SPL XI - Commencement Thread

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It is now FINALLY time for the Sharks eulogy.

The Sharks are often referred to as the "GOAT FRANCHISE," and for good reason. The team has racked up the most trophies in the history of SPL, winning SPLs II, V, and VII. Backed by an excellent leadership foundation, solid retains like Conflict, and perhaps some shady tactics, the team has managed to clinch victory time and time again. Since SPL VII, though, the franchise been in turmoil. The team was eliminated in Week 9 of SPL VIII by a winless Classiest team, and failed to make the playoffs each of the past 2 seasons as well. The team looked to return to glory this season, and with legendary old gen expert M Dragon back in control for another year with his trusty puppet sidekick Analytic by his side, hopes were high that the GOAT FRANCHISE could live up to its reputation.



The team's only retain was the aforementioned Conflict, who returned to the franchise for the 8th time, a number that will probably be unmatched for the rest of this site's existence. The GSC pool is always a bit sketchy, to say the least, so locking down one of the best GSCers of all time for only 11.5k seemed like a great decision. As a big Conflict supporter, I personally felt that this was one of the best value retains in the entire tournament. With the backing of fellow GSC legend M Dragon, it seemed inconceivable, at least to me, that Conflict would flop in SPL XI.

At the start of the draft, the Sharks were ready to feast. The GOAT franchise did not hesitate to reveal their secret strategy for returning to glory; they would do the unthinkable: ally themselves with "the Jerk." The team picked up Jerk comrades bro fist and SoulWind for a combined 49k. Their prices looked very reasonable at the time, and considering how ridiculously expensive some far less talented players were later on in the draft, it's safe to say that both of these players were actually a bit underpriced. Having a core of bro fist / SoulWind / Conflict for only 60.5k combined is incredible on paper; this was definitely the best start of any team up to this point in the draft. The team also picked up teal6 for 11k, adding their 3rd Jerk member in 5 picks. teal was always known for his ability to farm the lower tiers, but after being forced into OU during Snake, he proved that there was more to his game after all. He had a very strong Snake showing, even taking down giants like ABR. I was personally unsure about his ability to smash the SS OU pool, but many individuals were relatively high on him. He was ranked 12th in the official PRs, so getting for 11k felt fair at the time. The team rounded out their OU core by picking up xray for 12k. xray is known for being a very solid ORAS player, but his lackluster play in SM left much to be desired. People were relatively skeptical about his ability to succeed, as evidenced by his 13th place ranking in the official PRs. That being said, getting him for 12k felt like a fair enough value at the time. With a high upside core of John / xray / teal6, the Sharks ended up with what many felt was the best SS OU lineup of the tournament. Add in two top old gen players in SoulWind and Conflict, and the Sharks looked poised to contend for a ring. All the team had to do was supplement these talents with some other notable players.

Unfortunately, things would not be that simple. I have no idea what happened in the Sharks war room after the teal6 pick, but it must have been something akin to what happened in the Lindworms chat during the Snake draft. The insanity slowly but surely started setting in, and by the time the dust settled, the Sharks roster went from looking like a magnificent conglomeration of talent to looking like the SPL IX Raiders. The team's next few picks weren't too bad, though. The Sharks' decision to purchase DeepBlueC for 8k was actually applauded by the masses, in fact. He was a pretty hyped DPP player; I personally never drank the kool-aid though. Regardless, it seemed like a decent enough pick to me. The team's next selection was frisoeva, a new player who had put forth a solid 4-2 performance in the Snake draft. I was pretty unsure of his ability to succeed, but considering the team only invested 5k in him, it's hard to really call it a bad move. The team then purchased Genesis7, the man who created the infamous "Leviticus aka bro fist in the trash can" meme, for 7k to play RBY; this seemed like a bit of an overpay to me, and considering that he was only ranked 9th in the Official Power Rankings, I would say the masses would agree with me on that as well. Spending 15k combined on DPP and RBY isn't ideal, especially to me; I was never really impressed by either of these players, so this automatically made me a bit skeptical of the franchise. Regardless, these three all had the potential to have decent seasons, and considering that they were only 20k combined, it's hard to envision that any of these decisions could realistically sink the Sharks' ship.

It is here that the Sharks would have their "Lindworm" moment. The team inexplicably decided to draft BLIGHTBRINGER...for 18k??????????? LOOOOOOOOL WHAT WHY SKALS;FKSLKFL I was absolutely baffled when this happened; his price just kept climbing higher and higher and I wondered whether or not I was watching another one of those mock drafts conducted by filler characters. It seemed ludicrous that a journeyman player who had never really achieved anything of note on Smogon could possibly be anywhere near 18k. But sadly, my friends, this was in fact the official draft. I was later informed that Blight had performed admirably in the latest edition of the Callous Cup; regardless of that, there is no way anyone is ever convincing me that this wasn't one of the biggest overpays ever. ADV prices as a whole were illogical, and this is one of the main moves I point to prove that notion. The team rounded out their draft by picking up EviGaro, an RU mainer, for LC and picking up the makiri-endorsed duo of Mr.GX and Kiichikos for Doubles. Almost everyone was skeptical of EviGaro's ability to succeed in LC, and considering that the highest priced LCer was only 9k, investing in such an unknown commodity, even for as little as 3k, is perhaps more of an issue than it might originally seem. As for the Doubles players, it's well known that makiri selects a VGC player to be the franchise's Doubles player every season. Sometimes, it pans out, like when the team selected IAmARookie a couple of years ago and he washed the competition. Other years, the franchise ends up with fodder players like fespy who tank the season. It was basically a coinflip as to whether or not these individuals would succeed on the big stage.

Regardless of how poorly I thought the second half of their draft went, the team entered the season with absurd levels of hype. The masses had firmly entrenched the Sharks in their "big 3," and countless individuals were singing their praises and harping on how unlikely it would be that the franchise would miss the playoffs. This was my take on the roster: "This team’s draft started out really strong, but it got a bit insane by the end like LOL They have playoff upside and have a ridiculously strong tiebreak. The team is very top heavy, though, and they definitely have bust potential. It will be interesting to see how high they can soar." The team looked like the reincarnation of the aforementioned SPL IX Raiders, with star talent through the roof accompanied by a bunch of filler characters, each of whom had the potential to either have solid seasons or flop spectacularly. That Raiders team did come within 1 game of taking down the greatest roster of all time, and with a ridiculously powerful tiebreak featuring SoulWind and the best tiebreak player ever in bro fist, the team certainly had upside. I wound up ranking them a tier below the Tyrants / Cryonicles / Wolfpack in my rankings, placing them at 4th. Surprisingly enough, the team was actually ranked as low as 8th in the official Power Rankings, despite the community's willingness to hype the team at every turn. The team very clearly had bust potential; if a few of their filler characters came through, though, the lineup could easily make the playoffs.

