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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


Team Raiders (6) vs (6) Wi-fi Wolfpack

SS OU: reiku vs Star
SS OU: Trosko vs rozes
SS OU: Lusa vs Charmflash
SS DOU: Lunar. vs SMB
SS LC: LilyAC vs HT
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider
BW OU: dice vs Pearl
DPP OU: ToF vs BIHI
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC
GSC OU: Earthworm vs sulcata
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs Sceptross


Dragonspiral Tyrants (4) vs (7) Cryonicles

SS OU: Christo vs Leftiez
SS OU: TDK vs Sacri'
SS OU: Nat vs Eo Ut Mortus
SS DOU: marilli vs Tman
SS LC: Luthier vs ggggd
SM OU: blunder vs Updated Kanto
ORAS OU: CrashinBoomBang vs Garay oak
BW OU: John W vs Finchinator
DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs shawyu 1313
ADV OU: Gilbert arenas vs z0mOG
GSC OU: gorgie vs Mr.E
RBY OU: Heroic Troller vs HML am


Stark Sharks (5) vs (7) Ever Grande BIGS

SS OU: xray vs aim
SS OU: bro fist vs Sabella
SS OU: teal6 vs Sage
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Ezrael
SS LC: EviGaro vs Ninjadog
SM OU: frisoeva vs ima
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Fakes
ADV OU: Blightbringer vs GaryTheGengar
GSC OU: Conflict vs idiotfrommars
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Nails


Alpha Ruiners (3) vs (9) Congregation of the Classiest

SS OU: FLCL vs suapah
SS OU: Twixtry vs Insult
SS OU: Empo vs blarghlfarghl
SS DOU: qsns vs stax
SS LC: jake vs Serene Grace
SM OU: Gondra vs Relous
ORAS OU: xImRaptor vs false
BW OU: Caetano93 vs Raiza
DPP OU: Hyogafodex vs Tamahome
ADV OU: Alexander. vs Teclis
GSC OU: FriendOfMrGolem120 vs KratosMana
RBY OU: ErPeris vs Amaranth


Indie Scooters (6) vs (6) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Lopunny Kicks vs le LLiolae
SS OU: talah vs robjr
SS OU: Jayde vs Tace
SS DOU: Memoric vs MajorBowman
SS LC: tazz vs Osh
SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi
BW OU: zf vs Steve Angello
DPP OU: Honor vs Vay
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh
GSC OU: Fear vs McMeghan
RBY OU: Bedschibaer vs Kaz

Deadline January 19th, 9 PM EST
 
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26/48 last week i beat the ape gg

Team Raiders (6) vs (6) Wi-fi Wolfpack

SS OU: reiku vs Star
SS OU: Trosko vs rozes
SS OU: Lusa vs Charmflash
SS DOU: kaori vs SMB
SS LC: LilyAC vs HT
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider
BW OU: dice vs Pearl
DPP OU: ToF vs BIHI
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC
GSC OU: Earthworm vs sulcata
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs Sceptross

Dragonspiral Tyrants (7) vs (5) Cryonicles

SS OU: Christo vs Leftiez
SS OU: TDK vs Sacri'
SS OU: Nat vs Eo Ut Mortus
SS DOU: marilli vs Tman
SS LC: Luthier vs ggggd
SM OU: blunder vs Updated Kanto
ORAS OU: CrashinBoomBang vs Garay oak
BW OU: John W vs Finchinator
DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs shawyu 1313
ADV OU: Gilbert arenas vs z0mOG
GSC OU: gorgie vs Mr.E - this is hype af because these guys play each other since spl 1 LOL
RBY OU: Heroic Troller vs HML am

Stark Sharks (8) vs (4) Ever Grande BIGS

SS OU: xray vs aim
SS OU: bro fist vs Sabella
SS OU: teal6 vs Sage
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Ezrael
SS LC: EviGaro vs Ninjadog
SM OU: frisoeva vs ima
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Fakes
ADV OU: Blightbringerr vs GaryTheGengar - these two used to be like best friends idk if they still are so this is cool af too
GSC OU: Conflict vs idiotfrommars
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Nails

Indie Scooters (5) vs (7) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Lopunny Kicks vs le LLiolae
SS OU: talah vs robjr
SS OU: Jayde vs Tace
SS DOU: Memoric vs MajorBowman
SS LC: tazz vs Osh
SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi
BW OU: zf vs Steve Angello - hyped for malzheit's return
DPP OU: Honor vs Vay
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh
GSC OU: Fear vs McMeghan - top quality pocket monster gameplay
RBY OU: Bedschibaer vs Kaz
 
