Edel Blau

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About Edel Blau

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Battle Pokémon

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    Gardevoir
  1. "What Pokemon are you?" Quiz

    Huh. Well this is...amusing. I vaguely remember taking this somewhere else before I had Pokkén, and got something else I don't remember. Half a year into Pokkén, this happens. Go figure!
  2. Pokkén Arena Appreciation Thread!

    As the resident crazy old hermit lady who grew up in the era of the BBS and watched the rise of AIM from a college dorm, message boards and fansites are still kind of my go-to medium when I want to learn more about a game -- even though I realize communities these days are often fragmented and organically distributed across various modern social media platforms, it's still not really something I've been able to fully embrace. So I can honestly say that if Pokkén Arena weren't here when I picked up the DX version for the Switch (my first and only foray into Pokkén, mind you!), I probably wouldn't have been as easily able to feed my insatiable hunger for learning more about this game, wouldn't have found my way to Allister's Twitch stream, wouldn't have been convinced to figure out the newfangled Discordamabob thingamajiggy, and just plain wouldn't have ended up dipping my toes back into a competitive gaming community. And for how awesome this community has turned out to be, that would be a cryin' shame! Personal preferences for older communication media aside, I'll echo others' sentiments of liking the centralization and permanence of reference material here, and hope people continue to add to it -- and I hope it's still around when I stop merely sponging up the wealth of information here and have things of my own that I want to add and discuss, too!
  3. Guard Break Moves: Their Scaling & Advantage

    Great resource; thanks for compiling it all! I have a few addenda for Gardevoir if you want to clean this up/double check me (no reliable recording setup [until Wednesday I guess, maybe?], so frame quotes are estimates from working moves on the frame data spreadsheet rather than actual counts): 4[X] has 2 levels, the 2-3 spin level still has 40% scaling (but is down from 50% on 4X/1 spin), still same frame advantage 6X - 19F 20% Scaling 5YYY (hip-bump AKA "pretend you're a day 1 Garde") - 19F (or cancel into Pokémon moves; unsure of the exact frame advantage here, but Calm Mind ~ Dazzling Gleam confirms, Calm Mind ~ Teleport ~ jX confirms on tall characters, plinks on short ones from a short amount of testing) 10% Scaling 2Y frame advantage depends on range -- already-quoted one is for point-blank breaks; max range break is somewhere in the range 35F <= actual advantage < 47F since 4X confirms and [CA] plinks (couldn't get a Magical Leaf confirm in 5 minutes of trying either, but outside of some wacky support setup this isn't unlocking anything more optimal than what's already available...at first blush...)
  4. FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup NA Results (Top 100)

    Hey, it's Rainforest! I always feel lucky to play you in these cups. In fact, I really hit the jackpot playing with all y'all! Bad puns aside, the past two weeks were really fun and it was great to play against such a wide variety of players and meet so many of the folks on the Discord. I'm definitely warming up to this community!
  5. I don't know if I'm in the minority, but I'd definitely like to keep seeing this! I'm a DX baby when it comes to Pokkén, and this is the first time I've dipped my toes into actually participating in a community since back in the old DC++ video sharing days of Smash, so stuff like this and the new tech thread are good reminders of where stuff is actively happening. I'm old enough to be one of those folks who don't really understand the Twitters, but not quite old enough to be a grandma acting hip on Facebook -- so organized message boards and centralized topic-centered websites are still kind of my go-to comfort zone and I'm not really used to a distributed, multi-platform community yet. This kind of stuff really helps me bridge that gap! If anyone feels like it ends up being too many front page posts or something, some sort of weekly roll-up post (similar to weekly watch-lists for tournaments and such) might be a compromise, too.
  6. Planning on joining in the Aura Blast Cup

    Just chiming in to join the "jump in!" chorus, as well as to mention for anyone else reading this that not even the top 10 were exclusively great players! I'm Cecily (#10), and definitely don't count myself among the actually-great folks sharing the top 10 title with me yet. The first time I even picked up the game was with DX -- I never owned a Wii U or found an arcade machine. I've only been battling online for a couple months at most, and have only very recently started lurking the boards and looking up competitive guides/videos/etc. Like you, I've just fallen in love with the game and want to keep playing and improving. And I took the plunge to see what would happen, and surprised myself! This kind of event (the official group matches in general, that is) is not the kind that only rewards the most skilled players like a standard double elimination tournament. It runs for a rather-terrifyingly-long 16 hours a day for 4 days straight with no match limit and no laddering system other than raw win count, so it rewards passion a LOT more than skill. You still have to win some of those matches to get on the board, of course, and if you're good, you can get away with maybe not timidly squeezing in matches on airport wifi in between your connecting flights at 4 AM on Monday (sorry to those folks I played then!), but the more you play during the window, the better your odds of placing higher on the list, even if you're not the best of the best. I mean, sure, it meant a double-digit percentage of Allister's wins were trouncing me, but I also learned a TON compared to just playing ranked because 1) you can really focus on what you're doing wrong without having the game remind you of how many points you're losing while doing so, and 2) the absolutely random matchmaking combined with a lot of good players spending a lot of time on it means that you'll get a very diverse set of really good opponents with little to no overhead between matches that's hard to get outside of an offline major tournament, especially if ranked matchmaking is keeping you from experiencing many B+ players normally. Aside from some soreness in my poor 30-something-year-old thumbs, by day 4 I could feel a tangible difference in my decision making, my reactions, my reads, and ultimately my results. It was really satisfying! So go for it! From one newbie to another (and also to those who are lurking with similar sentiments), I can absolutely say it's worth it.