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2020.09.24 20:09 acertainsaint Three Years of Trying to Do More than 10 Push Ups (and the 60+lbs I Lost Along the Way)

Introduction

From "Day 1" in 2017 to Whatever-Day-It-Is-Today, I actually have only dropped from 301.1 lbs to 239.9 lbs. But, I didn't start at 301. I just happened to be at 301 when I started. This is a long-winded story I've been thinking about writing for a minute and finally have the time, the data, and some results and thoughts to share with others.
Here I am today: https://i.imgur.com/APotoNb.jpg and https://i.imgur.com/nBO6Ndj.jpg
Here I am at Day Zero: https://i.imgur.com/KGXuu3I.jpg
So, we'll start from the beginning:
I have always been "husky" or "big boned" or whatever other adjective that loving parents use to describe their morbidly obese children. I liked to EAT. Fundamentally, I lived to eat. And this was compounded by a number of factors:
  1. My family is made up of overweight adults with a palate for fatty, carb-heavy food and, more importantly, seconds. It was weird for someone to fill a plate and then not go back and fill it again!
  2. When I was younger, my mother was an important business-lady and my father was notoriously horrible at cooking. This lead to the common "It'll take too long to cook dinner, so we'll just go out." Next thing you know, you're at a steakhouse eating cheese fried smothered with ranch dressing and bacon two to three nights a week.
  3. My mom tried a few of the crash diet fads in the early 2000's. I remember Atkins being her BIG one; I think she paid for the big box of recipes and all that nonsense (which, ironically, was made funnier by the fact that she didn't start really cooking dinner at home until I was graduating high school in 2008). I remember seeing her "try" and "fail" to lose weight and at a certain point, eh - why try?
  4. My weight never stopped me from doing the lazy things I wanted to do. Not like I'm going to lose weight so I can play Diablo II (I did have the Lord of Destruction Expansion) all weekend. I had more than my fair share of "neck-beard" mentality and a whole LiveJournal of cringe-worthy bullshit that came out of my brain in the 2003-2008 era of High School.
  5. I didn't have any health issues because of my weight, so my weight was obviously not a problem. Right?
Whatever the reason was, I very quickly got fat around age 10 and stayed that way (ask me today and I'll still say I'm fat, just less so).
At my biggest, I KNOW I was tipping the scales at 330-340 lbs (this would have been 2009, 2010). I don't have any proof because if you don't weigh yourself, you can't be as fat as you know you are. I'm taking credit for the undocumented weight loss. If you don't want to count it, eh - 60 lbs is still pretty cool, too.

Stats

Today (September 24, 2020)

Lifestyle

I am a bread bakepastry cook at a restaurant in Missouri and live in a secluded little apartment with my Wife. She farms chickens is the Poultry Specialist for the local university and does science with them, so I get a pretty good deal on eggs. No kids, yet, and no pets, yet. This leaves me with a lot of free time.
Especially since I'm a baker - I wake up around 4am daily and leave work between 12pm and 2pm. The wife works 8am-5pm, so I have a good amount of spare time to myself. I also, because I know this matters, ALWAYS go to bed between 830pm and 9pm.
As far as general fitness, I have just finished running a 4-day/wk variant of 5/3/1 (SSL, 5's Pro) which I did for the last 12 weeks. I've been lifting for most of my journey. I also took up running (on and off) for the last 6 months and have pushed and pushed from a 50 minute 5k to about a 30-32 minute 5k which I tend to mostly maybe run every other day regardless of what else is going on (so, Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun-Tues-Thurs-Sat, repeat). I also tried to include some Strongman conditioning twice a week depending on time.
I also bought a bike in August and have generally enjoyed biking to-and-from work 3-4x/wk despite the ride being downhill in the morning and uphill in the afternoon.
To put it simply, I'm active and I love it.

Starting Stats

Day 1 (August 6, 2017)

Why did you Start?

So I've told you about me in High School. I've told you about me now. What is missing is everything in between.
I was working in a BBQ Restaurant in Kentucky (where I'm from and grew up) and would regularly gamble with my coworkers over little bullshit things. Some of them were knowledge based, others were feats of strength, others were...look - we got REALLY bored sometimes and we had to pass the time. On my Day Zero, I specifically remembered being called out and challenged to do 10 push-ups. In a row.
I could totally do that. Any person who couldn't do that was obviously a big dumb idiot or a Fatty McFatFat. Right? This was the mentality I went into this challenge with.
I hadn't done a single push up in...ever? Since I thought about losing weight one time in college? Who does push ups for fun?
Guys - I'm gonna level with you. I couldn't do 10 push-ups. I could do 5. I lost $50 that day. I was bet $30 that I couldn't do the push ups (I lost that one) and then immediately called out my similar-sized-Boss to do 10 push-ups for $20 (he did 15).
Fuck.
I was torn up. I went home that night and was like - yo, who can't do 10 push ups? That's like, basic shit. I've seen babies do push ups! Ugh.
So I joined a gym. I started a MyFitnessPal. First workout selfie!

Counting Calories - But Never Tracking Weight

For the first few months of my Journey, I tracked calories pretty okay, maybe. I guessed a lot at what I ate (didn't own a food scale) and assumed I was making progress in my weight-loss because my lifts were going up in the gym (I was so, so, so dumb about some of that shit). Oh! I didn't own a bathroom scale. I thought about buying one, but didn't because it was too expensive. HA! God I had excuses.
Based on the exactly 6 data points I collected, I managed to lose 10 lbs between August 6 and Jan 1.
Here I am in November 2017: https://i.imgur.com/fF60Kr8.jpg
Here I am in January 2018: https://i.imgur.com/5bgM5v0.jpg and https://i.imgur.com/HYneJXh.jpg
That's about 21 weeks and about 0.5 lbs/wk. Which is great, sustainable weight-loss.
While I think that MFP overestimates your needed calories, I did manage to lose a good amount of weight at an okay rate over a reasonable time. Here's a major consideration though: I never once tracked exercise via MFP and I set my activity level to Sedentary. If you want slow, consistent results - I think that not tracking weight daily can work. Not for me, but hey - everything works for everyone.
I also dropped 150 lbs of good-for-nothing girlfriend that I didn't much care for. That took WAY longer than it should have. It was a horribly toxic relationship and one that I was glad to be out of. Frankly, the more I focused on bettering myself, the less the relationship was "good" for me. She wanted to drink and drink and drink and I wanted to go to bed at a reasonable hour. My goals shifted and I realized that this particular girl was not The One. Mental health improved considerably.

First Setback

Due to circumstances fully beyond my control, I was rendered bed-ridden and calorie deprived for 165 days. I had no physical activity and I lost 40 lbs in 24 weeks. There were entire days where I didn't stand up. I lost a ton of weight but this came at a huge cost: I lost all the muscle I had worked to put on. Remember how I looked in January 2018? Here's what I looked like in July 2018: https://i.imgur.com/5x8ViQG.jpg
At this point, I was 245 lbs, fully clothed, Doctor Weight. And y'all know Doctor Weight is the realist weight. I was weak, fragile, and barely able to walk 50 feet without needing a break. When I finally did make it back to the gym, I was unable to squat the bar - seriously. I failed a squat with a 45 lb bar at 245 lbs BW.
So I did what any reasonable human being does: bulking season, bitches!
I bought a bathroom scale.
I brought my weight up to 260 lbs by September and held it there through Jan 2019.
This was important for me though - I went up and down a couple 5 lbs here and there but I really did try and keep my 7-day running average around 260 lbs. This took discipline that I was not used to - I realized that some of the cues I took to "eat" were just boredom. I stopped using food as a comfort, as a reward, or even as enjoyment. Food was fuel - and you don't top off the gas tank when the lever clicks.

Diet

This is what works for me, and I know this won't work for a lot of people, but I think it's an important note here, before I lose the weight again: I eat the same foods daily. I find that I cannot handle the mental stress of 1) losing weight 2) having to push hard in workouts despite being purposefully under-recovered and 3) counting calories.
So I don't.
I figure out what every day needs to look like and then I eat that diet every single day.
Currently, I just finished 12 weeks of weight loss. I wanted to shoot for about 2400-2500 calories consumed on any given day. Here's exactly what I've been eating:
Breakfast: Half a gallon of coffee, 6 eggs (ranging in size from peewee to jumbo, but all mixed), 1 tbsp butter, 40 grams of oatmeal, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 140 grams of frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, etc), 30 grams blanched slivered almonds.
Lunch: 450 calorie protein shake (50 grams of carbs, 50 grams of protein, give or take) (if I make it at work, add 2 shots of espresso)
Snack: two random yogurts ranging in caloric content from 90-190 calories.
Dinner: 1 chicken breast (8-12 oz) grilled, 160 gram serving of cooked mixed grains (quinoa, barley, farro, and white rice), 180 grams of steamed peas.
And I ate this every single day (with a few exceptions when my wife got bored) for 13 weeks.
To maintain weight, I'll probably just add 6 eggs or yogurt or peanut butter to my snacks and see where that puts me. I like to make easy swaps (like, 2 servings of PB2 is basically 1 yogurt's worth of calories and it solves my peanut butter craving). I don't like to track my calories. And this works for me. YMMV.
Oh! Also 5g of creatine. Every day.

Fitness - and Fittin'-This-Pizza

For the most part, I do resistance training. In Jan 2019, I had a few goals:
  1. Join the 1/2/3/4 Plate Club (spoiler: I didn't)
  2. Do 1 Pull-up (spoiler: I did)
  3. Drop from 260 lbs to 245 lbs (spoiler: I did).
By and large, I was able to go to the gym and lift weights for almost all of 2019 and it's during this time that I really did start to notice "changes" in the mirror and in my body. In March of 2019, I was starting to see a few muscles, my belt fit a little better, and I think I even took up trying to maybe consider jogging with my then-girlfriend-now-wife. Turns out, life is WAY better when you a partner with similar goals. We both wanted to be stronger and so we had a lot of fun weight training together.
One particular instance stands out in 2019. The Lady and I were hungry and antsy on a rest-day from the gym. We wanted pizza but didn't really think we deserved it since we'd done literally nothing all day. Like, you know those days where you sit on the couch and do nothing while binge watching Game of Thrones? That kind of day.
So we decided we were going to walk 5 miles to get a pizza, eat the pizza, and then walk 5 miles back home. And we did. Was it a bad use of food-as-a-reward? Sure. But the journey was really the more fun part! We both play PoGo and had a blast chasing pokemon down the road on a mission to get food. It's a great memory for both of us.
Here I am in November 2019 (243 lbs) about 2 weeks before I proposed: https://i.imgur.com/WldpVU5.jpg And I know what you're thinking - that might be the outline of abs!
BTW - she said yes, we were married in December, and life is good.

2020 - And the 90 Day Challenge (That We Failed Miserably)

In December 2020, I proposed to my Lady (get the double entendre?) that she and I try and lose weight for the first 90 days of 2020. Here's how that went:
January 1: 255 lb weigh in after a night of horrific binge drinking https://i.imgur.com/xaM1E9a.jpg
Feb 23: 238 lb weigh in after my birthday weekend and the last time we tracked weight: https://i.imgur.com/IcMd32Q.jpg
In January, we found out that we would be leaving KY and moving to MO in March. Like, we needed to be packed up and living in Missouri in the first week of March. So we canceled the gym membership in Feb, rented an apartment sight unseen in Missouri, and moved 500 miles away. Life was too hectic to also worry about things like our weight or the fact that we tried to lose weight in a crazy crash-diet for funsies.
We moved to Missouri without issue and then - COVID-19. The gyms closed. I was unemployed. Deep depression set in as I unpacked our new home and did nothing all day. I must have spent a month in this horrific sneaky hate spiral.
March came and went. April came and went. I started to go to the park nearby for a walk and that eventually became a good routine for me. There weren't many Pokestops, so I started to want to get between them faster. Walking became slow jogging and jogging became dedicated running and Pokemon fell by the wayside in that endeavor. Hey - do what works for you, right?
My first attempt at a 5k (which happens to be exactly 5 laps at the local park) was 52:44 walking. I knew I could do better. (Spoiler: My best time to date is 30:30 with a 5-run average of 31:24).
July 20: https://i.imgur.com/KYEaXKA.jpg 252 lbs. I had regained 15 lbs during COVID-quarantine.

