Hello 6P! Welcome back to a new article! The weekend just passed and we’re celebrating two things. One, I won one of my local SPE’s, after two Top 16 placements in the previous installments, which felt really good. I used Golisopod/Zoroark for the tournament, despite the assumed bad match up against Buzzwole/Lycanroc, but I’ll get into more on that later. Two, we’re back to number 2 in the Latin America ranking, sitting pretty comfortable at 1495 CP.
After a rocky 2018 year, it’s genuinely a big relief to have a 500+ CP point gap between me and 5th place, which means (assuming the Travel Awards and Stipends work the same) I should be good to go in terms of earning two Travel Awards: Day 2 for Worlds in Nashville and the upcoming EUIC wherever it is held. I’m hoping it’s not London again, but if it is then I’ll be happy to go back! I’m genuinely happy to be in this position. I was hoping it wouldn’t take me all the way until June to get there, but the miserable results I’ve had in the second half of the season are the reason why it took this long.
With that small blurb on my status ranking wise out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the article: how did I come to the conclusion that Golisopod/Zoroark would be a good play for the Special Event?
To finish up this article, I want to touch upon the final tournament before NAIC: Mexico City Regionals. I haven’t had a weekend without playing Pokémon since the LATAM IC back in April. It’s been a very intense 2 months of playing, and I can honestly say I’m burned out.
I love competing, I love traveling, but this season was definitely too much. I don’t know what will fix this, a BFL, no BFL, more events, less events, etc. What I do know is that it is completely up to me to determine how I go about next season, and my plan is to not be so intense.
I’ve come to the decision that the difference between an $1000 stipend or a $2500 travel award is not worth this level of exhaustion from me. Time is something I value over anything, as it’s so precious and limited. As I’m trying to formulate my plan for next season, I wanted to look back at everywhere I went and everything that happened during the season.
So far, it’s looking like I’m going to impose a 1 major event per month limit for me. Dedicating 1 weekend to traveling per month, and another 1 for Cups, seems like a reasonable balance between Pokémon and non-Pokémon activities. I will also be prioritizing Internationals thanks to the stipends, but also Standard format events over Expanded. It was no surprise to me after reviewing my season that most of my good performances this season were in Standard, which is not only a healthier format, but also the one that for one reason or another, you end up practicing the most. And obviously, more practice means better results.
I will actively be avoiding Expanded next season, except for Dallas and perhaps Anaheim simply due to ease of accessibility, but I will definitely choose not to attend certain Regionals despite the amazing organizer or location, simply because of that. This goes hand in hand with Christopher’s article yesterday analyzing attendance, and it’s a conclusion I came to after seeing the amount of time required to prepare adequately for both formats. I know I can do it but I’m just choosing not to. This will really help in this life balance that I’m trying to work on for the following season.
And that will wrap up my article for today! I’m looking forward to next weekend, then NAIC, and I will be giving my best at both events as always. Winning this past weekend was a confidence booster I really needed, and with that out of the way, I’m looking forward to defend my home turf and then compete against the best in the world one last time before the World Championships! Thanks for reading and until next time!
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