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    My 15th Anniversary RMT - The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master (USUM Pure Pokémon)

    Post by Immanent God LANCE on Mon 26 Nov - 15:10

    The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master





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    Greetings and salutations to the world of Pokémon battling. Today is one of the most significant days in the entire history of the Pokémon battling world itself, for numerous reasons.

    Firstly, today marks the first anniversary of the day on which a great conflict in the Pokémon battling world began. A power struggle of grand proportions, which started with one of the darkest days in the history of the Pokémon battling world - a day that clearly demonstrated the incredibly biased and corrupt nature of the Smogon University - the very community that prides itself upon being self-proclaimed as "the authority on competitive Pokémon." The conflict that began exactly one year ago was one of great stakes, which far surpassed that of any other event to have ever happened in Smogon history. A conflict involving the righteous doxxing, harassment, and public exposure of three reprobates who thought it would be a good idea to express their insolence and defiance before a certain man. A conflict that revolves around the aforementioned man, and highlights the courage, justice, and nobility that he embodies, as shown by his will and ability to continuously fight against evil, despite the overwhelming amount of opposition he has to face as a result of confronting injustice.

    Secondly, it was roughly five years ago today which was when a grand celebration took place. It was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the time the aforementioned man had spent participating in Pokémon battles on online Pokémon battling simulators, embodied by his legendary BW2 Balanced Hackmons RMT, Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, which he had posted on ten different websites across the internet. In the introduction of his 10th Anniversary RMT, the man had written a long and riveting tale, which recounted the entire story of his history as a Pokémon Trainer, spanning from the day when he first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle, to the day on which the RMT was posted. Just like in the story of his recent conflict with the Smogon community that began exactly one year ago, the story that was written in Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland also highlighted the strength and moral character of the man, as shown by his ability to continuously participate in Pokémon battles using whatever he wanted to use, including one-hit KO moves and other strategies that were highly frowned upon by the Pokémon battling community, as well as Pokémon, moves, and strategies that were widely considered to be unviable by the Pokémon community. And the story told in the introduction of Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland both emphasised and celebrated the courage that allows the man to continuously battle using the aforementioned strategies... in spite of the extremely harsh persecutions he has been met with, due to his refusal to conform to the expectations of others in the Pokémon battling community.

    Thirdly, yet another extremely notable event also happened approximately five years ago, and in fact, it occurred only ten days after the celebration embodied by Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland took place. It was an event that was very similar to what happened on the 26th of November, 2017, in the sense that it began with the Smogon community - its Ubers community, to be specific - demonstrating the worst of itself, with the corruption, bias, and injustices that happened against the creator of Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland himself on that day being followed by a massive conflict. The great conflict that began on the 21st of October, 2013 was centered around the exact same man around whom the conflict that started exactly one year ago today was centered. However, the power struggle that was initiated back in 2013 did not involve doxxing, so it was not quite as brutal as the more recent conflict. But it was, nonetheless, a massive war that was characterized by extremely harsh and brutal insults; trolling; impersonation, humiliation and degradation of various authority figures on Pokémon Showdown!; as well as the frequent demonstration of the ability to undermine "authority" on Pokémon Showdown! by evading bans, mutes, and other punishments almost infinitely. It was a power struggle that was fought against several authority figures within Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, by the members of the strongest clan in the entire history of the Pokémon battling world itself - a clan that was led by three individuals, two of whom being the very two Living Legends of the entire Pokémon battling world itself.

    Fourthly, it was about nine years ago which was when the aforementioned hero won a DPP OU tournament on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy, which earned him the position of Clan Leader in the first Pokémon clan he ever joined, the legendary Dragon Rush clan - the very clan that would later give birth to the similarly glorious Dragon Masters and Heavenly Dragon Gods clans.

    Fifthly, it was roughly fourteen years ago today which was when the Smogon University was first created. Of course, given the nature of that pathetic website, its creation was hardly a noteworthy event in Pokémon history. What was noteworthy about December 2004, however, was the conflict that began at the time, when the founder of Smogon, of all people, made the decision to change a certain Smogon user's avatar to an extremely offensive image, while removing his ability to edit his avatar back, and banning the user when he decided to register new accounts in order to evade the abuse. However, it was at that time which was when Smogon made its biggest blunder, not so much because of what its founder did, but rather, because of the very user he chose to mess with. Because the abusive actions of Smogon's founder at the time when his website and community was first created... were the very actions that would eventually lead to the rise of Smogon's number one enemy.

    Finally, and most importantly, it was almost fifteen years ago which was when the legend of the very man spoken of above first began. About a year before Smogon was even created, it was a hot December night, back in 2003, when a twelve year old Australian boy, who happened to be a massive fan of Pokémon - dragon Pokémon, in particular - downloaded Pokémon NetBattle. At the time, there was absolutely nothing whatsoever that was noteworthy about the boy's Pokémon battling skills. After all, he believed that Hyper Beam was the best move in the game, and he thought that a team consisting of Aerodactyl, Charizard, Gyarados, Kingdra, Tyranitar and Dragonite was the ultimate team in Generation II. What was noteworthy about the boy, however, was the sheer potential that he possessed. Because within less than six months after he first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle, he had already become the world's Greatest Pokémon Master, while his history of courage, righteousness, and participation in numerous power struggles in the years that would come, as very briefly touched upon in the above paragraphs, would eventually exalt him to the position of the single greatest hero the entire history of the Pokémon battling world has ever seen.


    The hero spoken of in the above paragraphs is none other than myself. But exactly who am I, you may ask? I am a man who has been known by countless different usernames across history. When I first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle back in December 2003, the first name I used was Dragon Master366. However, many other names I have used throughout time include ACCLAIM, Master of DaUniverse, PokéMaster Forever, Chaosmare, DragonNinja1337, CHAMPION LANCE, Ultimate Champion, Pokémon Trainer R, Transcendent God Champion, Immanent God LANCE, R The Resurrection, and チャンピオンワタル.

    Depending on the community in question, as well as the time period in history, the names I have most often been referred to by others are ACCLAIM (on the Neoseeker Pokémon forums), MoDU or MoTU (short for Master of DaUniverse, or Master of The Universe, on Pokémon NetBattle and Ignazio's Arena), PokéMaster Forever (by the people of early Smogon), DN (short for DragonNinja1337, by the people of GameFAQs' Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal boards in 2005-2007), PTR (short for Pokémon Trainer R, by the people of Smogon's Ubers community), and, most famous of them all, Lance. However, the name by which I most prefer to identify myself with is actually my title - The Great Pokémon Master - something that should be obvious to anyone who has read the introduction of Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland.

    The birth of a legend, which happened in December of 2003, was already celebrated almost ten years after the event, with Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland. But now that the fifteenth anniversary of the aforementioned event is drawing near, yet another RMT has been created, in order to celebrate it once again. However, this time, the decision has been made for the grandeur of this RMT to surpass even that of Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland itself, due to the consideration of various factors pertaining to the recent state of the Pokémon battling community.

    It is not uncommon, in the world of Pokémon battling today, to hear the utterance of my name, despite the pathetic attempts of various cowards - most notably those who reside within Smogon's Anything Goes and Other Metagames communities - to censor and ban all mentions of my name, out of a desire to erase my entire presence from Pokémon history, and murder me in a figurative sense. After all, I embody everything they fear and despise, since I am the man who has undermined the beloved "social hierarchy" of their community countless times over the past fourteen years. I am the man who not only purposely did everything within my power to "step out of line" according to the ridiculously biased double standards of their community, but I continued to do so long after I was called out on doing so, as a clear demonstration of just how far above the Smogon community I stand. And this is only natural, considering the fact that I have stood as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master before their entire eyesore of a community even came into existence. And every time doxxing - a phenomenon that occurs on almost a daily basis on Smogon nowadays, from what I have heard - happens, my name is immediately brought in people's minds, even when I am not the one behind the doxxing.

    However, the aforementioned fear and hatred of me is still not enough to completely erase my existence from the memories of the Pokémon battling community, due to my absolutely unparalleled accomplishments over the past fifteen years, in terms of both Pokémon battling, as well as power struggles. But unfortunately, it has been enough to cause a massive distortion in the way in which my legend is commonly understood and interpreted nowadays, as evident from the sheer number of rumors people have been spreading about me over the past year.

    As a result of their ignorance of simple Pokémon history, some people believe that the history of my conflicts with the Smogon community began on the night of November 26, 2017, rather than the very same month on which Smogon was first created.

    Some believe that my actions on the night of November 26, 2017, as well as the days that followed, were not a direct and righteous response of defiance to a certain bundle of sticks' clear, unjust, and biased attempt to rearrange and establish social hierarchies, by unbanning someone I had personally banned from Pokémon Showdown!'s Anything Goes room. On the contrary, many believe that my actions on that night were acts of sheer and undirected anger, caused by a certain African-American thief I battled, who performed a dishonorable act which only served to, unfortunately, reinforce the stereotypes surrounding those of his skin color.

    Others believe that my actions on the night of November 26, as well as many of my actions thereafter, such as doxxing, were symptoms of pure and simple insanity on my part.

    Some believe that I agree and sympathize with the ideologies of the Third Reich.

    Some believe that I have quit Pokémon permanently, despite the fact that I have, on numerous occasions, explicitly stated that not only was I merely taking a temporary, albeit very long break from the game, but that I was definitely going to return eventually.

    Some believe that my disappearance from the Pokémon battling world after November 26, whether it may be temporary or permanent, was caused solely or primarily by the events of that night, rather than a fading passion for the game of Pokémon battling, which proceeded from a large number of factors surrounding the game at the time - many of which were the same factors that had resulted in my three month-long disappearance from the Pokémon battling community between July and November of 2017.

    Some believe that I no longer possess the ability to access the Smogon forums, Pokémon Showdown!, and/or the Smogon Discord servers, as a result of various bans that have been placed upon me, despite the fact that bans from Pokémon Showdown! are notoriously short-lasting, and despite my long history of ban evasions on the Smogon forums and Pokémon Showdown!, as most clearly demonstrated during my conflict with various authority figures in Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, which took place back in late 2013 and most of 2014.

    Some automatically assume that any kind of doxxing that occurs within the Smogon community, or at least, any kind of doxxing of the same three reprobates I have personally doxxed before, is my doing, despite the fact that numerous Smogon users who are clearly not me, and have no connections whatsoever with me, have doxxed the aforementioned low-life scum before.

    Shockingly, some people, as of late, have been spreading the idea that I am not even a skilled Pokémon Trainer, let alone the world's Greatest Pokémon Master.

    But most shockingly, there appears to be many people who actively deny my position as a morally good person, let alone the greatest hero the entire history of the Pokémon battling world has ever seen.

    Many of these rumors can be attributed to a thread that was created by a certain girl-wannabe tranny of Smogon's Other Metagames community. The thread attempted to tell a story about me, but it was ripe with countless inaccuracies, which would make one question how a person whose IQ is not even high enough to figure out that he is male, rather than female, could possibly think that he has any business whatsoever with writing about history.

    But nonetheless, aside from the misinformation that has been spread about me, there also appears to be a general lack of knowledge regarding many of the most notable and defining events in the tale embodied by the Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master himself. These extremely important, yet often forgotten events include the very achievements of mine in 2004 that first earned me my position as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master; my conquest of Pokémon Online's DW Ubers ladder; the time when Sasha the Master and I were first declared as the two Living Legends of the entire world of Pokémon battling; the fusion of my Dragon Rush clan with Sasha's [Masters] clan in order to form the legendary Dragon Masters clan; as well as many, many other events.

    In response to the sheer degree of ignorance that has plagued the minds of countless people in the Pokémon battling community, in regards to their understanding of the tale embodied by my legend... I shall take this opportunity to demonstrate my magnanimity, by shedding light upon the truth about myself and my own history as a Pokémon Trainer. While an RMT would normally not be the appropriate place for this, a text that serves to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the day when I first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle is certainly an exception, especially when such a revelation only contributes to the glory of the celebration itself.

    Of course, truth be told, I actually do not expect that which I am about to write to change much about the way I am viewed by the Pokémon battling community in general. That is because my experience dealing with the people of the Pokémon battling community over the past fifteen years tells me that not only do they, in general, have very little interest in learning about the truth regarding any matter, but they are also, at the same time, generally highly interested in pretending to have knowledge about the truth, and utilizing their imagination, as well as their emotions and desires, to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. And thus, even in spite of everything I am about to explain, many people will most likely not even bother to exert the amount of effort necessary to read and understand it. Yet, despite their lack of will to learn, they will most likely pretend, and fool themselves into believing that they possess genuine knowledge and understanding anyway, while they will also continue to tell others their distorted versions of my tale, spreading misinformation like cancer as a result.

    But that is fine, because that which many people succeed or fail to perceive or understand is not important... in respect to the very nature of such people themselves. In the same way that it is hardly a tragedy to witness a group of dogs and monkeys standing before a beautiful painting, only to fail to appreciate the beauty of said painting, or even distinguish the painting itself from the wall on which it hangs. None among the intelligent need to be concerned about the failure on the part of the dogs and monkeys, for said failure cannot detract from the elegance of the painting. In the same way, the failure on the part of those who stand around and attempt to behold and understand the tale of my legend does not, in any way, take away from the grandeur of my history. Yet, a text that tells my story must be written, not for anyone to read, but rather, for the sake of the completeness of the universe itself.

    The complete story of my history as a Pokémon Trainer is long, grand, and glorious, and I realize that not many people would have the patience to read it all. Thus, before I move on to tell the Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master in its complete form, I shall first state ten facts about myself, in descending order of importance, as a way to summarize the answer to the question of who I really am, and paint an accurate picture of the most notable aspects of myself, as well as my history and legend.


    Fact #1: I am the single Greatest Pokémon Master to have ever walked under the Sun, and I earned this position all the way back in 2004, when I achieved a win-loss record of 200-10 on three different servers on Pokémon NetBattle, as well as a win-loss record of 384-17 on the Battledome server.

    Fact #2: Between Generation V and Generation VII, I have reached #1 on 58 different ladders across 10 different servers and 22 different metagames throughout Pokémon Online, Pokémon Showdown!, and PokeBattle. You can see all of my ladder peaks here, although some of the links no longer work, unfortunately.

    Fact #3: Alongside Sasha the Master, I am one of the only two Living Legends in the entire world of Pokémon battling.

    Fact #4: I am the single greatest hero the entire world of Pokémon battling has ever seen. Due to my strong sense of justice, I have been in conflict with the Pokémon battling community in some way or another throughout most of the time in which I have existed as a Pokémon Trainer, and the periods in history in which I have co-existed at peace with the rest of the community were mostly short and far between. The moral values that guide me in my fight against evil are explained in detail here.

    Fact #5: I have led three glorious Pokémon clans throughout history. The first was Dragon Rush, which I led alongside aLiEn Mw between New Year's Eve at the end of 2009 and the 22nd of June, 2013, when Sasha and I would fuse our clans together in order to form the Dragon Masters clan. The second was Dragon Masters, which I led alongside aLiEn Mw and Sasha between the day of its formation and the 16th of June, 2014, when Sasha and I would split the Dragon Masters clan, due to a conflict in ideology, resulting in the creation of the Heavenly Dragon Gods clan, which I have led alongside aLiEn Mw between the day of its formation and now.

    Fact #6: I have played and succeeded at many different Pokémon metagames across the generations, but my three main tiers of expertise, historically, are Ubers, Balanced Hackmons, and Pure Pokémon (the last of which is better known as "Anything Goes" by the Smogon community, but I refuse to call this tier by the name Smogon has given it, since this tier was not created by Smogon, and has nothing to do with Smogon, for that matter).

    Fact #7: Including The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, I have created a total of fourteen different RMT threads. These include the famous BW2 Ubers team, The Blazing Glaciers, the equally famous ORAS Pure Pokémon team, TheAbsolutePower, as well as, of course, the legendary BW2 Balanced Hackmons hail team, Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland.

    Fact #8: I have battled using a wide variety of different playstyles throughout the many metagames and generations, but the three most iconic facets of my battling style are my use of one-hit KO moves in Generation II, my use of the Magic Sun (Groudon + Espeon + Ho-Oh) strategy in Generation V Ubers, as well as my use of stall teams in later metagames and generations, especially those that include Toxic Spikes, Lugia, and/or Giratina.

    Fact #9: In the entire world of Pokémon battling, I am most likely the single person who has been most vocal about various philosophical or practical concepts relating to Pokémon Mastery, the most notable of which including the importance of hax resilience in teambuilding, the importance of the application of the law of large numbers in measuring team quality and trainer skill, as well as other related concepts, such as the value of all-around excellent teams, and the idea of one thousand battles to determine trainer skill.

    Fact #10: Although I have battled with many different Pokémon throughout the metagames and generations, the most common recurring Pokémon on my teams are Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Giratina. Other Pokémon that are iconic to me include Dragonite (especially with Horn Drill), White Kyurem (for symbolic reasons as much as for me being known to have used this Pokémon on some teams), Mewtwo, Focus Sash Espeon, Swagger Klefki, Perish Song Arceus-Steel, Unaware Clefable, and Tentacruel.


    Despite my position as the Greatest Pokémon Master, many people throughout history have questioned my positioned as such, or even a skilled Pokémon Trainer, for that matter. However, in response, all I really have to say is this: At the end of the day, the people who deny my skill at Pokémon battling all fall under one of only two categories:

    Category 1: People who deny my skill due to what I use in battle.

    Category 2: People who deny my skill due to their decision to look at specific losses of mine in battle, while conveniently completely ignoring the fact that, when looking at the big picture, the total number of my victories is far greater than the total number of my defeats.

    People who fall under Category 1 include those on Pokémon NetBattle who called me skilless for using one-hit KO moves, Über Pokémon, Skarmory + Blissey on the same team, Hidden Power on legendary Pokémon or Eeveelutions, as well as many other things that they defined as "cheap," due to their inability to beat such things, or simply due to the nature of the Pokémon battling community's culture at the time. Category 1 also includes people on later Pokémon battling simulators who denied my skill due to my decision to break the Species Clause, or use various strategies they disliked, such as SmashPass, Swagger + Foul Play, Moody Glalie, and, by far most commonly, stall teams. As far as those who fall under Category 1 are concerned, I do not believe that I need to do anything except link to this article by Sirlin.

    People who fall under Category 2 include those who deny my skill due to the fact that they managed to defeat me in one battle, or even those who may hold a positive win-loss record against me, despite the fact that my win-loss record against the entire metagame and over an extremely large number of battles, where variance is evened out by the law of large numbers, is better than theirs. Category 2 also includes people who deny my skill by citing the fact that my win-loss record happens to be negative within a small number of battles in a few specific tournaments in which I have participated, while, at the same time, completely ignoring the vast majority of my achievements, which happen to take place outside of the few specific tournament battles certain people choose to speak about. People who fall under Category 2 are basically the type who would witness me achieving a win-loss record of 950-50 over 1,000 battles, where all luck is more or less evened out in the long run, and yet, they would still choose to deny my skill by pointing towards my 50 losses. Bonus points if a significant portion of the small number of battles of mine on which people choose to focus happen to be battles in which I was blatantly unlucky with RNG and other similar factors.

    Also... despite my position as the greatest hero the world of Pokémon battling has ever seen, I am well aware of the fact that many people throughout history have claimed otherwise.

    "PokéMaster Forever was a terrible user, he trolled Smogon and GameFAQs for years."
    "PTR is a horrid person. He has a massive ego, has insulted and impersonated my friends in the Ubers room, and spreads toxicity to the members of his clan."
    "Lance is obviously a bad guy. He abused his power, posted Nazi propaganda, said homophobic, transphobic and racist things, and has doxxed and harassed several users."
    "We are aware of the things some people have done to Lance, but this doesn't justify his responses."
    "It's definitely not justifiable for Lance to do everything he has done just because of [insert reason why they think I did what I did, even though it isn't the real reason]."

    ...are some of the things many would say. And in today's Anything Goes and Other Metagames communities, the mere mention of my name is forbidden, because doing so often sparks debates about whether I am in the right or in the wrong, and certain people wish to silence those who actually possess the intelligence necessary to see that I am in the right.

    But honestly, to all those who choose to negatively judge the morality of my actions and character... I would advise that you save your breath and keep your ignorance to yourself. I am well aware of the fact that back in 2014, I myself had written an entire guide to ethics. But as the years have passed since then... I have grown increasingly disgusted with listening to others speak about the topic of morality and ethics, since I have realized how pointless it really is to debate about this topic. As I explained at the end of A Guide To Ethics, I cannot prove what is right and what is wrong to others. Just like how, if I were to look up at the sky one night when I am alone, and briefly see a UFO that no one else sees, I would not be able to prove to anyone else that there was a UFO in the sky that night. Yet, this makes no change in the fact that I must believe that there was a UFO in the sky that night, and act and speak as if that is true. In the same way, I cannot deny the information that my conscience has revealed to me about morality.

    What does this tell you? It tells you that what you think about the morality of my actions is of no importance, and does not concern me. Just like how a lion does not care about the thoughts and desires of the deer it hunts. Rather than wasting your time coming up with explanations regarding why I am in the wrong, you should make things more interesting for me... by trying to do that which no one in the history of Smogon has ever succeeded at before: coming up with a way to stop me.

    Smogon has had to deal with my existence ever since their pathetic website was created in December of 2004. Yet, not only have they never succeeded in defeating me for good, despite the countless times they have banned me from their forums, but they have also demonstrated their unparalleled foolishness, by welcoming me into their community with open arms despite my past history with them... not once, but twice.

    The Ubers community desired and tried very hard to stop the chaos that me and my clanmates were causing in their Pokémon Showdown! room, and at various times, they even had to get multiple Global Moderators to enter the room just to handle the riot... but in the end, the only thing that could stop the conflict was my own will.

    The doxxing that has been plaguing the Smogon community began on the 6th of January, 2018. We are now almost a year into this... but as you can all tell, there are no signs that the doxxing will ever stop. Why? Because I don't want it to stop, and no one possesses the power to stop me - and that's not even touching upon the others who have begun doxxing by themselves, independently on me, for fun. It's not even a question of wrath. The simple fact of the matter is, I find doxxing to be fun, and I will continue to do so for as long as it entertains me. It's like a kid entertaining himself by pulling out the legs of a helpless insect... except, while the kid is not morally justified in his method of entertainment, I am. And the worthless ants on Smogon have no one but themselves to blame for said moral justification on my part, regardless of whether or not they agree that I am justified, as I have explained before. I also intend to expand the number of my doxxing targets as I see fit, and I shall smile as I watch the community that dared to defy me for the past fourteen years burn.

    If you so hate that which I do, then rather than sitting around complaining about how bad you think my actions are, why don't you try to muster the courage to stand up before me? If you so dislike the fact that the Greatest Pokémon Master is me of all people... then rather than coming up with explanations regarding why this position is not held by me, why not try to dethrone me from this position? Not by trying to overcome me via RNG or team matchups in a single battle or best-of-3 set... but rather, by actually surpassing my consistency over an unspeakable number of battles against the entire metagame, where luck is all evened out.

    When looking at the state of a community, or even a relationship between two parties, there are three possible types of states. From most desirable to least desirable, they are: Order in the presence of fairness, chaos/anarchy/war, and order in the absence of fairness. By default, I always seek the first state when interacting with others, but time after time, the people of Smogon have attempted to subjugate me, seeking the third state in the process. And when one who seeks the first state meets those who seek the third state... the result is always the second state, and it is always catalysed by the actions of those who seek the third state.

    As a certain fictional character once said, "if you kill a man off the battlefield, then you're a murderer, but if you kill a man on the battlefield, then you're a hero." If you're going to create a battlefield, then at least have the courage to not deny its existence. It makes no sense for those who start a war to complain about the war itself, or the opponent's actions as a part of the war. If anyone should be complaining in this scenario, it would be me, but I am not complaining. On the contrary, I am enjoying this. So... let us have some fun participating in that which you yourself started... shall we not, Smogon?



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    Re: My 15th Anniversary RMT - The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master (USUM Pure Pokémon)

    Post by Immanent God LANCE on Mon 26 Nov - 15:11

    In any case...

    As mentioned before, the above information is only a brief summary of everything that my legend encompasses, for those who lack the patience to read about every single detail of my story. But without further ado, I shall now present the Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, in its complete form, which is divided into 33 different chapters:

    The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master



    Introduction:
    To none shall I say greetings, for this text requires no audience. Its purpose is not to entertain or educate anyone, since by my estimations, few, if any, who read this text, are worthy of being entertained or educated by me. The purpose of this text is merely to stand as a monument to the history, achievements, battling prowess, justice, strength, character, and overall magnificence of the single Greatest Pokémon Master to have ever walked beneath the stars. And it is a monument whose beauty, significance, and wholeness remains intact, even if it is viewed and appreciated by no one.

    Countless have heard of the name of the Living Legend and Ultimate Champion, LANCE. But in the eyes of many, the image and tale of this Pokémon Master is either incomplete, distorted, or, more often than not, both. Contrary to what many may believe, the Great Pokémon Master has been a largely hated figure for most of the time in which he has stood. 2016 and 2017, the years in which his general reputation in the eyes of the Pokémon community happened to be the highest in history... was a brief period in time, when juxtaposed with all the time in which he has existed as a Pokémon Trainer. This brief period in time, known as the Era of the Mask, was when he had, for the second time in history, attempted to fit in with, and, to some extent, conform to the corrupt and imbecile-infested Pokémon battling community... for the ultimate end of serving a certain agenda of his. An agenda which had ceased to be relevant long before the 26th of November, 2017... one of the numerous days of infamy in the grand history of the Great Pokémon Master himself, with this particular day marking the end of the Era of the Mask.

    There are multiple possible reasons why it is the case that many detest the Great Pokémon Master so much. Perhaps, his unparalleled level of skill in Pokémon battling constantly reminds others of their inadequacies. Maybe his words thrust the Pokémon community into chaos, since he has always preferred to speak the truth, rather than to be brainwashed by, or conform to the general consensus on many topics in the Pokémon community... a decision of his that threatens the sense of power and control of those in positions of authority and influence, since it shows them just how powerless their propaganda is before his transcendent mind. Perhaps his philosophies on luck, long-term consistency, and the law of large numbers in Pokémon battling threatens the pride of other Pokémon Trainers, since it reminds them of the fact that Pokémon battling is ultimately a completely luck-infested game, as well as the insignificance of their victories in best-of-3 or 5 sets, or team tournaments that last between six and eleven weeks. Maybe his overwhelming self-confidence intimidates those around him, or angers those who refuse to acknowledge his position as the Greatest Pokémon Master. Or maybe, because some of his words and actions expose the illogical, hypocritical, ignorant, and unjust nature of those in the world of Pokémon battling, including those in positions of "power" and "authority."

    But regardless, the hatred that many throughout history have harbored towards the Great Pokémon Master has only served to exalt him to an even higher position in the world of Pokémon battling than the position he had achieved through his Pokémon battling and teambuilding abilities. This is because said hatred is responsible for thrusting him into countless conflicts across the history of the Pokémon battling community. Conflicts that ultimately highlight the strength and nobility of his person.
    Chapter 1: The Birth of a Legend (2003-2004):
    As recounted in the introduction of the legendary thread dedicated to Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, the Great Pokémon Master first entered the world of online Pokémon battling when he downloaded Pokémon NetBattle in December of 2003, and joined the Blue Heaven server, under the name of "Dragon Master366," when the aforementioned simulator was in its Generation II era. Ever since that day, an awe-inspiring and noble light has been shining upon the entire world of Pokémon battling. A light that has always existed since that fateful day, despite the fact that many chose to shut their eyes before it, opting to sink into the darkness instead. DragonMaster366 started off as an ignorant trainer, who believed that Hyper Beam was the best move in the game, and that a team consisting of Aerodactyl, Charizard, Gyarados, Kingdra, Tyranitar and Dragonite, all knowing Hyper Beam, was the best team. However, his rise to greatness was incredibly rapid. As told in the tale written in the introduction of the Great Pokémon Master's tenth anniversary Rate My Team thread, Dragon Master366, with his heart filled with the overwhelming desire to become the very best, like no one ever was, first demonstrated his courage and righteousness by extensively battling while utilizing one-hit KO moves, stall-based strategies, as well as Pokémon dubbed to be "Uber," or "00ber," by the Pokémon battling community, such as Mewtwo and Lugia, despite the incredible amount of hate, disrespect, and pity he received from utilizing such.

    This was because he realized that the stigmas against the use of stall-based strategies and Über Pokémon were not founded on logic, something that the Pokémon battling community more or less came to realize themselves many years later, although the stigma against stall teams still lingers even up to this day, to some extent. And he realized that the stigma against the use of one-hit KO moves at the time, which later evolved into the complete banishment of these moves from almost all tiers in later years, has always been grounded upon the false assumption that the law of large numbers plays no important role, if any role at all, in measuring the skills of Pokémon Trainers.

    Refusing to acknowledge the fact that the skills of Pokémon Trainers can only ever be determined by their performance over an incredibly large sample size, such as a thousand battles, people chose to arbitrarily stigmatize, and later, ban certain elements from Pokémon battling that introduce luck to it, such as one-hit KO moves, despite the fact that ultimately, they cannot eliminate luck-based factors completely, since critical hits, team matchups, and other similar fundamental luck-based parts of the game will always be present. All because people wanted to continue to wrongfully treat Pokémon battling in the same way that they would treat chess and fighting games, by placing importance on attempting to gauge the skills of trainers over small sample sizes.
    Chapter 2: The Great Pokémon Master Rises 1 - Master of DaUniverse (2004):
    Despite being constantly flamed by those around him on Pokémon NetBattle, the Great Pokémon Master's self-esteem did not falter in the slightest way. On the contrary, he actually felt proud of his own courage and determination, and happily embraced Horn Drill Dragonite as his signature Pokémon, in an act of defiance that demonstrated just how far above the rest of the Pokémon battling community he stood. Later, in 2004, he achieved a 200-10 win-loss record on three different servers on Pokémon NetBattle, and achieved a 384-17 win-loss record on the Battledome server, under the username "Master of DaUniverse." And as he looked back at his incredible accomplishments, he knew that he was made for greatness.

    Of course, because of a combination of jealousy, as well as the presence of the previously-mentioned social stigmas in the Pokémon battling community, none would acknowledge the Great Pokémon Master's achievements. But such lack of recognition he received did not stop him from expressing his pride. And thus, upon the very sight of his unparalleled accomplishments at the time, he, for the first time out of countless times in history, declared himself as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master, much to the complete and utter disagreement of those around him. His decision to make such a boast made people hate and laugh at him even more, but his belief in his own self and greatness, as well as, of course, the truth itself, yet again remained unchanged. After all, he did not participate in Pokémon battles for the purpose of impressing others or earning their respect. Rather, he participated in Pokémon battles for the purpose of being the Greatest Pokémon Master in reality, as well as to impress and earn the respect of one person, and one person only - himself.
    Chapter 3: The Immortalization of the Soul 1 - Believe the Self (2004):
    The Great Pokémon Master then found himself in countless arguments and flame wars on Pokémon NetBattle, as well as the numerous communities that surrounded it, such as the Pokémon NetBattle forums, the Tafop forums, the Pokémon forums of Neoseeker, as well as the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Crystal boards on GameFAQs. Many people thought he was skilless, and flamed him, calling him terms such as "n00b" for using and defending the use of many highly stigmatized strategies. At first, the Great Pokémon Master argued with them, as he thought that there was meaning in trying to see their error of their beliefs. He brought up numerous points, such as the fact that the use of one-hit KO moves was not about mindlessly and recklessly clicking such moves, hoping that they hit. Instead, such moves required skill to use, as they were about using a team with a strong defensive backbone, and exploiting the free turns created by the opponent sending out their own defensive Pokémon, or any Pokémon that cannot threaten the users of one-hit KO moves much, in order to receive as many chances as possible to use such moves.

    Nonetheless, no one would listen to him, and the arguments, which often evolved into flame wars, continued. Growing tired of the imbecilic nature of those around him, the Great Pokémon Master stopped taking them and their ridiculous arguments seriously after a while, and began trolling his opponents, especially those who were flaming him, for fun. He began to, much more frequently than ever before, refer to himself as the Greatest Pokémon Master, while repeatedly calling himself "the best Mewtwo user," and calling the move Horn Drill "the best move in the game," for the sole purpose of beholding other people's reactions to his words.

    However, about half a year into 2004, Pokémon NetBattle was upgraded to include Generation III. When that happened, most trainers on the simulator flocked to the newest generation at the time, making it exceedingly difficult for anyone to find a Generation II battle on Pokémon NetBattle. As a result, a serious dent was placed on the Great Pokémon Master's activity in Pokémon battles, since at the time, he disliked, and could not adapt to the newly-introduced EV limit, which made battles a lot more fast-paced than in Generation II. Additionally, because the Generation III mechanics were so different compared to the Generation II mechanics, most of the skills and knowledge the Great Pokémon Master had developed in Generation II battles did not carry over to Generation III. In response, the Great Pokémon Master began to spend most of his time on Pokémon NetBattle on a server known as Battle Tower, which largely consisted of a group of trainers who preferred Generation II over Generation III, as it was basically his only hope of finding Generation II battles at the time. Eventually, the people of the Battle Tower server created a website with forums, dedicated to a mostly Generation II-oriented Pokémon battling community, known as Ignazio's Arena.

    Initially, the members of Ignazio's Arena were friendly with the Great Pokémon Master. But eventually, they became hostile towards him, due to his love of various Pokémon strategies that were highly stigmatized by the community, such as one-hit KO moves, despite the fact that the Great Pokémon Master never forced them to battle him when he was using such strategies. In fact, the Great Pokémon Master had even created teams that did not utilize such strategies, for the purpose of battling the people of Ignazio's Arena, who did not like facing them, but such people still disliked him for merely loving and using these strategies sometimes. As a result, he got into many arguments with the people of Ignazio's Arena, with these conflicts gradually intensifying over time.
    Chapter 4: The Immortalization of the Soul 2 - The First Era of Infamy (2004-2005):
    About a year after the Great Pokémon Master first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle, the forums dedicated to the community known as the Smogon University were first created, in December of 2004. The Great Pokémon Master joined those forums, under the name of "PokéMaster Forever," and, out of interest, began participating in discussions pertaining to the competitive aspect of the second generation of Pokémon. Despite having observed that the Smogon University's community was an extremely elitist circlejerk, the Great Pokémon Master was not intimidated in the slightest way, and openly expressed his honest opinions on many topics, even if they may have contradicted the general consensus of the community. This led to him being flamed and dogpiled on by others, and then, feeling amused, he retaliated with his own insults, while trolling the people who were flaming and dogpiling on him.

    Eventually, the main Administrator and founder of Smogon himself showed how low his character was, as in an act of blatant power abuse, he changed the Great Pokémon Master's forum signature to an extremely racist image. When the Great Pokémon Master changed his forum signature back to the way it was before, the founder of Smogon changed his avatar to the aforementioned racist image, while removing the Great Pokémon Master's ability to edit his avatar back. In order to escape from being stuck with said racist avatar, the Great Pokémon Master made a new account, Champion Battler, which then also had its avatar changed to the same image, while the Great Pokémon Master was once again denied the ability to edit the avatar of said account. When the Great Pokémon Master registered a third forum account, Grand Master, it was banned. And when he made a fourth account, Drag, his IP address, as well as all of his pre-existing accounts, were banned.

    Thus, not only did the Great Pokémon Master get banned from the Smogon forums within less than a month after said forums were created, but he also became the first person to have ever been banned from those forums. After that event, the name of PokéMaster Forever lived on, for many years, in infamy in the Smogon community, despite the fact that he never did anything wrong, which showed the extremely biased and corrupt nature of the people of Smogon, including the founder of that community itself. But once again, the Great Pokémon Master did not allow the childish, evil, and completely insane actions of the people of Smogon to negatively affect his self-esteem in any way. Instead, he felt amused by how animalistic many people in the world were compared to himself, something that made him feel an immense amount of pride and superiority over many others. From that point onward, "Smogon sucks" became one of his mottos, and he often put that phrase in his signatures and custom titles in various forums relating to Pokémon.

    As 2005 began, the Great Pokémon Master continued battling on Pokémon NetBattle. With his use of one-hit KO moves, which most other trainers at the time were too cowardly to utilize, due to the heavy social stigmas around the use of such moves, he was almost undefeatable in Generation II, and his self-confidence continued to increase. As a result of the fact that he allowed himself to use one-hit KO moves, unlike almost everyone else, he managed to become the creator of many Generation II movesets that included the use of such moves. Such movesets were for many Pokémon, including Charizard, Blastoise, Kangashkan, Lapras, Steelix, Dragonite, Rhydon, Snorlax, Dunsparce, Rapidash, Gligar, and more. Luckpwner, the one-hit KO-abusing Mew moveset he invented, which knows the moves Fissure, Horn Drill, Soft-Boiled and Thunder Wave, was also, notably, the single best Pokémon in Generation II. However, the Great Pokémon Master also invented various other movesets for Pokémon in Generation II, which did not involve the use of one-hit KO moves, the most notable of which being LunarLight, an Umbreon moveset consisting of Charm, Growl, Rest, and Sleep Talk.
    Chapter 5: The Immortalization of the Soul 3 - The Great Flame War (2005):
    At the same time, he was also posting on various other websites relating to Pokémon, such as Ignazio's Arena, Serebii, PokéCommunity, the Neoseeker Pokémon forums, and the GameFAQs Pokémon boards. Because of his extremely negative reputation; which spawned from a combination of his decision to battle with Über Pokémon, stall-based strategies and one-hit KO moves; his incredibly confident nature; his tendency to speak his mind rather than conform to the general consensus of the communities he found himself in; as well as his clash with people on Smogon, his conflicts with people on other websites became more and more intense, most notably on GameFAQs and Ignazio's Arena.

    In the latter, he was notably involved in a massive flame war, which had its origins rooted upon a combination of some conflicts he had with a certain person on Neoseeker in the past, known as Random Man 1, as well as the incredibly elitist and circlejerkish nature of the community of Ignazio's Arena, which was comparable to that of Smogon itself. This flame war, later dubbed "The Great Flame War" by Random Man 1, was of incredibly huge proportions, spanning over dozens of threads over an entire forum on Ignazio's Arena, known as the Flame Board, and it was filled with the harshest and nastiest of insults. It was a flame war that was divided into three sides: The Great Pokémon Master himself; Random Man 1, who was also the Great Pokémon Master's primary opponent in the flame war; as well as the other members of Ignazio's Arena, including the Moderators and Administrators.

    The Great Flame War initially began mostly as a conflict between the Great Pokémon Master and Random Man 1, with most people on Ignazio's Arena mostly backing up the latter, but also taking shots at him every now and then. However, as the conflict between the Great Pokémon Master and Random Man 1 grew more and more intense, the Moderators and Administrators of Ignazio's Arena began to take action, viewing the situation as growing out of hand, despite the fact that flaming was not against the rules in the Flame Board of Ignazio's Arena. This resulted in Random Man 1 flaming them, as well as anyone who would argue with him. This led to his complete banishment from Ignazio's Arena, while all the messages in the Flame Board were also deleted, and the Great Pokémon Master himself lost his position as Moderator of Ignazio's Arena's Fan Art board, although it was not a position he valued anyway.

    However, the Great Flame War played a very important role in the development of the mind of the Great Pokémon Master, as he was still a child at the time. The incredibly brutal insults that were hurled all about in the Great Flame War served to harden his mind and develop his invincible soul, by developing his ability to view the acts of flaming and being flamed as nothing more than a process to be enjoyed, since he no longer viewed his opponents as humans anymore, and thus, could no longer take a single word out of their mouths seriously.
    Chapter 6: The Fading Passion 1 - The Solitude of the King (2005-2009):
    After the Great Flame War, the Great Pokémon Master's passion for flaming and trolling increased, although, due to his sense of morality and justice, he would never troll or flame those he viewed as morally good. He continued flaming and trolling the people who were hating on and laughing at him on GameFAQs, often by rating the Pokémon teams that they posted, by suggesting the use of one-hit KO moves on their Pokémon, knowing the incredibly huge stigma against the use of such moves. At other times, he would rate people's team by simply posting a random number out of 10, without giving any constructive criticism whatsoever. And he also talked about one-hit KO moves often, much to the nerves of those around him. This resulted in him having his account banned a few times, but every time that happened, he simply registered a new account and continued posting, since the Moderators and Administrators of GameFAQs at the time did not hand out IP bans easily, for some reasons.

    At the time, his IP address had a mysterious nature, which resulted in it automatically changing every once in a while. As such, despite having been IP banned by the founder of Smogon back in December 2004, he was eventually able to access the Smogon forums again, sometime in early 2005. He registered a new account there, known as Chaos Nightmare, and began spamming, trolling and flaming in the forums, similarly to how he did so on GameFAQs, before getting banned. And then, between 2005 and 2007, he would periodically register accounts on the Smogon forums, for the purpose of spamming, trolling, and flaming. Some of the messages he posted on Smogon during that time took the forms of serious and well-formulated arguments that pointed out the flaws in their community, but other times, he would simply post random gibberish for fun.

