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I play ranked, but I tried my first free battles since launch week in order to test out a rotation team.
Even forgetting strategies that are specific to the format, the dozen or so players I fought all demonstrated a remarkable lack of knowledge on even the most rudimentary aspects of the type chart. Basic stuff like 'ghost is immune to fighting' and '4 turns later, ghost is still immune to fighting'.
I always see topics on here about 'how do I counter (pokemon banned from ranked play)?'. And I'm sure that there are a few skilled players who actually use them to their fullest, but I can't help but feel that the reason so many of you refuse to play ranked is because you enjoy beating little kids.