Losing the COVID-19

So I set about losing the COVID-19. How hard can it be? I figured I'd lose weight at about 2lbs/wk (which at 250 lbs, should be easy enough). I did the math, figured out my diet (see above) and set to work. For the next parts of the story to make sense, you'll need a graph: https://i.imgur.com/4uec8KV.png
I put my plan into place. A local powerlifting gym was open and I joined on their first day open. It's 24/7 and generally pretty empty when I want to be lifting, so it was going to be safe and had all the equipment and support that I would need to make serious lifting gains.
You'll see that I had Setback #3 around the first week of August: I had literally burnt myself out. I started pushing the 5k times for faster and faster. I bought my bicycle and rode it more and more often. I wanted more conditioning. More cardio. Faster lifts. Heavier lifts.
In short: I kicked my own ass.
I had to readjust. The calories I was eating previously (about 2000/day) were not enough to support my activity level. So I bumped the calories to 2500ish/day and finished my training block.
You'll also see big spikes in weigh-ins - yeah, those are days when the Wife was tired of chicken/rice/peas and demanded something more fun (pizza, chinese, spaghetti, nachos). And you'll see that even those occasional "oh my god why did I eat that?" days didn't really hinder progress. In fact, I will credit my wife with helping to fight the mental fatigue of losing so much weight so quickly.

Milestones:

Conclusion and Takeaways

Guys, I see it all the time in Fitness. This is a fucking marathon. It's not a sprint. It is a lifetime of real, slow lifestyle changes that build and continue to snowball until you look back and cannot believe how far you've come. I could not do 10 push ups! Now I can do 20 in 30 seconds. If you told 27 year old me about what 30 year old me would be up to, I would not believe it.
I don't have much in the way of advice.
My lifts aren't stellar or even really impressive on the internet.
My progress is okay, but I've seen people really crush it and lose more. I'm gonna run the full 21 week program Average to Savage and that should end around my birthday. See where I am at 31.
But I do know that 1 day isn't enough to fuck up your progress. Hell, 1 week isn't even a big set back. 165 days bed ridden didn't hold me back. I have a completely rebuilt shoulder and that doesn't hold me back. Why would one day hold you back?
So, take it one day at a time. Today sucked? Tomorrow you'll do better. Gotta make a sacrifice today? Tomorrow you'll do better. Be better. Do better.
My wife jokes that I live by two rules: 1) Never lie to yourself and 2) There is nothing I can't do.
I'll leave you with that great advice and here's a video of me failing a 435 lb deadlift attempt for shits and giggles: https://youtu.be/LbWHDkCuqjM I have plenty of excuses, but tomorrow I'll do better.
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2020.09.22 20:56 videogameplayer1201 QUICK Story of my ex.

So it all started several years ago, I let my POS half brother move in with me and my wife to help him out. He was 40 at the time I was like 25. But let's start closer to the beginning. My wife would lie a lot to everyone very clingy and emotional. Plenty of times I have caught her in some dumb lie but never anything to big so I was always cautious and observant around her.
Fast forward to POS living with us, first 6 months or so i didn't notice anything off. But I remember what started it, she would always talk crap about him blah blah blah.. But I noticed she started getting really jokey with him and if we were all in the room together she'd get really sexual with me at the time I thought she was trying to get him to notice her. She would grab at me and stuff which wasn't normal for her when people were around. But I brushed it off not thinking to much of it. Well one day i had to take my mom to the airport thats a few hours away she made an excuse to not go because of needing to get stuff done. Sure why not.... Well im getting back from the airport and stop at ABC liquor to get us something for the night and notice in an adjacent parking lot shes with my brother at the store. So I call and see what's up. "Oh were grocery shopping he was helping me." So again I'm like whatever he doesnt have a car probably wanted some things. So that night I make dinner for everyone were all sitting down to eat and instead of coming to set next to me like normal she goes across the room and sets next to him. Well after dinner POS leaves to a friend's house for the night. So with family there I ask her what all that was about she made a huge scene storms out of the house.
Fast forward a couple of months im really analyzing everything cause I just feel uneasy. I won't lie I accused her multiple times during these few months because a lot of little things didn't add up. For example one weekend she text me she's going out of town with her mom to spread her dad's ashes. Which I think is normal. So she comes and picks my csr up from work and leaves her moms truck for me to use. Well I get home that night she's still not back. Also curious enough POS texts and says he's staying the night at his friends house... He never does that. Well im locked out of house at this point get a text from her saying her mom surprised her with a hotel for the night. Again completely out of the normal as her mom was on probation and had to report to drug court everyday. Still oblivious I break into my own house and go to bed. Get a call the next day from a friend mentioning he saw my wife pick my brother up from the gas station down the road from my house that day. So I confront them about it. Story was she was dropping him off at his friend's. Well she gets home and has her overnight bag which was ODD of it was a surprise overnight stay so I decided to look through it and i find a few things you get as souvenirs from a bar. Which is odd her mom was on drug court.... Says they walked the beach and found this stuff... Anything that seems off she always has a good excuse.
Fast forward a few weeks im getting home late window blinds wide open I put my car in park and see her sprinting down the hall and the garage starts to open she attempts to hug me but I walk past her so she starts pulling on me to hug her I kept walking. Get to my room find my brother in the bedroom lights off in his boxers saying he was putting my trimmer back he was borrowing it. So I'm pissed I confront the both of them still excuse blah blah blah. Well 4 days later we have a family night out he doesn't go. We go to a bar that's kid friendly and has live music so we're out with our son and family. Don't even drink that much come home we had the whole family over playing volleyball. Well its quite dark so everyone leaves. Well kids asleep so we start getting a little intimate on the couch he comes out and sees so we stop well she wanted to go into our office / game room so we do. He goes to the living room she said she had to get a drink Well she was taking a bit so I went out to check on her and I saw her whispering to him. "Oh I was just checking on him he seemed sad"... Well she comes back into the room and we start getting intimate again then she goes im really tired and says how about you mess with me after I fall sleep. (She claimed to like it as we did that a few times). Well she passed out so I went to our bedroom to prepare haha. Well I see her phone go off a message from her mom asking if she's still watching our son the next night. Curious by this because she wasn't working or anything at the time so why would anyone be watching our son. I scroll up and see message of her confessing to cheating on me with POS. Well I wake her up and him up and confront them with the messages. Both are playing dumb. Then she goes its not his fault "I said those things to my mom so she felt better about cheating I didn't actually cheat." LOL. Well a small altercation breaks out she leaves with my kid and he stays pleading and begging me to not throw him out and nothing happened. So I tell him he needs to tell me what happened with them. He only admits to a kiss knowing I wont get anymore out of him i tell him to leave or he's dead. Well he goes. (Found out from my wife's uncle to my wife's moms house with her haha.). Well the next day she comes back with her whole family and a cop escort to get her shit and tries taking my kids stuff to. Needless to say I eneded up getting arrested for BS charges they let me out the next day no contact order on my ex and POS. (Charges were eventually dropped). Well during 1 months of fighting the no contact order shes trying to contact me the whole time. I refuse cause I don't want to go back to jail. Well it finally gets lifted and she comes back home pleading saying she didn't cheat she loves me. I didn't believe a word of it. But she tries to seduce me which I admit worked I am only a male and it had been over a month. Well we get to talking about divorce after and she can't handle it. So she mentioned getting our church involved. (I'm a Jehovah's Witness). So in accordance with biblical principles divorce is only aloud for cheating. So I make my case and she denied everything. So I felt stuck because I didn't want to break up my family and be ex communicated. Well over the course of a year I couldn't trust her and was just a terrible situation. Because I knew what she did and no matter what evidence I had she'd never admit to anything. There was a lot of downs even on my part I reconnected with an old ex to see how she was. (Nothing happened never even talked dirty or anything). Well months went by and I started to trust her a bit until one night she was going to see a show with her mom didn't get home till 3am and her mom confirmed they got back at 11. Let it go.
Well one day we had a nice family day exchanged gifts had nice dinner. Well that nigh she got up at 11 and said she was going to stay with her friend that just got an apartment. Earlier in the day she mentioned her friends power wasn't turned on yet so she wasn't staying there. So I reminded her of that and said if she leaves thats it. Well she didn't give a shit still kept with that story. Well I had a suspicion of a coworker of hers and found her car parked outside of that coworkers apartment. Well she admits its the next morning "but nothing happened just friends blah blah blah". Well needles to say shortly after she moved out into her moms house. Still never admits to a thing we CO parent our child well. Still weren't divorced yet after 2 years of being split up. In that time she uses it to slander my name quite bad ends up getting a new BF and finally wants the divorce so we come to a good agreement 50/50 with the kid. And POS decides to grow a conscience and admits they had sex i take that to her and she still won't admit it. Moral of the story stay single you can't even trust family. She slander my name so bad but will text me every year "do you remember what today is? Its our anniversary." Lmao sickening people in this world.
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2020.09.22 02:24 JRE47 Nifty Or Thrifty: Sunrise Cup (Part I)

"...I didn't think that a sunrise could ever feel so renewing! The sun rises...then it sets. We take that for granted, and that's only natural. But things we take for granted...they're really the most essential things. And they're precious."
That's a quote from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. And while I of course mostly chose it for the prominent appearance of "sunrise", it really fits in this age of uncertainty. We all have concerns with the state of affairs in the world right now, and it has helped ground us a bit and re-focused us on what is truly important. Pokémon GO may not be "essential", but let's not take for granted that it HAS brought many of us together and continues to be a welcome escape now. Another quote, this time from the late, great Stan Lee: "I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people's lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end." And he's right. That entertainment, that escape, is precious too. It's why you're taking time to read this article, after all!
So let's get entertained properly. Welcome, my friends, to Season 3 of The Silph Arena!
The "Nifty Or Thrifty" article series serves a few functions. First, it gives an early, first-blush look at the meta for the upcoming Sunrise Cup, particularly from the perspective of which Pokémon are likely worth the cost of leveling up/adding a second charge move (nifty) and which ones would probably work out fine without heavy investment (thrifty), including several alternatives to the more expensive options. For those on a stardust budget--and/or folks trying to save up some dust for the future--it can be daunting trying to figure out where to spend or not spend it. We all want to field competitive teams of six, but where can we get the best bang for our buck and where should we perhaps instead channel our inner scrooge?
Since the meta is brand spankin' new, I have tried to whittle down without leaving too much out, but as per usual with these, this will be a long read, I'll warn you up front! But I WILL try to keep it... entertaining.
With that all out of the way...let's get started!

