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Event CALLOUS Invitational Tournament 3

Discussion in 'Global Tournaments' started by CALLOUS, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. CALLOUS

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    CALLOUS INVITATIONAL 3 OFFICIAL DISCORD SERVER- Callous Invitational 3

    WATCH THIS TRAILER AND GET HYPED-
    *PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! I lost all my subs when I deleted my channel and desperately need them back!*

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    Welcome everyone to a tournament I'm very, very proud of. For a good long while it was likely this tournament was never going to see the light of day. Somehow, we're here, and this is going to be the best Callous Invitational yet. We've got players from 5 different continents. We've got a larger prize pool than we've ever had before. We have, in my opinion, the strongest field we've ever had. Sit back and enjoy the show!

    If you want to help CALLOUS Invitational 3, some things you can do are-

    -Join the Discord
    -Subscribe to my YouTube channel, which is where you'll find all the games
    -Share said Discord and YouTube channels with your friends- the more people the better
    -Donate money to help the tournament. This is strictly optional and is greatly appreciated. Please contact me on Discord if you'd like to do this.

    ***REPLAYS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL GAMES!!!***

    The rules of the tournament have not changed from last year. Here they are-

    -32 participants, invite only. This tournament is not open to the general public.

    -ADV OU bo3s, with specific later stages of the tournament becoming bo5.

    -Double elimination.

    -Random pairings every single round. There will be a separate winners bracket and losers bracket and pairings within those brackets will always be randomized.

    -Baton Pass + Ingrain in banned.

    -Baton Pass + Belly Drum is banned.

    -No team may contain more than 3 Pokemon with the move Baton Pass.

    -Brightpowder, Quick Claw, Scope Lens, etc are banned.

    -Standard tournament clauses as observed on Smogon are in effect. No evasion moves, no Ubers, etc.

    -As this will be the primary hosting location for this tour, all tour participants must have a Pokemon Perfect account and match results must be posted here using that account.

    PRIZES-
    1st- 325
    2nd- 200
    3rd- 100

    *Please note that all prizes are in USD, will be paid out via PayPal and these amounts are subject to change if and when more donations come in*

    -My money. My tour. My rules. I'm the sole decider if/when controversy/drama comes up and my decisions are final.

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    Participants-

    1. Undisputed
    2. Starmaster
    3. Jimmy Turtwig
    4. Astamatitos
    5. M Dragon
    6. Hclat
    7. Dice
    8. Fakes
    9. Fear
    10. TDK
    11. SoulWind
    12. Jirachee
    13. Ugly Duckling
    14. Eden's Embrace
    15. Golden Sun
    16. Marcop
    17. Thelinearcurve
    18. Zf
    19. McMeghan
    20. Conflict
    21. Elodin
    22. Cowboy Dan
    23. Tamahome
    24. Blightbringer
    25. CyberOdin
    26. Lycomedes
    27. Dekzeh
    28. Pasy_g
    29. ABR
    30. BKC
    31. TBD
    32. TBD

    Declined to Participate-


    Triangles
    Earthworm
    CrashingBoomBang
    Alexander
    Danilo
    Lavos

    PEOPLE WHO DESERVE CREDIT-

    Staff-

    Sadlysius- Trailer creator, spreadsheet creator, thumbnails
    KHI- Discord server moderator
    SamuelBest- Discord server moderator
    Blim- Discord server moderator
    Dizno- Narration Team
    Jabba- Narration Team
    PDC- Narration Team

    Donors-

    Blim- 200 dollars!
    Waveshaper- 30 dollars!
    Dizno- 50 dollars!

    PLAY-IN MATCHES-

    Group A-

    Altina vs Zomog
    Hellpowna vs Melle


    Zomog vs Hellpowna

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    Xray vs Troller
    Lusch vs Zokuru

    Xray vs Zokuru

    Zomog vs Xray/Zokuru for the spot!

    Group B-

    Za Meowdo vs Frontloader13
    Sadlysius vs Finchinator

    Za Meowdo/Frontloader vs Sadlysius
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    The Kyle vs Baddummy
    Relous vs SamBest


    Baddummy vs SamBest.


