thoughts on the need to reform the nu team this cappl
CAP must know the power of all 4 elements
how do you feel about chromera so far
Honestly super well
balanced ime (don't know why there's a linebreak). Very fun to use too cause of the like great timing plays you can make by using CC as hard as possible.
favorite offense archetype
Spikestack HO is the most honesty you can get in a playstyle ever. Super fun too.
why is latios unviable dogshit
Honest CM Roost 2 Attacks is viableish cause people will let you get like +2/+2 and then wonder why Pult doesn't OHKO.
Hi quz, the government is back and we suspect you in death2thewest’s untimely demise.
What mon would you like to see in the next buff process?
Pyroak is a mon that I think is like one resistance and a 16 PP recovery move from being viable. I'd love to see it buffed, just cause its unique as shit.
What is your favorite concept that didn’t win a concept poll?
Voltage's one last time of "yo this mon gets better by taking damage" was super cool. Color Change Chromera sorta does that, but stuff like Berserk and Pinch Abilities are always gonna be hyper cool, so I wish it had won.
Favorite song for chilling on a porch in a wicker chair drinking sweet tea?
This song isn't necessarily like porch chilling, but its super cool nonetheless: Cosmic Spice - Lucid Dream and like just saying something off of D'Angelo - Black Messiah wouldn't introduce that many people to new songs.
What item do you think is underused and could be viable?
What is your interpretation of quantum entanglement ? I was completely captivated when I heard about it. Do you think it shows that we have to rethink our way of seeing nature (movement by contact), or rather that our way of seeing is the right one and that some concrete elements escape us ? Or do you not care at all and find this (very specific) question pointless ?
It claims that information travels faster than light, which would be spicy, but on the other hand its not really "transmitting" information, but rather just revealing information. Honestly not my area of expertise and I've been busy as hell lately.
Have you ever been in love ? I expect some sort of deep musing on the nature of love please.
Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't.
Use 3 words to describe COVID19
Very Bad Virus
what are your hopes for cap30? is there anyone you'd like to see potentially TL or TLT?
Honestly, I'd love to get a completely fresh TL or TLT. We've not had one of those for a while, and an entirely new perspective would be great.
what's the most interesting part about your job?
Honestly I get to learn a ton of stats, and like, surprisingly I really enjoy stats. Didn't expect to do so after hating it in undergrad, but like incrementally improving a model turns out to be my kinda stuff.
any weird ghost stories/supernatural encounters?
No, but I've stepped on a Portuguese Man o' War
what's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten from someone else?
You get better work done when you're in a space you associate with work. In my case I make sure to go into the office/library to work, and like, keeping boundary between work and home helps me.
if you could magically change one thing about cap - policy wise, some attitude/behavior in the community at large, maybe dealing with leadership, perception, outreach, etc etc - what would it be and why?
Honestly I want CAP to really embrace just flexibility. I feel like people are very stuck in their ways and stuck in their expectations for how a CAP thread should go. I've constantly pushed for more flexibiltiy in the process, and I think those changes helped Chromera like, go sorta smoothly.
what's your favorite part of cap, speaking in terms of it as an entire project and community? could be anything from the people you've met, some overarching philosophy that resonates with you, or even a specific stage
Honestly I just really love creating and sorta optimizing stuff for a goal. Its pretty like, low level as a thing to love, but its what draws me to it.
what's been your favorite/most valuable experience across all your time on smogon and staffing various ps rooms? is there any accomplishment that you're particularly proud of?
Honestly its really watching several people go from room reg to room mod. The growth I've been able to see really makes PS rewarding.
what do you hope this project will look like down the road, say in three years time? related, but do you have any long term goals for the project/metagame?
