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How do people play Pokemon competitively? It's so unbalanced.

#1ThatKippPosted 12/28/2013 2:56:44 PM
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#2gofghxgPosted 12/28/2013 3:26:58 PM
No clue. I just have my team of pokemon that are cool and the other two I tried out as my main team.
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#3The_Sol_BladerPosted 12/28/2013 3:27:37 PM
Smogon are teh devil
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#4TG_WolfPosted 12/28/2013 3:29:09 PM
It's actually one of the best examples of balance when you begin building a team.

The more you understand about competitive, the more you understand balance.
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#5NoSnacksPosted 12/28/2013 3:32:38 PM
Surely you're not talking about 6v6 format, 1v1.

However the 3v3 singles battle spot is horrible, rock paper scissors format.}
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#6VyoletsPosted 12/28/2013 3:33:19 PM
It would be a lot more balanced in general if mechanics like confusion, freeze, sleep, paralysis, and critical hits were not completely random.

At least in the case of accuracy vs power moves like Flamethrower vs Fire Blast, you know the calculated risk. Other mechanics like those above are completely out of control to the player and offer game-changing results pretty much every time they happen.

Teambuilding and standard battling procedures can be developed to play the game on a competitive level, but what actually happens in the game degenerates into anything but a competitively-minded environment.

It's mostly fun if you don't take it seriously. After all, it is at its core, a children's game.
#7Rook_the_RangerPosted 12/28/2013 3:33:19 PM
VGC rules? yes pretty imbalanced.

Smogon rules? No, they're quite balanced for the most part, but no game can be perfectly balanced. The game is only 2 months old so Smogon needs time to balance it out still.
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