NIFTY

10,000 Dust/25 Candy

You know the drill by now... we start with the thriftiest options available, and that means the cheapest category first!
VENUSAUR
Vine Whip Frenzy Plantᴸ & Sludge Bomb
So how many times have we been here, with Venusaur leading things off? Seems like a lot. And yes, Venusaur is a solid play yet again here. It still shreds Waters and Fairies and most Grounds and anything relying on Fighting and several of its fellow Grasses, though that last list HAS shrunk as the game has expanded, with Ferrothorn (with certain movesets, at least), Abomasnow, and even Shadow Shiftry able to fend Venusaur off now, as well as more Waters (like Pelipper) and even things like Shadow Zapdos and Emolga able to emerge victorious. I highlight this here early in the article just to show how the landscape has changed... this is quite literally a whole new season. Old staples like Venusaur certainly still have their place--Venusaur is top dog among Grasses here--but things are more diverse than ever.
CHARIZARD
Wing Attackᴸ/Fire Spin Dragon Claw & Blast Burnᴸ/Overheat
One thing that hasn't changed? The eternal debate about Charizard's fast move of choice. Both get opposing Grasses, Fighters, Fairies, Ices, Steels, even most opposing Fires. The differences are that Wing Attack gets ALL the Fires (Ninetales and Victini do not survive Wing Attack), plus things that resist Fire damage like Shadow Gyarados or things that the extra energy of Wing Attack just allow Zard to outrace (like Noctowl). Fire Spin conversely beats things like Drifblim and Galarian Linoone thanks to increased fast move damage, plus the more obvious Articuno (regular and Shadow) and Thunder Ferrothorn that melt under a barrage of Fire damage. Shadow Zard, by the way, is a slight downgrade here, picking up things like Emolga (with FS) or Alolan Marowak (with WA), but losing former wins like Vigoroth, Obstagoon, and potentially Ludicolo and Victini. I recommend just sticking with regular Zard for this one.
TYPHLOSION
Shadow Claw Blast Burnᴸ & Solar Beam/Overheat
There's always a comparison made between Charizard and Typhlosion in formats they share, so here we go: Typhlosion's Shadow Claw is more blessing than curse here, giving it an easy win over Alolan Marowak and allowing it to beat Ninetales and Victini too, none of which Charizard can reliably replicate. (And yes, Typh still beats Zard head to head too.) Also important... since it doesn't have to worry about Electric damage like Zard does, Typh usually edges out Stunfisk as well. The downside is that Zard better handles Fighters (beating Vigoroth and Obstagoon) and Linoone, none of which Typh can reliably overcome (doesn't help that all three resist Shadow Claw). One exception: while Solar Beam is generally the preferred second move for the Hail Mary shot at opposing Waters and/or Muds--and MUST be respected by such 'mons--running the unconventional double Fire moves with Overheat can bring Linoone back into the win column, which is a nice gain. (Loonie can live through a landed Blast Burn and land its own knockout blow charge move, but it never gets there if Overheat finishes it off first!) Zard or Typh... which one fits YOUR team better?
BLAZIKEN
Counter Blaze Kick & Blast Burnᴸ/Brave Bird/Stone Edgeᴸ
Lots of ways you can do now with the second move you choose to bait out with Blaze Kick. You're generally going to beat Normals, Darks, Steels, Ices, and most Grasses (basically all but Charmer Whimsicott and Air Slashing Tropius) regardless of what second move you settle on, but Blast Burn seems generally best, as it most easily gets wins against Stunfisk (the regular one, but Blast Burn also nearly OHKOs G-Fisk as well), Quagsire, and--believe it or not--Noctowl. Those last two work out, despite BB being resisted, because it costs 5 less energy than the other primary options, Brave Bird and Stone Edge, and that alone makes a big enough difference. It IS, of course, worth noting that Blaze beats Altaria one on one only with Brave Bird or Stone Edge, and the latter is particularly nice to have with so many Flyers around.
ALTARIA
Dragon Breath Sky Attack & Dragon Pulse
Let's keep this simple. If it doesn't chuck rocks or ice, or isn't charming, or doesn't happen to be one of the very few things that resists Dragon damage, Altaria is likely going to overwhelm it. Steels and Fairies and Ice types don't mind the appearance of Alt, but Grasses, Fires, Muds, even most Normals and Flyers and even Electrics... they all do. Altaria isn't the best at any one thing, but it's very solid in wide range of matchups and remains one of the "safer" options to round out a team... and is still a budget player's dream.
MANTINE
Bubble (or Wing Attack or Bullet Seed) Bubble Beam & Ice Beam/Aerial Ace
Here things are NOT quite so simple. Well, one thing is: The Baby Discount™ is alive and well... get a Mantyke, give it a second move for only 10,000 dust, and then evolve, build up the resulting Mantine for about 30k dust, and save yourself a bundle, since giving the second move to an already-evolved Mantine is 75,000 dust just by itself! Anyway, however you get there, the real work comes with deciding which moves to run. First is the fast move decision. Bubble seems to work best overall, with the best results (and the best chance of winning) against Skarmory, Ferrothorn, Articuno, both Stunfisks, of course all the Fire types, and even Venusaur (thanks to its high energy generation). Wing Attack picks up Abomasnow and Gyarados (exemplifying the advantages it has against most Grasses and opposing Waters), but loses out on the Stunfisks and Skarmory and performs worse against Mud Boys (potentially losing outright to Whiscash, for example). Even Bullet Seed has some value, getting Whiscash and G-Fisk back, still generating enough energy to beat things like Abomasnow, and being the only way to outrace Quagsire. And then there's a debate about the charge moves. You likely always want Bubble Beam for that sweet bait potential and debuffing, but then there's Ice Beam to beat Altaria, Skarmory, Tropius, Noctowl, Venusaur, and get the best chance of beating Stunfisk, or Aerial Ace to beat Abomasnow, Quagsire, and the mirror match versus opposing Bubbletines. My general recommendation after all this is Bubble/Ice Beam/Bubble Beam, but there are several ways to go about it, and hopefully all that text above helps you decide what fills the hole on YOUR team best.
SWAMPERT
Mud Shot/Water Gun Hydro Cannonᴸ & Sludge Wave/Earthquake
Oooooh boy, here comes the controversy. Yes, I think Water Gun may have some real play here. Combined with the always awesome Hydro Cannon, it gives Swampert its best (or often only) path to victory over Articuno (normal and Shadow), Zapdos (who can otherwise reach three Drill Pecks FTW), Noctowl, and Vigoroth. Obviously Mud Shot is typically the gold standard with its high energy generation, and it alone is fast enough to all but guarantee victory over Skarmory and--when paired with Sludge Wave--Abomasnow, Wigglytuff, and Ludicolo as well. With so many Flyers around, Mud Shot's ineffectiveness there comes more to light, as does Water Gun's steady damage that hurts Flyers a lot more. I'm not saying WG is the answer in this format, but it seems a very legit alternative for basically the first time ever. Just keep it in mind.
WHISCASH
Mud Shot/Water Gun Mud Bomb & Blizzard
Here, however, even though I have it listed as an alternative, Water Gun takes a back seat to Mud Shot. Why? Well first off, Whiscash doesn't need to necessarily threaten Flyers with its fast move... it just needs to reach Blizzard, and Mud Shot is THE way to do that. It is ONLY with Mud Shot and Blizzard that Cash has a real shot to not just beat 'mons like Altaria and Togekiss, but to win with enough life left over to torment whatever follows. Water Gun DOES do some good, like getting Articuno, but old reliable Mud Shot is generally the best way to go. Cash may not look like much on its own, but one early core idea that's been discussed is pairing it with Skarmory for excellent overall coverage; Skarmory covers Grass, Ice, Water and things like Vigoroth and Wigglytuff that beat Whiscash, while the mustachioed mudfish handles the Fires, Electrics, and Muds like G-Fisk and Swampert (yes, Whiscash wins that head to head no matter what moves Swampert is packing that trouble Skarmory. I know people sometimes beg me for team ideas, so there's a potentially very good place to start on one!
GYARADOS
Waterfall/Dragon Breath Aqua Tailᴸ & Crunch/Outrage
Gary's lack of bulk continues to be problematic in Great League, but it's cheap and does some good things. It will consistently thump the Fires and also generally beats Fighters and Muds (though G-Fisk's annoying resistance to Dragon Breath makes Waterfall more preferred there). Dragon Breath allows it to beat... well, Dragons of course, as well as outrace things like Ludicolo, Mantine, Pelipper, and Shiftry that resist Water damage, whereas Waterfall washes away Galarian Stunfisk, Articuno, Obstagoon, and Linoone--a key anti-Skarm/Cash core breaker--and performs better against Skarmory as well. Gary is a niche pick here, but there will be some teams with a perfect Gyarados-shaped hole in this meta.
LINOONE
Shadow Claw Grass Knot & Thunder
Finally, a format where Grass Knot AND Thunder have great value, with the former handling Muds (and the Boys in particular) and even the Electrics here, Thunder zapping all the Flyers (only Altaria and RL Tropius and maybe Articuno manage to limp away), and their powers combined cutting a nice chunk out of the core meta (including that Skarm/Cash core idea, one of very few things that can!). Even Shadow Claw has a nice perk to it here by shredding problematic Alolan Marowak. The big downside is that it has no real answer to Grasses or most of its fellow Normal types, but for the pretty unique coverage it provides, high bulk, and a typing weak only to a list of relevant Pokémon you can count on one hand (even if you lost a finger to an angry Zergling back in the 90s), Loonie should be able to sing a sweet tune in October. (I know, I'm a punny guy. 🤪)
GALARIAN LINOONE
Snarl Body Slam & Dig/Gunk Shot
Quite a different flavor from regular Loonie, with a rather eclectic group of wins that includes Mud Boys, Electrics, Grasses (Meg, Aboma), Fires (A-Wak, Victini), and its non-Galarian cousin. Note the usage of Dig over the more popular Gunk Shot; either is viable, but Gunk Shot shores up the Grasses (including wins over Shiftry and Ludicolo), while Dig--even as awful a move as it is--can get likely-more-impactful Alolan Marowak and Galarian Stunfisk. G-Loonie is a bit of an oddball without a set "role" here, but it really only gets blown out by Fighters and Charmers and may operate as a pretty good safe swap option in this format.
OBSTAGOON
Counter Night Slash & Hyper Beam/Gunk Shot
I keep mentioning them, so yes, there ARE Fighters in this format, it's just that none of them are full, traditional Fighters. Like Goonie here. Counter is all you really need to be a solid Fighter anyway... I mean, that alone beats both Linoones, Ferrothorn, Shiftry, Abomasnow, and very nearly Galarian Stunfisk. Adding on just Night Slash tacks on G-Fisk properly, as well as the Flying Electrics, Skarmory, A-Wak, Victini, Ludicolo, Meganium, and even Whiscash. What's not to love? But it gets even better, because for the second move I recommend the ultimate #getbeamed move: Hyper Beam, which can add on the other Stunfisk, Pelipper, Ninetales, and even Articuno. (Gunk Shot, which is more popular, helps against Grasses but the only one it really seems to change the outcome on much is Tropius, and it doesn't do quite enough to beat the Stunfisk, Ninetales, and Articuno that Hyper Beam can.) Goonie is likely to be a big player in this meta.
ALOLAN RATICATE
Quick Attack Crunch & Hyper Fang/Hyper Beam
The original Dark/Normal PoGO 'mon still ain't too shabby. It's still a chonker that can hang around and put a beating on a lot of things, including all the Electrics (be they Flying or Muddy), Flying Waters, Articuno, Swampert, Linoone, and of course Ghostly A-Wak, and while it loses to many Grasses, A-Rat DOES beat Venusaur, Ludicolo, and potentially Shiftry one on one. You can even throw a wrench in by forgoing the typical Hyper Fang for Hyper Beam instead, getting knockout potential against thicc Whiscash and Tropius in exchange for flimsier stuff like Shiftry, Swampert, and Venusaur. Obstagoon has perhaps surpassed A-Rat overall these days, but te fat rat still has a place for sure.
NOCTOWL
Wing Attack Sky Attack & Psychic
Yes, Mr. Owl is still a very unwelcome sight for Grasses (outbulking even Abomasnow and beating it!), and its near-legendary bulk allows it to beat down things like Swampert, Victini, Togekiss, and Alolan Marowak. But unfortunately that's where its usefulness ends. Both Stunfisks beat it, the Legendary Zapdos (and Emolga) and Articuno beat it, Skarmory and Altaria beat it, and it cannot outbulk the likes of Wigglytuff, Linoone, Whiscash, Mantine, Skarmory, and many others. Noctowl is solid enough, but this isn't the friendlist meta for it or other Flyers without an attractive sub-typing.
PIDGEOT
Wing Attackᴸ/Gustᴸ Aerial Ace & Brave Bird
The only Normal Bird that really comes anywhere close to Noctowl is Pidgeot. But alas, even with the new Gust, it isn't quite as solid against Grasses (can't beat Aboma, for example), though it does at least best quasi-Fighters Vigoroth and Obstagoon, and Linoone as well, none of which Noct can replicate, as well as beating Noctowl head to head. And with Wing Attack it can even outslug Altaria. So there's that, at least!
GOLBAT
Wing Attack Poison Fang & Shadow Ball
Slightly better than the Birds is Golbat, with the same wins against Grasses (minus Aboma), A-Wak, Swampert, and Fighters, plus all the Charmers. Shadow Golbat can gain Ninetales and a solid win over Vigoroth, but even still, like most Flyers here, Golbat has definite limitations. If you want to cover Grass and Fairy, Golbat works, but don't look for it to do a ton beyond that.
WIGGLYTUFF
Charm Ice Beam & Play Rough
Speaking of Charmers, Wiggly gets another chance to be the star of the show, beating the other pair of Charmers here, plus the Dragons, Electrics, Darks, Fighters, and bonuses like Whiscash, Articuno, Linoone, Pelipper, and Abomasnow. And nearly all of that you can just Charm to death, and add on Stunfisk, Mantine, and Shadow Articuno that way too. Practically nothing slows Wigglytuff down that isn't Poison, Steel, or Fire. A good Charmer can go a long way, and Wiggly remains likely THE best Charmer in Great League.
WHIMSICOTT
Charm Grass Knot & Moonblast/Hurricane
That being said, there IS a new kid on the block this time around, the Grassy Charmer Whimsicott. And what it has going for it is a Grass sub-typing, which gives it a few advantages, such as resisting all of Stunfisk's moves and therefore handling it with no trouble. It also better handles Meganium (again, resisting all of its moves) and Shiftry, and doesn't have to shield to still beat Shiftry soundly (and can beat Emolga this way as well, while Wiggly cannot). And while you may not actually land one unshielded often, having the threat of Grass Knot or even a Hurricane is a nice stick to carry, and far different from what any other Charmer wields. Small advantages, granted, and Wiggly is still better overall. But those are the sort of advantages you can use and abuse on the right team. Whimsie is certainly viable.