18 out of 27 correct so far
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u - 35/65. Posho was looking good g2 until the random AV serp showed up... and folded him over. Not much faith he does well going forward. Welli0u has been on a tear as I've said before, and this form of Posho is probably not strong enough to take it (I swear I have nothing against you posho bro pls prove me wrong).
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider - 45/55. Might be an upset -- I'm not sure where the general perceptions lie for these two. I think Sjneider has been playing and prepping a little better, edge for prep here.
BW OU: dice vs Pearl - 55/45. I thought both played really well last week, although dice's team seemed even stranger than before. Playing edge to dice for exp sake. I'll give dice the benefit of the doubt for prep too, seeing as Pearl usually just sticks to standard, cteamable stuff.
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC - 35/65. Pasy_g has not been performing very admirably, whereas BKC has been great. He is also successfully following the rule of "use 6 good pokemon that also work together". Edge for prep and play.

SM OU: frisoeva vs ima - 40/60. I think ima will break out of his slump in a tier more suited to how he goes about playing. No surprise if friso wins through good outplaying though. Equal prep edge.
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu - Don't feel like I know enough to pick a favorite
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob - 70/30. I know personally my boy jacob is great (moreso at dpp/adv), but I can't in good faith give him even decent odds given track records. SW poised to go 9-0.
ADV OU: Blightbringerr vs GaryTheGengar - 65/35. Blight looked really good in Callous cup. I actually was convinced he'd make top 3 at one point.
My biggest concern is (somehow) prep. Gonna need the MDrag leash big time on him. On the other hand, I was not even aware GTG played ADV at all. He is still overall good at the game so I expect a fight regardless.

SM OU: Gondra vs Relous - 55/45. Gondra has been playing marginally better pokemon. I didn't like his team that much this week though. Relous strikes me as more of an SS+ORAS guy who skipped SM, but he did well in Snake so there's enough hope.
ORAS OU: xImRaptor vs Persephone - 60/40. I'm a raptor fan -- he plays rly good pokemon. Persephone is rough around the edges still despite the record. With some better endgame executing he could be an easy favorite in most MUs going forward.
BW OU: Caetano93 vs Raiza - 35/65. Raiza's BW game from last week was the highlight match of BW, and that was solely on Raiza's playing. His prep is better, too.
ADV OU: Alexander. vs Teclis - 70/30. Alexander is doing a stellar job of following the "use 6 good pokemon that also work together" rule. He hasn't cracked in play at all, either. Teclis had another week of so-close-so-far, where he pmuch threw at the end. His teams may be getting predictable too.

SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit - 45/55. Gama has to take one back soon... ;_;. Both have a pretty similar playstyle in my eyes. Good match that I hope to catch live.
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi - 55/45. Not predicting a TD to win.
BW OU: zf vs Steve Angello - 70/30. Wow I have not seen Steve play BW since the smogtour either Hiye or Posho won. ZF is good as ever. Just not enough info on steve to go off of.
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh - 60/40. Dek has been rough around the edges. Odin has been good. I'd like to see dek take a game back soon though, it hurts me seeing him do poorly.
 
Dragonspiral Tyrants (6) vs (5) Cryonicles

SS OU: Christo vs Leftiez Christo played good last week, Leftiez is just playing bad all around so no point
SS OU: TDK vs Sacri' I really like Sacri, hes probs my favourite ss player but TDKs too much
SS OU: Nat vs Eo Ut Mortus nat is bad and Eo is bringing cool teams and techs, fun to watch
SS DOU: marilli vs Tman whatever
SS LC: Luthier vs ggggd according to my teammates this guy is the best in his pool so lets go with him one week more
SM OU: blunder vs Updated Kanto damn highlight of the series and the week probs, insane matchup here, bolnding blunderr cuz he feels untouchable rn but kantos fire
ORAS OU: CrashinBoomBang vs Garay oak sorry Garay bro but cbbs dad here
BW OU: John W vs Finchinator finch looking strong and motivated, even posting his playtime 1 second after week is up wtf
DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs shawyu 1313 ah dunno who is the other guy but heists good
ADV OU: Gilbert arenas vs z0mOG I think marcops better BUT z0m is looking fuego so going with him till the end
GSC OU: gorgie vs Mr.E whatever mr.e won somehow last week so there we go
RBY OU: Heroic Troller vs HML am i guess hes better? idk bullshit gen

Stark Sharks (10) vs (1) Ever Grande BIGS

SS OU: xray vs aim
SS OU: bro fist vs Sabella
SS OU: teal6 vs Sage

I'll just bold all 3 till they lose i guess

SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Ezrael whatever
SS LC: EviGaro vs Ninjadog Evigaro is on a killing spree so ofc bolding him
SM OU: frisoeva vs ima both are bad but i have to bold someone i guess!
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu huh
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob yeah Borjita killin it
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Fakes tbf impressed how DBC is playing, gotta give him the edge against a rough one
ADV OU: Blightbringerr vs GaryTheGengar oh well..
GSC OU: Conflict vs idiotfrommars daddy
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Nails betting on nails cuz 12-0 sounds impossible but well..

