15th October 2010, 11:24 AM
The In-Game Team Rate Archive
So, this is where all the teams or threads go which have helped shape this section. Enjoy. /filler introduction
Anyone can nominate a thread to enter the IGTR Archive; however, whether or not your thread enters it is the decision of a small approval committee, comprised of experienced raters (currently myself, GrumpySnorlax and Eon Master).
Format: Well, I can read English well enough, so the requirements here are fairly loose. As long as you post a link to the thread and an explanation, it's fine.
Troll threads and flame wars etc are perfectly eligible for nomination, and some of them can be quite funny. However, please try not to abuse this privilige.
All Serebii rules apply.
Feel free to discuss any of the threads in the archive here; you can still post here even if you don't nominate, but DON'T use this as a PC+1 excuse. Spamming is regarded as it would be anywhere else.
Consistent rulebreakers and trolls will be added to the ban list. If you are on the ban list you may not post here until the approval committee deems it fit.
Spoiler:- Ban list:
Battle Tower Teams
27/7/09: The original Magnum Opus, by Vaporeon4evr. Highest streak: c. 203
This team is notable for introducing the TrickScarf strategy to Serebii: resultantly, it kicked off the Battle Tower craze and changed the accepted BT style forever. It initially achieved a streak of 126, later 165, which was almost unheard of back then, and turned V4E into a BT legend.
16/10/09: Conquering the Frozen Tower, by Eon Master. Highest streak: 199
After I myself noticed the potential of Mind Reader + Sheer Cold on a Trick Scarf team, it was inevitable that someone would try it out - Eon Master - and the result was a lot more surprising than everyone thought: a phenomenal streak of 198, later followed by one of 199. This team well and truly breaks the mould for TrickScarf teams, and it cemented Eon Master's place in the highest league, as well as Articuno's place in the 'Top' tier of Project New World (if anyone still remembers that). As Eon Master himself sees it, this is the start of his long rivalry with Vaporeon4evr.
4/11/09: Fist of Steel, by Vaporeon4evr.
This team by V4E introduced the "pseudo-invincible" strategy to Serebii, a strategy which could produce amazing results in tandem with Trick Scarf.
23/12/09: Shocking, isn't it? by ungulateman. Highest streak: c. 85.
Shocking, isn't it? was a non-standard BT team, best noted for its use of Rotom as a TrickScarf lead, and more importantly for being the first team ever to utilise the CM/ID Lucario, which has been utilised many times on subsequent occasions. The most well known of these occasions is when Eon used CM/ID to achieve his 237 win streak.
17/6/10: "Is he for real?" You say, by GrumpySnorlax (Shuckle).
This is nothing more than a fun gimmick for the BT at first glance; however, it began GS's long lived affiliation with Shuckle. This partnership ultimately produced some excellent streaks, and this is the team that started it all.
10/10/10: Team Rock Solid: A Recap, by GrumpySnorlax (Shuckle). Highest Streak: 519.
This is the pinnacle of GS's achievements with Shuckle, and is most memorable for the fact that it accomplished an exceptional streak while also being far from bog standard: the only commonly used pokemon on it is Latias. Alongside Eon's "Frozen Tower", this team demonstrates how originality is often the key to success.
4/3/10: Battle Tower team at 105 wins and still going, by Blue Harvest. Highest Streak: 199
We rarely get to see any teams for double battles, especially ones that are done well. While Blue Harvest was rarely seen in IGRMT, her team was solid and well-received by the raters. The team had great success, and is among the most successful BT teams IGRMT4 has seen.
13/12/11: I Blame Joe [As Requested By Shuckle], by Eon Master. Highest streak: 500
Eon's final BT team was only the 2nd team in SppF history to break the 500 battle benchmark. Consisting of a defensive core of Uxie and Heatran, this team was creative and had an interesting strategy. The team still has not lost however, so Eon may someday reclaim his title as BT Champion.
In Game Teams
17/10/09: Bye + Last Team, by Chaotic Tyrant.
The colossal significance of this thread is that it is one of the two which marked the beginning of IGRMT's downfall; extensive noob activity had prompted V4E's departure (although he later returned), and with the section's other resident rater leaving, IGRMT was at a loss. But things only got worse: Ungulateman posted his 'last team' shortly after, and it wasn't long before the act of leaving IGRMT to rot in the dust became the cool new thing. Chaotic Tyrant's brmt was the first, and can be easily attributed to starting this trend.
19/10/09: Wild Ungulateman fled! by... you guessed it... ungulateman.
The de facto sister of "Bye + Last Team", this thread was the other to induce this section's demise, and can also be remembered as one of the most intense flame wars in its history.
21/10/09: Peze out n00bs (and good raters), by Ampy.
Another team from the "let's all leave IGRMT!" period. Ampy returned less than a week later.
1/11/09: Sample Team (To learn the game mechanics), by Ampy.
By the time this team was made, Dan the poke man was causing immense frustration to the remaining raters, and other noobs and trolls were also beginning to emerge in the wake of IGRMT's destruction. In an attempt to remedy this, Ampy created the first "sample team", a team with deliberate mistakes to try and educate those less experienced, as well as giving them a sanctuary where they would be not flamed without hesitation. This idea was enormously well received, and was considered to be the first step towards helping IGRMT restore itself to its former glory.
6/11/09: All n00bs welcome (New Sample Team), by Eon Master.
This was the second and last sample team. One of the most controversial teams ever, it started a long debate about how and when to flame noobs. What was truly amazing about this debate was that veteran raters RayRay and CT returned briefly to participate in it. Ultimately, their opinions were enough to upturn the existing philosophy, which went along the lines of "flame anyone who is wrong". This team effectively marked the end of IGRMT's period of instability, and it was not long before the section got back on its feet.
