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competitive vs. casual

Discussion in 'Pokémon General' started by Prestiegefull, Nov 29, 2014.

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  1. Prestiegefull

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    With online communication in these games becoming easier and more common, the competitive side of Pokémon has grown more than ever since black and white. I enjoy watching competitive battling sometimes and I know a few things about it.

    But for me, i'm just a casual player. I've tried getting competitive before, making a competitive team takes time, all that special breeding just to get certain moves/stats/ivs. I had my team together, or so I thought what was a good team for it, went out to battle spot- and still got destroyed.

    So yeah, like I said, i am a casual player, and I plan to stick that way, for now at least. Ever since I was little and started, I've always thought of the game of Pokémon, leveling up and having a team as more of a sentimental thing, like feeling like a proud owner of a pet almost, even if they weren't perfect fighters for playing multiplayer, I still just liked using my favorite Pokémon and winning against npcs even, it was and still is enough for me, I also like to battle my friends and we just use what we want and have fun with it, none of that concentrated breeding stuff.

    So is anyone else a casual player like this?
     
  2. DIO

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    I only competitive online. I have none of the time, patience, or trade fodder to make a fully competitive team with full IVs and EVs and the best movepools in the games. I've always preferred to play through the games on my own at my pace with whatever "sucky" mons I happen to choose to use.
     
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  3. LostSpirit

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    I'm a casual player. I've always been about going with the flow of things, and never really worried about calculations.
    I think being casual is a lot more fun than doing things by a set of numbers.
     
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  4. Crest

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    I've always considered myself a casual player; I prefer playing just for sport and never participate in Pokémon tournaments or competitions, but sometimes spectate them just for entertainment or to learn a few things. Part of the reason is that I could never really be bothered with EV training/IV breeding, even if the introduction of Super Training in X/Y did make the process a lot less monotonous. I do, however, put time and effort into catching Pokémon with good Natures while playing through the game, so that I stand a chance in battles with my friends - who do train their Pokémon to the fullest - and against tougher NPCs later on.
     
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  5. Pixil

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    Yeah, I'm quite casual. Though I try to keep up with some competitive battling information and news just for the sake of staying in the loop a little, and I've made a hobby out of advanced breeding, in practice I'm really awful at competitive battling, it baffles me and doesn't appeal to me. I love watching battles though, especially by my YouTube subscriptions with commentary.

    But I'm more of a spectator. In-game too, I always use the Pokémon I personally like rather than the strongest ones. And while I do pay attention to natures and whatnot, I'll always settle for ones that aren't the best, as long as they're not crippling.

    It's just more fun for me that way I guess. ^_^
     
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  6. Prosecutor

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    I love competitive battling, but I love casual play even more. There is nothing better in Pokémon growing to love new Pokémon as you adventure through the region overcoming difficult trainers. Competitive just doesn't give you the same feeling as Casual gameplay does.
     
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  7. Smooshie

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    I'm a casual player. I have only recently thought about going competitive but I don't think I will get very far so I've decided to just stick to being casual and aim to enjoy the game and raise Pokémon that I like and enjoy using :3
     
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  8. HiddenLore

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    I too am a casual player, I don't have time for the training, breeding, and battling involved in competitive, I also have this issue of really liking low evolutions, or Pokémon with generally "unusable" stats and move pools. It builds love for the Pokémon too take weak Pokémon and beat the game with them.
     
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  9. Pixil

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    I totally agree! While of course sometimes we'll happen to like a Pokémon that also happens to be strong, there's just something so special about playing with a Pokémon you like and training it to be the very best it can be, ultimately beating the game with it, even if its stats aren't the best. It's much more magical and even satisfying than using a certain Pokémon you aren't attached to just because it's supposed to be strong. That's my opinion at least.
     
  10. Eirokaj

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    When it comes to fighting games, I've always embraced the competitive aspects of the genre itself, but oddly I just couldn't get that similar vibe with Pokémon.

    So yeah, I'm a casual player.
     
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  11. Sachi-Shimazu

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    I've always loved training my Pokémon as the Pokémon I love. I am mainly a casual player, and I don't go all the way to breeding the perfect Pokémon. However, I do like making my Pokémon very useful, but I still love them. I do play competitive Pokémon on Showdown, and even then I prefer to make interesting teams of Pokémon I like over the Pokémon that are completely OP. I love my Pokémon and even in my battles online i prefer to use my main teams.
     
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  12. Reckless

    Reckless Won't take the easy road

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    I'm mainly a casual player. I tried competitive before and found all my efforts to be wasted. Now, I simply don't have the time to send a good while on coming up with amazing battle strategies, especially with how complex the meta's become.
     
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  13. Wingmaster

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    Have you ever seen a particular trainer in ORAS? He talks about how truly strong trainers may sometimes have to sacrifice their favorite Pokémon over strong Pokémon to win, and I really think that's the main difference between competitive and casual. Though other factors such as calculating IVs and EVs come into play, that is the main factor in which people play. For me, all my favorite Pokémon were in the OU tier, so I was relatively lucky. For others, it's a hard choice.
     
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  14. Hraesvelgr

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    I'm a casual player, yes I breed and train competitive ready Pokémon but I'm not all that competitive I just like to battle. And I mean I really like to battle even if is something I'm not doing as often as I like. I also mean casual in the sense that I've never ever part taken in anything competitive until I joined LV and entered that one tournament, that's the closes I've ever gotten to being competitive really.
     
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  15. Cay

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    I'm definitely a casual player. I've tried to get into the competitive scene before, and it never really appealed to me before. I prefer raising my Pokémon (no matter the IVs) and battling with them. I like how you can train pretty much any Pokémon to be great that way (well, except Shedinja :(). However, I enjoy breeding, so I can breed Pokémon for people who like online battles.
     
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  16. keranie

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    I don't think I am that much of a competitive player too. I mean, the results sounds fun, but the process is taking up too much time. I don't have time for the training, breeding, and battling involved in competitive and all that jazz XD That being said, I do try to breed my favourite Pokémon once in a while just because it's my favourite Pokémon XD
     
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    As I always say, I have an open mind. I like battling, competitive is one of the most coomon ways for me to test my/yourself self against others. Defeat or be defeated, all is the same, all is another new experience. A little bit ago I started with Wifi Battles, but I still play online (Showdown).
     
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    I'm semi-competitive, you could say? I absolutely do not do competitive battles on WiFi or battling simulators like Showdown (all the Pokémon I like are hardly considered "usable") but do breed for 5-6IVs and perfect natures post-game. My post-game party will always consist of 'mons I IV bred and EV trained. n~n; Ever since learning more about natures and IVs I just can't stop myself from caring.. definitely is a lot more fun when those things don't bother you lool. But at the same time breeding/IVs and EV training give me so much more to do postgame.
     
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    I must say I like to breed Pokémon with perfect IV and Egg Moves, but I don't do it when I'm just beating the main story of the game, so I'm half casual player, half competitive.

    Even my competitive half is a mediocre one because I loose frequently in free batles, and in rating battles I'm too scared of continue to play because I'll have too many loses in my historial :/

    So most of the time I just enjoy the game playing with the Pokémon I like, nothing like good old AI that is predictable and is not mean with your little team.
     
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  20. Achromatic

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    It's a bit of both for me, really. I love playing both ways so that I can experience everything that Pokémon has to offer. Competitive is super fun but I am very casual, too.
     
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