BRO jesus. Meanwhile, on the other site, we have the token Greek player. As we all know, we don't bold Greeks that aren't named Fear, Astamatitos, or roudolf. So....100-0 edge.
SS OU: xray vs Jayde | xray had a nice comeback win last week while Jayde struggled with a bad matchup. I think Jayde's still more skilled, though, and haven't seen enough out of xray outside of ORAS to favor him here.
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Memoric
SS LC: EviGaro vs tazz | EviGaro got a win last week, but this week, she'll have to go up against an actual player. Definitely not buying the tazz hype, but he's way more experienced and probably a bit better. Small edge.
SM OU: frisoeva vs ZoroDark | frisoeva hasn't done many noteworthy things on here. Meanwhile, ZoroClick usually racks up some wins. Solid edge.
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze | Quaze won last week with an absolute nonsense sun team in ORAS LOOOL That shit was fucking absurd. Meanwhile, Erzengel played like a headless chicken.

☆Erzengel鮫: Actually why'd I play like a puthy for 20 turns and then risked a spdef invested tar
Erzengel鮫 has 30 seconds left.
☆Erzengel鮫: guess debuing made me a tard

I can't possibly bold someone who said this, right? Like surely.

BW OU: SoulWind vs zf | zf's pretty hyped but SoulWind's a BW god. Solid edge.
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Honor | Not really buying all the DeepBlueC hype, but he seems to have more upside than Honor, who has basically been a 3k journeyman every single year. Small edge in the madhouse.
ADV OU: Conflict vs CyberOdin | This one's tough. I'm definitely a Conflict fan, but I don't really know how good he is in ADV yet. He looked a bit lost in his Week 1 game, but playing the GOAT in ADV will do that to a lot of people. Odin's gotten some nice wins since the beginning of World Cup, so I like his chances here. Small edge.
GSC OU: Blightbringer vs Fear | Fear will be bolded against everyone besides Roro, pretty much. Blight won Week 1, but I'm still not sold on him. He'll need to show a lot more.
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Bedschibaer | Beds is way more proven in RBY and is above average from my perspective. I can't say that for certain about Genesis so.

Team Raiders (5) vs (6) Alpha Ruiners

SS OU: reiku vs FLCL | I was informed last week that reiku and Trosko are flatmates...yeah LOOOL I'm gonna need to reconsider my reiku predictions. That being said, there's no real "evidence" yet I suppose, so against a good player like FLCL, I can't give him the benefit of the doubt.
SS OU: Trosko vs Twixtry | GODSKO outplayed TDK a pretty solid amount in his debut game, but lost due to an untimely crit. I still have massive faith that he'll wash everyone this season...like LOOK AT THE SHEET PEOPLE!!! Twixtry's had some nice wins, but I don't think he's a match for GODSKO Big edge.
SS OU: Lusa vs Empo | Definitely not a huge Empo believer, but there's really no evidence Lusa is good so. Big edge.
SS DOU: kaori vs qsns
SS LC: LilyAC vs jake | Zeb's more experienced and is just as in-form as Lily so. Small edge.
SM OU: Posho vs Gondra | This game's insane LOL wtf After a disastrous Snake, Gondra returned back to the win column with a nice win over the Magician. Posho, meanwhile, continued his losing ways. He still might be a bit washed, and Gondra was doing pretty decently before Snake happened. Gonna give him a miniscule edge here.
ORAS OU: Lycans vs xImRaptor | Lycans is really stuck on bad teams every year LOOOL MY MAN'S TEAMS ARE 3-18-7 in 3.1 SPL seasons man thats ridiculous. Well, on the bright side, he should be able to land in the win column this week. Raptor's really unproven, and looked pretty bad last week. Lycans looked like a clown too, but CBB's the best ORAS player, so that result isn't as bad. Small edge.
BW OU: dice vs Caetano93 | As we all know...I bold dice like EVERY WEEK LOL I think he's amazing, and this random Brazilian doctor dude certainly isn't stopping him. Good bounce-back spot after a rough Week 1.
DPP OU: ToF vs Hyogafodex | ToF busted out some fire Scarf Metagross innovation last week to take down Heist. Hyoga showed some skill last week, which is more than you can he did in SPL 10. ToF's way more experienced and is probably better, though. Small edge.
ADV OU: pasy_g vs Alexander. | pasy was pretty clearly overpriced, and needed a lot of luck to win against marcop. I've always thought Prinz was fire, and he should be able to take this pretty easily.
GSC OU: Earthworm vs FriendOfMrGolem120 | bro LOOOOOOL WHAT HAPPENED EARTHWORM?? HELLO man that game was so bad I can't even believe Earthworm, one of the best fucking players ever, lost his mind against MEDIOCRE ASS FLOPPY and handed the tyrants the tie on a silver platter jesus. The crust rule man my god idk what to even say after that game. There's no way I can bold him after that against a competent player, even though I haven't fully bought into the FOMG hype yet.
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs ErPeris | Still have no idea who the hell the other dude is so. Miniscule edge, I guess.