50,000 Dust/50 Candy

The 10k moves are pretty easy to justify, but here is where the real decision making starts to come in to play. 50,000 dust is not something easily tossed away. There are many eligible 'mons in Sunrise in this category that are potentially worth it, and here they are!
RAZOR LEAFERS
Razor Leaf Sludge Bomb & Leaf Blade/Moonblast
Yeah, I'm lumping them together again, because the story is the same for all the ones worth considering: this is just not a great meta for Razor Leaf, even the ones considered the most brutal. Yes, they will obviously annihilate the Mud Boys, shred Stunfisk (though Galarian Fisky can usually survive their assault), and things like Obstagoon, Wigglytuff, Vigoroth, Linoone, even Emolga. But even the ACTUAL best--which is typically Vileplume these days, NOT Victreebell--can't do much of anything beyond that... though Plume DOES somehow Razor Leaf down even Togekiss, which would be amazing to actually witness, and Shadow Plume can even beat Mantine. Running a good Razor Leafer isn't the craziest idea in the world, but especially in a meta like this, they either make you look really, really smart... or really, really the opposite of smart. And as you'll see, most of the rest of the 50k 'mons are gunning for Grasses....
ALOLAN MAROWAK
Fire Spin Bone Club & Shadow Ball
Yes, I played around with several move combinations, as the newly improved Hex and Flame Wheel do pop up here and there these days and surprise people. But you really can't top the good old Fire Spin (which alone is enough to terrorize most Grasses, Charmers, and Articuno combined with Bone Club and Shadow Ball. Most Waters and Muds still beat it, as well as Darks and stuff like Altaria, but pretty much everything else has much to fear from this multi-faceted threat. Some people got sick of A-Wak in Season 2, so for those folks, I hate to tell ya, but Season 3 looks to be starting the same way. Hide the children... do NOT send them trick or treating at A-Wak's house!
NINETALES
Fire Spin Psyshock & Overheat/Flamethrowerᴸ/Solar Beam
A-Wak and Charizard and even Typhlosion and Blaziken always get all the accolades, while Ninetales just goes out and quietly produces solid results. There are some key differences between Tails and A-Wak, of course. A-Wak wins the head to head and uniquely defeats Ludicolo, Victini, and Vigoroth thanks to typing and its varied moves, but Ninetales is a top-notch true Fire type with good bulk that goes out and gets Shiftry, Linoone, and Obstagoon that all beat A-Wak. Ninetales isn't flashy, but it is an excellent and very safe Fire, and will always demand shield respect from even Waters and Muds thanks to the well-documented threat of Solar Beam, whether you're actually running it or not!
ARCANINE
Snarl/Fire Fang Wild Charge & FlamethroweCrunch/Bulldozeᴸ
Not as solid as A-Wak OR Tails, but very unpredictable, and that has value too. Snarl Arcanine is reliant on Flamethrower to maintain a Fire threat, but that's still sufficient to burn through Grasses, Steels, and Ices while also threatening (and typically defeating) Flyers like Mantine, Pelipper, and Togekiss with Wild Charge. Fire Fang 'Nine works best as a Shadow version, and since Flamethrower is superfluous now, either Crunch or Legacy Bulldoze work well. No longer getting things like Mantine/Pelipper (or Victini, as Snarl did), you now destroy ALL the Grasses, Skarmory, and Wigglytuff instead, most of it with just fast move damage. Arcanine is a spicy pick more than a true meta pick, but what it blows through, it usually does pretty hard. Go big or go home, right?
TOGEKISS
Charm Ancient Power & FlamethroweAerial Ace
The expensive Charmer in this format, and not surprisingly, it does 95% of its work with Charm alone. Fighters perish, non-Poisonous/Steely Grasses perish, Darks perish, and even most opposing Flyers (Zapdos, Pelipper, and of course Altaria) perish. One matchup I want to spend a second on is Swampert, which can go really well or [end in a gut punch])(https://pvpoke.com/battle/1500/togekiss/swampert-19-0-14-14-4-4-1/11/1-1-2/0-2-4), depending largely on IVs (and is one of the primary reasons for Swampert to lean towards Sludge Wave over Earthquake here). And yes, if the Water Gun Swampert recommendation takes off, the dilemma is the same. Tread lightly and try not to get baited, as Swampert cannot get to two Sludge Waves in time no matter what and HAS to bait to win.
PELIPPER
Wing Attack Weather Ball (Water) & Hurricane
Mini-Mantine... that's really the best way to think about Pelipper. It is capable of overcoming Abomasnow easier than Mantine, and can beat Mantine head to head with good IVs, but Mantine goes out and more easily beats Charmers, Skarmory, and of course Altaria. I don't know that I would outright recommend Pelipper over Mantine, but if you're the type that doesn't like running the same things as everyone else, here's your chance to run out Mantine without... well, without actually running out Mantine.
HONCHKROW
Snarl Sky Attack & Brave Bird
Honch was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the recent (ish) tweak to Brave Bird, going from curiosity to one of only two Pokémon in the game with BB and the solid Sky Attack, and the other is the awesome Skarmory. And with Snarl powering them out for Honch, nothing in the game gets to either move faster. That all adds up to a solid track record here in Sunrise Cup (and many other formats as well), outracing the Mud Boys, the major Fire types, of course Grasses, and even Linoone and potentially Altaria with unrelenting Flying moves. With less Defense than even glass cannons like Haunter and Alakazam, Honch isn't going to stand up to a lot of punishment, but it can sweep away a good chunk of the meta on the way out.
JUMPLUFF
Bullet Seed Aerial Ace & Energy Ball
If Pelipper is mini-Mantine, Jumpluff is mini-Tropius. However, remember that Razor Leaf isn't so hot here, so Trop is likely to be running with Air Slash, and little Jumpluff is actually on pretty equal footing overall. Whereas AS Trop can best Ferrothorn, Jumpluff--with its greater emphasis on Grass damage thanks to Bullet Seed spamming out Energy Balls--instead gets to boast of a win over Galarian Stunfisk, a win in which Pluff emerges halfway to another charge move and with enough HP to likely get there. Like big bad Trop, Pluff beats its fellow Grasses (well, except for Ferro), shreds the Mud Boys (far more effectively than AS Trop, not surprisingly), both Stunfisks, and laughs at Linoone and Vigoroth and Wigglytuff as well. It's actually really solid here... though you DO need to nearly max one out for it to work, so it's not a "thrifty" alternative to Tropius by any means. But a fun one!
SHIFTRY
Snarl Leaf Blade & Foul Play/Hurricane
And with Jumpluff, we begin a run through some oddball Grasses. Shiftry is, of course, quite a unique threat that has made quite the name for itself since recieving first Snarl and then eventually Bullet Seed as well. The former seems best overall here (with so many Grasses and Fires and Flyers around that all resist Seed), paired with old standbys Leaf Blade (which puts on serious Grass-type pressure all by itself) and Foul Play. (The only solid case I see for the also-popular Hurricane over FP is winning the mirror and being a sometimes-harder anti-Grass option, which certainly isn't nothing, but Foul Play can beat A-Wak and still gets the other jobs done just fine.) Put it all together and it shakes out like this. Not a meta-defining performance or anything, but tearing up both Stunfisks and the Mud Boys while also beating nearly every other Grass, the troublesome Linoone and Emolga, and even two of the most prominent Fires (A-Wak and Victini) is a pretty good deal to get in one Poké-package. Also worth consideration (and I know most of you were considering it already anyway!): Shadow Shiftry, which can win all the same matchups (though several are a bit shakier) plus Venusaur and fellow Shadow 'mon Zapdos. Either cloaked in a purple haze or not, you can expect to run into this popular and potent threat throughout October.
ABOMASNOW
Powder Snow Weather Ball (Ice) & Energy Ball
Aboma has been all the rage lately and probably needs little introduction, so I'll keep this brief and to the point (for once! 😅): Abomasnow is an Ice type in disguise, sneaking in its potent Powder Snow/Weather Ball Ice spamming combo simply because it happens to also be a Grass type. The only win where it really even USES Grass (in the form of Energy Ball) is against Whiscash... and it can win even THAT with strictly Ice damage too if it so wishes! As with Shiftry, Shadow Aboma is almost a strict upgrade, tacking on two huge wins against Skarmory (breaking up that SkarmCash core!) and Galarian Stunfisk at the arguably low cost of giving up only Zapdos. "Snowbama" will be a frequent foe as the weather gets colder in much of the world.
LUDICOLO
Bubble Energy Ball & Ice Beam
Obviously, Ludi doesn't exactly play like a Grass. As Aboma is more of an Ice that can deal Grass damage, Ludi is a WateIce that can also deal some Grass damage... and in fact the same Grass move, with Energy Ball. But it comes a LITTLE slower with Bubble powering it and Ice Beam up. Ludi's odd WateGrass combo means it's the Grass that LOSES to most of its counterparts (it really only beats RL Tropius, thanks to Ice Beam), but it's also the Grass that beats Flyers (Altaria, Emolga, Togekiss) and even Ninetales, while still handling the Stunfisks and Whiscash and Vigoroth and Linoone and others. The sheer volume of wins isn't there, but Ludicolo can plug a couple holes at once that nothing else really can.
QUAGSIRE
Mud Shot Stone Edge & Earthquake
I keep mentioning the Mud Boys, but there's one big one I have yet to highlight, and it also totes around Stone Edge: Lord Quag himself. No talk show debates necessary here either, as it is clearly the "standard" EdgeQuake moveset you want here, with Edge to knock down Flyers and Fires, and Earthquake to shake down the Stunfisks and outrace Swampert as well. The choice of WHICH Mud Boy to run is always a tricky one, and I've already thrown some moveset debates out there for the others in this meta, but at least the seemingly endless Quag moveset debate should be (mostly?) settled this month.
ZANGOOSE
Shadow Claw Night Slash & Close Combat
Another very popular PvP mon, is the Goose loose in Sunrise Cup? Weeeeeeeell.... Zangoose IS the top counter to Galarian Stunfisk, which is a nice place to start, and whallops Linoone and Ferrothorn with Close Combat, just like G-Fisk. It also rips through A-Wak and Victini AND Ninetales (and nearly every other Fire as well), plus Obstagoon and Ludicolo and Meganium and the Shadow versions of all three Legendary Birds. And while it doesn't outright BEAT either half of the SkarmCash pair, it does beat the stuffing out of both of them, at least. There's a case to be made for running Zangoose in October if you really like it.
BOUFFALANT
Mud Shot Stomp & Skull Bash
Well I wrote up a big long article extolling Bouff already, so may as well double down now. Yes, Bouffalant is highly bait-dependent to work properly, preferring to get a shield with Stomp and then run roughshod over things with Skull Bash. And Mud Shot is more than capable of making that actually work, to the tune of beating all the prominent Charmers, Electrics, Mud Boys, and Fires (except Normal-resistant A-Wak) and outracing even Shiftry and Linoone to the killing blow. The potential is there. The finesse--and guts--to make it work? Well that's up to you, my friend!
As per usual, the only thing that can stop me is Reddit character limits. 😢 I blew right past it this month, so continue reading in Part II!
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2020.09.19 09:42 Mangovanilla1 If you want the cat that I’m getting rid of you will have to pay me for it