8/6/10: One For The Raters, by TheBlueRabbit.
"I think this is one of the best teams I've seen in this section. The biggest reason being, it's giving recognition to those who deserve it." - Ampy.
CRMT and Semi-CRMT
5/11/09: And now for something completely different..., by AlCario.
One of the earliest semi-CRMT's, "And now for something completely different" was one of the best of that time and helped to build their popularity. It was also the first team to utilise a baiting strategy and still be viable in-game. While not my best overall, it remained my most successful OU team that I ever posted as an RMT.
1/12/09: New Semi-CRMT. It doesn't completely suck... by Eon Master.
This team is probably most memorable for being the first competitive-music team. At the time when it was made, Semi-CRMTs were not widely recognised, although they were beginning to build popularity. This team's quality, combined with the fact that it stayed alive for about a week, did much to promote the concept.
12/12/09: (NU)ked, by Ampy.
This is certainly one of the best threads from early in the semi-CRMT era, and may even be Ampy's most successful team to date.
21/1/10: Caught in Your Failures, by Eon Master.
This was one of Eon Master's most important UU teams, and was easily his best at the time. It was modelled around the fledgling TrapPass strategy, which essentially involved trapping a foe and then setting up. The discussion that followed the team was just as impressive as the team itself; it featured one of the classic Al-Eon debates, as well as three trolls. Without a doubt this one of the most memorable Semi-CRMT threads ever.
16/4/10: Tricky Stuff, by AlCario.
This team was created during a brief gimmick craze. I was frustrated that the commonly accepted idea of gimmick teams was that they were poor, impractical, and doomed to fail in every case: you can imagine what it was like when people were designing teams with deliberate flaws that they would not remove. In order to show the junior raters what a gimmick really was, I created "Tricky Stuff". I made it as gimmicky as I could without crossing the line, and at that I was successful.
18/4/10: My new Semi-Competitive RMT, by Bossk.
This was Bossk's best team, without a doubt. It featured an comprehensive team build, with the inital template being his "Ultimate Party" from his noob days. The final product was competitively viable, and included several non-standard sets.
4/5/10: The SoUUnd of Music, by Eon Master.
This was Eon's best team of all. It was very controversial, especially in regard to a MixSaur set which he used. The team brought Eon Master very close to the UU leaderboard, and he considers it to be one of his personal favourites for its use of non-standard sets.
16/8/10: A Collaboration, by GrumpySnorlax and TheBlueRabbit.
This team was made at a time when Semi-CRMT was beginning to fall out fashion, as many of the active raters were either retired from competitive or had never entered the metagame. As result, this team perhaps did not receive the quality of rates it deserved. However, it remains a staple from that period, and GS considers it to be his best competitive effort to date.
26/10/10: The IGRMT legends, by AlCario.
Like the counterpart of TBR's "One For The Raters", this team gave recognition to those who didn't deserve it.
Troll threads and SERIOUS TEAMS
13/8/09: Epic Team Full of Win, by Vaporeon4evr.
The title says it all, really. This is, without a doubt, one of the most SERIOUS TEAMs of our time. It even features the insight of everyone's favourite IGRMT personality - Lucario0708. Enjoy!
28/10/09: Mommy, i'm scared (Halloween team), by Lucario0708.
Lucario0708, affectionally known by his nickname Lucario[insert numbers here], is best known for this team, which featured the notorious Shedinja@Life Orb set. It was either a terrible failure of a joke team or one of the most successful troll threads ever made, as many people ended up rating it seriously.
11/12/09: BF tricks and tips, by Terry. T.
This was, without a doubt, the masterpiece of IGRMT legend Terry. T. With V4E's BT guide already up and running, Terry carefully covered the information which he had forgotten in a guide of his own, but this guide was never stickied for some reason. As ungulateman himself puts it:
Originally Posted by ungulateman
23/2/10: Team Lolwut? by TheBlueRabbit.
While not really a troll thread, this team was hilarious, and it can easily be seen as one of TBR's best. From a time when teams were slow and unoriginal, Team Lolwut would not have needed much to stand out from the crowd, but it went beyond that, and even by today's standards it is considered to be brilliantly refreshing. This is PC+1 in its purest form - read it for yourself.
10/4/10: Team name epiK Win, by Bossk.
No one can ever tire of Bossk's brand of humour, if only because no-one else can pull it off. This team was an instant classic, and is one of the best we have ever had.
21/9/10: Were r all teh nubz? by AlCario.
Possibly the best example from an extensive SERIOUS TEAM building spree I went on. This thread stayed open for less than a day, but was still able to generate 13 replies, and its sequel actually caused ShinyTrainer to create a completely new rule for the IGRMT section - the first and only time this has ever happened.
29/9/10: Find that thread! by AlCario.
Initially conceived as a troll thread by me, the idea of reviving Lucario0708's old team to be re-rated actually became popular with the mods, and began a string of threads following the same concept. The threads can be noted for attracting the attention of the veteran raters back to the In-Game Team Rate: the original didn't just revive an old team - it revived IGRMT in a period of inactivity.
5/10/10: Magnets' BT team by Magnets
While being a bog standard team for the time, this thread managed to turn into a pretty epic argument about proof-of-streak. This is one of the main reasons that Magnets was, in my opinion, what the section would have needed to continue as it was. The old Raters had been long gone, and current ones were beginning to lose faith in the section. Magnets brought us all together by stirring the IGRMT pot. - GS
And if you have any questions, objections, or comments, don't hesitate to put them forward.
Last edited by AlCario; 27th October 2010 at 7:42 AM.