Congregation of the Classiest (4) vs (7) Dragonspiral Tyrants

SS OU: Relous vs Christo | Relous is a bit more proven in OU, and Christo looked pretty shaky last week. Small edge.
SS OU: blarghlfarghl vs TDK | THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK LOOOL IF TDK LOSES THIS OH MY GOD THE MEMES ARE GONNA BE INSANE bro LOOOL Slightly going against the sheet here. I never thought I'd see the day where blargh's sheet performance smashes TDK's, but here we are LOL TDK got a bit lucky to win last week, but I still have to like his ability to innovate in SS OU, man. Small edge.
SS OU: Insult vs Nat | Insult wins a decent amount, and Nat's very unproven outside of lower tiers; she also got washed last week so.
SS DOU: stax vs marilli
SS LC: Serene Grace vs Luthier | This one's close, I guess. There just has to be a reason why Serene Grace wasn't a starter in Snake. Luthier performed pretty well, and I like his chances here.
SM OU: suapah vs blunder | suapah's never been impressive, and blunder's obviously the best SM player, even if he got outplayed by 2020 POSHO for a few turns last week LOL
ORAS OU: Persephone vs CrashinBoomBang | CBB looked dominant last week, and there's no reason to expect that to change here against a pretty unproven player.
BW OU: Raiza vs John W | Raiza was overpriced as fuck, and I'm definitely not a believer. That being said, he did get a bit unlucky vs. Finchinator. John W looked pretty nice against dice last week so, just off that, gonna give him a small edge.
DPP OU: Tamahome vs The Grand Babido | This matchup gives me flashbacks to SPL 4, when we told Heist to not be weak to stall against Tamahome in the playoffs, and he used a stall-weak team and got fucking obliterated LOL Hopefully, that doesn't happen again. But yeah, the difference this time is, we're in FUCKING 2020. Tama's way better right now. That being said, it is the variance madhouse. Decent edge.
ADV OU: Teclis vs Gilbert arenas | Teclis choked on balls against z0mog ad put himself in position to be frozen. Pretty bad looks for a rookie trying to carve out a niche on this site. marcop's been pretty solid, and I doubt he'll start 0-2. Big edge.
GSC OU: KratosMana vs gorgie | Both of these players have one thing in common: they both got donated wins last week LOL jesus. Anti's fire, but man, mre's team was just a disaster what the hell was the Smeargle bro LOOL WHAT?? And bro, congratulations to Floppy for being intelligent enough to Curse up with the most broken Pokemon in the tier. Amazing display of talent. All that being said...there's a reason no one's bought Floppy for like 5 SPLs LOL He was mediocre as fuck back when he was a viable option, and I'm definitely not a believer yet. I still don't know how good Anti is in GSC, but he's certainly a way better player than 2020 Floppy LOL like come on.
RBY OU: Amaranth vs Heroic Troller | Troller's the best RBYer, and unless he gets lucked again, he has a pretty good shot of taking this one.
 