This happened a few weeks ago but I’ve just discovered this community so I thought I’d post it.
CB - choosing beggar Me - (myself.....) I think that might be obvious, lol.
So I was browsing an online local marketplace (gumtree) looking in the pet section for a rabbit hutch. I was scrolling down the pet section when I saw a picture of a frail looking black cat with the title “need gone ASAP moving”
I couldn’t ignore this despite not looking for a cat, there have been so many horror stories about people picking up free cats from gumtree to use as bait in dog fights. I clicked on the picture and the listing said something along the lines of “10 year old female cat free to a good home. Moving in 5 days and can’t take it with me.”
They had a phone number on the website so I quickly composed a text, they responded pretty much instantly and the exchange went something like this:
Me: “Hi, I was wondering if anybody has taken in your cat? If they haven’t, I am able to provide her with a good home”
CB- “no they have not and we are moving in 5 days”
(Blunt reply I thought, no questions or response to me having the cat)
Me- “Ok, well I could come and get her this evening or I could wait until moving day if you wanted some more time with her. It’s up to you. She will have a nice life here, I have another elderly black cat she can play with. What food is she on?”
CB- “Come get it tonight inserts address it doesn’t eat cat food we just feed it chicken and things”
Me- “Ok see you around 5pm if that’s ok? Is she up to date with flea/worm treatment and vaccinations?
CB- “yes 5pm and yes it is.”
Me- “Ok see you then”
About 3 hours go past and I get a text from her. Baring in mind this cat was listed as “free to a good home” and the fact that cats (at least in the U.K.) usually don’t sell unless they’re a designer breed as there are so many unwanted strays already. Kittens can make £30-£50 but cats, nothing usually.
CB- “make sure you bring the correct amount of money I don’t have change”
Me- “The cat was listed as free to a good home, how much do you want for the cat? I wasn’t looking to get another cat to be honest, I just saw your listing and thought she was in need so I offered her a home”
CB- “I want £45 because that’s how much I paid for its donation fee when I adopted it in 2013. Got someone else interested that is going to pay it”
Me- “I’m sorry, I wasn’t looking to buy a cat. I think we have our wires crossed. I was concerned about the cat not having a home because you’re moving so I offered her a place. I’m not actually looking to purchase another cat but I was willing to give a home to one that was in need. If your cats not in need then it’s best you give it to the other person so I can keep my eye out for animals that urgently need a home”
CB doesn’t reply for an hour or so even though our text exchanges are usually instant.
CB- “The cat is getting put to sleep then this in the U.K. means euthanatised other person changed their mind and no rescue will take it because it’s age”
Me- “You dont need to get her put to sleep, I will have her”
CB- “But I get nothing and you get my cat”
Me- “Because you said you can’t take her, surely it’s best she goes to a loving home rather than be killed? Plus you will have to pay to get her put to sleep so you will be out of pocket”
CB- “No I don’t have to pay because the PDSA are doing it so it is free I’ve just made an appointment for tomorrow”
PDSA are a U.K. charity that provides basically free vet care to those on government support in exchange for a donation
At this point I was getting fed up and I just decided that I would pay the money as I was fed up with the back and forth and I didn’t want her to actually euthanise the cat.
Me- “I have the money so please cancel the appointment I will be there at 5pm like we agreed”
CB- “ok”
I turn up to their home at 5pm on the dot, I’ve brought a cat carrier with me as I’m not expecting she will come with anything. I’m greeted by a rough looking woman in a house that smells like weed and has no carpets, just bare stained floor. The walls were yellow from nicotine and there was a punch mark in the living room door. I can hear dogs barking from the garden.
Despite this, I’m polite and I’m led in to the living room were the cat is asleep on the sofa. There is a cat bed in the corner which has a mother cat in feeding about 6-7 tiny baby kittens. I sit down to stroke her during which I see 2 more cats stroll in the living room, one obviously heavily pregnant (although these cats seem a lot younger and healthier than the one I was taking) I thought it was odd as she said she was moving in 5 days but there was no evidence of packing and there was several paint pots that had been tested on the wall as if they were in the process of redecorating.
Anyway, I paid £50 (I only had 2 £20 notes and a £10 so I just gave her that) she then had the audacity to ask me if myself or anyone I knew would be interested in a kitten for £60. I said no, I scooped up the cat and got the hell out of there.
I realised in the car that the cat was infested with fleas. I didn’t know what to do but I have 3 small children so I couldn’t risk a flea infestation in our house. Instead I put her in the summer house in the garden (which has a sofa, pillows, blankets etc in) and let her spend the night in there. In the morning I took her out and have since completely fumigated it.
I took her to the vet who treated her for a number of problems including: -Fleas -Worms -Severe malnutrition (she weighed half of what she should) -Burn marks on her belly which the vet described as looking like they were done with a cigarette -A severe heart murmur -Overbreeding (the vet said it was apparent that she had been used a significant amount of times to have kittens)
The vet also told me the cat wasn’t 10 and was about 17. The vet took the details of the woman who I got her from as he said he was going to report her as he’d never seen a cat in this bad of a shape.
A hefty vets bill later and we were both home. She loves her new life here and has really come out of her shell, she loves her cat friend. I don’t know how long she has left as the heart murmur is pretty bad (the vet said it wouldn’t have got to this stage if it was detected and operated on much sooner) but for now she is loving life. A happy ending to this story about a POS CB.
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2020.09.12 02:48 TactykalAnalysis Who's Better, Mitch Marner or Mikko Rantanen?

Hey everyone, I’m back with another long-winded article. For those of you that missed the last one on Max Domi, you can check out the video or post. This time, I’m going to be looking at two players that are often compared here on the subreddit and try to determine who is the better player. Those two players are Mikko Rantanen and Mitch Marner.
 
As before, if you’re too lazy to read you can check out the YouTube video I posted over on my channel.
 
 
Mitch Marner and Mikko Rantanen are a pair of players that have been constantly compared throughout their short careers. At a glance, both players seem remarkably similar, but are these similarities just at the surface level, or do they go deeper?
 
Some notable similarities between the two players:
  • Drafted in the 1st round of the 2015 entry draft
  • Play Right Wing
  • Played their first full NHL season in 2016-17
  • Feature heavily on their team’s first PP unit
  • Have found elite success on the score sheet early in their careers
 
To determine which of these players is better, we need to take a closer look at the different aspects of their game and compare them. In this case, I am going to be looking at offensive production, ice time and special teams, possession and defense, and playoff performance. Based on how the two stack up in these categories, I will try (and fail) to end the debate once and for all: Who’s Better, Mikko Rantanen or Mitch Marner?
 
Offensive Production  
Often the only stats a lot of people care about when comparing competitors, offensive production is undoubtably extremely important when determining the better of two players. Since both Marner and Rantanen are the same age and began their first full NHL season in the same year, it makes it much easier to take a side by side comparison at face value.
 
Rantanen Marner
GP 272 300
Goals 99 83
A1 89 136
A2 62 72
Points 250 291
G/60 1.14 0.90
A1/60 1.02 1.47
A2/60 0.71 0.78
P/60 2.87 3.15
P/GP 0.92 0.97
S 611 757
S% 16.2% 11.0%
G:A 1.53 2.51
 
When it comes to straight point scoring, here we can see that Marner has the advantage. Even though he also has more games played than Rantanen, Marner is able to maintain a higher scoring rate over the additional games. On top of this, Marner also has significantly more assists, specifically primary assists, with 136 to Rantanen’s 89.
 
If we shift the focus to goals the story changes however, with Rantanen putting up more goals than Marner despite playing fewer games and maintaining an absurd 16.2% shooting percentage over his 4 seasons. Rantanen being a more goal-focused player and Marner being a more assist-focused player is reinforced by the G:A, where Rantanen gets 1.53 assists for each goal to Marner’s 2.51.
 
If we directly compare each player’s per 60 stats, we can get a better sense of how superior one player is in each point category than the other. For Rantanen, we see that he scores goals at a 26.7% higher rate than Marner. In all the other categories Marner reigns supreme, beating Rantanen by 30.1% in A/60, 9.8% in P/60, and most notably by a massive 44.1% in A1/60.
 
But what does this mean in terms of total offensive production?
 
While goals are seen to be the most valuable offensive stat, I think it’s important to make the distinction between primary and secondary assists, as primary assists are often believed to be more valuable and less random (and therefore a better judge of skill/ability) than secondary assists. I’m not going to do a deep dive to try and put an exact value on these stats as that’s definitely outside the scope of this post. Feel free to disagree and let me know what you think of these stat rankings, but the general perception I’ve seen in the hockey community and will use here is:
 
Goals > Primary Assists > Secondary Assists
 
Using this ranking system, we can start to argue which player has the superior offensive production. While Rantanen is the superior goal scorer - the most valuable offensive stat in this system – Marner has a huge lead when it comes to primary assists as well as a small lead in both secondary assists and total points. Because of the combination of these leads, I am inclined to say that, in general, Marner has better total offensive production compared to Rantanen, though this gap may not be very large due to Rantanen’s goal scoring prowess.
 
Ice Time and Special Teams  
Moving on, lets look at the ice time breakdown for these two players.
 
Rantanen Marner
GP 272 300
TOI 5229 5535
ATOI 19:13 18:27
PIM 124 102
PPTOI 955 764
APPTOI 3:31 2:33
PPTOI% 18.3% 13.8%
SHTOI 8 251
ASHTOI 0:02 0:50
SHTOI% 0.2% 4.5%
PPP 92 93
PPP/60 5.78 7.30
 
Here we see that Rantanen has more ATOI by a little less than a minute, but holds a large lead in PPTOI, averaging almost a minute more per game than Marner. Despite this ice time lead, Marner has 1 more PPP than Rantanen and a much better PPP/60, with 7.30 to Rantanen’s 5.78. In addition to a higher power play effectiveness, Marner also sees play on the penalty kill, whereas Rantanen does not. While the ASHTOI seems low, this is due to Marner starting to get PK minutes in the past two seasons, where he averaged 1:21 per game in 2018-19 and 2:11 per game in 2019-20. We can also expect these numbers to continue, as the Leafs lost one of their better penalty killers in Kasperi Kapanen.
 
This category seems like a clear-cut win for Marner. While he plays a little less per game, he is the more versatile player - excelling on both the power play and the penalty kill – and he is more effective than Rantanen on the power play, with a 26.3% higher PPP/60.
 
Possession and Defense  
Defensive ability is one of the harder things to quantify, but I will do my best here.
 
Rantanen-Pos CF% oZS% xGF xGA TK GV
2016-17 49.5% 52.6% 49.8 54.0 49 32
2017-18 50.7% 57.4% 55.9 54.0 45 30
2018-19 53.9% 63.5% 64.5 53.5 39 35
2019-20 53.4% 58.6% 25.8 23.5 34 16
 
Marner-Pos CF% oZS% xGF xGA TK GV
2016-17 50.8% 55.9% 50.0 52.2 67 62
2017-18 52.9% 56.2% 55.1 48.2 85 50
2018-19 51.7% 52.5% 75.7 65.3 78 67
2019-20 53.0% 53.4% 38.5 31.2 64 71
 
Looking at their Corsi, we see that Marner has the edge in the first 2 years, while Rantanen pulls ahead in the last 2. However, we can’t just look at Corsi in a vacuum, we also need to take into account stats that could influence Corsi, such as oZS%. In 2016-17, we see Marner has a 3.3% higher oZS%, but only a 1.3% higher CF%. It’s also good to remember that in the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche had their notoriously bad 48-point season. From 2017-2020 Rantanen has the higher oZS% - in some cases more than 10% higher than Marner’s - however over the same time period he only puts up better Corsi numbers in 2 seasons, and even then, it is not by a large margin.
 
