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Competitive Video Games NBL Generation 8 Draft League Season 1 Thread!

vent

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Come one, come all to another season of the Nameless Battle League! We've got battles, we've got a league, we don't have Dynamax because lol.


In case you aren't up to speed: Draft 'mons, fight mons in a round-robin style tournament! The top teams go to playoffs, where only one team can come out the ultimate winner. Get ready for enough roller coaster emotions to fill a soap opera.


While we will be keeping the two division system going forward, for the newly-christened Season 1 of the Nameless Battle League we will not be sorted into majors and minors. Instead the rules are simple; everyone will be divided into two divisions, and the playoff teams (6 from each) will be put into Majors for Season 2! We will then add in the next 4 non-playoff teams with the best records (and then differential if we need tiebreakers) for the majors pool if the numbers allow

We've got the slow draft tentatively scheduled to begin December 7th for both divisions! Fast draft times will be TBD, though we will try to get through as much of the draft as possible in slow draft because we understand people are busy.

Our current player roster has room for one more coach, but our waitlist will always be open, and if people drop from the league you’ll have a shot at playing this season anyway! (This is, relatively, pretty likely, for the record) S2 going forward, the waitlisters will fill in for Minors players that drop.


If you are interested; simply reply to this thread with your discord name and team name! Loose guidelines on team names are located in the A COUPLE OF RECOMMENDATIONS spoiler tab

And the link to our discord is here; https://discord.gg/RXaSu8D


1. There are those who are in it to win it and those who are in it for fun. Respect this-- it's not high-ladder stuff, it's fantasy sports with Pokemon in it.


2. It is NEVER okay to go after anyone for any perceived lack of skill level.


3. On a similar note, personal attacks will absolutely not be tolerated. Criticizing a particular action can be okay, depending on context (which is a case by case basis). Calling someone names is not. Furthermore, no one "deserves" criticism and in a lot of cases it's best to stay silent if you have nothing nice to say. People shouldn't need any sort of "thick skin" to survive-- and this goes double for Hokulani Conference matches and chat. If a person is looking to improve, they will ask for critique.


1. All battles will be fought on the Pokemon Showdown! battle simulator, using the http://sports.psim.us/ server and their Draft League Tier. For the most part, the NBL format follows Smogon's SM OU tier, but there are some exceptions:


-1a. The Pokemon that are not permitted in Smogon SM OU but ARE allowed in NBL are: Landorus-I (without Sheer Force), Blaziken (without Speed Boost), Zygarde (without Power Construct, including on Zygarde 10%), Arena Trap Pokemon, and Shadow Tag Pokemon.


-1b. The Pokemon that are permitted in Smogon SM OU but are NOT allowed in NBL play are: Greninja (with Protean/Battle Bond), Magearna, M-Latios, M-Latias, M-Mawile, M-Metagross, Tapu Lele.


-1c. Baton Pass rule: Positive Speed increases may not be passed using Baton Pass, ever. Any number of Pokemon on either team may have and use the move Baton Pass other than this.


-1d. Other specific bans: Any Z-move that boosts all stats +1 (with the exceptions of Z-Forest's Curse, Z-Trick-or-Treat, Z-Sketch and Z-Purify),


2. Battles will be fought in a 6v6 singles format, with scoring being recorded based on how many Pokemon you have remaining at the end.


3. Replays of all official battles should be saved and posted in your respective replays channel on the NBL discord, barring extraneous circumstances.


1. At the start of each season, there will be a 14-round draft to fill out everyone's rosters. Teams must carry between 10 and 14 Pokemon on their roster at all times. At this time, you will also choose 4 Pokemon who are the only Pokemon on your team that can use Z-moves. (Any Pokemon can hold a Z-crystal, but only these 4 may use Z-moves themselves.)


