following the brief banning of our beloved manager rey from the tour discord, I have learned this important truth:
This was abused in the past to the detriment of the players and is partly what contributed to the abuse of the midseason signups system. Some players were being sold back by their team through no fault of their own on teams where they weren't starting so as to generate more and more midseason credits for large purchases of skilled players or as trade credits for such. This system ends up being unreasonably penalizing to the player more than anything else.I haven't thought long about it so maybe I am missing something but I think it would be better if players can be sold back without having to be inactive/a bad presence or whatever. There could even be additional restrictions like not allowing a newly bought player from sellback credits to play for the following week should you be concerned about teams trying to abuse this system too much. Or just limiting the number of times players can be sold back per team.
Of course, should a player be toxic or refuse to play for a certain team, they should get punished accordingly. But if someone was viewed as a good team member, I find it absurd to punish them if something unexpected happens in their life that prevents them from continuing in the tour.
I would like to say that I agree with Rewer. Most of our sucess so far comes from our players themselves. They are just great and are giving their best to win this tournament. To show you all how is our team spirit and how hard we've been working, I wanna show you the difference between any other team and the Alpha Ruiners:Iguanadon6 Yesterday at 5:50 AM
Nice job, @Rewer, on getting your team up to first place rn. :smile:
Rewer Yesterday at 5:55 AM
Thank you mr. Iguana but most the credit should go to the players for performing to their capacity and not me
Iguanadon6 Yesterday at 5:57 AM
Of course, of course. :slight_smile: Your team is performing really well! I have a feeling your leadership along with HANTSUKI's have something to do with the success, though. :wink:
Rewer Yesterday at 6:01 AM
Im just trying to enable them to be the best they can be however there is still a long way to go no jinxing!!!
Since RBY will be cut for SPL12 and I'll be twiddling my thumbs during it I'm down to contribute towards putting together something like this, also very happy to contribute with things like prediction tour, schedule spreadsheet etc. I think there's a lot that could be done to enhance the viewer experience, and even what is currently here isn't working as well as it could (prediction tour dropped, schedule spreadsheet often has entire series that aren't filled until the weekend if at all, etc). I fuck with this idea a lothi hello
as a very casual watcher of spl im not able to keep up to date with all the games that are played, but i'm interested in seeing great games being played. would it be possible to include some kind of questionnaire in the replays thread where people get to vote for their favorite game(s) of the past week, with the results being published later? i've always felt like smogon lacked a good place to highlight exemplary games and now that im not as involved as i used to be ive really come to miss such a function
Will it for sure be cut? That's sad even though i don't understand the meta the least bitSince RBY will be cut for SPL12 and I'll be twiddling my thumbs during it I'm down to contribute towards putting together something like this, also very happy to contribute with things like prediction tour, schedule spreadsheet etc. I think there's a lot that could be done to enhance the viewer experience, and even what is currently here isn't working as well as it could right (prediction tour dropped, schedule spreadsheet often has entire series that aren't filled until the weekend if at all, etc). I fuck with this idea a lot
please dont quit PLEASE please please dont quit pl,ea se dont quit pleas dont quit please please dont quit please i love spectator donnut quit please don quit please PLEASE dont quitInitially I wanted to wait until after this tour, but due to the new Pokemon in gen8ou I've decided to free up the SS OU council spot in favor of a more involved person. I hope that during my short time on it I was of use to the other council members, and would I'd like to thank ya'll for giving me the oppertunity to help lead a scene I used to love. Unfortunately, I've lost my passion for this game a while ago and only kept playing in official games. I believe that I have a total of around 30 ladder games played over the last year, if we dont count early gen SS and OLT. Naturally, this affected my in-game abilities, since this game is a lot about practice. On top of that I also put in much less effort during prep, which used to be the area where I was really getting ahead of others. For this I'd like to apologize to the Wolfpack, especially to TonyFlygon since he was expecting the same dedication I had last year. I don't think that I was as grossly inactive as some say, but it was definitely very low for my previous standards. Lastly, I really did not enjoy the very limited teambuilding options SS OU had to offer, which just led to me hating every moment I was playing the game, ultimately asking myself why I do any of this in my free time, as a hobby.
I never wanted to be seen as the best. I just wanted to become a "tournament player" since those are supposed to be way better than anybody else. I feel like I achieved that and much more, so I don't have much of a drive in that regard anymore either. What I can say after the transition from ladder hero to tournament player is that the level of play is definitely higher, but it's not as big a difference as most of the community thinks. People just care more during/before their games, for the most part. Since we're on the topic of community I think that I should also address this at least a bit. Lavos was definitely right in that the community largely doesn't care for people's actual ability to play competitive pocket monsters. Whether somebody thinks anybody else is good is mostly decided on a petty argument you've had with them 3 years ago or depending on how much likes holding a certain opinion can bring you in. The ridiculousness of this whole ordeal is another reason why I've been wanting to distance myself from smogon. The loudest voice will become reality on this site whether its the truth or not. To give just one example, people truly believe that going SpD Clef in my game three would have solved my issue and I'm so dumb that I dont know SpD Clef can switch into Hydreigon. This was my actual problem with the line. Guessing correctly earns you a lot of praise, and nobody is batting an eye to objective missplays, especially when you still win the game. One example of this would be ABR missing a guaranteed two turn endgame win here, during the smogon tour semi-final. I think that generally this game isn't getting played at a super high level on smogon. There is way too little time to think over all the lines with the current timer, and most people don't even bother doing any sort of probability calculations that aren't trivial. Another issue is the practice of complaining about hax being shunned. I realize that the opposite extreme would probably be worse. At the same time sometimes you get set back much more than your opponent, and while you technically could 'play around it' you'd need to be 2-3 times 'better' than your opponent rather than just 'better'. Playing around it and being better is referring to doing correct guesswork here. While you can do educated guesses and get a good game instinct with a lot of practice, you would still need a lot of games for the luck part to equalize, and we are judging players on their performance over ~9 games in tournaments. Not to mention that you might be playing Lavos when you get matched up against Valentine, or M Dragon when you play a Spanish player.
Overall I just lost my passion for this game, and I don't think that trying to maintain a good reputation as a player is worth it when I don't actually like playing it anymore. I might re-gain my passion at some point, but most likely I'll just quietly fade away. I've experienced everything I wanted to on this site, and would like to thank you all for the fun I had, but the current state of affairs isn't that appealing to me and I'd rather do something else with my life.
Take care smogon