The Sharks came out guns blazing, looking like the best team in the tournament through the first 2 weeks. They took down another pre-season favorite in the Wolfpack in Week 1, before taking down another solid-ish team in the Scooters in Week 2. To top it all off, the Sharks would face off against a team many felt was the worst in the entire tournament in Week 3: the BIGs. The BIGs looked like an absolute joke of team through the first two weeks, and the amount of memes surrounding the team and their ridiculously big roster simply added fuel to the fire. It seemed almost guaranteed that the Sharks would feast on their inferior competition and get off to a white hot 3-0 start. However, instead, this week proved to be the catalyst for their future struggles. The team was the first victim of the team formerly known as the MAGMA BIGS; the loss sent the Sharks on a downward spiral. However, the loss to the BIGs wasn't the only tragedy that happened during Week 3. Legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant unfortunately met his demise on January 26th, the last day of Week 3 of SPL. Now, how does this relate to the Sharks? Well, as I'm sure almost all of the community knows, Sharks LCer EviGaro, who was 3-0 at the time, decided to disrespect the fallen warrior and all of his tearful fans by bringing up his infamous rape allegation. The curse of the Black Mamba would go on to haunt both EviGaro and her team for the rest of the season. The Sharks would only win 1 more week for the rest of the season, as they were only able to acquire 5 more points in the next 5 weeks of the season. The team still had a chance to make the playoffs heading into Week 9, but it looked to be an uphill battle, as they would need to win a series against perhaps the best team in the tournament in the Dragonspiral Tyrants, who had been ravaging everyone in their path since the end of Week 4. Unsurprisingly, the GOAT franchise was unable to overcome such a daunting hurdle, and they fell short of the playoffs for the 4th year in a row.

So, how did the team fail? Well, to absolutely no one's surprise, the Sharks were really as top heavy as everyone thought heading into the tour. SoulWind, xray, and John put forth a magnificant carry performance, going a combined 22-4 and nearly dragging this team to the playoffs. As the season progressed, it became increasingly clear that if any of John, SoulWind, or xray lost a single game, the Sharks would be incapable of claiming a victory in any given week. This was particularly concerning since xray's record was inflated by a host of luck in his favor. He was bound to collapse sooner or later under the weight of his team's struggles, and he wound up knocking his own team out of the tournament with a pretty spectacular choke against Christo in Week 9.

Erzengel, one of the team's 3k buys, also managed to defy all expectations and go 5-4 as well. However, I'm sure that the Sharks don't feel that great about his performance anymore after his catastrophic choke in Week 9 against CBB basically erased the last vestiges of hope from the team. The team's other filler characters failed to put forth any noteworthy performances. DeepBlueC and Genesis7 both finished the season at 4-5. Going 8-10 in the variance tiers for 15k isn't awful, though. frisoeva also managed to go .500, making him a solid value pick for 5k. While none of these three players had amazing showings or anything, they did well enough to not sink the ship.

This is where the good news ends, however. To absolutely no one's surprise, Blightbringer ended up being one of the worst selections of the entire auction. Despite the support of ADV legend M Dragon, Blight only managed to rack up a measly 3 wins in 9 weeks in an absolutely horrendous ADV pool; purchasing him for 18k was almost assuredly the decision that set the franchise ablaze. Aforementioned Kobe hater EviGaro also ended the season 3-5, getting washed in every single game after her untimely comment. The makiri-endorsed Doubles duo also flopped SPECTACULARLY, ending the season with ONLY 1 WIN LOL That really hurts, bros. The most surprising thing about the Sharks' season, though, was the extremely poor performance of Conflict. The former GSC demi-god only amassed a measly 3 wins in 9 weeks. If he put forth his usual amazing performance, the team almost assuredly would have reached the playoffs.

At the end of the day, the Sharks are who we thought they were. They were an extremely top heavy team with countless filler characters whom they relied on too heavily. With Conflict unable to carry his share of the load, the team collapsed under the weight of the Kobe curse and their horrendous Doubles play. If I had to name the main reason for their failure, though, I think it's pretty obvious. Purchasing Blightbringer for 18k was an absolutely INDEFENSIBLE move at the time, and it looked worse and worse as the season progressed. The ADV pool was probably the weakest it had been in the history of SPL, at least before players like Tama and Roro started flexing into it later in the season. A lot of individuals seem to be blaming M Dragon's team support for Blight's failure as well. Nevertheless, the Sharks' decision to take such an unproven commodity for such an absurd price instead of simply bidding on a cheap player like CyberOdin was baffling at the time, and set the Sharks' demise into motion. I've always supported the GOAT franchise. They were my first real team on Smogon; SPL IV was the first time I got to play an entire team tournament, and SPL V was my first SPL victory. I'll always have a soft spot for the decorated organization. I hope that the team returns to their former glory sooner rather than later, since SPL is always more fun when the Sharks are good. With 4 poor seasons in the books, though, it's safe to wonder whether the Sharks can ever return to their rightful throne at the top of the SPL mountain.
 
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It is now finally time for the Raiders' eulogy!

Before understanding the expectations the community had set for the Raiders in SPL XI, it's important to understand their history. Prior to SPL VII, the Raiders were a laughingstock. They only managed to make the playoffs one time before then, and the franchise was arguably the worst one in the entire tournament. Things all changed in SPL VII, when the Raiders fell into the hands of the Jerk. They acquired franchise cornerstone TDK with the same sort of devious tactics Tony would later use to pry ABR from the Ruiners' clutches in SPL IX. With seemingly 90% of the Jerk concentrated on one roster, the team seemed poised for success. Unfortunately, they ended up flopping spectacularly. This tour did set the stage for the next two seasons, though, where the Raiders found themselves as title contenders two years in a row, and were one ABR freeze away from taking home the franchise's coveted first trophy. This heartbreaking loss proved to be too much for Raiders' management, however, as they abandoned the team and left it in the hands of their Doubles player Kaori and his trusty pal Gondra. Before SPL X, BKC was banned for some of his usual harsh comments. He decided to help his hometown Raiders, ensuring that the team would have amazing old gen support. The team managed to draft the combination of SoulWind + Trosko for only 23.5k combined; couple those with two solid retain steals in roscoe and Pak, another superstar signing in bro fist, and the aforementioned ghost of BKC, and it seemed like the Raiders would be title contenders. 9 weeks later, these expectations proved to be a far cry from reality, as the Raiders finished in last place in SPL X. This would be all she wrote for Kaori and Gondra, as they gave the team to Kingler12345, otherwise known as "the loaf." With this much failure in the books for the organization, expectations were beyond low for the Raiders heading into SPL XI. Kingler decided to manage with fellow LCer Corporal Levi; any time two mainers manage a team, it always raises a fair bit of skepticism within the community, and when added to the already-low expectations for the hometown Raiders franchise, it's safe to say that many people almost immediately pegged them for a bottom 3 finish in SPL XI.



The Raiders' only two viable viable retains were Trosko and SoulWind. If the team was able to sign both of them for only 30k combined, they would easily form the best retain duo in SPL. The man now known as "GODSKO" had dismantled the competition ever since the start of SPL X, and SoulWind had clearly established himself as one of the best, if not the best, BWers on the site. SoulWind, however, had PTSD from last year's disaster, and for good reason. He refused to hop aboard the team's ship. Trosko, however, did agree to play. With this signing, the Raiders were already off to a magnificent start; Trosko almost assuredly would have been around 20k after his ridiculous performances over the course of the past year. Could they escape their tortured history with the aid of arguably the best retain in the entire tour?

The team started off the auction by picking up Earthworm for 10k. I and many others thought that this was a great selection at the time. Earthworm, while not being anywhere near as dominant as he was in his peak, was still thought of as a capable old gen player; considering the pereptually dire state of the GSC player pool, it seemed laughable that Earthworm's price had reached such a depressed point. This notion would be further reinforced when MrE, a veteran who wasn't even in the last edition of the tournament, went for 10.5k, despite being notably less impressive over the course of his career than Earthworm. The team then decided to purchase dice for 26k; this felt like a bit of an overpay, especially considering that SoulWind, who many individuals would rate above dice in BW OU, went for only 23k. dice also doesn't provide the teambuilding support of someone like BKC, so this price definitely felt a bit inflated at the time. That being said, I'm a huge dice fan and I bold him every single week, so I personally figured that there was a decent chance he could live up to his lofty price tag, even if it was about 4k more than I would have spent on him. With the surplus of value they acquired with the Trosko retain as well as the Earthworm pick-up, the Raiders could justify spending a bit extra on player they desperately wanted.