    During that period, the Great Pokémon Master was also gradually beginning to accept and transition to Generation III, in which he usually played ADV Ubers, mostly using a team consisting of Kyogre, Groudon, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Mewtwo, and Rayquaza. But he also sometimes challenged people to Double Battles using teams of six Arcanine or Rayquaza, for fun. However, he also stopped participating in Rated battles, since at the time, he was more interested in having fun and enjoying each of his individual battles, rather than to achieve any long-term success, since he felt that he no longer had anything he needed to prove in Pokémon battling. Although he was often banned from Pokémon NetBattle's Smogon University server, usually by the founder of Smogon himself, such did not bother him much, as the Smogon University server was usually only Pokémon NetBattle's second most popular server anyway.

    But due to boredom, declining passion, as well as an increasing need to focus on his rising workload from school as he grew older, his passion for Pokémon battling gradually died down, as did his actions on the Smogon forums, along with his activities on GameFAQs. He eventually became so disinterested in Pokémon battling, to the point where he reacted with apathy even when he witnessed the creation of a new online Pokémon battling simulator, Shoddy Battle, designed for the fourth generation of Pokémon.
    Chapter 7: The Rebirth of a Legend 1 - The Rising Phoenix (2009):
    However, his interest in Pokémon battling was resparked in 2009, when he noticed that Pokémon NetBattle was upgraded to a new simulator, known as Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy, which also supported the fourth generation of Pokémon. He downloaded the simulator and began battling on it, after a long break from Pokémon battling that lasted approximately two years. However, his arrival on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy marked a new beginning for his identity as a Pokémon Trainer, at least as far as his reputation was concerned. This was because, as far as the users of Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy were concerned... the Great Pokémon Master was no longer attached to his old identity as Dragon Master366, Master of DaUniverse and PokéMaster Forever, the trainer who used one-hit KO moves in Generation II on Pokémon NetBattle, got banned from Smogon in December 2004, and trolled Smogon and GameFAQs for years.

    In fact, almost no one, if not absolutely no one on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy even knew who Dragon Master366, Master of DaUniverse or PokéMaster Forever was, since most people on that simulator were not around in the Pokémon battling community for long enough to have even interacted with or heard about that person. Upon arriving on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy, it was as if the Great Pokémon Master had been reborn anew amidst a blazing inferno, like a rising phoenix. Although his former negative reputation in the Pokémon battling community never bothered him, and in fact, entertained him... said negative reputation was completely removed from his body, as if he was a serpent that had shedded its skin.

    Upon returning, the Great Pokémon Master had a very different mindset and approach regarding the game, compared to his old self. Just like in the Generation III era, he did not care about his win-loss records, and mostly participated in Unrated battles, since he was no longer interested in measuring his own battling skill, or even continuing to stand as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master. Instead, his goal at the time was just to entertain himself, by enjoying each and every individual Pokémon battle he participated in. He would often battle using non-serious teams that he found fun to use, such as teams consisting of six Dragonite, six Arcanine, six Rayquaza, six Arceus-Normal, six Ursaring, and other teams like that, and he would frequently challenge people to Double Battles using such teams. In short, although he had returned to the world of Pokémon battling, the competitive spirit that he possessed in the days of 2004 had not.
    Chapter 8: Dragon Rush Leader CHAMPION LANCE (2009-2010):
    Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy was a place that bordered on anarchy, and whose community, impressively, surpassed even those of Smogon and Ignazio's Arena, in terms of toxicity. It speaks volumes that the Great Pokémon Master was caught in a fair share of flame wars on that simulator, despite no longer taking Pokémon battling anywhere near as seriously as he used to, and despite no longer being attached to all the negative reputation he had in the Pokémon battling community in the past.

    However, in spite of such conflicts, the Great Pokémon Master thought that his arrival on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy marked the beginning of a generally much more peaceful era in his Pokémon battling career. After all, it was in this era that he hosted his POKéMON LEAGUE server, in which, with the help of database modifications that allowed him to give his Pokémon moves and Abilities they could not normally possess, he was able to stand as a completely undefeated trainer, using a team consisting of Gyarados, Dragonite, Dragonite, Aerodactyl, Charizard, and Dragonite, under the name of CHAMPION LANCE. In fact, his use of this name on the POKéMON LEAGUE server marked the very first time he had ever used any variation of the name "LANCE" in his username... with "LANCE" later becoming the single most famous of the countless names by which he is known.

    The name of CHAMPION LANCE first acquired fame when he won a DPP OU tournament on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy, on New Year's Eve at the end of 2009. His victory in said tournament was witnessed by a member of a then-mostly Brazilian Pokémon clan, known as Dragon Rush. Impressed by the Great Pokémon Master's incredible battling skills, the Dragon Rush member introduced the Great Pokémon Master to aLiEn Mw, the sole Leader of his clan at the time. After a long conversation, followed by a battle, which the Great Pokémon Master lost only because his Metagross was frozen by an Ice Beam... he was not only invited to join Dragon Rush, but he was also promoted to Clan Leader, standing alongside aLiEn Mw in that position.

    At the dawn of 2010, a new Pokémon battling simulator, Pokémon Online, was created, and the Great Pokémon Master first discovered it when someone posted a link to it on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy. The Great Pokémon Master became one of the first persons to ever download and battle on that simulator, but he did not use it much early on, since he had once again lost interest in battling. This was because he found battling in Generation IV to be boring, as battles were way too centralized around entry hazards, the use of Rapid Spin to remove entry hazards, and the use of Ghost-type Pokémon to block Rapid Spin.
    Chapter 9: The New Beginning (2010-2011):
    However, much in contrast with the large struggle that he experienced in the transition from Generation II to Generation III, his interest in battling was once again resparked when Pokémon Black and White were released towards the end of 2010. The newly-released Pokémon games introduced many new Pokémon and mechanic changes that appeared to be awesome to the eyes of the Great Pokémon Master, either aesthetically, competitively, or both. Such included Reshiram, Hydreigon, Haxorus, Thundurus, as well as a myriad of Dream World Abilities that benefited many of his favorite Pokémon from older generations. Of especially great interest to him were Dragonite's Multiscale Ability, as well as the Magic Bounce Ability of Espeon and Xatu, which, from the Great Pokémon Master's point of view, may have served to fix the problem with entry hazards that he perceived in Generation IV. In fact, the changes brought about by Generation V were so exciting, to the point where the Great Pokémon Master's competitive spirit returned to him for the first time in many years.

    And so, the Great Pokémon Master began battling competitively once again, starting with the Dream World OU tier on Pokémon Online, since besides Dream World Ubers, that was the tier in which he was able to abuse Multiscale Dragonite, as well as other Dream World Abilities, to the fullest extent. Additionally, he also liked the fact that Dream World tiers did not have Team Preview, unlike other tiers in Generation V. And he did not play Dream World Ubers initially, since he knew that even with Dragonite having been buffed by the introduction of the Multiscale Ability, it was still probably not viable in the Dream World Ubers tier.

    With his heart once again filled with an immense amount of passion for and interest in competitive Pokémon battling, the Great Pokémon Master also began to post on the Pokémon Online forums, in which he contributed to discussions pertaining to the competitive aspects of Pokémon battling, as well as various other unrelated topics that caught his interest, under the name of CHAMPION LANCE. However, he was not completely satisfied with such discussions, resulting in him making a move that was simply unthinkable to him until that point in time: He registered a new account on Smogon, Pokémon Trainer R... but, instead of using it to flame, troll, or spam, like he did for many years up to that point, he decided to contribute positively to discussions on Smogon as well, enjoying his time by talking about various Pokémon and competitive strategies. Upon that event, he also stopped using the motto "Smogon sucks."

    Because of his lack of flaming, trolling and spamming, the people of Smogon at the time also did not realize that he was the same person as PokéMaster Forever - the notorious user who happened to own the first four accounts to have ever been banned from the Smogon forums, at the time when Smogon was first created. The Great Pokémon Master also noticed that at the time, in late 2010, his experience on both the Pokémon Online forums, as well as the Smogon forums, was very different from his experience with the Smogon forums back in December 2004. He was no longer flamed or dogpiled on for expressing opinions that contradicted the general consensus, and people generally acted much nicer than in the past. As such, the Great Pokémon Master formed a false belief... according to which the Smogon community had improved a lot since December 2004, while the Pokémon Online community was also a much better community than the Smogon of the past. Holding such a belief, the Great Pokémon Master continued contributing to both forums, while he kept participating in battles on Pokémon Online.

    However, in playing Dream World OU, the Great Pokémon Master soon ran into a problem, as he witnessed many Pokémon, moves, and other things being rapidly banned one after another from the tier. These included his beloved and signature one-hit KO moves, as well as Shadow Tag Chandelure, Speed Boost Blaziken, Thundurus, Garchomp, and some other things. Not only were they among his favorite Pokémon and strategies to use, and were often included on his teams, but Pokémon and strategies being continuously and frequently banned from the tier he played posed as a major problem to him.

    This was because, although playing skill is far from unimportant, the strength of a Pokémon Trainer in any tier is proportional to the quality of his teams in said tier. However, the quality of teams in a tier changes every time the metagame changes, either as a result of Pokémon, moves, or Abilities being banned from the tier, a new Pokémon, move, or Dream World Ability being released and made available for use in the tier, or simply due to changes in usage statistics within the tier. And historically, the biggest reason why the Great Pokémon Master has always stood as the most powerful trainer on Earth is because of his focus on perfecting his Pokémon teams over innumerable battles.

    Across space and time, many Pokémon Trainers have demonstrated the propensity to build countless teams within a very short period of time, without truly testing the quality of their teams based on their performance over a large number of battles, in which luck, in the forms of RNG and team matchups, is evened out by the law of large numbers. Usually, they would opt to quickly throw together teams shortly prior to their tournament battles, often without any intentions of building a team that can truly be excellent over a large number of battles, but instead, are designed to have a good matchup against a few specific teams they expect their opponents to use against them.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master has never been like such people, and he has always preferred to participate in countless battles with one team, tweaking it as he discovered weaknesses in said team, until he could be convinced that his team could not be improved further, when looking at its performance against the entire metagame over many battles, taking usage statistics into consideration. But with the Dream World OU tier constantly changing, with major strategies and Pokémon being banned from it once every two weeks or so, he could not possibly be given enough time to perfect his teams, since the metagame changed every time he could even come close to building an excellent team.

    A while later, while having all of that in mind, he saw some people on Pokémon Online discussing the prospect of Dragonite, his single favorite Pokémon ever since more than a decade ago, being banned from the Dream World OU tier. At that moment, he gave up on playing Dream World OU, and decided to move to the single least restrictive tier on the entire Pokémon Online server at the time. That tier was Dream World Ubers, the battling format that was, at the time, the closest to Pokémon battling in its purest form, out of all metagames with playable ladders on online Pokémon battling simulators at the time. And it remained as the closest to such in history until the creation of the ORAS "Anything Goes" ladder in late 2014.


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    Chapter 10: The Great Pokémon Master Rises 2 - Th3 R0ck3r (2011-2012):
    Although the Great Pokémon Master knew that Dragonite would more than likely be unviable in Dream World Ubers, he did not mind, since Dream World Ubers was a tier in which many of his other favorite Pokémon were incredibly viable, at least from his perspective at the time. Of particular note was Reshiram, the Vast White Pokémon. It was a Pokémon that had captured the heart of the Great Pokémon Master even before the release of Pokémon Black and White, due to its awesome and angelic-looking appearance, its incredibly cool Dragon/Fire typing, and its status as a powerful cover legendary Pokémon. And the Great Pokémon Master's love of this Pokémon grew even more after Pokémon Black and White were released, upon realizing the sheer, destructive power of its signature Blue Flare technique when used under harsh sunlight, as well as the fact that its Turboblaze Ability made its Same Type Attack Bonus moves completely unresisted back then, since the Fairy type did not exist at the time. Back then, the Great Pokémon Master also believed, albeit incorrectly, that Reshiram was one of, if not the single best Pokémon in Dream World Ubers. And thus, with all of that in mind, he set off to build a Dream World Ubers team around the mighty Reshiram, eventually constructing a powerful offensive Sun team.

    Using that team, he battled extensively on the Dream World Ubers ladder of Pokémon Online's PokeBattleCenter server, while tweaking his team as he discovered weaknesses, until eventually, he peaked #1 on that ladder, sometime in 2011. This marked the first time in history in which he had peaked #1 on a ladder, largely because ladders did not exist on Pokémon NetBattle and Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy, while he almost never used Shoddy Battle. The reason he battled on the PokeBattleCenter server, rather than the Pokémon Online server, was because the latter had a glitch at the time, which often resulted in the server failing to recognize that he had clicked a move in battle, resulting in his Battle Timer decreasing, despite the fact that he had clearly clicked a move. This resulted in him losing many battles as a result of Battle Timeout, making it nigh impossible for him to climb any ladder on the Pokémon Online server. And he also did not ladder on the Smogon University server, as unlike the Dream World Ubers ladders on the Pokémon Online and PokeBattleCenter servers, the Dream World Ubers ladder on the Smogon University had Team Preview.

    However, the aforementioned glitch was fixed a few months later, enabling the Great Pokémon Master to finally be able to ladder in Dream World Ubers on the Pokémon Online server. And so, he battled on that ladder, while continuing to tweak his team along the way, and eventually, he peaked #1 on that ladder as well. At the time when he did that, his team was modified to such a state that it contained the Pokémon Groudon, Espeon, Palkia, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Reshiram. Since it contained Groudon, Espeon and Ho-Oh, his team was now a team that fitted into the "Magic Sun" archetype, a team archetype in Generation V Übers metagames that the Great Pokémon Master would later become famous for utilizing and popularizing, although he did not invent it. He was, however, one of the first persons to have ever used it, and it later became his signature playstyle in Generation V Übers, as well as one of the most iconic facets of his identity as a Pokémon Trainer - right up there with his famous use of one-hit KO moves in the past.

    After that, having considered his Reshiram-based Magic Sun team to be perfect, the Great Pokémon Master bestowed the name "Flames of the Heavenly Light" to that team, before moving on to utilize other playstyles as well, and built many other teams for the Dream World Ubers tier. These included an offensive rain team; a weatherless hyper offense team; a rain stall team; numerous teams built around various Arceus Formes, including Dark, Rock, Steel, Ice and more; and many, many other teams.

    Eventually, sometime in early 2012, he achieved the glorious feat of simultaneously occupying the #1, #2, #4, #7 and #9 positions on Pokémon Online's Dream World Ubers ladder, using five different usernames. He used a different team for each username, with Th3 R0ck3r, the username of his that occupied the #1 position on the ladder, utilizing his original Dream World Ubers team, Flames of the Heavenly Light. Upon experiencing the satisfaction of his achievements in Dream World Ubers, the highest tier of Pokémon at the time, on both the PokeBattleCenter server as well as the Pokémon Online server, a familiar feeling filled the heart of the Great Pokémon Master. It was the feeling of pride as a Pokémon Trainer - the very same feeling that he experienced back in 2004, when he had achieved a 200-10 win-loss record on three different Pokémon NetBattle servers, as well as a 384-17 win-loss record on the Battledome server. And thus, for the second time in history, the Great Pokémon Master once more embraced and valued, with immense pride, his position as the world's most powerful trainer, with his unparalleled achievements on both Pokémon NetBattle in 2004, as well as in Dream World Ubers on Pokémon Online in 2011 and 2012, as the justification for his pride.

    Sometime during that period, the Great Pokémon Master lost a few battles as a result of RNG. That, combined with his high expectations of himself as a Pokémon Trainer, which he developed as a result of his aforementioned resurfaced pride, resulted in him losing some of his interest in Pokémon battling, and thus, making the decision to take a break from the aforementioned activity, as he also wanted to focus his life on some other things at the time. Around that time, two upcoming Pokémon games were announced - Pokémon Black 2, as well as Pokémon White 2, and the Great Pokémon Master planned to return to Pokémon battling after those games were released, as he was sure that those games would come with new Pokémon Formes, move tutor moves, and other changes that would shake up the Dream World Ubers metagame, and reignite his passion for battling.

    However, before he began his break, he decided to make a Rate My Team thread on the Pokémon Online forums, dedicated to his first and single most successful Dream World Ubers team, Flames of the Heavenly Light. Part of the reason why he wanted to make that thread was because he wanted to immortalize his team in history, since he thought that there was a good chance that his team may no longer be viable once Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 were released, especially with the impending arrival of Black Kyurem and White Kyurem.

    For a Rate My Team thread, his post was massive, featuring an incredibly long introduction that talked about and glorified himself, as well as his history as a Pokémon Trainer. The thread contained an extremely extensive section on the teambuilding process, talked about each of the six Pokémon and their roles on the team in great detail, and featured a very long threat list, explaining how the team dealt with each of the top thirty most commonly used Pokémon on the Dream World Ubers ladder. The Rate My Team thread he made was just as much a showcase of his team and his achievements with it, as much as it was a shrine erected for the glory of himself as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master. The Rate My Team thread dedicated to Flames of the Heavenly Light also set the standard for thirteen other Rate My team threads he would create within the next seven years, with all of such threads being extremely long and detailed, each with a threat list containing thirty Pokémon, and they all served the similar purpose of glorifying the Great Pokémon Master himself, as well as his history.
    Chapter 11: The Challenges to the Immortalized Soul 1 - The Unchanging World (2012):
    During his break, he began posting a lot on the Serebii forums, focusing most of his attention on discussions pertaining to the competitive aspect of Pokémon, like he was doing on both the Smogon forums as well as the Pokémon Online forums at the time. As such, he posted a lot in the Competitive Pokémon forum, and one particular thread he liked to post in a lot was a thread titled "Pokemon Online Log Replays," a thread for people to share the replays of Pokémon battles they had participated in on Pokémon Online. The thread caught his interest, as he loved the idea of not only showcasing the exciting battles in which he participated on the Dream World Ubers ladder, but describing them in glorious ways in his posts, as if they were epic warstories, since he found many of his battles to be incredibly awesome aesthetically, with his Reshiram and Ho-Oh incinerating his opponents' Pokémon to ashes with their devastating, sunlight-fueled Fire-type signature moves, and other things like that.

    In the description of one of the replays he posted in one of his posts in that thread, he had referred to his own clan, Dragon Rush, as "the strongest clan in the world of competitive Pokémon," a comment that swiftly resulted in backlash, when a member of Serebii laughed at him for making such a claim. Witnessing the blatant act of disrespect, the Great Pokémon Master called the person an "impudent little insect," resulting in many other people in the Competitive Pokémon forum of Serebii, including the Moderator of that forum, turning against him. In spite of that, he continued posting on the forum, focusing on the Pokemon Online Log Replays thread, like before, but people continued taking jabs at him, and mocking the long descriptions he gave for each of the replays he posted. This resulted in a flame war, which led to the Great Pokémon Master being banned from Serebii for a few days. However, his determination was way too strong to be stopped by such a simple obstacle.

    At the time, Serebii's Competitive Forum was also hosting an event known as the SPPF Poster of the Week Awards, in which members of the forum would vote for a user on the forum each week, based on the quality of people's contributions to the forums, as perceived by the community, and the user with the most votes each week wins the award. Disrespectfully, many users on the forum voted for the Great Pokémon Master as a joke, only to retract their votes later. This led to some arguments between the Great Pokémon Master and some other people on the forums, and this, combined with his witnessing of some other people on Serebii mocking him for no good reason at all when he was sharing numerous quotes and philosophies of his in a certain thread on another forum on Serebii, made him begin to view the people of Serebii in an extremely negative light, similar to the people of Ignazio's Arena, as well as the people of the Smogon of the past. However, despite being constantly mocked and attacked, he continued posting replays of his battles in the Pokemon Online Log Replays thread, and continued posting his quotes and philosophies in the other thread in which he was participating, since he did not see himself as being on Serebii for the people anyway. Instead, he was only participating in the forums for the sake of posting his replays, quotes and philosophies for fun, as a form of art.

    Meanwhile, the release of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 was drawing closer, and the Great Pokémon Master was greatly looking forward to using some of the new Pokémon that were to be introduced in the aforementioned games, such as the Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus. But of the upcoming new Pokémon, of particular interest to the Great Pokémon Master was White Kyurem, due to its incredibly cool-looking appearance, as well as the fact that the Great Pokémon Master found the idea of a dragon Pokémon that combined the powers of fire and ice together to be incredibly awesome.

    At the same time, the Great Pokémon Master was still posting on the Smogon and Pokémon Online forums, and in the former, he found a link to a new Pokémon battling simulator, known as Pokémon Showdown!, on the very day when Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 were released. Since Pokémon Online did not upgrade itself to allow the use of the new toys introduced in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 until a bit later, the Great Pokémon Master decided to use Pokémon Showdown!, and began battling there extensively in the regular Ubers tier, with excitement, while trying out many of the newly-introduced toys. After a while, Pokémon Online was also upgraded with Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, and then the Great Pokémon Master began battling on both simulators simultaneously.

    But around that time, he got into some conflicts with people on the Pokémon Online forums, as many people on those forums began to take jabs at him for the various extremely long and philosophical messages he tended to post. This hostility culminated in a thread whose purpose was for users to share various creative Pokémon movesets they had invented, for numerous different metagames. Not only was the Great Pokémon Master posting many of his personally and proudly invented Pokémon movesets in that thread, but he was also describing each of his movesets in incredible detail. That, combined with the fact that he sometimes posted Generation II movesets that included one-hit KO moves, triggered many people around him, including the Moderators and Administrators, as the huge stigma against the use of one-hit KO moves still persisted in the Pokémon community.

    The people began acting disrespectfully towards the Great Pokémon Master in the thread, but the Great Pokémon Master was also arguing with such people, while sometimes dismissing what they were saying, all while continuing to share and describe his movesets, including one-hit KO move-using Pokémon for Generation II. Eventually, a forum Moderator appeared and began insulting the Great Pokémon Master's movesets, as well as the way he had been describing them. This led to the Great Pokémon Master reminding the Moderator that his opinions did not matter, and at that point, a forum Administrator came and publicly warned the Great Pokémon Master in thread, while privately infracting him.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master did not flinch, and continued posting and describing his movesets, despite the fact that other users on the forums were already mocking and dogpiling on him at the time. The situation escalated, and eventually, the people decided to jokingly nominate the Great Pokémon Master as one of the candidates for the PO Well, a program in which a user of the Pokémon Online forums was nominated to be interviewed each week. Witnessing that situation, which was reminiscent of when the people of Serebii had jokingly voted for him in the SPPF Poster of the Week Awards a few months earlier, the Great Pokémon Master then decided to, for fun, post an over-the-top troll message in the PO Well thread, in which he publicly declared himself as the Greatest Pokémon Master to have ever walked under the heavens, while insulting the people who were hating on him, calling them "random, worthless creatures." This led to him being banned from the Pokémon Online forums for a few months, although it was not something that he cared about anyway, as after witnessing the level of behavior exhibited by the low-life scum that plagued those forums, he had realized that being banned from their forums was hardly a loss anyway.

    After observing such abhorrent behavior on the part of the people on Serebii and Pokémon Online, a large crack had been created in the Great Pokémon Master's previously-formed belief that the Pokémon community had improved a lot since the days of 2004, 2005, and 2006. However, his faith in the Pokémon community had yet to be shattered, resulting in him continuing to post on, ironically, the forums of the extremely elitist community from which he was banned all the way back in 2004 - the Smogon forums.

    While doing so, he also began to periodically register new accounts on the Pokémon Online forums, for the purpose of trolling and spamming, while insulting the authorities of that community, much like he did on the Smogon forums in the past. His decision to bypass the temporary ban that was placed on his main account also led to said temporary ban being changed to a permanent ban. After getting about ten accounts banned from the Pokémon Online forums, the Great Pokémon Master had his IP address banned from those forums. However, he was in University at the time, and each library in his University had a different IP address, so he simply continued attacking the Pokémon Online forums over a period of a few months, using those computers.
    Chapter 12: The Challenges to the Immortalized Soul 2 - The Second Era of Infamy (2012):
    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master was extremely active in Pokémon battles on Pokémon Online. He laddered in Dream World Ubers, which was renamed to No Preview Ubers at the time, easily peaking #1 on several different ladders of that tier, each on a different server of Pokémon Online. Later, he transitioned to the BW2 Ubers tier, known as Wifi Ubers at the time, and although he initially had some trouble getting used to the Team Preview mechanic, as well as the absence of Shadow Tag Chandelure... after he adapted to those differences between No Preview Ubers and Wifi Ubers, he became extremely successful at the latter as well, peaking #1 on its ladder on both the main Pokémon Online server, as well as on the main Pokémon Showdown! server. Within a very short amount of time, the Great Pokémon Master had peaked #1 on more than ten different Generation V Übers ladders between Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown!. The Great Pokémon Master was now convinced far more than ever before that he was the world's most powerful trainer, as well as the single best Generation V Übers player to have ever lived.

    Filled with such confidence, the Great Pokémon Master then began sharing his vast amounts of knowledge about the Generation V Übers metagame in the Ubers subforum of Smogon, since he was extremely interested in that metagame at the time. He expressed many of his views about that metagame, based on his own incredibly vast experiences, highlighting the strength of many Pokémon which he felt were among the best in the entire metagame, but were highly underrated by many people. Such Pokémon included Lugia, Ho-Oh, Espeon, Arceus-Normal, Reshiram, White Kyurem, and more, and although some of such ideas of his do not apply to the BW2 Ubers metagame in its current state, the Great Pokémon Master was convinced that his ideas were true to the BW2 Ubers metagame at the time of late 2012. In spite of that, his ideas were not well-received by the people of Smogon's Ubers subforum. That would have been fine by him, as he did not mind people disagreeing with him, especially regarding matters as trivial as those pertaining to a game such as Pokémon. However, he had also noticed that a ridiculous Administrator of the Smogon forums, who also happened to be the Ubers Tier Leader at the time, was deleting many of his posts for no good reason at all, and seemed to be extremely biased against him.

    During that period, the authorities of Smogon's Übers metagame began to conduct suspect tests on the BW2 Ubers metagame, contemplating the lifting of the OHKO, Evasion, Moody, Sleep, and Species Clauses. The prospect of the OHKO Clause being lifted was particularly exciting for the Great Pokémon Master, as he had always believed that throughout the entirety of the history of the world of Pokémon battling, people's attitudes towards one-hit KO moves had always been extremely unfair and uninformed. He made a long post, detailing why one-hit KO moves, as well as other "luck-based elements" of the game, including Evasion and Moody, should be allowed in the BW2 Ubers metagame. He explained his age-old belief that Pokémon is a gambling game, in which anyone can defeat anyone within a small number of battles, regardless of whether or not one-hit KO moves, Evasion and Moody are allowed, and that, because of the law of large numbers, success can only be measured in large sample sizes, in which the more skilled trainer will almost certainly achieve a better win-loss record than a less skilled trainer, once again regardless of whether or not one-hit KO moves, Evasion and Moody are allowed. However, to his extreme disappointment, his post was unjustly deleted by the Ubers Tier Leader, with little explanation regarding why his message had to be removed.

    A bit later, a thread was created, for people to apply to become a part of the Ubers Council, which would oversee and make decisions regarding the aforementioned suspect tests. The Great Pokémon Master made his application for the Ubers Council, in which he talked, at length, about his unparalleled accomplishments in Generation V Übers, including all the ladder peaks he had achieved so far. But once again, the Ubers Tier Leader deleted his post, saying nothing more than that somewhere down the line, the Great Pokémon Master's post had "become self-parody." Frustrated by the corruption before his eyes, the Great Pokémon Master went on Smogon's #ubers channel on IRC, asking for the meaning of the blatant injustice to which he was just dealt. However, the authorities on that channel simply laughed at him, and before long, the Ubers Tier Leader permanently banned him from that channel.

    At that moment, he knew that his belief that the Pokémon community had changed for the better since the days of 2004, 2005 and 2006 was nothing more than an illusion. The fact that people were not immediately flaming and acting disrespectfully towards him when he first began posting on Serebii, as well as the Smogon and Pokémon Online forums in 2010, was not proof of the quality of those communities. After all, not only is the absence of evidence of corruption hardly evidence of the absence of corruption, but even back when the Great Pokémon Master was first abused and banned on Smogon back in December 2004, the people of Smogon were not all acting disrespectfully towards each other either. The exhibition of their animalistic behaviors only surfaced under specific circumstances, when they could get away with such actions, usually when the majority of people in the community were on their side. The Great Pokémon Master knew that, at no point in time, not even back in December 2004, did the people of Smogon always and unconditionally act like insects. But the fact that they required specific conditions to be met in order for them to act like such did not, in any way, change the fact that they were evil. Realizing that the Smogon community had, in fact, not changed at all since its early days, the Great Pokémon Master then decided to leave the website.

    During that time, the Great Pokémon Master observed something rather peculiar in the Competitive Discussion forum on Serebii. In the SPPF Poster of the Week at the time, he was once again voted for by people, including the forum Moderator... but this time, the votes were completely genuine, rather than being casted as a joke. Upon reading the posts in the thread, he noticed that people were remarking about how much he had improved as a user, as he had "calmed down a lot," and was no longer insulting others, much in contrast with when he had first started posting on that forum.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master saw two problems with the logic that people were using. Firstly, the people were implying that he was indeed a terrible user when he had first began posting in the Competitive Discussion forum, due to the fact that he had insulted others, even though that was something he only ever did after he was disrespected by others first, and yet the people who had attacked him first suffered no repercussion for their actions by the Moderator. And the second problem with the people's logic was the fact that the Great Pokémon Master had, in fact, not changed at all from when he had first started posting in the Competitive Discussion forum, contrary to what others believed. The only reason why he was acting calmly at the time, and no longer insulting others, was simply because no one was provoking him during that period.

    Nonetheless, this marked the second time when the Great Pokémon Master had witnessed his own reputation somehow becoming positive, despite being extremely negative in the past, with the first time being when he first arrived on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy. However, in regards to the first time, the only reason why that happened was because people did not know that CHAMPION LANCE was the same person as Dragon Master366, Master of DaUniverse, and PokéMaster Forever. This meant that the 180 degree turn that the Great Pokémon Master's reputation on Serebii had made was the first event of its kind in the long history of his Pokémon battling career. While strange, such an event taught the Great Pokémon Master that a negative reputation of his becoming positively later for peculiar reasons, if not seemingly no reason at all, was something that could indeed happen. And such a lesson served as foreshadowing... for a much more mysterious event in his Pokémon career, which would occur three years later, and of which he would attempt to use to his advantage in life.

    In any case, in late 2012, on Smogon, the OHKO Clause suspect test began, and a ladder was created on Pokémon Showdown! for the suspect test. Despite having left Smogon before, the Great Pokémon Master achieved the suspect test requirements on the ladder, before posting the proof of that on Smogon, since his passion for, and attachment to one-hit KO moves, was way too strong to allow him to resist doing that, as one-hit KO moves were one of the most significant and defining aspects of his history and identity as a Pokémon Trainer, after all. However, when he returned to Smogon, he changed his signature to a phrase that insulted the Ubers Tier Leader, since he wanted to see how the incredibly abusive Ubers Tier Leader would react to that. In response, the Ubers Tier Leader edited the Great Pokémon Master's signature, much like the founder of Smogon did almost eight years ago, changing it to one that insulted the Great Pokémon Master's intelligence. In addition to that, the Ubers Tier Leader also gave him an infraction. When the Great Pokémon Master changed his own signature back to the phrase that insulted the Ubers Tier Leader's intelligence, the Ubers Tier Leader permanently banned him from the Smogon forums, and when he asked the Ubers Tier Leader about it on Pokémon Showdown!, he was locked for a few days.
    Chapter 13: PTR (2013):
    As 2013 came around, the Great Pokémon Master continued battling on the equivalents of the BW2 Ubers ladder on both Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown!, and in the former, he continued laddering in No Preview Ubers. Around that time, he was approached and befriended by a large number of Übers players on both simulators, many of whom were impressed by his skills, and eventually joined his legendary Dragon Rush clan. Of the Übers players he befriended, one of those who did not join his clan was Sasha the Master, an extremely skilled user of the Shell Smash + Baton Pass strategy in BW1 and BW2 Ubers, and he was also one of the two Leaders of the Masters clan. Sasha was a man for whom the Great Pokémon Master had a tremendous amount of respect, due to his courage and determination, which allowed him to continuously utilize the Shell Smash + Baton Pass strategy, despite how incredibly hated and looked down upon he was for using it, since the Pokémon community had an extremely strong stigma against the use of this strategy, much like their stigma against one-hit KO moves.

    The strength that allowed Sasha to continue to use this strategy in spite of the aforementioned stigma reminded the Great Pokémon Master of himself in the past, back when he repeatedly utilized one-hit KO moves and other heavily stigmatized strategies on Pokémon NetBattle, despite the hatred and ostracism he received for doing so. Furthermore, the Great Pokémon Master also greatly respected the strength that allowed Sasha to continue walking forward, despite the fact that he had countless enemies in the Pokémon community, including former friends that had betrayed him, as well as people who had framed him for boosting on Pokémon Online's ladders, and getting him banned from the server as a result. Sasha's courage also influenced the Great Pokémon Master so much, to the point where the Great Pokémon Master decided to try using the Shell Smash + Baton Pass strategy himself, an action which amused him when he was flamed a lot for using it. However, ultimately, he never found much success with that playstyle himself. Nevertheless, the Great Pokémon Master and Sasha, with their unparalleled skills in BW2 Ubers, soon declared themselves the two Living Legends in the entire world of Pokémon battling.

    With the help of some of the Übers players who had joined his clan, especially those from Smogon and Pokémon Showdown!, the Great Pokémon Master then began to launch many trolls and other attacks on the Smogon forums, just like he did back in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In one particular instance, he had, under an alternate account, suggested Shell Smash recipient Dialga for the first Pokémon of an Übers CCAT on the Smogon forums, before he and his fellow Dragon Rush members bandwagonned votes on it, since he wanted to see how people would react to their CCAT being turned into, perhaps, the single most hated team archetype in Pokémon at the time. When a Moderator found out about the bandwagonning, Shell Smash recipient Dialga was veto'd from the CCAT, while the Great Pokémon Master's Smogon account at the time was banned.

    For the second time in history, the Great Pokémon Master's name was immortalized in infamy in the Smogon community - in this case, in its Ubers community, since the Smogon community, by that point in time, had grown to a large enough size to have been split into multiple different subcommunities, unlike back in 2004. The people of Smogon's Ubers community, at the time, most commonly knew the Great Pokémon Master as "PTR," the initials of his most famous Smogon account at the time, his banned Pokémon Trainer R account.

    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master made his second Rate My Team thread, for a BW2 Ubers team known as The Blazing Glaciers, in order to claim credit as the creator of the team, since he noticed that many people on Pokémon Showdown! were stealing his team. Much like Flames of the Heavenly Light, The Blazing Glaciers was another Magic Sun team, with this one featuring a Choice Specs-holding White Kyurem, and with this team being more offensive than his previous Magic Sun team. It was a team with which he has had a tremendous amount of success, having peaked #1 on five different Übers ladders on Pokémon Showdown! with it, while he had also peaked #1 on Pokémon Online's Wifi Ubers ladder with it, with 1749 points.

    And much like Flames of the Heavenly Light, as well as, in fact, all the other Rate My Team threads the Great Pokémon Master would post in the future, the thread dedicated to The Blazing Glaciers was extremely long and detailed, with a threat list consisting of thirty Pokémon, as well as the way by which the team handles each of them. Initially, the Great Pokémon Master had one of his clanmates post the Rate My Team thread for him on both the Smogon forums as well as the Pokémon Online forums. However, the authorities on both forums recognized, from the style of the thread, that it was a team belonging to the Great Pokémon Master, who was a permanently banned user on both forums at the time. As a result, the thread was deleted from both forums, but the Great Pokémon Master himself reposted it on the Serebii forums, as well as his own clan forums.

    By the time he had posted the thread dedicated to The Blazing Glaciers, the Great Pokémon Master had already, impressively, peaked #1 on sixteen different ladders throughout his entire career - with all sixteen of them being for various forms of Generation V Übers metagames. However, just like back in 2004, the Pokémon battling community once again found a pathetic excuse to deny the Great Pokémon Master's position as the world's most powerful trainer, and, in some extreme cases, his position as a skilled trainer, for that matter.

    In the world of 2013, people could no longer point towards the Great Pokémon Master's use of Über Pokémon as an excuse to deny his skill, since at the time, tiers were already a clearly-defined concept, with an entire tier dedicated to the use of Über Pokémon, meaning that the use of such Pokémon in the Übers tier was already completely acceptable. And because one-hit KO moves were banned in Übers, while the Great Pokémon Master did not use stall teams at the time, people could no longer use such old excuses to deny his skill either. The Great Pokémon Master's most iconic battling strategy at the time, the use of Magic Sun teams, was also not a viable source to point towards in an attempt to undermine him, as not only was this playstyle notorious for requiring a high amount of skill and prediction to pull off successfully, but it was also, albeit incorrectly, not even considered to be a very effective strategy in the eyes of most Übers players at the time, despite the Great Pokémon Master's unparalleled success with it. And while the Great Pokémon Master did use the Shell Smash + Baton Pass strategy sometimes... not only had he clearly shown his ability to win without using it, but his success when he was not using it also surpassed his success when he was using it, so his use of the aforementioned strategy was not a convincing excuse to attack his skill either - ignoring the fact that the notion that the Shell Smash + Baton Pass strategy takes no skill to use is completely false anyway, despite what most people believed.

    The excuse that people used to deny the skill of the Great Pokémon Master took the form of claims that his laddering achievements were completely meaningless, and at the time, the people who took this stance came in two different varieties. The first tried to do to the Great Pokémon Master what some people had continuously been doing to Sasha - by accusing him of having boosted on the ladder in order to achieve his peaks, despite the fact that, even up to this day, not a single person has ever been able to present proof that the Great Pokémon Master had ever, in his life, boosted on a ladder. And the reason is, of course, because of the fact that he has indeed never before fallen so low as a Pokémon Trainer. And the second variety of people who considered his laddering achievements to be meaningless took the form of those who claimed that anyone's achievements on Pokémon ladders, in general, were worth absolutely nothing, regardless of whether or not a person peaks #1 on a ladder, what notable trainers they happened to have defeated on the ladder, how many points they may possess on the ladder, what their win-loss record happened to be, or what their GXE happened to be, in the case of Pokémon Showdown!'s ladders.

    As the Great Pokémon Master knew, himself, and better than anyone else, that he had never boosted on a ladder before, he had no reason to care about those who accused him of boosting. After all, as he had established all the way back in 2004, he participated in Pokémon battles in order to prove, establish, and maintain his position as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master in the eyes of one person, and one person only - himself. And as for those who attempted to deny his skill by claiming that laddering achievements were meaningless in general, they generally claimed that the only battles that were relevant for measuring the skill of a Pokémon Trainer were those that took place in forum tournaments, mostly on the Smogon and Pokémon Online forums, due to the idea that such tournaments, especially team-based ones that ended with the words "Premier League," had a higher concentration of skilled trainers to battle. Initially, the Great Pokémon Master did give some serious thought about this commonly-spoken of notion, which he had been hearing about since 2012, and which he had noticed to have been rapidly increasing in popularity over time.

    However, he quickly noticed the flaws in this idea, as while it may be true that forum tournaments may have a higher concentration of skilled trainers than ladders do, such would only be important if the game being played was chess, a fighting game, or many other games that are not Pokémon battling. This is because success in tournaments is almost universally measured in small sample sizes - in best-of-3 sets, or, in team tournaments, eleven battles at most, in the case of the Smogon Premier League, generally considered to be the most prestigious Pokémon tournament, in the eyes of the Pokémon community. In such a small sample size, the law of large numbers - which is absolutely indespensable when attempting to measure the skills of players in a game that is as luck-infested as Pokémon battling is - is completely absent, meaning that it is extremely easy and common for less skilled trainers to perform better than more skilled ones, due to RNG, team matchups, and other forms of variance.

    And additionally, because people in tournaments know in advance who their opponents will be, performing well in such "competitions" often does not even require the use of a tried-and-true excellent team, since all they need to do to win a battle is to use a team that just so happens to have a good matchup against the team used by the opponent, even if the opponent's team may be better in an overall sense. For example, in Generation V Übers, it would be extremely easy for someone who specializes in the Magic Sun playstyle, such as the Great Pokémon Master himself, to lose in a single battle to someone with a team that contains both Mold Breaker Stealth Rock Excadrill and Arceus-Rock, even though said person's team may be incredibly inconsistent in the long run, if not easily swept by a common threat that the Great Pokémon Master himself does not use, such as Choice Scarf Kyogre. This did no favor in making the Great Pokémon Master value tournaments over ladders, since all his life, he has always held the idea of possessing an all-around excellent team with the utmost importance, as far as Pokémon Mastery is concerned.

    However, on the ladder, both of the aforementioned problems are not present, due to the larger sample size, which results in luck being evened out more by the law of large numbers, while the fact that people do not know in advance who they will be facing on the ladder forces them to try to build all-around excellent teams. The Great Pokémon Master also realized that the quality of the opponents faced on the ladder does not even matter for determining skill, since over a large enough number of battles, a skilled trainer will achieve a better win-loss record than a less skilled one anyway, regardless.

