PDL Week 7 Recap

The buzzer goes off as the teams return from half time here in the PDL. We got one more half to go to the regular season before playoffs, let’s see how well these teams did in their first week into the second half of the season.

DEP Vs. VAV: 0-3

NWN Vs. HFW: 0-4

HEH Vs. BFS: 0-6

TOT Vs. BLP: 0-2

SHS Vs. MIL: 0-2

COG Vs. NYY: 3-0

SLC Vs. BEN: 4-0

NJJ Vs. DCC: 0-5

MID Vs. AUK: 2-0

PIP Vs. LOL: 1-0

ITA Vs. JAX: 2-0

BAL Vs. MIN: 0-5

 

Things are really shaping up, as we move into the back half of the season. Teams are becoming comfortable with their teams (Or everyone makes a bunch of trades… see below for more details) and showing the entire league that they are not a team to be taken lightly. COG remains at the top of the standings being the only undefeated team while others are following close behind. Every week we are shown some great tech and fun moves, whether it be metronome on a mew or HYDRO CANNON from a Greninja. Remember to keep your favorites in mind, and bring out the spicier tech in the future.

Now that we are in the second half of the season we start looking at how things might shape up for playoffs and well… at this point it is not pretty. There are no teams that have clinched their playoff spot but there are several that are very close. In the preliminary analysis that I have done, a lot of spots/standings are going to be determined during the last week which should make for some exciting drama as we approach the closing weeks. When we know more information I’ll post more elaborate details about how each team and achieve playoffs.

Pick’ems

Pick’ems overall have improved but are seeming to be near impossible to hit all 12 correct now that things have started and teams are improving. This week the best predictors only got 10 correct. There are currently 5 people at the top of the standings all within 1 point of each other so this race will be a tight one. Keep on picking and you too can get a shoutout if you call all 12 correctly.

Trades

Now for TheBritishGent’s favorite section trades and boy were there a lot of trades this week so lets get this started.

May 9, 2018 NJJ Blastoise Free Agent Rotom-W
May 9, 2018 NJJ Buzzwole Free Agent Heracross-Mega
May 9, 2018 NJJ Probopass Free Agent Liepard
May 9, 2018 MIL Altaria-Mega Free Agent Latias-Mega
May 9, 2018 MIL Magneton NWN Qwilfish
May 9, 2018 NWN Qwilfish MIL Magneton
May 9, 2018 NWN Electivire Free Agent Regice
May 9, 2018 JAX Kangaskhan HEH Regigigas
May 9, 2018 HEH Regigigas JAX Kangaskhan
May 9, 2018 MIL Qwilfish Free Agent Breloom
May 9, 2018 MIL Sigilyph Free Agent Togetic
May 10, 2018 NYY Tapu Bulu Free Agent Venusaur-Mega
May 13, 2018 BAL Suicune Free Agent Politoed
May 13, 2018 BAL Kadabra Free Agent Seismitoad

 

The New Jersey Jolteon uses all 3 of their Free Agent Trades picking up Rotom-W, Mega-Heracross and Liepard which i think adds some great fire power and utility to their team that they were lacking. The Miami Lanturns go through a mess of trades this week to better their roster for their upcoming games. To start they Drop M-Altaria for M-Latias and then trade Magneton to the Norwalk Nosepass for Qwilfish. Then they drop Qwilfish and Siglyph for Breloom and Togetic. These transactions really boost the bulk of their team while adding type coverage that they were lacking. The Norwalk Nosepass also drop Electivire for Regice. Jacksonville Jangmo-o’s trade Kangaskhan to the Hershey Herdiers  for Regigigas. New York Yanmegas drop Tapu Bulu for M-Venusaur. We had one more team make trades right at the deadline for the week being the Baltimore Oricorios. They drop Suicune and Kadabra for Politoed and Seismitoad.

Interview with SavageFire765

This week I’m joined by SavageFire765

Clod9: Thank you SavageFire765 for joining us this week. Let’s start off simple, how did your draft go in your opinion?

SF: In my opinion, my draft went very well. I had very little of my desired Pokémon sniped, and the only one I really wanted but didn’t get was Lucario. Though now I feel that with some trades my team feels like it is smoother, with more coverage for things that used to go badly.

C9: With the season half over, how have things gone thus far and how do you think you will fare in the second half

SF: The reason I signed up for the PDL was to have a fun way of introducing myself into competitive battling, and it has been great since the start. I started off with the 6-0 losses that I pretty much knew I would get, but I’ve gotten a lot better at battling against opponents this season and I think that I may start to pick up some wins soon!