The Raiders' next pick was a bit...sketchy. The team purchased Posho for 11k. Posho is one of the strangest players on the site. He went from being an absolute God during his Smogon Tour run to basically falling off the map with countless poor performances in team tours over the past few years. Many people, myself included, figured that he could still be viable in BW, though; he did manage to go 4-5 in SPL X in that tier. If you were still a believer in his, perhaps formerly, lofty ceiling, the decision to spend 11k on him wasn't indefensible. My main problem with this move is pretty obvious, though...the Raiders already spent 26k on dice, whose best tier is BW OU??? Like??????? LOOOOOOOL What am I missing. There's absolutely 0 evidence 2020 Posho could succeed in any tier besides BW OU, so buying him for 11k to play a non-BW tier seemed absolutely insane at the time. The team's next pick was MetalGro$$, whom they acquired for 8.5k. I've never really been a big believer in Metal, and find him to be pretty mediocre. I thought this was a slight overpay, but it wasn't that bad of a pick considering that a sizable chunk of RBY talent had left the player pool over the past few years. The team then picked up LilyAC for 4k, which felt like a solid pick at the time. The "air conditioner" was coming off a nice 6-3 Snake run, and with the help of two managers who main LC, it seemed pretty likely at the time that she could continue her success.

If the Posho selection drilled one hole in the Raiders', the team's next two picks riddled the whole entity with a plethora of them. The Raiders, FOR SOME REASON, decided to draft Lycans AND pasy_g for a combined 33.5k LOOOL LIKE WHAT WHY LMAO I don't know if the Raiders didn't get the memo that UU wasn't in SPL, but surely something happened in the war room; perhaps it was the Lindworm virus rearing it's ugly head again. Even if UU was in SPL, this would still be a bit of an overpay for Lycans. But without UU, this was an absolutely egregious pick. There's not even any evidence that Lycans is viable outside of lower tiers; like, congratulations, he managed to farm 4 wins in the thinking gen in World Cup...like, who cares? LOL I probably wouldn't have ever spent more than 5k for Lycans in this SPL, so this was easily one of the craziest picks of the entire auction, and basically torpedo'd all of the value they got from the Trosko retain. With the dice overpay canceling out the Earthworm value, the Raiders basically found themselves at +-0. They then decided to cast another anchor to sink their season, as they decided to pick up pasy_g...for 16.5k LOOL WHY WAS THIS AN OPTION?? Despite being a long-time veteran of Smogon, pasy had never really accomplished anything of note on the big stage, and despite the dire state of the ADV pool, this felt like a crazy overpay to myself as well as the rest of the even mildly intelligent people in the Smogon community. Once again, I will point to the fact that CyberOdin, a veteran player with similar levels of success as well as a bit more recent ADV success in team tours, went for only 3k. The Raiders really decided that spending 33.5k on two players who were probably worth around 10-11k was a good idea. These were legitimately the two worst back-to-back selections since the Lindworms reached HARD for Indigo Plateau and tko during rounds 5-6 of the Snake III draft. At this point, I had absolutely 0 faith in the Raiders.

The team then picked up kaori for Doubles for 4k, which felt like a solid price considering his past SPL exploits. They also decided to spend 9k on ToF, bringing their combined RBY + DPP total to 17.5k, which was definitely a bit too much for my liking. ToF could definitely succeed in this SPL, but 9k seemed a bit lofty for his services. The team rounded out their starting line-up with 2020 washed reiku, who many people felt would be a ghosting slot. They also selected an absolute random in Vai Lusa to be their final SS OU starter. They also picked up Vulpix03 and Simia to back-up their OU core in case things went awry. As you can sense by my general tone in the latter half of this write-up, I was a complete non-believer in the Raiders. My original assessment of the squad was the following: "Overall, this team definitely had some egregious overpays. They’re definitely not good, and it would be kind of surprising if they made the playoffs, honestly." I didn't really see anyone in the community hype the team up either. The Raiders did surprisingly manage to lock down a top 3 spot in the official Power Rankings, which many people simply chalked up to luck. This team just looked way too mediocre to make the playoffs; however, a sizable chunk of teams in this year's SPL were also riddled with holes, so there was an outside chance that the team could make a run if things broke their way. I wound up ranking them in the 7-team second tier of my Power Rankings, placing them at 8th.

With some good fortune on their side, the Raiders managed to defy all expectations in Week 1. Squaring off against the tournament favorite, the Tyrants, the loaf's squad would not back down, and managed to claw their way to a 6-5 lead with Earthworm vs. Floppy remaining. This game looked like an absolute blowout on paper. Earthworm was infinitely better when both players were at their peaks, and Floppy was so unviable over the past few seasons that even labeling him as crust would be pretty generous. The game progressed as one would expect...until Earthworm committed one of the biggest chokes of the season and let Floppy win the game with his Curselax. This was a big blow to the Raiders, but they still managed to secure a tie against the tournament favorites, so this week wasn't all bad, despite how gut-wrenching Earthworm's blunder must have been for the team. The Raiders got washed by the upstart Ruiners in Week 2, and people wrote the team off once again.

After the first two weeks, it was clear that SS OU was not Trosko's forte. They moved him to SM OU, where he would return to his usual monstrous self. That wasn't the team's only issue, however. As the season progressed, it became increasingly clear that Earthworm, Lycans, and Posho were all unviable. They were all struggling mightily, but due to the lack of viable subs on the roster, the Raiders were faced with a perilous "pick your poison" type of situation. The team decided to put their faith in Posho and his aforementioned BW abilities. The team put their marquee 26k player, dice, to the test, flexing him to GSC so Posho could play BW OU and have a realistic shot of winning some games. This strategy...actually accomplished nothing LOOL Posho went 1-3 in BW OU, with his only win coming against a DOUBLES PLAYER in MajorBowman. Posho just might be unviable in general in 2020, honestly. dice was up to the test, though; he was undefeated in GSC heading into his Week 9 showdown with Anti, proving that his skill transcends tiers. With 38k in value basically being deadweight, it's a wonder that the Raiders were able to stay afloat for so long. The team ended up being carried by some pretty unlikely sources.

ToF and MetalGro$$ both put together excellent seasons, going a combined 13-5 in the variance tiers and giving the team the boost they so desperately needed. The team's desperation OU core of Vai Lusa / simia / vulpix03 also performed admirably, and were positive heading into Week 9 with only a 10.5k combined price tag. Lycans also managed to redeem himself a bit. With Trosko unable to play in Weeks 8 and 9, Lycans stepped up to the plate and took down both Tace and 0-6 Relous; while the quality of his opponents wasn't exactly anything to write home about, he should be given credit for stepping up when the team needed him most. reiku and pasy_g also miraculously managed to put together above-average campaigns. LilyAC also had another solid season with the help of both Kingler and Levi, and ended up being one of the team's best selections. The team's Doubles core of Kaori + Lunar wasn't exactly good, but they did enough to keep the team alive, at least.

