Good Morning Readers!
I know! I know! I do this far too often! I write for a while, I disappear, I make everyone think i’m dead. It’s cruel. I’m a terrible person. WordPress was so kind to remind me it’s been 5 month since I last published anything. FIVE MONTHS! So that would put us in back in March… right after Katsucon. What’s been going on since then? Well we’ve had MTG release two new sets, Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon, and we’re already looking towards Kaladesh. League of Legends has released 3 champions; Aurelion Sol, Taliyah, and now Kled. Overwatch Beta has come and gone, seen a full release, a few patches and even it’s own new champions Ana, and hopefully soon, Sombra. Heathstone is… Hearthstone I guess. There was a ton of news with balance and design issues, and then “A Night in Karazhan” (spelled that correctly on the first shot, without looking!) was just released. I haven’t been keeping up with Hearthstone as closely as I used to. We started streaming our D&D sessions. The first one was really positive, and I’m hoping the next ones will be as well. I’ve dabbled a bit in WoW and may jump back in before the launch of Legion. Pokemon Sun and Moon spoilers have been going on and the game release is on the horizon. Finally, we saw the release of Pokemon GO and the fever it caused among fans and non-fans, alike. That was probably the closest I came to writing something, right after the initial launch weekend. Alas, that did not happen. I am Team Mystic, as are most people I know, in case you were wondering and I’m level 21.
I’ve been playing a ton of Overwatch, mostly, working on applying to grad schools, working in general, and preparing for Otakon for two weeks straight. Now that Otakon is over, I feel like the summer is quickly going to come to an end, football will start, autumn will be here, and I may have the urge/time to write again. So here we are.
Otakon was a blast. This year was a little different than years past. Normally, most of the group cosplays, we hit some panels, we party and we hang out. This year, they we’re doing something called the Portable Kaiju Super Battle League. The idea was to make a Pokemon (portable kaiju) team, walk around the con and find their Battle Masters (Gym Leaders) and win to earn badges. By winning 8 or more badges by Sunday, you earned the right to face their version of the Elite Four.
While I knew for sure I was going to partake, I had really no idea what to expect. I didn’t know what kind of leaders and teams to anticipate or how competitive it would be. I have dabbled in competitive Pokemon training/batting in the past, so I decided to prepare for the worst. I also didn’t want to just use the strongest guys I could make. I was worried about disqualifying myself after reading the rules and seeing how vague they were. I saw a “No legendary” clause, so I decided to stay away from “Ubers” entirely, using Smogon’s tier list. I also figured by build a very strong Under Used (UU) team, with as few Over Used (OU) guys as possible, I could beat most of the OU teams I faced. I was confident and figured there would surely be Gym Leaders who were not SUPER hardcore, and I knew they wouldn’t be using Legendaries (or Ubers, hopefully) based on the rules.
While thinking all of this over, I realized I’ve always wanted to cosplay a Pokemon Trainer, and it all sort of just clicked. I could throw together a quick Trainer Red cosplay with the help of Lumi Cosplay, and I’d build my team to mimic his. My team would be cosplaying along side of me and I could role play the whole thing. I built a team of Pikachu, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Snorlax and Espeon. I debated going real old school with the Lapras, but the Espeon gave me better type coverage with less redundancy. For you Pokemon nerds out there (like me) here’s the complete break down of the team:
Charizard @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
– Fire Blast
– Air Slash
– Focus Blast
Blastoise @ Assault Vest
EVs: 184 HP / 252 SpA / 72 Spe
– Rapid Spin
– Dark Pulse
– Ice Beam
Venusaur @ Venusaurite
EVs: 248 HP / 96 Def / 144 SpD / 20 Spe
– Giga Drain
– Sludge Bomb
– Leech Seed
Pikachu @ Lightball
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
– Grass Knot
– Hidden Power Ice
Snorlax @ Leftovers
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 188 HP / 144 Def / 176 SpD
– Body Slam
Espeon @ Choice Specs
Ability: Magic Bounce
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
– Dazzling Gleam
– Shadow Ball
– Morning Sun
So I’m thinking, “Surely I’ll run into issues and difficult opponents, but I can try to out play them and I’ll do my best. I can do it”. I had faith. The first two days of the con were awesome. We were running around, finding Gym Leaders, challenging them and winning. We played all sorts of Doubles and Triples battles, with Singles mixed in. We fought a Water trainer, a Grass Trainer, a Fighting Trainer, a Fairy Trainer, Steel, Ground and Ghost. There were so many more we never even had the chance to fight. Each Leader took their job seriously and we loved every second of it. It was one of the most epic things I’ve ever done. Elementary School Andy was screaming with joy on the inside. It was like living the dream. And I was doing it with a super on-theme, and awesome team. I was beating Gym leaders with my trusty Pikachu and the original Kanto starters. I can’t speak highly enough about the event.