Alpha Ruiners (8) vs (3) Congregation of the Classiest

SS OU: FLCL vs suapah fooly is good, suapah got bad luck last week but i dont think hes enough to beat flcl here
SS OU: Twixtry vs Insult twixtry is really good, consistent and he has good decision making, Insults good as well, small edge
SS OU: Empo vs blarghlfarghl probs top 3 ss players atm
SS DOU: qsns vs stax w.e
SS LC: jake vs Serene Grace wait, didnt know JAKE was my boy zebraiken like what the fuck bring back bw nu for us again, anyway hes playing really good at lc so confident on his W
SM OU: Gondra vs Relous Gondra is so underated cuz he doesnt care at all but hes rly good at sm
ORAS OU: xImRaptor vs Persephone giving a small edge to raptor cuz he haxed last week
BW OU: Caetano93 vs Raiza no fucking idea who caetano is, looks like a random brazilian name or rby player to me wtf, Raizas decent
DPP OU: Hyogafodex vs Tamahome tamas hard to beat, dont think hyoga has clutch still
ADV OU: Alexander. vs Teclis Alex looks super strong and untouchable, cant predict against him to be honest, I like Teclis anyway
GSC OU: FriendOfMrGolem120 vs KratosMana well, fomg is good but I think Anti is better
RBY OU: ErPeris vs Amaranth at least his name is funny


Indie Scooters (6) vs (5) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Lopunny Kicks vs le LLiolae LKicks is better for sure
SS OU: talah vs robjr going with my boy talah on this one, robjr played good as well
SS OU: Jayde vs Tace hm i guess jayde plays better at pokemon
SS DOU: Memoric vs MajorBowman w.e
SS LC: tazz vs Osh coinfliping this one, both look solid to me
SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit I hate not betting on my boy gama but Zoro is really good on my eyes and Gama is struggling a bit
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi ahhh Quaze is not bad at all but Luigi is good on my eyes so..
BW OU: zf vs Steve Angello OH MY FUCKING GOD THE GREATEST IS FUCKING HERE LIKE WTF MY BOY STEVE COMEBACKING TO SLAP SOME ASSES FUCKING HYPED
DPP OU: Honor vs Vay honors good but idk, feeling on Vay this one
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh my boy odin is killing it, keep it up my friend, love dekzeh as well
GSC OU: Fear vs McMeghan oh well, best gsc game of the tournament, excited to watch this one, both can win, bolding Fear on this one
RBY OU: Bedschibaer vs Kaz dunno, rbys so coinflip

playing my bro star at weekend, lgi guys and good luck to wolves
 
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Team Raiders (3) vs (9) Wi-fi Wolfpack

SS OU: reiku vs Star
SS OU: Trosko vs rozes
SS OU: Lusa vs Charmflash
SS DOU: kaori vs SMB
SS LC: LilyAC vs HT
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider
BW OU: dice vs Pearl
DPP OU: ToF vs BIHI - underrated
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC
GSC OU: Earthworm vs sulcata
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs Sceptross

Dragonspiral Tyrants (8) vs (4) Cryonicles

SS OU: Christo vs Leftiez
SS OU: TDK vs Sacri'
SS OU: Nat vs Eo Ut Mortus - matchup
SS DOU: marilli vs Tman
SS LC: Luthier vs ggggd
SM OU: blunder vs Updated Kanto
ORAS OU: CrashinBoomBang vs Garay oak
BW OU: John W vs Finchinator
DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs shawyu 1313
ADV OU: Gilbert arenas vs z0mOG
GSC OU: gorgie vs Mr.E
RBY OU: Heroic Troller vs HML am

Stark Sharks (8) vs (4) Ever Grande BIGS

SS OU: xray vs aim
SS OU: bro fist vs Sabella
SS OU: teal6 vs Sage
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Ezrael
SS LC: EviGaro vs Ninjadog - who
SM OU: frisoeva vs ima
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Fakes
ADV OU: Blightbringerr vs GaryTheGengar
GSC OU: Conflict vs idiotfrommars
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Nails

