PDL Week 1 Recap

That’s it folks with the conclusion of the HFW vs. MIN game we have completed the first week of the PDL. Every coach give yourselves a pat on the back for an exciting week 1. This is the first step in a very long season so let’s thrive off the momentum of week 1 and push into week 2.

Game Recap:

DEP vs. NJJ : 6-0

NWN vs. BEN: 3-0

HEH vs. NYY: 6-0

SLC vs. VAV: 4-0

BFS vs. SHS: 6-0

TOT vs. COG: 0-5

PIP vs. DCC: 1-0

HFW vs. MIN: 4-0

LOL vs. BAL: 0-2

ITA vs. AUK: 4-0

JAX vs. MIL: 0-5

BLP vs. MID: 0-3

If I were to describe the first week of the PDL in one word it would be Sweeps. A lot of teams this week were able to sweep their opponent, varying from 3-0s to 6-0s. This shows us that we have a lot of good coaches this season that know how to prepare for their opponents and also how much more we need to prepare for our matches in the future. Overall the matches this week, were really good. The first interaction between Coaches and teams is always fun to watch, especially when you compare it to the final week. All of the teams will get better as the weeks go on, and the level on intensity of the matches will follow suit. For this week, If you get time, I’d highly recommend watching the PIP vs. DCC match. It is a close match that showcases both teams week 1 that comes down to the final couple of turns.

Zcron’s Side (PIP): QACW-WWWW-WWWJ-SN4U

Bigby’s Side (DCC): NNXG-WWW-WWWJ-SZ47

Pick’ems

There were 2 people who predicted all 12 games correctly in the Pick’ems, so congrats to The Mysterious L and Thatch! There were a couple of people who missed only 1 or 2 games so it will be interesting to see how things shake up next week. If you want to be a part of the pick’ems remember to fill out the form that Ozzy posts in the Discord every week.

Trades

We only have one trade this week, The DC Crobats drop Celebi and pick up Alomomola. I personally really like this trade, while they are dropping a psychic type they are getting rid of the double grass type they had and picking up another bulky water. This also provides the DC crobats with wish support form Alomomola. How will this trade pan out? Only time will tell.

Interview with Snag

In each weekly recap, I’m going to interview one of the coaches so that we can all learn a little more about their match, their play style, and about them as a person/Pokemon fan. Today we have my Week 1 Opponent to give us an insight into how he prepped for the PDL.

Clod9: Thank you Snag for taking the time out of your busy day educating the youth to answer these questions for the fans. Let’s start at the beginning how did you draft go? Were you happy with your team?

Snag: The draft went well overall. A huge thank you to Lynian who piloted my draft plan and gave advice to wrap it up at the end. I was very happy that I got Garchomp, Cleable, and Jirachi in the first three rounds. I really like draft plan that has an S2 and two T1 mons. The rest of the team filled out well, but some of those I don’t count because of the trade I made right after the draft. The BritishGent and I were able to make a trade that worked out well for the both of us. I was very happy to pick up Magnezone, Virizion, and Piloswine.

C9: What are your goals for this season of PDL?

Snag: PDL is for fun, so I just want to enjoy this meta. I don’t really get much into OU or VGC, so this is a great league to be in. My main goal is just to have a decent showing in my matches… which I haven’t done so far, thanks to you…

C9: Who are most looking forward to battling this season?  

Snag: Heh (no, not the Hershey Herdiers), no one… the Rhyhorn Steakhouse division is littered with people with great accolades to their names.  This year’s league has taken the quality to the next level. I always like a good match against someone who was there in the beginning, like the Nidokings, so I am looking forward to facing The BritishGent and Belper Beedrills and Dennis managing Bedford Necrozma.

C9: Is there anyone you are glad you don’t have to face in the regular season?

Snag: Lynian has been the guy who I talk strategy with since the start of Season 1. I feel like he’d know exactly how to play against me if we went head to head.

C9: Now on to your prep, In general how do you normally prep for another team?

Snag: Oh, you beat me and now you want the rest of the league to know my secrets… I see how it is… well, I write a list of our teams side by side and I try to predict what they are most likely to bring. With that in mind, I start looking at who on my team will be best suited to counter those directly. If time provides, I run calcs to make my team most effective.

C9: Were there times when you wanted to give up and just throw in the towel before the match knowing there was no chance you can win?  

Snag: You just had to rub this in, didn’t you… I am always up for giving it a try, even if it doesn’t look good. After running calcs, it did seem like I had some shot winning in Week 1.

C9: Were there any secret techs that you brought for your matchup against the Hartford Wailmers that didn’t pan out?

Snag: Yeah, unfortunately, and this plays into my biggest blunder. Mandibuzz is super bulky and I thought it would be able to take a Moonblast… well it didn’t and wasn’t able to get off a Defog, which was critical to the mons I had in reserve that had Focus Sashes. Breloom and Dodrio were ready to take out Scolipede, if their sashes hadn’t been broken.

C9: We have reports that your addiction to moo moo milk was the reason you lost. Care to comment?

Snag *hides the bottle and wipes the Moo Moo Milk Mustache from his face*: No.

C9: All jokes aside, you made a couple trades Week 0, how do you feel those mons will help you going forward?

Snag: I feel really solid about that trade, both for my team and The BritishGent. I had Magnezone in Season 1 after a trade, and it really helped my team. It’s a really solid mon. Zcron will be glad to hear that Chronos will be getting some more action this season. I really like Virizion over Breloom. Even though Virizion is T4 and Breloom is T2, I like the stat distribution a lot better. And getting Piloswine is a solid improvement over Emolga. I look forward to integrating them into the team dynamic.

C9: Let’s learn about you as a pokemon Fan. When did you start listening to PUCL?

Snag: It was a little over 2 years ago, just before we had moved to Missouri for Dr. Audino’s work. There was an open writing position when I started so, I applied and that’s how I got more involved.

C9: What pokemon generation did you start with?

Snag: Gen 1. Back in the beginning. I took a little break after Gen 2, because I was in High School and was too embarrassed to keep playing Pokemon, but I picked it back up in College.

C9: What is your favorite region?

Snag: Kalos! So pretty!

C9: Who is your favorite pokemon?

Snag: Alakazam

C9: If you had to pick: Attack or Special Attack?

Snag: Special Attack

C9: What is your battle style:  Stall/Hyper Offense/Bulky Offense/Balance?

Snag: Somewhere between Hyper Offense and Balance.

C9: Do you prefer Speed or Trick Room?

Snag: Speed

C9: What is your favorite Weather; Hail/Sand/Rain or Sun?

Snag: Can I say none? If I had to pick, I’d go Sun. Those one shot Solar Beams are great.

C9: Electric/Misty/Grassy or Psychic Terrain?

Snag: It’s Electric (boogy woogy woogy).

C9: Favorite status to inflict: Sleep/Freeze/Paralysis/Burn or Poison?

Snag: Toxic.

C9: Have you watched the Pokemon anime? If yes, what is your favorite Theme song?

Snag: Yes, I have… I’ve actually watched a lot of it surprisingly… You have to go with the original theme song.

C9: I was informed that you have beaten the olympic curling team? Our readers are dying to know more.

Snag:  Those rumors might have been embellished slightly… I played with one of the Olympic curlers, John Landsteiner, throughout a few years in high school and college. I’ve seen Shuster nearly fall on his face, and my team did beat Tyler George once. They are great guys and have worked really hard to get to where they are now!

C9: Thank you Snag, for joining us today! Tune in next week for another PDL Weekly Recap. Happy Battling.