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The RaNd0m Report

What Makes a Great Player

             This question is a question asked by everyone. Many people I know are great players, and really, you don’t even have to WIN to be a great player. A lot of people are like, oh geez, he’s going into a corny topic… but it’s true. Honestly, what matters about the game that people just don’t seem to get, is that it’s there to be FUN! Fun to meet people. Fun to enjoy a game. Not fun because you win. =/

            With the help of a good friend named CRIMINAL, we came up with 3 topics of what it takes to become a great player.

  1. The topic of Arrogance vs. Humbleness. – This is actually a big one. Some people I know are extremely arrogant about winning, and if they lose, you cheat. That is a problem. People need to realize that sometimes you DO lose, and it isn’t always a coinflip that beats you. Nor is it always backwash. (Backwash is a cheat script for apprentice, the program used online for pokemon.) I mean, sometimes it’s NOT a bad idea to say “Great game, you honestly did great!”. People respect people who do stuff like that. I’m not saying being arrogant is a TOTALLY bad thing; it can be a great quality. I mean, sometimes arrogance is striving to do better. However, maybe the issue is just about being nice to a person if you lose to them. =/
  2. The topic of Luck vs. Odds. – Good players will NOT base their decks on luck. Examples are these: First off, a player that plays Quilfish over Wooper. Now no doubt Quilfish has a first attack that is semi-good, but if your playing for the attack “Needle Storm” over the attack of Wooper “Slam”, then you’re a luck player. Slam has an average damage of 20, while needle averages 10. Odds is basing yourself on a chance of flipping heads ½. Luck is when your basing yourself on getting heads a lot. Not a good idea at all. Also, when you’re building a deck, make sure you have good odds at drawing a drawing power card. If you play 2 Professor Oak in your deck, you have a 1/30 chance of drawing that! But when you play 4 Professor Oak, 4 Professor Elm, 4 Computer Search, 4 Cleffa, and 4 Bill it narrows down to 1/3, which are great odds.
  3. The topic of Originality vs. No Originality. – To some people, this is no big topic. To me, it is. This includes whether you build your own decks and ideas, or if you just copy decks off of PoJo’s Killer Deck Reports. (To those of you, trust me, I know you do… I was you once =P) I mean, do you sit there at your house looking through your cards and developing combos yourself? Or are you one who will just hear an idea online, hurry to your bedroom upstairs and shout, “Darn! I don’t have that one card that one guy said I should play >=\”. Do you like to play evolution? To build up killer strategies to beat your opponent in a fun way? Or do you develop decks that you’ve heard of that can win.

So, where do you end up?

If you are at least 2/3 of the topics on the right, Congratulations, you’re a great player! If you are at least 2/3 of the topics on the left, you’re still working on becoming a “master”. I wish you all luck, and consider what I’ve said. Pokemon is a game. Although many of us online have no lives, (including me ;p) we need to realize it is only a game. What should matter to you guys most is that you meet all these awesome people through this website, the chatroom, and the STS’s.

~ RaNd0m is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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