Alright. Missed my chance to post my feedback of the previous PSL, so I will post in this thread. Obviously, this is in the hopes of creating a better season 8, although 7 was really good. So hold your horses for a long read.
First of all, VGC was, contrary to my first belief, a mistake. Why? Because VGC is a completely different game than anything being played in pokemmo. Don't say it resembles doubles because it does not resemble it that much. The problem with this was that there were only three people in the whole competition that take part in live events: myself, Bluebreath and Imabe. The tier became a joke to most teams, as they would gladly give up hopes on winning the VGC game while solidifying other areas, mainly pokemmo tiers. There was nothing to learn for the experienced players, while the mascots from other teams would just spam the showdown chat for a team and play it without even practising. And I don't blame them for that. It takes a damn long time of sustained practice to get good at the tier. No way you could learn it within a few weeks leading to PSL.
Second of all, there were too many attacks on the host, and not enough action taken back. There is a fine limit between trash talking, witty sarcasm and straight up calling a hard working, capable guy an idiot. Even if the host is wrong in his decision, he must be respected. There need to be penalties for insults, ranging from a 1 week suspension, to 3 then exclusion from the whole PSL season. If I was the host, I don't care that forfiter and gbwead are my friends. I'd ban them for the whole season.
Third of all, transfers. It was a big mess. I can't remember how many times Orange joined our team. The transfer or draft (however you muricans prefer) was a big mess and the only major flaw in the season. Fortunately, the fix can be simple, in 2 aspects:
1. Only allow two transfer windows: one before the first week thread is posted. And the second one during the midseason break week. Pretty straighforward, and I am sure this happens in quite a few sports.
2. Only allow a player to switch teams once. That also means if X is transferred from team 1 to team 2, he cannot be traded back to team 1.
Finally, I respect Orange ever since we were in the tier council. Very smart guy, probably the best reasoning skills from all the tier council at the time. But I don't want his example to be a precedent for players quitting teams if there is an argument with a manager. I am not sure if him being allowed to play is going to encourage this behaviour. This is a delicate subject and is up to the host
These are my thoughts, once again grats to JJ for hosting. I am pretty sure that season accelerated his hair greying process. Well done for hosting. As for me playing, I probably will do some showdown tier, although I will probably not focus as much on it. Also Zebra is a uguu most of the time sometimes, but he is good enough for a host, so you have the blessing of the VGC masta.
TLDR: No VGC please, punish personal attacks, control the transfer madness.