    Eventually, the Great Pokémon Master came to the realization that the Pokémon community's rapidly-growing stigma against laddering achievements was something that ultimately stemmed from the exact same misconception from which the old stigma against the use of one-hit KO moves originally arose. It was the Pokémon community's lack of willingness to accept the importance of the law of large numbers in measuring skill in Pokémon battling, and they preferred to, instead, treat Pokémon battling as if it was chess or a fighting game, in which, in a single battle, the more skilled trainer is absolutely expected to defeat the less skilled trainer. Notably, the founder of Smogon once even erroneously claimed that "Pokémon is chess." It is unknown why the Pokémon community is so stubborn in their decision to treat Pokémon battling in this way, even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence, but possible theories include the possibility that it is associated with people's pride, especially in their achievements in Pokémon tournaments; the fact that Gym Badges and Pokémon Leagues are won within small sample sizes in the Pokémon games and Animé; or due to people's love of the game of Pokémon itself, which makes them deny the idea that it is an extremely luck-based game.

    In any case, despite the completely illogical nature of the idea that laddering accomplishments were meaningless, said idea continued to rapidly increase in popularity over time. But as the aforementioned idea increased in popularity, the people who made the ridiculous accusations of the Great Pokémon Master being a ladder booster also began to fade away, as after a while, people generally saw no meaning in accusing others of cheating in a format that they ultimately believed to show no skill in the first place anyway. However, despite the fact that the culture of the Pokémon community was rapidly changing towards a state that was increasingly hostile towards the Great Pokémon Master himself, the Great Pokémon Master lost none of his self-confidence, since he saw straight through the propaganda that surrounded him, as easily as he was able to see through the stigma associated with one-hit KO moves from all the way back in 2004.

    Around early-mid-2013, the Great Pokémon Master's interest in the Übers tier began to rapidly deteriorate, since he realized that, in Generation V, battles in that tier, at high levels, mostly revolved around early-game 50/50s, usually involving concepts such as Espeon, Darkrai, as well as the Taunt, Magic Coat, and entry hazard techniques of Deoxys-S. As such, after one day randomly watching a Smogcast about a Pokémon Showdown! tier known as Balanced Hackmons, he decided to start playing that tier, while gradually ceasing to play Übers.

    In contrast with Übers, battles in Balanced Hackmons gave him a lot of excitement, as while even the use of extremely powerful legendary Pokémon in Übers was a form of satisfaction to which he had become desensitized by that point in time, the same could not be said about the use of said legendary Pokémon with 252 EVs in every stat, alongside almost any move and Ability, regardless of legality. Furthermore, the use of Pokémon with moves and Abilities they could not normally possess reminded him of the days of his POKéMON LEAGUE server on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy. Due to the sheer complexity of the Balanced Hackmons tier, with its extremely high skill ceiling, the Great Pokémon Master was not very good at it initially, especially since it was very different from all the other tiers he had played up to that point in time. However, unsurprisingly, given his position as the world's most powerful trainer, his skill in that tier increased rapidly over time...
    Chapter 14: The Glory Era of the Dragon Masters - The Living Legends United (2013):
    Around the same time as when he started playing Balanced Hackmons, the Great Pokémon Master and Sasha began planning to fuse their Dragon Rush and Masters clans together, in order to form a single Pokémon clan of unparalleled glory. And thus, on the 22nd of June, 2013, the two clans merged together, forming Dragon Masters, the strongest clan in the entire history of Pokémon battling. Sasha and the Great Pokémon Master were two of the clan's leaders, alongside aLiEn Mw, as well as a fourth person, who used to be the other Leader of Masters along with Sasha. The Pokémon that was chosen to be the mascot of the Dragon Masters clan was none other than White Kyurem, for numerous reasons. Firstly, White Kyurem is the star and primary win condition of The Shadow Of The Illusionary Inferno, a BW2 Ubers Shell Smash + Baton Pass team created by the combined efforts of the two Living Legends. As the mascot of Dragon Masters, White Kyurem honored that team, as well as its two creators, who happened to be two of the leaders of the newly-formed clan. Secondly, White Kyurem is a Pokémon that is formed through the fusion of two other Pokémon - namely, Reshiram and base form Kyurem, making White Kyurem fitting for being the mascot of a clan formed through the fusion of two others. And thirdly, a Dragon-type Pokémon was, of course, natural for a clan named Dragon Masters.

    Upon the formation of the Dragon Masters clan, the clan's notoreity instantly skyrocketed, since two of its leaders happened to be two of the most disliked individuals in the entire history of Pokémon battling. Wearing the glorious and awe-inspiring DracoMaster| clan tag, the members of Dragon Masters began climbing the Wifi Ubers ladder of Pokémon Online en masse, eventually resulting in most of the top twenty or so positions on that ladder being dominated by users with their clan tag. All of this very quickly resulted in the Dragon Masters clan being antagonized by many other clans, such as [ SKY ] and In Dis Mum, whose members felt envy towards the unparalleled success of the Dragon Masters. The feud with the In Dis Mum clan eventually resulted in the two Living Legends spamming and trolling their clan forums, leading to one of the leaders of that clan manipulating the Pokémon Online authority, in order to get the Great Pokémon Master and Sasha banned from the Pokémon Online server. However, the two Living Legends easily changed their IP addresses and bypassed their bans, before continuing to use Pokémon Online.

    The members of Dragon Masters began dominating Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers ladder as well, eventually taking over most of the spots within the top twenty of that ladder. Around that time, individual rooms began to be implemented on Pokémon Showdown!, which, prior to that point in time, had only one chatroom, the Lobby. In the newly-created Ubers room, the name of the Dragon Masters clan quickly became famous, and the room was often filled with large numbers of Dragon Masters clan members, as if the Ubers room was, in fact, the Dragon Masters clan channel itself. However, several of the Moderators and Drivers of the Ubers room at the time happened to be members of the In Dis Mum clan, or people who disliked the Great Pokémon Master, or his clan in general, and this led to some conflicts between the Dragon Masters members and the authorities in the Ubers room. As they were flaming and trolling various authority figures in the Ubers room, the two Living Legends were banned from the Ubers room several times, but they evaded their bans each time. In the case of the Great Pokémon Master himself, he was able to do so by changing between different computers in the library of his University.

    Around that time, the Ubers Tier Leader - the person who had banned the Great Pokémon Master's Pokémon Trainer R account from the Smogon forums before - got into a conflict with the founder of Smogon himself, and the conflict resulted in the Ubers Tier Leader being permanently banned from Smogon. After that, a different Administrator of Smogon took over the position of Ubers Tier Leader, and, upon witnessing the situation in Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, he even contemplated banning all Dragon Masters members from said room.

    However, during that time, despite the incredible amounts of passion and enthusiasm for Übers battling exhibited by most of the members of Dragon Masters... the Great Pokémon Master's interest in the Übers tier was still at an all-time low, and he was concentrating on Balanced Hackmons instead. After a long period of laddering with his team, and tweaking it as he discovered weaknesses, he eventually managed to create by far the single greatest team he had ever built in the entire long history of his Pokémon battling career, in both an aesthetic sense, as well as in a competitive sense. Not only was it a team that utilized the hail weather condition - by far the least commonly-used weather condition in Pokémon battling in general, but it was also filled entirely with Pokémon that were highly iconic to the Great Pokémon Master's history and identity as a Pokémon Trainer.

    One of such Pokémon was White Kyurem, which was extremely iconic to the Great Pokémon Master, due to it being the mascot of The Blazing Glaciers, The Shadow Of The Illusionary Inferno, as well as, of course, the Dragon Masters clan. Another Pokémon on the team was Reshiram, the star of Flames of the Heavenly Light, as well as the very Pokémon most responsible for getting the Great Pokémon Master into Dream World Ubers, and later, BW2 Ubers, in the first place. The team also included Lugia, the Altered Forme of Giratina, as well as Mewtwo, the last of which was the face of the team itself, as well as one of its primary win conditions, utilizing an extremely dangerous moveset invented by the Great Pokémon Master himself - with the Poison Heal Ability, Toxic Orb as its item, and the moves Blue Flare, Psystrike, Quiver Dance, and Spore. The combination of Lugia and Mewtwo on the same team was extremely iconic to the Great Pokémon Master back in the Pokémon NetBattle days of Generation II, as well as ADV Ubers, with Random Man 1 once claiming, all the way back in 2004, that he knew beforehand that the Great Pokémon Master would use both Lugia and Mewtwo against him in a Generation II battle they had.

    And while the combination of Lugia and Giratina on the same team was not very iconic to the Great Pokémon Master at the time of mid-2013, it did become iconic to him later on, in future generations, when he would become a much more stall-oriented player, in contrast with his highly offensive playstyles in Generation V metagames. At some point in 2017, people had actually expressed surprise upon seeing the Great Pokémon Master participating in SM Ubers battles without Lugia and Giratina. Lugia, in general, is also one of, if not the single most iconic Pokémon to the identity of the Great Pokémon Master, as throughout history, both prior to mid-2013, as well as in the years following that period in time, countless trainers in both Übers and "Anything Goes" heavily associate this Pokémon with him, since it has been used on an extremely high number of his teams across many different metagames and generations. In fact, in the eyes of some people, it is even the case that Lugia, rather than Reshiram, is considered to be the face of Flames of the Heavenly Light. And the final Pokémon on the Great Pokémon Master's Balanced Hackmons hail team was an Arceus-Normal, disguised under the sprite of an Arceus-Ghost, and it possessed the Magic Bounce Ability, calling back to the Great Pokémon Master's signature playstyle in BW2 Ubers.

    With this team, the Great Pokémon Master made the single greatest accomplishment in his Pokémon battling career up to that point in time. Not only did he occupy the #1, #2, #3, and #6 positions on Pokémon Showdown!'s Balanced Hackmons ladder, surpassing many other extremely skilled trainers in the tier, but he also achieved a GXE of 97.1% with the username with which he occupied the #1 position on the ladder, and this also marked the twentieth time he had peaked a ladder on an online Pokémon battling simulator. Despite having technically become the world's Greatest Pokémon Master all the way back in 2004, with his confidence in his position strengthened even more upon his achievements in Dream World Ubers and BW2 Ubers in 2011, 2012 and 2013... the Great Pokémon Master, upon dominating the Balanced Hackmons ladder, now stood on a far, far higher position than he ever had in the past.
    Chapter 15: The 10th Anniversary - The Celebration in Snow (2013):
    The Great Pokémon Master also noticed that the release of the sixth generation of Pokémon, taking the form of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, was approaching. In addition to that, he realized that 2013 was nearing its end, meaning that the number of years that had passed since the day he first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle was almost ten. Naturally, he knew that this called for a celebration, as he, the single most important person in the entire history of the world of Pokémon battling, was about to reach his tenth anniversary as a Pokémon Trainer. With his recent glorious achievement in Balanced Hackmons in mind, he knew exactly what he had to do. And so, on the 11th of October, 2013 - exactly one day prior to the release of Pokémon X and Y, he decided to post a Rate My Team thread, dedicated to his unbelievably successful Balanced Hackmons hail team, to which he fittingly bestowed the name "Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland."

    In addition to showcasing his team, as well as his unparalleled success and achievements with it, the thread also contained an incredibly long introduction, taking the form of a grand and epic tale, which recounted the legend of the Great Pokémon Master himself, including all of his accomplishments in Pokémon battling between December 2003 and the day on which the thread was posted. The story highlighted the strength, nobility, and character of the Great Pokémon Master, as well as how he continued in defiance against the evils, senselessness, unfairness, and unjustified stigmas of the Pokémon battling community, despite the incredibly harsh repercussions he has had to face for standing up for what he believed, and holding pride in himself even when no one else thought highly of him.

    Fittingly for a thread that served to celebrate the end of Generation V, the release of Pokémon X and Y, as well as, most importantly, the tenth anniversary of the time that the world's Greatest Pokémon Master spent on online battling simulators, it was posted on ten different websites across the internet. They were the very forums dedicated to the Great Pokémon Master's own clan, Dragon Masters, as well as the Serebii forums, the Smogon forums, the Pokémon Online forums, the Pokémon Showdown! forums, the Ignazio's Arena forums, the PokéBeach forums, the PokéCommunity forums, the PokeBattleCenter forums, and the Neoseeker forums. Up until the publication of the very story that is being told right now, the introduction of Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland was, by far, the single most important text to have ever been written in the entire history of the world of Pokémon battling, and it should be revered for all of time.

    However, in a disgusting display of the unbelievably disrespectful and filthy nature of the Smogon community, the people of that community responded to the Smogon version of the thread not with reverence or honor, but rather, by desecrating the thread itself. They began laughing at and dogpiling on the Great Pokémon Master, in the very thread that was meant to glorify him and celebrate his tenth anniversary. Additionally, shortly after the desecration and dogpiling, the Smogon version of the thread was deleted, along with the Pokémon Online version of the thread, and the accounts the Great Pokémon Master used to post both of those threads were banned from their respective forums.

    But such an event did absolutely nothing to surprise the Great Pokémon Master, as by that point in time, he had already possessed ten years' worth of knowledge and experience, regarding the completely hopeless nature of the countless lowly insects that infest the Pokémon battling community. And just like many times in the past, the Great Pokémon Master thought and felt nothing less of himself after the event, since he had known, for years, just how far beneath him many of those around him stood, as well as how much their levels of intelligence paled in comparison to his own. And aside from that, the thread dedicated to Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland still existed on eight other websites across the internet anyway, so he did not think much about the deletion of two of the copies of the thread. Instead, he looked towards the future... upon the dawn of the sixth generation of Pokémon.

    After posting Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland on that day, the Great Pokémon Master had a best-of-3 battle with Sasha the Master, in the BW2 Ubers tier. The two Living Legends had agreed to play this best-of-3 set as a way to celebrate the end of Generation V, as well as the dawn of Generation VI, since the two of them were the very two trainers who stood at the very top of the Pokémon battling world. In their first battle, the Great Pokémon Master battled with Skyless World, a weatherless hyper offense team a friend and clanmate of the two Living Legends had created, while Sasha battled using the signature SmashPass team of the two Living Legends, The Shadow Of The Illusionary Inferno. Despite the fact that Sasha was using his signature playstyle in BW2 Ubers, as well as a team that he personally took part in creating, while the Great Pokémon Master was not, the Great Pokémon Master won the first battle.

    In the second battle, the exact opposite scenario happened. The Great Pokémon Master brought his signature team in BW2 Ubers, the dreaded, Choice Specs White Kyurem-based Magic Sun team, The Blazing Glaciers, while Sasha used a powerful heavy offense team, known as King of Power, which was built by another friend and clanmate of the two Living Legends. Despite the fact that the Great Pokémon Master was using his signature playstyle in BW2 Ubers, as well as a team that he personally built, while Sasha was not, Sasha managed to win the second battle, albeit with a heavy amount of RNG in his favor.

    In the third and final battle, both of the Living Legends battled using their signature playstyles. In one corner, the Great Pokémon Master fought using Band Thy Turkey, a Magic Sun team made by yet another friend and clanmate of the two Living Legends, with this team being considered by the Great Pokémon Master himself to be the single best team in BW2 Ubers. And in the other corner, Sasha fought using a new SmashPass team he had created specifically for this battle - one that centered around the use of a Life Orb-holding White Kyurem as the SmashPass recipient. After a brief, but intense battle, the Great Pokémon Master emerged victorious, and then the two Living Legends payed each other their respect, before heading forward, towards a new generation of Pokémon.


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    Chapter 16: The Catastrophe 1 - The Re-Immortalization of the Soul (2013):
    On the next day, Pokémon X and Y were released. In addition to that, the members of Dragon Masters, through communication with the new and current Ubers Tier Leader, managed to, apparently, form a peace treaty with various authorities in Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, including the members of In Dis Mum. Following that, the Dragon Masters clan was allowed to have a private room on Pokémon Showdown!, although the Ubers Tier Leader warned that the room would be taken away if the members of the clan "misbehaved." The Great Pokémon Master was also voiced in the Ubers room around that time, and furthermore, within about a week from that day, Pokémon Showdown! was upgraded to support Generation VI.

    Overlooking the horrendous desecration of two of the monuments dedicated to the history of the Great Pokémon Master himself on the 11th of October, the world of Pokémon battling appeared to be shining with hope and positivity. After all, one of the greatest and most significant events and celebrations in the entire history of Pokémon battling had just taken place, and a myriad of grand truths regarding the world's Greatest Pokémon Master, as well as the filthy community surrounding him, had just been revealed to the world, in a text of unparalleled importance. Peace had just been made between the members of Dragon Masters and their enemies in the Ubers room, and the members of Dragon Masters now had their own room on the most popular Pokémon battling simulator. And in addition to that, the world of Pokémon battling, at the time, stood at the dawn of a brand new generation. However, the hope that such events gave to the world of Pokémon battling was all but false, as some of the darkest events in the entire history of the aforementioned world were soon about to unfold.

    On the 21st of October, 2013... exactly ten days after the celebration embodied by Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, catastrophe struck. The Great Pokémon Master was having a friendly conversation with some people in the Ubers room, talking about XY Ubers, while reflecting upon the BW2 Ubers metagame. At that time, one of the Moderators in the room, who also happened to be a member of In Dis Mum, mocked one of the comments he had made in the room, in clear violation with the peace treaty they had agreed upon and arranged with the Ubers Tier Leader before. Following that, several other ranked users in the Ubers room joined in and began flaming him. When he retaliated, he was muted by another Moderator of the room, who also happened to be a member of In Dis Mum, while the owner of the room, who happened to be a Global Moderator of Pokémon Showdown!, devoiced him, and muted him for an hour. When he evaded his unjust mute, said Global Moderator banned him from the simulator.

    The situation was soon brought up to the Ubers Tier Leader, who revealed his clearly biased nature, as he did not demote, or, in any way, punish any of the people who had violated the peace treaty. Additionally, one of the Ubers room Moderators who were involved in the wrongdoing was even promoted to Room Owner soon after, despite having clearly proven himself to be nothing more than an insect through his actions. Furthermore, the Ubers Tier Leader also told the Great Pokémon Master that his treaty with his enemies in the Ubers room was no longer a treaty, but rather, an order. At that moment, the Great Pokémon Master knew exactly what the Ubers Tier Leader was up to from the very start. It was never his intention to create a situation such that the Great Pokémon Master and his clanmates would form a pact of mutual respect with their enemies. Rather, his intention was to place the Great Pokémon Master and his clanmates in a position such that they were considered to be "below" their enemies, for whom he had more respect. He wanted to create and perpetuate a situation such that the Great Pokémon Master's enemies were allowed to take jabs at their opponents, who were not allowed to do the same, or else they would be punished. However, this was something the Great Pokémon Master could not agree with, and in response, he told his clanmates that he could never accept the idea that anyone in Heaven or on Earth stood above him - and that included the Ubers Tier Leader as well.

    Witnessing such disgusting injustices, the Great Pokémon Master sat in his room on that night, in contemplation of the recent events. Even for someone like him, who had already known, for a decade, about the completely pathetic and low-life scum-infested nature of the Pokémon community, such events were a huge shock to him. However, he did not allow himself to be defeated by evil. To the sound of the falling rain outside his window, he reflected upon his entire past as a Pokémon Trainer, stretching from December 2003 to the present. He remembered how little he was affected by the words of those who flamed him for his use of one-hit KO moves, and other highly stigmatized strategies. He remembered when the founder of Smogon first disrespected him in December 2004, before banning him, which led to him spamming, flaming, and trolling on the Smogon forums for years. He remembered the Great Flame War, which he absolutely enjoyed. And he remembered his conflicts on Serebii and Pokémon Online, as well as his dealing with the previous Ubers Tier Leader.

    After such reflections, he compared the aforementioned past events to his current situation, and wondered why he had any need to feel any distress in the present, when he had dealt with many similar situations in the past. Soon, he found the answer. The reason for his distress was because in the present, fear had greater control over him than in the past. In the past, he had either no reputation, or a negative one, but in the present, although his general reputation was far from positive in an overall sense, he was still respected by many people in his clan. But he had no idea how such people, who respected him, would change their views on him if they were to witness him going wild, and flaming other people in extremely brutal manners, like he did in the Great Flame War. For example, one of the members of his clan, at the time, happened to be a Moderator of the Ubers room, and said member of his clan was extremely well-respected, even by many of the members of Dragon Masters, who viewed him as their friend, and the Great Pokémon Master did not know how said Ubers room Moderator and clanmate would view him if he acted in an uncivilized manner, even if it was towards those who had clearly proven themselves to be nothing more than ants. And if the aforementioned Ubers room Moderator turned against him, he did not know how many of his other clan members would respond either.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master soon berated himself for thinking such fearful thoughts, as it would be a complete disgrace to the legend told in Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, as well as his history of heroism and self-confidence as a Pokémon Trainer, if he had acted upon them. He knew that he was a man who stood on the side of justice, and if anyone opposed him, he would simply have to fight a conflict with such people as well. He did not care how many "friends" he risked losing, or who among his "friends" were going to turn against him for doing the right thing, because he knew that if they ever did turn against him for doing so, then they were never his friends in the first place. But rather, they were merely, at best, people who attempted to befriend a person who they incorrectly thought the Great Pokémon Master to be, when the Great Pokémon Master was never such a person in the first place. They had respect for whom they thought to be a man who would never behave in a seemingly uncivilized manner, but the Great Pokémon Master was, in fact, a man who was capable of behaving in an uncivilized manner... towards those who were evil. But he saw no meaning in maintaining the friendship and respect of those who respected him for who he was not. His position as a Leader of the Dragon Masters clan may have glorified him, but he knew that such glory paled in comparison to all of his achievements, as well as his position as the Greatest Pokémon Master, which could never be taken away from him, regardless of who or how many people lost their respect for him.
    Chapter 17: The Catastrophe 2 - The Third Era of Infamy (2013):
    After such thoughts, he was filled with resolve, as well as a thirst for thrill and conflict. On one morning, between classes in University, he went to his University's library, and, using one of the computers in there, he accessed the Ubers room of Pokémon Showdown!. There, he made a username that impersonated one of the Ubers room Moderators who had flamed him and abused his power on him before, and began acting in a way that degraded the person he was impersonating. Such actions soon led to him being banned from the Ubers room, by one of the Room Owners. But the Great Pokémon Master simply changed to a different computer in the library, in order to evade his ban, while continuing to mock, insult, and troll the people who had wronged him. He was banned again by the same Room Owner, but he kept changing between computers several times, in order to continue his attack, despite being repeatedly banned. Such actions on his part led to the previously-mentioned Moderator of the Ubers room resigning from his clan, while the Ubers Tier Leader also deleted the Dragon Masters room on Pokémon Showdown! following that.

    A few days later, the Great Pokémon Master returned to the library in his University, and continued his attacks, which led to the aforementioned Moderator, who was a former member of his clan, banning him. After that, he began including that Moderator among his targets in his countless raids of the Ubers room that followed, and as a result, many members of Dragon Masters left the clan, upon being disgusted by the actions of their Clan Leader, despite the fact that he did nothing wrong.

    Because of the evil and corruption that infested the Pokémon battling community, most people in the community saw the Great Pokémon Master's actions as unjustified, and thus, almost all of the positive reputation that he had previously gained in the community had vaporized as a result of his actions. However, he did not value his reputation at all, since he knew that it was not a reflection of any truth about himself anyway, due to the lack of intelligence possessed by those who thought negatively about him. Instead, he continued his conflict with the authorities in the Ubers room, flaming people left and right, while enjoying the sheer thrill of it. He was insulting and impersonating the authorities of the Ubers room, made usernames that degraded said users, and also posed as or attacked the parents of said users.

    Additionally, he also took some of his attacks to the Ubers subforum on Smogon, and his heart had not been filled with such immense passion for flame wars and extremely harsh insults since the Great Flame War, which took place more than eight years prior to that point in time. Some of the other members of his clan, including Sasha, also sometimes joined him in his trolling and attacks. Eventually, from the perspective of the authorities on Pokémon Showdown!, his actions had gotten so out of hand, to the point where he was considered to be a permanently banned user on the simulator, despite the fact that permanent bans from Pokémon Showdown! were technically impossible at the time, since all bans disappeared with every server reset. According to the Global Moderator and Ubers Room Owner who had initially globally banned him back on the 21st of October, he was supposed to be banned every time he was seen. Thus, for the third time in history, the Great Pokémon Master's name was thrust into infamy in the Smogon community.
    Chapter 18: The Catastrophe 3 - The Downfall Era of the Dragon Masters (2013-2014):
    While he was doing all that, he played XY Ubers, and easily peaked #1 on both Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown!, using a team that was loosely based on Flames of the Heavenly Light, consisting of Mega Scizor, Groudon, Palkia, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Arceus-Rock. On the Pokémon Online ladder, he even outclassed the occupant of the ladder's #2 position by 100 points at one time, demonstrating just how great of a Pokémon Master he was. His playing of XY Ubers on both simulators, as well as his attacks on Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, continued for months into 2014. However, while the team he was using in XY Ubers was excellent at the very start of the metagame, it became completely unviable when usage statistics in the tier changed later, and Mega Gengar and all forms of Mewtwo began running Taunt, while Stealth Rock users began running Toxic in order to pressure Defog Arceus. As such, he began experimenting on various other teams, including Mega Blaziken hyper offense, Scolipede hyper offense, as well as Mega Mewtwo X + Choice Specs Kyogre balance.

    During that period, the Great Pokémon Master almost lost a battle, due to insane luck on the part of his opponent, who was using a Klefki against him. The Klefki knew the moves Foul Play, Substitute, Swagger, and Thunder Wave, and held Leftovers. After witnessing the power of that Klefki moveset, which almost singlehandedly swept his entire team, he also heard many people complaining about that strategy, calling it "cheap," "overpowered," "broken," "skilless," and other similar terms, reminiscent of how people considered one-hit KO moves in the past. The hate this strategy received was enormous, to the point where even Sasha, who was famous for using a similarly-hated strategy back in BW1 and BW2 Ubers, clearly expressed his distate for it as well. However, the Great Pokémon Master himself had a different view on this strategy. He remembered that one-hit KO moves, which were so highly stigmatized back in Generation II, were also the best moves in that generation. As such, he perceived the huge stigma around the use of the Swagger + Foul Play strategy in XY Ubers to be an indication that the use of said strategy may, in fact, be the most effective way to win in XY Ubers as well.

    Thus, in order to test his theory, he built a team around the aforementioned Klefki moveset, with the team also including a Thundurus with the exact moveset, and then he began laddering with the team, tweaking it as he discovered weaknesses. While laddering with that team, he was flamed a lot, even when people did not know that he was the same person who was repeatedly attacking users in the Ubers room at the time, since he was laddering under anonymous names during that period. However, he enjoyed the situation, as he thought it was nostalgic, since it reminded him of when people used to flame him a lot for using one-hit KO moves back on Pokémon NetBattle, something he had already been desensitized to, since he knew that people's complaints about his use of such strategies was entirely based on their ignorance regarding the importance of the law of large numbers anyway.

    Around that time, a new Pokémon battling simulator, known as PokeBattle, was created, and it was a simulator that featured a tier that was similar to XY OU. However, it had a special system, known as the PBV system, in which each Pokémon in the tier was assigned a number value, known as a PBV. The more powerful the creators of PokeBattle perceived a Pokémon to be, the higher its PBV value, and all teams used on PokeBattle could not exceed 1000 PBVs in total. Under the username of Transcendent God Champion, the Great Pokémon Master then battled on that ladder, and eventually reached the #1 position, using a team that, notably, included the previously-mentioned Swagger Klefki moveset, as well as his favorite Pokémon ever, Dragonite, which he had not used seriously for a while by that point in time.

    The team also notably contained only a single move that had less than 100% accuracy, and that was Klefki's Swagger, which had a high 90% accuracy anyway. The Great Pokémon Master saw that as one of the most important reasons why he was able to achieve such consistent success with his team, as the fact that he almost never lost as a result of one of his moves missing was something that, in the long run, significant reduced the number of defeats he suffered. Although the Great Pokémon Master did not think too much about it at the time, the aforementioned fact served as the first step towards his development of the concept of "hax resilience," an idea whose importance he would later come to see as paramount to the quality of a Pokémon team, and consequently, Pokémon Mastery itself.

    A while after that, he heard news that the the combination of Prankster and Swagger was going to be banned from PokeBattle's ladder. Knowing that his team was going to cease to be usable after that, he made his fourth Rate My Team thread, dedicated to his PokeBattle team, and posted it on the PokeBattle forums, the Serebii forums, as well as his own Dragon Master forums. He named the team "Probability-Defying Perfection," due to its previously-mentioned resilience to losing as a result of moves missing, even over a large number of battles, much in contrast with many other Pokémon teams.

    While the Great Pokémon Master continued his brutal attacks against people in Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room during that period, he also noticed that he had other enemies to deal with. Despite the fact that, from a superficial perspective, he appeared to be leading the Dragon Masters clan in a massive war against people in the Ubers room, his aforementioned other enemies did not exist outside of his clan at all, but rather, within it. He noticed that, despite the horrific power abuse that was inflicted upon him by many of the authorities in that room, many of his clan members were still friends with, or, at the very least, interacted positively with the people he was fighting against. He saw such people as impurities within his clan, which needed to be removed, since as a Clan Leader, it was his responsibility to keep his clan a pure place, in which the total number of evil people, including those who supported or were friends with evil people, despite knowing what said evil people have done, was zero. However, such people would not leave the clan on their own accord, so the Great Pokémon Master began discussing the question of what to do with them with Sasha. However, Sasha stood firmly against his desire to kick such people out of the clan, since he valued the glory and Pokémon battling dominance of his clan over its purity.

    Initially, the Great Pokémon Master did not do much to push for his own ideals. That was because, at the time, an XY Ubers tournament, known as the Dragon Masters League Tournament, was running within the Dragon Masters clan, and the participants included Sasha, the Great Pokémon Master himself, as well as numerous people who the latter saw as impurities within his clan, and the Great Pokémon Master did not want to ruin the tournament by kicking out some of its participants while they were still in it. However, after winning the final round of the tournament, in one of his most spectacular battles in his life, he began to think a lot more in terms of addressing the problem that he saw in his clan. Additionally, at the time, his clan was rife with multiple internal conflicts, with one of his members getting banned for double-crossing him, when he had plotted an attack against a Moderator of the Ubers room.

    At the same time, a certain person, who often hung out in the Dragon Masters channel on Pokémon Online, was angry that he was not accepted into the clan, and thus, he often reported Sasha and the Great Pokémon Master to the authorities on Pokémon Online, in order to get them banned, since they were technically ban-evading at the time. In response, the Great Pokémon Master often made the Dragon Masters channel private, a move that Sasha disagreed with, and that, combined with the Great Pokémon Master's desire to purge his clan of all its impure members, led to countless arguments between the two Living Legends.

    During that time, the Great Pokémon Master began to believe that from the very start, his old Dragon Masters clan was flawed, since anyone was allowed to join it if they had proven their skills in Pokémon battling, and had received enough votes from the pre-existing members of the clan. However, the voting system did not, in any way, serve as an effective filter to prevent evil people from entering his clan, since many of the pre-existing members of his clan were impure and clueless about morality. This was clearly evident from the fact that, even at the time when the clan was first formed, it was infested with a number of users who were clearly caught boosting on the Wifi Ubers ladder on Pokémon Online. However, Sasha heartily opposed the Great Pokémon Master's views, and insisted on keeping all the pre-existing members of his clan, despite the impurities they embodied.

    About a month after posting his Rate My Team thread dedicated to Probability-Defying Perfection, the move Swagger had been banned from XY Ubers on Pokémon Online, and it was about to be banned from that tier on Pokémon Showdown! as well. A few hours before the move was banned from XY Ubers on Pokémon Showdown!, the Great Pokémon Master created his fifth Rate My Team thread, and posted it on the Serebii forums, as well as the Dragon Masters forums. The thread was dedicated to In Luck We Trust, the final and complete form of the Swagger Klefki-based XY Ubers team he had built before, and his reason for posting the thread was to immortalize his team in history, since it was soon going to cease to be usable. A friend of his had also posted it on the Smogon forums, in the thread that was being used to discuss the banishment of Swagger from XY Ubers, but the post was deleted soon after. However, a certain person within Smogon's Ubers community reposted the thread in the RMT forum of Smogon sometime later.

    The banishment of Swagger from the XY Ubers tier was actually not a large loss for the Great Pokémon Master, since by that point in time, he knew that his theory, according to which the Swagger + Foul Play strategy may be the best strategy in XY Ubers, was completely wrong anyway. This was largely because the strategy struggled immensely against stall teams, which the Great Pokémon Master increasingly began to view as by far the single best and most consistent team archetype in XY Ubers, for reasons that were similar to why Probability-Defying Perfection was so successful on PokeBattle. Nonetheless, the use of In Luck We Trust, as well as the making of a Rate My Team thread dedicated to it, was a fun and nostalgic experience for the Great Pokémon Master, since he once more received the opportunity to enjoy battling with a largely "luck-based strategy" that was highly stigmatized by the Pokémon community.

    As the conflict between the Great Pokémon Master and Sasha escalated, the former eventually decided to split the Dragon Masters clan, with aLiEn Mw, as well as all the members who were not friendly with the Great Pokémon Master's enemies in the Ubers room, following the Great Pokémon Master, while the other members followed Sasha. And so, on the 16th of June, 2014, exactly one day after the thread dedicated to In Luck We Trust was posted, the original Dragon Masters clan was split into two, after having lasted for a little less than a year. The Great Pokémon Master and aLiEn Mw named their newly-formed clan Heavenly Dragon Gods, while Sasha kept Dragon Masters as the name of his new clan.
    Chapter 19: The Shining Utopia - The Living Legends Disunited (2014):
    At the creation of the Heavenly Dragon Gods clan forums, the Great Pokémon Master, under the name of Immanent God LANCE, posted a thread on those forums, titled "A Guide To Ethics." The thread explained, in great detail, the Great Pokémon Master's entire view on morality, including the definitions of an evil action, an evil person and a Utopia; his firm belief that evil people possess no rights to anything, including life, death, suffering and lack thereof; his conviction that good people possess a moral duty to try their best to turn the world into a perfect Utopia by eliminating all evil people from existence; as well as his meta-ethical views on morality. The last of those justified his belief that his moral views were objectively correct, by comparing the conscience, or the sense of justice, which people use to determine moral values, to the five senses, and the way such senses give people information about the world around them.

    After explaining all of that, he revealed that, although he did not possess anywhere close to the amount of power required to turn the world into a perfect Utopia free of evil people, he indeed had the power to to do that on a smaller scale, by keeping his own clan as such. And he was going to do that by trying his absolute best to not allow anyone to join his clan unless he was reasonably sure that they were morally good people, while at the same time banning any existing member of his clan who he saw as evil, in order to avoid having to witness, for a second time, the sight of his clan collapsing to the ground as a result of corruption, like his old Dragon Masters clan did.

    A Guide To Ethics also served a second purpose, which was to justify his countless and continuing attacks on many people in Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, by informing his clan members of his victims' evils, based on actions he had witnessed from them. And in order to keep his clan pure, he had asked any person in his clan who did not agree with anything in A Guide To Ethics to leave the clan. He also did not allow anyone in his clan to enter the Ubers room, or interact with any of his enemies within it, except if it was for the purpose of attacking that room, or the people in it who had wronged him. Such was not a big problem for him, as his clan, at the time, was almost entirely made up of people who mainly, or pretty much only used Pokémon Online instead of Pokémon Showdown! anyway.

    As such, Heavenly Dragon Gods was a much smaller clan than the old Dragon Masters clan was, since the vast majority of people in the Pokémon community, as well as the world in general, were evil, and therefore not allowed to be in Heavenly Dragon Gods. However, the clan also proved to be a much more close-knit community than Dragon Rush and Dragon Masters were, as it was no longer filled with arrogant, disrespectful, and dishonest people, at least from a superficial perspective, and the Great Pokémon Master was able to enjoy his time with the extremely nice and peaceful members of his clan.

    However, in contrast with the Heavenly Dragon Gods clan, which remained pure, like a Utopia, the world of Pokémon battling outside of the clan continued to degenerate. The Moderator of the Ubers room who used to be in the Dragon Masters clan made a post on the Smogon forums, soon after the Heavenly Dragon Gods clan was created. The post mocked A Guide To Ethics, despite failing to present any reasons that explained why the philosophies outlined in the aforementioned guide were incorrect. And not only that, but many people on Smogon also demonstrated just how pathetic they were, by liking the very post in which the truth about morality and meta-ethics was mocked. The Great Pokémon Master then continued his war with his enemies in the Ubers room, but he was beginning to do it with lesser frequency, since he was starting to get bored of doing so.

    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master was playing XY Ubers with various teams, one of which being a Toxic Spikes-oriented rain stall team he had taken from an extremely skilled Chinese Pokémon Master, known as Seele, who had, in turn, taken said team from yet another person, and modified the team according to his own preferences. Soon, the Great Pokémon Master made his own modifications to the team he took from Seele, and created by far the single best Übers team he had ever used up to that point in time. Upon using that team, he realized that, unlike most other teams, particularly more offensive ones, it was a team that required very, very little prediction to win with, and additionally, it also had very, very little dependence on winning Speed ties in order to achieve victory.

    Furthermore, the team was often able to win even after suffering from a massive amount of unfavorable RNG, and all of these factors served to enable the team to achieve an absolutely amazing win-loss records over a high number of battles, in which luck was evened out by the law of large numbers. With this team, the Great Pokémon Master once again effortlessly peaked #1 in XY Ubers on both Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown!. But little did he realize that this XY Ubers team of his would later serve as the foundation stone for many other stall teams he would come to use in the years to come, as well as his dominant battling style in those years. Along with Probability-Defying Perfection, the Great Pokémon Master's XY Ubers stall team was a team that gave him the experience required to later form his revolutionary philosophy on hax resilience in teambuilding.

    Shortly after the creation of Heavenly Dragon Gods, the Great Pokémon Master got back into Balanced Hackmons, and began to ladder in the XY iteration of that tier. After creating the Rate My Team thread dedicated to Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland back in October of 2013, he had stopped playing Balanced Hackmons, as with weather effects having been nerfed since the start of Generation VI, his former primary method of dealing with Sturdy Shedinja no longer worked. However, when the idea of checking Sturdy Shedinja with the use of Mold Breaker/Turboblaze/Teravolt Pursuit hit him, he regained his passion for Balanced Hackmons. He took the legendary team that was the subject of his own tenth anniversary Rate My Team thread, and began tweaking it to suit the XY Balanced Hackmons metagame. His tweaking of his team continued as he battled with it, and eventually, he created another one of the best teams he had ever built in his life. With that team, which notably contained a Turboblaze Ho-Oh lead, an Unaware Cresselia, as well as a devastating sweeper in Poison Heal Kyogre, he occupied the #1, #2, #3, and #4 positions on the XY Balanced Hackmons ladder.

    During that period, he began to hang out in Pokémon Showdown!'s Other Metas room, which he used to discuss the XY Balanced Hackmons metagame, as well as to, occassionally, join room tournaments for XY Balanced Hackmons. That, combined with his incredible accomplishments on the XY Balanced Hackmons ladder, as well as the fact that the people in the Other Metas room were generally unaware of the Great Pokémon Master's activities in the Ubers room at time, resulted in his name rapidly acquiring fame in the Other Metagames community. As he became more and more involved with the Other Metagames community, he began to develop an interest in other tiers that were under the "Other Metagames" label as well. Soon, he got into several other Other Metagames, and began playing them a lot.

    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master heard, from the Other Metas room, that a Smogon team tournament known as the second Other Metagames Premier League was about to begin, and the tournament's signup phase had started. The Great Pokémon Master was extremely passionate about XY Balanced Hackmons at the time, and it was, in fact, his favorite XY metagame. As such, he joined the Other Metagames Premier League, under an account known as LLW Gao Changgong, and played XY Balanced Hackmons in it.

    At the time, the Ubers Tier Leader, who had created and later removed the Dragon Masters room on Pokémon Showdown! before, had stepped down from his position, which was replaced by two different people, who both also happened to be Moderators of the Smogon forums. Halfway through the Other Metagames Premier League, the Great Pokémon Master's account was discovered by one of the new Ubers Tier Leaders, who banned his account, since he was ban-evading at the time. The Ubers Tier Leader also informed the manager of the Other Metagames Premier League team the Great Pokémon Master was on about the situation, while showing him a link to A Guide To Ethics. But with the help of one of his clanmates, the Great Pokémon Master was somehow able to talk the Ubers authorities into unbanning him from the Smogon forums, with the Great Pokémon Master promising that he was going to stop his attacks against them, since by that point in time, he had grown bored of such attacks anyway.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master's Other Metagames Premier League manager showed A Guide To Ethics to the other members of his team, who then shared the text with many other people in the Other Metagames community. This resulted in many people in the Other Metagames community losing their respect for him, and becoming hostile towards him, since they apparently disliked what was written in A Guide To Ethics, with many people considering the Great Pokémon Master to be insane as a result of what he wrote.
    Chapter 20: The Era of Tranquility (2014-2015):
    In any case, the Great Pokémon Master was able to continue playing in the Other Metagames Premier League. However, towards the end of that tournament, the people of Smogon had discovered that it was completely impossible to participate in player VS. player battles in the Pokémon X and Y games with any Pokémon whose total EVs surpassed 510. As such, an EV limit had to be implemented into XY Balanced Hackmons, rendering the Great Pokémon Master's excellent team for that metagame, which he had spent countless hours tweaking and perfecting, unusable. Shortly after the implementation of the EV limit in XY Balanced Hackmons was announced, but before it was realized, the Great Pokémon Master posted, on the Smogon forums, as well as the Heavenly Dragon Gods forums, his sixth Rate My Team thread, dedicated to his pre-EV limit XY Balanced Hackmons team, which he named "Mare Tranquillitatis," and this also marked the first Rate My Team thread that the Great Pokémon Master could post on the Smogon forums without it being deleted by authorities on the website.