With the help of the aforementioned unlikely sources, the team managed to scrape by week after week, securing tie after tie until they put themselves in prime playoff position down the stretch. The team took full advantage of their cupcake match-up with the Tigers in Week 8, absolutely smashing them and 10-2 and acquiring some much-needed BD in the process. The team had pretty good odds to make the playoffs in Week 9, only needing a tie or some other results to swing their way. Against all odds, the Raiders looked to defy expectations and return to the playoffs once more. Unfortunately for them, there comes a breaking point for every mediocre team. When you rely on unproven filler characters for too long, bad things tend to happen. Lusa, Simia, and vulpix03 all melted under the pressure, going 0-3 combined in the final week against the classiest with some pretty horrendous performances between them. Simia was first up to the plate, and he absolutely butchered his end game against suapah and donated a win after getting absurdly lucky. Despite his terrible performance, the Raiders found themselves up 5-4 with three games remaining; if they simply won one of them, they would be able to finally punch their ticket to the playoffs. They looked to have secured their victory after Lusa dodged Insult's Will-O-Wisp with his +4 Corviknight; however, despite being up 6-4 with a +4 Pokemon with Roost, he was somehow unable to bring home the win. His absolutely terrible display was a harbinger of things to come, as vulpix03 played a terrible game against blargh, erasing all of the leeway the Raiders had amassed up to that point. Luckily for the Raiders, they saved their best player for last. Hopes were high that dice could take down Anti and clinch the Raiders a playoff spot. However, he fell short after some timely predictions by Anti against dice's Marowak. And so, instead of finding themselves in Hikari's semifinals post, the Raiders find themselves as the subject of the latest eulogy.

Overall, the Raiders exceeded my expectations. I wasn't expecting anything from them going into this tournament due to my lack of faith in the manager duo, but despite some absolutely asinine drafting decisions, the team managed to stay in contention all the way until the final game of the regular season. Unfortunately for them, though, their bad drafting eventually caught up to them, causing them to rely on one too many filler characters with the season on the line. I really can't blame the team for taking Earthworm at such a depressed price point. Also, pasy_G did manage to finish 5-3, so his 16.5k price tag, while absolutely egregious at the time, at least doesn't look awful now. Their variance tier players also managed to perform excellently. dice, while being an overpay, also managed to go 6-3 while flexing into another tier, so I can't really lambaste them too much for spending too much on him, either. As such, the reasons for their failure will be attributed to two main factors:

1. Their decision to buy Posho for 11k despite having dice for BW OU and the widespread knowledge going into the tournament that Posho was unviable in any non-BW tier

2. Their decision to buy Lycans for 17k for reasons that still remain unclear to this day

The Raiders are a pretty bad franchise, and the team's rather questionable drafting decisions in SPL XI makes me pretty skeptical of the franchise's potential for success in the future. The Jerk was close to solving the Raiders puzzle, but unfortunately they were unable to secure the ring. It must be said that the Raiders ability to battle back against all odds despite such a dire draft is impressive, so perhaps there is hope for the loaf in the future. However, good drafters are the key to SPL success, so it's fair to wonder whether the team will ever be able to lift that coveted trophy. So, for now, I present you guys with the ribbon for the longest eulogy to date. Congratulations!
 
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Mr.E

im the best
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Unfortunately, it's been this way since BW was main OU. I can totally get the frustration this causes to the ones that are playing, although as a lurker it is kinda fun I admit. Anyway, pokemon is serious business so you have to be self-sarcastic in order not to lose your peace of mind...
If someone punches you in the arm once, you can ignore it. If people keep punching you in the arm in the same spot for 20 years, your arm is still going to bruise whether or not you ignore each individual instance of being punched.
 
If someone punches you in the arm once, you can ignore it. If people keep punching you in the arm in the same spot for 20 years, your arm is still going to bruise whether or not you ignore each individual instance of being punched.
if you are bothered by people punching your arm for 20 years, you might want to consider to not hold your arm in front of other peoples faces and shout at them to punch you
 
Gratz Classiest!

It is my first SPL journal, my record goes from 3-0 to 4-4 and I played some games poorly, if I can use a sentence to summarize this season, it would be “has a great start, but ends with some pities”. I really enjoyed the process, like talking and testing with you guys. What I can say is thank you for giving me such a GOOD memory, being part of this team is so GOOD!

Special thanks to my “uncle” Rui first. I don’t think I can get bought in SPL without your recommendation. You built for me, tested wiz me, answered my stupid questions, endured my terrible games…You are really a great coach, I would never forget about the help you gave me, thank you.

Big thanks to PDC and Triangle. Thank you for drafting me as a player, draft an unknown player needs courage, and I hope I did not disappoint u guys. When phil left us, u gave me the chance to play on the stage of SPL; When rui was busy, u built for me and test wiz me. It is my pleasure be in ur team and hope we can team up in future.

As I am a BW main player, finch is my idol all the time. He is the most tryhard player I’ve ever seen. Imagine you are playing some other games or drinking outside, when you see finch is writing sth like his strategy or plan in his channel, you will always stop gaming but start talking with finch about his plans. This dude even started building his week 9 team ins week 3! Anyway, if you give me a chance to choose teammate myself in future tournaments, I would always say finchinator, hope I can be the player like him in the future.



The most creative builder in my team would be you, eo, your record cannot reflect your input and capability. I love the style you played and the team you built. Also you are really a nice guy who pmed and comforted me when finch was mad at me (fuck finch). I hope we can play for team china together in the future wcop lol.

When I was drafted, I asked yjh what are z0m and sacri like, are they kind people because he used to team wiz z0m and sacri. The answer is yes, and I feel the same. Both of you have solid records and always bring us good start, it makes me feel less nervous and can play better. Special thanks to sacri for infecting me ur pet phrase lmao.

I cannot imagine the day when Pablo is in my opposing team, it means my team would start with 0-1 lol. 9-0 is such a beast record and u save us many times in crucial moment. Don’t drink too much bro you are still young!

I love kanto and garay a lot, too. I stole every team they used XD. U guys really deserve better records, don’t let luck beat u anymore dudes. I hope we can team up together in the future, same as hml, mre, tman, obi, sg, Jordy, descending and leftiez.



I really hope I can post it in the final thread, but it is not going to happen. I love every player and helper in our channel, as a Chinese saying, goodbye is not goodbye, this is one of my best pokemon memories and hope we can team together in the future! (one more thing, there are a lot of capable Chinese players in Chinese community and I am not the best one. I hope more chances can be given to them in future tournaments and I am sure that they wont let u down. )
 
The Cryonicles might be the worst franchise in the history of SPL. The team has rarely experienced any form of success, having only made the playoffs twice in 10 editions of the tournament prior to SPL XI. Their last appearance came 6 years ago, when yondie crafted one of the best on-paper rosters I can remember, only to be toppled in the finals by the GOAT franchise. Since then, the Cryonicles have let down their fans year after year. Not even one of Smogon's best drafters, reyscarface, or Smogon's infamous economist, Valentine, could not save the franchise from its destiny. Eventually, Valentine handed off his position to his assistant manager, teal6. teal is many things, but he certainly isn't a competent drafter. His drafts always left much to be desired, as he was blinded by friendship on more than one occasion, leading to ridiculous selections like 10.5k obii. The franchise was an absolute disgrace, as they failed to break into the top 6 on even one occasion under teal's leadership. After coming to terms with his ineptitude and realizing that he would be much better off simply farming clowns as a player instead, teal6 finally decided to relinquish his managing position. The team was then taken over by two veterans: PDC and Triangles. Most people didn't have much hope for this managing core heading into the auction due to their lack of drafting experience and occasionally questionable opinions on the playerbase. They would be starting off with a bit of disadvantage compared to other teams as well, as they would start the tour with no retains to speak of. Could these two really bring the Cryonicles back to the playoffs for the first time since SPL V?