    Za Meowdo/Frontloader13/Sadlysius vs Baddummy/SamBest for the spot!


    MAIN EVENT-

    Main event begins Monday August 5th. Pairings will be announced the night before.

    Join the Discord, Subscribe on YouTube and enjoy the tour!
     
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    This looks super epic thanks for hosting
     
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    A long awaited return
     
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    First batch of interviews from CALLOUS Invitational 3 competitiors!

    CALLOUS It is universally agreed upon that you're one of the very best ADV players in the world, and you've had huge success in major tours such as SPL and The World Cup of Pokemon. But, for whatever reason, you've ended up with an 1-4 match record in the previous two Callous Invitational Tournaments. What do you make of that?

    UNDISPUTED Several factors. Foremost, this tournament includes great players. Even if I’m good, it’s not crazy to lose to great players in this game. Second, usually this tournament is after SPL and WCoP, and I invest a ton of effort in those tournaments. By the end of those I’m mentally exhausted and don’t build or practice as hard for this. I’ve also used up my great ideas and fall back on perhaps more standard and predictable teams. Last, my personal style might just be more apt for best-of-one. It’s a different dynamic where surprise, creativity, and attention to detail are rewarded. If you don’t mind me patting myself on the back, I’ve created and popularized sets like Off Pert among others and had success with a variety of unconventional mons like Marowak, Hariyama, Breloom, Charizard, Dragonite, and Kingdra. Doing stuff like that is far more difficult in this tournament because of the sheer game volume plus immediately public replays.

    CALLOUS Is your approach or strategy any different this time around than it has been in previous iterations of the tour?

    UNDISPUTED Frankly probably not. I’m in a phase of my life where other things are more important to me than Pokemon. By all means I’ll still try to win all my games, but I’m not going to investing as much time and stress as I would in SPL or WCoP. Those games I think about my teams and practice games constantly, but that kind of effort isn’t sustainable or healthy frankly.

    CALLOUS Which player in this tournament would you least want to play against and why?

    UNDISPUTED I hate playing players who are good but don’t really play ADV much. They play well, but sometimes they miss nuances in playing and building that you would assume they should know. Or they know more than you would expect based on their apparent experience. I would play against Linear differently than I would play against Elodin, for example. I know Linear is great and tuned into the ADV metagame. I don’t know where Elodin’s at in that regard, though he’s a fantastic player generally.

    CALLOUS Any predictions for a favorite or two that you feel have a great chance to go deep in this tour?

    UNDISPUTED You have to predict Linear for his historically great performances. Besides that, I was first and still on the Marcop bandwagon. Even if he doesn’t make it deep, he’s definitely among the best in this tournament.

    CALLOUS Anything else you'd like to say before the tour begins?

    UNDISPUTED I’m grateful to be included and recognized as an elite player in this tournament. This tournament is one of the best competitive Pokemon events and certainly the best in ADV. The ADV community is a really solid group of people and competitors unlike the rest of the competitive Pokémon community. I enjoy being a part of it. It’s one of a handful of things that keep me spending time on Pokemon as I get older and move onto different phases of my life. Thanks to everyone who makes my time here worthwhile.
     
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    CALLOUS Cowboy Dan, Callous Invitational 2 Champion! After the first Callous Invitational, won by Linear, despite being almost entirely unknown and unproven as far as Smogon is concerned prior to that tournament Linear walked right into SPL, was bid on heavily and has remained in the tournament ever since. There's a good chance with your victory you could have done the same, but you opted not to sign up. Why?

    COWBOY DAN I did originally sign up but ended up retracting my post because I just wasn't getting enough time to keep up with the pokemon community. If it had been an individual tour I'd have kept on playing (I did sign up for ADV Cup but got knocked out by fakes r1) but since it was a team tour I didn't want to risk dragging down other players due to lack of commitment.

    CALLOUS As the defending tournament champion, do you feel you have a target on your back or you're under more pressure than the other players? Does this affect your preparation or approach to any given match or the tournament as a whole?