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Wi-fi Wolfpack (0) vs (0) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan | The SS squad had a rough last week, but they should be able to bounch back and clutch it this week
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace
SS DOU: SMB vs MajorBowman | SMB is going undefeated this tournament
SS LC: HT vs Osh | I still don't buy that Osh is that caught up to the current meta, and even though HT had a poor showing last week he and star should be able to bring it back.
SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit | Welloat
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru | tbh was tempted to bold soulwind last week, but pearl should be winning this
DPP OU: BIHI vs Vay
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh
GSC OU: sulcata vs McMeghan
RBY OU: Sceptross vs Kaz

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Alright, thought I'd throw my hat in for some predicts. :)

Ever Grande BIGS (0) vs (0) Cryonicles

SS OU: aim vs Updated Kanto This should be a good match. Close in skill level I think and both good players, but I'm going with Updated Kanto for this one.
SS OU: soulgazer vs Eo Ut Mortus--
SS OU: ima vs Sacri'
SS DOU: Ezrael vs Tman
SS LC: trash vs ggggd
SM OU: Sabella vs Leftiez
ORAS OU: Santu vs Garay oak--Excited to see how Garay Oak does in SPL! I've really only seen him play Ubers where he's a pretty good player. Should be interesting to see!
BW OU: Fakes vs Finchinator--Finch had a nice, strong start to SPL, and I think it's going to continue into this week.
DPP OU: GaryTheGengar vs Jirachee
ADV OU: eden vs z0mOG--z0mOG is a great player. Excited to see how they'll do this SPL overall.
GSC OU: Descending vs Mr.E
RBY OU: Nails vs HML am

Wi-fi Wolfpack (0) vs (0) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace
SS DOU: SMB vs MajorBowman--It's awesome when you get to see tier leaders at it. :) It's like when you get to see Yoda fight in Revenge of the Sith.
SS LC: HT vs Osh
SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit--Eternal Spirit is sooo good. I'm pumped to see what teams they bring this week.
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi--Luigi has the experience and skill of a very seasoned player (which he is). I think it's going to help his SPL team a bunch.
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru
DPP OU: BIHI vs Vay
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh Really hoping for another quality BKC YouTube video to accompany a win for him here. :)
GSC OU: sulcata vs McMeghan--McMeghan is one of the GOATs.
RBY OU: Sceptross vs Kaz--Sceptross is very good. It's going to be a challenge to beat him, no matter who's playing him.

Stark Sharks (0) vs (0) Indie Scooters

SS OU: bro fist vs Lopunny Kicks
SS OU: teal6 vs talah--I hear tell talah is pretty good. ;)
SS OU: xray vs Jayde
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Memoric
SS LC: EviGaro vs tazz
SM OU: frisoeva vs ZoroDark
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze
BW OU: SoulWind vs zf--Very excited for this one. Go SOULWIND! One of the very best, but zf is also quality.
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Honor
ADV OU: Conflict vs CyberOdin
GSC OU: Blightbringer vs Fear
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Bedschibaer--Another great match! Genesis7 is quality, but Beds is just so good. That being said, this is RBY OU, so, anything can happen.

Team Raiders (0) vs (0) Alpha Ruiners

SS OU: reiku vs FLCL
SS OU: Trosko vs Twixtry
SS OU: Lusa vs Empo
SS DOU: kaori vs qsns
SS LC: LilyAC vs jake
SM OU: Posho vs Gondra--Gondra is a really good player--underrated, I think. Excited to see how this one goes.
ORAS OU: Lycans vs xImRaptor
BW OU: dice vs Caetano93--Dice is a great player. Looking forward to hopefully seeing some cool teams
DPP OU: ToF vs Hyogafodex
ADV OU: pasy_g vs Alexander.
GSC OU: Earthworm vs FriendOfMrGolem120--YESSSS. This is too good. I mean, what more can you ask for? I'm just going to sit back, grab some popcorn, and shower these two with compliments in the RoA Discord afterwards. This is very tough to predict because I have SO much respect for these two, as fiends and players. I am giving FOMG the edge because I think he's going to be lighting a fire under himself after a disappointing loss to McMeghan this past week. Also, as always, any friend to Mr. Golem is a friend to me. :blobthumbsup:
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs ErPeris