The team started off the auction by picking up resident tryhard Finchinator for 20k. Finch is a solid player, and he was arguably the 3rd best BWer in the pool behind SoulWind and dice. On the surface, 20k is clearly an overpay for Finch; as a player, I would value him at around 15k. That being said, the inexperience of PDC and Triangles makes this pick a bit more justifiable for me. Finch's passion for Smogon is unmatched, and no one besides BKC is probably as invested in SPL as Finchinator is. His tryharding antics are well documented, and he almost certainly assisted PDC and Triangles with the rest of the draft. Finch's "Big Board" has become sort of a meme after its reveal a few years ago; nonetheless, his myriad of opinions on the playerbase almost certainly had a positive impact on the squad. So, overall, this pick was probably fine.

The squad then picked up Eo for 17.5k. Many people including myself were very high on Eo, and the rather defensive nature of SS OU felt like a boon for him as well. This was a pretty good pick to me. The team then selected Tman for 11.5k; based on the official Power Rankings, this was an overpay. Tman was tied with MajorBowman as the highest-paid Doubles player in the tournament, but he was only ranked 5th in the Power Rankings. The general consensus seemed, even among non-Doubles mainers, seemed to be that SMB was the best player in the pool, and he was only 10.5k; this makes the Tman pick look even more questionable. After this, the team picked obii for 5.5k. This felt like a very early point in the draft to be taking substitutes, so I didn't really understand this pick at the time. obii did apparently assist a great deal in the rest of the draft, though, so perhaps this selection was justifiable.

The Cryonicles then decided to make the unwise decision of nominating z0mOG despite wanting no part of him on their roster; they were under the belief that he would almost assuredly be upbid. However, this was not the case, as z0m's personality in tandem with his decision to only sign up for ADV meant that no other team was willing to take a chance on him. Despite the fact that this purchase was accidental, I felt that it was a great pick-up nonetheless. z0m is easily worth over 3k, and with Triangles' ADV support, I figured that z0m could easily notch 4 or 5 wins against a sub-par playerpool. This was one of the first clear steals of the draft to me, and I thought it could help recuperate most of the value the team had lost with their earlier selections. The team's next selection was Sacri', whom they acquired for 20.5k. This felt like a fair price considering how hyped he was as a player; I thought this was a fine selection as well. They then acquired Updated Kanto for 13.5k, who had rebounded after a few mediocre tours with a solid performance in Snake III. I've been a big Kanto fan since he impressed me in his breakout tour in SPL IX, and after his solid Snake showing, I figured that he had the potential to smash the terrible ORAS player pool. This was another very sold pick up for the squad.

The team then managed to acquire the #1 player in the LC Power Rankings, Pablo, for only 6.5k. This was easily one of the steals of the draft; LC prices were rather strange, and it's unclear how such a hyped player was so cheap. Despite his hiatus from the game, he did have some solid results in the tier in the past, and the rather mediocre state of the playerbase made him a safe pick to perform admirably. The Cryos were humming along nicely, getting some solid value picks in z0m and Pablo and amassing a nice core of players. But, of course, every manager in this tour has to have an aneurysm at some point in the draft, I suppose. The Cryonicles, for SOME REASON, decided that it would be wise to draft Leftiez for 16.5k. Leftiez was a notable player in the past, but we all know that the clutches of the crust rule are hard to escape from. Not to mention, Leftiez was never a sheet warrior; he was negative on the sheet heading into this SPL, in fact. Nevertheless, I thought he had a solid shot of putting together a reasonably good season; he was simply about 9k? too expensive. If that pick wasn't bad enough, the team then squandered some more value by drafting Mr.E for 10.5k. I've been telling people to draft MrE for eons; he's a decent GSC player that will most likely grab 4-ish wins. That being said 10.5k was a bit too much for my liking; I value him at around 6-7k. The GSC playerpool was pretty bad, though, so this pick was fine in a vacuum since it wasn't too crazy of an overpay.

The team's next selection was some random named HML am for 4.5k for RBY. I had absolutely no idea who this was, but I liked the move since the team was clearly trying to spend as little as possible in the variance meme tier. The Cryonicles then rounded out their draft by taking Garay Oak and Jirachee for 3k each. There was really no evidence that Garay could succeed on the big stage in non-lower tiers, so this pick felt like sort of a desperation move for me. Jirachee, on the other hand, is a pretty known quantity. He is infamously terrible on the sheet, despite his rather lofty price tags in several SPLs. That being said, he does have a solid foundation in DPP, so buying him for 3k in the thinking gen felt fine to me. The Cryonicles also had DPP enthusiast Osgoode as a helper; I figured that his builds could definitely enhance Jirachee's performance. They also picked up another random named shawyu for 3k, who would prove to be an important part of the team later on.

The masses did not seem to be aboard the Cryonicles bandwagon, as they landed below the consensus "big 3" of the Tyrants / Wolfpack / Sharks. I, on the other hand, was pretty enamored with this team from the beginning. I thought they could easily get a playoff spot and put them 2nd in my rankings. I liked the majority of their draft, and especially liked the fact that they wisely decided to only spend 7.5k on the two variance tiers. Despite some pretty strange moves such as their decision to spend 16.5k on a crust player, the managers somehow managed to navigate the draft successfully and create what appeared to be a solid team on-paper, at least to me.

Things did not start out too well for the Cryonicles, however. They lost Week 1 to the Classiest, which revealed some cracks in their icy shell. Leftiez lost his first game to blargh, which would be a harbinger of things to come. It's never a good sign when your expensive crust player drops his first game; the wheels were already starting to come off for Leftiez. In addition, MrE decided to randomly slap a Smeargle onto a standard team and got absolutely demolished by anti, a good player with little GSC experience on the big stage. These two losses, as well as the overall week loss, were concerning, but I felt that the talent on the roster could overcome an 0-1 start. From here, the Cryos would start rolling. They won their next 2 match-ups, taking down the BIGs and one of the pre-season favorites in the Tyrants. However, despite this victories, the team still had some issues. Jirachee had seemingly vanished out of thin air some time during Week 2, so the team was forced to turn to their rookie, shawyu. Luckily for them, the thinking gen is one of the best tiers for unproven rookies to get slotted in to. With Osgoode's support, shawyu managed to start the season 3-0. Leftiez, on the other hand, would not be so fortunate. The crust rule once again proved that it should not be taken lightly, as Leftiez got smashed 3 games in a row. The team even tried to flex him to SS OU, but to no avail, as he was unable to take down Christo. Buying Leftiez for 16.5k was clearly one of the worst decisions of the entire draft, and the move continued to look worse and worse as the weeks progressed.

Due to Leftiez' inability to win, the Cryonicles were forced to search for other alternatives. They decided that it was in their best interest to ship him off to the BIGs for...soulgazer? This move seemed pretty weird to me, since SG was completely unproven in OU tiers going into this season, and was only worth 3.5k in the original auction. To make this trade even stranger, the team came up with a stipulation that, if Leftiez miraculously took down bro fist in Week 4, the BIGs would have to add Descending to the trade. This convoluted trade proposal seemingly defied all logic, at least to me. If Leftiez was good enough to somehow beat arguably the best player on the site, why on earth would you ever trade him for sg and a filler character in the first place? It just defied logic. And, to absolutely everyone's surprise, Leftiez actually DID manage to defeat John. SG and Descending now found themselves on the Cryos, as the team decided to trade away 16.5k for 6.5k worth of assets. This trade looked a lot better BEFORE Leftiez had beaten bro fist; if he could take down bro fist of all people, surely he can take down some lesser names in the coming weeks. It's not like SG is some OU world-beater or something. It should be noted that Leftiez was apparently rather inactive, while SG is generally pretty active in team tours, so that was a big factor in the trade as well. In addition, SG is a known lower tier sheet warrior, though, so perhaps he could transfer some of that prowess to SS OU and give the team the wins they so desperately wanted from that slot.

