Date: 7/15/2006

Background information: I discovered the German circuit by stumbling upon the official Netbattle server of Pokemonexperte in June of 2006.  While I found most of the Germans friendly in spite of the language barrier, a couple did not welcome me with open arms, namely peter pan, who was one of Smogon's overall best players at the time.  He was especially proficient at GSC and RBY, so he wanted to beat me as his way of proving how much better Smogon players were.  I was up for the challenge, however, and ignored his taunts.  It was no coincidence that the first RBY tournament in Pokemonexperte's history was started shortly after I registered an account there.  At this point, Pokemonexperte was the largest competitive Pokemon organization in the world with over 10,000 members and a tournament scene that easily dwarfed Smogon's.  There were monthly tours in various tiers, a hall of fame, and an annual tournament of champions called the Meisterschaft in which only the highest ranked players of the aforementioned hall of fame could sign up for.  Players earned points in the hall of fame by placing high in tournaments; the higher you placed, the more points you got.

Pokemonexperte's first RBY tour featured most of the site's heavy hitters at the time: me, peter pan, Watermaster, Raffael, Robo, Cerberus, maybe even Picollo.  I made it into the finals without dropping a single game, taking down established stars Robo and Cerberus along the way.  Peter pan also made it into the finals, which added some pressure.  I didn't just want to win this tour to prove I was one of the best players in the game--no, I had to stick it to peter pan more than anything.  It wouldn't be easy, however: he bested me in the first game of the best-of-three set, which was also my first loss in the tour.  I won the second game to stay alive and force an exciting third encounter.

My team: Alakazam/Snorlax/Chansey/Tauros/Exeggutor/Golem

Peter pan's team: Jynx/Golem/Chansey/Tauros/Exeggutor/Starmie

Rule: Sleep Clause
Rule: Freeze Clause
Rule: Self-KO Clause
Rule: Apply PP Ups
Rule: Battle Timeout
Rule: Unrated
peter_pan[RBY] vs GewinnerRBY.  Begin!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Jynx (Lv.100 Jynx)!
GewinnerRBY sent out Alakazam (Lv.100 Alakazam)!
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peter_pan[RBY]: gl
Matzombaman: gl

Begin Turn #1
Alakazam used Thunder Wave!
Jynx is paralyzed! It may be unable to move!
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GewinnerRBY: gl
Jynx used Lovely Kiss!
Jynx's attack missed!
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End of turn #1
peter_pan[RBY]'s Jynx: 100% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Alakazam: 313 HP

Begin Turn #2
Alakazam used Psychic!
(19% damage)
It's not very effective...
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Jynx is paralyzed! It can't move!
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End of turn #2
peter_pan[RBY]'s Jynx: 81% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Alakazam: 313 HP

Begin Turn #3
Alakazam used Psychic!
(43% damage)
A critical hit!
It's not very effective...
Jynx's Special fell!
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Jynx is paralyzed! It can't move!
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End of turn #3
peter_pan[RBY]'s Jynx: 38% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Alakazam: 313 HP

Begin Turn #4
Alakazam used Psychic!
(29% damage)
It's not very effective...
Jynx's Special fell!
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Jynx used Lovely Kiss!
Alakazam fell asleep!
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I was known for running my famous Jynx team at this time, so it was interesting to see that I ended up going with something different.  Alakazam nearly pulled off the hax kill, but Jynx got the job done at the last second.


End of turn #4
peter_pan[RBY]'s Jynx: 9% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Alakazam: 313 HP (Slp)
GewinnerRBY: ;/
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Begin Turn #5
GewinnerRBY withdrew Alakazam!
GewinnerRBY sent out Chansey (Lv.100 Chansey)!
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Jynx used Blizzard!
(66 damage)
Chansey was frozen solid!
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After nearly dying and accomplishing nothing, peter pan's Jynx pulled off the dreaded sleep + freeze, which put me in a huge hole. 


