Project Ubers Player Spotlight #8: Zesty43

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Ubers Player Spotlight - #8

Ubers Player Spotlight is the place where I interview notable and respected players from Ubers, the tier where the fiercest monsters combat and exert apocalyptic force. People I choose to interview are the elite players who excel at taming the strongest monsters and have been consistent throughout tournaments and is well respected by the community.

I am open to suggestions (DMDW#8155) about the players that can be interviewed, but please keep in mind that suggested players are subjects to review by me and Ubers moderation team. With that out of the way...


Spotlight #8:



Most Known For:

Most known for winter ssnl run Ugtt and posting about niche sets on disc

This man is too humble to brag -_-


Favorite Pokémon:

My favorite Pokemon is Kyurem no particular form. I also enjoy running mons that reward you for predicting correctly and Kyurem is for sure one of those mons although it is pretty underwhelming in Ubers.


Overview:

I'm 20 years old going into my Junior year of college, aside from Pokemon I enjoy working out and gambling on sports. I am also a music enthusiast although I no longer play any instruments.


What is your name's origin?

I've had the username ever sense I started playing video games so it has kinda just stuck from game to game.


What made you start playing Pokémon?

I actually never played pokemon until my roommate cromagnet42 introduced me to it my first semester of college. From then on I've been addicted.


What inspired you to play Ubers?

I had started Pokemon with OU but was pretty bad having no real knowledge of the game so i went to a tier that was easy to ladder in Anything goes and stayed there for a long time. I joined the winter ssnl on a whim and began to have some success in that tournament. I proceeded to start building in the tier and really enjoyed that and here we are now.


What is your favorite playstyle?

I definitely prefer BO and HO over other plays styles. I find that I am an extremely aggressive player and I like to force games down a certain path with my plays. I think that it is harder to do that when you are using bulkier builds.


What is your opinion on Gothitelle & Gothorita suspect?

I wanted goth to be banned because I thought that it hindered building a decent amount. although I can see the argument for keeping it as it is definitely not a highly used mon and has a relatively low win rate.


Are there any elements of the metagame that you deem unhealthy?

I really don't find much outside of goth to be unhealthy, I think that there are mons like DM that can become an issue with poor team composition and playing but if both of things are optimal I don't generally find it to be too much of an issue. I will say though that it and Pdon are extremely centralizing but I would not say that is a bad thing.


What is your the most memorable game of Ubers?

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Cynara's team: Kyogre / Groudon / Arceus / Xerneas / Necrozma-Dusk-Mane / Yveltal
Chop's team: Klefki / Zygarde / Gengar / Groudon / Marshadow / Yveltal

Battle between Cynara and Big G Chopper started!

Go! Thanos (Yveltal)!

Big G Chopper sent out Groudon!
[Thanos's Dark Aura!]
Thanos is radiating a dark aura!
The opposing Groudon's Primal Reversion! It reverted to its primal state!
[Opposing Groudon's Desolate Land!]
The sunlight turned extremely harsh!

Turn 1

The harsh sunlight faded.

Big G Chopper withdrew Groudon (Groudon-Primal)!
Big G Chopper sent out Yveltal!
[Opposing Yveltal's Dark Aura!]
The opposing Yveltal is radiating a dark aura!

Thanos used U-turn!
The opposing Yveltal lost 19% of its health!

Thanos went back to Cynara!
Go! Scarlet Witch (Xerneas)!
[Scarlet Witch's Fairy Aura!]
Scarlet Witch is radiating a fairy aura!

Turn 2

Big G Chopper withdrew Yveltal!
Big G Chopper sent out Groudon (Groudon-Primal)!
[Opposing Groudon's Desolate Land!]
The sunlight turned extremely harsh!

Scarlet Witch used Moonblast!
It's not very effective...
The opposing Groudon lost 26% of its health!

Turn 3

Scarlet Witch used Geomancy!
Scarlet Witch became fully charged due to its Power Herb!
Scarlet Witch's Special Attack rose sharply!
Scarlet Witch's Special Defense rose sharply!
Scarlet Witch's Speed rose sharply!

The opposing Groudon used Stealth Rock!
Pointed stones float in the air around your team!

Turn 4

The harsh sunlight faded.

Big G Chopper withdrew Groudon (Groudon-Primal)!
Big G Chopper sent out Klefki!

Scarlet Witch used Focus Blast!
The opposing Klefki lost 78% of its health!

The opposing Klefki restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 5

The opposing Klefki used Thunder Wave!
Scarlet Witch is paralyzed! It may be unable to move!