The team managed to take down the Sharks after Leftiez astounding victory over John, putting the team at a solid 3-1 record. The team slipped a little bit the following week, tying the Raiders after Eo got upset by a random named Vulpix03. Regardless, the team was still in a very strong position, and I ranked them 1st overall in my mid-season Power Rankings. The Cryonicles absolutely obliterated the 1st-place Ruiners 10-2 in Week 6; after tying the moribund Scooters in Week 7 and losing to the upstart Wolfpack in Week 8, however, the team found itself needing to get 1 point, most likely, to clinch a playoff spot in Week 9. Luckily for them, their final opponent was the worst team in SPL: the Tigers. The Tigers were an absolute abomination, and had just come off an absolutely disastrous performance against the Raiders in Week 8. The Cryonicles weren't too comfortable, though, as the ghosts of Finchinator's past tormented the team and made many of them stand on pins and needles for the entire week. To absolutely no one's surprise, though, the Cryonicles absolutely washed the Tigers, setting up a date with the Classiest in the first round of the playoffs.

The team's main carry was Pablo, who managed to exceed the expectations of even his biggest supporter's and wash all his opponents to claim an undefeated 9-0 record heading into the playoffs. z0mog also managed to put forth a crazy 7-2 performance, albeit with the assistance of a crazy amount of good fortunate. Finch and Sacri' were also doing well, while Eo and Kanto were slightly underperforming. The rest of the team was all doing pretty decent / average as well, with the exception of MrE, who was sitting at a lowly 3-6 record. All in all, though, the Cryonicles looked to be in prime position to continue their solid season and reach the finals.

However, we must not forget that the Cryonicles are, in fact, the worst franchise in SPL. It seems that they had only avoided their date with destiny for a brief 9-week period, as their semifinals series with the Classiest would be one of the most one-sided affairs in recent memory. It all started with Raiza getting some good fortune to secure a win against Finchinator; after this, Eo fell to Relous. Raiza and Relous entered the playoffs with a combined 2-14 record, so losing to both of these players was a severe blow to the Cryonicles' championship hopes. However, the gods did not want the Cryos to be out just yet, as they blessed MrE with scores of luck and put him in prime position to upset Anti and bring the series to 1-2. Unfortunately, MrE refused to accept this generous donation, as he threw away his Zapdos and SOMEHOW managed to get swept by Skarmory. To top it all off, MrE somehow had the gall to blame his demise on hax:

[21:10:20] +Mr.E: wish his lax rolled rest ever tbh

This log is still mind-boggling, even one day later; it seems inconceivable that he could possibly think he got haxed in that game. His teammates seemed to agree with me too, as their harsh comments eventually caused MrE to leave the team Discord in a fit of anger. He apparently said that he would rejoin should the team reach the finals, but the Cryonicles were currently staring at an 0-3 hole with Tamahome still to play for the Classiest, so the odds that they would reach the finals felt slim at best. Sacri' kept the team afloat for a little while longer, though, taking down a red-hot suapah and bringing the series to 3-1. The next Cryonicles' player, HML am, would not be so lucky, though. The gods were out for blood after MrE had spited them a day earlier, and they laid waste to HML am's RBY squad by blessing TIN's Tauros with copious amounts of good fortune that would make even Fear jealous. The team now had to put their faith in...obii? LOL Yes, it's true. The season almost certainly came down to a 3-14 Jerk player the Cryonicles randomly decided to start in the semifinals for reasons that still remain unclear to me. Could he channel some of ABR's magic and bring the team the win it so desperately needed to stay alive in the playoffs? Well, obii put forth a good effort, but he was unable to overcome a disadvantageous matchup. Garay was next to fall, using a rather questionable ORAS team and losing to Persephone.

The team now sat in a 6-1 whole, and now needed SG to bail them out of it in the thinking gen. The gods tried to sabotage him on multiple occasions throughout the game, but SG persevered, and managed to bring home the win in one of the closest games in recent memory. At 2-6, the team was still alive, but things still appeared to be looking very grim. The Classiest decided to stop toying with their food, and sent out their executioner: Tamahome. Did z0mOG have enough magic left in him to take down one of the Classiest's top 2 players and give his team a shot to take the series to a tiebreak? Well, no LOL Tama ended the Cryonicles season in disappointing fashion, as the team could do nothing but watch as their season went up in smoke before SPL Sunday even arrived.

Overall, the Cryonicles had a nice run. They exceeded many people's expections, and made the playoffs for only the 3rd time in franchise history. I did rank them 2nd in my Power Rankings, so I suppose they fell a tad short of my own expectations. That being said, they still had a respectable season; anything can happen in the playoffs, and the team clearly suffered from some misfortune in the semifinals. The team made some intelligent drafting decisions, despite having a few overpays throughout the auction. The one major flaw of the draft, however, was the decision to take Leftiez for 16.5k. That selection was absolutely baffling at the time, and only continued to look worse and worse as the season progressed. If the team didn't waste so much money on him, perhaps they could have upgraded some of their weaker slots. That being said, this was an encouraging season for a franchise that has been rotting in the SPL wasteland for countless seasons. Managers PDC and Triangles showed that they have what it takes to build a competent a roster, and, if some luck breaks their way, I think that they might have what it takes to finally deliver this franchise its first trophy in the near future.
 
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However, the gods did not want the Cryos to be out just yet, as they blessed MrE with scores of luck and put him in prime position to upset Anti and bring the series to 1-2. Unfortunately, MrE refused to accept this generous donation, as he threw away his Zapdos and SOMEHOW managed to get swept by Skarmory. To top it all off, MrE somehow had the gall to blame his demise on hax
I'm not going to fucking explain the specifics of why this is horseshit because you asswipes just do it on purpose to aggravate me because everyone has a fucking hateboner for me

How the fuck is it scores of luck if my opponent gets equally lucky back? That's just neutral luck. And if I don't get shitty luck early on, I wouldn't need good luck on the backend to catch back up and make it a competitive battle. Early luck matters more than late luck because it forces the player on their back foot to start taking bigger risks to stay afloat or catch back up.
 
In theory your argument is sound but I couldn't find early instances of hax from kratosmana. Actually forcing rest on skarmo and snorlax was more like things going in your favor to begin with. Letting Zapdos die and losing the best answer to Skarmory wasn't a wise decision nevertheless.

That being said I don't think people have a hateboner for you, Tsunami even said in his post that he had a good consideration of you coming into this SPL. But if you pose youself in a specific manner, usually blaming the hax and having passive-aggressive remarks thrown around, you will reap what you sow. I'm sorry because I know you had a bad period coming into this SPL, being a reader of the depression thread, just try to be more chill and less aggressive man and I assure you people won't hate you, except the idiots (but that is a given).
 

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already did some quick s/os but I had a lot of fun w the scooters and teaming w odin in particular so I wanted to take a moment to share some of the funniest moments from our chat, enjoy

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Mr.E

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Buckle up, kiddos.

In theory your argument is sound but I couldn't find early instances of hax from kratosmana. Actually forcing rest on skarmo and snorlax was more like things going in your favor to begin with. Letting Zapdos die and losing the best answer to Skarmory wasn't a wise decision nevertheless.
Giving up Zapdos was a bad decision in hindsight, I thought I could get Machamp going and wouldn't need Zapper to get through Skarmory and I was wrong. I'm not perfect, nobody is, but I certainly get scrutinized more than almost anyone else.

