Finally, we’ve hit a bit of a break in the madness of the Pokémon grind—for the last time this season, we’re looking down two straight weekends in which North American players have nothing to do other than League Cups. Of course, League Cups are frequently-enough an “experience” in their own right, so a true break isn’t really coming for those in pursuit of the Top 16 dream this season.
But that’s okay—in a respect, I suppose it’s what we signed up for. With the precedent now for North Americans descending on places like Bogota, Colombia for Special Events now set, next season is going to be even more wild—the best of luck to those of you that decide to take on the pursuit in ’18/19. From the middle of the fray, trust me, it’s a wild ride.
Since I’m there already, I want to briefly touch on a recently-emerged issue. It’s certainly not the fault of the players that seek easier (on a numerical basis, it simply is easier; this is without reasonable dispute) points in places like South America that we’ve now let that genie out of the bottle. The fact that TPCi permits, and by function of their structure, encourages it, it is enough to cleanse those players in my mind. It isn’t their fault that TPCi has created an incentive structure that encourages them to pursue easier events over harder—by extension, damaging the invite potential of the local area’s own players.
If TPCi sees an issue with this behavior—and we don’t know if they do—it’s on them to pursue solutions like region-locking. To be brutally honest, a Best Finish Limit isn’t going to help anything, especially in this area: nobody is going to win enough elsewhere to ever make an “easy” Top 8 a bad value proposition from a Championship Point perspective. From a cost perspective, with the right home airport, it’s amazing how quickly it becomes more viable to fly to Argentina than Oregon.
The landscape in the game is ever-changing; there’s no doubt of that. South America’s Special Events are over for the season—at least as far as I know—but this’ll certainly raise its head again next season. We’ll see what comes from any changes to next season, but it’s an interesting issue that I don’t think will be “resolved” by next year.
Speaking of years, this weekend marked the passing of a year since Alex and I took over the day-to-day here at SixPrizes. We think it’s been a pretty good year, and all indications that we’ve gotten from you are that you largely agree. We’re working on some initiatives behind the scenes, and while nothing has come together solidly enough to make an announcement today, we want to remind that you can always get in touch with us via @SixPrizes, email us support(at)sixprizes.com, or drop Alex or I a line on the forums or social media. We’re always looking to be moving forward in our efforts, and hearing from you is the best way we can do that.
To commemorate our year, we’re offering a brief coupon code campaign—probably running for the next few days. You can use “ANNIVERSARY” for 10% off the first term of any new subscription. If you’re just looking to check us out for the first time, this code gives you a great opportunity to try Underground out for a cheaper cost. We’re headed into the crux of the season; this would be a great time to get a level up on your game!
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