Finally, come Sunday, I had enough badges to fight the Elite Four. I said goodbye to my friends as they went to explore the con, and I queued up the Pokemon theme song. I was so pumped. I knew I could do anything. It was really emotional. If you were following me on Twitter, you saw me updating everyone over the course of the weekend and then… radio silence…
I showed up Sunday morning and the lines to fight the E-Four were insane… I was worried that would be the case but I never imagines it would be that bad. I was nervous there wouldn’t be enough time to fight all four. I waited in line, and started chatting with some of the people who had already faced some of the E-Four. I started hearing things like “This one guy’s using Mega Blaziken and a Protean Greninja…” and “This other guys is using Mega Rayquaza.” My heart sank. Not only was there not going to be enough time to actually face them all, I was completely outgunned. My poor team was pretty much mathematically eliminated before I even stepped in line. I had a PIKACHU for Christ’s sake! To put it in perspective, Pikachu has 320 total stat points while Mega Rayquaza has 780. Yeah, ok… Those rules about No Legendaries? Clearly that was a restriction for us and not them.
I wanted to make a cool team that still has some shot at winning and I was severely punished for it. So… I left. I didn’t even try. I did not want to waste the few remaining hours of the con standing in line to get my teeth kicked in. Building that team had risks I was fully aware of, but I was still pretty bummed. I am not a Pokemon master, I did not become a Champion. It was very anti-climactic, but… now I know. This was the first year they did this event, I had literally no idea what to expect, they said they would do it again next year, and improve upon it. I believe it can only get better.
All in all, the con was amazing, both Lumi Cosplay and Bellexi Cosplay looked amazing. Bellexi got some SERIOUS press and even shout outs from famous cosplayers for her Road Hog cosplay. As I’ve said many times, these are very talented women and always make a splash at these cons. Next on the list will either be AUSA or Katsucon 2017, depending on some factors.
Regardless, this con gave me a serious itch to play some Pokemon, I’m excited to try Sun and Moon, and until it’s released I’m trying a Nuzlocke Challenge for the first time! I found out I could buy R/B/Y on my DS for ten bucks. You can’t really beat that, plus I figured it would be the perfect version for a nuzlocke challenge. I am debating getting Red or Yellow. Yellow being the choice I’m leaning towards for a number of reasons. If I ever want to play through the game normally, I’d want to play Yellow, since I never owned it as a kid. Secondly, you get all the starters in Yellow throughout the course of the game, so you don’t have to just pick one. Now for the those of you who aren’t aware, a nuzlocke challenge has a bunch of self imposed rules you have to follow to make the game a bit more interesting. Here are the ones I’m using:
- The challenge doesn’t start until you can obtain pokeballs.
- If a Pokemon faints, it “dies” and you must release it into the wild. You cannot use that Pokemon again.
- You may only catch the FIRST Pokemon you encounter on each Route.
- If you fail to catch that Pokemon, you’re out of luck. Move onto the next Route.
- If the first Pokemon you encounter is one you’ve already caught, you can keep trying until you find a different Pokemon species.
- If I go with playing Yellow, I will not use the starters given to me throughout the course of the game. Using them would feel like cheating. I will just use my starter Pikachu.
- If you run out of usable Pokemon, and all of your Pokemon are “dead”, you lose the game, you have to start over.
I figured it would be way fun because if I fail, I don’t mind restarting R/B/Y from the beginning over and over. It’s just a neat way to try and add variety to the game. Plus, I can document my progress here.
I will get some time in before next weeks article. Thanks for tuning in. Again, I apologize for the long span of nothing. I appreciate everyone who enjoys reading what I write. You can email me comments and questions at ModernGentlemenGaming@gmail.com. Click “Follow” over on the right side to follow the blog and never miss an update! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @TheGreat_Andini for stream times and posts. I’ll be streaming Overwatch in the near future. Thanks again for everything!