Snorlax literally never Sleep Talking Rest and wearing Rhydon down when it had no business taking advantage of that matchup certainly influenced how I played the midgame, though. (And grats to my opponent for winning 3/3 coinflips on Curse vs EQ because if 60% Poisoned Starmie eats EQ or Lax stays in an extra turn versus Curse it's lights out.) It's not as damning as the shit I had to wade through the prior 2-3 weeks, more the point everyone is all "oh look how lucky Mr.E got and he still lost" and I'm only mentioning it as contradictory evidence. Anyone saying I was lucky is either speaking from a place of ignorance or malice. The Rhydon crit on Forretress wasn't relevant in the grand scheme, Raikou eating it was a result of a gross misplay on my opponent's part (which nobody cares about only because he still won), and my "luck" against Skarm was nullified by it immediately Sleep Talking Rest both times I otherwise would've ended up killing it.

It was a mostly clean game. I wasn't disadvantaged enough by the Rhydon thing that I'd normally complain about it if not in self-defense to people claiming I was lucky and the biggest instance of good luck was cancelled out by the other player getting similarly lucky at the same time. I lost mostly because my one major misplay (tossing Zapdos) cost me more than my opponent's one major misplay (tossing Raikou).

That being said I don't think people have a hateboner for you, Tsunami even said in his post that he had a good consideration of you coming into this SPL. But if you pose youself in a specific manner, usually blaming the hax and having passive-aggressive remarks thrown around, you will reap what you sow. I'm sorry because I know you had a bad period coming into this SPL, being a reader of the depression thread, just try to be more chill and less aggressive man and I assure you people won't hate you, except the idiots (but that is a given).
The vast majority do, Shake's a small minority of people that have any respect for me. It's always been this way and I've been chill as fuck for like the past 5+ years. My reputation is just so ingrained in the community that the greater opinion of me will never change regardless of how much I've changed, and I have certainly changed if you compare how I acted on the Scooters in SPL I versus talking to regular teammates of mine in more recent years (such as Finch, soulgazer, triangles).

It's just really cranked up to 11 the past few weeks because apparently everyone was super-offended by my questioning a rando stating that a 1-6 player was playing well... not to say you can't play well and still lose in this game but come on, nobody who watched sulcata's games can say he played well in most of them. I wasn't even trash talking him, it had nothing to do with the fact he was playing me and I was being predicted against.

And he undeniably lucked the shit out of me! My Tyranitar had Pursuit, Cloyster is dead if I don't miss the Rock Slide and it never gets to Explode on anything. If I don't miss Toxic on Exeggutor, it's never a threat because Skarm walls it until it has to Explode for chip instead of trading with my Lax. The first Toxic missing on Lax meant I couldn't stall it long enough with Blissey/Forry that I had to expose Skarm to Selfdestruct at all (which I correctly suspected he had). That's a 90% and two 85% and it still came down to a 50/50 guess as to whether or not I switch Forry into SD, nevermind my decision to stay in was influenced by the fact he crit Skarm so two Body Slams would KO and he'd avoid dying to poison because GSC mechanics. (Neither Blissey nor Forry KO Lax from 13%, sadly.) Now if sulcata wants to pop off because he won, okay whatever. Grats bro, the result is ultimately all that matters. However, I'm not really sure why the entire community has taken to giving me massive amounts of shit for the past month over assuming worse out of a literal emoji post than I meant, as if half a dozen people don't beef way worse on a weekly basis anyway.

I don't blame luck when it's not luck, it just so happens that I'm really fucking unlucky and it's very rare that the community is willing to acknowledge it because too many people around here take sick pleasure in being a complete asshole to me. WCOP last year vs BKC and Zokuru last week are like two of the rare circumstances where it's so blatantly obvious that I got screwed people actually shut their traps, and even then I had people mostly questioning a handful of my decisions rather than accepting my bad luck at face value. You might notice I didn't complain about any of my first three losses this year. I played like ass vs Anti, Floppy played very well and there was so much luck on both sides that I can hardly tell who was more disadvantaged by it (I'd say me because Lax freeze is kind of a big deal but...), and Conflict only "lucked" me in the sense he prepped something off-the-wall that happened to work. (It's still a fucking dumb Eggy set but whatever.) I also acknowledged my rare instance of good luck vs Earthworm, even though I probably didn't need it considering he had a poor matchup against my Lax set and dude literally brought Articuno.

:jynx: This emoji line exists solely to break up the massive wall of text, well-formatted or not. :jynx:

It really doesn't help the depression when the only community in which I've ever been a meaningful part of does nothing but sling toxicity at me, that's what I was getting at in my previous post. I know some people dig at me for interacting with spec chat midgame but it really doesn't distract me as it might some players, it doesn't break my focus on the battle and I know all the people giving me a hard time are just trying to get under my skin. But looking back over the days, months, years and that's the vast majority of my memories of this community, people giving me nothing but shit? It's stressful and mentally damaging.

Remember certain details of SPL VI? I "lucked" Lavos by winning a ~30/70 week 1 and the dude still holds a grudge against me to this day (or at least did up till his ban) even though I totally acknowledged the luck and didn't at all rub my victory in his face. Raish cancered and we had to trade his ass, mostly because he hated my guts even though I didn't do a damn thing to him! He complained about the team not helping him prep enough but at the same time got offended when I specifically tried to help. I was very nice to him the whole time, he just wanted nothing to do with me for some reason. Tiba crits half my team to death in SPL IV Finals, not an ounce of sympathy and multiple people who should know better acting like it didn't matter because I had no chance in the matchup all along (lol ok sure). And Tiba's one of the biggest shittalkers around, so what the fuck's up with that? People just don't fucking like me, that's what. If you want something more recent there's the whole shitshow surrounding my nonparticipation in SPL X, from getting snaked to the Cased saga to getting swerved at midseason. That doesn't happen if I'm not so universally reviled, most people at least begrudgingly acknowledge I'm not the worst player on the planet.

And most of it isn't justified -- anyone with a more substantial reason for hating my behavior of yesteryear are no longer around -- but I still have a reputation that colors how newer people interact with me. They start off on the wrong foot with me, they assume worse of me than I really am. So instead of giving me a fair shake, they have a preformed negative opinion about me and will look for any evidence to justify it because that's just how the human mind works. Then it becomes a bit of a feedback loop: people treat me like crap, naturally causing me to have a negative attitude, causing people to treat me like crap, and so on. Plus, it's easy brownie points for less notable people in the community to pile on.

Thanks for the season, Cryos. PDC and whoever the fuck Alice is on Discord are kinda jerks but the rest of y'all are cool, especially some of my only real allies in this community... I miss Synre and friends, I should've moved on from this place when they did. Anyway, nobody feels worse than me about not pulling my weight this year, I'm a competitor to the bitter end. I know I'm a better player than my record shows but ultimately that's all that matters, you don't get bonus points for playing well and still losing. And since I'm not well-versed enough on metagame specifics of other gens to be of much help otherwise, not winning my games means I'm not doing my job. Sorry, team.
 
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Mr.E you certainly have left your footprint on Smogon, and your legacy will always be as one of the best GSC players to ever do it. Keep your chin held high, you cannot win them all, but I for one am proud of you.

I know from personal experience how easy it is to get down on yourself because of the Smogon culture and how hard it is to try and change people's perception. The circle jerk mentality will never change sadly. People will always judge you before they've even spoken to you.

However, you've handled your situation very well and we all know you give it your all to win your games. If this is the end for you, I'm happy to call you my friend.
 

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Buckle up, kiddos.


Giving up Zapdos was a bad decision in hindsight, I thought I could get Machamp going and wouldn't need Zapper to get through Skarmory and I was wrong. I'm not perfect, nobody is, but I certainly get scrutinized more than almost anyone else.

