Smogon...? No thank you.
by, 20th May 2011 at 12:18 AM (561 Views)
Recently, I've been looking at various entries at Smogon. And, to be honest, most of them really suck.
First things first, it seems as though Smogon shapes Pokemon to combat other Pokemon that they created. Not every Flygon is a freaking ScarfGon! And yes, I respect that they have a battle simulator, but still. People check Smogon for battle advice and movesets, but there is a vast variety of trainers out there, using creative and original sets. Thus, I pity the former group. I feel as though Smogon is just cramping their style, by hampering them with movesets that just don't work against creative trainers.
Second, well...meh. The "omnipresence" of certain things, like entry hazards(namely fucking STEALTH ROCK), Rapid Spin needs, Pursuit, even switching out WAY too often, Hidden Power, etc. And don't even get me started on fucking Choice items. Just about EVERY Pokemon has one set dedicated to choice items. And for what? Increased power/speed, yes. But having to use the same move against multiple Pokemon, only to have to SWITCH OUT on the next turn? Just...no.
What's funny is that most of these sets can be beaten out with good tactics and such. I battle via RM every day. With a Haxorus, a Chandelure, and a Ferrothorn. With movesets that I created on my own. And every day I come across someone that uses a Smogon team. Someone uses Choice items? I take it like a man and strike back. Pursuit? I almost never switch out, anyway. It does close to no damage. Fucking Stealth Rock? I don't switch out every other turn like everyone else.
When it comes into effect, I just take the damage like a man and keep battling. It really doesn't affect me too much.
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