    COWBOY DAN There may be a target on my back, not sure that's up to the other players in the tour. I think it would be foolish to spend more time on me than any other player. Everyone in the tour has what it takes to win and I was just the one who got the right combination of luck, match ups and not fucking up at the wrong time to see it all the way through last year. Personally I'm honored just to be in the tour and get a chance to play high level matches with good players so I'm just going to have fun with it. The more pressure I put on myself the worse I'll do.

    CALLOUS What can you tell us about your general approach to high level tournament matches? How do you plan to replicate your success from last year?

    COWBOY DAN I'm not the biggest prepper out there usually I'll do a search of what my opponents have been running recently and will put together my team's list based on that + what I've felt comfortable using at that time so I don't fall in to a horribly bad match up, but I'm a big proponent of the idea that a good all around team will generally do better than a tailor made one. Fishing for specific match ups is a bit risky for me but more so than that, a good all around team is one you'll be able to practice with a lot more effectively. Knowing the ins and outs of your team and how it deals with various threats is an important part of being successful with it and if you build specifically for one person you won't be able to get that intense level of practice.

    CALLOUS Which player in this tournament would you least want to play against and why?

    COWBOY DAN If you're asking who I think I'm most likely to lose to, it's hard to say, lots of good players in this tour. Fakes destroyed me in r1 of cup so there's a bit of pressure I think to not do as badly against him if we play again but I'm also looking forward to the match so I can hopefully redeem myself. All in all though I'm not too worried about getting knocked out, if it happens it happens, any match I win is gravy. What I actually don't look forward to is people who bitch and moan about the game.

    CALLOUS Any predictions for a favorite or two that you feel have a great chance to go deep in this tour?

    COWBOY DAN I honestly haven't been keeping up too much with the community recently so I don't know who's really been on a tear lately. This is Linear's tour so I would be surprised if he doesn't go pretty deep, Golden Sun has also been tearing it up on ladder recently too from what I've seen so I'm interested in watching him here. Honestly though this tour is anyone's game. There's very few player match ups I can see having clear predictions.

    CALLOUS Anything else you'd like to say before the tour begins?

    COWBOY DAN Just that I'm happy this is back! Look forward to playing and watching all the narrated games.
     
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    CALLOUS While you're certainly very accomplished in ADV, in recent years you've heavily played other tiers, such as BW, in major tournaments. However, recently, it appears you've regained an interest in ADV. What brings you back to the tier and to this tournament?

    RORO I'd say I started enjoying the tier some more around one year ago with the 4th ADV Cup. I was having a good run in it and I enjoyed building / playing in the tier, as well as assisting Ojama in the World Cup. Unfortunately my run was cut short but at least my love for the tier was rekindled. Fast forward a few months ago, I had some freetime and I felt like I wanted to spend some of it on playing Pokemon. I decided to start laddering in ADV OU, because it was my favorite tier at the moment and I had heard about the competitiveness of its ladder. Followed the Classic and its 5th ADV Cup as well as the World Cup, which were more opportunities for me to play ADV on the big stage. Currently, I'm having fun playing Pokemon in general and ADV in particular, which is why I didn't hesitate much to join this tournament :)

    CALLOUS You played in the first Callous Invitational and exited with an 0-2 match record. What's your plan this time around for a better result?

    RORO It's gonna sound like an excuse, but back then I wasn't rly in the best mood Pokemon-wise, which impacted heavily how I was viewing the tournament and how seriously I'd take my games. I know a true champ isnt affected by these things, but it just is the case for me, my drive and emotions often play in my results. Anyway, the situation isn't the same now, and hopefully it'll show in my results. However, I have to mention that even if I went 0-2, luck played a huge factor in that early elimination. I hope it won't be against me again should I play close games.

    CALLOUS Which player in this tournament would you least want to play against and why?

    RORO Soulwind because we faced each other enough recently :p I'm looking to play strong players so I wouldn't mind, if anything the opposite, being paired against the most rated players, even if it means a higher risk of losing. There are some players I'd like to avoid for different reasons that I don't wanna mention right now :p

    CALLOUS Any predictions for a favorite or two that you feel have a great chance to go deep in this tour?