C9: Who are most looking forward to battling this season?
SF: The team I’m most looking forward to now is battling DEP with Shamu. He’s had a great lesson and it will be not only a game I will have to work hard to prep for, but I want to give him a run for his money.

C9: Is there anyone you are glad you don’t have to face in the regular season?
SF: To be fair, there isn’t anyone I don’t want to face this season. However, if there was one person I would choose to battle with this season is H3nz and the SHS.

C9: Why did you choose the team name, Toronto Tyrantrums?
SF: At home I’ve been getting more into basketball with my friends lately, and Toronto’s basketball team is the Toronto Raptors. I thought that since Tyrantrum was a Dinosaur too it would be a good pick. I also really like Tyrantrum as a Pokémon and I though that “Toronto Tyrantrum” had a good ring to it.

C9: Were there any secret techs that you brought for your matchups that you didn’t get to showcase?
SF: One I’ve been doing that’s a meme isn’t really a secret, it’s my Metronoming Mew, who has been hugely successful. A cosmic power to tank a u-turn can tell you that. As well as there were a few that I can do now that I will have Lucario soon, but the main tech I’ve been waiting to pull out until now and I assure you, it is evil… But for now one tech that I want to work on is getting to build a really tanky Alolan Raticate and then having some fun memes with that.

C9: Who would you say is the mon you are most excited to use on your team this year?
SF: The mon I was most excited to use this year was Crobat, as he has insane speed and attack, I think he’s really been showing that in the past couple games as he has been piling up the bodies recently, we can expect more to come.

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

SF: I started listening to PUCL late last year, actually. It was around October when my family took a trip into California. I can’t play Pokémon on car rides, so instead I searched for Pokémon podcasts, and I saw PUCL. Little did I know that it would have this great of an effect on me.

C9:What pokemon generation did you start with?

SF: I was late coming to the pokemon party, my first generation was Black 2/White 2. However, I found the story so rich I wanted to buy the next game right away.

C9: What is your favorite region?

SF: Hmm. I would have to say that my favourite region is either Alola or Kalos. Kalos’ region had such beautiful landscaping in the towns and really gave you the feel like you were in France, and I love Alola not only because I like the new Sandslash (which most people don’t know) is also because I’ve been to Hawaii quite a fair bit of times now, and the Pokémon interpretation of it is spot on, even there being malasadas everywhere.

C9: Who is your favorite pokemon?

SF: My favourite Pokémon is Tyrantrum. I always loved fossil Pokémon as a kid, and when Tyrantrum took the stage, I was obviously in love. I really love his enormous head, and to add to my liking, when I got him in my playthrough of gen 6, He had his hidden ability, rock head. So I had an easily spammable 120 base power move to carry me.

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

SF: Attack all the way. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good special attacker on my side, but attack is always what suited my needs, and if I really felt like it I would even choice band that attack.

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

SF: In my junior years of playthrough, I undoubtedly stuck to hyper offense, pretty much able to blow through any Pokémon who had a remote chance of harming me. However, as life progressed and I got into VGC, I’ve been Nuzlocking games to practice the more Balance/Offensive style.

C9: Do you prefer Speed or Trick Room?

SF: Oh please. Why would you trick room unless you want to meme. If you have a great speedy character, you can just blast ‘em. Plus, nothing a stall can’t take care of!

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

SF: I prefer sun. I love using Pokémon that know solar beam when I’m playing battle spot, and my Mega-’zard Y loves doing drought solar beams on unsuspecting water types.

C9: Electric/Misty/Grassy or Psychic Terrain?

SF: I like Misty terrain because I love playing against someone who goes for a supersonic and they forget about the misty terrain. It can be effective to make the opponent lose a turn of two.

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

SF: I would say Poison, but recently that has changed to Freeze. After playing my game against Seth Vilo and his Kyurem froze me for more than 10 turns, I had a good laugh and decided that freeze was better.

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

SF: I have watched the most recent Pokémon anime and whatever I can find on Netflix. My favourite theme though, is the original “gotta catch em all” theme. It’s clearly the best.

C9: Will you be participating in other pucl events like the Summer League?

SF: I really wish I could do things like the summer league the whole summer, but I cannot, as I have “summer camp” to go to which is like the camp in the X&Y anime. If I can make time to play in august, however, I will be competing for sure!
C9: Thank you once again for joining us this week! Good luck in your future battles! That’s all the time we have this week. See y’all again next time!