Congregation of the Classiest (0) vs (0) Dragonspiral Tyrants

SS OU: Relous vs Christo
SS OU: blarghlfarghl vs TDK--I think this is the match many are looking forward to most this week. And I don't think this will disappoint. I'm going with blargh for this one, but it's going to be tight.
SS OU: Insult vs Nat--Insult is going to have a good SPL.
SS DOU: stax vs marilli
SS LC: Serene Grace vs Luthier--Excited for this one. Not sure how many people will have this hugely on their radars, but Luthier is a skilled player, and I think this should be good! :)
SM OU: suapah vs blunder--This might end up being one of the best matches all week.
ORAS OU: Persephone vs CrashinBoomBang
BW OU: Raiza vs John W--Raiza ftw
DPP OU: Tamahome vs The Grand Babido
ADV OU: Teclis vs Gilbert arenas--Thank God Teclis got drafted. Would be hugely disappointing otherwise. I think he'll have a pretty decent SPL.
GSC OU: KratosMana vs gorgie--Gorgie had a good start this past week, and I think his success shall continue into this week.
RBY OU: Amaranth vs Heroic Troller

Have so much fun this week, all, and I hope for some awesome matches. :)
 

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GSC OU: Descending vs Mr.E | bro LMAO MRE LOOKED LIKE A COMPLETE CLOWN LAST WEEK BRO WHAT WAS THAT TEAM? WHAT ARE YOU DOIN BRO YOU'VE BEEN PLAYIN GSC SINCE ANTI WAS IN DIAPERS AND YOU GET TRASHED THAT HARD? oh my lord. I still believe in goat ass MrE, though, and I think he should definitely end this SPL with around 4-6 wins. I have no idea who the hell Descending is, so this should be a great bounce back spot for our hero.
it was a fairly standard team just with Smeargle as Spiker, it merely ended up being a really bad set for the matchup and I also played like ass to boot :blobshrug:
 
Ever Grande BIGS (3) vs (8) Cryonicles

SS OU: aim vs Updated Kanto Kanto was smashed last week but I think hes a pretty good player overall so yeah giving him the edge on this one
SS OU: soulgazer vs Eo Ut Mortus im a big soulgazer fan since forever but I think Eo is that kind of player who knows what to do in early metas
SS OU: ima vs Sacri' sacri's insane and dunno who ima is so
SS DOU: Ezrael vs Tman coinflip ass tier
SS LC: trash vs ggggd trash lost vs a mini ferro sweep while ggggd is the best on this shit tier according to my teammates so yeah idk lol
SM OU: Sabella vs Leftiez I like how Sabella plays, I dont think Leftiez is good anyway
ORAS OU: Santu vs Garay oak Garay is good and the other guy isnt so whatever
BW OU: Fakes vs Finchinator Finch looked strong last week and pretty sure hes gonna tryhard more than Fakes
DPP OU: GaryTheGengar vs Jirachee I legit flipped a coin
ADV OU: eden vs z0mOG z0ms pretty good and idk who the other guy is
GSC OU: Descending vs Mr.E dunno who Descending is but im not bolding a guy who lost 6-0 in a terrible fashion while typing in lobby chat
RBY OU: Nails vs HML am Nails really good tbh

Wi-fi Wolfpack (7) vs (4) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Star vs 1 True Lycan I think Star is insane, rough start against John, didnt like that reuni tho psure is trash mon, Lycan is good too tbh
SS OU: The Hallows vs robjr both used trash teams week 1 so coinflip
SS OU: Charmflash vs Tace Charmflash played SO bad last week but I think hes a good player just be confident on yourself bro
SS DOU: SMB vs MajorBowman coinflip ass tier
SS LC: HT vs Osh both lost being demolished so idk, Osh looked better on my eyes
SM OU: Welli0u vs Eternal Spirit Well is really good but IMAGINE not betting on GAMA, not happening oml
ORAS OU: Sjneider vs Luigi dunno who Sjneider is and Luigi is good so ye
BW OU: Pearl vs Zokuru Pearl is solid and the other guy is a random
DPP OU: BIHI vs Vay BIHI looked good last week despite both lost
ADV OU: BKC vs dekzeh so happy to see dekzeh playing again, long time since we were in frogs lmao but I can't predict against the best player ever
GSC OU: sulcata vs McMeghan mcm is top 1 on his pool after lavos ban so yeah, probably he'll end with +8 wins
RBY OU: Sceptross vs Kaz idk