End of turn #5
peter_pan[RBY]'s Jynx: 9% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Chansey: 637 HP (Frz)
peter_pan[RBY]: yey
GewinnerRBY: gg
Ronaldinho2: yeh lol

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Begin Turn #6
GewinnerRBY withdrew Chansey!
GewinnerRBY sent out Snorlax (Lv.100 Snorlax)!
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Jynx is paralyzed! It can't move!
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End of turn #6
peter_pan[RBY]'s Jynx: 9% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 523 HP

Begin Turn #7
peter_pan[RBY] withdrew Jynx!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Geowaz (Lv.100 Golem)!
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Snorlax used Body Slam!
(22% damage)
A critical hit!
It's not very effective...
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End of turn #7
peter_pan[RBY]'s Geowaz: 78% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 523 HP
GewinnerRBY: YES CH
GewinnerRBY: YEEEESSSSSSS

 

I definitely had a tendency to be obnoxious in my younger years.  These days I'm stoic in battle for the most part.

Begin Turn #8
GewinnerRBY withdrew Snorlax!
GewinnerRBY sent out Exeggutor (Lv.100 Exeggutor)!
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Geowaz used Earthquake!
(73 damage)
It's not very effective...
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End of turn #8
peter_pan[RBY]'s Geowaz: 78% HP
GewinnerRBY's Exeggutor: 320 HP

Begin Turn #9
Exeggutor used Sleep Powder!
Geowaz fell asleep!
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Geowaz is fast asleep.
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This was a risky play, as Golem could have exploded.  I could have switched to my frozen Chansey to keep things safe, but that would have allowed him to switch out and go to something like Starmie.


End of turn #9
peter_pan[RBY]'s Geowaz: 78% HP (Slp)
GewinnerRBY's Exeggutor: 320 HP

Begin Turn #10
peter_pan[RBY] withdrew Geowaz!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Exeggutor (Lv.100 Exeggutor)!
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Exeggutor used Stun Spore!
Exeggutor is paralyzed! It may be unable to move!
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End of turn #10
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 100% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Exeggutor: 320 HP

Begin Turn #11
GewinnerRBY withdrew Exeggutor!
GewinnerRBY sent out Golem (Lv.100 Golem)!
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Exeggutor used Mega Drain!
(328 damage)
It's super effective!
Golem had its energy drained!
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Great play by peter pan here.  I utilized double powder Exeggutor well only to have my momentum halted immediately after by the Mega Drain.


End of turn #11
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 100% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Golem: 35 HP

Begin Turn #12
peter_pan[RBY] withdrew Exeggutor!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Jynx (Lv.100 Jynx)!
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Golem used Earthquake!
(9% damage)
Jynx fainted!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Starmie (Lv.100 Starmie)!
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Great play of my own here.  First blood (technically--my team is already banged up, though)

 

Score: 6-5 GGFan


End of turn #12
peter_pan[RBY]'s Starmie: 100% HP
GewinnerRBY's Golem: 35 HP

Begin Turn #13
Starmie used Surf!
(35 damage)
It's super effective!
Golem fainted!
GewinnerRBY sent out Snorlax (Lv.100 Snorlax)!
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I wasted my great play by letting Golem go right after.  In retrospect I should have sacrificed my frozen Chansey, then send out Snorlax.  Well, if anything it forced him to send out Starmie instead of me not knowing what would come next, so I guess that helped.

An interesting thing to note here is that peter pan's Starmie had Surf, a move that is almost never seen today and was not terribly common even back in the mid 2000s.