Moving on to xGF and xGA, we see that Marner holds the lead in both, meaning that despite Marner creating more offense than Rantanen, he also gives up more chances defensively. We can look at the difference between these two numbers to see if the additional xGF overcomes the xGA, and in this case it does. Despite having the higher xGA, Marner’s net expected goals is 22.4, which beats out Rantanen’s net expected goals of 11.0. It is worth noting that Rantanen holds both the best and worst seasons of the two players when it comes to the net expected goals, with -4.2 during the previously mentioned terrible 2016-17 season, and 11.0 during the more recent 2018-19 season.
 
The last potential measures for defensive ability I wanted to touch on is Takeaways (TK) and Giveaways (GV). While these stats are more subjective and may not be the most accurate, they do offer up a few explanations about player behaviour on the ice.
 
We again see Marner holding the lead in both categories, which can mean a few different things. For TKs, it tells us that Marner is the more aggressive defender. This is sometimes viewed as a high risk, high reward defensive playstyle, that increases your team’s chance of getting possession, but also can cause you to be caught out of position more often. This does seem to fit with Marner’s other possession and defensive stats. Rantanen on the other hand, who has much lower TK numbers, would appear to be a more passive defender. While this can result in giving up less chances, it can also mean his own team has less chances due to lower possession numbers.
 
When it comes to GVs, Marner’s lead tells a similar story of aggressiveness. A higher number of GVs could mean poor puck management, but it could also represent more attempts to get the puck to high danger areas. In addition to this, it could mean that Marner is trying too hard to force plays that aren’t available in an attempt to get those highlight reel passing plays. In contrast, Rantanen has less than half the GVs of Marner, indicating that he is the safer player with better puck management. At the same time however, this could also mean that Rantanen does not drive the play to the net enough, instead opting for safer, but lower danger plays.
 
To sum up this category, we see that Rantanen has had a slightly better Corsi in recent seasons, however he has also had a much higher proportion of O-Zone starts, which could account for this difference. We also see that Marner’s greater xGF outweighs his higher xGA, giving him a better net expected goals than Rantanen. Finally, we see Marner having higher TKs and GVs, indicating he is a more aggressive player on both offense and defense, resulting in higher risk but higher rewards than Rantanen’s more passive and safe play. While the last category is much more subjective, I think Marner having the better net expected goals and maintaining a similar Corsi to Rantanen with a significantly lower oZS% is enough to give him the edge over Rantanen in this category, though again this is quite close.
 
Playoff Performance  
I wanted to include a category that could show how well a player performed in clutch, high pressure situations. I figured that, despite the small sample size, playoff performance would be the best indicator for such a thing.
 
Rantanen-PO GP G A P TOI ATOI P/60 P/GP G:A
2017-18 6 0 4 4 118 19:40 2.03 0.67 -
2018-19 12 6 8 14 260 21:40 3.23 1.17 1.33
2019-20 15 7 14 21 301 20:04 4.19 1.40 2.00
Total 33 13 26 39 679 20:35 3.45 1.18 2.00
 
Marner-PO GP G A P TOI ATOI P/60 P/GP G:A
2016-17 6 1 3 4 107 17:50 2.24 0.67 3.00
2017-18 7 2 7 9 119 17:00 4.54 1.29 3.50
2018-19 7 2 2 4 144 20:34 1.67 0.57 1.00
2019-20 5 0 4 4 123 24:36 1.95 0.80 -
Total 25 5 16 21 493 19:43 2.56 0.84 3.20
 
From these tables we see the regular season point scoring ability swap, with Rantanen having the superior numbers in the playoffs, increasing his regular season P/60 of 2.87 by over 20% to 3.45. This moves Rantanen to be above 1 point per game in the playoffs, a very impressive feat. At the same time, Marner’s P/60 numbers have decreased by 18.7% from 3.15 to 2.56. We also see both players have an increase in their G:A, meaning their point totals shift to be more assist oriented in the playoffs. In addition to this, both players see an increase in the ATOI by a little over a minute.
 
At the end of the day, there’s not much to say here as it is a very easy win for Rantanen. While the low sample size and potential for players to just get hot at the right time reduce the merit of these stats compared to the regular season, I do still think it’s important to see how players both perform and adapt to playoff hockey. At this point in their short careers, Rantanen has been the better player in the playoffs.
 
Conclusion  
To recap, the four categories we’ve looked at have gone as follows:  
  • Offensive Production: Overall Marner, though Rantanen is the better goal scorer
  • Ice Time and Special Teams: Marner, he is more effective on the PP and also sees time on the PK
  • Possession and Defense: Marner, he maintains a similar CF% to Rantanen with a significantly lower oZS% and has a higher net expected goals
  • Playoff Performance: Rantanen, overperforms compared to his regular season numbers whereas Marner underperforms
 
Based on these categories, it seems that Marner is the superior player. He has the clear special teams advantage, and slight advantages in offensive production and possession. While Rantanen has been the better playoff performer, this cannot take away from how well Marner has performed during the regular season.
 
However…if we choose not to look at these players in a vacuum, and instead also take their contract value into account, the story changes a bit. Both players signed 6-year extensions after their ELC expired following the 2018-19 season. Rantanen signed for $9.25 million per season, and Marner signed for $10.893 million per season.
 
Overall, I’ve found through my analysis and comparisons that Marner is the better player, but is he over $1.6 million per season better? My gut says no, and this is supported by looking at their cost per point (using P/GP over an 82-game season), which is $136,950 for Marner, and $122,614 for Rantanen. Rantanen not only scores more goals and gives you better bang for your buck, but he opens up space to bring on other players, which is invaluable in a salary cap world. $1.6 million can get you some decent depth in today’s game. Granted, this is all more subjective, and there are arguments in favour of both players.
 
I would love to know what you all think about this comparison. Do you agree on my findings? In a vacuum, would you rather have Marner or Rantanen? Does this change if you bring their contracts into play? I’m also interested in hearing who you guys think I should compare next.
 
TLDR – Marner is the better player but given their current contracts I would rather have Rantanen on my team.
 
Thanks so much for reading guys, I am really grateful for all the support I got on my last post, it was definitely encouraging! If you’re interested, you can check out videos of these writeups on my YouTube - I appreciate all of you who subscribe 😊. You can also follow me on Twitter @Tactyks.
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2020.09.11 20:49 tehMadhero The 2020/2021 Eredivisie Preview [Part 1/2]

Welcome one and all to the 3rd annual preview of the Eredivisie: the one league in the world without a proper champion or relegated teams this year. The KNVB were the first nation to pull the plug on the competition, a decision that went super smoothly and caused no anger or vitriol whatsoever.
So yeah, for the first time in quite a while, we have the exact same 18 teams duking it out for glory, and just because its the same teams doesn’t mean that results will be the same. Has ADO recovered from the Pardew Party? Will PSV’s reboot bear any fruit, and how exactly will Robben do after un-retirement? Like last time, I have given my own generic predictions of the Eredivisie clubs, but have again asked fans about their expectations, players to watch, and why you should support them? With all that in mind, let’s get started with talking about the first nine clubs of the competition.
It should be noted that with the transfer market open until October, there’s a pretty solid chance that these previews and the points made in them will feel hilariously outdated in a month’s time.

ADO DEN HAAG

LAST SEASON
Pos. Games W D L GF GA GD Points
17 26 4 7 15 25 54 -29 19

It turns out not replacing the player responsible for close to 50% of your goal tally isn’t good. The transfer of El Khayati meant that ADO had an mostly over the hill squad with the only bright spark being an okay loan signing in Crysencio Summerville. It led to manager Fons Groenendijk throwing in the towel. Then came the one and only Alan Pardew and an army of loanees. Awesome Ghostbusters tifo aside, Pardew didn’t really manage to improve the squad and was almost certainly going towards relegation, but the decision by the KNVB to not go through with relegation meant they were saved, to the chagrin of plenty.
THIS SEASON
Following last season’s debacle, ADO have under the leadership of Martin Jol gone through a restructuring of the squad, signing some talented players like Samy Brourard and Andrei Ratiu, defenders like Boy Kemper and Peet Bijen, and letting go of club icons Lex Immers and Tom Beugelsdijk, who’s dulcet tones of RUSTAAAAGH will never be heard in a ADO shirt again. Going for club icon Alexandar Rankovic as manager is a risk, but the mood at ADO seems to be that they’ve learned from last season and have made efforts to improve the side with exciting and young players, but whether those players are ready for the Eredivisie is unclear at this point.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Lex Immers Permanent ADO Den Haag NAC Breda Free
Tom Beugelsdijk Permanent ADO Den Haag Sparta Rotterdam Free
Samy Brourard Permanent FC Eindhoven ADO Den Haag Free
Peet Bijen Permanent FC Twente ADO Den Haag Free
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
Arweiler - Kramer
Rigo - Goossens - De Boer - Brouard
Kemper- Bijen - Pinas- Van Ewijk
Koopmans
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Samy Brourard - Did pretty good at FC Eindhoven in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie and the hope will be that he brings the creativity ADO sorely lacked last season
Vicente Besuijen - Returns to the Eredivisie after playing for AS Roma’s youth academy. An exciting winger who will likely get the time to grow.

AJAX

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
1 25 18 2 5 68 23 45 56

After the spectacular 2018/19 season, things could only go worse for Ajax., However, despite the departure of de Jong and De Ligt, Ajax was still playing great football, with Quincy Promes and Lisandro Martinez adding some new impulses to the team. Everything looked hunky dory… until the Champions League game against Chelsea. That insane 4-4 draw felt like the end of the party, with Ajax failing to get out of the UCL group stage and later falling victim to Getafe’s shithousery. That nosedive in form also happened in the competition, leading AZ to catch up. Just as things looked to somewhat improve...the season was over. Ajax kept their 1st spot only through goal difference, which means that while they didn’t officially win the competition, they did qualify for the Champions League.
u/Mrcrashdummy: Last season was kind of a mixed bag. We started out great, made it into group stage of the CL and easily beat Lille and Valencia. At the end of the calendar year something changed. Lots of injures and that bizarre game versus Chelsea seemed to be the start of a worrisome second half of the season. Getting knocked out of the EL by Getafe was a disaster and losing the next two league games as well made me worry for the title. Just after that the competition got suspended, however. Ajax was awarded the first place but no title. It feels strange, but it’s the fairest way to do it in my opinion.
THIS SEASON
Ajax will once again continue the path it's been following since 2018, but it will have to do that without Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek. At time of writing, it's still unclear whether the likes of Tagliafico and Onana will follow. Regardless, Ajax still has by far the most quality squad in the whole competition, and anything less than the title will be considered a disappointment. Most interesting will be the continuing balancing act between big signings like Antony and Kudus and the talents like Ryan Gravenberch or Devyne Rensch looking for their breakthrough.
u/Mrcrashdummy: I’m quite hopeful. We haven’t lost a game all pre-season. Doesn’t mean a lot, but still. The new signings Antony and especially Kudus look to be something special. Expectations in Eredivisie are always the same; to win it. This season is no different. Looking at the squads of other teams, I say we are the ones to beat. Hopefully we can go through to the KO-stage of the Champions League. I’m not expecting another run like in 2018/2019, a place with the last 16 is more than enough for me. My biggest fear is losing more key players. We already lost van de Beek and Ziyech. Onana and Tagliafico are the two players most linked with big clubs, but I hope we can keep them both here for at least another season.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Antony Permanent Sao Paulo Ajax 15,275,000
Mohamed Kudus Permanent FC Nordsjælland Ajax 9,000,000
Hakim Ziyech Permanent Ajax Chelsea 45,000,000
Donny van de Beek Permanent Ajax Manchester United 40,000,000
POTENTIAL LINEUP
Promes - Tadic - Antony
Gravenberch - Kudus - Alvarez
Tagliafico* - Blind - Schuurs - Dest
Onana*
*= likely to leave, but still in squad at time of writing
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Antony - A transfer so big Ajax had to make an entire music video to celebrate it. Antony will likely be brought in slowly like his fellow Brazilian Neres but what has been shown has looked very promising.
Ryan Gravenberch - One of Ajax’s biggest talents and their youngest debut player ever, taking the record from Clarence Seedorf. A very similar type of player to him.
Perr Schuurs - Last season was a tad too early for him, but this should be Schuurs’ time to shine. Strong central defender with some obvious comparisons to be made to De Ligt
u/Mrcrashdummy: Kudus seems to be a real gem; he can play on almost every position on the pitch. Antony has an amazing dribble, something we always like to see at Ajax. I hope Naci Ünüvar, one of the biggest talents I’ve ever seen play at our academy, gets some game time. And finally, Devyne Rensch. The kid is just 17 years old but plays in such a mature way. Can play as a both a centre-back and left/right-back. Really excited to see his progress this season, I think he’ll get to make quite some minutes in our first team.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT AJAX
u/Mrcrashdummy: Ajax plays football the way it’s meant to be played. Always going forward, never parking the bus. A player who beats his opponent with an amazing dribble is almost just as applauded in our stadium as a goal. Young talents get made here; you get to watch the future of football. All in all: it’s just the most beautiful club, ever.

