Pre-Tournament Jitters and Heartfelt Reunions
by, 6th September 2012 at 01:14 PM (229 Views)
First off, if you are the kind of person who thinks that tournaments are serious business, first part of this blog is not for you.
Well, I made a last-minute change to my team before I signed up for the 2012 Autumn Friendly. Here they are
My best friend got on the other day and had me grab my DS so that she could help me get my pokemon from Sapphire and Diamond. I migrated everything from Sapphire to my Diamond card, and then traded about half of my pokemon to my best friend for safe keeping until she could transfer them to her Black card, and then give them to me *as I only have one DS*. She's been busy, so we haven't been able to continue beyond the initial trade of 10 or so pokemon. The other night, we started the process of moving some of them to Black, and among them were my Latias, and my dearest friend Blaziken.
I need to work on a new moveset for my Blaziken before I consider throwing him up against people, as he has ONLY fire type moves *a leftover from my dumb days*, but I decided to switch out Ghidorah, who is merely level 81, for Latias, who was fully leveled. I know that the tournament will bump down levels, but I don't know if stats will stick or not, so I`d rather be safe than sorry.
I`m so nervous. I`m a lot less nervous than I was when I first found out about it, but I`m still nervous. I leveled Trois and Lamplera to 75 and Gallade to around 80, and fully leveled Serpentia. I EV trained all four of them too, so they are as ready as they are going to be.
After I found out about the leveling down, I took a few days to relax and raise some Hydreigon for my shop thread. During this time my best friend had a chance to get some of my pokemon to me, and that is when I decided to include Latias in lieu of Ghidorah. Yesterday, I decided to put the finishing touches onto my team and max out Serpentia, since Milotic are surprisingly easy to level *will NEVER understand that* and then get everyone in the battle box once I concluded everyone was as ready as they are going to be. After that, I waited out the slow, agonizing wait until midnight and signed up as soon as the clock turned. Now, I wait here while my beloved team rests in the battle box, ready to take on the competition come September 14th.
Now don't get me wrong. My nervousness doesn't stem from my skill compared to the skill of the people I will face. I knew what I was getting into the moment I heard of the tournament and made the decision to enter. I wasn't too thrilled at the thought of sending out pokemon 25+ levels lower than their opponents, but when I found out about the levels being bump down during competition, I felt a whole lot better. I came to terms with the fact that I might not make it out of the tournament with even a single win a long time ago.
My nervousness, it comes from anticipation. I am really looking forward to seeing the combinations and strategies you can only find in this kind of event. I wanna learn new strategies and combinations and figure out how to counter them. I learn best by example, and there isn't a better way than firsthand.
Not to mention, these pokemon are some of my favorites, with Sneer being my absolute favorite. If I do managed to win at least ONE match, then that will prove that no, you don't HAVE to go in with a professional attitude to be good. This is a game, meant for enjoyment, fun, and global unity. The tournament is called the 2012 Autumn FRIENDLY, and if it were for people of a strictly professional level, they would put restrictions saying "You must have __ Random Matchup wins to participate". I am doing this for fun, and I will have fun. I am looking forward to fighting against people with some of my favorite pokemon ever.
In other news, of all the pokemon my Best Friend sent forward and gave back to me, two made me soo happy to have back. Welcome home, Latias and Blaziken. You all know my Blaziken right? Well he finally managed to find his way out of Sinnoh, and is back home safe and sound. You would not believe how excited I got when he showed up in the selection list on sissy's side. I was like "MAMA'S COMING BABY! HOLD ON!" and damn near cried when the trade went through and he showed up on my screen. My very first pokemon is back home where he belongs, and I couldn't be happier <3.
And then there is my Latias. I was REALLY glad to have her back too. Although I wasn't nearly as emotional about getting her back as I was with Blaziken, it was still very good to see her again. It took me 6 months to chase her down and catch her, since I failed to get the master ball out of Team Aqua's base. I got her down to yellow and used a Wobbuffet to catch her with an ultra ball. After everything I went through to catch her, it is good to have her on my team again.
And then there is Diaruga, my Dialga from Diamond. I am glad to have him again because of the adorable persona I gave him. He's based off the Dialga one of my characters at VS has. Basically, Diaruga is a lovable idiot who has a fondness for sucking his feet. He'll roll over on his back, pull one of his hind legs up, and nom away. He likes to play jokes on his trainer too. I <3 Diaruga.
That's it for now. I`ll see about doing an Anime Analysis later. Until then, ta ta!
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