The World Cup of Pokémon 2020 - Qualifying Round 2

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Trosko

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Responding to We Three Kings request, I hope it's not too late for me to share some nice pictures of my majestic cat. He's the most arrogant, attention seeker and jealous bitch I've the pleasure to meet in my life, but he adores me. His name is Absol, by the way.

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Have a nice weekend and for the love of God, use Clefable.
 
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CrashinBoomBang

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I was originally going to respond to some posts but, seeing as others have already covered what was I was going to say, I will gladly supply Smogon with a solution to the problem at hand. For what it's worth, I don't agree with what Shake did and if you ask any new or up-and-coming user who has interacted with me or asked me something then you will find out that I am extremely nice and approachable towards people who are nice to me! I am, however, also not his dad so I'm not going to tell him what to do.

That said, I think we, the competitors, can agree that there is one issue at hand that really needs to be dealt with, is the cause of the current toxicity in our community, and also the cancer that slowly kills it from within: Toxic armchair spectators who, in many respects, do not play this game and instead attack valuable competitors and actual tournament players. I will refrain from naming anyone, but ever since my good friend McMeghan got alienated from the Smogon tournaments server by one such presence the issue has been dear to my heart.

Thus, I propose that we, the competitors, make Smogon as a whole and tournaments in particular about what it should always be and have been about: Playing Pokémon. It's absolutely ludicrous to have innocent people trying to play Pokémon tournaments get attacked by people who either play 3 Randbats games a week with their rag tag group of boomers or people who just are incapable of playing this game. Thankfully, I have come up with a solution that will mostly solve this issue:

- Remove the ability to speak in the tournaments Discord as well as the Smogon tournaments server from everyone who has not been in the playoffs of either an official individual or official team tournament. These are Smogon tournaments, so it's obvious our focus here should be the competition. This will also give another reason for new users to do better and try to prove themselves, as the ability to speak would be granted upon actually playing the game and getting better, thus furthering competition. It would also remove the toxic armchairs and toxic boomers from the equation unless they actually start playing Pokémon.

- "But CBBoat!" you ask "What about the player actually competing and trying to get better or the actual tournament player who has gotten consistently unlucky and hasn't been in any playoffs?" Well, as for those people, I think a council system could be implemented where people can submit applications to be voiced, judged by some of our best and most prestigious tournament players. Tournament players know each other, and the word of new players spreads through all of Smogon's servers extremely quickly. If we had an unbiased committee of good tournament players judging these applications, then we could also cater to the aforementioned group of players while once again weeding out those who do not care about the competitive aspect. They are welcome to watch games, but there's no reason why non competitors should be able to harass those who do compete. I think a good, unbiased 3 man council to start us off with could be something like ABR/Sweepage/Fakes, but I am obviously open to suggestions.

Anyway, just my 2 cents on the matter as a longstanding and contributing member of the community. I think this would strike the best balance between actively furthering competition and weeding out people who merely exist in the tournaments server to take up bandwidth (no offense, of course, but these are tournaments after all).

Make Smogon tournaments about the competition again! For a healthier tournament scene that is about the actual players!
 
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Without Asia monopolizing one of the usual two qualifying spots, Greece and China are my favorites to advance. UK has potential as well, so it’s pretty much a three-ways race.

Other teams - keep your heads up. There’s always next year and the year after that. I thought Smogon would cease to exist 5 years ago, but it’s still going strong, so can keep trying until infinity.
 

-Tsunami-

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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL imagine getting swept by GREECE OF ALL TEAMS!! ASTA DIDN'T EVEN PLAY BROS COME ON LOL jesus christ AFRICA IS UNVIABLE AS HELL!!!! My god, their players are all just so fucking bad.
speaking of unviable LOOL AUSTRIA GOT ELIMINATED BY A TIMEOUT LMAO man you just hate love to see it good lord bros. flcl's gang actually looked relatively impressive in this series, albeit against a rather pathetic group of players. So, I guess there's that.

Oh, I forgot to respond to this dude.

I don't understand how can someone waste that much time only at trashtalking people. Take care of ur family, of your friends, invest your time in something that will make you pass for something other than the retarted that you are. Please, do it for all of us.
Well, playing for Africa is basically the equivalent of wasting your time. I'd actually argue that it's worse; after all, you're forced to root for a bunch of unviable players who are incapable of even acquiring one measly win.
 

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL imagine getting swept by GREECE OF ALL TEAMS!! ASTA DIDN'T EVEN PLAY BROS COME ON LOL jesus christ AFRICA IS UNVIABLE AS HELL!!!! My god, their players are all just so fucking bad.
speaking of unviable LOOL AUSTRIA GOT ELIMINATED BY A TIMEOUT LMAO man you just hate love to see it good lord bros. flcl's gang actually looked relatively impressive in this series, albeit against a rather pathetic group of players. So, I guess there's that.

Oh, I forgot to respond to this dude.



Well, playing for Africa is basically the equivalent of wasting your time. I'd actually argue that it's worse; after all, you're forced to root for a bunch of unviable players who are incapable of even acquiring one measly win.
tbh, I'm just tired of Shake shitposts.
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