AZ ALKMAAR

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
2 25 18 2 5 54 17 37 56

AZ will have all the reason to feel hard done by the season’s ending, because if any team was looking to challenge Ajax’s dominance, it was the club from Alkmaar. Almost everything seemed to work out for Arne Slot’s side: they had the least conceding defence with a goalkeeper in the form of his life, a great midfield duo in Koopmeiners and Midtsjo and arguably the best attacking lineup of the competition with Idrissi, Stengs and Boadu. Not too shabby for a club that couldn’t even play most of their season at home due to the roof of their stadium collapsing. AZ was competing for their 3rd ever title, but just as they equaled Ajax in all but goal difference, the season was over and AZ remained 2nd. Tough breaks.
u/PiraatPaul: It was madness. A screenwriter would've been laughed at for writing it. The stadium roof collapse, the last-second goals against Antwerp, Partizan and Ajax, the away home games in The Hague, the combined 9-0 away wins against Ajax, Feyenoord, and PSV, getting knocked out of the cup by a team from the second division, the 4000 away fans at Old Trafford, and to top it all off the pandemic ending it short and finishing 2nd place on goal difference. I won't forget this season for a while, it's just too bad it never got the ending it deserved.
THIS SEASON
That tough break proved to be a hard pill to swallow, with the AZ directors attempting to be named as first in the Eredivisie on account of head-to-head results rather than goal difference, but UEFA’s silence on the matter meant that effort proved fruitless. AZ beating Viktoria Plzen in CL Qualifiers does mean that they’re at least assured of the Europa League. AZ will attempt once again to be title contenders, and they’ve shown last season that that is possible if they can keep their star players as well as get more players in certain areas.
u/PiraatPaul: I'm excited for this season but also nervous. Our preseason was absolutely terrible. 3 goals in 7 games, one win and one draw. Of course it doesn't mean anything and we won our only competitive match in the CL qualifiers. I hope we can be a real title candidate again, like last year. I fear that our squad depth is far too low to be a title candidate though, especially if we keep "fighting on three fronts (league, cup, europe)".
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Timo Letschert Permanent HSV AZ Alkmaar Free
Stijn Wuytens Permanent AZ Alkmaar Lommel SK Free
Thomas Ouwejan Loan (w option to buy) AZ Alkmaar Udinese Free
POTENTIAL LINEUP
Idrissi - Boadu - Stengs
Koopmeiners - De Wit - Midstjo
Wijndal - Vlaar - Letschert - Svensson
Bizot
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hakon Evjen - Part of a very talented generation of Norwegian players, Evjen was named the Eliteserien Player of the Year in 2019. After half a season of acclimating, we should see more of his talent come through
Mohamed Taabouni - One of AZ’s most exciting talents, a very quick hard working attacking midfielder that might not get a starting spot yet, but will make some exciting cameos. The Moroccan FA has already courted him for a potential switch.
u/PiraatPaul: Everyone points to Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs, but Oussama Idrissi is my favourite attacker at the moment. He's the one bringing danger and creativity when the other two are lacking. I think the goals will be coming from him this season
Teun Koopmeiners is also one to look out to. Already linked with Milan and Arsenal, but I really hope he stays this season. Since our centreback position is really understaffed he often gets put back to defense, but he really belongs in midfield. He's our captain and controls the play like a seasoned professional.
As for emerging talents, I would say Tijani Reijnders and Håkon Evjen are the players to look out for. Reijnders was one of the standout players in preseason and and will hopefully get a lot of gametime this season. Evjen came over from Norway last winter and hasn't been able to show his talent yet, but I'm certain he's got it.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT AZ
u/PiraatPaul: We are the perfect hipster option if you want to support a title challenger but not one of the established "big three" (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord). Our clubs focus is with youth development, with most of our starting XI coming from our own academy. We play attractive, possession-based football, we have a young energetic manager, we have a brand new stadium roof under construction, what's not to like?

FC EMMEN

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
12 26 9 5 12 32 45 -13 32

After having plenty of sympathy and eyes on their first ever Eredivisie season, Emmen has remained steadfast in its ambition to become a solid midtable team. The Roodwitten had almost a completely different team compared to last season, but the biggest compliment they could get is the fact they were never in real relegation trouble. At home, they were downright invincible, but constantly lost away from De Oude Meerdijk. Its unclear what would’ve happened had the season continued, but Emmen can now prepare for a 3rd season in the Eredivisie.
u/Dutch-Sculptor: I was content about last season. Everybody thought we would be fighting against relegation but we ended in 12th place. And we were closer to the top half then we were to 13th place so it was very good for us.
THIS SEASON
Once again, Emmen will have to do with a very different team, with highlights like Kerim Frei and Michael Heylen leaving. However, Emmen has managed to keep manager Dick Lukkien and he even signed a contract extension, despite interest from FC Twente. Emmen has also gotten a lot bolder about their ambitions, signing players like Simon Tibbling and even trying to court Groningen goalkeeper Sergio Padt, though that didn't go anywhere. Emmen’s goal to remain in the Eredivisie remains intact, and while they still need to add just a few more players to the team, becoming full on relegation candidates seems unlikely.
u/Dutch-Sculptor: I hope we can repeat what we did last year of even better and that we can hold on to the better players. Also we've got some new players of which 4 are around 19/20 years old. Very talented and most have played in their nation's youth teams and/or UEFA youth league. I'm hoping the can settle here and grow to great players.Also I have season tickets so my biggest hope is that this ffing corona buzzes off and we can see most matches.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Caner Cavlan Permanent Austria Wien FC Emmen Unknown
Simon Tibbling Permanent Brondby FC Emmen 800,000
Michael Heylen Permanent FC Emmen Sparta Free
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
De Leeuw - Kolar - Laursen
Tibbling - Pena - Chacon
Cavlan - Veendorp - Araujo - Bijl*
Telgenkamp
*= Likely to leave, but still at squad at time of writing
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sergio Pena - Named Voetbal International’s Player of the Season last year. The Peru international is a really fun player to watch and the source of Emmen’s creative play.
Simon Tibbling - Returning to his former assistant manager at FC Groningen, a Sweden international joining Emmen shows the ambition Emmen wants to exude. Should form an effective partnership with Pena.
u/Dutch-Sculptor: Players to look out for are Bijl, Pena, Simon Tibbling and let's hope some of the new young players like Lucas Bernadou (from Paris Saint Germain) and Sekou Sidibe (from PSV).
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT FC EMMEN
u/Dutch-Sculptor: You should when you want to I guess. But we do have something likable about us. Small club, nothing weird, always a full house and we play fun offensive minded football. And yes that last part does bite us in the ass sometimes but hey, that's life.

FEYENOORD

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
3 25 14 8 3 50 35 15 50

Feyenoord’s season is a classic tale of two halves. The first one under Jaap Stam was, to put it mildly, pretty fucking terrible, with the team never looking all that convincing, bungling in midtable in the middle of the season. After an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Ajax, Stam left the club and on came the manager who initially wasn’t wanted by fans: Dick Advocaat. While he wasn’t able to keep them in the Europa League, the little general helped Feyenoord go through a remarkable run, with Steven Berghuis arguably being the best player of the season. When the season was over, Feyenoord was only 6 points behind Ajax and AZ, which is a huge improvement when compared to where they were, and who knows where they would’ve ended had the season been finished.
u/M_SFG: I had high hopes with Stam. Young manager, used to be an excellent player, truly something different for our club. Big Yikes to how that turned out. With Dick at the wheel we managed to turn the ship around completely. As a fan watching the club and attending games became fun again. Playing EL upcoming season is a reward to this team and them sticking together despite the poor start last year.
THIS SEASON
At Dick Advocaat’s request, the main squad has so far been almost completely intact, with the only starting player that’s left being Karsdorp (who was loaned anyway). A lot will depend on it remaining that way, with clubs circling the likes of Marcos Senesi and Steven Berghuis, with Advocaat especially keen to keep the latter. Feyenoord wants to challenge for the title and the run of form they achieved under Advocaat suggests they are capable of that, but there’s some definite hurdles like the relatively thin squad compared to Ajax and PSV, as well as the fact they have far less money. Still, Kakkerlakken are notoriously hard to kill, and Feyenoord will definitely put up a fight in the title run.
u/M_SFG: My hope is a decent shot at the title. I highly doubt we'll be able to grab it, but one can dream. We were able to sign a number of players early on who are strengthening the competition within the squad and I'm excited that both Linssen and Diemers have been able to prove their worth during pre-season as that's a weight lifted already. My fear is our lack of strong center back-backups and that's going to be a real issue when we play national, European and Cup games.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Bryan Linssen Permanent Vitesse Feyenoord Free
Joao Texeira Permanent Vitória Guimarães Feyenoord 1,500,000
Rick Karsdorp Permanent (Loan ended) Feyenoord AS Roma Free
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
Linssen - Jorgensen - Berghuis
Kokcu - Fer - Toornstra
Haps - Senesi - Botteghin - Geertruida
Bijlow
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Robert Bozenik - Came at the start of the year to acclimate to the Eredivisie, but has shown a lot of potential in those few matches. Maybe not the most technically gifted player, but the Slovak striker can score goals quite easily.
Lutsharel Geertruida - Likely to be the main rightback with Karsdorp gone. More defensively minded than his predecessor, but physically very strong and another player to add in a long list of talented defenders who came from Feyenoord (De Vrij, Ake etc.)
Bryan Linssen - A player who’s played about every level of the Eredivisie has finally made it to the top. A very productive winger who will score at least ten goals for you. If he doesn’t get a case of ‘Kuipvrees’, he could be an incredible asset.
u/M_SFG: Kökcu. He was obviously mentioned last year as well and is rapidly developing under Advocaat. Marouan Azarkan is a bright prospect from our Academy, who may need to leave on loan to play at the right level upcoming season. With Karsdorp being gone, I expect the battle for RB to be won by Geertruida and I'm excited to see him develop. Potentially a crazy good player in the future but I'm hoping our defense doesn't get shot to hell with the amount of games we'll be playing.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT FEYENOORD
u/M_SFG: Supporting Feyenoord isn't necessarily fun. And that's the point of it. We're not here to only support when we're doing well, because Feyenoord is and will always be up and down- that's life. We're here to support. Period. We're in Rotterdam, we're in the rest of the Netherlands, we're in Norway, France, England, Georgia- Feyenoord is everywhere where people work hard and play hard.