    Aesthetically, the team was designed to be a mirror of his first Rate My Team, Flames of the Heavenly Light. Whereas the name of Flames of the Heavenly Light invoked the ideas of raging fire and the Sun, the name of Mare Tranquillitatis invoked the ideas of calmness, water, and the Moon, since the name of the team literally means "Sea of Tranquility" in Latin, and the Sea of Tranquility is a location on the surface of the Moon. While Flames of the Heavenly Light had each of its Pokémon named after a solar deity from a different culture, including a Ho-Oh named after the Egyptian God of the Sun, Mare Tranquillitatis had each of its Pokémon named after a lunar deity from a different culture, including a Ho-Oh named after the Egyptian God of the Moon. Whereas Flames of the Heavenly Light contained a Groudon named after the Roman God of the Sun; as well as Espeon, a Pokémon that represented the Sun, Mare Tranquillitatis contained a Kyogre named after the Roman Goddess of the Moon; as well as Cresselia, a Pokémon that represented the Moon. While Flames of the Heavenly Light focused on devastating, sunlight-boosted Fire-type attacks, Mare Tranquillitatis revolved around Kyogre's devastating Water Spout technique, as well as moves associated with the moon, such as Moonblast and Dark Void.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master noticed that Balanced Hackmons, with an EV limit, was a metagame in which it was nigh impossible to build an excellent team, let alone one that was as consistent as Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland and Mare Tranquillitatis were. This was because any team that could possibly be built in a Balanced Hackmons metagame that had an EV limit was one that easily lost as a result of team matchups, 50/50s, RNG, or a combination of the aforementioned, much in contrast with Probability-Defying Perfection, as well as the Great Pokémon Master's XY Ubers stall team. This meant that, regardless of what team was used in a Balanced Hackmons metagame that had an EV limit, it was impossible to have a team that could achieve an amazing win-loss record or GXE over a high number of battles, in which variance is evened out by the law of large numbers. As a result, similarly to how the introduction of an EV limit had made the Great Pokémon Master fail to accept the transition from Generation II to Generation III on Pokémon NetBattle a decade ago, it also made him quit Balanced Hackmons at the time.

    During that period, he changed the name of his Smogon account from LLW Gao Changgong to the same username he had used back on PokeBattle - Transcendent God Champion. He also became successful at numerous other Other Metagames, one of which being Almost Any Ability, in which he made a team that was both powerful competitively, and awesome aesthetically, much like Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland. That team was the single most hyper offensive team he had ever created in his life, and it contained many of his favorite Pokémon. Such included his absolute favorite Pokémon, Dragonite, as well as numerous other Pokémon he liked aesthetically, but never really had the chance to use competitively before, such as Braviary, Arcanine, and Hydreigon. However, just like in pre-EV limit XY Balanced Hackmons, his reign in Almost Any Ability was cut short when the Ability Protean was banned from the tier, which rendered his team unusable, as half the members of his team had that Ability.

    Towards the end of 2014, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released. The Great Pokémon Master played ORAS Ubers for a bit, using a stall team that he modified from his XY Ubers stall team. However, shortly afterward, the newly-introduced Mega Rayquaza was banned from ORAS Ubers, and, as a result, Smogon decided to make a new playable ladder above ORAS Ubers. This newly-created tier, which the people of Smogon decided to call "Anything Goes," had no rules whatsoever, and thus, it captured the Great Pokémon Master's excitement, for the same reason why Dream World Ubers did back in 2011. However, while Dream World Ubers was merely the closest tier to Pokémon battling in its purest form in the past, that which the people of Smogon called "Anything Goes" was actually Pokémon battling in its purest form.

    And so, the Great Pokémon Master played Anything Goes, or Pure Pokémon, as he and his friends would later call the tier, since they did not believe that the simplest and purest Pokémon battling format deserved the dishonor of being given an eyesore of a nickname by Smogon of all communities. As he laddered in Pure Pokémon, he began to abandon ORAS Ubers, since he saw it as a redundant tier now. This was because he had always played Übers for the fact that it was the closest tier to Pure Pokémon, but such a fact about Übers was no longer relevant to him, now that Pure Pokémon itself existed. Initially, he struggled with Pure Pokémon, because he did not know how to handle Darkrai in a metagame in which the Sleep Clause did not exist. However, as he participated in countless battles in the tier, tweaking his team while he discovered weaknesses, he was eventually able to build an excellent team which contained an entry hazard-setting Scolipede, as well as a Choice Scarf Kyogre, with the team inspired by an XY Ubers team he had used in the past. Notably, the aforementioned Choice Scarf Kyogre also knew the move Sheer Cold, as a callback to the Great Pokémon Master's long history with one-hit KO moves. Eventually, sometime in early 2015, the Great Pokémon Master managed to peak #1 in Pure Pokémon with the team, achieving an impressive win-loss record of 63-1.

    He then made his seventh Rate My Team thread, which he posted on the Heavenly Dragon Gods, Serebii, and Smogon forums. The thread was dedicated to his Pure Pokémon team, to which he bestowed the name "TheAbsolutePower." This team, which heavily abused the combination of a Substitute-using Lugia with the Toxic Spikes set up by Scolipede, became one of, if not the single most famous Pure Pokémon team in history, as well as the Great Pokémon Master's most well-known team in general, alongside The Blazing Glaciers.

    Around that time, another Smogon team tournament, known as the third Ubers Premier League, began, and the Great Pokémon Master joined it for one purpose, and one purpose only. It was to experience the nostalgia of playing ADV Ubers, since it was a metagame he had greatly enjoyed back in the Pokémon NetBattle days, in 2006 and 2007, but did not have the opportunity to play much in the years following those, since the ladder dedicated to that tier on Pokémon Online was completely dead. He remembered how pleasant it was to participate in Übers battles without having to worry about massive threats that greatly restricted teambuilding, such as Stealth Rock, Arceus-Normal, and Darkrai, and he also remembered how fun it was to destroy opposing teams using Choice Band Lugia's Aeroblast, Mewtwo's Selfdestruct, and other strategies he used in the past.
    Chapter 21: The Fading Passion 2 - The Transcience of Mastery (2015):
    While he was participating in the Ubers Premier League - a tournament in which the team he was on eventually won, he also got back into Almost Any Ability. He used the same team he was using prior to the Protean ban, except he replaced the Ability of each of his three Protean Pokémon with Tough Claws, while making some other minor tweaks. The team was no longer as powerful as it was in the past, but it was still strong enough to get him to #1 on the ladder once again.

    However, around that time, the introduction of a new clause to the Almost Any Ability tier was imminent: the 2 Ability Clause, which disallowed the use of more than two Pokémon of the same Ability on the same team. This clause would once again render his team unusable, since his team heavily relied on three Pokémon with the Tough Claws Ability. As a result, the Great Pokémon Master made his eighth Rate My Team thread, dedicated to his Almost Any Ability team, and named it "The Champion's Glory Team," in order to immortalize it in history, since he knew that the team would soon become unusable.

    Despite having just created a shrine to one of his favorite and most successful Pokémon teams, the Great Pokémon Master began to once again lose interest in Pokémon battling at that point, upon reflecting back on it, and looking at it from a grand perspective. The main reason for his declining passion for the game was, in fact, the same reason why he had quit the Dream World OU tier all the way back in 2011, except on a larger scale. While playing skill may be important, the strength of a Pokémon Trainer is largely relative to the quality of his teams in the metagames he plays. However, as metagames change, whether it may be through the transition from one generation to another, newly-introduced bans and clauses, newly-released Pokémon or other mechanics, or changes in usage statistics, the quality of Pokémon teams changes as well.

    The Great Pokémon Master looked back at his accomplishments on Pokémon NetBattle, and saw that, although they had still technically happened, he could not reasonably find a chance to utilize the teams and skills he had at the time anymore in the present, except in the tiers that were still played in tournaments, such as the aforementioned Ubers Premier League, in which he was able to utilize his old ADV Ubers team again. He looked back at his accomplishments in Dream World Ubers, which took place back in the BW1 era, and saw that the battles of those days with his old teams could no longer be replicated, since that tier was no longer playable on any simulator. He reflected upon BW2 Balanced Hackmons, which was no longer playable in the present, resulting in him no longer even being able to use the very team to which his tenth anniversary Rate My Team thread was dedicated. He recalled the time when the combination of Prankster and Swagger on the same Pokémon was banned on PokeBattle, rendering his Probability-Defying Perfection team unusable, before PokeBattle itself was taken down for an unknown reason. He thought about how the banishment of the move Swagger in XY Ubers had made his In Luck We Trust team unusable, before the tier of XY Ubers itself, along with his awesome rain stall team in it, was lost upon the winds of time, since it was completely replaced by ORAS Ubers, which was a completely different metagame. He remembered XY Balanced Hackmons in its pre-EV limit state, and how one of his best and most hard-built team ever, Mare Tranquillitatis, was rendered unusable when the EV limit was introduced. And finally, he reflected on how The Champion's Glory Team was made unusable, first by the Protean ban, and more recently, again by the 2 Ability Clause, in Almost Any Ability.

    Upon the aforementioned reflections, the Great Pokémon Master's outlook on Pokémon battling began to change drastically. He realized that, although most of his accomplishments in the game could be immortalized in history, they were, at the same time, fleeting. He had spent countless hours tweaking and testing many teams to perfection, only to see that many of said teams were no longer usable. And he was no longer motivated to build any new team for the most recent metagames at the time, for two reasons. The first was because, from his point of view, the most recent metagames at the time were mostly shaped in such a way that it was pretty much impossible to build a team that could be as solid as the ones he was able to build in the past, largely because of the greater variety of threats that existed in the recent metagames, making team matchup more of an issue than in the past. And the second reason was because he knew that, even if he did spend many hours tweaking and perfecting a team, it was going to eventually become nothing more than a relic of the past anyway, just like many of the past teams he had already built.

    His previously-described loss of passion for Pokémon battling served as one of the reasons why he became much less active in Pokémon battling during this period. Another reason was because, by that point in time, he had already reached #1 on thirty six different ladders, which was more than enough satisfaction for him, and stapled his position as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master. A third reason was because he was much more interested in a different game at the time, and the fourth and final reason was because, by that point in time, he had graduated from University, and began working. He moved between several different jobs, but each time, he was unable to accept the idea of there being a boss, or anyone else, for that matter, "above" him, and giving him orders. After all, as he had established back in late 2013, he was not someone who could ever accept the idea that anyone in Heaven or on Earth stood above him. Furthermore, he also found the dealing with office politics, as well as people in general, to be tiring, and this was not helped by his extremely low opinion on humanity in general, viewing most people as evil, largely as a result of his experiences dealing with people in the Pokémon community. As such, taking advantage of his passion for narrative writing, he began writing a novel, in the hope that he would be able to make an incredibly large amount of money with it, in order to enable him to live a calm and stress-free life, without needing to work.

    Despite his relative inactivity in the world of Pokémon battling at the time, he was not completely absent from it. During that period, he had noticed that a new tier, known as ORAS Balanced Hackmons, was introduced on Pokémon Online, and that tier differed from the Balanced Hackmons tier on Pokémon Showdown! in two main ways. Firstly, it allowed the Pokémon Arceus to be of any type, regardless of its item and Ability, although the Great Pokémon Master was not aware of that initially. And the second reason, to the Great Pokémon Master's delight, was the fact that it did not have an EV limit. As such, the Great Pokémon Master was able to immediately be extremely successful in that tier, without needing to test and tweak his team, since he could just begin laddering right off the bat with an excellent pre-existing team of his - Mare Tranquillitatis, but with a Primal Kyogre instead of a regular Kyogre, meaning his team was even more powerful than before. And so, while working on his book, he spent his break time relaxing, by laddering in ORAS Balanced Hackmons on the Pokémon Online server, using Mare Tranquillitatis, and he eventually reached the #1 position. In the meantime, he was keeping in contact with some of his clanmates on Pokémon Online's Heavenly Dragon Gods channel. However, activity in his clan was also declining at the time, as many of his clanmates were beginning to move away from Pokémon battling.


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    Chapter 22: The Absurdity (2015-2016):
    Towards the end of 2015, the Great Pokémon Master had almost finished writing the first draft of his book. Sometime during that period, he decided to, one day, out of boredom, ladder in Pure Pokémon again on Pokémon Showdown!, once again using TheAbsolutePower. Eventually, he reached the #1 position, once again with an amazing win-loss record of 52-1. This caught the attention of many Pure Pokémon players, who had, by that point in time, formed a small community, known as the Anything Goes community, around the tier,  and the the tier even had a Tier Leader by that point in time. Despite the fact that the Great Pokémon Master had laddered under an anonymous username, the people in the Anything Goes community were able to figure out his identity by looking at his replays, and correctly deducing that no one else would be able to use his team as effectively as he did.

    Later, the Great Pokémon Master joined a Pure Pokémon room tournament in Pokémon Showdown!'s Other Metas room, which once again caught the attention of many Pure Pokémon players. The Anything Goes Tier Leader then created a private groupchat on the simulator, in which he and the other Pure Pokémon players had a long conversation with the Great Pokémon Master, since they had all heard a lot about him from the Ubers and Other Metagames communities.

    In the conversation, the Great Pokémon Master learned, to his surprise, that his reputation in the Smogon community was now, for some reasons, extremely positive. He found this to be incredibly bizzare, due to the sheer, unspeakable amounts of negative attention he had drawn towards himself in the past, as well as his recent inactivity in the Pokémon battling community. Even discounting everything he had been involved in prior to his use of Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy in 2009, since the reputation of the names of Dragon Master366, Master of DaUniverse and PokéMaster Forever was disconnected from the reputation that he developed after that... he was unable to make sense of the current situation he was in. This was because he was the same person who had insulted authority figures countless times; got banned many times from the Smogon forums, even when only looking at his accounts from Pokémon Trainer R onward; got banned from Pokémon Showdown! many times; had once lost the respect of many people in the Other Metagames community; and had innumerable people explicitly turning against him, especially during the era in which he was continuously launching brutal attacks that degraded people in the Ubers room.

    Under a guest account, the Great Pokémon Master then entered the Ubers room, in order to observe what was going on in there. And, in confirmation of the words of the Pure Pokémon players he had spoken to, the people in the Ubers room were talking about him a lot, in a mostly positive light. A lot of attention was being drawn towards one of his ADV Ubers battles in the third Ubers Premier League, in which he had defeated one of the Leaders of the In Dis Mum clan - the same who had gotten him and Sasha banned from Pokémon Online long ago - before giving a dramatic speech in his victory post, explaining why said In Dis Mum member lost to him. The Great Pokémon Master then went back to look at said victory post, and saw that it was liked by an incredibly large number of users. Additionally, he also noticed that a link to A Guide To Ethics was present in the Ubers room's roomintro.

    This peculiar event reminded him of a time three years ago, when his reputation in the Competitive Discussion forum on Serebii had suddenly changed from negative to positive. In response, he began thinking about the possible reasons why this could be the case. From his point of view, his reputation in the Smogon community should never have become negative in the first place, since he never did anything wrong. But even if he were to accept the idea that he did do a lot of things wrong, a belief that was held by many people in the past, there was also no justification for why his negative reputation, which spawned from "wrongdoing" in the first place, should become positive later, as a result of one of his victories in the third Ubers Premier League, or anything relating to Pokémon battling, for that matter, since Pokémon battling ability and behavior are two entirely different things.

    Eventually, he came to the conclusion that the idea of "reputation," at least in the Pokémon community, was an even more laughably meaningless concept than he had already viewed it to be. This was because he noticed that neither his past negative reputation, nor his current popularity, were founded on any logical thought process or understanding of reality. Instead, it was all about highly repeated jokes and joke-like exaggerations about various users, hatewagonning, bandwagonning, as well as holding beliefs or saying things based on what the majority of people were saying at the time. In short, he had come to realize that a person's "reputation" in the Pokémon community was really nothing different from people making joke-like claims about Chuck Norris being able to achieve a myriad of superhuman feats, such as beating the Sun in a staring contest, and other things like that.

    At that moment, the answer to many of the questions he had been pondering over, regarding the Pokémon community ever since December of 2003, became crystal-clear to him. The reasons why people ignored the important of the law of large numbers, banned and placed so much social stigma on the use of strategies such as one-hit KO moves and Baton Pass, valued tournament performance so much, and started such a huge number of conflicts with him throughout the years, were all the same as why the concept of "reputation" worked the way it did in the Pokémon community. It was all because the Pokémon community was a largely irrational body of people, whose thoughts and beliefs tended to either be arbitrary, or based on the thoughts and beliefs of those around them, which themselves were either arbitary, or, in turn, based on the thoughts and beliefs of others.

    However, the Great Pokémon Master also realized something else. It was the fact that the complete lack of rational justification for his reputation in the Smogon community, both in the past and in the present, did not change the fact that his current popularity was something that he could, in fact, attempt to take advantage of. At the time, he had just finished writing the first draft of his book, and began doing research, regarding the steps he needed to take in order to publish and promote it. Eventually, he was informed that having good connections with other people was one of the best ways to promote his book, in order to maximize his chances of enabling his book to sell so well, to the point where he would no longer need to work and deal with bosses, office politics, and other people. And thus, he decided to make a massive gambit. He tried to utilize his immense popularity in the Smogon community as a method of kickstarting the popularity of his book, when he would inevitably publish it.
    Chapter 23: The Rebirth of a Legend 2 - The Era of the Mask (2016):
    To that end, he, for the second time in his entire life as a Pokémon Trainer since the days of December 2003 and early 2004, made the decision to begin to, to some extent, actively seek to increase his own popularity not only in the Smogon community, but in the entire Pokémon battling community as a whole. But in order to achieve that goal, he needed to put on a mask. A mask that would conceal his true self, in order to suppress the parts of his personality and character that led to his countless conflicts that took place across the long history of his Pokémon battling career.

    His first step towards that goal was removing the contents of his "A Guide To Ethics" thread from his Heavenly Dragon Gods forums, and replacing it with a post that advertised his upcoming book, despite the fact that he still completely believed in everything he had written about morality in that thread before. Aside from serving as a great source of advertisement for his book, since a link to his thread was present in the roomintro of the Ubers room, this move also removed, from the internet, what he perceived to be one of the greatest possible causes of a decrease in his popularity, something that was, for once, incredibly important to him, since his grand goal heavily depended on his reputation at the time.

    After that, he became extremely active on both Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown!, and he also acted in much friendlier and more passive ways with others than in the past. He avoided arguments, and tried his best to not express views that the majority of people disagreed with, while, at times, even pretending to agree with the general consensus about things. He even had pleasant conversations with people he disliked, including those who had wronged him in the past, people who were friends or friendly with those who had wronged him in the past, people who he knew were evil for other reasons, as well as those who he knew were talking to him only for the sake of sycophancy. After all, the question of whether or not someone was evil was irrelevant to his grand goal at the time, as regardless of their morality, they were still potential buyers of his book, as well as potential agents who could help to spread the word about, and ultimately, popularize his book. He did not care about whether those who would buy it were good or evil, since ultimately, he just wanted to be able to live without needing a job.

    Around that time, the signup phase of the fourth Ubers Premier League had begun. Knowing how much hype was surrounding him in the Ubers community at the time, as well as how popular that tournament was, the Great Pokémon Master signed up for that tournament, and saw that his signup post had received more likes than any other post in that thread. As he participated in the tournament, he also noticed that many of his posts pertaining to it, such as his victory posts, also received incredibly high numbers of likes. After completing his final battle in the fourth Ubers Premier League, he created a post on the Smogon forums, whose purpose was to further advertise his upcoming book. Shortly afterward, the team he was on in the fourth Ubers Premier League won the entire tournament, marking his second victory in an Ubers Premier League, a tournament in which he had not known defeat thus far.

    In the meantime, the Anything Goes Tier Leader was holding a groupchat on Pokémon Showdown!, dedicated to the rapidly-growing Anything Goes community. He promoted the Great Pokémon Master to the position of Moderator as soon as the groupchat was made, and every time the groupchat had to be remade as a result of a server reset, as being a user who only joined Smogon in 2015, he had absolutely no knowledge about the actions that the Great Pokémon Master had performed on Smogon and Pokémon Showdown! in the past.

    While trying to increase and maintain his popularity in the Pokémon community, the Great Pokémon Master had to continue participating in Pokémon battles, even though he did not particularly enjoy it at the time, due to the his understanding of the fleeting nature of success in the game, as he had first realized back in 2015. As such, he took his old XY Ubers team, In Luck We Trust, and adapted it to the Pure Pokémon metagame, forming a Pure Pokémon team known as In Luck We Trust II [إحْياء من الآس البستوني], with which he eventually reached #1 on the ladder. After that, he made a Rate My Team thread dedicated to it, and posted it on the Heavenly Dragon Gods, Serebii, and Smogon forums.

    During that period, the Great Pokémon Master had befriended a certain person who he had met on his Heavenly Dragon Gods channel on Pokémon Online. He spent a lot of his time on that channel, talking with her, as well as the pre-existing members of his clan. Eventually, that person joined his clan, and, seeing as that person was an inextricable part of Smogon's Ubers community, the Great Pokémon Master decided to relax his rule regarding Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, by allowing his clan members to enter that room if they wanted. However, they were still not allowed to interact with a select few users, and the Great Pokémon Master himself also decided to stay away from the Ubers room himself, out of his respect for his own moral principles.

    A bit later, his friend who had recently joined the Heavenly Dragon Gods clan informed him about the starting of a tournament on the Pokémon Online forums, known as the Pokémon Online World Cup, and she wanted him to join. The Great Pokémon Master then informed her that he was actually banned from both the Pokémon Online forums, as well as the Pokémon Online server, long ago, and that he was currently ban-evading on the Pokémon Online server. His friend, who was friends with one of the Administrators of Pokémon Online, then talked with said Administrator. And then, with the help of an appeal that the Great Pokémon Master posted on the Pokémon Online forums, his first account on those forums was finally unbanned, after more than three years, while his ban from the Pokémon Online server was also lifted. After that, the Great Pokémon Master began posting on the Pokémon Online forums, contributing predominately to the threads that pertained to ORAS Balanced Hackmons, while seeking to increase his reputation in the process.

    Sometime after that, the Anything Goes groupchat on Pokémon Showdown! was transformed into a permanent private room, known as the Anything Goes room, in which the Great Pokémon Master was promoted to the position of Moderator by the Anything Goes Tier Leader, who was one of the room's owners. The Great Pokémon Master was popular in the Anything Goes room, and got along with pretty much everyone in it, with the exception of one of the Room Owners, who was, for some reasons, extremely biased against him. Said Room Owner seemed to, in particular, have something against the polls that he sometimes created in the room, claiming that his polls were "weird," and ended them often. However, because that Room Owner was not exactly doing anything that was explicitly disrespectful, the Great Pokémon Master did not want to start a fight with him, especially since he had a reputation to uphold at the time.
    Chapter 24: The Frustration Behind the Mask (2016):
    However, as the months passed, the mask that the Great Pokémon Master was wearing was beginning to take its toll on him, as while acting as someone who was not his true self for a short period of time was easy for him, it was an incredibly tiring and frustrating experience when prolonged. Deep down, he was still a highly individualistic person, who still held an extremely negative opinion about the Pokémon community, not only because of the countless atrocities that he had experienced in it in the past, but also because he was able to see through the truly despicable nature of those who were around him in the present.

    He knew that countless of those who surrounded him at the time were exhibiting acts of sycophancy, towards either himself, or others in positions of power around him, such as the Anything Goes Tier Leader. And he also knew that, despite the fact that he was rarely mistreated by the Pokémon community at the time, the Pokémon community during that time was not actually any better than it was in the past, a lesson that he had learned all the way back in 2012, when his belief that the Smogon community had changed for the better since the days of 2004, 2005, and 2006, was proven wrong. And he knew that the reason why he was never seriously mistreated in 2016 was simply because he was in a position of respect in the community. But he also knew that many other people, who were not in his position in the community, had no immunity whatsoever to being mistreated, just like he himself when he had first joined Smogon in December of 2004, as well as at countless other points in history. Yet, in spite of that, he was in a position in which he was unable to express any of those feelings. Deep down, he was consumed by an overwhelming desire to unleash all his emotions, by exploding in an incredibly huge, flaming frenzy, much like he did in the Great Flame War back in 2005, as well as in his attacks on the Ubers authorities back in 2013 and 2014. And yet, for the sake of his agenda, he could not do that.

    Having nothing short of contempt for many of the people around him, he preferred to be left alone by many of them, even though he knew that his agenda demanded the opposite. And that, combined with his lack of passion for Pokémon battling in general, which began back in 2015, resulted in him becoming less and less active in Pure Pokémon as time passed, both as a player of the metagame, and as a participant of the Anything Goes room. However, he did stay in the Anything Goes room and moderated it, by starting room tournaments every once in a while, just to maintain a presence there, while talking to some people, in order to keep them interested in his upcoming book.

    Despite his position as a Moderator in Pokémon Showdown!'s Anything Goes room, and despite the fact that his Heavenly Dragon Gods channel on Pokémon Online was extremely inactive, he still considered his home in the Pokémon world to be the latter, as that was where he could hang out with his clanmates, rather than the superficial sycophants and corrupt people that infested Pokémon Showdown!, including its Anything Goes room. Additionally, he also felt a lot more security on his own channel on Pokémon Online than in the Anything Goes room, as the former was where he possessed actual power, being able to remove anyone from his channel if he knew that they were immoral. But in the Anything Goes room, he technically did not even possess any power, as anything he could do as a Moderator was defined not by his knowledge of morality, but rather, by the rules of Pokémon Showdown!, as well as the desires of the Room Owners. Nevertheless, he kept his Moderator position in the Anything Goes room, since he thought it helped his popularity, and therefore, his ultimate agenda at the time.

    As he was doing that, he was also continuing to play ORAS Balanced Hackmons on Pokémon Online, and later, two other tiers on that simulator as well. One of them was Inverted Balanced Hackmons, which was basically ORAS Balanced Hackmons, but in Inverse Battle format, and the other was ORAS Hackmons, which was basically Classic Hackmons. In ORAS Hackmons, he did not find much success, due to how incredibly team matchup-based the metagame was, to the point where people deliberately counter-teamed others even on the ladder, and when this happened to him a few times, his hatred of counter-teaming, in general, dramatically increased.

    However, he found Pokémon Online's version of Balanced Hackmons, as well as Inverted Balanced Hackmons, to be a lot more entertaining to play than any tier on Pokémon Showdown!, as not only was he able to build excellent teams that could win consistently over a large number of battles, but while doing so, he was also able to utilize Pokémon that he liked a lot in an aesthetic sense, but with which he had so far failed to build a consistent team in any metagame. These Pokémon were Mega Rayquaza, which he used in ORAS Balanced Hackmons, as well as Mega Mewtwo Y, which he used in Inverted Balanced Hackmons. Eventually, this led to his simultaneous creation of two more Rate My Team threads: The Master of the Universe [Transcendent Being of Power Mix] for ORAS Balanced Hackmons, as well as The Master of the Universe [Immanent Being of Thought Mix] for Inverted Balanced Hackmons, and he posted these threads on the Heavenly Dragon Gods forums, the Serebii forums, as well as the Pokémon Online forums.

    During that time, he also played extensively on Pokémon Showdown!'s Balanced Hackmons ladder. However, his previously-formed belief that the EV limit prevented him, or anyone else, for that matter, from having an excellent and consistent team in the tier, was not proven wrong, as no matter what team he built, or what sample team he chose to use, he could never peak #1, since all his teams lost easily to Speed ties, full paralyses as a result of moves like Nuzzle, team matchup, 50/50s, and other things like that. And one particular moment that made him quit that metagame was when his Mega Tyranitar, which was previously paralyzed by a Nuzzle, attempted to use Pursuit against a Tinted Lens Mega Latios, to which his team had no switch-in, and said Mega Latios switched out on that turn, only for Mega Tyranitar to be fully paralyzed.

    Frustrated by that, he went back to play some ORAS Ubers, as he was curious about that metagame, since many of his clanmates were still playing it, despite his own decision to move from ORAS Ubers to Pure Pokémon after the latter was made into a ladder in late 2014. Despite having enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with stall in XY Ubers, as well as in early ORAS Ubers, he generally avoided the use of such teams at first, since he was told many times that stall was bad or unviable in ORAS Ubers. As such, he tried out many teams that were supposedly "good," and were built by reputable players of the tier, including many sample teams, but he found that he could not be consistently successful with any of them, largely due to their propensity to eventually lose as a result of RNG, when looking at the long run. This was because many of those teams relied on extremely flimsy methods for checking big sweepers, such as Mega Gengar's Focus Blast for Arceus-Normal, and Primal Groudon's Precipice Blades for Xerneas, and this resulted in him seeing ORAS Ubers, as a tier, in the same negative light in which he saw Pokémon Showdown!'s version of Balanced Hackmons. Witnessing how incredibly less consistent he was able to be in both ORAS Ubers, as well as Pokémon Showdown!'s version of Balanced Hackmons, compared to in other tiers he played at the time, with RNG being the primary cause of his defeats, he began to view the use of inaccurate moves, especially ones intended to check big sweepers, in a very negative way.

    Eventually, he experienced a battle in which he lost as a result of his Primal Groudon's Precipice Blades missing against an opposing Primal Groudon, which then defeated his own Primal Groudon with the same move on the very same turn. At that point, he was fed up. In response, despite what he had heard about stall in ORAS Ubers, he went back to using the stall team he had created for that tier all the way back in late 2014, upon realizing just how much safer it was against big sweepers such as Arceus-Normal, Xerneas, Mega Salamence, and offensive Primal Groudon. Then, after making numerous tweaks to it, he managed to peak #1 on the ORAS Ubers ladder of both Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown!, much in defiance of the general consensus regarding stall in ORAS Ubers. And on Pokémon Showdown!'s ladder, he even achieved an amazing win-loss record of 58-2, which was absolutely incredible, given how extremely unstable the ORAS Ubers metagame was, with anyone often being able to defeat anyone else, regardless of skill, due to factors such as Speed ties, team matchup, and full paralyses resulting from the move Thunder Wave.

    After all his experiences in ORAS Ubers, as well as in playing Balanced Hackmons with an EV limit, he finally solidified his theory on the importance of hax resilience in teambuilding, which he had first touched on when he created Probability-Defying Perfection back in 2014. He then outright decided that teams that were highly dependent on Speed ties or the use of inaccurate moves, or lost easily as a result of RNG, were completely unviable, and decided to hold the aforementioned philosophy with utmost importance in all of his future teambuilding, in all tiers he played.

    Towards the end of 2016, he made his twelfth Rate My Team thread, featuring his incredibly consistent ORAS Ubers stall team, which he named "Gaia☯️Force." Gaia☯️Force also called back to two previous Rate My Team threads of his - namely, Flames of the Heavenly Light, and Mare Tranquillitatis. Whereas Flames of the Heavenly Light and Mare Tranquillitatis represented the Sun and the Moon, respectively, Gaia☯️Force represented the Earth. While Flames of the Heavenly Light and Mare Tranquillitatis featured Pokémon that were named after solar and lunar deities, respectively, from different cultures, Gaia☯️Force featured Pokémon that were named after deities of the earth from different cultures. Whereas Flames of the Heavenly Light revolved around the use of devastating, sunlight-boosted Fire-type attacks, and Mare Tranquillitatis revolved around the use of Pokémon and moves that were related to the Moon, Gaia☯️Force featured the use of two powerful Ground-type Pokémon, in Primal Groudon and Arceus-Ground. He posted the Rate My Team thread for Gaia☯️Force on the Heavenly Dragon Gods, Serebii, Smogon, and Pokémon Online forums, and he also explained his philosophy on hax resilience in his thread.

    Shortly after that, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were released, marking the dawn of the seventh generation of Pokémon. The Great Pokémon Master approached the start of Generation VII in five different tiers - Übers, Pure Pokémon, Almost Any Ability, Pokémon Online's version of Balanced Hackmons, as well as Pokémon Showdown!'s version of Balanced Hackmons. Very soon, he successfully created an excellent stall team in both Übers and Pure Pokémon, with both teams being extremely similar to each other, as well as Gaia☯️Force, and he managed to peak #1 on the SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon ladders on both simulators with ease. However, he initially struggled with the other three tiers, due to a lack of consistent teams available, and when Dragonite was banned from Almost Any Ability later, he decided to quit that tier.

    Not long after that, the moment of truth came. The book that the Great Pokémon Master had written was finally published, and he made a thread on the Smogon forums to advertise it, taking advantage of his painfully-maintained, yet mysteriously-developed popularity in order to further his goal of granting himself a ticket to a life in which he did not need to work.
    Chapter 25: The Glory Era of the Imminently Victorious - The Becoming of the Mask (2017):
    After publishing his book, the Great Pokémon Master had to stay in the Pokémon community, in order to preserve his reputation and promote his book. At the start of 2017, he made a move that would have been simply unthinkable to him over the past two years, and that move was re-entering Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, in order to make himself more accessible to the parts of the Smogon community that were familiar with him. As a stapled legend in the Ubers community, everyone in the room knew who he was, and he re-established contact with many Übers players he had interacted with on Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown! over the past years. He was able to get one of the owners of the Ubers room to add the link to the thread he had posted about his book in the Ubers room's roomintro, and very soon, he was promoted to voice in the Ubers room.

    Due to his unparalleled success using his stall teams in SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon, as well as many stories people had heard about him, his popularity was immense in the communities and rooms dedicated to those two tiers, and many people approached him for help in building and playing with stall teams in both tiers. In SM Pure Pokémon, in particular, he managed to achieve yet another one of his greatest feats in his entire battling career, as using his stall team, he managed to peak #1, with 96.9% GXE, while achieving more than 130 victories, and almost no defeats.

    Around that time, the EV limit was lifted from Pokémon Showdown!'s version of SM Balanced Hackmons, when it was dicovered that the EV limit was not enforced in player VS. player battles in Pokémon Sun and Moon, unlike in the Generation VI Pokémon games. This sparked the Great Pokémon Master's excitement, as in his eyes, the EV limit was what had, for a long time, prevented Pokémon Showdown!'s version of Balanced Hackmons from being an enjoyable metagame, since it prevented the possibility of a truly excellent and consistent team in the metagame. The Great Pokémon Master then laddered in SM Balanced Hackmons, using an updated version of his Mare Tranquillitatis team, and eventually, his aforementioned belief regarding the EV limit was confirmed. Within the space of a few days, he easily reached #1 on the ladder, something he had not done on any Balanced Hackmons ladder on Pokémon Showdown! since before the EV limit was first implemented in late 2014. In addition to that, he also achieved an amazing win-loss record of 64-4.

    Now that he was unbelievably successful in the SM iteration of all three of his primary metagames, the Great Pokémon Master once again enjoyed Pokémon battling in a genuine sense. Although he was not completely immune to losing to RNG and team matchups, such were incredibly rare occurences to him, due to the sheer solidity and hax resilience of his teams in all three of his tiers, combined with his incredible playing skills, and all of these factors allowed him to often win even after experiencing an unfavorable team matchup, or being on the receiving end of unfavorable RNG. In the past few years, he had suffered some notable amounts of defeats, mostly in ORAS Hackmons, Pokémon Showdown!'s version of ORAS Balanced Hackmons, ORAS Ubers when he was not using stall, as well as in early SM Balanced Hackmons, prior to the lifting of the EV limit. Back then, he had, at times, wondered if he was truly the world's Greatest Pokémon Master, since he sometimes felt that he could no longer be as consistent as in the past. But now, at the dawn of the seventh generation, not only had all of his confidence in his position as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master returned, but as a Pokémon Trainer, he was also feeling far more confident than ever before.

    During that period, the Great Pokémon Master joined a number of forum tournaments on both Pokémon Online and Smogon. In the former, he joined an SM Balanced Hackmons tournament, in which he came second, as well as a multi-generational Übers tournament, which he won. And on Smogon, he joined the Balanced Hackmons Open, in which he went quite far, as well as the fifth Ubers Premier League, which he joined as a manager. In honor of his long and significant history with the Pokémon White Kyurem, ranging from The Blazing Glaciers to The Shadow Of The Illusionary Inferno, to Dragon Masters, and, most importantly, Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland... he decided to name his team "The Burning Red White Kyurems," and he was confident that it would win the entire tournament.

    As a manager of a team in the Ubers Premier League, the Great Pokémon Master was asked to create a Discord server for his team, and he did so. At the time, he also discovered the Discord servers for the Ubers and Other Metagames communities, and he became active in them, along with the Discord server for the Anything Goes community, which he had already joined long ago.

    In the weeks leading up to the auction of the fifth Ubers Premier League, he asked the people in the Other Metagames Discord server for the auction log of an Other Metagames Premier League in which he had participated in the past, since he wanted to understand how auctions for Premier League tournaments worked, in preparation for the auction of the Ubers Premier League. However, despite his incredibly positive reputation in the Pokémon community at the time, his simple question was, for some reasons, met with flames and insults from some members of the Other Metagames community.

    Thus, even in the midst of the era in which his true self was concealed by a popularity-maintaining mask, he still got into a flame war in the Pokémon community. Later, he searched "LANCE," his most famous name in the Pokémon community at the time, in the Other Metagames Discord server, and saw that his reputation in the Other Metagames community at the time was, for some reasons, not as positive as it was in the Ubers and Anything Goes communities. Many people in the Other Metagames community, including, to his surprise, the Anything Goes Tier Leader himself, seemed to regard him as a joke, and made fun of his grand and over-the-top usernames and Rate My Team threads, as well as the incredibly formal way he typed, which they often copied. However, he did not think too much about it, since at the time, his mind was focused on his plans in the Ubers Premier League, as well as his much grander plan of seeking a ticket to a life in which he did not need to work under a boss.

    In the auction of the fifth Ubers Premier League, the Great Pokémon Master took advantage of his knowledge of trainers who were skilled, but did not have very good reputations, since he knew that they could be bought for disproportionately low prices, relative to their skill levels. He was able to do this splendidly, largely due to his long-held realization of just how random and meaningless the concept of reputation was, especially in the Pokémon community. In fact, the random and meaningless nature of reputation in the Pokémon community was exactly why he was even so popular in the first place at the time, and said randomly-formed popularity of his was also why he was able to become a manager of a team in the Ubers Premier League in the first place.

    After the auction was over, he managed his team thoroughly throughout the Ubers Premier League, attempting to achieve imminent victory by helping his players in a combination of different ways. These included boosting their morale with inspirational speeches, commanding them to never forfeit regardless of how hopeless the situation seemed, helping them in their teambuilding with his vast knowledge about the various generations of Übers, and enlightening them about the concept of hax resilience in teambuilding, since he was certain that his own understanding of such was a huge advantage for his team, as he knew that most of the rest of the Pokémon community was completely oblivious to the importance of this concept. However, despite the fact that he had won the two Ubers Premier Leagues in a row, and had never known defeat in that tournament thus far, the Great Pokémon Master, in the end, did not succeed in winning three Ubers Premier Leagues in a row. However, he did come extremely close, as his team made it not only the finals, but the tie-breaker of the finals itself.

    Towards the end of the fifth Ubers Premier League, the Great Pokémon Master was private messaged, on Pokémon Showdown!, by his fellow Living Legend, Sasha, who had been absent from the Pokémon battling community for about two years. The two Living Legends caught up, and then, in a conversation they were having in the Ubers room, Sasha pointed out that he found the current state of the Pokémon battling community to be boring, due to it being too peaceful, as there was an absence of aggressive conflicts and drama, especially in contrast with the period between late 2013 and mid-late 2014, back when the Dragon Masters clan was engaged in a massive conflict with the authority figures in the Ubers room. However, the Great Pokémon Master knew that this was no indication whatsoever that the Pokémon battling community had improved for the better, as he knew that all it would take would be for certain conditions to be met in order for the community to erupt into the chaos of war once again.

    During this period, the Great Pokémon Master felt his own sense of self corroding away, as he had become so integrated into the Pokémon community, and so used to allowing his own actions to be restricted by the mask he was wearing, to the point where felt that his own personality was beginning to transform into the one created by that very mask itself.
    Chapter 26: The Fading Passion 3 - The Burnout Inferno (2017):
    After the fifth Ubers Premier League ended, the Great Pokémon Master was left exasperated, due to the sheer amount of teambuilding he was involved in as the manager of the aforementioned tournament. His passion for Pokémon battling was, once again, almost non-existent, and his motivation to battle took yet another massive hit when the Pokémon Marshadow was released. At first, the Great Pokémon Master reacted positively to the release of this Pokémon, as he thought that it would improve the SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon metagames. This was because, from his point of view, one of the biggest reasons why stall was by far the single best and most consistent playstyle in those metagames was because it had far more solid methods of checking Extreme Killer Arceus than all other playstyles, and the introduction of Marshadow would help to allow other playstyles to become consistent as well, by giving those playstyles a powerful and reliable check to Arceus-Normal. He was, ultimately, correct in his belief that Marshadow would allow playstyles besides stall to have a solid answer to Arceus-Normal, but he was completely incorrect in his belief that Marshadow would make SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon more enjoyable as metagames.