My long term goals are really to make it so people are well, more willing to contribute to both the CAP Process, and more importantly CAP Tours/The Meta. I'd honeslty love to get a like Farm League going, but we gotta ensure CAPPL is reliably er, full.
is there any really wild idea or drastic policy change that you think would probably never happen, but youd still like to see it implemented in some form in the future or at the very least properly examined? maybe it could be like having cap processes happen back to back really quickly, or if we made some peoples votes count more if they placed highly in tournaments, or maybe like doing away with all the rules against campaigning. these are all my own ideas btw, just spitballing here
I'd love to see a CAP where we like do a fully iterative process. Eg like choose typing, choose ability, go back to typing to see if we need to change, etc. A process like that would be super difficult, but like, I think it could create a super cool CAP at the end.
sorta on topic to what sunmyser asked, but what's the biggest issue with the metagame atm, and what's your favorite part about playing the tier?
I think the meta's honestly super fine atm. I'd love to see more diversity in playstyles but I think that we like need to get a er "school of thought" dedicated to Stall/HO during specific team tours to really optimize them.
favorite place you've ever lived? (or traveled)
I really enjoyed living in Germany. Public Transport was great as a teen (aka not relying on parents car), I legit did enjoy learning the language, and well, it was "formative years".
if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Honest, Jian Bing (or similar, aka chinese street crepes)
and lastly, who will you be voting for in BATTLE OF THE WEEK?
I wish to see The Number Man and Rabia fight.
What is a cuisine you enjoy eating but cba to cook for yourself?
I love baked goods, but holy hell I am not a good baker. So probably that, eg stuff like Baklava is amazing, but I cannot make it for shit.
What would you want to bring from CAP into NU? Vice Versa?
I've done by best to ensure all the people I know who play NU are now CAP mains, and vice versa would be good.
Are you looking forward to CAPPL II: good players going negative boogaloo?
I will do my best to farm players in ORAS using Mzor.
You're a man of many cultures. What still feels weird to you living in the US?
Honestly going out in the US sorta sucks compared to Europe. Like, compare having to get a group of friends together, ordering an uber, hoping you can get one back, all that jazz vs just like. Yo, lemme go to a friends apartment and walk to where I wanna go.
How buff can a dog get?
If 2spoopy4u is 2 spoopy 4 you but you also made Double Spookies, then who's piloting the plane?!
Is Moltres Galar even viable?
Its a Ghost resist that fits on HO, that's like enough to make it 50% viable.
What animal are we making CAP 30? I think we can import the smogoff horse, it's amazing.
I dont have a specific question. I just want your opinion on food. What you like to cook, favorite foods and restaurants, underrated foods, etc. Basically, rant about good food. Thank you.
So, one of my favored rant topics is well, pancakes for dinner lol. I'm expanding this a bit, but stuff like Crepes filled with Mushrooms, butter, garlic, parsley, bit of cream is a wonderful dinner, even more wonderful if you add some chicken. Another great option is eg some Korean style pulled pork, slaw, spicy Mayo, crushed crackers is an amazing mix of flavors and textures, while the Crepe offers a bit of crispiness, and also ensure that your meal will not spill onto the plate. Just yesterday I had Scallion Pancakes (make these) with Meatballs, Pickled Veg, and some pepper sauce, and its just great. Basically, Crepes are sorta French Tortillas that you can make in literally 30 seconds, have a really nice texture, and are a fairly nice source of well, Carbs for many dinners.
Like others have said, you are a man of many cultures. Where are you originally from/what is your nationality?
US of A
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Honestly, I really loved visiting Italy in terms of the history, food, and just like, the land itself being amazing.
Favorite and least favorite musical genres?
I am semi-basic, but like a mix of Jazz, Synthwave, Metal, a bit of Drum and Bass, (Agalloch is the perfect walking through a forest music), I don't necessarily dislike any music genres, but Pop Country is not good.
Any particular current CAP players who you believe are underrated/deserve more attention?
Sputnik is someone I want to see in terms of growth as a player.
Who is someone in the CAP community that you feel you have developed a good friendship with?
Snake is a really great dude, though getting him active is always a trouble lol.
Will you win the playtest?