Snorlax literally never Sleep Talking Rest and wearing Rhydon down when it had no business taking advantage of that matchup certainly influenced how I played the midgame, though. (And grats to my opponent for winning 3/3 coinflips on Curse vs EQ because if 60% Poisoned Starmie eats EQ or Lax stays in an extra turn versus Curse it's lights out.) It's not as damning as the shit I had to wade through the prior 2-3 weeks, more the point everyone is all "oh look how lucky Mr.E got and he still lost" and I'm only mentioning it as contradictory evidence. Anyone saying I was lucky is either speaking from a place of ignorance or malice. The Rhydon crit on Forretress wasn't relevant in the grand scheme, Raikou eating it was a result of a gross misplay on my opponent's part (which nobody cares about only because he still won), and my "luck" against Skarm was nullified by it immediately Sleep Talking Rest both times I otherwise would've ended up killing it.

It was a mostly clean game. I wasn't disadvantaged enough by the Rhydon thing that I'd normally complain about it if not in self-defense to people claiming I was lucky and the biggest instance of good luck was cancelled out by the other player getting similarly lucky at the same time. I lost mostly because my one major misplay (tossing Zapdos) cost me more than my opponent's one major misplay (tossing Raikou).


The vast majority do, Shake's a small minority of people that have any respect for me. It's always been this way and I've been chill as fuck for like the past 5+ years. My reputation is just so ingrained in the community that the greater opinion of me will never change regardless of how much I've changed, and I have certainly changed if you compare how I acted on the Scooters in SPL I versus talking to regular teammates of mine in more recent years (such as Finch, soulgazer, triangles).

It's just really cranked up to 11 the past few weeks because apparently everyone was super-offended by my questioning a rando stating that a 1-6 player was playing well... not to say you can't play well and still lose in this game but come on, nobody who watched sulcata's games can say he played well in most of them. I wasn't even trash talking him, it had nothing to do with the fact he was playing me and I was being predicted against.

And he undeniably lucked the shit out of me! My Tyranitar had Pursuit, Cloyster is dead if I don't miss the Rock Slide and it never gets to Explode on anything. If I don't miss Toxic on Exeggutor, it's never a threat because Skarm walls it until it has to Explode for chip instead of trading with my Lax. The first Toxic missing on Lax meant I couldn't stall it long enough with Blissey/Forry that I had to expose Skarm to Selfdestruct at all (which I correctly suspected he had). That's a 90% and two 85% and it still came down to a 50/50 guess as to whether or not I switch Forry into SD, nevermind my decision to stay in was influenced by the fact he crit Skarm so two Body Slams would KO and he'd avoid dying to poison because GSC mechanics. (Neither Blissey nor Forry KO Lax from 13%, sadly.) Now if sulcata wants to pop off because he won, okay whatever. Grats bro, the result is ultimately all that matters. However, I'm not really sure why the entire community has taken to giving me massive amounts of shit for the past month over assuming worse out of a literal emoji post than I meant, as if half a dozen people don't beef way worse on a weekly basis anyway.

I don't blame luck when it's not luck, it just so happens that I'm really fucking unlucky and it's very rare that the community is willing to acknowledge it because too many people around here take sick pleasure in being a complete asshole to me. WCOP last year vs BKC and Zokuru last week are like two of the rare circumstances where it's so blatantly obvious that I got screwed people actually shut their traps, and even then I had people mostly questioning a handful of my decisions rather than accepting my bad luck at face value. You might notice I didn't complain about any of my first three losses this year. I played like ass vs Anti, Floppy played very well and there was so much luck on both sides that I can hardly tell who was more disadvantaged by it (I'd say me because Lax freeze is kind of a big deal but...), and Conflict only "lucked" me in the sense he prepped something off-the-wall that happened to work. (It's still a fucking dumb Eggy set but whatever.) I also acknowledged my rare instance of good luck vs Earthworm, even though I probably didn't need it considering he had a poor matchup against my Lax set and dude literally brought Articuno.

:jynx: This emoji line exists solely to break up the massive wall of text, well-formatted or not. :jynx:

It really doesn't help the depression when the only community in which I've ever been a meaningful part of does nothing but sling toxicity at me, that's what I was getting at in my previous post. I know some people dig at me for interacting with spec chat midgame but it really doesn't distract me as it might some players, it doesn't break my focus on the battle and I know all the people giving me a hard time are just trying to get under my skin. But looking back over the days, months, years and that's the vast majority of my memories of this community, people giving me nothing but shit? It's stressful and mentally damaging.

Remember certain details of SPL VI? I "lucked" Lavos by winning a ~30/70 week 1 and the dude still holds a grudge against me to this day (or at least did up till his ban) even though I totally acknowledged the luck and didn't at all rub my victory in his face. Raish cancered and we had to trade his ass, mostly because he hated my guts even though I didn't do a damn thing to him! He complained about the team not helping him prep enough but at the same time got offended when I specifically tried to help. I was very nice to him the whole time, he just wanted nothing to do with me for some reason. Tiba crits half my team to death in SPL IV Finals, not an ounce of sympathy and multiple people who should know better acting like it didn't matter because I had no chance in the matchup all along (lol ok sure). And Tiba's one of the biggest shittalkers around, so what the fuck's up with that? People just don't fucking like me, that's what. If you want something more recent there's the whole shitshow surrounding my nonparticipation in SPL X, from getting snaked to the Cased saga to getting swerved at midseason. That doesn't happen if I'm not so universally reviled, most people at least begrudgingly acknowledge I'm not the worst player on the planet.

And most of it isn't justified -- anyone with a more substantial reason for hating my behavior of yesteryear are no longer around -- but I still have a reputation that colors how newer people interact with me. They start off on the wrong foot with me, they assume worse of me than I really am. So instead of giving me a fair shake, they have a preformed negative opinion about me and will look for any evidence to justify it because that's just how the human mind works. Then it becomes a bit of a feedback loop: people treat me like crap, naturally causing me to have a negative attitude, causing people to treat me like crap, and so on. Plus, it's easy brownie points for less notable people in the community to pile on.

Thanks for the season, Cryos. PDC and whoever the fuck Alice is on Discord are kinda jerks but the rest of y'all are cool, especially some of my only real allies in this community... I miss Synre and friends, I should've moved on from this place when they did. Anyway, nobody feels worse than me about not pulling my weight this year, I'm a competitor to the bitter end. I know I'm a better player than my record shows but ultimately that's all that matters, you don't get bonus points for playing well and still losing. And since I'm not well-versed enough on metagame specifics of other gens to be of much help otherwise, not winning my games means I'm not doing my job. Sorry, team.
Your problem is clearly that you care too much what others think about you. You feel the need to justify yourself whenever someone says any little thing about you. You say you've been chill on here the past few years, but I bet you're the only one that actually thinks so. Stop seeing yourself as the goddamn victim in every conversation and stop getting baited by every little thing bruh. It is not worth the effort and it will lead to nothing good, I had to learn that the hard way too. In case you do all of that to 'stay in the center of attention', then I can tell you there are better ways to do so. These words actually come from someone that likes you to a decent amount, so take them serious


If I'm there already then shoutout to the Sharks for the season. I had fun and probably put in the most effort I've ever done in this SPL... bit sad it didn't work out.
Special shoutout to NJNP for the building help (mostly after midseason) and ofc to all the other people I tested with and teamed up with. See y'all next year, hopefully I'll finally make it!
 
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Dear Mr. E, this is Sister Agatha from the preschool down the road. Did you have a child recently? I ask because of all the crying and whining I've heard coming from your house. The only explanation is that there is an immature person in there, and surely that wouldn't be you, a fine emotionally-stable adult! Please come by and I'll give the child a free lesson in manners! Cheers, Agatha.
 
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