Alpha Ruiners (6) vs (6) Congregation of the Classiest

SS OU: FLCL vs suapah
SS OU: Twixtry vs Insult
SS OU: Empo vs blarghlfarghl
SS DOU: qsns vs Stax
SS LC: jake vs Serene Grace
SM OU: Gondra vs Relous
ORAS OU: xImRaptor vs Persephone
BW OU: Caetano93 vs Raiza
DPP OU: Hyogafodex vs Tamahome
ADV OU: Alexander vs Teclis
GSC OU: FriendOfMrGolem120 vs KratosMana
RBY OU: ErPeris vs Amaranth


Indie Scooters (6) vs (6) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Lopunny Kicks vs le LLiolae
SS OU: talah vs robjr
SS OU: Jayde vs Tace
SS DOU: Memoric vs MajorBowman
SS LC: tazz vs Osh
SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi
BW OU: zf vs Steve Angello - faith
DPP OU: Honor vs Vay
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh
GSC OU: Fear vs McMeghan
RBY OU: Bedschibaer vs Kaz
 
YAHALLO AND WELCOME BACK TO THE UNBIASED PREDICTIONS

Lessons learned after Week 2:

1. The BIGs season is basically over LOL
2. Fear getting unlucky for the first time in his life during week 1 was a complete aberration, caused solely by the fact that he was playing ifm
3. gorgie MAY NOT BE A WEAK SLOT!?!! na LOL I'm not buying it yet.
4. The Ruiners are probably better than most people thought, although I definitely don't think they're good
5. As displayed by sulcata, it is possible to play the worst game of your life and still win with hax on your side. that is the game we the rest of you clowns play.
6. greeks not named asta / fear / roudolf are unviable (oh wait we already knew that)

anyway, on to the predictions!

Team Raiders (6) vs (4) Wi-fi Wolfpack

SS OU: reiku vs Star | need to see a lot more from 2020 reiku before i bold him against a pretty good player.
SS OU: Trosko vs rozes | LOOOOOOL wow this got DIRE never in a million years would i think Tony would be forced to start rozes in week 3 of spl JESUS things have not gone as expected for one of the preseason favorites so far; luckily for them, sulcata bailed them out from an 0-2 start with one of the luckiest performances ever LOL anyway, GODSKO is off to a rough start, but this should be a premier bounceback spot for him
SS OU: Lusa vs Charmflash | charmflash is emblematic of the wolfpack's struggles so far. this man has looked like one of the worst players on the site after the first 2 weeks jesus. lusa is still very unproven, though, so can't really bold him yet. charm needs to turn it around soon, though, or this tour's gonna get dire af
SS DOU: kaori vs SMB
SS LC: LilyAC vs HT | LOOOOOOL HT got absolutely WAXED last week.

Turn 1
Cutiefly used Moonblast!
A critical hit!
(The opposing Rufflet lost 100% of its health!)

The opposing Rufflet fainted!

HOW DO YOU LOSE AFTER THIS TURN 1 BRO? inconceivable. you know the drill people.
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u | man....LOOOL posho's really become DUST in the past few years bro my god this man NEVER wins anymore dude. what a fall from grace. Not fully drinking 'The Well' kool-aid yet, but whose bolding Posho in 2020 SM?
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider | I honestly have no idea on this one. Lycans is a bit more proven in general, I suppose, so I guess I'll give him a small edge.
BW OU: dice vs Pearl | Pearl got to farm some random clown last week, but unfortunately he has to go up against BW god dice this week, who I apparently bold every week without fail LOOL Solid edge for dice.
DPP OU: ToF vs BIHI | BIHI got pretty lucky last week. He's still pretty unproven and ToF's looked relatively solid so.
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC | pasy g was definitely overpriced as shit. The GOAT looks back in fire flames form lately, so it's hard to see anyone toppling him nowadays
GSC OU: Earthworm vs sulcata | wow LOOOOOOOOL man. I can't favor anyone here. Earthworm's week 1 display was one of the worst things ive seen since some of the plays from "the sharks sub who shall not be named." That would normally be a bold for sulcata...but JESUS he played so fucking bad vs roro and got bailed so hard LOL oh my god that was some next level chokes no way I can bold him either. tossup it is.
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs Sceptross | i think metal's like a hair better. minimal edge in the joke tier.