I will get to Semis, realize I have too many tours on my plate, and lose in 3 to HO.
big bossman, how you doin? glad to see you up for this v much deserved
now for my 2:30 AM delirious thought questions
if you could make one non-OU mon strong enough to be OU, what would it be and why?
I am pretty like, blatant in my favoritism of Shiftry, but god damn that mon is fun to use. I love using Sucker Punch mons in general, because of the like super intense mindgames you gotta play with them, but "Sucker Punch based Mixed Wallbreaker that's also a SD Sweeper" is super cool, esp when its got just the coolest typing. Ig the summary here is please rework Malaconda into Mega Shiftry. Oh, and also for Birkal Explosion is a key part of its gameplan.
whats the highlight battle of your career so far?
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8cap-1255439139 I liked this game vs Againa in CAPSD. Realistically the highlight is probably a past NUPL match, but my memory is forever shot.
how do you feel about Voodoom buffs so far? How has this run shaped your ideas for future buffs?
I honestly would have preferred an ability change, my favorites being Technician or Electric Surge, but 25 SpA is entirely functional, so like, if it works it works. I think we have a lot of work to do on the buff process, esp with making it a 2 stage (Primary Buff vs Supporting Buffs) process so that it flows better. I don't know if Stat buffs are always going to be the way forward, but they're fairly simple, so like.
where's one place you havent gone that you want to go to someday?
I like mountains and ancient architecture, so honestly I'd love to see the Andes, w.r.t. Incan architecture.
what type of bender would you be? air/earth/fire/water
Probably earth given that I've lowkey dedicated years towards what's basically a type of crystal.
oh and what the hell is a physics????? signed, political "science" major
Every model is wrong, but some are useful.
given how you pronounce your username, what would the acronym "QZL" stand for?
Queso Zone London
What's your dream CAPPL lineup?
Aside from the CAP goats (Stresh), I'd love to get some dedicated NU players in on it, eg I've teamed with Luck o the Irish for ages, and frankly, some fresh blood in CAP is something I'd love.
Who do you expect to have the biggest pricetag this CAPPL? Hard mode: no Stresh and Rabia
Barring Stresh I could see Heaven go for a ton per usual thanks to his knowledge of like 15 CAP metas.
Who's a user that you could see going for way too cheap this CAPPL?
Honestly that depends on managers, I could see RSQ being underbid on though.
Worst food you've ever tasted?
My uni's cafeteria once served me a ridiculously undercooked plate of crawfish that left me unable to stand up for 2 days.
Weirdest decision made for an older cap in your decision?
Taking "older" to mean before I was here. I went through Snaelstrom's movesets, and the singular reason the mon doesn't get Knock Off is because the only moveset that had Knock also had Recover.
How do we eradicate dedicated sun teams that only have Jumbao as a setter?
Remind people that you get like 3 teamslots on sun in general, and jumbao doesn't offer enough to ever be run.
Favourite German word?
Tja is a very simple one, but like, it is amazingly fun to say.
Any nu(or any lower tier) mons with unique playstyles that you'd like to see replicated in cap/ou?
Audino @ Audinite
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
- Thunder Wave
- Dazzling Gleam
- Fire Blast
- Healing Wish
This is the weirdest set that has ever gotten a smogdex set.
Hariyama @ Choice Band
EVs: 252 Atk / 108 Def / 112 SpD / 36 Spe
- Close Combat
- Knock Off
- Stone Edge
- Bullet Punch
Burn damage being 0 means this will never actually exist anymore, but the idea of "I must hard in my breaker on scald so I can 2hko Weezing with Close Combat" is hilarious.
Liepard @ Black Glasses
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
- Nasty Plot
- Dark Pulse
How do we fix ladder
Convince 10 very solid players to spam it for like a month.
Thoughts on this: 252+ SpA Choice Specs Adaptability Crawdaunt Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Tomohawk: 368-434 (88.8 - 104.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Charcoal Smokomodo Eruption (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Tomohawk: 271-319 (65.4 - 77%) -- guaranteed 2HKO