Scarlet Witch used Moonblast!
It's not very effective...
The opposing Klefki lost 28% of its health!

The opposing Klefki fainted!

Big G Chopper sent out Gengar!

Turn 6

The opposing Gengar's Gengarite is reacting to the Key Stone!
The opposing Gengar has Mega Evolved into Mega Gengar!

The opposing Gengar used Substitute!
The opposing Gengar put in a substitute!
The opposing Gengar lost 24% of its health!

Scarlet Witch used Moonblast!
It's not very effective...
The opposing Gengar's substitute faded!

Turn 7

The opposing Gengar used Substitute!
The opposing Gengar put in a substitute!
The opposing Gengar lost 25% of its health!

Scarlet Witch is paralyzed! It can't move!

Turn 8

The opposing Gengar used Sludge Wave!
It's super effective!
Scarlet Witch lost 52% of its health!

Scarlet Witch used Moonblast!
It's not very effective...
The opposing Gengar's substitute faded!

Turn 9

The opposing Gengar used Sludge Wave!
It's super effective!
Scarlet Witch lost 48% of its health!

Scarlet Witch fainted!

Go! Thanos (Yveltal)!
Pointed stones dug into Thanos!
[Thanos's Dark Aura!]
Thanos is radiating a dark aura!

Turn 10

Thanos used Oblivion Wing!
The opposing Gengar lost 51% of its health!
The opposing Gengar had its energy drained!

The opposing Gengar fainted!
Big G Chopper has 180 seconds left.

Big G Chopper sent out Yveltal!
[Opposing Yveltal's Dark Aura!]
The opposing Yveltal is radiating a dark aura!

Turn 11

Thanos used Oblivion Wing!
The opposing Yveltal lost 43% of its health!

The opposing Yveltal used Oblivion Wing!
Thanos lost 51% of its health!
Thanos had its energy drained!
The opposing Yveltal lost some of its HP!

Turn 12

Thanos used Oblivion Wing!
The opposing Yveltal lost 44% of its health!
The opposing Yveltal had its energy drained!

The opposing Yveltal used Oblivion Wing!
Thanos lost 44% of its health!
Thanos had its energy drained!
The opposing Yveltal lost some of its HP!

Turn 13

Thanos used Oblivion Wing!
A critical hit!
The opposing Yveltal lost 47% of its health!
The opposing Yveltal had its energy drained!

The opposing Yveltal fainted!
Big G Chopper has 195 seconds left.

Big G Chopper sent out Groudon (Groudon-Primal)!
[Opposing Groudon's Desolate Land!]
The sunlight turned extremely harsh!

Turn 14

Thanos, come back!
Go! STORMBREAKER (Kyogre)!
Pointed stones dug into STORMBREAKER!
STORMBREAKER's Primal Reversion! It reverted to its primal state!
[STORMBREAKER's Primordial Sea!]
A heavy rain began to fall!

The opposing Groudon used Thunder Wave!
STORMBREAKER is paralyzed! It may be unable to move!

Turn 15

The opposing Groudon used Precipice Blades!
A critical hit!
STORMBREAKER lost 88% of its health!

STORMBREAKER fainted!
The heavy rain has lifted!

Go! WAKANDA FOREVER (Groudon)!
Pointed stones dug into WAKANDA FOREVER!
WAKANDA FOREVER's Primal Reversion! It reverted to its primal state!
[WAKANDA FOREVER's Desolate Land!]
The sunlight turned extremely harsh!

Turn 16

WAKANDA FOREVER used Precipice Blades!
It's super effective!
The opposing Groudon lost 74% of its health!

The opposing Groudon fainted!

Big G Chopper sent out Zygarde!

Turn 17

WAKANDA FOREVER used Swords Dance!
WAKANDA FOREVER's Attack rose sharply!

The opposing Zygarde used Glare!
WAKANDA FOREVER is paralyzed! It may be unable to move!

Turn 18

The opposing Zygarde used Substitute!
The opposing Zygarde put in a substitute!
The opposing Zygarde lost 25% of its health!

WAKANDA FOREVER used Precipice Blades!
The opposing Zygarde's substitute faded!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 19

The harsh sunlight faded.

WAKANDA FOREVER, come back!
Go! Captain America (Arceus)!
Pointed stones dug into Captain America!

The opposing Zygarde used Substitute!
The opposing Zygarde put in a substitute!
The opposing Zygarde lost 25% of its health!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 20

Big G Chopper withdrew Zygarde!
Big G Chopper sent out Marshadow!