    RORO There are two ADVers I respect a ton for their consistency and grasp of the metagame, and they are Astamatitos and Curve. I'd expect them to make a deep run. Dekzeh is one of my favorite player to date, but his playstyle/teams arent as consistent, not to mention his usual problems with "motivation"/scheduling. Finally, you can always rely on BKC to come up with tried & true teams which he knows the ins & outs of, which goes a long way in making a deep run, especially coupled with his general prowess.

    CALLOUS Anything else you'd like to say before the tour begins?

    RORO I'm really glad to see an old gen like ADV being so lively atm. The ladder and the community Discord are popping and this tournament is something amazing in every aspect of the tier's growth. Quality games between great players and specialists, as well as a great showcase of the gen for anyone havin interest in learning about it or getting into it.
     
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    CALLOUS- You chose to sit out of huge tournaments last year, including Callous Invitational 2 and SPL. What brings you back for this tour?

    ASTAMATITOS- I chose to sit out out of the major tournaments this year to minimize distractions and focus on writing my thesis. I'm equally busy these days as real-life commitments naturally increase but I've also missed competing again and being in the spotlight. The Callous Invitational brings together the elite of the ADV playerbase as well as the great all-around players that don't necessarily main the tier. This makes for interesting developments and it gets very exciting waiting to see what players have come up with in terms of new tech and strategies. This prospect was enticing enough for me to play again.

    CALLOUS- Which player in this tournament would you least want to play against and why?

    ASTAMATITOS- I would have to say UD and BKC. I talk with these guys on the daily basis discussing my games, ADV teams and life in general and as such they know what kind of lineups I'm into, the ways I like to play certain sequences, my recent techs etc. All in all, it makes for a lot of second-guessing and it's a headache I'd rather not having to deal with!

    CALLOUS- Somehow, despite being over a decade old, ADV keeps changing and evolving. For you, what are some things that stand out as different from when you last played the tier competitively?

    ASTAMATITOS- ADV's been amazing in that regard! The old mechanics are partially to blame: Initially, sub blocking spin in NetBattle made superman teams really viable with Flygon and VILtar being the team's premier spin blockers (haha). When the mechanic got debugged this brought forth the rise of Pursuit Tyranitar and the Forretress teams, a measure to deal with the rise of Gengar as a spinblocker. Come 2014 the restalk mechanics were also fixed which drastically reduced the effectiveness of restalk pokes and brought forth the rise of the spikes protox teams, exemplified by BKC's skarmag team for instance in 2016 and sets like protox rachi/pert/skarm. I think in recent times we've been seeing two trends being on the rise as a response. The refresh mons (Claydol, Milotic, Swampert) which counteract toxic and the Zapdos offense teams which ensure Spikes are never laid on the field early on.

    Myself, I've been following ADV closely despite not being at the centre of the scene and it doesn't seem drastically different to last year's. The metagame is still quite offense-based which should make for some amazing, high-octane, games.

    CALLOUS- Any predictions for a favorite or two that you feel have a great chance to go deep in this tour?

    ASTAMATITOS- Linear is bound to be making a good run given how talented he is. Mcmeghan has been practicing his ADV on the ladder and he's on fire at the moment coming off with an ADV Cup win. We had a two-month long 'king of the hill' kind of thing going on on ladder earlier this year which goes to show that he is staying in form. Undisputed didn't have a good showing in the last two Callous tours but he's a formidable opponent to face. He hasn't played last year in major tours either so I'm interested to see what he is up to. BKC is always a favorite to make deep runs and he is not the type of opponent you should be sleeping on. I'm also interested to see ABR's take on the tier, he's had some really nice showings in Classic playoffs this year.

    CALLOUS- Anything else you'd like to say before the tour begins?

    ASTAMATITOS- I wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of myself and the rest of the guys for returning to the scene and reinforcing what is an amazing old gen community. The ladder seems more active than ever, probably in anticipation of the event. I also wanted to say its been a blast being a part of the ADV Community and it makes up for having to deal with a lot of the toxicity that currently posseses the more generic smogon tour scene.
     
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