Stark Sharks (6) vs (5) Indie Scooters

SS OU: bro fist vs Lopunny Kicks I really hope John doesnt use a MDrag team again.. it was good BUT..still.. p sure he'll win vs everyone except trosko
SS OU: teal6 vs talah I like Talah as a player, hes solid but teal looked super strong last week, cool team and solid perfomance
SS OU: xray vs Jayde xray played so good last week, happy to see him in a good form!
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Memoric whatever
SS LC: EviGaro vs tazz both looked good but according to my teammates tazz is better
SM OU: frisoeva vs ZoroDark zoro is good and dunno who is the other guy
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Quaze sharks guy choked on dicks last week so im bolding the other guy
BW OU: SoulWind vs zf borja is winning vs everyone in this pool so whatever
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Honor DeepBlueC looked good tbh
ADV OU: Conflict vs CyberOdin I love Odin and I know ADV is not his best tier but Conflict is just daddy
GSC OU: Blightbringer vs Fear im bolding him every week
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Bedschibaer well idk beds better i guess?

Team Raiders (0) vs (0) Alpha Ruiners

BW NU: reiku vs FLCL damn, I wish we could play BW NU again my friend, best of luck


Congregation of the Classiest (4) vs (7) Dragonspiral Tyrants

SS OU: Relous vs Christo Christo didnt even say gg to me after being outplayed to death so yeah theres that
SS OU: blarghlfarghl vs TDK psure TDK is gonna be one of the goats on this tier, he played good his wincon last week against the best so I'll probably bold him every week
SS OU: Insult vs Nat Insult played good last week and Nat got demolished so giving him the edge here
SS DOU: stax vs marilli whatever
SS LC: Serene Grace vs Luthier both lost but Luthier didnt use a Charmander at least wtf
SM OU: suapah vs blunder psure I'll bold blunder every week, he looks solid, consistent and motivated, so happy to see him on this form
ORAS OU: Persephone vs CrashinBoomBang yeah cbb is prob the best oras player in the pool so bolding him easy here
BW OU: Raiza vs John W John played good and Raiza was demolished in a bad perfomance
DPP OU: Tamahome vs The Grand Babido Tama looked good, Heist is always a hard one but I think Tamas better still
ADV OU: Teclis vs Gilbert arenas teclis played good but marcop is one of the goats and he destroyed me in wcop so ye.....
GSC OU: KratosMana vs gorgie easy one
RBY OU: Amaranth vs Heroic Troller ye idk ppl say Troller is top 1 so
 
Fakes vs. Finchinator – This is a close matchup. Fakes is good and got unlucky week 1, Finch is good and got lucky week 1. These two are on the opposite spectrum when it comes to picking a team and playing, so I’m giving a slight edge to the player who favors consistency in style and play.

Pearl vs. Zokuru – As much as I regard Zokuru as a good player, it feels like he’s out of his element in BW. Pearl, on the other hand, is a solid BW player, and while he got crushed week 1, I’m expecting a strong comeback for week 2.

Soulwind vs. zf: zf’s best chance to win this is to bring something unexpected, but Soulwind has so much experience playing against any BW team that I doubt it’d work out. I expect Soulwind to win this game convincingly.

dice vs. Caetano93 – The doctor is decent and can hold his own even against veteran players, but I’m not expecting dice to lose against him this week. I hope dice brings a cool tech or two as he usually does when he performs at his best.

Raiza vs. John W – I know Raiza like the back of my hand, and I know how good he is at playing BW. His week one game against Finchinator was slightly unfortunate, and he could have won if a couple of turns went his way. That said, from what little I’ve seen of John W in Smogon Tour and his week one game, he’s solid, and I’m going to predict him winning purely out of momentum. This matchup is a 50-50 under “perfect” conditions.
 
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