The World Cup of Pokémon 2019 - Semifinals

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US West (6) vs Germany (4)

SM OU: blarghlfarghl (49) vs (51) Relous - Both are ok, but just ok. blargh executed a simple gameplan well last round whereas Relous has been kind of all over the place, so normally I would favor blargh slightly. However, I got a feeling Relous will bring a pretty solid team or rain whereas I have no clue what West will cook up, so that makes me feel a bit more secure with Relous. Can really go either way though.
SM OU: z0mOG (65) vs (35) menci - z0m is better. menci has looked poor compared to how much he hyped himself up and has misplayed most of his games. If you take away some real weird moments in his games, sure he shows some promise, but those are impossible to ignore imo. You know you're getting someone who is at least competent with z0m, so if he brings a dark resist he should win.
SM OU: lax (75) vs (25) ict
SM OU: Zepherox (30) vs (70) xray - Mush is a funny dude, but I don't think he's much better than a 1600 ladder player from what I have seen. Should be pretty routine for xray if he uses a proper team, which he neglected to do during qualifiers at one point, so I guess there's some hope for West. It is playoffs though and xray has some experience here, so hopefully he won't fuck around.
ORAS OU: craing ;_; (49) vs (51) CrashinBoomBang - CBB's called too many people out over the last 4 or so years of not playing too much to not be able to win a big game here. He'll figure out a way to win for his own good, especially after craing's last showing being what it was.
BW OU: Oristeros (55) vs (45) Conflict - Both have used some really weird teams, but made some strong plays. Both of them forgot speed control against me, too. Fuck that shit. Anyway, Oristeros is someone I am really high on when it comes to in-game execution, so if he brings something that covers the normal things that should be covered, I expect him to win. Conflict is a bit more likely to perform with unconventional stuff perhaps, so keep an eye out for that and him to make some nice aggressive plays once he gets a feel for the game. Overall, this is super tight, could go either way. Enjoy watching both and hope for a good one.
DPP OU: Philip7086 (60) vs (40) Fakes - Phil won two last round, so it's hard to go against him here. Fakes is solid and all, but Phil seems to be in great form atm.
ADV OU: undisputed (65) vs (35) Melle2402 - Sweaty fingers got a lot of reason to be sweating here. Undi got more experience and history winning. Gotta favor him here.
GSC OU: Lavos (70) vs FriendOfMrGolem120 (30) - Can't predict against Lavos in GSC rn. Odds perpetually set at chance of Thunder for good measure.
RBY OU: rozes (35) vs (65) Lusch

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Latin America (4) vs Brazil (6)

SM OU: Gondra (45) vs (55) KratosMana - Both friends and could go either way. I think Anti is a bit better, but he's also a bit more likely to use complete nonsense, so who knows really. EDIT: dumbass brought a Meloetta :facepalm:
SM OU: Leo (51) vs (49) HANTSUKI - Leo has a pretty meh record now, but he got lucked to shit by Frania and faced Lax+Trosko, so I'm not ready to dismiss him quite yet, especially given how well his timely aggression went over vs Hayburner and Frania in my book. Suki has been all over the place, but no clue how well he will do in SM, so I will go with what I know over what I do not.
SM OU: ZDen (51) vs (49) Eternal Spirit - Gut pick -- I know it's a bit of an upset. ZDen has pulled out a number of improbable wins through some strong play and team choices. Eternal Spirit is not quite at his peak of 2018 atm I feel. He's still strong and has a really developed style, but I think ZDen will take this one in a nailbiter. Very curious to see team choices.
SM OU: Yvettee (35) vs (65) Tamahome - Yvettee uses insane teams and can be aggressive, so always gotta give him an outside shot, but Tamahome is just flat out better in every regard. Not much to debate here.
ORAS OU: Lusa (35) vs (65) Nintendi - Nintendi seems to be in fine form. Lusa is pretty decent, but idk if ORAS is necessarily his best generation and I'm not sure he can beat Nintendi barring a favorable MU, which I don't trust LA to get here.
BW OU: Posho (55) vs (45) Rewer - Posho is struggling to win games, but Brazil's BW is perpetually struggling. Rewer is their third attempt at solving the problems encountered in BW, but he has never been too impressive. He held his own in SPL playoffs, winning a couple of important games, but a lot of that was thanks to strong MU and just not misplaying. He's going to need to show a bit more than that to come out on top against Posho if he's even close to in form. We will have to see what is up with Posho here, honestly. If he's in ok shape, he will be the clear favorite. If not, who knows what will happen.
DPP OU: Lycans (55) vs (45) Hyogafodex
ADV OU: CyberOdin (45) vs (55) elodin
GSC OU: Raichy (40) vs (60) Century Express - Impressive run from Raichy, but CE is still solid and more experienced. I think he will take it, but idk GSC and Raichy has won everything so far, so maybe I'm wrong.
RBY OU: Vileman (45) vs (55) Caetano93 - :blobshrug:
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US West (6) vs Germany (4)