Dragonspiral Tyrants (5) vs (6) Cryonicles

SS OU: Christo vs Leftiez | this one's pretty close. Christo and Leftiez are like polar opposites on the sheet. Christo had a pretty bad Week 1 performance but was solid last week. Against a worse player, I'd bold him. But for now, there's more evidence of Leftiez being solid in a non-lower tier, so I'm inclined to give him a small edge for now.
SS OU: TDK vs Sacri' | Gonna need to see a bit more from TDK before I bold him against threats; he got kind of lucky Week 1 to take down Trosko. Sacri's been p hot lately, and I like his chances.
SS OU: Nat vs Eo Ut Mortus | This is NOT the matchup Nat needed LOOOL Good chance she tilts off the earth after this one. Two brutal performances in a row have left the masses clamoring for CTC's debut. A battle against one of the best player's in the tier is probably not what she needed to get back on the right track. Big edge for Eo, who will probably finesse with some random tech.
SS DOU: marilli vs Tman
SS LC: Luthier vs ggggd | pablo's looked solid, and Luthier was honestly pretty shaky at the end of his last game LOL That misclick was pretty absurd.
SM OU: blunder vs Updated Kanto | I'm a huge kanto fan, but I'm not bolding him against blunder lol
ORAS OU: CrashinBoomBang vs Garay oak | CBB's the best ORAS player, and garay's pretty unproven here.
BW OU: John W vs Finchinator | john w had the entire community on his nuts after he took down bw legend dice in week 1. His week 2 performance left much to be desired, however, as he played pretty poorly in a demoralizing defeat. Finch is pretty solid as far as BW OU goes, and should be able to take this.
DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs shawyu 1313 | I still have no idea who the hell this is so. decent edge for bab.
ADV OU: Gilbert arenas vs z0mOG | zom's solid and I think he was definitely a steal. marcop's better in ADV, though.
GSC OU: gorgie vs Mr.E | idk how, but floppy is 2-0 LOL my god. He definitely shouldn't have won week 1 LOOOL but he was good last week so, that was inspiring for the future at least. No way this man gets to 3-0, though; shit seems inconceivable. mre bounced back after a ridiculously bad week 1 showing, and i've gassed him too long to back off from him in this spot.
RBY OU: Heroic Troller vs HML am | troller's probably the only rbyer that deserves to be bolded, honestly.

Stark Sharks (6) vs (5) Ever Grande BIGS

SS OU: xray vs aim | xray's been solid, but I like joey more as a player. small edge.
SS OU: bro fist vs Sabella | john's obviously gonna be bolded every week so like lol.
SS OU: teal6 vs Sage | Sage managed to get a crazy good matchup vs Jayde and get a bit lucky too in route to a 1-0 SPL start. But like...did you guys WATCH SPL 10? LOOOOOOOOOOOL Like come on man, I'm not just gonna believe Sage is competent in SS OU all of a sudden. teal's played like a man possessed ever since Snake, and I think he'll wash Sage in this cupcake matchup. Massive edge.
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Ezrael
SS LC: EviGaro vs Ninjadog | EviGaro's been solid in this tier, and ninjadog basically didn't get bought for SPL, what with being like the 3205902589th member of the bigs and what not.
SM OU: frisoeva vs ima | ima's fallen back to earth after a solid Snake, which really isn't that surprising at all. not a big believer, but he's still more proven than frisoeva so.
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu | This might be the first time I've bolded Santu, honestly LOL Not a big fan, but Erzengel played like a dumbass Week 1 so, just off that, Santu can have the bold
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob | The juggling is real LOOOL SoulWind's like the best BWer people. like. jacob's not beating him.
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Fakes | Fakes has really let me down this tour bro LOOL what's this man doing? I'm still a believer, though, and there's no way he gets to 0-3. Not a massive DeepBlueC fan, and I think Fakes could definitely take him down
ADV OU: Blightbringerr vs GaryTheGengar | I didn't even know Gary PLAYED ADV HELLO LOOOOL This is some fucking desperation WE'RE IN WEEK 3 PEOPLE!!!! oh my god. Everyone's riding Blight's nuts, as evidenced by his absurd 18k price tag. I definitely don't believe in him that much yet, but he's probably better in ADV than fucking gary.
GSC OU: Conflict vs idiotfrommars | YESSSSSSSSSSS CONFLICT IS FREE BROS OML hodor looked pretty shaky in week 1, and donflict's a top 3 gscer in my mind. solid edge.
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Nails | nails has looked pretty bad lately, but he's a bit more proven than genesis in rby I suppose. small edge.

