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Old 09-25-2016, 09:37 PM   #3826
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Well he did die today.
I should have added, "I'm not sure if I should be distraught or disappointed."
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:23 AM   #3827
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Jose Fernandez's ownership in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball dropped from 99% to 89% in one day.
Pretty good "I'm going to Hell for this" comment.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:18 AM   #3828
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Why is the Dodge symbol a demon?

This is what America has come to.

Next thing you know we'll be outsourcing jobs to Hell itself.

Dodge vehicles will start carrying labels that sound like a battle from Vietnam:

"Made in Hell with American parts".
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:31 AM   #3829
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Team Rocket is actually the worst written of the Pokemon mafias, although GameFreak gets a bit of leeway since they're not super great on story anyway, and TR was largely the experimental mafia group.

"Pokemon for Profit" is one of the worst, intangible rationale for pursuing evil. If anything, it's just a shallow, low-hanging fruit of a reason. How can you profit off Pokemon? It isn't clear at all from TR's actions in-story:

1. The run a gaming casino (NO POKEMON NEEDED)
2. They hold up Silph Co. to steal the Masterball (NO POKEMON NEEDED)
3. They're after rare Pokemon (TECHNICALLY NO POKEMON NEEDED).

You don't need Pokemon to rig a casino. You don't need Pokemon to raid a corporate headquarters - use guns!

But I was thinking. You know I do a lot of this. I saw Pokemon Generations Episode 3 and then I read hentai after that. I know exactly how Team Rocket could use "Pokemon for Profit".

Set up a Pokemon Brothel.

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I mean it makes total sense. EXHentai has taught me that there's a lot of crazies out there. Heck I would totally nail Gardevoir.

So, you are Team Rocket. You sell time with your Pokemon, and make profit from it. Pokemon being captured by trainers are obligated to follow their trainer's will, so now there is an incentive to steal/assume ownership of the Pokemons. There's an incentive to capture rare Pokemon now because the customers want exotic, especially the ones who can transform like Mew, Ditto. There's also an incentive to catch new Pokemon (virgins).

If the Pokemon get pregnant, don't abort! Sell the eggs to Pokemon Breeders or to the local PokeMart. PokeMarts love fresh eggs!

Originally I was going to say that "only humanoid female Pokemon" and the transformers, who could become actual human females, but I know there are furries out there who want a piece of Vulpix. So everything goes. Even Onix.

I'd have the building in Saffron City and call it Rocket 5 (Go).
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:13 PM   #3830
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Somebody took Harambe memes and decided to try their hand at re-writing Eminem's "Lose Yourself".
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Old 09-28-2016, 11:46 PM   #3831
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The Game Corner gives away rare Pokemon as prizes.

So you're earning stolen goods every time you play there ;)
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:50 AM   #3832
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If that were true, the prize Pokemon would have an OT, but the Player's name becomes their first trainer.
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Old 10-02-2016, 03:35 PM   #3833
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That's just the whitewashing at work.
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:37 PM   #3834
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I'm dying!

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Old 10-04-2016, 02:03 PM   #3835
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:24 PM   #3836
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:32 AM   #3837
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There are very few people on this earth who I actually hate.

I absolutely undoubtedly hate Verlisify with a burning passion.
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:39 AM   #3838
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Whoa I thought it was just Smogon folk that didn't like him. I'm with you guys.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:19 AM   #3839
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Whoa I thought it was just Smogon folk that didn't like him. I'm with you guys.
From what I have observed over the past few years, he is very unpopular within the VGC community as well. I have only learned about him second-hand from forum posts, YouTube comments, and the like, so take what I'm about to say with a modicum of salt. I have never watched a single one of his videos. (His reputation preceded him in my case, and I don't like helping scumbags make money so that means no YouTube views from me.) I have, however, watched response videos made by others to him, notably several by Wolfe Glick and at least one by Aaron Zheng. These videos often include video and audio snippets from Verlis's own videos, which gives me a better understanding for the sorts of videos he puts out.

Verlis's two biggest offenses relevant to VGC are:
  1. boasting proficiency that his record simply doesn't corroborate
  2. badmouthing Wolfe Glick, already adored within the community (he's a male Daisy), who then went on several months later to win Worlds
Sometimes Verlis makes a good point. For example, that cheating is rampant in the VGC community and that Game Freak needs to do something about it. But it's the way he goes about his arguments that turns people off. He's a drama queen. He blows things way out of proportion. When he was railing against Wolfe for using a possibly genned Raichu, it was like he was goddamn Javert, Wolfe's Raichu the loaf of bread. When he appoints himself the police chief of the community and goes on the prowl for criminals, he's all about "AHA! GOTCHA!" moments, never about mature discussion and reconciliation. He always has to be right. He can never admit when he's wrong.

