I figured it would be best to continue our little chat in these VMs, since I'm technically not welcoming you anymore.
Originally Posted by Vocis
It does sound pretty fun. I think one reason I'm nervous is that I feel strongly about using Pokemon I like rather than those that are necessarily most effective, so I think that will put me at a big disadvantage when I send out my Ninetales or Altaria against their ubers. But I guess I shouldn't worry too much about how much I win or lose and just focus on doing the best I can with what I choose to use.
Are you aware of the different tiers? Smogon has different tiers based on usage and a few other things, so if you don't want to send out your Altaria against Mewtwo, there's other tiers that make Altaria a perfectly viable choice. The tiers are as followed:
BL (Borderline) This isn't it's own tier, but rather a middle point between OU and UU.
BL2 (Borderline 2) Just like the first one, this one is just a place for pokemon that are too powerful for NU, but not powerful enough to be placed in RU
When I started out, I played in the RU tier, since I could use all of my favorite pokemon. These tiers are only in affect on Showdown, so be careful on wifi. RU is in its beta stages on showdown, but Uber, OU, and UU are up and running.
I don't know if you already knew all of that stuff, so I could just be saying the obvious, but just thought I would include it anyway.