Captain America used Extreme Speed!
It doesn't affect the opposing Marshadow...

Turn 21

Captain America, come back!
Go! WAKANDA FOREVER (Groudon-Primal)!
Pointed stones dug into WAKANDA FOREVER!
[WAKANDA FOREVER's Desolate Land!]
The sunlight turned extremely harsh!

The opposing Marshadow used Close Combat!
WAKANDA FOREVER lost 40% of its health!
The opposing Marshadow's Defense fell!
The opposing Marshadow's Special Defense fell!

Turn 22

The opposing Marshadow used Substitute!
The opposing Marshadow put in a substitute!
The opposing Marshadow lost 24% of its health!

WAKANDA FOREVER used Stealth Rock!
Pointed stones float in the air around the opposing team!

The opposing Marshadow restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 23

☆Big G Chopper: following your dad's mistakes

The opposing Marshadow used Swagger!
WAKANDA FOREVER's Attack rose sharply!
WAKANDA FOREVER became confused!

WAKANDA FOREVER is confused!
WAKANDA FOREVER used Precipice Blades!
The opposing Marshadow avoided the attack!

The opposing Marshadow restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 24

The harsh sunlight faded.

WAKANDA FOREVER, come back!
Go! Captain America (Arceus)!
Pointed stones dug into Captain America!

The opposing Marshadow used Spectral Thief!
It doesn't affect Captain America...

The opposing Marshadow restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 25

The opposing Marshadow used Close Combat!
It's super effective!
Captain America lost 76% of its health!
The opposing Marshadow's Defense fell!
The opposing Marshadow's Special Defense fell!

Captain America fainted!

The opposing Marshadow restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Go! Thanos (Yveltal)!
Pointed stones dug into Thanos!
[Thanos's Dark Aura!]
Thanos is radiating a dark aura!

Turn 26

Thanos used Oblivion Wing!
It's super effective!
The opposing Marshadow's substitute faded!
The opposing Marshadow had its energy drained!

The opposing Marshadow used Close Combat!
Thanos lost 59% of its health!
The opposing Marshadow's Defense fell!
The opposing Marshadow's Special Defense fell!

Turn 27

Thanos used Oblivion Wing!
It's super effective!
The opposing Marshadow lost 100% of its health!
The opposing Marshadow had its energy drained!

The opposing Marshadow fainted!

Big G Chopper sent out Zygarde!
Pointed stones dug into the opposing Zygarde!

Turn 28


Thanos, come back!
Go! WAKANDA FOREVER (Groudon-Primal)!
Pointed stones dug into WAKANDA FOREVER!
[WAKANDA FOREVER's Desolate Land!]
The sunlight turned extremely harsh!

The opposing Zygarde used Glare!
WAKANDA FOREVER is already paralyzed.

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 29

The opposing Zygarde used Substitute!
The opposing Zygarde put in a substitute!
The opposing Zygarde lost 25% of its health!

WAKANDA FOREVER is paralyzed! It can't move!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!
[Opposing Zygarde's Power Construct!]
You sense the presence of many!
The opposing Zygarde transformed into its Complete Forme!

Turn 30

The opposing Zygarde used Dragon Dance!
The opposing Zygarde's Attack rose!
The opposing Zygarde's Speed rose!

WAKANDA FOREVER used Precipice Blades!
The opposing Zygarde's substitute faded!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 31

The opposing Zygarde used Substitute!
The opposing Zygarde put in a substitute!
The opposing Zygarde lost 25% of its health!

WAKANDA FOREVER used Precipice Blades!
The opposing Zygarde avoided the attack!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 32

The opposing Zygarde used Dragon Dance!
The opposing Zygarde's Attack rose!
The opposing Zygarde's Speed rose!

WAKANDA FOREVER is paralyzed! It can't move!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 33

The opposing Zygarde used Dragon Dance!
The opposing Zygarde's Attack rose!
The opposing Zygarde's Speed rose!

WAKANDA FOREVER used Precipice Blades!
The opposing Zygarde's substitute faded!

The opposing Zygarde restored a little HP using its Leftovers!

Turn 34

Cynara forfeited.

Big G Chopper won the battle!


Second game between Cynara and Chop in upl. I built the para spam team that chop used and it worked exactly how it was suppose to by clicking yellow moves sub'ing and para'ing.


How did UPL VI make you feel?

At the time I was a bit upset that I was unable to participate as I felt that I was good enough to. However I was able to help the bandits in prep and testing which was a lot of fun, and reflecting on it with how new I was at the time it is not really a surprise I was not picked. As far as the nature of the games I thought the tour was extremely competitive and there were some really great games.


