People would be surprised that the Pokemon franchise has a competitive circuit similar to the likes of Call of Duty, Street Fighter or even League Of Legends. To some, it may be crazy that a children’s game can be competitive. I bet you’re wondering, “How can someone play Pokemon competitively?”. Let me give you some five pointers that will help you out when it comes to playing Pokemon competitively.
1. Prepare your team.
The first obvious thing when you’re wanting to compete is building your team. As mentioned in the last article titled about “building your pokemon dream team”, build your team that will give you the advantage in competitive battling. Make sure you have a set core and theme on what your team’s objective will be.
2. Practice, practice, and practice
In order to get better in competitive battling, you gotta practice, practice and practice. Maybe you will find a better replacement to a team member that’s underperforming to expectations, or it’ll help find what to expect in the competitive circuit. The best way to compete is to battle such as either battling online, participating in some small regionals or even using Pokemon Showdown, a battle simulator commonly used by competitors in what is known by many as the metagame. By understanding the metagame, it’ll help you know what is commonly used and what can be countered with.
3.Psychologically prepare yourself
Pokemon battling is a game of prediction and strategy, as well as psychological mind games. You could be expecting to nail a super-effective move on your opponent, but he might decide to play you into a trap. Just like Chess or Poker, you have to expect this kind of stuff. Or in some cases, you might not expect things to go your way and that would make you frustrated. Just remember to never go full stupid, as that’ll make it hard to concentrate. Remember to keep calm and spot their mind game. Who knows? you might play them into your mind game.
4.Look at other competitive players for tips as well.
You have a whole arsenal of resources to help you with competitive battling such as TrainerTower, which provides articles on competitive players and teams that’ll help you out in battles. You also have youtubers out there like Wolfe Glicke who can help you out on what pokemon can be used in competitive battles and strategies. So if you’re not a big competitive strategist, they can help you out with the basics and even the use of some pokemon.
The last thing that is universal with everything is simply this
5. Have fun!
Sure, you may come out on top or on occasions you might have a bad first competition. In the end, having fun is the best thing you want to have in competitive battling. You can make new friends, acquire new pokemon from trades and get to travel to other locations. In a way, Competitive pokemon tournaments can be a pretty good time plan vacations as well.
In short, these five steps should be a bit helpful for anyone wanting to enter the competitive circuit. If you are more curious about the subject, here’s a link that’ll help you out learning more about competitive pokemon battling.
good luck and make sure to have fun