Man, I picked probably the worst time to take a hiatus LMAO
I know most people are going to be posting memes, so this post is going to stick out like a sore thumb, but I genuinely am so proud of the ZU community. While I probably am not going to participate in this tour, I'm so incredibly thankful for thebtboy
, and all the other amazing people that helped make this tour happen.
This is not just one of the biggest tournaments we've ever seen from an "unofficial" tier ever, but the literal biggest prize pool in Smogon history. Those facts are hard to process, because being a part of the ZU community has always been an uphill battle. In the 10-12 months I've been part of ZU, I've especially noticed that certain parts of the Smogon community view the tier with an amount of skepticism. I'm sure this was even more the case back before. Ultimately, most people do this for the fun of it, and are kinda neutral about the tier's place in Smogon as a whole, and that's completely fair.
Nevertheless, I think this tournament goes to show just how passionate the ZU community is, and that there's very legitimate interest in the tier.
We're far, far from the biggest community Smogon has to offer. With that being said, so many people here have clearly put in so much love into the tier, and that's manifesting right now into one of Smogon's most notable tournaments of the year. Because of the hard work and dedication put together by ZU's tightly-knit community paying massive dividends, I strongly believe this tournament is a sign that ZU deserves to become an official Smogon tier.
Regardless of that, though, my point is that this tournament is unfathomably massive. It makes me so, so happy to see this community thrive. And on a more personal level, ZU's community really helped 2021 get better for me, and I'm sure the same will be the case for 2022. I'm more than proud to be a part of the ZU communiy. I love you all so, so much. <3