4 comments on “Aegislash still banned, says Smogon

  1. No, there are NOT plenty of communities that allow Aegislash. Infact smogon’s bullcrap has crept into EVERY single facet of competitive pokemon. I have people in normal wifi 3DS battles who instantly disconnect from me on a very regular basis the second i use pokemon that smogidiots banned like greninja or aegislash who are nowhere near as powerful as Smogon claims. I’ve been forced to completely quite playing competitive pokemon because smogon has banned my entire team essentially. Anyone thinking these bans are practical is a moron, plain and simple…

    • A person who doesn’t specify that they want to play by Smogon’s rules beforehand shouldn’t be surprised when their opponents don’t play by them. If they want to disconnect, that’s up to them. They didn’t get the kind of match they wanted, and their disappointment comes from having expected that every player must play by some set of unofficial rules. I wonder how many players out there realize that Smogon’s rules aren’t intended for use outside of Smogon’s battle simulator.

      Smogon’s rules aren’t official. The competitive community in general stands to benefit from understanding this. This includes Smogon itself. That way, they can play by their own rules without hearing complaints about the pokemon that they ban from those who don’t even battle on their simulator.

  2. I can understand that aegisslash is op but I think the issue is that smogon rules now dictate online rated competitive play…. honestly yout should be able to use any team of pokemon that were created for the game because not being able to limits the game entirely in a way… you should just be allowed to do this and people need to stop complaining and just accept that they need to rework their team

    • Hi John, thanks for the comment.

      One thing I think people miss is the fact that Smogon’s rules weren’t intended for any other competitive community besides Smogon itself, and that Smogon’s rules aren’t official rules. For a set of rules to be official, Nintendo or GameFreak would have to endorse them, which is what they do each year for their own rated competitions and the VGC. In fact, if Nintendo wanted to, they could issue a takedown notice to Smogon for using their IP so extensively. But they don’t, even though they seem to be aware of it (they did just that for Pokemon Prism and Pokemon Uranium).

      If a person wants to have a match by Smogon’s rules, the place for that is PokemonOnline.com, where Smogon’s battle simulator is hosted. Outside of that, Smogon’s rules aren’t implied. And if a person wants to play by Battle Spot Singles rules, they could do that with their retail game card. Or if they wanted to test a team for that on a simulator, they could do that on PokemonOnline as well, considering that they have a simulator for that.

      Just a few simple facts to think about that would greatly reduce the complaining about what is allowed. If you’re in a link battle and someone complains that you’re using a pokemon that Smogon banned, just remind them that they’re not on Smogon’s server.

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