    This was because the introduction of Marshadow had a massive impact on both metagames, as well as the way teams were built in them. As soon as this Pokémon was released, the vast majority of previously completely viable, if not excellent teams for both SM Ubers as well as SM Pure Pokémon were rendered completely unviable, due to their weakness to Marshadow itself. The teams that were rendered unviable included all of the Great Pokémon Master's teams for those metagames, including his previously excellent stall teams. Additionally, the reconfiguration of teams in both metagames, as a result of Marshadow, led to some drastic changes in usage statistics, resulting in Pokémon such as Primal Kyogre and Gothitelle rising dramatically in usage. The newfound popularity of these Pokémon made stall teams far less consistent than before, but teams of other playstyles were also not any more consistent than they used to be either, especially due to their fundamental reliance on winning Speed ties - often involving Marshadow at the time. The rise in usage of Gothitelle also made team matchup a much more important factor in determining the outcome of battles in these two tiers than ever before.

    As a result, not only was each and every one of the Great Pokémon Master's teams for SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon rendered completely obsolete upon the introduction of Marshadow, but both metagames were also rendered into a state such that no matter what team anyone built, or how well they played them, it was completely impossible to, in the long run, be anywhere close to as consistent as the Great Pokémon Master was able to be with his stall teams before Marshadow came. As a reflection of the fallen states of both metagames, many people around that time, in both tiers, began to, much more frequently than ever before, depend on boosting, sniping, laddering selectively, and counter-teaming in order to achieve "success," since the kind of consistent success that the Great Pokémon Master used to be able to achieve all the time using a single team against the whole metagame was completely impractical at this point in time.

    At the same time, the consistency and dominance that the Great Pokémon Master was able to enjoy in SM Balanced Hackmons was also deteriorating, due to the metagame changing, both as a result of various Abilities being banned from the tier, as well as changes in usage statistics. All of this once again reminded the Great Pokémon Master of the fleeting nature of success in Pokémon battling, about which he had contemplated at length back in 2015. Additionally, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon had been announced at the time, and the Great Pokémon Master knew, from experience, that once Generation VII was over, the Generation VII tiers that were going to be remembered and immortalized were going to be the USUM tiers, rather than the SM tiers. And even if, by some miracle, SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon were to be explored again in the distant future, they would be explored in the states they were in after the release of Marshadow, rather than the states they were in before that point, meaning that the Great Pokémon Master's success and excellent teams in pre-Marshadow SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon were now all but history.

    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master also realized that his previously-held passion for Pokémon battling served an extremely important role in anchoring him to Pokémon Online, Pokémon Showdown!, Smogon, as well as the various Discord servers he was in. Without that passion, he had almost no motivation to stay in the Pokémon community, especially since he also realized that his plan to use his reputation in the Pokémon community to promote his book was not really working out anyway, since it did not seem as if people in that community were really interested in reading long texts, especially if they had to spend money in doing so.

    With both his passion for Pokémon battling, as well as his need to maintain his popularity in the Pokémon community having faded away, only three feelings remained in the heart of the Great Pokémon Master, regarding the world of Pokémon battling. The first two were the feelings of bitterness and exhaustion. The bitterness was, of course, a result of the incredibly corrupt, imbecilic, elitist, unjust, and ever-degenerating state of the Pokémon community, as evident from the vast amounts of conflicts he had found himself in over the past fourteen years. And although disrespect on the part of the people of the Pokémon community, for the most part, was not directed towards the Great Pokémon Master himself over the past two years, he knew that this still did not mean that the Pokémon community was any better than it was in the past, since he knew that the situation would have been much different for him had he not been wearing his popularity-maintaining mask. And his exhaustion came not only from his burned out passion for Pokémon battling, but also from his suppression of his true self, behind his aforementioned mask, something he had felt even back in 2016.

    And the third feeling he was experiencing was pride - his attachment to his identity as the Greatest Pokémon Master and Living Legend, LANCE. Despite the fact that he was no longer interested in Pokémon battling, he had not lost sight of who he was. He was a proud and individualistic person, who always stood by his own philosophies, regardless of the general consensus or culture of the community he was in, at least prior to his decision to put on his mask. He was a highly distinguishable Pokémon Trainer, with a number of extremely unique, iconic, and signature ways of battling throughout history. Such ranged from the use of one-hit KO moves in a world in which almost no one else used them, to his use of Magic Sun in Generation V Übers metagames; his use of hail in Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland; his use of Swagger in some metagames; his general preference for certain moves, such as Toxic Spikes, Roost, Whirlwind and Gastro Acid across many different metagames and teams; his unique style of stall teams; as well as many of his commonly-used and iconic signature Pokémon across history, including Dragonite, Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Reshiram, Espeon, White Kyurem, Giratina, Swagger Klefki, Clefable, Tentacruel, and more.

    He was the Leader of Dragon Rush, Dragon Masters, and Heavenly Dragon Gods, with a unique and highly recognizable way of typing. He was always identifiable by his avatars, which changed often, but always featured the character of Lance from the Pokémon games. His usernames also changed extremely often, and yet, they were still always incredibly recognizable. And most importantly, he was the Pokémon Master who stood above all other Pokémon Masters.

    In recognizing his attachment to the extremely unique identity he had formed, he came to realize that, ever since years ago, he was actually more attached to his identity than the enjoyment that he derived from participating in Pokémon battles, and this became even clearer to him as he began to do some more reflection. Despite having, by that point in time, already been considered by many people in the Ubers and Anything Goes community as the definitive master of stall, the Great Pokémon Master eventually realized that the truth of the matter was that he did not actually like that playstyle, at least in an inherent sense. Thinking back, he realized that the sheer frequency of his use of stall teams in more recent times was all founded upon his fundamental principles of hax resilience and the law of large numbers, which were all, in the end, related to his interest in winning consistently, and ultimately, maintaining his position as the Greatest Pokémon Master. He was driven by a certain fear - that if he stopped battling and keeping up with the new generations, someone else would eventually surpass him in terms of achievements, and therefore, take over his position as the Greatest Pokémon Master - something his pride would not allow to happen.

    But in thinking such thoughts, he remembered how much fun it was before his development of his philosophy on hax resilience, back when he used more offensive teams. He remembered the times when he had experienced the satisfaction of taking out an opposing Snorlax with the Horn Drill of his Dragonite, or blasting a Latios to pieces with a devastating, Choice Band-boosted Aeroblast from his Lugia. He remembered the thrill of smashing opposing Pokémon to pieces with extremely powerful Dragon-type moves, such as Draco Meteor and Outrage. He recalled the intensity of witnessing his Choice Scarf or Flame Charge-boosted Reshiram outspeeding a Mewtwo, before incinerating it to ashes with a sunlight-boosted Blue Flare. He remembered watching his opponent switching to an offensive Kyogre against his Choice Specs White Kyurem, only for the offensive Kyogre to lose more than a third of its health from an Ice Beam. He remembered using Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, with which he shoved devastating, 100% accurate Blizzards down the throats of his opponents, while, at other times, sweeping people's teams with his incredibly dangerous Poison Heal Mewtwo. And he recalled the brutal beatdowns he delivered upon his opponents, using the Protean and Life Orb-powered attacks of his Pokémon on The Champion's Glory Team. But now, his battles mostly just revolved around the boring, but practical use of Toxic, Toxic Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Whirlwind to wear down his opponent's Pokémon.

    However, he also remembered how often teams that were not stall teams lost as a result of Speed ties, full paralyses, as well as other randomness, as most clearly demonstrated from his experience playing Balanced Hackmons with an EV limit, as well as ORAS Ubers when he was not using stall. As such, he saw that he was ultimately put into a situation in which he was forced to choose between either the boredom of stall, or the volitality, randomness, and inconsistency of non-stall. Such a realization, combined with all the other reasons why his passion for Pokémon battling had declined, essentially put an end to his life as a Pokémon Trainer, at least until his passion for battling could be reignited somehow, but it did not appear that there was much hope of that happening.

    For a period of a few weeks after the end of the Ubers Premier League, the one and only factor that kept him anchored to the world of Pokémon battling, besides his aforementioned pride in his own identity, was his participation in a team tournament known as the Balanced Hackmons Ultimate League, which he had joined before the Ubers Premier League had ended. He was on the same team as one of his friends, who had asked him to join the tournament, and he did not want to let his friend down. While he was participating in the Balanced Hackmons Ultimate League, he was also offered the chance to be interviewed on the Smogon forums, for a project known as the Ubers Player of the Week Interviews. He accepted the offer, and wrote a lot about himself and his history as an Übers player.

    The Balanced Hackmons Ultimate League then ended on the 26th of July, 2017, with the victory of the team the Great Pokémon Master was on, and with the Great Pokémon Master winning all four of his battles in the tournament. And on the exact day when the tournament ended, the Great Pokémon Master completely vanished from the face of Pokémon Online, Pokémon Showdown!, as well as the forums dedicated to the aforementioned two simulators. However, he did not claim that he was "leaving" or "quitting" Pokémon, despite his clearly completely eroded will to battle. Rather, he simply stated that he was taking a break until the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, since he had hope that it would bring back his passion for Pokémon battling, much like the release of Pokémon Black and White did once all the way back in 2010, and much like the release of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 did again in 2012.


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    Chapter 27: The Era of the Cracking Mask (2017):
    While on a break, he still chose to keep in contact with a few people whom he considered to be good friends, and continued to talk to them on Discord. One of them - who was also the same who had asked him to join her team in the Balanced Hackmons Ultimate League before - was also constantly talking to him about Balanced Hackmons at the time, as unlike the Great Pokémon Master himself, she was still very interested in Balanced Hackmons battling. Eventually, due to these conversations, the Great Pokémon Master was given enough push to ladder in SM Balanced Hackmons again, albeit, under an anonymous alt, which could not be recognized by the people in the Ubers, Anything Goes, and Other Metagames communities, since he did not want attention from them, as at the time, he was tired of dealing with the community anyway.

    However, his main reason to ladder was just because he happened to be fascinated in lions at the time, and the team with which he was laddering just so happened to contain Solgaleo, a Pokémon he had always liked, but never gotten the chance to use seriously before, due to its lack of viability in SM Ubers and SM Pure Pokémon. With that team, which happened to be yet another Toxic Spikes stall team, he eventually peaked #1 on the ladder, and even got voting requirements for the Primal Groudon suspect test.

    Later, the Great Pokémon Master's aforementioned friend and teammate in the Balanced Hackmons Ultimate League invited him to another Discord server, known as Halanced Backmons, which was a server revolving around the Balanced Hackmons community, as well as some other players of Other Metagames. As soon as he was invited to the server, he was given authority on it, and the owner of the server had also stated that the server was meant to be a peaceful place, akin to a paradise, in which people in the Pokémon community who were considered to be mean or "cancerous" were not allowed to be invited. However, very soon, the Great Pokémon Master witnessed a familiar name joining the server - it was one of the people who had incited a flame war with him in the Other Metagames Discord server sometime earlier that year.

    Seeing that, and taking into account the premise of the Halanced Backmons server, as stated by its owner, the Great Pokémon Master then kicked that person out of the server, since he was not given authority to ban people. However, that person re-entered the server, and then the Great Pokémon Master kicked him again. The person re-entered the server again, and then the process repeated, with the Great Pokémon Master kicking him many times. However, despite the fact that the person who was being repeatedly kicked by the Great Pokémon Master was comparable to an insect, in terms of character, that person also had some friends in the Other Metagames community, who were also in the Halanced Backmons server at the time.

    When such people witnessed the Great Pokémon Master's actions, many of them reacted with disgust, and then the Great Pokémon Master was warned by the server owner, who stood in defense of the person who the Great Pokémon Master was kicking, and allowed him on the server. The server owner also told the Great Pokémon Master that he would be allowed to kick that person from the server if that person misbehaved in the future. Seeing as that person was not misbehaving at the time, the Great Pokémon Master agreed to stop kicking him.

    The Great Pokémon Master then enjoyed his time on the Halanced Backmons server, talking about various topics that caught his interest. His outward personality was also changing during that time, as the stress and frustration that he had kept concealed behind his mask was beginning to leak out, resulting in him acting in far more random and less serious ways than before, since he wanted to psychologically give himself the feeling that he was free again - like prior to the day on which he had put on his mask. He began shifting the nature of his behavior back towards a style that aimed to amuse himself, rather than to increase or maintain his popularity, since by that point in time, he no longer had any more need for his popularity anyway.

    However, despite the fact that the owner of the server had stated that his server was intended to be a paradise, the reality was that the server turned out to be anything but that. He noticed that one of the Administrators of the server, known as Duckymomo Senior, was constantly on the receiving end of flames, harassment, and dogpiling from the other members of the server, who were repeatedly questioning his skill in Balanced Hackmons, as well as his intelligence. In response, Duckymomo Senior was persistently arguing with those people, in a manner that reminded the Great Pokémon Master of himself arguing with people who were flaming and hating on him back in 2004.

    Amused, the Great Pokémon Master joined in on the arguments, taking his own side in the conflict, as he had his own unique stance on the matter, and was pointing out flaws in the arguments that were brought up by the other two sides. At one point in time, Duckymomo Senior pointed out the absurdity of other Balanced Hackmons players claiming to be better than him, despite the fact that he had achieved a GXE of 94.8%, something the people who were claiming to be better than him had not demonstrated the ability to do. The Great Pokémon Master then questioned Duckymomo Senior's decision to argue with such people in that case, since doing so was no different from seeing the sun in the sky above, and yet continuing to argue with an insane person who insisted that there was no sun in the sky above.

    As the discussion unfolded, the Great Pokémon Master shared with Duckymomo Senior one of the most important philosophies he had developed in his life, and especially in the extremely long time he had spent in the Pokémon community. It was the importance of believing in oneself, regardless of the words spoken by others - the very same thing that enabled the Great Pokémon Master to recognize his own position as the most powerful trainer to have ever walked on Earth, despite the disagreement of those around him throughout history. It was the very same courage and ability that allowed him to continuously utilize highly stigmatized strategies in battle, and hold his own unique opinions regarding many topics, despite the way his opinions often put him in the minority.

    However, his decision to speak about this topic resulted in various other people in the server calling him arrogant, and questioning his sanity. This, combined with his occasional defending of the extremely unpopular Duckymomo Senior, his previously-mentioned repeated kicking of a certain user, as well as the aforementioned gradual changes in his outward personality at the time, resulted in his reputation beginning to decline. Feeling the overwhelming desire to act randomly, he then one day decided to post a quote by Adolf Hitler on the server, in a channel that was for posting memorable quotes. This resulted in a Moderator of the Other Metagames community lashing out at him and leaving the server, an action that was possibly also fueled by his pre-existing hatred of the Great Pokémon Master, since from the Great Pokémon Master's perspective, such a move seemed like a complete overreaction, especially for a member of a website which, back in 2005, used to have a forum named "The Return of Smogon's Great Nazi Empire."

    On the Halanced Backmons server, Duckymomo Senior was also planning with other users to snipe a person who was #1 on the Balanced Hackmons ladder at the time. The Great Pokémon Master expressed his distate for the concept of sniping, instead of reaching #1 on the ladder in an honest way. However, he also, for fun, joined in on some of the discussions pertaining to the topic, when people were analyzing the stall team used by the current occupant of the Balanced Hackmons ladder's #1 position, in an attempt to build a team that could beat it. Despite the fact that he had no intentions of doing any sniping or counter-teaming himself, the Great Pokémon Master decided to entertain himself, by analyzing and pointing out the weaknesses of the team that was being discussed. However, the messages that he posted in analysis of the stall team were screenshotted by some people in the server, who showed the screenshots to the person who had built the team, and this led to a huge argument between the Great Pokémon Master and that person.

    Around that time, the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was rapidly approaching, but the Great Pokémon Master's passion for Pokémon battling was still extremely low. But at the time, a new Smogon tournament, known as BH Snake Draft, was starting, and the Great Pokémon Master was interested in playing in it, for one reason, and one reason only - to receive the opportunity to play BW2 Balanced Hackmons again, for the first time since 2013, much like how he had joined the third Ubers Premier League in 2015 for the sole purpose of playing ADV Ubers again for the first time since 2007. This was especially exciting for him, since it meant that he once again received the opportunity to utilize the very legendary team that was the subject of his tenth anniversary Rate My Team thread... or so he thought.

    And so, despite his original claim that he would not return to the world of Pokémon battling until the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, he returned about a week earlier, on the 5th of November, since he was drafted to a team in BH Snake Draft at the time. Despite the fact that his motivation to battle was still incredibly low, he did see some hope in the future at the time, as not only were Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon about to be released, but he was also about to be given the chance to battle with Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland again.

    However, some events that took place in late 2013 should have taught him that a grand event relating to Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, followed shortly by the release of two new Pokémon games, was something that should have been taken as an omen of imminent disaster, despite the sense of hope that such events appeared to have inspired. But in that instance, the Great Pokémon Master did not learn from his past, and walked forward... towards a false light that disguised yet another one of the darkest eras in the history of the world of Pokémon battling.
    Chapter 28: The Shattered Mask (2017):
    Upon making his grand return to Pokémon Showdown!, the Great Pokémon Master was met with three sources of disappointment in the Pokémon community, with each source originating from a different one of the three subcommunities that were each dedicated to one of his three main tiers of expertise.

    The first source of his disappointment came from the Anything Goes community, as he noticed that the Anything Goes room had changed dramatically since the day he had left it back in July. While the people in the room seemed to be friendly in the past - at least for a subcommunity within a website that was as corrupt as Smogon was, it was now plagued with elitism and arrogance, and the people, in general, seemed to be acting much less respectfully towards the Great Pokémon Master than in the past. The polls that he created were being complained about and ended with much greater frequency than ever before, and people, especially his fellow authority figures in the room, including the Anything Goes Tier Leader himself, were openly arguing with him about many topics.

    At the time, there was a new voiced user in the room, who was known for his use of full Baton Pass teams. As the Great Pokémon Master had seen countless times over the last fourteen years, many people were hating on said user's use of this highly stigmatized strategy, calling it skilless, cancerous, and other similar terms. But in an act that was completely consistent with the very person who the Great Pokémon Master had established himself to be since December 2003, he defended Baton Pass, making reference to the law of large numbers in doing so. He pointed out that the ability of Baton Pass teams to allow less skilled trainers to defeat more skilled trainers within one or three battles was an insignificant thing, when juxtaposed with the fact that over a large number of battles, in which variance is evened out, a user of a Baton Pass team would almost certainly attain a worse win-loss record than a user of almost any other team archetype, due to how easily Baton Pass teams, in general, lose as a result of RNG and team matchups.

    His decision to defend Baton Pass, combined with his open promotion of the importance of the law of large numbers - a concept many people on Smogon had never, at any point in time, wanted to accept, as well as possibly other reasons, resulted in a steep drop in his popularity in the Anything Goes room at the time. However, this itself did not bother him, because at that point, he did not even need his reputation anymore, especially since he had recently found a way to live comfortably and make money, without the need of his book.

    Around that time, he noticed that the Anything Goes Tier Leader had unfollowed him on the Smogon forums, possibly as a result of his declining reputation at the time. Although this was hardly something he cared about, it did give him some insight regarding what kind of person the Anything Goes Tier Leader truly was, since he had recalled that in the past, the Anything Goes Tier Leader had talked about ideas such as unfollowing people on the Smogon forums in order to increase his followers to following ratio, as well as the idea of deleted his own posts that had few likes, in order to increase his own likes to posts ratio.

    The second source of his disappointment in the Pokémon community came from the Balanced Hackmons community. The excitement that the Great Pokémon Master had for using Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland in BH Snake Draft was largely shattered, when he had learned that in BH Snake Draft, BW2 Balanced Hackmons was going to be played in the presence of the Sleep Clause, contrary to the way the tier had traditionally been played back in 2013. To the eyes of the Great Pokémon Master, such a decision was completely imbecilic, since the point of BH Snake Draft was to showcase the skills of the best players of BW2 Balanced Hackmons, with such players being those who possessed actual experience playing that metagame back when a ladder existed for it in 2013.

    However, by adding the Sleep Clause to BW2 Balanced Hackmons, and therefore changing the tier entirely, all the excellent teams that the top players of that tier had built through testing and tweaking over countless battles back in 2013, including Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, were rendered completely unusable. As such, because the strength of a Pokémon Trainer in any tier is proportional to the quality of their teams in said tier, as explained before, there was no longer any difference between a person who had played BW2 Balanced Hackmons since 2013, and a person who had just picked up the tier in 2017, as far as BH Snake Draft was concerned. And additionally, the Great Pokémon Master was not happy with the fact that he had learned about the presence of the Sleep Clause in BW2 Balanced Hackmons in BH Snake Draft only after he was bought by a manager of the tournament. Nonetheless, he did not drop out of the tournament, since he felt a sense of duty towards his team, as well as the manager who had drafted him.

    And the third source of his disappointment in the Pokémon community came from the Ubers community. At the time, one of the Ubers Tier Leaders had created a thread, whose purpose was to discuss the future of the Übers metagame, as well as the prospect of reconsidering the rules of the tier, by either adding new rules and clauses to it, or lifting some of the rules and clauses that currently existed. The Great Pokémon Master posted his opinions in the thread, and in one part of his post, he had, once again, explained his views regarding why the banishment of one-hit KO moves, as well as other elements of the game that were considered to be "luck-based," was unnecessary, in respect to the law of large numbers.

    However, his post was met with opposition, and while the people who had disagreed with him were doing so in a civilized way, the Great Pokémon Master was not happy to witness just how much the people of the Pokémon community were aware of the fact that their culture was grounded upon a lack of reason, and yet, wanted nothing to change about it. The people argued that the fact that variance is evened out in the long run by the law of large numbers is irrelevant, since Pokémon battling skill is measured within a small number of tournament battles, rather than a large number of battles, according to the culture of the Pokémon community. And when the Great Pokémon Master had pointed out that anyone can defeat anyone else within a small number of battles, regardless of whether or not one-hit KO moves and similar things were banned, he was told that even so, minimizing the amount of variance within a small number of battles, despite not being able to completely erase the existence of luck itself over such a small sample size, was a better decision than increasing the sample size used to measure skill, all because of the completely arbitrary, fixed, and constant notion that the culture of the Pokémon battling community valued people's performance in a small number of tournament matches as the ultimate test of skill.

    Upon realizing that it was hopeless to argue against a completely arbitrary idea that the Pokémon community had foolishly and continuously held on to ever since the very beginning, the Great Pokémon Master stopped arguing. Around that time, he had his first battle in BH Snake Draft, which he lost as a result of a massive amount of unfavorable RNG. He then thought about what the people in the Ubers community had said to him recently, and realized that, if one were to assume that what they had said was correct, then his defeat in BH Snake Draft would have had massive implications on his skill in BW2 Balanced Hackmons, if not his skill as a Pokémon Trainer in general. This was because, assuming that the words of the people in the Ubers community were correct, his one battle in BH Snake Draft would have held a massive amount of meaning compared to all the battles he had on the Balanced Hackmons ladder with Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland back in 2013, despite the fact that he was blatantly unlucky in that one battle.

    However, he could not accept this notion, not only because it was completely illogical, but also because BW2 Balanced Hackmons was a particularly meaningful metagame to him. It was a metagame with which he identified extremely closely, since it was, after all, the metagame in which he had built by far the single most important team in the entire history of Pokémon battling, to which the single most important Rate My Team thread in history was dedicated. And while the team with which he had lost in BH Snake Draft was not exactly Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, due to the presence of the Sleep Clause in BH Snake Draft's version of BW2 Balanced Hackmons, the team was still extremely similar to it, being a team that led with Snow Warning White Kyurem, and also included Unaware Lugia, Prankster Giratina, as well as Magic Bounce Arceus - just like Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland itself.

    On the 26th of November, 2017, the Great Pokémon Master participated in his third and final battle in BH Snake Draft. Despite the fact that he, for some reasons, managed to win in his second battle of the tournament in the previous week, he was still ultimately on the receiving end of an absolutely insane amount of unfavorable RNG in all three of his battles in the tournament. Witnessing his own 1-2 win-loss record in BH Snake Draft, using three different variations of the very team that was his ultimate pride and joy since 2013, he decided that the Pokémon battling community, along with its ridiculous culture and ignorance of the importance of the law of large numbers, was not anything he needed to care about.

    His hope for an enjoyable experience playing his signature and favorite metagame in BW2 Balanced Hackmons was shattered, while his passion for Pokémon battling was at an all-time low. At that point in time, he had every reason to leave, or at least take a long break from the world of Pokémon battling once again, except for one. And that reason was pride. In pursuit of pride, in the form of a reminder to himself that he was still the world's Greatest Pokémon Master, he then turned his attention towards the USUM Pure Pokémon ladder. Not only was it a ladder dedicated to the purest form of Pokémon battling, but it was also an environment in which all forms of luck - be it RNG or team matchups - were evened out in the long run. As such, he told himself that he had to peak #1 on that ladder with an amazing GXE and win-loss record, before he was allowed to leave.

    He then battled on that ladder, and despite the long battles he had to fight, since he was using a stall team, he was climbing the ladder extremely rapidly, reaching the top 10 in almost no time. However, he eventually found himself in an infinite battle, against an opponent who was of African-American descent. In that battle, neither the Great Pokémon Master nor the African-American were able to make any progress, since he and his opponent were just switching their Pokémon around infinitely. As a person who was, by that point in time, a largely stall-oriented trainer, the Great Pokémon Master had already experienced infinite battles many times in the past. However, in such battles, his opponents always forfeited eventually. But in the battle he was fighting on that day, the African-American displayed an absolutely insane, and almost inhuman level of determination to continue the battle, taking the battle beyond 700 turns, marking the single longest battle in the entire history of the Great Pokémon Master's Pokémon battling career up to that point in time.

    The Great Pokémon Master was normally an incredibly patient Pokémon Trainer, and even a 700 turn-long battle would normally be absolutely nothing to him. However, as a result of his recent frustrations regarding the mentality of the Pokémon community; combined with his misfortune in BH Snake Draft; as well as the fact that he was, in reality, not even enjoying his battles on the USUM Pure Pokémon ladder at the time, but was simply aiming to peak #1 for the sake of pride itself, resulted in his fighting spirit being rapidly ground into dust. After a long war of attrition, he was both mentally and emotionally exasperated. However, he did not want to forfeit, as he thought that doing so would make him a hypocrite, since he had forced his own players to never forfeit back when he was managing The Burning Red White Kyurems in the fifth Ubers Premier League.

    The spectators of the battle had also pointed out that it was possible to force the battle into a tie if the Battle Timer was turned on, and both of the battle's participants let the timer run down to zero. Seeing no other way of escaping his current situation, he decided to take this method to end his battle. However, in a disgusting act of dishonesty, and show of an incredibly low character, his opponent clicked a move in the last second, resulting in the Great Pokémon Master losing the battle due to Battle Timeout, and thus, having his ladder points stolen by the African-American.

    The Great Pokémon Master saw that the African-American thief was a voiced user in the Anything Goes room, and so, out of his sense of justice, he banned that user from the room, since he judged that the Anything Goes room had no need for a low-life scum such as him. But at that moment, the Anything Goes Tier Leader unbanned the African-American thief, telling the Great Pokémon Master that it was not within his jurisdiction to ban him, despite the fact that the rules of Pokémon Showdown! clearly stated that users were obligated to be nice to other users, and not exploit bugs to cheat in battles. Additionally, the Anything Goes Tier Leader also did not lock the African-American thief, or punish him any way, despite possessing the ability to do so, since he was a Global Driver.

    Such an action, combined with some of the previously-described actions that the Great Pokémon Master had witnessed from the Anything Goes Tier Leader in recent times, made the true nature of the Anything Goes Tier Leader become crystal clear in the Great Pokémon Master's eyes. Although the Great Pokémon Master had regarded the Anything Goes Tier Leader as a quite pleasant person for most of the time in which he had known him, his experience in life also told him that people are often not who they appear to be on the surface. He then felt an immense amount of shame, regarding the fact that he had spent almost two years moderating the Anything Goes room, serving under a spineless heathen who was obsessed with preserving and increasing his own reputation, at the expense of not only fundamentally important ideals such as morality and justice, but also his own character as well.

    This was clearly shown by his decision to stand in defense of a low-life thief who had clearly wronged the Great Pokémon Master, just because he felt that that was the socially-acceptable thing to do at the time, due to the Great Pokémon Master's declining reputation during that time. And the Great Pokémon Master did not fail to see through the Anything Goes Tier Leader's blatant attempt to establish a hierarchy in the Anything Goes community - one that placed the Great Pokémon Master at a far lower level than the position on which he actually stood - the position of the single Greatest Pokémon Master to have ever walked under the Sun.

    However, just like back in 2013, the Great Pokémon Master was not going to acknowledge that anyone in Heaven or on Earth stood above him - not the Anything Goes Tier Leader, nor the African-American thief he had just battled, or anyone else in existence. He was not going to accept being told by the Anything Goes Tier Leader that he was not allowed to ban an immoral person for the betterment of the Anything Goes room itself, and in order to make that idea crystal clear, he began to make plans to perform a vast number of actions that he knew that that the Anything Goes Tier Leader would expect him to not perform, especially as a "responsible" Moderator of the Anything Goes room.

    After all, the existence of any society, state, or community is fundamentally rooted upon a contract between it and the people in it. The contract is that people give up freedom for security - in other words, in exchange for not being allowed to harm and disrespect others, one is protected from being harmed and disrespected by others, as a result of the rules or laws in the society, state, or community. However, after the Anything Goes Tier Leader had unbanned the African-American thief despite knowing what he had done, the contract was already broken, since the Great Pokémon Master was clearly shown that the Anything Goes Tier Leader was willing to allow someone to disrespect him without facing repercussions. And since the contract is the lynchpin that holds any society, state or community together, then since the lynchpin was lost, then as far as the Great Pokémon Master was concerned, it was now chaos and anarchy. In other words, he was now completely and absolutely free, and could do absolutely anything he desired, since he no longer had to honor a contract in his actions.

    The Great Pokémon Master also realized at that moment that his true self and the Anything Goes Tier Leader were complete polar opposites as people, as the latter was someone who asked questions such as "will people think positively or negatively if I do this?" before he performed any action in the Pokémon community. And while the Great Pokémon Master did ask questions like that before performing an action back when he had the desire to preserve his reputation... his true self was nothing like that. As shown countless times before in history, he was willing to turn the entire world against him... if that was what it took to stick with his own principles, since he knew that anyone who would turn against him for doing such was unworthy of having their opinions about him cared about by him.

    The mask that the Great Pokémon Master first put on at the end of 2015 was still on his face... but countless cracks had formed on it over time, due its inability to contain the frustration and desire for freedom that he had been hiding behind it for more than a year now. And with everything that had recently happened in mind... he could not wait to shatter it. Because he was no longer in University, and could therefore no longer evade his bans from Pokémon Showdown! anywhere close to as easily as he could back in the days of 2013 and 2014, he could no longer take the same approach that he used back in those days. As such, he knew that his imminent, mask-shattering rampage had to be a swift one, which could feasibly be achieved before he could be banned even once. And the moment when the Anything Goes Tier Leader went offline on Pokémon Showdown! marked the moment when his mask would finally shatter, after having stayed on the Great Pokémon Master's face for about two years.
    Chapter 29: The Return of the True Self - The Fourth Era of Infamy (2017):
    After the Anything Goes Tier Leader went offline on Pokémon Showdown! on that night, the Great Pokémon Master set his plans to defy the "authority" and "hierarchy" of the Anything Goes Tier Leader into motion, by performing a series of actions that would make the Anything Goes Tier Leader rue the day he gave power to the Great Pokémon Master. Using his abilities as a Moderator in the Anything Goes room, the Great Pokémon Master turned the room upside down, by once again banning the African-American thief, as well as another user in the room - the same person he had repeatedly kicked from the Halanced Backmons Discord server a few months ago. After that, he randomly promoted several users in the room to voice, including a username of his own, whose purpose was to insult the intelligence of the Anything Goes Tier Leader - reminiscent of the usernames he had used to insult various authority figures in the Ubers room back in 2013 and 2014.

    At the request of the second user the Great Pokémon Master had banned before, the creator of Pokémon Showdown! himself then entered the Anything Goes room. The creator of Pokémon Showdown! then demoted the Great Pokémon Master to a regular user in the Anything Goes room, before the Great Pokémon Master gave a long speech in the room, explaining that he was now discarding his mask, since he no longer had any need for any positive reputation in the Pokémon community. In his speech, he also revealed that he will, from that moment forward, discard his identity as "LANCE," and return to the world of Pokémon battling under a new identity, like a serpent shedding its skin, or a phoenix rising from the ashes, just like how he had discarded his identity as Dragon Master366, Master of DaUniverse and PokéMaster Forever when he first entered Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy back in 2009. After completing his speech, he posted a link to Pornhub in the Anything Goes room, not knowing that it would result in him being auto-locked by the server. After that, he turned his attention towards the creator of Pokémon Showdown!, who had private messaged him, asking about what he was doing. After a brief exchange, the Great Pokémon Master requested to be banned from Pokémon Showdown!, as with his currently non-existent passion for Pokémon battling, he no longer had a reason to use it. And additionally, he knew, from his war with the Ubers room authorities in the past, that bans from Pokémon Showdown! never last for long anyway, so he had almost nothing to lose from making such a move.

    At the hands of the very creator of Pokémon Showdown! himself, the Great Pokémon Master then received his first ban from the simulator since 2014 - a ban that was set to last seven days. After he was banned, the side of him that first surfaced back in the Great Flame War, and had resurfaced again in late 2013, returned once more, and began spamming the Anything Goes Discord server, trying his absolute best to break as many rules as he possibly could. As the remaining pieces of his shattered mask were falling all around him, he unleashed his long-suppressed true self, soaring towards psychological freedom in a kaleidoscopic explosion of expressions that he would never have spoken back when he was wearing his mask - for social and reputation-preserving reasons. Such expressions included Nazi propaganda, mixed with extremely offensive transphobic comments, which were directed at the Anything Goes Tier Leader, as the Great Pokémon Master knew, from a post he saw on the Smogon forums, that the Anything Goes Tier Leader was transgender, and he wanted to offend him as much as possible. Additionally, the Great Pokémon Master also leaked several private conversations of the Anything Goes staff, and posted a large amount of random messages that revealed the deepest parts of his psyche - the parts of him that long yearned for the past - the days of freedom, on which he was able to behave extremely randomly, and express his soul, without caring about how he would be judged by others.

    The Anything Goes Tier Leader was away from his computer at the time, but when he returned, he was shocked at the sight he saw. The Great Pokémon Master - the very man he had promoted to the position of Moderator in the Anything Goes room back in 2016, now stood as a completely different person before his eyes, and he had never witnessed the Great Pokémon Master acting like that before, since the Great Pokémon Master had already put on his mask almost immediately after they first interacted, while the Anything Goes Tier Leader had not been in the Pokémon community for long enough to have witnessed the Great Pokémon Master's true self in the past. Deeply offended, especially by the transphobic speeches that flooded the Anything Goes Discord server, the Anything Goes Tier Leader then banned the Great Pokémon Master from that server. After that, the Great Pokémon Master continued insulting him in the Other Metagames Discord server, leading to the Anything Goes Tier Leader banning him from that server as well.

    When the Great Pokémon Master's actions were witnessed by many other people in the Smogon community, they instantly lost all their respect for him, despite the righteousness of his actions. However, as a clear demonstration of the extreme levels of corruption in the Smogon community - for which no confirmation from the present was needed, since countless events that had transpired in the past were enough - the people did not lose their respect for the Anything Goes Tier Leader, despite his decision to stand against righteousness itself, since he was friends with many people in the community. And although the reputation of the African-American thief did take a hit, it was not enough to get him punished in any way, except for temporarily losing his voice in the Anything Goes room - a move that the Anything Goes Tier Leader later undid, as a petty act to spite the Great Pokémon Master himself, who he now hated more than ever.

    Thus, for the fourth time in history, the name of the Great Pokémon Master was thrust into infamy. However, despite the fact that his recent actions were, in fact, not anything out of the ordinary when compared to many of his other actions on Smogon over the past thirteen years... his most recent actions had shocked the Smogon community far more than anything he had ever done prior to that point. This was because the actions of his that led to his fourth and most recent era of infamy were performed at a time when his reputation in the Pokémon community, while declining, was still high. In contrast, he was already an infamous user by the time he first joined Smogon in December of 2004, while he was relatively unknown during his time as Pokémon Trainer R. And even on the 21st of October, 2013, his fame was still largely limited to his clan and the Ubers community, but he was nowhere near as well-known as he was in 2017, as evident from the fact that the people of the Other Metagames community back then were not even aware of his conflict with the Ubers authorities, until they were shown A Guide To Ethics.

    Many people in the Smogon community could not believe what was done by a well-respected member of their community, who was also a person who held the position of Moderator in a Pokémon Showdown! room, since just like the Anything Goes Tier Leader himself, many of them were too new to the Smogon community to know who the Great Pokémon Master truly was. However, the people in the Smogon community who were old enough to have witnessed similar actions of him from the past, who had now dwindled dramatically in numbers, remained much more silent about, and less shocked by the situation.

    On the next day, the Great Pokémon Master learned that the second person he had banned from the Anything Goes room on the previous night was also the same person who had advised the African-American thief to steal his ladder points. During that time, he was still in the Halanced Backmons Discord server, which he shared with the aforementioned person. He saw that the aforementioned person, at the time, was having a flame war with Duckymomo Senior, while several other people were also participating in the conflict. The Great Pokémon Master, who was now completely freed from his mask, as well as any need to preserve any kind of reputation, since he no longer even had any left, then joined the conflict, and began flaming the person who had wronged him. His opponent also retaliated, resulting in a massive flame war, which was soon joined by many other members of the Other Metagames community, and they chose to side against the Great Pokémon Master.

    Despite being extremely heavily outnumbered in the conflict, the Great Pokémon Master continued the battle, insulting anyone who would dare to oppose him. He completely ignored the insults that others fired at him, while he himself continued his flaming frenzy, greatly enjoying it in the process, as he had not received the opportunity to experience the thrill of such a massive and mindless conflict in an extremely long time. The flame war raged on for several days, and during that time, the owner of the Halanced Backmons server, who was also against the Great Pokémon Master, banned him from the server several times, but each and every time that happened, Duckymomo Senior invited him back. After a while, the owner of the server became fed up, and deleted the entire server.

    Around that time, a person posted a thread in the Firebot Lab Development forum on Smogon, retelling, from his own perspective, the story of the Great Pokémon Master, focusing on his actions on the 26th of November, 2017, as well as on the few days that followed. However, the thread, down to its very title, was ripe with inaccuracies, ranging from misinformation about the Great Pokémon Master's past, to misunderstandings about the motivations behind many of his actions on the 26th of November, as well as descriptions of events that did not even happen in the way that he had depicted. Furthermore, the thread was also extremely biased, implying that the Great Pokémon Master was insane, and denied his position as the Greatest Pokémon Master, while drawing no attention whatsoever towards the wrongdoings of the Anything Goes Tier Leader, as well as the person who had advised the African-American thief to steal the Great Pokémon Master's ladder points.

    History then repeated itself, as many people on Smogon began hating and dogpiling on the Great Pokémon Master. In response, the Great Pokémon Master posted in the thread, giving a long speech about just how far above the people of the Smogon community he stood, as well as just how little their words meant to him, since he had existed in the world of online Pokémon battling for an entire year before the Smogon community even existed, meaning that no one in the community had any authority to even judge him. He also called out many people in the Smogon community for being pathetic puppets, whose actions and beliefs were based on, and therefore controlled, by the expectations of those around them, resulting in them essentially being nothing more than slaves to their own reputation, and therefore, would never be able to do what he did not only on the 26th of November, 2017, but also at many other times in his long history with Smogon. At the end of his post, he stated that, as a result of his lack of passion for Pokémon battling at the time, he was going to take his leave for the time being, but also explicitly stated that he will return one day - whenever he would become interested in battling again. After his post, the people, who lacked the intelligence to understand his position, then continued flaming and laughing at him in the thread, resulting in the thread being locked eventually.
    Chapter 30: The War in the Dark 1 - The Great Retribution Begins (2017-2018):
    Despite having been long drained of all his passion for Pokémon battling, the Great Pokémon Master was invited by Duckymomo Senior to a new Discord server the latter had created, known as Ducks > You, which was intended to be the reincarnation of the Halanced Backmons server. The Great Pokémon Master was promoted to the second highest position of authority in the server, while Duckymomo Senior disallowed many cancerous users from entering the server, preventing it from being consumed by an uncontrollable flame war, like what happened to Halanced Backmons.