2. Any undrafted Pokemon may be signed as a free agent by any team if you have a free roster spot for it. During the season, if the trade deadline has not passed, you may drop a Pokemon from your roster and replace it with a Pokemon from the free agency pool. Each team is allowed a maximum of five free agency pickups over the course of this season. You may also use one of your free agency moves to alter a Z-move user on your roster.


3. Trades of Pokemon can occur between teams that agree to it. Terms of trades are up to the two parties involved. Trades take effect the beginning of the week after they are confirmed. If you trade away a Z-move user, the Pokemon you received in the trade takes the Z-move user spot by default, but it does not cost you a free agency move to immediately change that Z-move user spot to another Pokemon on your team.


4. Pokemon may be traded with other teams up until the trade deadline, which will land in roughly the mid-late portion of the season for both divisions.


Once we split into majors and minors again, majors will keep this deadline while minors will have their deadline be 2 weeks before the end of the regular season


Note; we will be voting on z-users and megas as a pair once we get a full 32 person roster together, so some of these maaaay not apply going forward. Still useful to read though, especially since a lot of other leagues will still be using megas!


1. If a Pokemon has a Mega Evolution or regional difference, that Pokemon and its Mega are treated as separate Pokemon, and can be drafted as such (Absol vs. Mega Absol, Persian vs. Alolan Persian).


2. When drafting a Mega Pokemon, you may only have that Pokemon's Mega Stone as its held item. Alternatively, if you draft the Pokemon by itself, it cannot hold its Mega Stone.


3. Depending on the Pokemon, a form difference may mirror the Mega rules and be separately drafted (such as Tornadus-I vs. Tornadus-T), or drafting the Pokemon may mean access to all of its forms (such as Oricorio). A full list of which forms will be together and which will be separate can be found in the NBL Season 10 document.


4. Pokemon may not have any illegal moves, move combinations, items, or abilities.


(note; italics only applies for S2 forward once we settle into majors and minors for gen 8, though it’s still recommended you read if you are interested!)


1. The Nameless Battle League is divided into two conferences. Both will have 16 coaches for a total of 15 battles. One battle is scheduled per week. Any battles not completed by the deadline for that week will be marked as a forfeit loss for one party depending on activity, or a "mutual loss" where both players will take a loss as a penalty if neither player has been present or failed to made attempts to contact their opponent.


2. Standings will be determined by total record, followed by "differential." Differential is the amount of surviving Pokemon a winning player has at the conclusion of a match. If a further tiebreaker is required, head-to-head record will be used. There are specific tie situations which will require further detail, but this is unlikely enough to not have to be listed here.


Example: Player A wins a match 4-0 against Player B; therefore Player A receives +4 differential and Player B receives -4 differential. You'll find this stacks over the course of the season.


3. If real life concerns temporarily leave you in a position where you may be unable to complete a battle, you may find a substitute coach for the round. You will provide the substitute with a full team list that they are not allowed to make changes to, and the battle will be reflected as part of your record. You may use up to 3 substitutes over the course of a full season, and you may not use an individual substitute coach more than one time. Special exemptions may be made for extraneous circumstances, but these will be rare during the regular season.


4. Each conference, playoffs will be held each season to determine a champion. The top 6 teams in the conference make it into playoffs, with 3rd place playing 6th place and 4th place playing 5th place, while 1st and 2nd place get a bye to the next round. From there, 1st place plays 4th/5th and 2nd plays 3rd/6th, then the winners of those two games move on to the final. The winner of that is crowned the season's champion.


5. The league finale is a best-of-three contest. During this, each finalist is allowed to substitute one team member out for another Pokemon on their roster after each battle, as well as make any changes to the Pokemon they opted to bring into the fight. This includes, but is not limited to, moves, EVs, IVs, held items, gender, and happiness.


6. At the other end of the conference, the bottom 2 teams (15th and 16th place) in Lanakila are automatically relegated to the Hokulani Conference for the following season.


7. Please note that promotion and relegation may change based on coach availability for the current or next season. More Majors slots may need to be filled, for example. Promotions will be played by ear then.


