Fans got more info last week about new Pokémon games brilliant diamond, shining pearl, and Pokémon Legend: Arceus. We have to see new Pokémon and mechanics with Arceus and returned functions like Super Contest and Capsule Decoration in the new remake. Then, in the final moments of Pokémon Gifts, it was quickly announced that Shining pearls, brilliant Diamond, and Arceus There will be no ranked battles.
This may not have been subscribed to by many, as the competitive scene in the Pokémon series is relatively small compared to the overwhelming casual play. However, this has implications for competitive Pokémon players. This means that the next three games won’t have homes for competitive players, and that setting will continue to exist exclusively in Pokémon Sword and Shield for at least another year.
What will this mean for competitive players? Do these games form their own grassroots competitive scene? Do players really want another full year of competition? Sword and Shield? Instead of trying to answer these questions myself, I decided to contact two of the best players in the world.
With Shining pearls and Brilliant diamond, one could argue that a new chapter of Pokémon is beginning – especially with the advent of Pokémon Legend: Arceus, a completely new take on the Pokémon formula. There’s no competitive mode in these games, there’s always been a fear that Nintendo might deprive them of competitive play. After all, recent Pokémon games like Sword, Shield, and Let’s Go Pikachu has focused on the more casual side of the franchise.
Davide Carrer and Wolfe Glick are two professional Pokémon players with countless wins, and they went head-to-head in the Pokémon Players Cup II VG Grand Finals in 2020. For both players, there was nothing. Ranked play in the upcoming remake is not a deal breaker.
“Honestly, I don’t feel bad that ranked battles are excluded,” Glick told Digital Trends. “If BDSP (Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl) going to be brand new Pokémon games, it’s going to be devastating, but honestly, playing the game with only the first four generations is likely to age very quickly. I’m especially grateful that we won’t have official tournaments using it BDSP because I didn’t imagine the game would be super fun to play. “
Carrer has similar feelings about the lack of ranked battles in upcoming games, saying: “I think that’s understandable, because it seems like Arceus and the remakes won’t have too big of a Pokédex. It makes sense to play gen-8 (Video Game Championships) on the only games that feature every Generation 8 Pokémon and also the old legends (essential for alternating between regional, national and international formats). increase and limit). I’m just happy if we get more series without Dynamax, like series 10, or also a third DLC to shake things up.”
Both players are less concerned with ranked play that appears in every game and more invested in a competitive scene with the expanded Pokédex, allowing for a variety of teams and strategies to be created. Upcoming remakes, as well as new ones Arceus game, will not include a complete list of Pokémon, which will make it more difficult to create a fully competitive team.
Although there is no compelling ranking system, this does not mean that players cannot create their own competitive scene. Glick thinks a base scene is possible, but isn’t sure of its scope.
“I’m sure there are some people who will fight when BDSP “But I didn’t expect there to be a serious competition scene,” Glick said. We can expect a similar level of competitive play as we have seen with Let’s Go Pikachu! and Eevee!, if i had to guess. “
Carrer shares similar feelings about the limited scope of the competitive landscape for Brilliant diamond and Shining pearls, though he notes that there’s always room for new competitive potential in any new Pokémon game, regardless of whether Nintendo gets involved or not.
“I’m sure there will be [be a scene], especially because grassroots online tournaments are on the rise during the pandemic,” Carrer said. “In Italy, Francesco Pardini organized an online tour on Let’s go and I expect many similar initiatives for upcoming games. “
Live by the sword
As the new games will not have a rating system, competitive gameplay will remain exclusively in the Sword and Shield, maybe until the next mainstream Pokémon game drops. That created some initial concerns when Sword and Shield landing for the first time. Initial, Sword and Shield The Pokédex is significantly smaller than previous generations, with only 400 Pokémon available to the player. This causes a significant divide among trainers who are missing their favorite Pokémon. Fortunately, Since then, the roster expansion has expanded considerably, making the situation less dire.
While the state of competitive Pokémon gaming is polarizing, pro players are ready to roll with the punches right now, though they think things will need to change to keep it from becoming old. Carrer believes there is still life in the competition Sword and Shield but Nintendo will need to show players the light at the end of the tunnel soon for it to exist.
“Without the third DLC, I’d expect gen 9 to come out in the fall of 2022, as the last few clans are three years apart, and I’m perfectly fine with that,” Davide said. “If not, two years from now Sword and Shield without any addition would be too much. “
Glick seems to think Sword and Shield Competitive play can still be fun as long as Nintendo gets back to creating live events to help shape the meta. He noted that much of the innovation in the series ended up coming from those live contests.
“It’s hard to say whether Sword and Shield get old or need something new, because we barely have any live events, that’s what drives the development of the super game,” Glick said. “Despite this, Pokémon continues to change the rules for competitive play, more than we’ve seen before, so I’m excited to see what new set of rules they’re still up for. plan”.
There’s one last elephant in the room when it comes to Pokémon Legend: Arceus: It seems to lack any form of coach vs coach content. It’s only fair that fans worry that this could mark the beginning of a new direction that Pokémon games will take, especially if Arceus selling. However, Glick isn’t worried about that, as he believes the main series is here to stay no matter how good. Arceus sell.
“Legend of Arceus is a spinoff game like Pokémon Ranger and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon,” said Glick. “There is no doubt in my mind Pokémon will continue to develop the main series games”