    Just like Halanced Backmons, Ducks > You was initially populated almost exclusively by people in the Balanced Hackmons community. Due to how strict Duckymomo Senior was, in terms of disallowing certain users from entering the server, most people in the server were friendly with him, as well as the Great Pokémon Master, with the exception of one person, who often argued with them. But the Great Pokémon Master did not mind him much anyway, as although that person was opposed to many of his recent actions, that person was mostly civil in his arguments, and the Great Pokémon Master also found the act of debating with him to be very intellectually stimulating.

    However, over time, the Great Pokémon Master, as well as some other people, began inviting many Pure Pokémon players to the server, as well as a few people from Ubers, with such people being among the few remaining in the world of Pokémon battling who did not regard the Great Pokémon Master as an atrocious and insane neo-Nazi with a God Complex. After a while, Ducks > You was no longer a server that was mostly centered around Balanced Hackmons, as it was now filled with players of Übers, Pure Pokémon, as well as Balanced Hackmons. As more time passed, Ducks > You was transformed into a place in which people talked about all sorts of different topics, ranging from "competitive" Pokémon to non-battling aspects of the Pokémon franchise, to other games, life, religion, theology, science, philosophy, history, geography, music, and many more. The Great Pokémon Master also started various games in the server, such as a channel dedicated to an Add-on Story, as well as a category of channels dedicated to a Pokémon roleplay.

    For the Great Pokémon Master, this server proved to be a far more pleasant and enjoyable place than any other Discord server he had ever been in, as well as any room on Pokémon Showdown! he had been in, mostly because the server was not only limited to a single topic, and therefore, did not get boring quickly. In the meantime, his ban from Pokémon Showdown! was lifted after seven days, but for a long time, he did not return to the simulator, as he saw no point in doing so, since he had zero interest in battling at the time anyway. While that was happening, he created a Rate My Team thread, dedicated to his Solgaleo-centered Balanced Hackmons stall team, which he named "The☀️Heavenly☯️Throne," and he posted the thread on the Serebii forums.

    Eventually, he did return to Pokémon Showdown! under some anonymous names, but did not participate in any serious battles. Instead, he simply entertained himself by participating in battles at the bottom of the Pure Pokémon ladder, using a team consisting of Rhydon, Charizard, Haxorus, Mega Garchomp, Hydreigon, and Dragonite. The team, which he personally named Ultimate Dragon Army, was not made to achieve anything serious or notable, but was only used to allow the Great Pokémon Master to entertain himself, regardless of whether he won or lost with the team.

    Around that time, he was shown a highly successful stall team for USUM Ubers, which was created by one of his friends. The stall team in question, which was heavily inspired by the Great Pokémon Master's own stall teams in previous iterations of Übers, consisted of Mega Sableye, Blissey, Stealth Rock Primal Groudon, Lugia, Defog Ho-Oh, and Defog Arceus-Ground. When the Great Pokémon Master was shown the team, he suggested to replace Arceus-Ground's Defog with Stealth Rock, while replacing Primal Groudon with Defog Giratina, since he disliked Defog Arceus in general, due to its lack of Leftovers recovery, combined with the fact that it was faster than Primal Groudon, meaning that it had trouble keeping Stealth Rock away from the Ground/Fire-type Pokémon if it was poisoned. After suggesting those changes, the Great Pokémon Master, out of curiosity, laddered with the team on Pokémon Showdown!, after implementing his own suggested changes, and he managed to easily reach #2 on the ladder, with the only reason why he did not reach #1 being the fact that there was a booster occupying the #1 spot on the USUM Ubers ladder at the time. However, shortly after that, he realized that his team lost to Stealth Rock Mega Diancie, which was beginning to become common at the time. Feeling as if there was no such thing as a truly excellent team in USUM Ubers as a result, he quickly lost interest after that, and stopped laddering.

    Despite the fact that the Great Pokémon Master had openly and explicitly stated that he will one day resurface in the world of Pokémon battling, and had, in fact, already done so, many people in the Pokémon community were, for some reasons, ignorant of that fact, and believed, possibly as a result of wishful thinking, that he had permanently quit. However, at the dawn of 2018, the Pokémon community would learn that the light of the Great Pokémon Master was not as absent from their lives as they had initially thought, or perhaps, hoped.

    Inspired by the old days on which he had trolled the Smogon forums mercilessly, the Great Pokémon Master began planning a massive spamfest in the Other Metagames subforum of Smogon. While he was planning that, one of his friends gave him two real-life photos of the Anything Goes Tier Leader, which another person had tracked down. However, at the time, the Great Pokémon Master was not certain that the person in the photos was indeed the Anything Goes Tier Leader himself. The Great Pokémon Master then spammed the Other Metagames subforum under numerous accounts, filling almost every single thread in the forum with either random nonsensical or joke-like posts; transphobic comments that were directed at various transgender members of the Other Metagames community, including the Anything Goes Tier Leader himself; or simply random insults against people in the Other Metagames community. In just one of the countless messages he had posted in the Other Metagames subforum on that night, he included the two photos of the Anything Goes Tier Leader. However, shortly after his spamfest, he was IP-banned from the Smogon forums, while all the accounts he had used to spam those forums were permanently banned, and all of his spam messages were deleted by authorities.

    On the next day, to the Great Pokémon Master's delight, Smogon's Other Metagames and Anything Goes communities were outraged. However, the reason for the outrage was very, very different compared to what the Great Pokémon Master had expected, as no attention whatsoever was given to the countless spam, flame, and transphobic messages the Great Pokémon Master had posted. Instead, all the attention was focused on the single post of his in which he had doxxed the Anything Goes Tier Leader.

    Via private message on Discord, the Anything Goes Tier Leader asked him why he did that, to which he responded by saying that he did it due to a combination of his pursuit of fun, as well as his despise of corruption, which, in his eyes, the Anything Goes Tier Leader embodied. The Great Pokémon Master also noticed that his Transcendent God Champion account was banned on Smogon, while almost all of his usernames on Pokémon Showdown! were "indefinitely banned," although, in reality, that just meant that he would get auto-locked by the server if he logged into any of those accounts, but could still ladder under them.

    Later on that day, the Anything Goes Tier Leader made a goodbye thread on Smogon, in which he announced that he was quitting Pokémon battling, as well as the Smogon community, hinting that the doxxing was what caused him to quit. At that time, another person who happened to dislike the Anything Goes Tier Leader, and was also given his two real-life photos, posted said photos in the thread. The aforementioned post was quickly deleted, and the Anything Goes Tier Leader, who was now psychologically and emotionally reduced to nothing more than a fearful and vulnerable infant, begged the Great Pokémon Master to tell whoever who had posted the message to stop, and leave him alone.

    Upon witnessing the aforementioned series of events, the Great Pokémon Master was extremely pleasantly surprised, as he would never have imagined that simply posting two pictures of the Anything Goes Tier Leader's face in a single thread on the Smogon forums would have such a massive psychological impact on him, let alone moreso than the transphobic comments he had posted on the forums alongside the two pictures. He had now just beheld how insanely hard the Anything Goes Tier Leader was hit by his doxxing, which was, in fact, not even intended to be the primary part of his attack against the Other Metagames community the previous night. And additionally, he had also just witnessed how incredibly seriously doxxing was taken by others, as his main Smogon account at the time, as well as most of his usernames on Pokémon Showdown!, were seemingly banned for no reason other than because of his doxxing.

    The Great Pokémon Master then began to consider the possibility that doxxing may, in fact, be an extremely powerful form of attack on the internet. Filled with excitement, as well as an extremely heightened sense of empowerment, he then, in the Ducks > You server, expressed his appreciation of the power and potential of doxxing as a weapon to use against his enemies, and stated that he was going to use this newly-appreciated power of his to punish some other enemies of his. However, upon witnessing such messages of his, some people in the Ducks > You server leaked his words to the Other Metagames community. This prompted one of his enemies - the one who had told the African-American thief to steal the Great Pokémon Master's ladder points on the 26th of November - talking to him via private message on Discord. His enemy apologized to him for what his own wrongdoing, and asked him not to dox him, and then the Great Pokémon Master told him that he will not be doxxed. However, his words were a lie, since he saw nothing wrong with lying to someone who had previously told another person to lie to him. Furthermore, he was in the middle of a war at the time, and as Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, "all warfare is based on deception."
    Chapter 31: The War in the Dark 2 - Genesis 3:15 Re-Enacted (2018):
    A few days later, the Great Pokémon Master told a friend of his to relay a message, contained within a PasteBin, to the Anything Goes Tier Leader, telling him that he intended to stop attacking him if he promised to change for the better as a person. However, about a week after the Anything Goes Tier Leader left Smogon, he returned, after recovering from the initial shock of having his face and full name revealed. The Great Pokémon Master then monitored him for a while, and saw that he had not changed for the better, as some low-life scum who had clearly done wrong were still not punished by him. Additionally, the Great Pokémon Master was also informed by some of his friends that the Anything Goes Tier Leader had been talking about him negatively on some Discord servers, referring to him as "a horrid person." Around that time, the person who had originally tracked down the real life information of the Anything Goes Tier Leader also found the real life information of the person who had told the African-American thief to cheat against the Great Pokémon Master on the 26th of November. The information found included the person's real name, photos, pictures and full names of his parents, his home address, as well as the picture of the front of his house.

    The aforementioned information was given to the Great Pokémon Master, who, one day, decided to post them, along with the photos of the Anything Goes Tier Leader, in the Ducks > You server, in the midst of some social discussions he was having with some friends there, in which he and his friends were laughing at and making jokes about various Smogon users and their sexual orientations. However, someone on the server leaked the screenshots of the doxxing to the victims, who, in turn, informed Smogon staff. This resulted in Duckymomo Senior being banned from Smogon, and permanently locked on Pokémon Showdown!, since he was the owner of the server, and permitted the doxxing of Smogon users in it.

    In response to the repeated leaking of doxxing-related information in Ducks > You, the Great Pokémon Master created a private channel in the server, for the purpose of discussing doxxing, and only permitted certain trustworthy users access to it. Inside that channel, the Great Pokémon Master and some of his friends then continuously discussed plans to attack Smogon and dox specific users. Eventually, the Anything Goes Tier Leader approached the Great Pokémon Master himself, and they had a long discussion, in which the former tried to convince the latter to stop doxxing him. Eventually, the Great Pokémon Master concluded that the Anything Goes Tier Leader was already punished enough, at least for the time being. That, combined with the fact that there were still other reprobates who the Great Pokémon Master himself needed to focus on in order to bring to justice, resulted in the Great Pokémon Master agreeing to cease his attacks against the Anything Goes Tier Leader, and move on to other targets, such as the person who had told the African-American thief to cheat against the Great Pokémon Master back on the 26th of November.

    A while after that, the aforementioned person ranted on a Smogon Discord server, about the situation his father was in, as his father was taken to court for vehicular manslaughter. A bit later, the person made a thread on Smogon, in which he ranted at length about his depressing life, and in the thread, he told a false version of the story about his father's vehicular manslaughter, trying to make him appear to be more innocent than in reality. One of the Great Pokémon Master's friends then informed the Great Pokémon Master about the situation, and then the Great Pokémon Master got another friend of his to make a new account on Smogon, with which the Great Pokémon Master's lying enemy was doxxed, with all of his personal information posted publicly on Smogon, including his address, as well as the names and faces of his parents, while, at the same time, using screenshots to expose his lies about his father.

    The aforementioned doxxing posts were soon deleted, and the account with which said messages were posted was banned. But then, the Great Pokémon Master, along with a few of his friends, continued the doxxing and exposing of his enemy on the Smogon Discord servers, by using various alternate accounts to private message the aforementioned personal information of his enemy to Smogon Discord users en masse. The Great Pokémon Master and his friends did this for a few weeks, hoping to psychologically crush their victim, something they knew would be extremely effective, since they knew that their victim was depressed for several other reasons, including his father's vehicular manslaughter. As the Great Pokémon Master was doing that, he also realized that he was having a lot of fun in doing so - far more fun than the act of Pokémon battling could provide him, because while Pokémon battling was just a game, and he ultimately had nothing to gain or lose from victories and defeats... the same could not be said about his doxxing. Because currently, he was fighting against evil, and therefore, contributing towards the noble goal of making the world a better place.

    His victim seemed to be extremely traumatized by the doxxing, and in an act of desperation, he even asked Duckymomo Senior to help him stop the doxxing, despite the fact that he and Duckymomo Senior were exclusively enemies up to that point, since he believed that Duckymomo Senior had the ability to influence the decisions of the Great Pokémon Master himself. He and some authority figures within Smogon also promised Duckymomo Senior that he will eventually be unbanned from Smogon, and unlocked on Pokémon Showdown!, if he cooperated with them, and helped them stop the doxxing. Duckymomo Senior expressed agreement, but in reality, he and the Great Pokémon Master were working together to feed consistent, yet false information to the victim of the doxxing, convincing him that the person doxxing him was not the Great Pokémon Master himself, but rather, a completely unrelated person.

    All while doing that, the Great Pokémon Master continued his brutal doxxing and exposure of his victim, private messaging all of his personal information, as well as information about his parents, to Smogon users on Discord, and by that point in time, he had sent the information to more than two hundred users. About a month later, on the 10th of April, 2018, Smogon was hacked by a certain person, who had hacked certain famous YouTube videos in the past, and had also hacked both Pokémon Online and Pokémon Showdown! all the way back in 2016. Through some complicated processes, the hacking of Smogon, along with, apparently, the hacking of the IP of the African-American thief, had resulted in the leaking of all of the African-American thief's personal information. The personal information included the African-American thief's full name, location, the educational institutions in which he studied, as well as three of his photos, and the aforementioned information then began to spread all over Pokémon Showdown!, as well as 4chan.

    Now that the Great Pokémon Master had the personal information of all three of his primary targets at the time, he smiled ambitiously, as for the first time in the conflict of his that began on the 26th of November, he felt that the tide of the war had turned in his favor, since he could now pick his shots against his targets, by doxxing and harassing them at his leisure. Filled with resolve, he and his friends then began to plan to take the war to its next stage. He now had an entire server dedicated to discussions about plans to dox and harass people... as well as an even grander operation alongside that. The Great Pokémon Master gave a code name to the operation involving his and his friends' imminent doxxing of his three targets. And the code name he gave to that was Operation Genesis 3:15. Because Immanent God LANCE/Transcendent God Champion was ready to finally crush the heads of the snakes that had dared to strike his heel back on the 26th of November.


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    Post by Immanent God LANCE on Mon 26 Nov - 15:17

    Chapter 32: The War in the Dark 3 - The Living Legends Reunited (2018):

    Upon discovering the existence of a 4chan thread that contained all the personal information of the African-American thief, the Great Pokémon Master and his friends began posting links to that thread, as well as numerous memes that included pictures of the African-American thief's face with captions on them, in Ducks > You. This was done as a part of some social discussions, since the Great Pokémon Master and his friends had found the numerous jokes and memes that were centered around the thief's African-American descent, as well as the various stereotypes surrounding such, to be incredibly funny. However, around that time, Duckymomo Senior was unbanned from Smogon, and he wanted to keep himself unbanned from that website, so he eventually banned doxxing and all related discussions from his server. In response, the Great Pokémon Master and his friends decided to migrate to a different server, known as Team Plasma's Castle, while leaving Ducks > You behind to die, since the only thing that prevented that server from being completely dead in the past were the activities of the Great Pokémon Master and his friends.

    One of the Great Pokémon Master's friends then decided to spread the 4chan thread that contained the personal information of the African-American thief to numerous Smogon Discord servers, but when he posted it in the Other Metagames Discord server, the Anything Goes Tier Leader banned him from the aforementioned server, as well as the Anything Goes Discord server. This resulted in the Great Pokémon Master's friend asking the Anything Goes Tier Leader why he was banned. The discussion soon evolved into a flame war, which ended with the Great Pokémon Master's friend blocking the Anything Goes Tier Leader on Discord. After that, the Great Pokémon Master's friend began doxxing the Anything Goes Tier Leader, by repeatedly private messaging his personal information to users on Smogon Discord servers, while also doxxing him on Pokémon Showdown!, the Smogon forums, as well as possibly other places. At one point, he made a thread on the Smogon forums that contained the photos of all three of the Great Pokémon Master's doxxing targets, and got banned from the forums as a result.

    Around the same time, the Great Pokémon Master and his friends also began using alternate accounts on Discord to private message the personal information of the African-American thief, along with the link to the 4chan thread from which said information originated, to Smogon users en masse. This resulted in the 4chan thread receiving a huge number of views, eventually leading to said thread becoming the #1 result on Google when the African-American thief's full name is searched, meaning that the life of the African-American thief had potentially been ruined in the eyes of his future employers.

    After doing a lot of doxxing, the Great Pokémon Master and his friends stopped to take a break... but despite their decision to do so, they also received words that the doxxing was still going on. Eventually, to the Great Pokémon Master's pleasant surprise, he realized that he and his friends had spreaded the personal information of their three targets so incredibly widely, to the point where the dangers of the troll-infested place that was the internet itself began to become evident, and such dangers began to haunt the three victims of the doxxing, with devastating effects.

    Seemingly spontaneously, the Great Pokémon Master witnessed the creation of two more 4chan threads, one of which containing the personal information of the Anything Goes Tier Leader, and the other containing the personal information of the person who had told the African-American thief to cheat against the Great Pokémon Master himself. The two 4chan threads seemed to have spawned as a direct response to the doxxing that the Great Pokémon Master and his friends had been carrying out, while the creation of the two threads also served to further publicly spread the private information of the people to which they pertained. Additionally, through stalking the Smogon Discord servers under an alternate account of his, the Great Pokémon Master also heard that various Smogon users who were completely unrelated to him were being banned from Smogon for doxxing the same people he himself had been doxxing.

    As far as the Great Pokémon Master could tell, it did not appear to be the case that the aforementioned Smogon users had carried out doxxing for the sake of justice or revenge for what their targets did to the Great Pokémon Master back in November. Instead, it seemed that the Smogon users had carried out doxxing for their own, completely unrelated reasons, as some of them got bored of their Smogon accounts and wanted to commit account suicide, while they figured that the fastest and easiest way to get banned from Smogon would be to repost the personal information of someone who had already been doxxed. At the same time, other people appeared to be reposting the personal information of the Great Pokémon Master's targets entirely to amuse themselves, mess with the Smogon community, as well as other reasons that were unlikely to have anything to do with the Great Pokémon Master himself, since not only they did not even know the Great Pokémon Master himself on a personal level, but it was questionable whether or not they even knew about the connection between the people they were doxxing and the Great Pokémon Master himself.

    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master was out driving one day, when a thought suddenly struck him out of nowhere. He remembered the USUM Ubers stall team his friend had shown him many months ago, as well as his own modified version of the aforementioned team, and he wondered how good that team would be in USUM Pure Pokémon, if he replaced Arceus-Ground and its Ice Beam technique with Arceus-Steel and Perish Song, respectively, in order to have a counter to Baton Pass, as well as a switch-in to Choice Band Mega Rayquaza's Dragon Ascent. As soon as he returned home, he put his ideas to the test, and laddered with the aforementioned team, under the name "Lejon ga fram." Very soon, he reached #1 on the ladder, and he eventually achieved an amazing 96.1% GXE, with a win-loss record of 92-5, as well as an Elo of 2063, which outclassed that of the person who was #2 on the ladder at the time by more than 100 points.

    Although the Great Pokémon Master never intentionally advertised the true identity behind the name "Lejon ga fram," many people in the Anything Goes community were able to figure out who he was anyway, due to a number of reasons. The first was because of the incredibly distinct style of his stall team, which was very different from most other teams used on the ladder. The second was the way he played stall flawlessly, something almost no other person in existence was able to do, due to the unbelievably high skill ceiling of this playstyle. And the final reason was because of the extremely distinct way he typed when he spoke with others in battle.

    This resulted in many people in the Anything Goes community talking about and making contact with him, as despite his incredibly negative reputation in the Pokémon community at the time... at the end of the day, as far as people on an online Pokémon battling simulator are concerned, there is nothing that catches people's interest and attention, or inspires awe more than simply being skilled at Pokémon battling, and people could not deny the skill of "Lejon ga fram" at the time, due to his accomplishments on the ladder. Because at the end of the day, people go to an online Pokémon battling simulator not to praise those who contribute to the community, or make decisions about who is in the right and who is in the wrong in regards to a conflict, especially one they themselves were not even involved in. Rather, they go to online Pokémon battling simulators simply to participate in and watch others battle using the monsters of their childhood, and the incredible skill and consistency demonstrated by the Great Pokémon Master simply impressed and caught the attention of the multitude, which was all that really mattered to them. As such, the Great Pokémon Master befriended some Pure Pokémon players, and he and his friends invited some of them to the Team Plasma's Castle Discord server.

    However, shortly after his aforementioned achievement, the Great Pokémon Master lost two battles within the space of a single day, with both losses being caused by completely unwinnable team matchups. His first loss was to a stall team that included Choice Specs Kyogre with Wish support, while his second loss was to a team that had not one, and not two, but three Primal Kyogre. Demotivated by the losses, he once again stopped playing the game seriously for a while, and went back to doxxing, as well as playing on the low ladder with Ultimate Dragon Army, since he enjoyed those activities more.

    Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master began to become more creative, fun, and experimental with his doxxing. Rather than simply spreading the personal information of his targets on the Smogon Discord servers, he began to carry out doxxing in a way that amused himself, and whose purpose was more to mess with the Smogon community in general, while, at the same time, satisfying his own curiosity about how the people of Smogon would react to it, rather than to spread the personal information of his targets. Some of his operations at the time included pretending to be a newbie and asking Pokémon-related questions on various Smogon Discord servers under alternate accounts, while leaking personal information about his targets through his avatar, username, or simply through what he typed in the chat, as he wanted to entertain himself by seeing how long it would take for him to get banned. Around the same time, a friend of his also began climbing Pokémon Showdown!'s Pure Pokémon ladder using various usernames that contained joke-like references to numerous pieces of personal information pertaining to his doxxing targets, for fun.

    As that was happening, the Great Pokémon Master was using an alternate account on Discord to stalk various Smogon Discord servers, in order to keep himself up to date regarding the doxxing that was being carried out by people who were outside of his own circle of friends, as well as the Smogon community's reactions to all the doxxing that was going on, either at the hands of the Great Pokémon Master himself, at the hands of his friends, or at the hands of people he did not know or interact with at all. While he was stalking Smogon's Ubers Kingdom Discord server under an alternate account, he looked at the userlist of that server, and saw a user by the name of SashaTheMaster. The Great Pokémon Master then sent a private message to that user, greeting him with a phrase that few other than the real Sasha would know, let alone remember. Upon confirming each other's identities by logging into their accounts on their old Dragon Masters clan forums, the two Living Legends then caught up.

    During their conversation, the Great Pokémon Master brought up something Sasha had told him a year ago, about how the current state of the Pokémon battling was too peaceful. The Great Pokémon Master then informed Sasha that he was incorrect in his judgment, and explained his point by recounting the story of the current, doxxing-centric conflict he was involved in. Upon hearing about the current state of affairs in the Pokémon battling community, Sasha was filled with excitement, and could not wait to experience the nostalgia of throwing himself back into the depths of conflict and drama in the Pokémon battling community, by joining the current conflict on the Great Pokémon Master's side. Thus, the two Living Legends were once again united in war against Smogon.
    Chapter 33: The 15th Anniversary - The Celebration in Glorious Triumph (2018):
    Despite the fact that the Great Pokémon Master had previously planned to discard his identity and start anew like a rising phoenix, he changed his mind sometime during this period, not in spite of the extremely negative reputation that he currently possessed, but rather, because of it, since he considered his negative reputation to be useful to him, for the purpose of entertaining himself in his war against Smogon. Additionally, he ultimately could not bear to separate himself from everything he has achieved under the name of LANCE, especially now that he had reunited with his fellow Living Legend.

    Not long after the reunion of Sasha and the Great Pokémon Master, the former, in the Ubers Kingdom Discord server, as well as Pokémon Showdown!, doxxed one of the Leaders of the In Dis Mum clan - the same one who had gotten the two Living Legends banned from Pokémon Online back in 2013, and the same who the Great Pokémon Master had defeated in the third Ubers Premier League back in 2015. Around that time, the Great Pokémon Master also witnessed the rise of a new doxxer in the Smogon Discord servers. This doxxer was constantly spreading the personal information of the three people whom the Great Pokémon Master himself had been doxxing, but this doxxer appeared to be doxxing for his own personal reasons, which were based on his own homophobic and transphobic beliefs, rather than for the reasons why the Great Pokémon Master and his friends were doxxing. Initially, he was doxxing only the same three individuals whom the Great Pokémon Master himself had been doxxing, most likely because he found their personal information on 4chan. However, after a while, he began doxxing several other Smogon users, once again with homophobic and transphobic motives.

    Although the doxxing was widespread across all the different subcommunities within Smogon, at the end of the day, it was seen as a phenomenon that was most closely associated with the Anything Goes community, and therefore, it reflected more poorly on the Anything Goes community than on any other subcommunity within Smogon. This was because all the doxxing was seen as originating from a strictly Anything Goes-based event - namely, the battle between the Great Pokémon Master and the African-American thief on the 26th of November, 2017, as well as what happened in the Anything Goes room afterward on that night.

    During that time, a massive wave of chaos also began consuming Pokémon Showdown!'s Anything Goes room, as many users in the room were spamming, "misbehaving," and/or turning against the authority figures in the room, for some reasons. As a result of this, along with how much doxxing had been increasing across Smogon at the time, as well as how much doxxing was associated with the Anything Goes community in the eyes of the public, many authority figures within the Anything Goes community began quitting the community, as many did not wish to tarnish their own reputation in the eyes of the wider Smogon community. Furthermore, the Anything Goes community never had a very positive reputation in the eyes of the wider Smogon community in the first place, since most people on Smogon do not see "Anything Goes" as a "real tier," despite it being the purest form of Pokémon battling, as well as arguably the only "real tier" alongside VGC, and this further contributed to the Anything Goes staff abandoning their positions en masse. Some of the Anything Goes staff quit or were planning to quit Pokémon Showdown! altogether, while others refused to enter the Anything Goes room despite being online elsewhere on Pokémon Showdown!, and others were simply inactive.

    To make the situation even worse for the Anything Goes community, the staff in the community could not find any users to promote to positions of authority in order to replace the staff members who had quit or were inactive, as by that point in time, way too many users in the Anything Goes room had already become linked to the Great Pokémon Master or his friends, with some of them even being an active part of Team Plasma's Castle.

    Upon realizing the extent of the damage that his doxxing had caused to the Anything Goes community, the Great Pokémon Master smiled in excitement, as he realized that the only thing he had to do to completely destroy the Anything Goes community was to simply continue his doxxing, while encouraging other Pure Pokémon players to either do the same, or use other, less harmful methods of causing chaos in the Anything Goes room, such as by spamming and flaming, as many of them had moral qualms with doxxing. After all, despite his incredibly negative reputation in the overall Smogon community after the 26th of November, 2017, the Great Pokémon Master, by the time of mid-late 2018, had once again re-established a massive amount of influence within the Anything Goes community, for reasons that were explained before. And so, he continued his doxxing, while influencing other Pure Pokémon players to cause chaos in the Anything Goes community, and his primary goal at the time was to push the already dying Anything Goes community off the edge.

    Around that time, the Anything Goes Tier Leader cracked under the pressure that the repeated doxxing raids and other attacks, as well as the chaos in the community, were exerting upon him, causing him to resign from his position. On the day when he resigned, he made an anonymous poll in the Anything Goes room, asking whether or not the users in the room liked him. The Great Pokémon Master was in the Anything Goes room as a guest at the time, and, upon seeing the poll, he used about twenty different VPNs to vote for the negative option on the poll, creating an illusion, according to which the majority of people in the Anything Goes room disliked the former Anything Goes Tier Leader. The staged result of the poll crushed the former Anything Goes Tier Leader's self-esteem, causing him to flee from the Anything Goes room. In response to the former Anything Goes Tier Leader's cowardice, a new Anything Goes Tier Leader, who used to be a Moderator in the Anything Goes room, was chosen by Smogon authorities to take his place. Around that time, the African-American thief also resigned from his position as Voice in the Anything Goes room, possibly for reasons that were related to why the former Anything Goes Tier Leader also quit his position.

    During that period, a ladder tournament on the Pure Pokémon ladder, known as the Anything Goes Ladder Tournament, began, and the Great Pokémon Master was told that this meant that the Pure Pokémon ladder was now filled with many skilled trainers. This caught his interest, motivating him to ladder in Pure Pokémon under his Lejon ga fram account again, using his stall team. He recovered his account from the depths of decay, but to his disappointment, he did not find the Pure Pokémon ladder to be any more challenging than usual, despite the fact that the Anything Goes Ladder Tournament was happening. But on the upside, not only did he manage to peak #1 again, but he also managed to achieve a GXE of 97.5%. Ever since the ACRE system on the Pokémon Showdown! ladders was replaced with the Elo system, this was the highest GXE ever in the entire history of Pokémon Showdown! up to that point in time, barring boosters. Shortly after peaking #1, the Great Pokémon Master stopped laddering under his Lejon ga fram account, and let it decay on the ladder.

    As that was happening, Sasha was also getting into Pure Pokémon, in which he laddered often. In his pursuit of an excellent team for the Pure Pokémon metagame, Sasha attempted to adapt the legendary BW2 Ubers SmashPass team, The Shadow Of The Illusionary Inferno, for the USUM Pure Pokémon metagame, by replacing the Groudon with a Primal Groudon, while changing the Extreme Killer Arceus to an Arceus-Fairy that knew both Defog and Stealth Rock. However, he did not find much success with it. The Great Pokémon Master, excited about the prospect of creating an excellent Pure Pokémon team that contained White Kyurem, then helped with the teambuilding. Thus, history repeated itself again, with the two Living Legends working together to build the optimal SmashPass team, except this time, it was for USUM Pure Pokémon, rather than BW2 Ubers. Eventually, the Great Pokémon Master suggested replacing Cloyster with a Focus Sash-holding Defog Mega Rayquaza, and with this change to the team, the Great Pokémon Master managed to reach #3 on the Pure Pokémon ladder, under the name "Freestyl3r." After that, the two Living Legends decided to give this new SmashPass team the name The Shadow Of The Destructive Inferno, and their team was made in honor of their reunion.

    With the Anything Goes community brought down to its knees in front of him, the Great Pokémon Master decided to establish his Kingship over Pokémon battling once and for all, by making one final ladder run with his Lejon ga fram account, peaking #1 on it for the third time, while, in the process, achieving a GXE of 97.8% - the highest GXE ever in the entire history of Pokémon Showdown! ever since the Elo system was implemented, barring boosters. This also marked the single greatest achievement in the entire history of the Great Pokémon Master's Pokémon battling career, surpassing even his accomplishments with Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland back in 2013. After that, the Great Pokémon Master decided to, on the 26th of November, 2018, make a Rate My Team thread dedicated to the excellent stall team he had been using in Pure Pokémon. The thread was made exactly one year after his Fourth Day of Infamy in the Smogon community - the day on which his current, doxxing-centric conflict began, and the thread celebrated the courage and justice that the Great Pokémon Master demonstrated in his war with his enemies. However, celebrating the first anniversary of the day on which his most recent conflict with Smogon began was not the only reason why he chose the end of 2018, of all times, to make his fourteenth Rate My Team thread, since the end of 2018 was also an appropriate time to celebrate several other notable events in Pokémon history.

    In addition to encompassing the one-year anniversary of the day that marked the start of the doxxing-centric war in which the Great Pokémon Master had fought valiantly, the end of 2018 was also about five years after the day on which the Great Pokémon Master had posted the Rate My Team thread dedicated to Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, a thread that celebrated the tenth anniversary of his time participating in Pokémon battles on online simulators. The end of 2018 was also about five years after the start of his war with numerous authority figures in Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room, in which he had demonstrated a level of courage and righteousness that was comparable to that which he had demonstrated in his recent doxxing-centric war. Furthermore, nine years prior to the end of 2018 was when the Great Pokémon Master had won a DPP OU tournament on Pokémon NetBattle Supremacy, which led to him joining his very first Pokémon clan ever, the legendary Dragon Rush. Going further back, fourteen years before the end of 2018 was when the Great Pokémon Master was first banned from Smogon, an event that triggered the start of the grand war between the Great Pokémon Master and Smogon, which encompassed countless trolling attacks and spamfests that the Great Pokémon Master had launched against the Smogon forums; the numerous power struggles between the Ubers community and the Dragon Rush, Dragon Masters and Heavenly Dragon Gods clans; the repeated doxxing and harassment of the African-American thief and the former Anything Goes Tier Leader; as well as many other events.

    But while the Rate My Team thread that the Great Pokémon Master made on the 26th of November, 2018 certainly does celebrate all of the aforementioned events... in terms of importance, the celebration of said events actually pales in comparison to the primary purpose of the thread, which is to celebrate the passing of fifteen years after the day on which the Great Pokémon Master first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle. The day on which a legend was born - a Pokémon Trainer of unparalleled skill and strength, and a hero who has demonstrated immense courage and moral character in his countless clashes against the evils that plague the world of Pokémon battling.

    Between December 2003 and the present, the Great Pokémon Master has come a long way. In the realm of Pokémon battling, he evolved from a dragon and Hyper Beam-spamming newbie to a user of one-hit KO moves, and then he transitioned from an aggressive user of Fire and sunlight-based offensive strategies to a perfectionist who seeks to optimize his win-loss records over countless battles through the use of defensive teams that can win even after suffering from an absolutely insane amount of unfavorable RNG. Along the way, he also branched out to a very large number of different tiers and metagames across the generations. And in his fight against evil, the power of his attacks against the Smogon community, as well as the vile reprobates in it, increased over time, as did the intensity of his conflicts. In 2013, the solitary spamming and trolling attacks he had been launching against the Smogon forums for years had escalated to a full-scale war between the members of his clans and his enemies, in a conflict in which he and his fellow Living Legend also wielded the power of infinite ban evasion. At the end of 2017, he turned the very power and authority that was, ironically, given to him by the authorities on Pokémon Showdown!, against Smogon itself, and at the start of 2018, he gained the power to launch brutal attacks against Smogon users in ways that affected them beyond the boundaries of the world of Pokémon battling itself.

    Across history, different people know and remember the Great Pokémon Master for his playing of different tiers, as well as his involvement in different events throughout time. Although many people recognize his name, it is safe to say that, at least up until the 26th of November, 2018, no one has ever known the complete story of his history. And thus, because this story is being presented as a part of the Great Pokémon Master's 15th anniversary Rate My Team thread, the Ultimate Champion and Living Legend, LANCE, decided that it would be most appropriate to name his USUM Pure Pokémon stall team, and consequently, the title of the thread that serves as his 15th anniversary celebration, The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master.

    Fin


    But how exactly would the 15th anniversary celebration of the day on which I first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle be complete, if said celebration does not include some of the trophies I have collected in the various conflicts in which I have participated over the years?

    Below is a list of chat logs from Pokémon Showdown!'s Ubers room from 2013-2014, showing the aforementioned room being turned upside down by me, as well as various other members of the Dragon Masters clan:

    Me impersonating and degrading Donkey and Dice publicly in the Ubers room, while evading bans constantly
    Me trolling Donkey and Problems in the Ubers room, while evading a mute
    Me and Sasha flaming various authority figures in the Ubers room
    Me impersonating and degrading Melee Mewtwo
    Me degrading Melee Mewtwo
    Me and Sasha spamming the Ubers room
    Me, Sasha, and Bossness degrading shrang and other authority figures in the Ubers room
    Me attacking Donkey and Dice
    Me and Sasha attacking Problems
    Me, Sasha and Bossness turning the Ubers room upside down
    Sasha, Astounded, and Li Xiao Long dogpiling on Problems publicly in the Ubers room
    Me and Sasha destroying the Ubers room
    Astounded degrading Problems
    Me defying Sweep's "power" and "authority"
    shrang banning someone who was not me, thinking it was me
    Me messing with the Ubers room
    Me messing with the Ubers room again
    Me attacking Problems and shrang
    hyw evading bans, while exposing the corruption of the Ubers room
    Astounded desecrating the Ubers room
    Sasha, Bossness, and Astounded degrading shrang
    The Ubers room being spammed by someone who I personally convinced to do so
    Astounded messing with Steeljackal - round 1
    Astounded messing with Steeljackal - round 2
    Me spamming and insulting shrang with leetspeak
    Bossness trolling the Ubers room
    Sasha, Bossness, and Tendetta degrading Dice and his family
    Astounded degrading Sweep
    Bossness and hyw degrading Melee Mewtwo
    Bossness trolling the Ubers room again
    Me trolling shrang

    Below are the complete doxxes of the three low-life scum who had dared to stand in insolence and defiance before me exactly one year ago today, and included with these doxxes are three 4chan threads that are related to the victims. Let us allow their ugly faces to be exposed for public humiliation and harassment:

    Personal information of Smogon user Kris:
    Real name: Kris Johnson
    Home address: 17506 Holyoke Ct Parker CO
    Date of birth: 15th of August, 2001
    Email address: feedsofomen@gmail.com
    Name of mother: Laura Kay Johnson
    Name of father: Scott Gene Johnson
    Notes: "Happy"
    Picture of house:
    Photos:






    About Scott Gene Johnson's vehicular manslaughter:






    Here is the link to the public 4chan thread that contains all of Kris' personal information.

    Related memes:


    Moral of the story: Even the "power" possessed by the creator and owner of Pokémon Showdown! himself is insufficient to allow his friend to escape punishment for acting in insolence before the Great Pokémon Master. Just like how said "power" is insufficient for disallowing me to continue battling on his simulator, let alone achieve a GXE of 97.8% on the Pure Pokémon ladder, despite the ban he placed upon me. And just like how his pathetic attempt to stop my doxxing back in January failed miserably. On the contrary, his decision to "protect" his friend has only resulted in the severity of his friend's punishment being multiplied several times over. You may have created Pokémon Showdown!, but at the end of the day, you are still nothing more than another insignificant ant that stands far below me, Guangcong Luo.

    Personal information of Smogon user Paycard:
    Real name: Kiante Sterling
    Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
    From: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Date of birth: 4th of June, 1998
    Email address: kiante0604@gmail.com
    Studies at: NC State University
    IP address: 76.117.166.4
    Photos:




    Here is the link to the public 4chan thread that contains all of Paycard's personal information. Also, random fact: If you Google "Kiante Sterling," you will find that that thread is the first result.

    Related memes:







    Moral of the story 1: Do not steal (or should I say, Sterl?) from the Great Pokémon Master, no matter how much your genetics or the color of your skin may make it difficult for you to resist the urge to do so.

    Moral of the story 2: What goes around comes around, Christopher Monsanto.

    Personal information of Smogon user Chloe:

    Real name: Jason Bourke
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    Date of birth: December 16, 1998
    Email address: chlosix@gmail.com
    Studies at: Australian Catholic University
    Previous Smogon username: Zangooser
    Note: Tranny (why the people of Smogon thought it would be a good idea to make this guy "Anything Goes Tier Leader" when he cannot even figure out his own gender is a complete mystery)
    Photos:



    Here is the link to the public 4chan thread that contains all of Chloe's personal information.

    Moral of the story 1: The Great Pokémon Master draws no distinction whatsoever between one who does evil and one who defends evil. If I swing my sword to cut down a low-life scum, and then a pathetic girl-wannabe stands in front of me to block my blade, then what that simply means is that the number of insects I ought to cut down has been doubled. In this case, it simply means that I ought to increase the force behind my blade, such that it's sufficient to cut straight through the tranny, before slashing the thief behind him as well.

    Moral of the story 2: The position of the Greatest Pokémon Master is the highest position anyone can possibly occupy in the world of Pokémon battling, and no one - not even the "Anything Goes Tier Leader" is in any position to attempt to redefine the place on which I stand. Smogon and Pokémon Showdown! may be coded in such a way as to give some users more "power" than others, but at the end of the day, the above dox demonstrates exactly what will happen to anyone who attempts to defy or subjugate the Greatest Pokémon Master.

    Related memes:



    Bonus content:
    Below are some screenshots taken of various moments in the numerous power struggles in which I have participated over the years:



















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    Re: My 15th Anniversary RMT - The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master (USUM Pure Pokémon)

    Post by Immanent God LANCE on Mon 26 Nov - 15:18

    The team at a glance:




    Teambuilding process:


    The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master began as an USUM Ubers stall team built by my friend and former Dragon Masters clanmate hyw. The stall team that hyw built was, in turn, influenced by various stall teams that I have personally built for previous iterations of Übers.



    However, without even needing to battle a single time with hyw's team, I noticed that it had a major flaw, in that it could not keep Stealth Rock off the field reliably, due to the absence of Giratina, by far the single best Defog user in the game. This was because Mega Sableye was easily overwhelmed by the powerful attacks of Primal Groudon, by far the most common Stealth Rock user in USUM Ubers, especially its devastatingly powerful special Fire-type moves, such as Overheat and Eruption. At the same time, Ho-Oh could not reliably Defog against Primal Groudon either, due to its 4x weakness to Rock-type attacks, while Arceus-Ground, being a Pokémon that is faster than Primal Groudon, in addition to lacking Leftovers recovery, was way too susceptible to Toxic, while it also feared Overheat and Eruption way too much. As such, I replaced Primal Groudon with Defog Giratina, while, at the same time, replacing Arceus-Ground's Defog technique with Stealth Rock.