SM OU: blarghlfarghl (45) vs (55) Relous - blargagafhasfhdfbrainfart
SM OU: z0mOG (65) vs (35) menci - an under-analyzed aspect of zom's gameplay is his penchant for using a grand total of two playstyles and having a pokemon pool smaller than finchinator's. but no one seems to ever punish it, and i can't imagine a guy whose username makes me confuse him for like 5 other sweaty smogonites is really gonna muster the brainpower to do so.
SM OU: lax (58) vs (42) ict - hurts me to to bold against ict.... but i'm rooting for u in my heart tho baby. this givin u the underdog status , etc. i know u mad menacing in game mmmmm
SM OU: Zepherox (25) vs (75) xray - why is a c-tier kekker in wcop semis lmaooooo thought y'all had hordes of better xtra-lites
ORAS OU: craing ;_; (48) vs (52) CrashinBoomBang - better revert back to ya old name cos u gonna need some analgesic rub after this swift, choke-free, perfect end game ass whooping. cbb gonna win if he doesn't lose at preview
BW OU: Oristeros (54) vs (46) Conflict - oris is pretty good as long as he brings good pokemon. conflict is pretty good but will definitely use bad pokemon. simple deduction.
DPP OU: Philip7086 (55) vs (45) Fakes - fakes never ever ever ever eveeeeeeeeeeer should win a tour game. a clicker that can't make his own teams. worst combo. even more annoying is that he's a GOOD clicker. fuck man just seeing his username makes me see fucking red i hate hate hate it
ADV OU: undisputed (60) vs (40) Melle2402 - lol
GSC OU: Lavos (60) vs FriendOfMrGolem120 (40) - this is probably closer than i envision but eh
RBY OU: rozes (0.00000000001) vs (99.9999999999) Lusch - million dollar idea: someone hedge a million dollar bet for this series on rozes. i'll take you up on it.

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Latin America (4) vs Brazil (6)

SM OU: Leo (55) vs (45) HANTSUKI - this is the type of matchup you see pop up in the lobby of a smogtour round 1 and don't click to open because it's not worth your time
SM OU: ZDen (40) vs (60) Eternal Spirit - pride month might be over but gama's power won't be stopped by a run-of-the-mill oaf
SM OU: Yvettee (20) vs (80) Tamahome - who
ORAS OU: Lusa (30) vs (70) Nintendi - TIL lusa isn't italian
BW OU: Posho (60) vs (40) Rewer - quit being fucking bad jesus christ posho
DPP OU: Lycans (60) vs (40) Hyogafodex - do y'all pronounce it like hi - oh - ga - fo - dex or some other way? just curious
ADV OU: CyberOdin (45) vs (70) elodin - cyberodin's an annoying twat i still remember you timestalling me on the PBC ladder in 2011 when i duggy trapped your volcarona. big (BAN ME PLEASE) energy. thanks for the ladder points tho.
GSC OU: Raichy (35) vs (65) Century Express - for some indiscernible reason, i feel like raichy won't be under the auspices of lavos's kind help and erudition since he's not versus m dragon. but maybe they're bffs! who knows! haha real wild stuff. luv pokefrenships :]
RBY OU: Vileman (45) vs (55) Caetano93 - can't wait to peep some high quality gameplay baby!
 
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Sorry to possibly bother you with this but I was hoping you could answer some questions I have about the man the myth the legend himself, Zepherox Some friends and I are curious about him and I found out you are/were friends with him so I was hoping you could answer some things we'd like to know.

1. Does he still play on showdown?
2. Why does he have such a bad reputation on showdown?
3. Do you think the people using his famous team (which is still a thing even now in 2019 which is insane) and then talking smack to opponents when they win is actually him? How is he really like?

If you are willing to share anything else about this, it would be cool. Thanks again for taking the time to read this!
 
US West (53.5%) vs Germany (46.5%) - close one

SM OU: blarghlfarghl (55) vs Relous (45)
SM OU: z0mOG (60) vs menci (40)
SM OU: lax (65) vs ict (35)
SM OU: Zepherox (35) vs xray (65)
ORAS OU: craing ;_; (50) vs CrashinBoomBang (50)
BW OU: Oristeros (50) vs Conflict (50)
DPP OU: Philip7086 (55) vs Fakes (45)
ADV OU: undisputed (55) vs Melle2402 (45)
GSC OU: Lavos (70) vs FriendOfMrGolem120 (30)
RBY OU: rozes (40) vs Lusch (60)

Latin America (52%) vs Brazil (48%) - Brazil most likely wins regardless

SM OU: Gondra (100) vs KratosMana (Meloetta)
SM OU: Leo (50) vs HANTSUKI (50)
SM OU: ZDen (45) vs Eternal Spirit (55)
SM OU: Yvettee (40) vs Tamahome (60)
ORAS OU: Lusa (40) vs Nintendi (60)
BW OU: Posho (55) vs Rewer (45)
DPP OU: Lycans (55) vs Hyogafodex (45)
ADV OU: CyberOdin (45) vs elodin (55)
GSC OU: Raichy (50) vs Century Express (50)
RBY OU: Vileman (40) vs Caetano93 (60)
 
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