My personal biggest beef with Verlisify is how much bad advice he dishes out on his channel. Normally this wouldn't matter -- "free market", yeah yeah, "the wheat will be sorted from the chaff in due time." But the problem is that Verlis has amassed a cult following amongst what I like to think of as "baby Heathers", people who generally:
  • are between the ages of 4 and 14
  • love Pokémon
  • want to get good at competitive Pokémon in the video games
  • haven't had much luck; keep getting curbstomped by their seniors in the community
  • are tantalized by the idea that one of their favorites, a Pokémon that the the competitive community shouts to them as being hopelessly bad, might actually be a "diamond in the rough" that with the right tools can become a fearsome OU destroyer
It's that last one that's key to Verlis's empire of misinformation, although all of the bullet points really are requisite to get a good idea of who the typical Verlisify subscriber is. As I understand it -- as I have unfortunately witnessed on occasion when YouTube offers video suggestions for my viewing pleasure -- Verlis often takes:
  1. a crappy Pokémon but gives it a gimmick set that he swears up and down allows it to wreck face in VGC or OU
  2. a good Pokémon but gives it an unorthodox set that he swears up and down allows it to wreck face in VGC or OU
It's that unorthodoxy, that "going against the grain," that endears him so much to his followers. And it's not hard to understand why. I think I speak for most of us when I say, we all wish that Pokémon allowed for a little more diversity, a little less orthodoxy in play. It doesn't, that's the nature of the beast, of its design, but most of us'd like it to be true. The problem is, Verlis is a false prophet. He promises gold and offers pyrite. Out of a thousand battles, 999 lost and only 1 spectacularly won, he uploads the one and acts like it's the case players will encounter most of the time. He's horridly dishonest, as dishonest to his followers as he is with his critics.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:42 AM   #3840
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Unpopular is an understatement. In the VGC Showdown chat, his very name is a banned phrase.

He's been throwing shit at the VGC community for years now. I've not the time to go into great detail but yeah.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:57 AM   #3841
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Yeah, he's sort of a meme for all his incredible sets that he recommends. The go-to one tends to be Assault Vest Blissey.

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Like come on man.
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Old 10-05-2016, 12:01 PM   #3842
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He's been throwing shit at the VGC community for years now. I've not the time to go into great detail but yeah.
I kept the list short. The way I see it, his two biggest offenses to the community are the proclaimed proficiency and the personal attacks. (I noted the Wolfe one specifically because Wolfe's the highest profile active VGCer who I've seen attacked. Ray Rizzo is de facto retired from all I have seen. And anyone else that comes to mind is not as "What? "-ridiculous a target to go after as the World champion Daisy of the community.) I haven't been following VGC at a community level for much more than 2˝ years, but as far back as the Smogon ban of Mega Lucario (roughly the same time period) I can recall Verlisify being a thorn in the community's side, so I don't doubt that his toxic relationship with the VGC community could go farther back than I realize.

To be perfectly fair to the guy, you could say that I am not being fair to write the post that I wrote when I haven't even watched his videos. (Though I have witnessed some of his tweets and portions of his videos in other YouTubers' videos.) There's something to be said for hearing both sides of a story, giving someone the benefit of the doubt, etc. But from what I've passively soaked up over the past 2˝ years, my impression of the situation is that the VGC community has given this guy numerous second chances and he's spat in their face every time. What I've seen of his tweets hardly endears me to him either.

I think he will go away in due time. It's becoming easier than ever for players to become "PokéTubers." While that same ease of entry is what permitted him access to the stage in the first place, it'll also be what's responsible for his departure. As more and more world-caliber players take to YouTube to share their advice and war stories, children will have less and less reason to watch Verlisify. I already see it happening: while I haven't watched his channel in months, Aaron Zheng's channel in the months leading up to Worlds 2016 was constantly filled with comments from ex-Verlisify subscribers. Time and again, these kids would explain how they used to subscribe to Verlis, came to realize that he was a bad person who also provides poor advice, discovered Aaron's channel by way of indirect connection, and subscribed to Aaron because holy shit a world-class player who not only gives good advice but routinely puts that advice on display for all to witness. The situation is greatly helped by the fact that, of all the people Verlis could have possibly gone after, he had to go after the one person who went on to become that year's world champion. Way to go.
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:48 PM   #3843
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My beef with him was how he basically saw how lots of people didn't like Smogon, so he used starting shit with Smogon and basically screaming out against the site in order to get popular. I don't have a source and don't remember where he said it, but unless my memory is horribly wrong, he at some point said that he would rather be a Minecraft Youtuber, and the only reason he started as a Pokemon one and continued with it was because it was easy. The other thing that makes me hate him is how he claims to be gods gift to competitive Pokemon, yet he's absolutely abysmal at it, and his sets show it. If he just made videos about neat, fun sets, I wouldn't have a problem. But instead, he swears by their legitimacy and basically says that if you aren't using his shit, then you're doing it wrong. His whole war on "cheaters" in VGC is only icing on the cake.

Edit: Oh, and he's also one of the most prolific and obvious users of clickbait on Youtube.
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I love the videos where he claims to have found "new" strategies that have existed for a long time prior
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:51 PM   #3846
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I feel like Donald Trump Jr. retweeting Pepe the Frog.

i was just laughing at a random Pokemon youtube video narrated by a cartoon character, guys
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Sorry to post two weird videos in one day but what the fuuuuuuuuck is this?

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Old 10-10-2016, 08:58 PM   #3848
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Sorry to post two weird videos in one day but what the fuuuuuuuuck is this?

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Not really going to Hell for this, but Samsung is permanently discontinuing the Note 7
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