Score: 5-5


End of turn #13
peter_pan[RBY]'s Starmie: 100% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 523 HP

Begin Turn #14
Starmie used Surf!
(155 damage)
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Snorlax used Body Slam!
(72% damage)
A critical hit!
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End of turn #14
peter_pan[RBY]'s Starmie: 28% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 368 HP

Begin Turn #15
Starmie used Recover!
Starmie regained health!
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Snorlax used Body Slam!
(38% damage)
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End of turn #15
peter_pan[RBY]'s Starmie: 39% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 368 HP

Begin Turn #16
peter_pan[RBY] withdrew Starmie!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Exeggutor (Lv.100 Exeggutor)!
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Snorlax used Body Slam!
(31% damage)
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End of turn #16
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 69% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 368 HP

Begin Turn #17
GewinnerRBY withdrew Snorlax!
GewinnerRBY sent out Alakazam (Lv.100 Alakazam)!
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Exeggutor used Psychic!
(47 damage)
It's not very effective...
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End of turn #17
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 69% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Alakazam: 266 HP (Slp)

Begin Turn #18
peter_pan[RBY] withdrew Exeggutor!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Tauros (Lv.100 Tauros)!
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Alakazam is fast asleep.
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End of turn #18
peter_pan[RBY]'s Tauros: 100% HP
GewinnerRBY's Alakazam: 266 HP (Slp)

Begin Turn #19
Alakazam is fast asleep.
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Tauros used Body Slam!
(266 damage)
A critical hit!
Alakazam fainted!
GewinnerRBY: Ugh
GewinnerRBY sent out Exeggutor (Lv.100 Exeggutor)!
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Hyper Beam would have killed, but I guess peter pan wanted to play it safe.  The lucky crit Body Slam on Starmie made him feel uneasy, which ultimately led to this.  Maybe it would have been wiser to keep Snorlax out and attack Exeggutor instead of switching it out, and I also could have gone to my own Exeggutor, though it was also my own means of reliably paralyzing his Starmie (I assumed it had Surf/Thunder Wave/Thunderbolt/Recover).

Score: 5-4 peter pan

 

Score:
End of turn #19
peter_pan[RBY]'s Tauros: 100% HP
GewinnerRBY's Exeggutor: 320 HP

Begin Turn #20
Tauros used Blizzard!
(236 damage)
A critical hit!
It's super effective!
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Exeggutor used Psychic!
(46% damage)
Tauros's Special fell!
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End of turn #20
peter_pan[RBY]'s Tauros: 54% HP
GewinnerRBY's Exeggutor: 84 HP

Begin Turn #21
Tauros used Body Slam!
(84 damage)
Exeggutor fainted!
GewinnerRBY sent out Snorlax (Lv.100 Snorlax)!
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This was an unfortunate turn.  If not for the crit, I could have landed another Psychic, or forced him to switch out.  In hindsight, maybe Stun Spore would have been the better play, or Explosion to make for an easy revenge kill.

Score: 5-3 peter pan


End of turn #21
peter_pan[RBY]'s Tauros: 54% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 368 HP

Begin Turn #22
Tauros used Body Slam!
(137 damage)
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Snorlax used Body Slam!
(29% damage)
Tauros is paralyzed! It may be unable to move!
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End of turn #22
peter_pan[RBY]'s Tauros: 25% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 231 HP

Begin Turn #23
Snorlax used Body Slam!
(25% damage)
Tauros fainted!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Starmie (Lv.100 Starmie)!
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Welcome to RBYtiquity, the magical land where Normal types can paralyze each other with Body Slam.  I got the much-needed break to stay alive.

 

Score: 4-3 peter pan


End of turn #23
peter_pan[RBY]'s Starmie: 39% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 231 HP

Begin Turn #24
Starmie used Recover!
Starmie regained health!
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Snorlax used Body Slam!
(38% damage)
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End of turn #24
peter_pan[RBY]'s Starmie: 51% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 231 HP

Begin Turn #25
Starmie used Surf!
(143 damage)
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Snorlax used Hyper Beam!
(51% damage)
A critical hit!
Starmie fainted!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Chansey (Lv.100 Chansey)!
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This was yet another risky play, but I must have felt I had a decent read on his tendencies by this point and went for it.  If he used Recover and the Hyper Beam didn't crit, I would have been in big trouble here.