8. If a Lanakila player drops midway through the season, they are expected to start from Hokulani should they return. Additionally, while Majors coaches may be replaced at commission discretion by suitably qualified players from the waitlist, they will return to the minors waitlist at the end of the season assuming they wish to continue - no minors will be promoted in midseason.


- If, when you enter the league, you cannot set aside the time to complete your battles online, signing up is not recommended. Circumstances do change over time, and accommodations can (and will!) be made, but basic availability is key. Missed battles without checking in or giving a reason for absence can result in forfeited matches, and multiple forfeits will result in expulsion from the league.


Coming up with a team name!

First, find a real life sports team (or e-sports team), then, Poke-fy it by exercising your great pun skills.


examples:


Chunichi Dragons -> Chunichi Dragonite

San Diego Gulls -> San Diego Wingulls

Calgary Flames -> Calgary Flamethrowers

Manchester City F.C. -> Medicham City F.C.

Air Force Falcons -> Sheer Force Falcons


It doesn't have to be perfectly flowing, but it's fun when it's pretty close. Feel free to use these if you feel so inclined.


The Nameless Battle League has a wait-listing system as a countermeasure against inactivity.


Please note the following:


- First come, first served. If you're feeling like your turn will never come up, it really will! Every season seems to see a couple of dropped teams, and getting in line now means you won't miss out.


- Users are contacted according to their place on the list and are given a time period of 48 hours to respond to any offer to join. If they decline or otherwise fail to respond, the next user on the list will be contacted and the first person will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist.


- Mid-season replacements are given the team of the player they will be replacing. Unless it is after the trade deadline, the new manager may make any changes to the roster that they see fit, including but not limited to releasing team members, changing Z-move users, signing free agents, and making trades. If it is after the trade deadline, the new manager will have exactly one opportunity to replace any amount of Pokemon from the team with free agents and change around their Z-move users, but cannot make trades and may not change the overall amount of Pokemon on the roster.


- If a coach drops and has to be replaced, any forfeitures by the previous manager will be re-opened for completion, and it is the responsibility of any replacement manager to complete these. Please take initiative to do so.


- The NBL reserves the right as a league to reject anyone's application to join for any reason, whether by executive decision or the voice of its members.


Interested people must post in-thread with their team name. Yes, I know, this is discord, but signups are still going to be handled through the thread.


Any further questions are welcome as well!


As a last point: Please do not sign up unless you have time to commit. One match a week is not a lot to manage, but it's important to consider how long a season takes before signing up. You have to be the one to evaluate if you can finish out or not, emergencies notwithstanding. The more matches left undone, the harder it is for a replacement coach to step in.


Disclaimer: The opinions, memes, salt-fueled rages and personal recreational drug use of any member of the Nameless Battle League are at large not endorsed by the Nameless Battle League and are independent expressions of the individual. Any reproductions of NBL materials without express written consent is prohibited. The previous sentence makes us a real professional league. Maybe not. But you still need permission. Ty is a shig, quote this if you agree.
 
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Zorua3

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I'd copy-paste the Zorua Pokedex entry, but I'm too lazy.
I would interested in signing up, please. My team name would be the San Francisco Gigaliths.

Edit: Here's a rough draft of what my logo would be, just for the heck of it:
 
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it was banished for its violence. it silently gazes upon the old world from the distortion world
y'all know who it is. skt tentacool t1 returns. bop
 

vent

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we have our teams settled for the season but the waitlist is always open, and you'll have a pretty good chance of playing this season if you sign up for it sooner rather than later!
 
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vent

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This is a little late but we decided to bring back weekly awards for NBL! These will involve game of the week and a handful of pokemon of the week, nominated by importance to the match/creativity in sets, and so on and so forth.

Without further ado, here are Week 1's Weekly Awards!