It seems like you are well known for your activity in Anything Goes playerbase! How are things there?

I do not really enjoy the Ag meta currently when you look at standard teams they are very similar with cores around two support arc's don and one of the two dominant mega's. There has also been an extreme surge in sleep mechanics being exploited because of Vivillion which i do not enjoy. The staff there though are super cool some of my favorite people on the site. I think that the tier would really benefit from new people playing it bringing new ideas and things of that nature.


What new users or players in Ubers do you look up to?

There are a few hyw really helped me improve as a player because he forced me to play his stall 10-20 times every night for a long time. Terracotta really inspired me to look at building from a different perspective, and PurpleGatorade he had been playing Ubers casually for longer than me but I think we both kinda got into the comp scene at the same time, he really pushes me to try and improve at the game because I know if I don't he will dominate me in friendlies.


What are your advices for new players getting into Ubers?

I think learning to build your own teams helps a lot. I know that my builds often cater to my particular play style so while some might perceive them as odd they work for me. I think that if you can do that you have far more options when it comes to building and playing.


What do you say about many previous interviewees considering you as one of the better players of USM?

Its nice to hear. I really don't think that I have done enough to be considered one of the best players not having played in any serious team tours yet, but i am hoping that I will be able to participate in Snake and show what I can do.

Best of luck if that's the case!


Would you provide us with a team and add a brief description?


Mewtwo-Mega-X @ Mewtwonite X
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Taunt
- Low Kick
- Power-Up Punch
- Zen Headbutt

Arceus-Fairy @ Pixie Plate
Ability: Multitype
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Judgment
- Roar
- Recover
- Calm Mind

Klefki @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Spikes
- Thunder Wave
- Toxic
- Defog

Kyogre @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Drizzle
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Origin Pulse
- Ice Beam
- Water Spout
- Toxic

Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land
EVs: 84 HP / 228 Atk / 196 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Precipice Blades
- Stone Edge
- Toxic

Giratina-Origin @ Griseous Orb
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SpA
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draco Meteor
- Thunder Wave
- Toxic
- Hex


This is a team I built a few weeks ago. I think its a good example of what I talked about when I said building to cater my play style. once you've gotten rocks and a spike or two, you can really pressure your opponent my doubles and things of that nature and the risk vs reward is reduced a great deal because of the pressure being forced on them by hazards.

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Thank you Zesty43 for spending the time to answer the questions! Feel free to ask other questions in this thread!
 
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Is there anything in Ubers you'll like to see changed, other than banning goth?

Is there anything outside of Ubers and Anything Goes that you enjoy?

Is there any pokemon you like in Ubers specifically, other than your favorite pokemon?

Which playstyle do you think is best in Ubers right now? Why?

Which playstyle do you think is the worst in Ubers right now? Why?

Are there any talents in real life that you're proud of? What are those talents?

(silly questions from here)

what's your opinion on the letter q?

do you believe?

please answer truthfully: what the fuck?

how many ways can i screw over a chansey by using ice beam?

can i have a single rice from you?

are you capable of doing a cartwheel while dodging 300 beach balls at the same time?
 
#9
Who do u fuckin hate in smogon
Whos the shittiest player uve played

Non-memes:
Who do you think deserved to be drafted in Snake draft and who should be in potentially SPL? How do you feel about being drafted? Likewise with UPL - who do you see getting drafted this year that wasn't drafted, and do you plan on playing/managing?
What other metas are you interested in outside of Ubers?
Any mons you think are underrated as of now and have potential to do well in the meta soon? And the other way around - mons that are overrated and will fall out of favour soon?
What's your thought process with building?
What's your best meme team?

best of luck in snake!
 

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#11
You missed a question I asked you in PMs:

- What's your favorite generation of Ubers?

also

- Which 'mon needs the highest IQ to be successful: Mega Gengar, Naganadel, Pheromosa, or Tapu Bulu?
- What team do you see yourself in next UPL?
- What's your first cartridge game you played?
- Ban from Ubers / Demote to OU / Remove from Pokemon universe: Mega Rayquaza / Gothitelle / Necrozma-DM
 
#12
Why didn't you say I was one of your role models. we both know its true.
you taught me how to love
Why didn't you say I was one of your role models. we both know its true.
you did not teach me how to call and not get accused of ghosting
Is there anything in Ubers you'll like to see changed, other than banning goth?