 

Score: 3-3


End of turn #25
peter_pan[RBY]'s Chansey: 100% HP
GewinnerRBY's Snorlax: 88 HP

Begin Turn #26
peter_pan[RBY] withdrew Chansey!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Geowaz (Lv.100 Golem)!
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Snorlax used Selfdestruct!
(37% damage)
It's not very effective...
Snorlax fainted!
GewinnerRBY sent out Tauros (Lv.100 Tauros)!
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I'd say this was a misplay on peter pan's part.  Ice Beam/Thunderbolt was guaranteed to kill at this range (minimum damage is 88); he should have just attacked.  Instead I got to ensure Golem had no chance of waking up, which is better than nothing, I guess.

 

Score: 3-2 peter pan


End of turn #26
peter_pan[RBY]'s Geowaz: 41% HP (Slp)
GewinnerRBY's Tauros: 353 HP

Begin Turn #27
Tauros used Blizzard!
(40% damage)
It's super effective!
Geowaz fainted!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Exeggutor (Lv.100 Exeggutor)!
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It was all up to Tauros now.  I had nothing left besides the angry bull and the frozen egg.

 

Score: 2-2


End of turn #27
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 69% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Tauros: 353 HP

Begin Turn #28
GewinnerRBY withdrew Tauros!
GewinnerRBY sent out Chansey (Lv.100 Chansey)!
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Exeggutor used Sleep Powder!
But it failed!
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End of turn #28
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 69% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Chansey: 637 HP (Frz)

Begin Turn #29
Chansey is frozen solid!
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Exeggutor used Psychic!
(123 damage)
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End of turn #29
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 69% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Chansey: 514 HP (Frz)

Begin Turn #30
GewinnerRBY withdrew Chansey!
GewinnerRBY sent out Tauros (Lv.100 Tauros)!
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Exeggutor used Psychic!
(150 damage)
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This was an incredibly stupid play on my part.  I did the right thing by fishing for Explosion, but should have kept Chansey in. 


End of turn #30
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 69% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Tauros: 203 HP

Begin Turn #31
Tauros used Body Slam!
(53% damage)
A critical hit!
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Exeggutor is paralyzed! It can't move!
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End of turn #31
peter_pan[RBY]'s Exeggutor: 16% HP (Par)
GewinnerRBY's Tauros: 203 HP
GewinnerRBY: YES

Begin Turn #32
Tauros used Body Slam!
(16% damage)
Exeggutor fainted!
peter_pan[RBY] sent out Chansey (Lv.100 Chansey)!
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If Exeggutor didn't get fully paralyzed, I would have been killed off by Explosion.  I got the restitution I needed after getting frozen.

 

Score: 2-1 GGFan


End of turn #32
peter_pan[RBY]'s Chansey: 100% HP
GewinnerRBY's Tauros: 203 HP
GewinnerRBY: Good god I needed that more than anything

Begin Turn #33
Tauros used Body Slam!
(37% damage)
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Chansey used Thunderbolt!
(198 damage)
A critical hit!
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End of turn #33
peter_pan[RBY]'s Chansey: 63% HP
GewinnerRBY's Tauros: 5 HP

Begin Turn #34
Tauros used Hyper Beam!
(63% damage)
Chansey fainted!

End Battle!  GewinnerRBY wins!
Score: 0 to 2
GewinnerRBY: gg
peter_pan[RBY]: gg

NetBattle v0.9.6
Log saved 7/15/2006 at 6:16:29 AM

Instead of paralyzing me, Chansey attacked, which leads me to believe it didn't have Thunder Wave.  Thankfully, Hyper Beam didn't miss and I won the tense 3rd game with nothing left but a 5 HP Tauros and frozen Chansey to win the tournament.

Aftermath: I won the whole tournament, dropping just one game and beating three of the organization's best players back to back to back (Robo, Cerberus, and peter pan).  I also earned peter pan's respect, and we ended up becoming friends as a result.  In fact, we joined a multi-gen team tournament (RBY, GSC, ADV) a few months later and won the whole thing.  Peter pan was the captain, but let me name the team, which I called "Sudden Impact." I went undefeated as the RBY player in that event, most notably defeating a young jira in the finals, who would go on to become one of the all-time greats of the German circuit.

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