Game of the Week: Venuaur vs. JL_muserwolves/Frostmourne (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-18982)

Both teams put together a strong showing of both the new toys as well as the old mons with new tricks in this Week 1 throwdown in the superior conference. Venuaur showed the power of a surprise Nasty Plot Azelf in breaking down his opponent’s main Mega Scizor switch in, while also showing the raw power of Cinderace’s Court Change to slowly chip down JL and Frostmourne’s team with their own sneaky pebbles.

In the end, the game went down to one decision at the bitter end and showcased a lot of strong plays and pokemon builds, and thus is worthy of the first Gen 8 Game of the Week award.

Three Stars:

***
; Volcanion, aka im a frog, Furfrou/woodlandapple; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-19127)

Using a somewhat unconventional set of Steam Eruption/Overheat/Substitute/Toxic on the Volcanion, the build allowed the squad to use the momentum of their Mega Scizor/Rotom-H/Gliscor core to their fullest advantage. This allowed them to grind down Kesha’s slower squad to the point where Life Orb Barraskewda could simply press buttons to victory in the Week 1 affair.

**; Mimikyu, aka metatron, Doesnt; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldex-17832)

A good example of a relatively straight-forward build working extremely well with strong play and a strong cast around it, Doesnt’s Mimikyu showed why you shouldn’t sleep on the pokemon in draft and also why you should never listen to Ty’s opinions ever. With an aggressive double Swords Dance play, Mimikyu effectively decided the game for Doesnt by cleaning out most of the opponent’s team and allowing Silvally to seal the victory.

*; Ferrothorn, aka DO NOT EAT, Rhetco; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-19008)

A good example of how to adjust to some of gen 8’s more aggressive customers, Rhetco’s endure/rocky helmet Ferrothorn effectively decided his match early on. By removing Dracovish from the game with a ton of chip damage and some help from a well-placed Toxic, Rhet found little issue cruising to a 5-0 victory Week 1 with his opponent’s main threat gone early.

Honorable Mentions:

Florges, aka virgin florges, Venuaur; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-18982)

Azelf, aka valor morghulis (Venuaur) and Oracle (Alolan Floatzel);
(https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-18982 for Venuaur and https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-19121 for Alolan Floatzel)
 

vent

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Another week, another round of weekly awards!

Game of the Week: Kobanite vs. JL/Frostmourne; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-20810)

In another tense affair by the latter squad, both sides made an excellent display of aggressive switching to try and out position the other player. With Koba’s walls being chunked early, he made aggressive plays with Jirachi to prevent Darmanitian-Galar from tearing holes through his team, and used both Jirachi’s and Swellow’s U-Turn to full effect to pivot his pieces into place for a well-earned victory over a tough player and tough squad.

Three Stars:

***; Piloswine, aka Flame Orb, Porpoise/Westie: (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-20184)

Picking which mon was the three-star this week was very difficult, but in the end Westie’s Piloswine proved to be the most pivotal. Sometimes the right click at the right time can entirely swing a match, and Flame Orb roaring out Phoenix’s aggressive Hawlucha switch-in saved Westie from a lot of pain. Coupled with gradually grinding down Phoenix’s squad with help from a certain pink fish and it deserves the honor.

**; Mega Alakazam, aka Dumblodore, Zorua3; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-20425)

With Encore in tow, Zorua’s Mega Alakazam put in work by using it and Trace to effectively shut down Vent’s bulk, allowing it and Galvantula to eventually force a checkmate situation where the opponent was forced to Tailwind with too many mons left for the offense to successfully clean, allowing for the victory.

*; Toxtricity, Inaria; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-20789)

Yes, Mio misclicked and gave it another bit of differential, but it costed a Roserade that had already been significantly chunked by Toxtrixity’s massive Boomburst. Showing off the raw power of a Throat Spray/Shift Gear set, Inaria put the new toy through its paces as it set the tone for his eventual win over one of the toughest teams in Red Conference week 2.

