ok sorry, circumstances aren't the best right now, posted here about it and got d_a to fill in for me (sry for the rough opp but wanted to get someone who actually had a chance to win lol), when stuff clears up in a week or two we can play a casual match for funsies.
lol pcl rematch for week 4, im back on the east coast again. i can't really offer a time i know for sure i can be at because of a family situation, but if you have a few i can probably show up. if things aren't resolved in the next couple days i might get a mercenary in which case i'll let you know.
yeah you did do pretty well in game 2, a big reason why he was able to stick around for so long was team matchup, although he didn't really utilize his diancie too much even though it could do damage. i dont think he can claim matchup in g3 really, he had pokes that did work too. ggs but they made me dislike ORAS lol. you did really well though, conflict is a very solid player. how's europe?
@replays, search "cockgnaw guy" and you'll see g2 and g3 (forgot to record g1 but i played like poopoo so w/e). g2 is my win though i kind of haxed him, but i thought i played well actually (and yeah gyroing his celebi aimlessly was gonna stop before i ran out of pp i was trying to see how conservatively he played to get torn-t in, not sure that was the best idea tho lol), but yeah despite that it was solid.
g3 i have so many regrets. first, the team i brought while it had a nice matchup had been tested in literally a single battle but i didn't want to bring #KOBESYSTEM again (lost g1 anyway) and very spontaneously rolled the dice. until the end, i actually thought i outplayed him - in particular, i thought he was really clumsy with ttar and i knew i just needed to maim it since i had no rock resists (oops) and knew gengar could run the table on him if i killed it. the choke came when it was torn-t vs lando late game - that should have been a mamo sack to get gengar in and sweep, such that if lo recoil killed gar or there was an unexpected bulky celebi (!!!), tornadus-t could clean it up. so yeah even is landorus predicted a mamo switch-in who cares, gengar could mop it once i knocked it off and as much as the hurricane miss was bs, i critted him in g2 and had the game won. so i'm not thrilled about that. but for my first legit high-stakes match (if you count round 1 of a big tour as such), i'm not too disappointed. i have noticed that i botch endgames a lot though, and even though that's been my focus laddering, it's just something i don't have a good sense of. as you can see, haha.
i'm on uk time now but i'm cure i'll catch you on sometime within the next few days, though saturday i'll be on vacation for the week in the low countries so i won't be on at all, jsyk, but will be on before.
(also sry for the semi rant about the choke but i haven't adequately vented in detail about it. feels good tbh. :x)
possibly yeah, and mega slowbro is silly. metagross is borderline broken for me, but i feel it does more good than harm. thanks for the kind words, and it was ben gay who used the pikachu, haha. i'll be sure to be at the server later. i did see your post about the conflict games too, were there any replays?
hey mate you're on, you going for mmeta reqs? i saw you don't want it banned (boooo i hate this this) but i'm a hardcore clefable addict so maybe that's why. i've been laddering with mega slowbro (who is such a bs mon btw) but i need a better team around it.
also been following your spl matches gl etc. though i still have no idea how spl actually works besides "it can stir up tele in olt level drama" lol. even so have enjoyed your (and the others') replays, though idr who was using pikachu belle but i had a hard time even believing that one made an appearance haha.
at any rate you should pop on the server sometime, i'm pseudo-back (mukton of free time abroad, more than i know what to do with lol) and would love to talk. oh yeah, i did manage to choke g3 of my ost match and lose which was a shame but i tend to choke so yolo. (also, the match i did win was with mega altaria. special mega altaria, you were quite right, is nice, actually really tough to switch into. that's p much all i see now as well cause "ddd" or w/e is ass-ass-ass :x)
clef i would call S rank in XY, now we have a few new ways to beat it in ORAS, so i would say A+. Diancie is a cool Pokemon, very nice coverage and typing, i also ran physically biased which is cool since dstorm can 2HKO heatran while you can still EV it to 2HKO Ferro and Rotom-W with Moonblast and HP Fire. Keldeo is perpetually an S rank for me because it can come in easily, check a ton of big threats and almost always gain something from attacking because of scald.
i see sableye a lot like clef but its utility comes in different ways. if i had to do s rank it'd be metagross, sableye, clefable, and landorus-t. in particular, i like the splashable mons, and as much as clef's stats suck, the thing is easily one of the most dangerous tanks in pokemon. it's like a throwback to adv suicune/snorlax. yikessss.
i am definitely in the minority in the pro quake crowd, gotta beat them opposing mmetas x_x
have you used diancie? i'm v curious about its function
diancie is pretty great yeah, very fun pokemon to use with a lot of upside, mega sableye is A+ rank for me but i could see the argument for S but it doesn't seem as influential or threatening as Mega Charizard-X/Mawile in XY or as consistent as Landorus-T, Latios and Keldeo. Honestly I think the viability list is more useful to just check threats, since they had lopunny in S rank yesterday. speed drop is lame i guess if youre running meta on a more offensive team but i feel like the coverage is too good to pass up, feel like eq doesnt hit as much
i think stuff tends to get bandwagoned, even if it's justified. i feel like the best example of this was actually mawile, who sat in a rank (not even a+) for some time and then suddenly it was the most broken thing in existence. and it was quite broken, but it needed momentum to get that consideration. lol @ megatar being ranked ahead of it for a long-ass time x_x so if that's what you mean then i can see what you mean, though i also think it's a very legit s-rank (though i think, because its impact on the meta is really unique, i would be really hard pressed to want it out. whereas metagross is op mega sweeper z, we've had a million of them lol and and steels are everywhere already, etc.)
speaking of meta, if you're a stall or semistall player, it won't hurt you much. i ran it with pursuit and i dont think a lati ever did damage to a member that wasn't metagross lol, but my coverage was kinda ass so it was def a tradeoff. anecdotal exp tells me that stabs/eq/grass knot is your best bet since it's not like landorus-t and even gliscor to some extent like taking tough claw stab mashes, and i don't like hammer arm cause speed drop and ferro is a very easy mon to lure anyway and iron barbs/potentially rocky helmet compromises its best asset, bulk. (that's my prob with it: its offensive checks need boosted attacks to KO through it, so you usually have to sack something or hope they suck at using it, never good.) it's so freaking good lol.
gard does bait meta but it's also a very nice tool against sableye! though there are a lot of good fairies now. in particular, curious about m diancie. seems lowkey awesome but idk yet.