    With the above team, I effortlessly reached #2 on Pokémon Showdown!'s USUM Ubers ladder, and the only reason why I could not reach #1 was because the #1 position of the ladder was occupied by a booster at the time. However, in spite of that, I do not believe that the above team is an excellent team for the USUM Ubers metagame, largely because it loses to Stealth Rock Mega Diancie, which is quite common. Additionally, the USUM Ubers metagame, in general, is way too heavily infested with anti-stall Pokémon, such as Metronome Yveltal and Calm Mind Water Spout Primal Kyogre, for stall to really be excellent in it in my opinion.

    Of course, the fact that stall teams cannot be excellent in the USUM Ubers metagame merely means that they cannot attain a truly outstanding win-loss record over a large number of battles, in which RNG, team matchups, and other forms of variance are evened out by the law of large numbers. This does not, in any way, mean that stall is necessarily bad in this metagame in a relative sense, as the fact that stall teams cannot achieve truly outstanding win-loss records in USUM Ubers in the long does not mean that teams of any other playstyle would be able to. On the contrary, it could simply mean that an excellent team, in general, does not exist in USUM Ubers. In fact, that is exactly what I believe to be the case, which is why I dislike, and eventually quit playing this metagame.

    Many months later, an idea suddenly struck me one day, when I was out driving. I was thinking about the above USUM Ubers stall team, and then I thought about how viable it would be if I were to use it in Pure Pokémon, while replacing Arceus' Earth Plate with an Iron Plate, the Alpha Pokémon's Ice Beam technique with Perish Song, and also changing Arceus' EVs, by enabling it to outspeed Jolly Mega Rayquaza, while, at the same time, keeping its HP maximized, and moving its Defense EVs to Special Defense, in order to take Yveltal's Dark Pulses more effectively.

    After all, Mega Diancie, which poses as one of, if not the single greatest threat to my USUM Ubers stall team, is almost non-existent in Pure Pokémon, due to the Rock/Fairy-type Pokémon being slower than the incredibly common Mega Rayquaza and Arceus Formes, in addition to coming with the immense opportunity cost of Mega Rayquaza. Furthermore, my impression of Pure Pokémon was that anti-stall tactics were, in general, less common in that tier than in Übers, due to the fact that teams in Pure Pokémon cannot afford to use them as much, since they must focus on preparing for other, more common threats in the metagame, such as Mega Rayquaza and Baton Pass.

    Additionally, Mega Lucario is also much, much rarer in Pure Pokémon than it is in Übers, for very much the same reasons as in Mega Diancie's case, which, therefore, means that replacing Arceus-Ground with Arceus-Steel would not be such a bad move, especially when considering the myriad of benefirs that Arceus-Steel brings to the team, as will be explained in the section of this RMT that is dedicated to it.



    With the above team, I managed to easily peak #1 on the USUM Pure Pokémon ladder, with amazing win-loss record, Elo and GXE. Originally, this team's Blissey had 252 EVs in Defense and Special Defense, while Ho-Oh had the moves Brave Bird, Defog, Sacred Fire, and Toxic. However, I later moved Blissey's Defense EVs to Special Defense, upon realizing that the previous EV spread did not allow the Normal-type Pokémon to handle Primal Kyogre's Water Spout effectively enough. I also later replaced Ho-Oh's Brave Bird and Sacred Fire attacks with the moves Flamethrower and Whirlwind, upon losing a few times to teams that had both Taunt Mega Gengar, as well as Zygarde with Coil, Thousand Arrows, and Rest.

    While this team is far from invincible, in that it still has bad, if not auto-loss matchups, and can still lose if it suffers from severe enough hax, I believe that overall, this is the single best team in USUM Pure Pokémon. This is because I am certain that over 1,000 battles, in which RNG, team matchups, and other forms of variance are all evened out by the law of large numbers, this team, if played perfectly, achieves a better win-loss record than any other team in the metagame, and the evidence in support of this is quite clear when looking at the screenshot below:


    The above screenshot shows the win-loss ratios of myself, along with other people who happen to be at the top of the ladder at a certain point in time. As seen on the above screenshot, my win-loss ratio over a large number of battles is significantly better than that of everyone else who are around the top of the ladder.

    I believe that there are several reasons why this team achieves a significantly better win-loss record than any other team when looking at a large number of battles. The first reason is because of the fact that the various Pokémon, combinations of Pokémon, as well as strategies that have good, if not unloseable matchups against this team, such as Gothitelle, Choice Specs Kyogre, Mega Gyarados, Substitute + Hone Claws Zekrom and teams that include multiple Primal Kyogre, have low usage. The second reason is because this team is insanely resilient to hax, since it can often win even after taking multiple critical hits, while Blissey's Heal Bell also allows this team to come back after having a Pokémon frozen by Ice Beam, burned by Scald, paralyzed by Thunder, and other things like that, and Heal Bell also greatly reduces the chances of this team losing as a result of full paralyses. And the third reason is because in the vast majority of matchups, this team can win without needing prediction at all, which greatly increases the consistency of this team in the long run.

    This team is of the playstyle for which I am most associated in the past few years: Stall. Additionally, it includes my three most commonly used Pokémon in competitive battles: Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Giratina. Furthermore, Lugia + Ho-Oh on the same team, as well as Lugia + Giratina on the same team, are both signature combinations of mine, as one can tell by looking at some of my older teams, such as Flames of the Heavenly Light, Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, Gaia☯️Force, as well as my ADV Ubers team, which can be found at the end of my Ubers Player of the Week Interview on Smogon. Moreover, my team is for the single purest form of Pokémon battling - a format of battling that is free from all the imbecilic rules and corruptions of a certain incredibly incompetent community - the same community that believes that having an initial banlist at the start of every generation for their flagship metagame is a good idea, and the same community that believes that one-hit KO moves and other "luck-based elements" should be banned from most tiers, despite the fact that the more skilled trainers will get better win-loss records in a large sample size of battles anyway, even with "luck-based elements" allowed, and despite the fact that less skilled trainers triumph over more skilled trainers all the time in their precious small-sample-size tournaments, even with "luck-based elements" disallowed. Combining everything that has already been mentioned in this paragraph with the fact that I eventually decided to RMT this team as a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the time when I first downloaded Pokémon NetBattle, I thought that it would only be fitting to name this team The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, since this team symbolizes and embodies almost everything that makes me who I am as a Pokémon Trainer.

    Also... do appreciate the aesthetics of this team, particularly in how its six members can be divided into three duos whose members are, in many ways, polar opposites of each other. The first duo consists of the Ghost-type and demonic-looking non-legendary Pokémon, Mega Sableye, as well as the Normal-type and angelic-looking non-legendary Pokémon, Blissey. The second duo consists of the Satanic and shadowy legendary Pokémon, Giratina, as well as the divine, clean, and steel-clad legendary Pokémon, Arceus. And as for the remaining two Pokémon... well, it's self-explanatory, is it not? Furthermore, another interesting fact about this team is that it contains four legendary Pokémon, and yet, only one of them actually knows its signature move on this team.

    A closer look at the team:




    Iesus Christus (Sableye) (M) @ Sablenite  
    Ability: Prankster  
    EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD  
    Impish Nature  
    IVs: 0 SpA  
    - Fake Out  
    - Foul Play  
    - Recover  
    - Toxic  

    Sableye's inclusion on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is something that is historically unique, when looking at all of my RMTs. Mega Evolutions were introduced all the way back in Pokémon X and Y, and if you were to look at all of my past RMTs, you'll see that of the thirteen of them, only the first three were for metagames that predate Pokémon X and Y. Yet, at the same time, only three Mega Pokémon can be found in all of my past thirteen RMTs. They are Mega Gengar and Mega Rayquaza in The Master of the Universe [Transcendent Being of Power Mix], as well as Mega Mewtwo Y in The Master of the Universe [Immanent Being of Thought Mix]. However, in the aforementioned cases, Gengar, Rayquaza and Mewtwo are all already Mega Evolved at the start of the battle, meaning that Sableye is the first Pokémon on an RMT of mine that actually possesses the ability to undergo Mega Evolution.

    The Dark/Ghost-type Pokémon is The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's go-to lead in almost every matchup, with the exceptions usually being when the opponent has a Tapu Lele on their team. With Fake Out, Sableye can safely Mega Evolve against almost anything, in order to access its greatly enhanced bulk, as well as its Magic Bounce Ability, the latter being Mega Sableye's single most useful and defining trait in the eyes of many people. However, I personally strongly disagree with the notion that Mega Sableye's Magic Bounce Ability is its single most useful and defining trait, at least in the context of USUM Pure Pokémon, and the reason for this largely ties in with why I have personally always considered Mega Sableye to be an extremely overrated Pokémon prior to USUM. This is because, despite its Ability, which is incredibly powerful on paper, Mega Sableye has never been anywhere even close to a reliable anti-hazard tool in my opinion, since it is way too easily overwhelmed by common entry hazard setters, such as Primal Groudon. And this holds true in USUM Pure Pokémon as well, as unless the opponent's entry hazard setter happens to be one that is extremely passive, such as Ferrothorn, Skarmory or Dusk Mane Necrozma, I never even consider my Mega Sableye on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master to even be a part of my team's anti-hazard game at all, especially in the presence of my two extremely reliable, bulky, Leftovers-holding, and slower-than-even-Dusk-Mane-Necrozma Defog users, in Ho-Oh and Giratina. Furthermore, I do not consider Mega Sableye to be good for using its Magic Bounce Ability to reflect status moves such as Toxic either, as most users of such moves can either hit the Darkness Pokémon hard with an attacking move, or are immune to Toxic themselves anyway.

    Yet, in spite of everything I have mentioned above, Mega Sableye still finds its place on this team. Why? Because of many reasons, most of which have nothing to do with its Magic Bounce Ability at all. One of the two most important reasons is because Mega Sableye is my team's go-to check to Marshadow, since it can take even two Life Orb-boosted Spectral Thiefs, before using Recover, while Life Orb and/or Toxic-stalling the Fighting/Ghost-type Pokémon out. Of the other five Pokémon on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, Ho-Oh is the only one that is not weak to one of Marshadow's Same Type Attack Bonus attacks, but the Fire/Flying-type Pokémon fears Rock Tomb, so unless Marshadow is known to not possess that attack, Mega Sableye is the primary check to the Gloomdweller Pokémon. Notably, Mega Sableye happens to be a Marshadow check that is immune to Toxic, which is great, since Marshadow often tries to overwhelm its checks by having them poisoned by a teammate. The second reason for Mega Sableye's inclusion on this team, which is just as important as the first reason, is because it is the single best check to Swords Dance Ultra Necrozma, being able to take any +2 hit other than the extremely rare Outrage, before destroying the Psychic/Dragon-type Pokémon with Foul Play. Additionally, Mega Sableye also serves as a check to Dusk Mane Necrozma as well, provided either it does not hold Solganium Z, or has already used Searing Sunraze Smash.

    Another one of Mega Sableye's great uses is for using Fake Out to cause chip damage, especially against poisoned Pokémon, and it simply cannot be understated how helpful it is to use Fake Out against an incredibly threatening, yet poisoned Pokémon, such as a Mega Rayquaza that has used Dragon Dance, especially if Lugia either is fainted or does not have its Multiscale active. Even if a Life Orb Mega Rayquaza is not poisoned, it can still be surprising how much of a difference one can make by causing chip damage to it using Mega Sableye's Fake Out, as said chip damage directly lowers the number of times the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon can attack. Mega Sableye's Fake Out deals 7.4-8.8% damage to Mega Rayquaza - possibly more if the Sky High Pokémon's Defense has previously been lowered by its own Dragon Ascent or V-create attack, so assuming Life Orb Mega Rayquaza's Defense has not been lowered, using Fake Out against it twice means that it has just been deprived of one attacking opportunity, while using Fake Out against it three times means that it has just been deprived of two attacking chances.

    Mega Sableye's above average physical bulk, combined with its Foul Play technique, also makes it a somewhat decent check to weakened or poisoned Swords Dance Arceus Formes. However, it should not be used as a primary check to such by any means, since its Foul Play takes two hits to knock out a +2 Attack Arceus in a neutral hit, while Mega Sableye itself is knocked out in two hits by the Earthquake of Life Orb Arceus, or Arceus-Ground, and this is not even touching upon the Z-moves that various Swords Dance Arceus Formes commonly carry, such as Tectonic Rage and Never-Ending Nightmare, which both destroy Mega Sableye in a single +2 hit. Additionally, one should also think twice before using Mega Sableye as a check to Swords Dance Arceus Formes if the opponent happens to have a Dusk Mane or Ultra Necrozma in the back, as Mega Sableye cannot check said Necrozma Formes once it has been damaged. And finally, less notable than all of the above incredibly important uses for Mega Sableye is its Magic Bounce Ability, which allows it to serve as a very powerful wall against passive entry hazard setters, users of status moves, as well as Leech Seed users, such as Skarmory, Lugia and Celesteela.

    With everything explained above, the utility of Mega Sableye's Fake Out and Foul Play attacks should be obvious. Its Recover technique is also self-explanatory, while its final move, Toxic, is great for putting a timer on the lifespan of many Pokémon, and hitting a Primal Groudon or an Arceus-Fairy with it on the switch is always great.

    Mega Sableye is given a fully physically defensive EV spread, since the Pokémon it is required to check on this team are all physically offensive. Making the Dark/Ghost-type Pokémon specially defensive instead would result in it being taken out in two hits by Life Orb Marshadow's Spectral Thief, and being taken out in a single +2 Sunsteel Strike from Dusk Mane Necrozma, among other unacceptable things.



    Mata Maria (Blissey) @ Shed Shell  
    Ability: Natural Cure  
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD  
    Careful Nature  
    IVs: 0 SpA  
    - Confide  
    - Heal Bell  
    - Soft-Boiled  
    - Toxic  

    The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is the third of my RMTs to include a Blissey, but this is also the first RMT of mine in which this Pokémon does not possess the Imposter Ability. Nostalgically for me, discounting the USUM Ubers stall team of mine on which The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master  is based... this is also the first team of mine since 2004 to use a Blissey, outside of Balanced Hackmons... and the last non-Balanced Hackmons team of mine that included a Blissey was also the very Generation II team of mine with which I achieved the legendary win-loss records on Pokémon NetBattle that first earned me my position as the world's Greatest Pokémon Master.

    Blissey is this team's special wall and cleric. With its massive special bulk, combined with its Confide technique, it serves as a great check to Calm Mind Arceus, almost all variants of Xerneas, as well as any Primal Kyogre that does not use physical attacks. In fact, the presence of Blissey on this team is the very reason why The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is not completely weak to Primal Kyogre in general. Blissey, rather than Lugia, is also the go-to check to Geomancy Xerneas if the opponent's team does not look like it has a Calm Mind + Refresh Arceus, because if Lugia takes a +2 Moonblast or Thunder from Xerneas before pseudo-Hazing it out with Whirlwind, and then a Pokémon like Yveltal gets dragged out, then Lugia would be forced to switch out without its Multiscale active, which could lead to the team being easily threatened by something like a Mega Rayquaza or a Swords Dance Arceus Forme later on in the match.

    The Normal-type Pokémon's Heal Bell technique is self-explanatory for a stall team such as this one, especially since it contains a Rest user, as well as numerous Pokémon that absolutely despise being inflicted with status effects in general. The way Heal Bell cures status effects such as freezes and paralyses also greatly contributes to this team's ability to win even after getting haxed, and ultimately, its ability to win consistently in the long run, after luck is evened out by the law of large numbers. Soft-Boiled is obviously for healing, while Toxic is to wear down opposing Pokémon that Blissey often has to deal with, such as Xerneas, Primal Kyogre, and Calm Mind Arceus that lack Refresh and are not immune to poison. Toxic can also be used to hit Pokémon such as Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza, which often switch into Blissey when predicting it to use a different move.

    Shed Shell Blissey is used over Eviolite Chansey for its ability to avoid being trapped by Mega Gengar, Gothitelle, as well as Whirlpool + Perish Song Arceus-Dark, the last of which Blissey completely counters. If Mega Gengar lacks Taunt, one can even switch Blissey into it, if possible (either on the turn when Gengar Mega Evolves, or from Mega Sableye or Giratina), and then lower its Special Attack with Confide, while possibly using Heal Bell, before switching to a different Pokémon to take it on. Even if Mega Gengar has Taunt, one can still switch Blissey into one of its special attacks, before switching Ho-Oh, Arceus-Steel, or, if one is feeling ballsy, maybe even Mega Sableye into the predicted Taunt, and then gain an advantage from there. Finally, the EVs serve to maximize the Happiness Pokémon's special bulk.

    Also... glory be to my fellow Pokémon Master, expert stall user, and Heavenly Dragon Gods clan member, SvetaGS3, for inventing Confide Chansey/Blissey!



    Deus in regnium (Lugia) @ Leftovers  
    Ability: Multiscale  
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD  
    Impish Nature  
    IVs: 0 SpA  
    - Roost  
    - Substitute  
    - Toxic  
    - Whirlwind  

    Well, well. What can I say? My history with the Pokémon Lugia is long and vast, and began all the way back in my first playthrough of Pokémon Silver. It is probably my single most commonly used Pokémon on competitive teams, and just like Blissey, it was included on the very Generation II team of mine with which I achieved the legendary win-loss records that earned me my position as the Greatest Pokémon Master. A significant number of my teams across every generation includes this Pokémon, and The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is the sixth RMT of mine to include it. Come to think of it... I do not believe that I have ever built a single successful team in Pure Pokémon that does not contain Lugia. The Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon is, after all, by far the single best check to that which is pretty much unanimously considered to be the single most powerful offensive threat in the entire game - Mega Rayquaza.

    Consider the concept of Pokémon Mastery - the ideal state towards which all who call themselves competitive Pokémon Trainers strive. What is the single Pokémon that best symbolizes this concept? If you ask me, I would say that there are only two candidates.

    The first would be the White Forme of Kyurem, due to its extremely strong association with the two Living Legends in the entire world of Pokémon battling - Sasha and myself. It is, after all, the star of our ultimate BW2 Ubers SmashPass team, The Shadow Of The Illusionary Inferno, as well as the mascot of our glorious Dragon Masters clan, which is the pinnacle of Pokémon battling skill in all of history. Additionally, White Kyurem's connection with the concept of Pokémon Mastery is further reinforced with its inclusion and pivotal role in Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, since the aforementioned RMT is the 10th Anniversary RMT of the Greatest Pokémon Master himself.

    The second candidate for the Pokémon that best represents the concept of Pokémon Mastery would be Lugia. And unlike in the case of White Kyurem, whose associations with the concept of Pokémon Mastery are mostly cultural and symbolic in nature, Lugia's associations with the concept of Pokémon Mastery are more related to how it works in battle. Aside from its strong associations with the Greatest Pokémon Master himself in general, as well as the fact that it was also included in Mirages of the Frozen Wasteland, just like White Kyurem itself, Lugia is a Pokémon whose use in battle has an extremely high skill ceiling, as evident from how incredibly underrated this Pokémon is in the eyes of many people, since the vast majority of Pokémon Trainers, especially those who are heavily associated with Smogon's Anything Goes community, lack the skill and intelligence necessary to use it properly.

    For example, many people fail to realize the importance of trying their best to ensure that Lugia is at full health before switching it out, especially if the opponent has something like a Mega Rayquaza in the back. At times, they may switch Lugia into an Arceus-Normal, get Lugia's Multiscale broken by Shadow Claw on the switch, and then use Toxic on the next turn, while the opponent switches to something like a Dusk Mane Necrozma in order to absorb it. After that, they would switch their damaged Lugia out and go to their Mega Sableye, while completely ignoring the fact that the opponent could potentially have a Life Orb Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza in the back. At other times, they may allow their full-health Lugia to take a Moonblast from a +0 Special Attack Xerneas before pseudo-Hazing it out with Whirlwind, when the opponent has a Yveltal in the back, a move that could potentially result in Yveltal being dragged out, and thus, forcing Lugia to switch out without its Multiscale active, which therefore leaves the team in danger of being swept by a Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza, a Swords Dance Arceus Forme, or even the aforementioned Xerneas, if it has yet to use up its Power Herb. Or alternatively, people may simply misplay the hazard game, or simply fail to prioritize keeping Stealth Rock off the field, resulting in Lugia having its Multiscale broken every time it switches in, which leads to it being unable to check the vast majority of the threats that it would normally be able to check.

    Additionally, Lugia, being perhaps the single best defensive Pokémon in the entire game, can, in many ways, be considered to be the face of stall as a playstyle itself. And stall as a playstyle, in general, is something that is heavily associated with Pokémon Mastery, due to two reasons, aside from, once again, its associations with the Greatest Pokémon Master himself. The first reason is because this playstyle has an extremely high skill ceiling relative to other playstyles in Pokémon, to the point where many stall teams I have built throughout the various metagames across the generations cannot be played perfectly by anyone other than myself. This is largely because of the many intricacies involved in the use of this playstyle, such as the aforementioned need to keep Lugia at full health before switching it out, as well as the use of Giratina's Pressure to PP-stall out the opponent's Defog and Stealth Rock PPs. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that in all of history, between Übers and Pure Pokémon, there have only been four individuals, including myself, who can claim to have mastered the use of stall, and of the aforementioned four people, two of them do not even play Pure Pokémon. And the second reason why stall is so heavily associated with Pokémon Mastery ties in with the first, because while it may be incredibly difficult to master, it is also the single most rewarding playstyle once completely mastered, because of how incredibly consistent a well-built stall team can be when played perfectly over 1,000 battles, due to such a team's resilience to hax, as well as its lack of reliance on prediction to win, as explained in the Teambuilding process section.

    The exact moveset used by this Lugia has already been featured in two past RMTs of mine. Furthermore, it is also an incredibly standard, albeit, largely misplayed moveset, and it exists to check a wide range of different threats in the metagame, most notably Mega Rayquaza, Zygarde, as well as various offensive Arceus Formes. While the use of the Diving Pokémon in battle may be incredibly difficult to master, its moves are quite self-explanatory. Toxic cripples opposing Pokémon and wears them down, while Roost restores health and reactivates Multiscale, and Whirlwind can either rack up Stealth Rock damage on the opponent's team, negate the stat boosts of the opponent's Pokémon, or both.

    As for Substitute, this move has many uses. Firstly, it protects the Guardian of the Seas from status effects and Leech Seed. Secondly, it allows Lugia to stall for a significantly longer amount of time than it would be able to without this move. This is because with Multiscale, Lugia can often take a powerful attack from a faster Pokémon before making a Substitute, and then Roosting back to full health on the next turn. Alternatively, it can make two Substitutes in a row against a slower attacker, before Roosting back to full health, making a Substitute, Roosting to full health again, and repeating. This is in stark contrast with a Lugia without Substitute, as it would need to Roost repeatedly while stalling out its foes, resulting in it easily consuming all 16 of its Roost PPs much more quickly. Thirdly, Substitute renders many luck-based factors such as Sacred Fire or Lava Plume burns, Dark Pulse flinches, and critical hits irrelevant, resulting in Lugia, and, by extension, The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, being significantly more hax-resilient. And finally, Substitute comes with various other advantages, such as allowing Lugia to stay in on a Knock Off Yveltal and Toxic it without losing its Leftovers, and allowing the Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon to handle Shadow Force Swords Dance Arceus-Ghost extremely easily, provided it either does not have or has already used up its Never-Ending Nightmare technique. Be careful of Marshadow when using Substitute though, as not only does Spectral Thief bypass Substitute, but it also hits Lugia super effectively, and additionally, when Lugia makes a Substitute, it also deactivates its own Multiscale, leaving it open to bearing the full brunt of Marshadow's signature move.

    In TheAbsolutePower and Gaia☯️Force, Lugia was given 96 Speed to outspeed Pokémon that have 90 base Speed, 252 EVs in Speed, and a neutral Nature for Speed, while it was also given only 160 Defense EVs. The reason for this was because Mega Rayquaza does not exist in ORAS Ubers, while in ORAS Pure Pokémon, the vast majority of Mega Rayquaza do not hold Life Orb, and the ones that do are usually Jolly. However, USUM Pure Pokémon is a different metagame, in which Adamant Life Orb Mega Rayquaza is incredibly common. If Lugia had only 160 EVs in Defense, then what would happen would be that it gets its Multiscale broken by Dragon Ascent on the switch, before Mega Rayquaza outspeeds the Diving Pokémon, while pummeling it repeatedly with Dragon Ascent, which outdamages Roost, until the point at which Lugia faints. However, with 252 EVs in Defense, this problem is solved, as while Adamant Life Orb Mega Rayquaza's Dragon Ascent would still outdamage Roost on average, it does not outdamage it enough to the point where the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon can knock Lugia out before the former runs out of its 8 Dragon Ascent PPs.

    Despite the fact that Lugia does not know any physical moves, it is still given maximum Attack IVs, without an Attack-hindering Nature, in order to maximize the amount of damage its Struggle deals to Mega Gengar.



    Spiritus Sanctus (Ho-Oh) @ Leftovers  
    Ability: Regenerator  
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD  
    Bold Nature  
    IVs: 0 Atk / 4 Spe  
    - Defog  
    - Flamethrower  
    - Toxic  
    - Whirlwind  

    Ho-Oh is probably my second most commonly used Pokémon in competitive battles, and The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is the fifth RMT of mine to feature this Pokémon, as well as the second RMT of mine to include this Pokémon alongside Lugia. However, when looking at the history of my RMTs, there is something unique about the inclusion of Ho-Oh on this team. This is because the Ho-Oh that found their places in Flames of the Heavenly Light, The Blazing Glaciers, In Luck We Trust and Mare Tranquillitatis were, first and foremost, defined as incredibly powerful nukes, whose most notable features were how insanely difficult they were to wall, and their primary purposes were to blast holes through the opponent's team with their unbelievably destructive Life Orb and harsh sunlight-boosted Sacred Fires, Life Orb-boosted Brave Birds, or a Turboblaze-enhanced V-create.  However, the Ho-Oh that finds its place on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is the complete opposite. While it may not be anywhere close to as threatening or difficult to wall as the Ho-Oh I have used in previous RMTs of mine, this Ho-Oh happens to be an unbelievably useful defensive Pokémon, with a huge amount of general utility. By the standards of USUM Pure Pokémon, this Ho-Oh is also unique in that it fights using a special attack, Flamethrower, rather than its most iconic attacks, the physical moves Brave Bird and Sacred Fire. Additionally, The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master also notably marks my first use of Flamethrower Ho-Oh in competitive battles since Generation II.

    One of the most interestings things about physically-defensive Ho-Oh on Pure Pokémon stall teams is the fact that it is ultimately a luxury, rather than a necessity, on such teams. After all, there is nothing in particular in the Pure Pokémon metagame that requires Ho-Oh to check, but cannot be checked by many other Pokémon. Ho-Oh may be able to check Yveltal, but so can many Arceus Formes, including the Arceus-Steel on this team. Ho-Oh may be able to use Defog, but so can the Giratina on this team, as well as any Arceus Forme. Ho-Oh may be able to check Xerneas that lack Thunder, but between this team's Blissey, Lugia and Arceus-Steel, all variants of Xerneas are checked. Ho-Oh may be able to check Calm Mind Arceus Formes if they are not the opponent's last Pokémon, but so can this team's Lugia, while this team's Arceus-Steel can check the opponent's Calm Mind Arceus if it is their  last Pokémon, and Blissey can check Calm Mind Arceus regardless of whether or not it is the opponent's last Pokémon. Ho-Oh may be able to check Marshadow that do not know Rock Tomb, but many Arceus Formes, as well as this team's Mega Sableye, can check the Fighting/Ghost-type Pokémon regardless of whether or not it knows Rock Tomb. And Ho-Oh may be able to check Dusk Mane Necrozma that only have Earthquake and Sunsteel Strike as attacks, but between Mega Sableye, Blissey, Lugia and Giratina, all variants of Dusk Mane and Ultra Necrozma are checked.

    Given all of the above examples of how incredibly redundant physically-defensive Ho-Oh is on stall, then what exactly justifies its inclusion on this team? Why would I include a Pokémon that, at least in theory, brings nothing new to the team, in terms of checking threats, instead of dedicating this team slot to another Pokémon, such as an Arceus Forme, a Pursuit trapper to lessen this team's weaknesses to Mega Gengar and Gothitelle, or add a user of Spikes or Toxic Spikes, such as Ferrothorn, which also serves to make this team more resilient to Primal Kyogre? Well, the answer is simple. Ho-Oh on this team may be merely a luxury, rather than a necessity, but it is also such an incredibly good luxury, to the point where it is more than worth it. In other words, despite how redundant its various roles in checking threats may be, its overall general utility, along with its ability to serve as a backup check to many threats, still makes me believe that overall, this team would attain a worse win-loss record over 1,000 battles if Ho-Oh were to be replaced with any other Pokémon.

    This is largely because Ho-Oh's utility is not strictly limited to checking threats, at least by definition, since there is a huge range of nuances regarding how this Pokémon works, and while said nuances may each be individually insignificant, they serve as a large part of why physically-defensive Ho-Oh is such an amazing Pokémon on a stall team, when put together. Firstly, physically-defensive Ho-Oh can survive a Dragon Ascent from even Choice Band Mega Rayquaza. This means that, provided it is at full health, it can switch into Choice Band Mega Rayquaza and scout its move, before switching out to either Giratina or Arceus-Steel, depending on which move the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon uses, while Regenerating health. Alternatively, Ho-Oh can even stay in on Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, if the Sky High Pokémon happens to use either V-create or Earthquake on the turn Ho-Oh switches in. And while many Arceus Formes can survive any move from Choice Band Mega Rayquaza as well, the difference is that they cannot restore health simply by switching, so they have to choose between either switching out while at low health, or staying in and using Recover, while risking being knocked out by a subsequent hit on the next turn, if Mega Rayquaza also happens to stay in. Secondly, physically-defensive Ho-Oh provides the same utility against Choice Band Ho-Oh as it does against Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, and when facing against a Life Orb Ho-Oh, it also greatly eases the amount of pressure placed upon this team's Lugia and Giratina. In general, Ho-Oh's ability to switch into attacks, before switching out and Regenerating health, is very useful for this team, as it can do things like switching into Choice Scarf Yveltal without being chipped by U-turn in the long run.

    Thirdly, provided entry hazards are off the field, Ho-Oh can switch into the move Dragon Tail indefinitely without needing to use up PP. In general, Ho-Oh's ability to restore its health without needing to use PP is an unbelievably powerful weapon in long stall battles, and this is, once again, in contrast with Arceus Formes, which do not even have the luxury of being able to recover health with Leftovers, meaning the only ways they can heal themselves are with either Recover, or with support from a teammate. Fourthly, the fact that Ho-Oh does not need to use a move in order to heal itself is also absolutely amazing when dealing with Taunt-abusing stall breakers, such as Yveltal and Mewtwo. The fact that Ho-Oh does not need to use a move in order to heal itself also means that it does not need the move Recover, meaning that, in addition to Defog and Toxic - two moves that are standard on any Defog user - Ho-Oh can have both an attacking move as well as Whirlwind, rather than only an attacking move, unlike a typical Defog user.

    Originally, this Ho-Oh knew the moves Brave Bird, Defog, Sacred Fire, and Toxic. However, it was eventually discovered that the team on which it found itself easily lost to any well-played team that contained both a Taunt Mega Gengar, as well as a Zygarde with the moves Coil, Thousand Arrows, and Rest, and such teams were becoming increasingly common at the time. As such, it was decided that one of the Fire/Flying-type Pokémon's two attacks had to be replaced with Whirlwind, in order to pseudo-Haze Coil Zygarde while it is sleeping, as a result of being forced to use Rest due to being inflicted with Toxic or Will-O-Wisp. And while Lugia is able to force Zygarde out with Whirlwind as well, it is easily trapped and eliminated by Taunt Mega Gengar, unlike Ho-Oh, which can fight back against the Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon with an attacking move. Furthermore, Whirlwind can also, in general, be used to rack up Stealth Rock damage on the opponent's team, especially for the purpose of causing permanent damage to Pokémon that the opponent would never want to send out with Stealth Rock on their side of the field, such as a conservatively-played Mega Rayquaza. Whirlwind also prevents many Pokémon from setting up on Ho-Oh, and additionally, it prevents the Rainbow Pokémon from being easily trapped and eliminated by Gothitelle.

    Since the moves Defog, Toxic and Whirlwind are all necessary on this Ho-Oh, what this means is that it can only use one attacking move, unlike the vast majority of Ho-Oh, which know both Brave Bird and Sacred Fire, if not Earthquake as well. Flamethrower is chosen as Ho-Oh's sole attacking move, for a number of reasons. Firstly, for a defensive Ho-Oh that can only use one attack, a Fire-type attack is preferable over a Flying-type attack, since the former allows Ho-Oh to threaten Steel-type Pokémon, such as Ferrothorn and Dusk Mane Necrozma, and this explains why Brave Bird cannot be an option for this Ho-Oh's sole attacking move. Thus, the choice comes down to either Flamethrower or Sacred Fire. The latter is undeniably one of the best attacks in the entire game, due to its amazing 50% burn chance, combined with its high base power, as well as the fact that it runs off Ho-Oh's high 130 base Attack, rather than its lower 110 base Special Attack. However, despite all of these advantages over Flamethrower, Ho-Oh's signature move has one crippling flaw, at least for a Ho-Oh that is to know only one attacking move, and that is its meager 8 PP. Flamethrower, on the other hand, has a whopping 24 PP, making it much better for long, stall battles, especially for purposes such as repeatedly pressuring a badly poisoned support Arceus Forme.

    If the opponent's Stealth Rock Groudon happens to not know a Rock-type attack, Defog Ho-Oh heavily eases the amount of pressure Giratina is placed under, in terms of trying to keep Stealth Rock off the field, especially if the Primal Groudon happens to know Toxic. Also, not only can Ho-Oh Defog against Stealth Rock Arceus-Fairy - something Giratina cannot do, but Ho-Oh happens to also be a very slow Defog user that has access to recovery from both Leftovers and Regenerator, meaning that Toxic Stealth Rock users cannot easily wear it down, especially compared to the incredibly common and overrated Defog Arceus. Additionally, Ho-Oh also happens to be a general defensive Pokémon that does not fear Mega Gengar, due to its massive special bulk, combined with the fact that it is far from completely passive. And also, Ho-Oh, with its massive physical and special bulk, combined with its Regenerator Ability, makes it a great check to base form Mewtwo and Mega Mewtwo Y.

    For physically-defensive Ho-Oh, many people opt to use a specific EV spread that allows it to take a +2 Thunder from Xerneas. However, I do not find such an ability to be useful on a team that already has Blissey and Lugia anyway, so I'd rather maximize its physical bulk, in order to maximize the amount of chip damage it can take while still being able to switch into Choice Band Mega Rayquaza's Dragon Ascent. Furthermore, maximizing Ho-Oh's physical bulk also drastically increases its chances of surviving a +1 Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike from Bulk Up Marshadow, which can be crucial at times. Ho-Oh's Bold Nature, combined with its 4 Speed IVs, ensures that it is slower than a Dusk Mane Necrozma that has minimum Speed. This prevents Dusk Mane Necrozma from simply spamming Stealth Rock against a poisoned Ho-Oh in order to ensure that Stealth Rock remains on on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's side of the field at the end of each turn. And after clearing Stealth Rock with Defog, Ho-Oh can then be switched out to Mega Sableye, which walls support Dusk Mane Necrozma indefinitely.



    Libera nos semper (Giratina) @ Leftovers  
    Ability: Pressure  
    Shiny: Yes  
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD  
    Relaxed Nature  
    IVs: 0 Atk / 0 SpA / 0 Spe  
    - Defog  
    - Rest  
    - Toxic  
    - Will-O-Wisp  

    Say hello to the best Defog user in the entire game. The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is the fourth RMT of mine to include the Altered Forme of Giratina, as well as the third RMT of mine to feature this Pokémon alongside Lugia. The Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon is a massively bulky wall, and, putting Multiscale aside, its physical bulk surpasses that of even Lugia. Just like the Giratina on Gaia☯️Force, this Giratina is capable of using Toxic to badly poison opposing Pokémon, and just like the Giratina on The☀️Heavenly☯️Throne, the Renegade Pokémon on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master has the ability to spread burns using the Will-O-Wisp technique. The Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon is the primary switch-in to Primal Groudon, due to its aforementioned stellar physical bulk, combined with its resistance to the Continent Pokémon's devastating Fire type attacks, as well as its ability to Defog away Primal Groudon's Stealth Rock, while Toxic-stalling it. Giratina also serves as one of this team's several checks to Swords Dance Dusk Mane Necrozma, with its ability to burn it with Will-O-Wisp, since the aforementioned Pokémon requires multiple checks, due to the several different movesets it can run, combined with its ability to almost certainly guarantee a kill with its +2 Searing Sunraze Smash technique.

    While Giratina may not be anywhere close to as effective as Lugia is when it comes to walling incredibly powerful offensive threats that lack longevity, such as Mega Rayquaza, due to its lack of Multiscale and instant recovery, the exact opposite holds true when it comes to walling out Pokémon that lack offensive pressure, but possess high staying power. Such Pokémon include Ferrothorn, Celesteela, support Arceus that cannot hit Giratina super effectively with Judgment, Lugia, defensive Ho-Oh, Rest Primal Groudon, Rest Primal Kyogre that lack Ice Beam, and many more, especially Pokémon that rely primarily on Toxic to deal damage, although it should be noted that Mega Sableye can wall some of these Pokémon as well. There are several reasons why Giratina is better at dealing with such Pokémon than Lugia is. Firstly, whereas Lugia is limited to only 16 Roosts and 16 Substitutes, along with the inability to cure itself of status effects such as burn and poison, Giratina possesses 16 Rests, which not only cures its status effects and restores its health completely, but it also renders the Renegade Pokémon completely immune to status effects during its two sleeping turns. And furthermore, Giratina also does not use up any PP during the two turns it spends sleeping.

    To make matters even worse for the opponent, the Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon's incredibly useful Pressure Ability also very quickly eats up the PPs of many of the opponent's moves, including Leech Seed, Toxic, Stealth Rock, Defog, and more. Assuming the opponent's Stealth Rock/Defog users cannot threaten Giratina, a user of The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master can, and very often, should switch Giratina in on every single turn on which the opponent uses Stealth Rock or Defog, in order to force them to use use 2 PPs of Stealth Rock or Defog every time they use one of the aforementioned moves. If this team is played perfectly, Giratina's Pressure Ability can even force a team that runs double Defog to run out of Defog PPs before The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's Arceus-Steel runs out of Stealth Rock PPs, provided the opponent does not have a Pokémon of their own that possesses the Pressure Ability, and provided neither of the opponent's Defog users can threaten Giratina. This is because a team that features double Defog has 48 Defog PPs, but this number is essentially halved after taking Giratina's Pressure into account, which means that a team with double Defog effectively has only 24 Defog PPs, against Arceus-Steel's 32 Stealth Rock PPs.

    With its dual status moves, Giratina can spread Toxic, while, at the same time, burning Pokémon that are immune to Toxic, such as Ferrothorn, Celesteela, Dusk Mane Necrozma, Arceus-Poison, and Mega Gengar. In an emergency, Giratina can even take a powerful hit from a strong physical attacker that is able to hit it hard, such as Mega Rayquaza or Marshadow, before halving their power with Will-O-Wisp, although one should look out for Dragon-type attacks from the former. The utility of Rest against Pokémon that lack offensive presence has already been explained, but it should be noted that, if played well, Giratina is capable of repeatedly checking powerful attackers as well, through the use of Blissey's Heal Bell in order to wake it up from its sleep.

    In case Lugia's Multiscale is broken, and Ho-Oh is not at high enough health to take a Choice Band Dragon Ascent, Giratina can serve as an emergency switch-in to Choice Band Mega Rayquaza as well, though do look out for Outrage, which is used sometimes. If Mega Rayquaza uses Dragon Ascent, Arceus-Steel can be sent in next, while Giratina can stay in if the Sky High Pokémon happens to use V-create, Waterfall, Earthquake, or Extreme Speed, although it is highly unlikely to ever use the last of those moves against this team anyway. It should also be noted that Giratina's inclusion on this team is one of the main reasons why this team is not completely weak to Primal Kyogre that use physical attacks.

    The EVs serve to maximize the Renegade Pokémon's physical bulk, due to the nature of the Pokémon it typically deals with, although, even without Special Defense investment, it can often take special attacks incredibly well anyway, due to its naturally high Special Defense stat, combined with its absolutely mammoth HP stat. Since Giratina does not run any attacking moves, and cannot be trapped by Mega Gengar, unlike Lugia, its Attack IVs are minimized, in order to keep Foul Play and confusion damage to a minimum. With its minimized Attack stat, it can even wall a Yveltal that has only Foul Play as an attacking move. This Giratina is also given 0 Speed IVs, as well as a Speed-hindering Nature, in order to make it as slow as possible - slower than even this team's Defog Ho-Oh, just to cover for Primal Groudon that run Speed-hindering Natures and IVs themselves, in order to allow Giratina to use Defog only after Primal Groudon uses Stealth Rock on the same turn.