Is there anything outside of Ubers and Anything Goes that you enjoy?
- Ive been getting into ou a bit during Olt and I also think that uu is a fun meta. Om wise i enjoy Mnm and aaa seems fun
Is there any pokemon you like in Ubers specifically, other than your favorite pokemon?
- palkia is probably my fav uber
Which playstyle do you think is best in Ubers right now? Why?
- I think that BO is constantly that best play style due to it usually being pretty mu proof
Which playstyle do you think is the worst in Ubers right now? Why?
- Stall seems to have taken a huge hit in usm largely in part to the sheer amount of threats you need to account for
Are there any talents in real life that you're proud of? What are those talents?
I was quite good at tennis in Hs I have some decent lifting feats i suppose
Lmao my dude out here loving kyurem, some things never change, never forget that oras team
Big dick kyurem B
<3 glad we get to play in snake one of my fav players
Who do u fuckin hate in smogon: bushtush
Whos the shittiest player use played: N/A

Non-memes:
Who do you think deserved to be drafted in Snake draft and who should be in potentially SPL? How do you feel about being drafted? Likewise with UPL - who do you see getting drafted this year that wasn't drafted, and do you plan on playing/managing?
I think terra, Dom, Esm all should have been drafted. I'm excited to be able to play against the best players. I think all the new french goons will prolly get drafted and i hope to play if i get picked.
What other metas are you interested in outside of Ubers?
Ou seems fun, Ag, I may try and get into some lower tiers in the future
Any mons you think are underrated as of now and have potential to do well in the meta soon? And the other way around - mons that are overrated and will fall out of favour soon?
if lunala is still considered underrated lunala, klefki, and both mega m2 forms, I think that mega Mence outside of the fast fog set is pretty underwhelming in the current meta.
What's your thought process with building?
When i build i usually pick a core i want to build around and then the best mons to place around it to allow it to function properly. I often times neglect certain things which opens my teams to holes which a lot of people i'm sure would feel is counter productive but i believe it allows me to play better.
What's your best meme team?
i built a mega Zam, lele, Z rock Ttar team that is p fun and actually nb

best of luck in snake!
Thank you!
congrats on getting drafted to snake my man!
Thank you sir!
who do u think are the top 5 usm players?
-Hunter
-purple
-Gunner
-Sarah
-Ttg out of obligation although idk that I've seen him play usm
-People that are for sure t5 material if not t5 Terra,Iry,Dom,Mags,leru
do u believe in the religion of mvenu?
of course messes with both primals
You missed a question I asked you in PMs:

- What's your favorite generation of Ubers?
Usm is the only one I've really played at a comp level Adv and Dpp seem v fun though
also

- Which 'mon needs the highest IQ to be successful: Mega Gengar, Naganadel, Pheromosa, or Tapu Bulu?
i think for mosa to work you need to play a very good early and mid game naga is a zero Iq mon
- What team do you see yourself in next UPL?
i have no preference unless obii manages then i would like to play for him
- What's your first cartridge game you played?
Have never played any cart games never played pokemon till college
- Ban from Ubers / Demote to OU / Remove from Pokemon universe: Mega Rayquaza / Gothitelle / Necrozma-DM
Ban primals/ demote mkanga/ remove goth
I Dicked up these replies my responses are edited into the questions ill try to change it later
 

mags

Banned deucer.
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Two large and 1 small pumps can fill a swimming pool in 4 hours. One large and 3 small pumps can also fill the same swimming pool in 4 hours. How many hours will it take 4 large and 4 small pumps to fill the swimming pool. (Assume that all large pumps are similar and all small pumps are also similar.)
 
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How did I do as UPL Host?
10/10
Two large and 1 small pumps can fill a swimming pool in 4 hours. One large and 3 small pumps can also fill the same swimming pool in 4 hours. How many hours will it take 4 large and 4 small pumps to fill the swimming pool. (Assume that all large pumps are similar and all small pumps are also similar.)
what we pumping ?
1) Why are you so keen on claiming e-bodies?
2) What's your workout schedule like?
3) Who's your favorite rapper?
4) Aside from hip-hop, what else do you listen to?
5) Do you weeb or do you not?
-gotta do what you gotta do
-I try to lift 5-6 days a week and I attempt to do something every day like running a rope workout etc. I generally train legs alone then pair other groups together to hit them twice a week.
-Right now I've been listening to flatbush zombies a lot but probably Tyler the creator, Ye or Travis scott.
-I listen to punk rock a bit and alternative stuff
-I do not although the longer I stay on this site the weaker i think I'm growing towards being opposed to it.
 
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