Alpha Ruiners (6) vs (5) Congregation of the Classiest

SS OU: FLCL vs suapah | I don't think I ever bold suapah so like LOL FLCL's been pretty heat so far.
SS OU: Twixtry vs Insult | both of these players have been pretty impressive, but I think Insult's a bit better.
SS OU: Empo vs blarghlfarghl | I bold blargh a lot more lately, but he hasn't done enough to warrant me bolding him over Empo. man, i bold empo way too much for someone I consistently say I don't think is that amazing like LOOL CAN HE PLAY A REALLY GOOD PLAYER ONCE? LIKE EVER? JESUS
SS DOU: qsns vs stax
SS LC: jake vs Serene Grace | zeb's been rolling since snake so. need to see more from serene before I consider bolding him.
SM OU: Gondra vs Relous | Gondra's off to a solid start after his awful world cup run. Relous might not be good at SS OU, but he was pretty good in SM OU in the recent past. Gonna trust him to pull this one off.
ORAS OU: xImRaptor vs Persephone | This one could really go either way. I think raptor's been a bit more solid lately, though.
BW OU: Caetano93 vs Raiza | raiza's honestly been a lot better than i thought; he could have easily won week 1 too, if things had broken his way. all that being said...he was still overpriced as fuck like LOL jesus. anyway, I definitely don't believe in the doctor so.
DPP OU: Hyogafodex vs Tamahome | tama's the best dpper and i still don't trust hyoga
ADV OU: Alexander. vs Teclis | Teclis has really been a DISASTER good lord. at least he was only 3k LOL His performance last week was pretty bad...like he's definitely the worst player in the pool. Meanwhile, prinz looks like a terror once again. big edge
GSC OU: FriendOfMrGolem120 vs KratosMana | This is an interesting one. anti got an aneurysm or something last week like LOL and he got a donation week 1, so I really don't know how good he is at this tier yet. FOMG's had a lot more experience in the tier on the big stage, and he's had enough impressive moments to where I'll give him a small edge.
RBY OU: ErPeris vs Amaranth | well, I at least know TIN CAN win in rby in spl. so...there's that.

Indie Scooters (5) vs. (6) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Lopunny Kicks vs LLL | lop kicks is a nice sheet warrior. LLL is pretty unproven and there's a reason he was a sub.
SS OU: talah vs robjr | LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I'm stunned talah even lucked into 8 wins on the sheet, honestly. You know the drill bros. anytime you see a greek besides asta / fear / roudolf, you bold the opponent. wrap it up.
SS OU: Jayde vs Tace | jayde's gotten off to a pretty bad start after some poor matchups. tace has gotten some wins on the sheet, but he's not as talented as jayde. no way he goes 0-3...
SS DOU: Memoric vs MajorBowman
SS LC: tazz vs Osh | osh was easily the most underrated player on the pr, and he's way more proven than tazz over the past few years. solid edge.
SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit | wow LOOOOL a fucking clicking contest JESUS who can click better my god what a matchup. I think gama's slightly better, although he's been in pretty bad form. this one could really go either way, but I'll trust gama for another week.
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi | stour champion LUIGI is gonna put up a fire record against this terrible player pool. quaze is not gonna stop him.
BW OU: zf vs Steve Angello | LOOOL HELLO WHAT YEAR ARE WE IN? STEVE ANGELLO? LOL oh my god. i mean, this game could def be fire. but steve also might just be washed. solid edge for zf.
DPP OU: Honor vs Vay | these players are probably like the same skill level. and theyre in the variance madhouse. coinflip it.
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh | dekzeh has looked completely washed so far in 2020 man LOOOL jesus i don't know if the dekzeh of old is gonna walk through that door. odin's been pretty solid since the start of world cup, and i like his odds in this one.
GSC OU: Fear vs McMeghan | fear was back to his classic antics this week, getting lucky as fuck and beating blight. He's obviously good, but roro is arguably the best player ever. He should have won last week too, but the gods weren't having it. I said since the beginning that roro was the best gscer, and this is the week he proves it.
RBY OU: Bedschibaer vs Kaz | kaz pulled a game out of his ass this week, and honestly, that one comeback performance is enough for me to give him a minimal edge in this meme tier.
 
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Hello, all! It's your favorite iguana lover back with some predictions (and to counteract Shake's negativity)!

Team Raiders (7) vs (5) Wi-fi Wolfpack

SS OU: reiku vs Star
SS OU: Trosko vs rozes
SS OU: Lusa vs Charmflash
SS DOU: kaori vs SMB
SS LC: LilyAC vs HT
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider
BW OU: dice vs Pearl--dice is a great BW OU player, and I don't anticipate they will get tripped up by many players this tournament.
DPP OU: ToF vs BIHI
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC--Need I say anything more than GOAT? (Other than I'm looking forward to more YouTube videos soon. :D )
GSC OU: Earthworm vs sulcata--Earthworm really is one of the GOATs. :) I'm a big fan, and that certainly hasn't changed since drawing vs. FOMG in their first match (since it made it to one thousand turns), and then playing the rematch on the commute to work. The dedication...so awesome to see. And yeah, pretty damn good player too, so I think he'll win this week (though, sulcata is decent too).
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs Sceptross--Rolling with Sceptross for this one given his abundant experience.

