I won't waste a ton of time on this because quite honestly, even if showdown is added as a tier, I still may not have time to participate this season. But there are certain things I can't let fly regarding the above two assertions (and I don't mean to pick on just you two, since people say this all the time)
To call PSL "an MMO event" is absolutely absurd and not true. PSL is a straight, unabashed rip-off of a Smogon event, which uses exclusively showdown tiers for its games (maybe wasn't always this way, not sure how long SPL has gone on and if it predates showdown). Now, when I say it's a rip-off I'm not saying that is a bad thing, as PSL is quite honestly, in my opinion, the best thing to ever happen to MMO and I sincerely question whether the competitive scene would be where it is now without it. But, again, you cannot ignore that this event was ripped straight from Smogon and, by extension, showdown.
The other part of that statement that completely misses the point of PSL in general is this - whether you're playing on MMO, showdown, cartridge, whatever - you're still playing competitive pokemon. The medium is not the message, and it's ancillary to the overall goal of presenting and competing in high quality, high intensity battles. If your argument is that showdown tiers are lower quality or less intense than MMO battles that is completely fine (wrong, IMO, but fine) and I've seen that argument made a few times already. But to hide behind "this isn't showdown lol its MMO" is a poor substitution for an argument. To me, a showdown tier being included in every season, even as a manager's choice, is a small homage we can do to pay respects to the giants whose shoulders we stand on with every new PSL season.
The benefits of including showdown tiers are countless, and the drawbacks near nonexistent. Metagames are always changing, and it's no surprise that some of the best players on MMO are capable of seamlessly stepping into showdown tiers and metas and adapting quickly to produce high level results. We know that the MMO metagame will change significantly in the future when more moves, HAs and mechanics are added, and including current gen showdown tiers in our PSL will continue exposing players (and spectators) to these new but rapidly approaching concepts. Plus, showdown matches are easier to schedule, easier to prepare for, and easier to spectate. Again, I recognize I'm biased here, but each and every PSL I've been a part of has had several high quality, high stakes showdown matches that, to me, endure the test of time far more than their counterpart MMO matches.
Anyway, wall of text aside I won't die on this hill, but thats my two cents. DPP BO3 imo but that might be kinda greedy
PS: here ya go, think.
On 7/5/2020 at 3:43 AM, ThinkNicer said:
I'm really sorry guys, but I messed up the polling. I didn't realize how easy it was to spam answers using Forms. We added a question to verify your forum username, sadly that means all the votes till now have to be declared void. Because I can't say for certain that people haven't voted twice or more. We have the data of the previous poll to compare.
Again, really sorry I totally messed up.
Please take the poll again here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSet1FFDoIdU143f4b6qKHbBS7JgP07cltAOvVzaC1QJ00hUSA/viewform
The link on the OP works as well. Thank you.