Honorable Mentions:


Cresselia, aka Instant Regret, rhetco; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-19855)

Nidoqueen, aka Killer Queen, Kobanite; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-20810)

Press F to Pay Respects:

Ninetales-Alola, aka freezer trash, Kesha; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-20805)
 

vent

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Game of the Week: Kesha vs Alolan Floatzel; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-22453)

On paper, an undefeated team vs a winless squad might not sound like the most exciting match. But in reality, this was a well-played game by both coaches with exciting tension throughout the course of the battle. With Kesha's main offensive sets getting low on health early in the match, the key moment in the game was Kesha using his Focus Sash Infernape to set up Stealth Rocks and bring in his flashy Stored Power Jirachi to score a pair of kills. In the endgame, Stealth Rocks and chip damage from Kesha's Milotic prevented Azelf from coming in on Mega-Venusaur, which allowed Mega-Venusaur to safely seal the victory.

Three Stars:

***; Dracovish, aka hard fish, Jackinev/Mio: (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8customgame-1046035106)

Viiiiiiiiissshhh!! JL and Frstmourne's Amoonguss, Milotic, Zeraora, and Intimidate Salamence would be enough to handle most Water-types. Dracovish, however, is not like most Water-types. With timely sacrifices Mio was able to safely bring in Dracovish at several key points in this thrilling battle, ultimately nabbing kills on 3 of the 4 previously mentioned Pokemon and finishing 4-0 for the week.

**; Mega-Venusaur, aka ask why dinos died, Kesha; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-22453)

Mega-Venusaur can often be a difficult mega to prepare for as powerful Psychic and Flying attacks are usually the only way to kill this dino. And sometimes half of the Pokemon on the opposing team wielding hard-hitting Psychic moves still isn't enough. Mega-Venusaur was able to take a hit from Life Orb Dragapult's Psychic Fangs and Azelf's Zen Headbutt and heal back up on Rotom-Wash and Sylveon, earning the 2-star spot this week.

Also remember to ping Kesha and ask him why the dinosaurs died.

*; Nidoking, aka do not hug, Venuaur; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-22512)

While we give the 1-star award to Nidoking, half of Venuaur's team this week was worthy of this honor. Araquanid played a crucial role in setting up webs and closing out the victory, Nidoking was instrumental in keeping up the webs and knocking out Gengar and Kyurem, and finally Shaymin was uniquely able to eliminate set-up Necrozma 1v1 and prevent Vent and AstroDeath from mounting a comeback. In the end, most analysts agreed that Nidoking was the mon who stood out and deserved the star the most.

Honorable Mentions:

Rotom-Fan, aka Air Balloon, Porpoise; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-21682)

Dhelmise, aka Chain Vengeance, Clock; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-22452)

Mega-Scizor, aka Croquet, Furfrou/woodlandapple; (https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-21616)
 

vent

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hey guys, a quick break from the weekly award posts; we're still looking for someone to pick up a squad in red conference and one in blue conference.

the teams are down below (blue top, red bottom) if you're interested or someone you know might be interested!

 

vent

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hey guys, both slots in NBL are now filled! but if you're still interested in the league feel free to slide into my DMs and I can chuck you on the waitlist, which means whenever we have open slots again you'll have a pretty good chance of picking up a squad then
 

vent

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With a bit of delay, Week 4 awards are up! Week 5 and Week 6 should both be up before the week iso ut

Game of the Week: Vermont Lake Venuaurs (Venuaur) vs. Texas Bouffalant (Doesnt) https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23846

Two long time veterans of the league went at it in Week 4 and showed off some strong sets and strong play. With Venuaur’s Shaymin being a constant torn in Doesnt’s side, and Doesnt’s Latias forcing some risky moves from Tom to avoid being cleaned by a Substitute/Calm Mind/Recover/Psychic setup, it took nearly 100 turns and some good old fashioned PP stalling for Tom to emerge victorious.

Also I feel the need to point out that, yes, Doesnt’s Melmetal did do half of Mega Scizor’s health with a neutral hit.