Dragonspiral Tyrants (6) vs (6) Cryonicles

SS OU: Christo vs Leftiez
SS OU: TDK vs Sacri'
SS OU: Nat vs Eo Ut Mortus--Good player :)
SS DOU: marilli vs Tman
SS LC: Luthier vs ggggd--One of the highlight matches of the week! Hard to predict against Pablo...buttt, Luthier seems to be in good form, and I just have a feeling about this one. Very tight since both players are great.
SM OU: blunder vs Updated Kanto--LOVE this match. I'm just sorry that one of them has to win because they're both cool people and good players. :( Updated Kanto is awesome, but I'm thinking blunder's incredibly awesome/sexy voice may overpower them (have you listened to his YouTube videos? :psyglad: ).
ORAS OU: CrashinBoomBang vs Garay oak--I think this one could go either way! CrashinBoomBang I am predicting for this one, though, because of their experience/success with this tier.
BW OU: John W vs Finchinator--This should be a good match! I actually am fairly undecided on this one. Finchinator has looked in great shape so far this SPL, which is ultimately why I predicted him to win. However, John W I'm sure will be hungry for a win in a tier where he's a skilled player after a loss last week.
DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs shawyu 1313
ADV OU: Gilbert arenas vs z0mOG--Good player, and I think their success will build off of last week's. :)
GSC OU: gorgie vs Mr.E
RBY OU: Heroic Troller vs HML am--Heroic Troller has been on fire so far this SPL, and I expect that will continue. One of the top players and definitely playing like it.

Stark Sharks (7) vs (5) Ever Grande BIGS

SS OU: xray vs aim
SS OU: bro fist vs Sabella--Both good players, but I think bro fist has got this one.
SS OU: teal6 vs Sage
SS DOU: Mr.GX vs Ezrael
SS LC: EviGaro vs Ninjadog--I think we can continue to expect more success from EviGaro this tournament!
SM OU: frisoeva vs ima
ORAS OU: Erzengel vs Santu
BW OU: SoulWind vs jacob--I may or may not be pulling for SOULWIND to go undefeated this SPL. :) Amazing player, and I just frankly love seeing them play well and make great teams.
DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs Fakes
ADV OU: Blightbringerr vs GaryTheGengar
GSC OU: Conflict vs idiotfrommars
RBY OU: Genesis7 vs Nails--Really excited for this match! :) Both players are solid, and I think it's toss-up as to who will win, really! I'm giving Nails the slight edge.

Alpha Ruiners (6) vs (6) Congregation of the Classiest

SS OU: FLCL vs suapah
SS OU: Twixtry vs Insult
SS OU: Empo vs blarghlfarghl--Blargh is a great player and has the experience to do well this SPL. :)
SS DOU: qsns vs stax
SS LC: jake vs Serene Grace
SM OU: Gondra vs Relous--Gondra's been looking solid this SPL! A very good player, I think their success will continue into this week!
ORAS OU: xImRaptor vs Persephone
BW OU: Caetano93 vs Raiza--Raiza is a good player; beating John W is not easy in BW OU, but they did that last week.
DPP OU: Hyogafodex vs Tamahome
ADV OU: Alexander. vs Teclis--I'm excited for this match! People have voiced doubts about Teclis, but I still have faith that they can have some good performances.
GSC OU: FriendOfMrGolem120 vs KratosMana--FOMG is so amazing, and this was just reaffirmed in my mind by his impressive win over Earthworm this past week (including staying up half the damn night to draw a 1,000-turn match and then to win the rematch afterwards).
RBY OU: ErPeris vs Amaranth

Indie Scooters (6) vs (6) Circus Maximus Tigers

SS OU: Lopunny Kicks vs 1 True Lycan
SS OU: talah vs robjr
SS OU: Jayde vs Tace
SS DOU: Memoric vs MajorBowman--Tier leader ftw!
SS LC: tazz vs Osh
SM OU: ZoroDark vs Eternal Spirit--I'm an Eternal Spirit fan, and I think they will win this round. :)
ORAS OU: Quaze vs Luigi
BW OU: zf vs Zokuru--zf is a quality player in this tier.
DPP OU: Honor vs Vay
ADV OU: CyberOdin vs dekzeh
GSC OU: Fear vs McMeghan--THIS match...oh my goodness, this is going to be amazing! Fear, the GSCer with the most success recently, vs. McMeghan, quite possibly the GOAT. If this match lives up to even half its likely hype, it's going to be one to remember.
RBY OU: Bedschibaer vs Kaz

Just kidding by the way, Shake; I enjoy our chats over the Smogtours Discord and hearing about the history of SPL and the various players who have participated in them from you. :)

Have fun, everyone, this week!
 