    Deus Vult (Arceus-Steel) @ Iron Plate  
    Ability: Multitype  
    EVs: 248 HP / 44 SpD / 216 Spe  
    Timid Nature  
    IVs: 0 Atk  
    - Judgment  
    - Perish Song  
    - Recover  
    - Stealth Rock  

    The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's final member is the Alpha Pokémon, Arceus. Quite fittingly for the final Pokémon on a stall team, the Original One is covered in a metallic hide, which grants it that which is widely considered to be the single best defensive type in the game. In contrast with the other five members of this team, the Heavenly Creator stands above the petty thought of wearing down opposing Pokémon using poisonous, earthly substances. Instead, it contributes towards spreading chip damage to the opposing team through the use of its mystical Stealth Rock technique. Fittingly for a knightly armored deity that is supposed to watch over this team, Arceus-Steel plays the incredibly important role of singlehandedly preventing this entire team from being flat-out 6-0'd by three quite prevalent threats in the Pure Pokémon metagame.

    The first of such threats is Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, as Arceus-Steel is the one and only reason why the Choice Band-holding Sky High Pokémon cannot completely and utterly crush this team by simply and mindlessly spamming Dragon Ascent. And while Choice Band Mega Rayquaza can certainly smash the Steel-type Pokémon to pieces with a well-timed V-create or Earthquake, it should be noted that, outside of extremely desperate situations, Arceus-Steel should never be the initial switch-in to the aforementioned threat. Instead, switching to a full-health Ho-Oh, a full-health Lugia, or even Giratina first in order to scout its move would be preferable, because if Arceus-Steel falls, then the rest of the team succumbs to simple Dragon Ascent spam.

    The second threat that Arceus-Steel prevents The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master from being completely and utterly 6-0'd by is full Baton Pass teams. In fact, the simple inclusion of Perish Song Arceus-Steel on this team not only prevents this team from having a completely unwinnable matchup against full Baton Pass teams, but it also almost completely reverses the situation, by making it almost impossible for a typical full Baton Pass team to win against this team. This is because Perish Song puts a complete stop to Baton Pass chains, while Arceus-Steel's signature move, Judgment, smites any Soundproof Mr. Mime that may attempt to stand in the way of its Baton Pass chain's inevitable fate.

    And the third threat that this team would auto-lose to if not for Arceus-Steel is Vivillon, since Arceus-Steel resists Hurricane, while Perish Song bypasses Substitute.

    Despite its low PP, Perish Song is an incredible move with a lot of general utility. For example, it can be used to take down a last-Pokémon Calm Mind Arceus-Steel or Calm Mind + Refresh Arceus after the team's other checks to it have been taken down, or if Blissey happens to be low on Confide PPs. It can also be used to take down a last-Pokémon Zygarde that knows Rest along with either Dragon Dance or Coil, or a last-Pokémon Xerneas that knows both Rest and Geomancy, if Blissey either has fainted or is low on Confide PPs. If the Lord Arceus wants you to die in three turns, it wouldn't let you live until five turns, after all. Even if the opponent has more than one Pokémon remaining, Perish Song can still have uses in some scenarios outside of the aforementioned ability to stop Baton Pass chains and Vivillon. For example, consider a team that contains two Calm Mind + Refresh Arceus - one of which being of the Dark type, and the other being of the Rock type. Both of these Arceus can hit Lugia super effectively with its Judgment technique, meaning Lugia cannot reliably check either of them. Yet, at the same time, Blissey alone cannot deal with the both of them, since it only has enough Confide PPs to deal with one of them. The solution in this scenario would be to use Blissey's Confide to deal with Arceus-Dark, while using Arceus-Steel's Perish Song to deal with Arceus-Rock, since Arceus-Steel resists Arceus-Rock's Judgment, and possibly sneaking in some Whirlwinds with Lugia every here and there in order to waste some of the two Arceus' Calm Minds. And finally, Perish Song Arceus-Steel serves as a great check to any Xerneas that lacks coverage moves - especially those with Ingrain and Rest.

    Recover and Stealth Rock are self-explanatory, while Arceus-Steel's signature move prevents it from being completely passive. It can use this attack to smite Pokémon such as Mega Gengar, while this move also allows it to finish off weakened Mega Rayquaza, threaten Xerneas, Arceus-Fairy and Arceus-Rock, and deal some damage to Yveltal, among other things. It should also be noted that Arceus-Steel's immunity to Toxic is incredibly useful, especially since it gives it a much easier time dealing with various stall-breaking Yveltal movesets.

    The EVs maximize the Original One's HP, while allowing it to outspeed Mega Rayquaza that utilize a Speed-enhancing Nature, and the rest of the EVs are placed under Special Defense, as I have found that these EVs significantly improve Arceus-Steel's ability to take Life Orb Yveltal's Dark Pulses.

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    Iesus Christus (Sableye) (M) @ Sablenite  
    Ability: Prankster  
    EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD  
    Impish Nature  
    IVs: 0 SpA  
    - Fake Out  
    - Foul Play  
    - Recover  
    - Toxic  

    Mata Maria (Blissey) @ Shed Shell  
    Ability: Natural Cure  
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD  
    Careful Nature  
    IVs: 0 SpA  
    - Confide  
    - Heal Bell  
    - Soft-Boiled  
    - Toxic  

    Deus in regnium (Lugia) @ Leftovers  
    Ability: Multiscale  
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD  
    Impish Nature  
    IVs: 0 SpA  
    - Roost  
    - Substitute  
    - Toxic  
    - Whirlwind  


    Spiritus Sanctus (Ho-Oh) @ Leftovers  
    Ability: Regenerator  
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD  
    Bold Nature  
    IVs: 0 Atk / 4 Spe  
    - Defog  
    - Flamethrower  
    - Toxic  
    - Whirlwind  

    Libera nos semper (Giratina) @ Leftovers  
    Ability: Pressure  
    Shiny: Yes  
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD  
    Relaxed Nature  
    IVs: 0 Atk / 0 SpA / 0 Spe  
    - Defog  
    - Rest  
    - Toxic  
    - Will-O-Wisp  

    Deus Vult (Arceus-Steel) @ Iron Plate  
    Ability: Multitype  
    EVs: 248 HP / 44 SpD / 216 Spe  
    Timid Nature  
    IVs: 0 Atk  
    - Judgment  
    - Perish Song  
    - Recover  
    - Stealth Rock  


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    Re: My 15th Anniversary RMT - The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master (USUM Pure Pokémon)

    Post by Immanent God LANCE on Mon 26 Nov - 15:19

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    (Note: In many of the replays below, Blissey may have 252 EVs in Defense, rather than HP, and Ho-Oh may know the moves Brave Bird and Sacred Fire instead of Flamethrower and Whirlwind, as the changes to Blissey's EVs and Ho-Oh's moves were implemented extremely late in the team's long teambuilding process, which included a huge amount of testing, tweaking, iterating, and optimizing)


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    Re: My 15th Anniversary RMT - The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master (USUM Pure Pokémon)

    Post by Immanent God LANCE on Mon 26 Nov - 15:21

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    : When one first sees the opponent sending out a Rayquaza, the first Pokémon that should be switched in is Lugia. After Lugia is switched in and the opponent's Rayquaza Mega Evolves, the course of action that one should take from that point onward varies depending on what the moveset and item of the opponent's Mega Rayquaza is.

    If the opponent's Mega Rayquaza deals about 30% damage to Lugia on the switch with a Multiscale-weakened Dragon Ascent, and one does not see it suffering from Life Orb damage, then its item is Choice Band. While a full-health Lugia may be able to switch into Choice Band Mega Rayquaza's Dragon Ascent, it cannot afford to stay in after that, so the next Pokémon that should be switched in is Arceus-Steel. After the Alpha Pokémon switches into the next Dragon Ascent, it should use either Recover or Stealth Rock, while the opponent's Dragon Ascent-locked Mega Rayquaza will almost certainly switch out. After that, one should try to find an opportunity to safely send Lugia back onto the battlefield in order to use Roost and restore its Multiscale, so that it can perform roles such as checking various threats, as well as switching into Choice Band Mega Rayquaza again if need be.

    If the opponent manages to send in their Choice Band Mega Rayquaza again before Lugia receives the opportunity to regain its Multiscale, do not fret. This is because The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's Ho-Oh, at full health, can survive a Choice Band-boosted Dragon Ascent. In other words, a full-health Ho-Oh can switch into the opponent's Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, before either staying in if the opponent has selected V-create, or switching out to Arceus-Steel while Regenerating, if the opponent has chosen to lock his or her Mega Rayquaza into Dragon Ascent or Outrage. On the chance that the opponent's Mega Rayquaza uses Waterfall for whatever reason, Giratina and Arceus-Steel can both be switched into it extremely safely.

    Even if Lugia is not at full health and Ho-Oh is not healthy enough to take a Choice Band-boosted Dragon Ascent, hope is still not lost, as Giratina can take a Choice Band-boosted Dragon Ascent, albeit, it will receive heavy damage. If the opponent's Mega Rayquaza hits Giratina with V-create on the switch, then the Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon can stay in, while it can be switched out to Arceus-Steel if the opponent uses Dragon Ascent. With that said though, one should look out for Outrage, which is not uncommon on Choice Band Mega Rayquaza. However, it should be noted that if Mega Rayquaza locks itself into Outrage, then it is going to be pummeled by one or two Judgments from Arceus-Steel.

    In a scenario in which Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Giratina are all in no condition to safely switch into Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, then while such a situation may be dangerous, hope is still not lost, because in this scenario, one can rely on prediction to play around the opponent's Sky High Pokémon. For example, staying in on Mega Rayquaza with Ho-Oh or Giratina while predicting it to use V-create, staying in with Arceus-Steel while predicting the opponent to use Dragon Ascent or Outrage, or simply switching the appropriate Pokémon into the anticipated move.

    It should also be noted that Dragon Ascent and Outrage are the only moves of Choice Band Mega Rayquaza that a full-health Lugia cannot switch into and wall. This is because moves like Extreme Speed, Waterfall and Earthquake deal little to no damage to the Diving Pokémon, and while V-create may rival Dragon Ascent and Outrage in terms of power, the fact that V-create lowers Mega Rayquaza's Speed is what allows Lugia to switch into it and wall it. This is because Mega Rayquaza becomes slower than Lugia after using V-create, allowing the Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon to Roost to full health and regain its Multiscale before the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon can use V-create again. This also means that, if a Choice Band Mega Rayquaza does not know Outrage, then once it has run out of the 8 PPs of its Dragon Ascent, it becomes completely walled by Lugia. This situation can be further contributed towards by The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's Giratina, which, upon taking a single Dragon Ascent, drains away a quarter of the PP of the Sky High Pokémon's signature move.

    If worst comes to worst, a full-health Mega Sableye can take a Choice Band-boosted Dragon Ascent or V-create, before instantly destroying the Sky High Pokémon with Foul Play, thanks to the Defense drop that comes from Dragon Ascent and V-create. However, this course of action is usually not recommended, since it would leave Mega Sableye extremely weakened, to the point where it can no longer perform many of its extremely important roles, such as checking Marshadow and Ultra Necrozma.

    If the opponent's Mega Rayquaza does not reveal its item to be Choice Band, Lugia can stay in to wall it. Lugia completely counters mixed Mega Rayquaza, by repeatedly using Roost to recover from its attacks, while Life Orb stalling it, and Lugia can use Whirlwind to negate the stat boosts of Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza. If Mega Rayquaza uses Dragon Dance on the turn when Lugia switches in, it is often tempting to immediately allow the Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon to take a Dragon Dance-boosted and Multiscale-weakened Dragon Ascent, before using Whirlwind to pseudo-Haze the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon away, while negating its stat boosts. However, it is sometimes rewarding to predict the Dragon Ascent and use Roost instead, in order to accumulate Life Orb damage on the opponent's Mega Rayquaza, which can be useful for a number of reasons that will be explained soon. However, it should be noted that the opponent can also predict Lugia to use Roost, in which case their Mega Rayquaza may boost further with Dragon Ascent, so one should utilize their own intuition in order to decide what move to make.

    Also, it should be noted that a healthy Ho-Oh can survive an unboosted Life Orb Dragon Ascent from Mega Rayquaza, meaning that, in an emergency situation, such as if Lugia does not have its Multiscale active, Ho-Oh can use Whirlwind to pseudo-Haze the Sky High Pokémon away, if the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon comes into it and attempts to set up on it. On the turn when Ho-Oh uses Whirlwind, Mega Rayquaza could either use Dragon Dance and waste a turn, or it could fire a Dragon Ascent at Ho-Oh, at the cost of 10% of its own HP. While allowing Ho-Oh to lose 66.5-78.8% of its health at the cost of only 10% of Mega Rayquaza's health may not seem like a worthwhile trade, it should be remembered that Ho-Oh's health can be easily healed by a combination of Regenerator and Leftovers, while any damage Mega Rayquaza takes is more or less permanent, which leads to the next point:

    When using The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master and facing a Life Orb Mega Rayquaza, especially one that knows Dragon Dance, it is of utmost importance to remember two facts. The first is that, barring teammate support, such as Wish or Leech Seed, Life Orb Mega Rayquaza is only ever limited to eleven attacks. And the second fact to remember is that, after Mega Rayquaza is down to 40% or so HP, it will fall to a single Judgment from Arceus-Steel. Combining this with the fact that The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's Arceus-Steel outspeeds Mega Rayquaza, then what this means is that, after falling to 40% or less HP, Mega Rayquaza can no longer set up on Arceus-Steel.

    And the above two facts tie in with why it can often be game-changing to use Roost once or a few times with a full-health Lugia against a +1 Attack Mega Rayquaza, in order to sneak in some Life Orb chip damage on the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon, since every bit of damage on Mega Rayquaza counts. By the same logic, sneaking in a Fake Out against the opponent's Mega Rayquaza with Mega Sableye every here and there can make a huge difference too. And yet again, by the same logic, poisoning or burning the opponent's Mega Rayquaza, such as by hitting it with Blissey's Toxic when it switches in expecting Confide to be used against a Calm Mind Arceus, makes a massive difference as well. After Mega Rayquaza has been poisoned, it can be easily stalled out using a combination of Lugia, Giratina, and Mega Sableye's Fake Out, combined with poison and Life Orb damage, while a burned Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza poses almost no threat. And by the same logic as in the aforementioned cases, forcing Mega Rayquaza to take 25% damage upon switching into Stealth Rock, especially if it gets dragged out by Lugia's or Ho-Oh's Whirlwind, is especially sweet too.

    If the opponent somehow manages to send in a Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza while Lugia is not out, and Lugia is not at full health, then Giratina can serve as a secondary and temporary check to the Sky High Pokémon, thanks to its insanely huge physical bulk, combined with its ability to use Toxic and Will-O-Wisp. A healthy Ho-Oh can also stay in on a +0 Attack Mega Rayquaza and poison it, while either surviving a Dragon Ascent, or letting it set up a Dragon Dance, before the user of The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master sacrifices a Pokémon, and then sends out Mega Sableye to use Fake Out against the opponent's poisoned Mega Rayquaza. If worst comes to worst, Blissey can even stay in on Mega Rayquaza and use Toxic while predicting a Dragon Dance, before the user of The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master sacrifices a Pokémon, and then sends out Mega Sableye to use Fake Out. However, in this scenario, Blissey risks getting smashed to pieces by Dragon Ascent, so this situation should be avoided at all costs.

    Finally, just like with Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, Mega Sableye can survive any unboosted hit from Life Orb Mega Rayquaza, barring Draco Meteor, before damaging the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon extremely badly with Foul Play, which even destroys Mega Rayquaza in a single hit if it happens to use Dragon Ascent, V-create, or Dragon Dance on the turn that Foul Play is used. However, this option, once again, potentially comes with the huge price of rendering Mega Sableye unable to check Pokémon such as Marshadow and Ultra Necrozma for the rest of the battle.

    Another variant of Mega Rayquaza that can be extremely threatening is Swords Dance, due to the sheer damage output of a +2 Life Orb-boosted Dragon Ascent against Multiscale Lugia. However, it is extremely rare, being used almost exclusively on Sticky Web teams, against which The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master already possesses an incredible advantage, as Sticky Web is almost never going up against Mega Sableye. The method by which Swords Dance Mega Rayquaza can be defeated is simply by playing proactively against it, by doing things such as staying in against it with Giratina, while crippling it with Will-O-Wisp. This is because Swords Dance Mega Rayquaza has one huge disadvantage compared to Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza, as far as its matchup against The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is concerned. And that is the fact that no matter how many times it boosts its stats, it cannot outspeed Arceus-Steel, since Mega Sableye blocks Sticky Web, and Arceus-Steel also happens to resist Mega Rayquaza's Extreme Speed attack. This means that after Swords Dance Mega Rayquaza has been weakened enough, it can be easily revenge-killed by Arceus-Steel's Judgment. Furthermore, Sticky Web teams have little to no anti-hazard methods, meaning that if one happens to be facing a team that contains Swords Dance Mega Rayquaza, then it should normally be extremely easy to keep Stealth Rock on the field, and force the Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon to lose a quarter of its health every time it switches in. It should also be noted that, just like in the case with Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza, Ho-Oh can also use Whirlwind to prevent Swords Dance Mega Rayquaza from setting up on it.

    Sometimes, Mega Rayquaza run Dragon Dance, but without Life Orb, and in such cases, they are easy to deal with. This is because if Mega Rayquaza does not hold Life Orb, Lugia can take a Multiscale-weakened +1 Dragon Ascent from it, before creating a Substitute, and then Roosting back to full health on the next turn. Combining this with the fact that Dragon Ascent only has 8 PP, then it becomes easy to handle. Furthermore, if a Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza does not hold Life Orb, then Ho-Oh gains the ability to survive even a +1 Dragon Ascent from it, and needless to say, it also becomes much easier for Giratina to handle. As far as the matchup against The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is concerned, the only advantages possessed by Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza that do not hold Life Orb are the lack of Life Orb recoil, as well as the fact that they often need to be hit by Toxic/Will-O-Wisp not once, but twice in order for them to be crippled, since Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza that do not hold Life Orb often hold Lum Berry instead.

    However, Dragon Dance Mega Rayquaza that do not hold Life Orb are still not the easiest variants of the Sky High Pokémon for The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master to deal with. The easiest variant of Mega Rayquaza for this team to deal with would be Choice Scarf Mega Rayquaza, which can literally achieve almost nothing against this team.

    : When one sees a Groudon of any sort, the first Pokémon that should be switched to is Giratina, since the Renegade Pokémon is normally extremely safe against all variants of Groudon, regardless of its moves. With its extremely useful Pressure Ability, Giratina can force Groudon or Primal Groudon to use up two PP of its Stealth Rock technique, before removing the pointed stones using Defog, while, at the same time, using Toxic to cripple the Continent Pokémon. If it is discovered that the opponent's Stealth Rock Groudon or Primal Groudon does not know a Rock-type attack, it can even be walled by Ho-Oh, which, just like Giratina, can Defog away its Stealth Rock, while Toxic stalling it. The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's Giratina and Ho-Oh also both run negative Speed IVs, allowing them to almost always Defog after Groudon or Primal Groudon uses Stealth Rock. If the opponent's Stealth Rock Groudon or Primal Groudon knows Toxic, but not a Rock-type attack, then Giratina and Ho-Oh can even work together as a team to Toxic stall it out, by switching from Giratina to Ho-Oh and vice-versa every time Toxic damage begins to increase by a lot.

    Sometimes, Groudon or Primal Groudon run Swords Dance, in which case they can be Toxic stalled out by Lugia, and mixed Primal Groudon can be countered by Giratina, as well as even Ho-Oh if it lacks a Rock-type attack.

    : Mega Sableye is usually the initial switch-in to Dusk Mane Necrozma, and it can take a +2 Sunsteel Strike, before knocking out the Psychic/Steel-type Pokémon with Foul Play. If Dusk Mane Necrozma happens to hit Mega Sableye with an unboosted Sunsteel Strike on the switch, then the Dark/Ghost-type Pokémon should use Recover on the next turn, because if it has been damaged, it risks being knocked out by a +2 Sunsteel Strike the next time it comes in. Mega Sableye also completely walls any Stealth Rock support Dusk Mane Necrozma, and counters any Swords Dance Ultra Necrozma, unless it happens to run the extremely rare Outrage.

    On the chance that a Swords Dance Ultra Necrozma does happen to know the Dragon-type attack, and knocks out Mega Sableye with a +2 Outrage, then the situation after that becomes dim, but still not quite hopeless. The best course of action after that would be to send in Lugia to take the next Outrage, which is weakened by Multiscale, before badly poisoning the Psychic/Dragon-type Pokémon with Toxic. After that, one should play around Ultra Necrozma using a combination of Lugia and Arceus-Steel.

    A Dusk Mane Necrozma using Swords Dance as Mega Sableye switches in, before Ultra Bursting and using Outrage, represents one of the two situations in which a Swords Dance Dusk Mane Necrozma can knock out the Darkness Pokémon by surprise. The second, and by far the more common of the two situations in which this can happen is when Dusk Mane Necrozma uses Swords Dance as Mega Sableye switches in, before smashing the Dark/Ghost-type Pokémon to pieces with a +2 Searing Sunraze Smash. However, for The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, the second situation also happens to be far easier to recover from than the first, since Dusk Mane Necrozma that hold Solganium Z almost always have only Sunsteel Strike and Earthquake as attacks, meaning they can do almost nothing to Ho-Oh, which can either attack them with Flamethrower, or use Whirlwind to negate their stat boosts. And even if they do get past Ho-Oh somehow, such as with a critical hit, a backup check exists in Will-O-Wisp Giratina anyway.

    Also, speaking of Will-O-Wisp Giratina, it usually does not need to switch out if a Dusk Mane Necrozma comes into it, as it can just stay in and burn the Prism Pokémon. If Dusk Mane Necrozma happens to somehow get Stealth Rock up, Ho-Oh and Giratina can remove the pointed stones with Defog. Also, most of the time, Dusk Mane Necrozma cannot even simply Toxic Ho-Oh and/or Giratina before spamming Stealth Rock against them, since The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's Ho-Oh and Giratina are both specifically made to be slower than any Dusk Mane Necrozma that does not run negative Speed IVs or a Speed-hindering Nature. What this means is that Ho-Oh and Giratina, which will almost always be slower than Dusk Mane Necrozma, can simply remove Stealth Rock with Defog, before getting switched out to Mega Sableye, which, as mentioned before, walls support Dusk Mane Necrozma indefinitely.

    Calm Mind Ultra Necrozma can generally be dealt with using Confide Blissey, but one should definitely watch out for a boosted Light That Burns The Sky. An Ultra Necrozma that has Ultra Bursted from a Dusk Mane Necrozma also cannot have Moongeist Beam, meaning that Lugia generally counters it as well.

    : As long as Marshadow does not have Bulk Up + Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, it is countered by Mega Sableye, and as long as the Fighting/Ghost-type Pokémon does not know Rock Tomb, it is countered by Ho-Oh as well. As for the Marshadow that do have Bulk Up + Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, it will usually take out one Pokémon on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, but it can also be Toxic stalled. At full health, Ho-Oh can take a +1 Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, before poisoning Marshadow. If one is feeling like taking the risk, they can even switch Blissey into a predicted Ghost-type attack in order to Toxic stall out the Gloomdweller Pokémon, or even waste its Z-move. A Mega Sableye spamming Recover, or a full-health Lugia spamming Roost, can also Life Orb stall out the extremely common Life Orb Marshadow. Swagger Marshadow can be troublesome if one is unlucky, but especially with Mega Sableye, it is generally not that hard to deal with. And finally, if worst comes to worst, Giratina can also take even a Life Orb-boosted Spectral Thief reasonably well, before burning Marshadow with Will-O-Wisp.

    : Stealth Rock Arceus-Fairy is countered by Defog Ho-Oh, which can also Toxic stall it, though one should look out for Magic Coat. Standard Defog Arceus-Fairy is walled by Blissey, Ho-Oh, and especially Arceus-Steel, the last of which can freely set up Stealth Rock against it. Calm Mind Arceus-Fairy that have Earth Power are countered by Blissey, Lugia, and Ho-Oh, while Calm Mind Arceus-Fairy that have Refresh are countered by Blissey, Lugia, and Perish Song Arceus-Steel.

    : Countered by Lugia, and Foul Play Mega Sableye can also be annoying for it, especially once it has been weakened, or if it lacks Earthquake. If Arceus-Normal does not have Substitute, Giratina can burn it with Will-O-Wisp as well. Once Arceus-Normal has been poisoned, then unless it has Facade, Lugia can easily take a Multiscale-weakened +2 hit from it, before using Substitute, Roosting back to full health on the next turn while its Substitute breaks, and then repeat until the Alpha Pokémon succumbs to the poison. If Arceus-Normal has Substitute, it can be Whirlwinded out by Lugia, or destroyed by Arceus-Steel's Perish Song if it is the last Pokémon.

    : Mostly countered between Ho-Oh and Arceus-Steel, while Confide Blissey can handle the Metronome sets.

    : All variants of Xerneas that do not know Close Combat are countered by Blissey, while all variants of Xerneas that do not hold Choice Specs and do not know Ingrain are countered by Lugia, and all variants of Xerneas that know Ingrain are countered by Perish Song Arceus-Steel. Ho-Oh and Arceus-Steel can also both wall any Xerneas that does not know a move that can hit them super effectively. Generally though, either Blissey or Lugia should be the initial switch-in to Xerneas, depending on which one The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master needs less against the opponent's team. For example, if the opponent has a Mega Rayquaza, then it wouldn't be wise to let Lugia's Multiscale get ruined by a +2 Moonblast or Thunder, while if the opponent looks like they have a Calm Mind + Refresh Arceus, then it wouldn't be wise to use up Blissey's Confide PPs.

    : Mega Sableye blocks Spore, Sticky Web, Stealth Rock, Toxic Spikes, Taunt and Rapid Spin, while it can also use Toxic to badly poison either Smeargle, or a Pokémon it Baton Passes its Moody or Shell Smash boosts to. If Smeargle happens to have its Attack boosted a lot, its Defense lowered, or both, as a result of Shell Smash and/or Moody, then both it as well as pretty much any Pokémon it may choose to Baton Pass its stat changes to will get hit extremely hard by Foul Play, if not destroyed in a single hit. However, do watch out for Substitute when using Toxic, or Baneful Bunker when using Foul Play. If Smeargle's stat boosts get too out of hand, Arceus-Steel can come in and use Perish Song, though this move can be stopped by Taunt or Spore if Smeargle happens to be faster than the Alpha Pokémon.

    : Swords Dance Arceus-Ground is countered by Lugia, which can take a Multiscale-weakened +2 Stone Edge before using Substitute, and then Roosting back to full health on the next turn, followed by this process repeating, which can easily result in Stone Edge's 8 PP being stalled out. If Swords Dance Arceus-Ground does not have Substitute, it can be burned by Giratina, while Mega Sableye can also check this Pokémon once it has been weakened to Foul Play KO range when at +2 Attack. As for Stealth Rock or Defog support Arceus-Ground, they can be countered by Ho-Oh, as well as even Giratina to some extent. And Calm Mind Arceus-Ground loses to Blissey, Lugia, and Ho-Oh.

    : Giratina should always be the initial switch-in to Primal Kyogre, since Blissey runs the risk of being smashed by Liquidation. Primal Kyogre should be badly poisoned as soon as possible, before being stalled out by a combination of Giratina, Blissey and Lugia. If need be, a sacrifice may be necessary against this incredibly threatening Pokémon, and Toxic stalling it out may sometimes require the use of Mega Sableye's Fake Out. However, once it is revealed that Primal Kyogre does not know Liquidation, it can be mostly countered by Blissey, although Water Spout still deals a massive amount of damage, and can even break through Blissey if the Sea Basin Pokémon happens to score a critical hit. Rest Primal Kyogre, especially with Calm Mind, can put a tremendous amount of pressure upon The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, but it can still be handled by Confide Blissey and Whirlwind Lugia.

    However, of all possible variants of Kyogre, none come even remotely close to as threatening to The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master as Choice Specs Kyogre is, since Choice Specs Kyogre pretty much guarantees a kill against this team every time it comes out. The only possible way for this team to beat Choice Specs Kyogre would be by poisoning it early, while spamming recovery moves against it, sacrificing Pokémon left and right, or doing something like making extremely intelligent use of Giratina's Pressure Ability to stall out Water Spout PPs, by staying in on Kyogre with Giratina to take a Water Spout, before immediately using Rest, and then get knocked out by the next two Water Spouts, which would result in 6 out of Water Spout's 8 PP being drained away. Either way, Choice Specs Kyogre is one of the worst possible matchups for The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, and if faced against one, there is usually very little hope of winning. But fortunately, Choice Specs Kyogre also happens to be incredibly rare, which is completely understandable when looking at the way the Pure Pokémon metagame is shaped.

    Kyogre also sometimes hold Choice Scarf, but aside from its 20% accuracy Sheer Cold technique, it is not very threatening to this team. And finally, Primal Kyogre sometimes run extremely passive movesets, such as Scald, Rest, Sleep Talk and Toxic, and such sets are easily walled by Blissey and Giratina.

    : Calm Mind and Whirlpool + Perish Song Arceus-Dark are countered by Blissey, while Ho-Oh counters Stealth Rock Arceus-Dark. Blissey, Ho-Oh and Arceus-Steel can also harass Defog Arceus-Dark, especially once it has been poisoned. And finally, Arceus-Steel can use Perish Song to destroy a last-Pokémon Calm Mind Arceus-Dark.

    : Swords Dance Arceus-Steel is countered by Will-O-Wisp Giratina, while it also fears Foul Play Mega Sableye if it is weakened, and if it is revealed that it does not know Stone Edge, Ho-Oh can counter it as well. Calm Mind Arceus-Steel is countered by Confide Blissey, and Ho-Oh also counters if it is not the opponent's last Pokémon, while The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's own Perish Song Arceus-Steel counters it if it has Thunderbolt or Thunder as its coverage move. Regardless of whether Arceus-Steel is Swords Dance or Calm Mind, Lugia can temporarily hold it off, but it cannot do anything back. Support Arceus-Steel, such as the one used on The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, is walled by Ho-Oh and Giratina, as well as even The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's own Arceus-Steel, if the opponent's Arceus-Steel does not know Stealth Rock. And finally, if the opponent's Arceus-Steel is their last Pokémon, it can be destroyed by Perish Song.

    : Walled by Lugia, which negates its stat boosts with Whirlwind, while many of its sets cannot do much to Mega Sableye, Ho-Oh, and usually, even Giratina. Dragon Dance + Dragon Tail Zygarde can be annoying, but Substitute Lugia can stall it out. If the opponent has a Dragon Dance or Coil Zygarde with Rest as their last Pokémon, it can be destroyed by Arceus-Steel's Perish Song. If one does not see the opponent's Zygarde recovering health with Leftovers, one should be careful of Tectonic Rage, which can hit even Lugia and Ho-Oh if they have been struck by Thousand Arrows beforehand.

    : Defensive Ho-Oh are walled by this team's Giratina, and often stalled by its own Ho-Oh as well. Giratina, in particular, can be very annoying for defensive Ho-Oh, as on top of walling the Fire/Flying-type Pokémon, the Ghost/Dragon-type Pokémon's Pressure Ability also reduces Ho-Oh to effectively 4 Sacred Fires, 12 Brave Birds, 12 Defogs, and 8 Toxics. Life Orb Ho-Oh can be played around using a combination of Lugia, Ho-Oh and Giratina, while Choice Band Ho-Oh is essentially the same as Choice Band Mega Rayquaza, as far as its matchup against The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master is concerned. However, it is generally much easier to deal with, since it is significantly weaker. Z-Celebrate Ho-Oh is gimmicky, and its one-time stat boosts can easily be eliminated by Lugia's Whirlwind.

    : Mostly countered by a combination of Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Mega Sableye. On Psychic Surge teams, Deoxys-A often use Nasty Plot, so one should play aggressively against them. Sometimes, it is worth it to stay in on them with Arceus-Steel and hit them with Judgment, while predicting a Nasty Plot.

    : The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master contains three Pokémon that are immune to being trapped by Shadow Tag. Of the remaining three, two of them can take Mega Gengar's attacks quite easily, while possessing the ability to hit back hard against it. This means that the only Pokémon on the team that can be trapped by Mega Gengar and happens to be completely passive against it is Lugia. Even then, Lugia can pseudo-Haze Mega Gengar away if the Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon happens to lack Taunt. However, one should be careful of letting it get burned by Will-O-Wisp, because if it gets trapped a second time after it has been burned, it will be easily obliterated by Hex.

    Even though Blissey is complete Taunt bait, it is sometimes still a good idea to switch it into Mega Gengar, in order to allow Ho-Oh or Arceus-Steel to not have to take an attack on the switch. For example, Giratina can be switched out of Mega Gengar to Blissey, which baits Taunt, while Ho-Oh is safely switched in on the next turn. This also helps to avoid situations like Ho-Oh being poisoned by Sludge Bomb on the switch, before being annihilated by Substitute + Hex. If Mega Gengar lacks Taunt, Blissey can even lower its Special Attack with Confide, before allowing Ho-Oh, Arceus-Steel, or even Mega Sableye to switch in extremely easily.

    Also, if possible, sneaking in a Will-O-Wisp against Mega Gengar can be great, as Giratina can take even a Shadow Ball to the face with HP to spare. However, avoid trying this if Giratina is under a status effect and Mega Gengar knows or could know Hex, since this move, with doubled base power, destroys Giratina in a single hit.

    In general, if the opponent happens to have a Taunt Mega Gengar, one should avoid ever sending Lugia out until the opponent's Shadow Pokémon has been taken out... or at least reduced to low enough health such that it would faint upon being hit by Lugia's Struggle. But hey, at least a team cannot simultaneously contain both Mega Gengar and the #1 Pokémon in the Pure Pokémon metagame that Lugia is needed to counter...

    : Countered by Giratina, while Ho-Oh often doesn't mind switching in in order to save Giratina from needing to use up PP.

    : Walled by Mega Sableye. It can also be burned by Giratina, resulting in its Leftovers recovery being negated by burn damage, and this, combined with Mega Sableye's immunity to Leech Seed, results in it being denied of all forms of recovery in the face of the Dark/Ghost-type Pokémon. Ho-Oh also threatens Ferrothorn, but this is pointless to mention, since Ferrothorn is never staying in against Ho-Oh anyway. If Stealth Rock is up on the opponent's side of the field, while Mega Sableye happens to reflect at least one layer of Spikes upon the opponent's side of the field, Lugia can even switch into Ferrothorn, and if it does not get Leech Seeded on the switch, it can create a Substitute, which blocks Leech Seed, before the Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon begins to pressure the opposing team with a series of Whirlwinds while hiding behind its Substitute. This will eventually force the opponent to use Defog, giving Lugia the opportunity to Toxic their Defog user. Or, if the opponent's Defog user happens to have already been knocked out, this could result in the complete destruction of the opponent's team.

    : Can be threatening, but after it uses Never-Ending Nightmare, it can touch neither Substitute Lugia, nor a combination of Blissey and either Mega Sableye or Giratina. And even its Never-Ending Nightmare can be wasted if Blissey switches in on the correct turn.

    : Walled by Giratina and Blissey.

    : Walled by Mega Sableye, Blissey, Giratina, and Arceus-Steel. Blissey can freely Heal Bell on it, Ho-Oh and Giratina can Defog on it at the cost of being poisoned, Arceus-Steel can freely set up Stealth Rock on it, and any member of the team can freely heal on it, with the cost being getting poisoned, if even that.

    : Walled by Mega Sableye unless it has Skill Swap. Even if it has Skill Swap, mindgames can be played against it. For example, if it comes into Ho-Oh or Giratina, the user of The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master can stay in and use Toxic, while predicting a Skill Swap. After that, Ho-Oh or Giratina uses Defog repeatedly, which covers for both Skill Swap and Stealth Rock, until Deoxys-S uses Taunt. If it does, Mega Sableye can be sent in. Even if Deoxys-S uses Skill Swap on that turn, it is probably fainting to a combination of Fake Out and Toxic damage by that point, before it can set up Stealth Rock.

    : Walled by Mega Sableye, and destroyed by Arceus-Steel's Judgment after taking even a single round of Stealth Rock damage.

    : Ditto is nothing more than a completely useless momentum killer against a stall team such as The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master, unless it happens to be used on a stall team of its own, in which case it will most likely result in a 1,000-turn battle, since it cannot set up Stealth Rock against Mega Sableye by Impostering Arceus-Steel.

    : The opponent having a Tapu Lele is one of the very few situations in which a user of The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master should be leading with a Pokémon other than Sableye. In this case, the go-to lead would be Arceus-Steel, which can force Tapu Lele out while setting up Stealth Rock, and gain momentum as a result. In general, Ho-Oh and Arceus-Steel both counter Tapu Lele.

    : Cannot do anything to Ho-Oh besides badly poisoning it, and if it lacks Dragon Tail, it is walled by Mega Sableye as well, while it would also not be able to do anything to The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master's own Giratina besides burning or badly poisoning it. One should be prepared for a long battle if they happen to face a Giratina with this team, however.

    : Its Choice Scarf and even Choice Specs sets can be played around by first going to Ho-Oh, before switching to any of its teammates, depending on the situation, as well as the move Lunala locks itself into. Its Calm Mind + Psyshock set can be scary though, but it can be held off using a combination of Toxic, Ho-Oh, Perish Song Arceus-Steel, and predictions.

    : Mega Sableye and Lugia are usually the safest initial switch-ins to Mewtwo. Mega Sableye counters Mega Mewtwo X, and completely walls any Stalltwo or Stalltwo Y, although it dislikes taking Fire Blasts or Ice Beams from Life Orb Mewtwo or Mega Mewtwo Y. Ho-Oh can easily switch into Life Orb Mewtwo and Mega Mewtwo Y, before threatening it with either Toxic or an attacking move. Once Mewtwo has been badly poisoned, it can be Toxic stalled to death, and if Ho-Oh runs low on health, it can simply be switched out, while Regenerator restores its health. Ho-Oh is also, in general, a quite safe initial switch-in to Mewtwo, since the only thing it fears when switching in is a Rock Slide or Stone Edge attack from Mega Mewtwo X. Lugia can also quite comfortably switch into Mewtwo's attacks in general, but one should be aware that Taunt completely shuts it down. If Life Orb Mewtwo lacks Taunt, Lugia can even Life Orb stall it to death using a combination of Substitute and Roost. Also, Giratina counters any Mega Mewtwo X that lacks Taunt.

    : Cannot threaten anything on this team, and gets easily PP stalled by Ho-Oh and Giratina. Also, this Pokémon does not completely stop Arceus-Steel from setting up Stealth Rock, since it can be pressured by Judgment. But just like in the case of Giratina, one should be prepared for a long battle if they happen to face a Mega Sableye with The Legend of the Greatest Pokémon Master.

    Ending note:


    Who exactly are you to decide the position on which I stand in the world of Pokémon battling with your pitiful mutes, locks and bans, as well as the way you toy around with user ranks and other petty forms of "hierarchy" within your community, when I am the very Pokémon Master in whose shadow your entire eyesore of a community has stood since the day it was first created in December of 2004? What right have you to desecrate the avatar of my account on your forums, remove my ability to reverse said desecration, ban me for attempting to evade said desecration, and then, more than a decade later, choose to grant me with various "positions of prestige" in your community, such as the position of Anything Goes Room Moderator on your pathetic simulator, while acting as if it is these very positions you have given me that make me who I am, as far as my identity as a Pokémon Trainer is concerned? How insolent must you be to form a miserable little community in front of the world's Greatest Pokémon Master himself, and then judge the Greatest Pokémon Master based on his willingness to accept and conform to the ridiculous rules, biased expectations, and double standards of your community? How stupid must you be to even expect one who stands so far above your pitiful community to respect your rules and "authority figures," let alone in the presence of your disrespect? How ignorant must you be to argue among yourselves regarding which of the pathetic subcommunities within Smogon "claims" me, when it would be arrogant of even Smogon in its entirety to "claim" me, given how much greater than Smogon as a whole I am? Who are you to even attempt to define that which I, as a Pokémon Trainer, ought to strive for, when such was already decided by myself on the day I first played Pokémon Red, which was years before your community even existed?

    If you so desire, continue to play your childish games of politics among yourselves, by arguing endlessly about the policies of your poorly-put-together tiers, debating about which of your tiers deserve to be in your self-defined "official" tournaments, and complaining about the toxicity that plagues your own pitiful community. Continue to be a dog chasing its own tail, by seeking fame and "relevance" that is, ultimately, arbitrarily defined by no one other than those in your very own community, who, themselves, are nothing more than clueless imbeciles. And continue trying to reach the level of the Greatest Pokémon Master himself by doing these pointless things. You'll just be like a monkey jumping towards the reflection of the moon on the surface of a lake, trying to reach the moon in such a way, only to sink to the bottom of the lake and drown.



    ~ PokéMaster Forever


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