Three Stars:

***; Latias, aka red eagle, Texas Bouffalant (Doesnt); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23846

Speaking of the devil, Doesnt took full advantage of Tom’s lack of Dark-types to put this set on full display. With Calm Minds to abuse Tom’s dangerous special attackers and a Melmetal by its side designed to break Mega Scizor, Latias very nearly brought Doesnt past the finish line, if it weren’t for an unfortunate poison that proved to be the downfall of the set. Still, unlike Showdown, we here at the Weekly Awards don’t punish people for things outside of their control.

**; Diggersby, aka poggers, Grimers2 (Furfrou/woodlandapple); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23598

This is admittedly something of a team effort award with Diggersby’s name on it, but bringing out a double dance set against Westie’s slower and bulkier squad proved to be the break (literally) that this crew used to take home the victory. With Alomomola crippled and another mon taken down with it, the path for victory for Barraskewda and friends was all but guaranteed.

*; Kartana, aka roar ax fling, Boston Joltiks (Serranade); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23208

Who needs speed-boosting beast boost Kartana, anyway? With some clever play earlier in the game, Serra managed to fake a scarf Kartana set extremely well. After surprising his opponent on a seemingly free turn for Volcarona to dance with a Tailwind, Kartana swept through the last two mons in what otherwise would’ve been certain defeat for Serra’s squad had it actually been a scarf.

Honorable Mentions:

Mienshao, Glasglow Wargliors (Sol); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23076

Latias, aka poggers, Grimers2 (Furfrou/woodlandapple); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23598

Shaymin, aka protein shake, Vermont Lake Venuaurs (Venuaur); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23846

Alolan Muk, aka Use Psychic, Giratina de Bordeaux (Garish Garchomp); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-23148
 

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hey guys, we have a spare team for NBL red conference! if you're interested please shoot me a discord DM, thanks! we have about 7 weeks left to go though this team has a few games to potentially catch up on if the opponents agree to it.



also we have two teams so uh, first come first serve;
 
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hey guys! first squad is taken up, but we still have the corviknight squad open if anyone is interested!

 

vent

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NBL Week 5 Awards are up! We'll be getting through week 6 and 7 before the week is out

Game of the Week: NC TarSeels (Samur) vs. Team Seedgey (irinya); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26372

A matchup between Dracovish rain and Samur’s array of strong mons was bound to be an intense one, and both players put their teams through the places in this close match. Samur made good decisions in build; with double priority Mega Lopunny and what appeared to be a scarf Ribombee to help stem the tide of irinya’s ferocious offense. Couple that with a very creative bulky Dragonite set to help eat hits throughout the match, and Samur managed to emerge just barely victorious.

Three Stars:


Dragonite, aka You, NC TarSeels (Samur); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26372

It’s not uncommon that the game of the week happens to feature the three star pokemon of the week, and this is no exception. Samur’s set was unique, but it served its purpose very well. With Protect/Roost/Thunderbolt/Draco Meteor and some leftovers, the Dragonite was primed to face off against the barrage of dangerous pokemon sent its way. It did its job with aplomb, allowing Samur to claim a needed victory.

Zygarde, aka ztrategy, Buffalo Scythers (Kalt); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26008

This is arguably the most “fuck you and your Ditto” Zygarde I’ve ever seen. Using Thousand Arrows to its fullest move compression potential, Kalt packed Toxic/Protect/Substitute on his snek to give Crono’s squads absolute fits. Even Conkeldurr failed to break through the mighty legendary snake, and while it was only 1-1 on the stats at the end of the day, it paved the way for Kalt to chip away at his opponent’s team and put them into checkmate.

Mega Gallade, aka Gardevoirite, Evanston Township Hydreigon (Westie/Poipose); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-24938

It had a little help from RNG to be sure, but Westie gave everyone a good reason to basically always run Justified on the base form of their Mega Gallade. Using his special bulk and Greninja’s scarf to its fullest advantage, Mega Gallade ate a Dark Pulse, immediately got to go +1, and went to war against what was left of his opponent’s squad.