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dice vs.. Pearl: this is the highlight game of the week. We have two veterans of the tier who are 1-1, and who are hungry for wins. I favor dice because Pearl has brought two super standard teams, and I expect dice to fully exploit this with his build.

John W vs. Finchinator: as I said last week, John W seemed like a competent player until he didn't. There's no shame in losing to Raiza in BW, but John W got crushed super hard even after getting bailed by a timely crit. Finchinator has been the same old Finchinator we all know well.

SoulWind vs. jacob: I love jacob, but this feels like a sac slot. Then again, the Bigs have like eight sac slots every week, so it must be a tough choice for the managers. Not much to say, we are talking about the best BW player on the site against him. Unfortunate.

Caetano93 vs. Raiza: the doctor has looked shaky, while Raiza has had two solid performances in a row. The doctor needs to step up his game if he wants to collect wins in this tournament, although I'm expecting a convincing victory from Raiza.

zf vs. Zokuru: I dislike seeing Zokuru in BW, and I don't think zf excels at it either (at least recently). This bold is based on the faults of the other player more so than, "I trust you to win this because you are better than him."

EDIT

Apparently Zokuru got subbed out for Steve Angello. In that case:

zf vs Steve Angello: Steve Angello still plays? Nice, but he might be washed up for all I know, so I'm going with the non-washed up player.
 
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Gorgie vs Mr. E | I believe you bro
Earthworm vs Sulcata | remember that struggle strat is not viable because of a dumb rule;
FOMG vs KratosMana | no idea both good
Fear vs McM | Close one but McM is better
Conflict vs ifm | better player
 
SM OU: blunder vs. Updated Kanto

Kanto's played like a man reborn in the last several months. That said, it's tough to see anyone withstanding the pugnacious blunder. Hope to see Kanto wield an xtrashine(-esque) team to its full potential

BW OU: John W vs. Finchinator

A BWer's BW game. There will be no nonsense here - we shall see two solid teams that accurately portray the current meta. John is quite a good player, but Finch played incredibly well last week, unafraid to make the aggressive moves necessary after he took a nasty crit.

DPP OU: The Grand Babido vs. shawyu 1313

If nothing else, we're in for some offbeat teams here. I think Heist's ability to remain unpredictable in the teambuilder and proactive in-game will mitigate the surprise factor of Osgoode's funky surprises, which will let his playing edge carry him to the win. Probably the most likely Dug vs. Dug matchup one will find

GSC OU: gorgie vs. Mr.E

Fun fact, these two did actually play in SPL 1. Mr.E brought a good team last week and looked a lot better for it - however, gorgie has been playing with a certain inspired vivacity that alongside his offensive powerhouses make me feel Mr.E's more defensively-leaning stuff will have trouble keeping up. Quite likely we see a BL Pokemon or two in this match - might gorgie set out to prove Mr.E's immense Charizard dislike wrong?

ORAS OU: Erzengel vs. Santu

Erz looks to have overcome his comfort barrier and seems poised to deliver a great season. Santu is a fine player but we haven't seen much from him in a while, and I think Erz's inspired teambuilding gives him an edge over most players. If he stays in the groove and is unafraid to make the plays he wants to, he'll be tough to beat

DPP OU: DeepBlueC vs. Fakes

Another interesting DPP game, much is dependent on which Fakes shows up on gameday. Predicting against DBC, who has been bringing excellent, well-rounded teams with razor-sharp playing backing them up seems silly - he's really a credit to the tier. However, after his rough start, I imagine Fakes is fired up to come back to his home tier, bring a strong team and play at his best, which will make for a tight game that I can't fairly swing to either side

DPP OU: Hyogafodex vs. Tamahome

Tama's play has been without hesitation and aggressive as all hell. Hyoga has brought some good teams and knows what he's doing, but I could see the dominos toppling over quickly once Tama makes a bold prediction.
 
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What a beautiful face, I have found in this place
SS OU: reiku vs Star - melvin johnson is doing great
SS OU: Trosko vs rozes - rozes is unleashed
SS OU: Lusa vs Charmflash
SS DOU: kaori vs SMB - ban hypnograv
SS LC: LilyAC vs HT - ht underdog you got this
SM OU: Posho vs Welli0u
ORAS OU: Lycans vs Sjneider - it was right now I learned that 1 True Lycans and Lycans are not the same user
BW OU: dice vs Pearl
DPP OU: ToF vs BIHI
ADV OU: pasy_g vs BKC
GSC OU: Earthworm vs sulcata
RBY OU: MetalGro$$ vs Sceptross

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