Honorable Mentions:

Blissey, aka SCRAMBLE ZONE, and frog (Rhetco); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26401

Salamence, aka Defying Gravity, Frosmothone Calcio (JL_muserwolves/Frostmourne); https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-27624
 

vent

Conqueror of the Vermillion Gym
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Here's the Week 6 weekly awards, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Venuaur!

Game of the Week: Grimers2 (Furfrou/woodlandapple) vs Buffalo Scythers (Kalt);
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26897

From two of the undefeated teams in Blue conference came one of the most competitive games we’re likely to see for the duration of this season. In short, this game is an intense struggle between two carefully crafted bulky offense teams with sets both conventional and creative, neither side willing to cede an opening until a critical hit decides the game. For the equilibrium of skill on display and a constantly shifting tide of momentum that plays out over nearly 100 turns, it earns its place as the game of the week for Week 6.

Three Stars:

*** Gliscor, aka flying scorpion, Grimers2 (Furfrou/woodlandapple)
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26897

Gliscor was the glue that held together a victorious Grimers2 this week. Not only did it lose and regain an incredible amount of HP throughout the game, consistently taking hits from one of the highest offensive stats in the game, but it was able to reliably gain momentum for the team and came with moves to threaten two of Kalt’s most dangerous players in Hoopa-U and Zygarde. There is little more that you can ask of a single Pokemon within one game.

** Dragonite, aka now what?, Vermont Lake Venuaurs (Venuaur)
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-27172

The always-fun Weakness Policy Dragonite showed up for a successful turn this week. Having found himself in a position to set up, Venuaur banked on being hit with an Ice Beam from the uninvested wall Porygon2 to bring an immediate end to the game, winning +4 differential for the original dragon. To use your opponent’s power as your own is one of the wilier ways to win a game, and the results make it worthy of a mention amongst this week’s top performances.

* Dragapult, aka Launchpad, Toronto Staraptors (Alolan Floatzel)
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-26989

When it looked as if his team had been slowly worn down into submission, Floatzel suddenly turned the tide with his ace in the hole in the form of Dragon Dance Dragapult. While we are often reminded about the perils of overboosting, Floatzel was wise to click his setup move twice to negate the speed loss from paralysis and to get the power he needed to punch through Porpoise’s team, which Dragapult did without a single turn lost to full paralysis. Be it careful planning or a last ditch effort, there is no doubt that the Floatzel’s star draft pick turned in one of the most dominant performances of the week.

Honorable Mentions:

Kartana, aka origami art online, Boston Joltiks (Serranade)
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-27665

Silvally, aka doggystyle, New York Excelscizor (Kesha)
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/sports-gen8nationaldexdraft-27778
 

Dextarr513

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I would really like to be a part of this league next season if you would have me. My team name is the Adelaide Applin.
 

vent

Conqueror of the Vermillion Gym
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hello!

so things have been a bit... dead... for what should be fairly obvious reasons, but with S1 approaching conclusion and DLC1 just around the horizon, its time to start ramping up into season 2!

this season we're experimenting with galar dex DLC1 draft; that essentially means we'll be drafting from the pokemon currently programmed/released into the games come the DLC launch on uh, wednesday. Time sure flies, doesn't it?

If you're interested in joining up for season 2 and want to see what a galar dex free draft might entail, feel free to fill out this form linked below! If you're a returning player, you should've already been notified of the returning coaches survey but if you need it fsr feel free to contact me as well.

https://forms.gle/EokrFDZ3WSsJhX7a9 Here is the survey, and if you have any questions feel free to poke me!
 

greenchu

Conqueror of the Azalea Gym
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A tradition unlike any other... the customary mvp picture which is awarded to @Princess and his roommate for their league mvp Mega-Scizor.

 

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