FORTUNA SITTARD

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
16 26 6 8 12 29 52 -23 26

Fortuna Sittard went into their 2nd Eredivisie season with the youngest manager of the Eredivisie who had no professional playing career and with a hodgepodge of a squad, which would usually spell disaster but has turned out mostly alright. Its hard to say where things would’ve gone had the season continued forward since they ended at 16th, which under normal circumstances means the relegation play-offs. Still, Fortuna never felt in real danger and in that hodgepodge were some real gems like Amadou Ciss and Felix Passlack.
u/Strijdhagen: I believe we got saved by the (covid) bell, it was very very close to play-offs and I'm not sure if we would've made it if the lockdown didn't happen. The 18/19 went quite a bit smoother for us with better loanees then 19/20.
This Season
Manager Sjors Ultee has moved on to become technical director for Fortuna, with managing duties going to club icon Kevin Hofland, who some said was the one really in charge for two seasons already but didn’t have the proper paperwork yet. Once again Fortuna have lost most of their star players, with Mark Diemers and Amadou Ciss going to Feyenoord and Amiens respectively. Still, they’ve been very busy with the transfer market and no doubt a squad is ready to remain in the Eredivisie for a 3rd year in a row. More interesting is that owner Isitan Gun is courting Turkish media mogul Acun Ilıcalı to become a part of the club. In what capacity is unclear, but that’s potentially weird and exciting for Fortuna fans.
u/Strijdhagen: After a slightly disappointing season I'm getting excited for this one. Our first two seasons back in Eredivisie we managed to get by on talented loans. This summer we've only signed players on (long term) contracts so far, which is promising. It remains to be seen if this is enough quality to survive again, but if we do then we're hopefully be able to turn into a midtable club. I'm also excited about our owner and the direction he's taking the club. He had a very good interview with our supporters club a couple weeks ago and it shows that he knows what he's doing. It's incredible we made it to the Eredivisie in the first place, let alone to survive for two years. Bring it on!
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Mark Diemers Permanent Fortuna Sittard Feyenoord 1,200,000
Amadou Ciss Permanent Fortuna Sittard Amiens 1,500,000
Sebastian Polter Permanent Union Berlin Fortuna Sittard Free
Mats Seuntjes Permanent Gençlerbirliği Fortuna Sittard Free
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
Polter
Semedo - Seuntjes - Hansson
Tekie - Rienstra
Cox - Janssen - Ninaj - Rota
Koselev
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Emil Hansson - Was a gem of a player for RKC Waalwijk back in their promotion campaign. Will likely be the main replacement for Mark Diemers.
Sebastian Polter - A very good 2. Bundesliga striker unable to replicate his form in the Bundesliga should probably have a better time in the Eredivisie. If he gets the right service, Polter could be a great lightning rod for goals.
u/Strijdhagen: First one is Mats Seuntjens. This might be funny to some of the other teams but we would've never be able to sign a player like him, even two years ago. It remains to be seen if he can reach his AZ quality. Also Sebastian Polter. A proper proven striker, something we missed last year!
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT FORTUNA SITTARD
We probably field some of your country's "lost" talents as we don't have that many Dutch players. Also, the host of the Turkish "Survivor" show is buying a stake in the club, he gave our Instagram a shoutout and have increases our followers with 80k to 100K. Come to Fortuna!

FC GRONINGEN

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
9 26 10 5 11 27 26 1 35

It was the start of a new era for Groningen behind the scenes, with long standing directors moving in for new blood. Groningen didn’t enjoy the best of starts, but crawled their way back up to a comfortable midtable position at around the time the season was declared null and void. Unfortunately, Groningen had been bleeding supporters with attendance rate again going down. This has led to Groningen being one of the first clubs to let staff go cause of the crisis caused by COVID-19.
u/lumphie: Last season was not very special. Doan left us late in the transfer period, which meant that we didn't get a proper replacement. To add salt to the wounds, he didn't even play that much for PSV. It was surprising to see how fast Buijs created a solid defense, but unfortunately, he wasn't able to make his team create goals. As a result, matches were often boring. In the end, we were playing pretty good and climbing some spots, so we could've been higher up without COVID-19. Zeefuik will be the player to look back to. Working hard in defense and attack.
THIS SEASON
You’re probably all interested in Groningen for one reason, and it's of course an incredibly exciting one: Arjen Robben has returned! After a year of retirement, he has decided to help his boyhood club out through a tough time. That’s obviously incredibly exciting, and there’s few doubt that a 36 year old Robben can still cut inside like the best of them, as well as be a great mentor to some of Groningen’s exciting youth players. Of course, Robben can’t cover all of Groningen’s cracks, and there’s still issues like a relatively thin squad lacking goalscorers, but it's going to be very interesting how Robben can elevate them.
u/lumphie: The upcoming season is going to be exciting. It seems like we will have a solid defense again (it's not as good as last season yet, but it will probably improve. Dammers and Dankerlui look like solid replacements for te Wierik and Zeefuik. But with the hope for a great defense also comes the fear of a poor attack again. Although talents are slowly breaking through and are old enough to actually play for the main squad, I see little improvements in the chance creation and the goal scoring. A good striker who can not only finish chances but also create them is desperately needed. Luckily we now have Robben who will certainly score some goals and give some assists.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Arjen Robben Permanent Retirement FC Groningen Free
Jørgen Strand Larsen Permanent Sarpsborg 08 FF FC Groningen 1,000,000
Deyovaisio Zeefuik Permanent FC Groningen Hertha BSC 4,000,000
Mike te Wierik Permanent FC Groningen Derby County Free
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
Robben - Strand Larsen
Suslov - Van Kaam - Matusiwa - Lundqvist
Van Hintum - Itakura - Dammers - Dankerlui
Padt
Players to Watch
Arjen Robben - Doesn’t need much of an introduction, does he? There are few doubts that Robben is still capable of playing at the Eredivisie level even after a year out of the game. Main question is how much he helps improve the team.
Roland Postema - Talented striker and an FM favorite, Postema is at time of writing the sole striker available so there’s a lot of pressure on the 18 year old.
Daniel van Kaam - Worked his way into the starting XI near the end of last season. Youthful midfielder who will likely form a controlling duo with Azor Matusiwa.
u/lumphie: Daniël van Kaam: In the youth teams, he used to play as a winger, but Buijs formed him into an attacking focused defensive midfielder (or a defensive focused attacking midfielder ;-)). This new position suits him very well. Contender for the player of the season of FC Groningen and might make the step to either the Dutch top 4 or a good foreign club after this season.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT FC GRONINGEN
u/lumphie: FC Groningen has one of the best youth academies of the Netherlands outside of the top 4 Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and AZ (who have more money to spend on their youth academy, and the status to attract some pretty good youth players). If you don't get frustrated by fluctuating results from youthful teams then you should definitely start following / supporting FC Groningen.
This season specifically, we have Robben. He's old, he's not gonna play all matches and especially not all minutes, but he still has that special something. Above all, he still enjoys the game like no-ones does. After every run he makes you see a big smile on his face. If you want to see one (or maybe even two?) last season of an old hero, who loves his sport and his club too much. Follow FC Groningen.

SC HEERENVEEN

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
10 26 8 9 9 41 41 0 33

Heerenveen had a season of two halves. The first half, things were looking quite well: with transfers including the likes of Chidera Ejuke, Joey Veerman and the loan of Sven Botman all slotting in quite well. Heerenveen went undefeated for seven games in a row. But once that streak ended, it ended hard, getting only three points in eight matches. Winning at home proved especially difficult, with them only winning three games in the Abe Lenstra Stadium. Not the kind of numbers you want to see from a midtable team.
u/Schned6: Last season went about as expected. Midtable finish with some mild highs and lows. Some players emerged that we weren’t expecting and some flopped a little bit but no different than from what most clubs experience on a yearly basis. I think almost all fans were comfortable if not happy with the way things went. Many games were quite entertaining.
THIS SEASON
SC Heerenveen celebrates its 100th anniversary this season, but there hasn’t been much cause for celebration yet. Heerenveen’s pre-season has had some pretty shambolic results and shown that the squad they have right now is less thin and more emaciated. Luckily, Chidera Ejuke has gone to CSKA Moscow for more than 12 million, and that money is currently being spent to give the squad more meat on the bone. The starting XI of the Frisians should still be enough for a midtable spot, but injuries could prove potentially devastating.
u/Schned6: Definitely fears, sadly. We don't have many professional defenders on our roster and have had some poor showings all around in the preseason. The club just sold star attacker Chidera Ejuke to CSKA for a pretty hefty fee as well (but that has been reinvested back into the squad a little bit and should be a little more in the near future). And to cap it all off captain and starting midfielder Hicham Faik was also sold.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Chidera Ejuke Permanent SC Heerenveen CSKA Moscow 12,000,000
Sven Botman Permanent (Loan expired) SC Heerenveen Ajax/Lille Free
Hicham Faik Permanent SC Heerenveen Al-Faisaly 700,000
Henk Veerman Permanent FC St. Pauli SC Heerenveen 2,000,000
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
Batista Meier - H. Veerman - Van Bergen
J. Veerman - Kongolo - Dewaele
Woudenberg - Bochniewicz - Dresevic - Floranus
Mulder
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Joey Veerman - Surprisingly extended his contract despite interest from Feyenoord and Club Brugge. One of the more creative midfielders of the Eredivisie who’s chance creation will be essential for his name compatriot Henk to score goals.
Arjen van der Heide - With Ejuke’s out, his left wing spot is now open for the youth player, considered to be one of Heerenveen’s bigger talents.
u/Schned6: The obvious player to watch for us is Joey Veerman. He is a balanced, if not a little bit attacking-minded midfielder that is very complete and has some big moments in him. U21 Dutch international and could garner some genuine interest from bigger teams in and out of the Eredivisie if he continues with good form.
I also believe that Rodney Kongolo is going to be one that our season could hinge on. He hasn’t necessarily been a “flop” for us up to this point but it’s certainly time for him to step up... it’s been a long time coming now for many fans. Other players you may recognize would be Dresevic (Kosovo international), Mulder (formerly of Swansea), Dewaele (on loan from Anderlecht), and van Bergen (Netherlands u21).
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT SC HEERENVEEN
u/Schned6: If you want to support a club with genuine potential that have their backs to the wall right now that’d be us. We have some really talented yet raw young players and basically no defense... meaning you are probably in for some exciting and high scoring matches if you tune in. Also we have nice looking kits if you ask me.

HERACLES ALMELO

LAST SEASON
Pos. Played Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Points
8 26 10 6 10 40 34 6 36

Heracles have the kind of boring stability that many clubs under them dream of. The Heraclieden main weapon this time was Belgian/Nigerian striker Cyriel Dessers, who ended up tied for the top scorers title with Steven Berghuis. Not bad for a player who was used as a bargaining chip by FC Utrecht. Other highlights included Mauro Junior, who found the form that made him such an exciting prospect at PSV. Pandemic or no pandemic, Heracles was always going to end up back in midtable.
u/spitshine-my-nutsack: Decent finish, 8th place finished in the table. We performed well and had some great upsets.
THIS SEASON
Cyriel Dessers has now gone to his favorite club KRC Genk and despite former Heracles manager Peter Bosz’s insistence, it doesn’t seem likely that Kai Havertz is his replacement. While Heracles has lost a bunch of quality players, there’s very little doubt they won’t do what they always do: be really annoying to play against because of their artificial turf and end up fighting for one of the Europa League play-off spots.
u/spitshine-my-nutsack: Feeling hopeful, we lose our top player almost every season. We’re a high scoring team and often our striker is top 3 in goals in the eredivisie (this time joint 1st place) and we just lost Cyriel Dessers. Hopefully we’re able to recoup and have a decent finish.
TRANSFER HIGHLIGHTS
Player Type From To Fee ( )
Cyriel Dessers Permanent Heracles Almelo RC Genk 4,000,000
Mauro Junior Permanent (Loan expired) Heracles Almelo PSV Free
Sinan Bakis Permanent Admira Wicker Al-Faisaly 700,000
POTENTIAL LINE-UP
Burgzorg - Bakis - Van der Water
Kiomourtzoglou - Bijleveld - Vloet
Hardeveld - Knoester - Propper - Breukers
Blaswich
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sinan Bakis - Heracles has a proven track record as a place to develop as a striker (Bas Dost, Wout Weghorst, etc.) and Bakis will hopefully continue the long line of success stories.
Mats Knoester - After leaving Feyenoord in not the best of circumstances, Knoester has really come to his own as a key player in Heracles's defence, and will look to continue his development with another season.
u/spitshine-my-nutsack: I guess Hungarian striker Szöke after losing Dessers to see if he can replace him as high scoring striker
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT HERACLES ALMELO
u/spitshine-my-nutsack: We're a high scoring small club capable of huge upsets. That's always fun.
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Ok. That about does it for Part 1 of the Eredivisie preview. In the next one, we'll look into the German led reboots at PSV and Vitesse, the ambition of FC Utrecht, and whether FC Twente can survive with an whole squad of loan players. That part shall be uploaded right before the start of the Eredivisie season. So see you then.
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2020.09.11 02:10 icyflames Possible reason for why Monmouth has the 50-64 age group as the only Trump majority

The recent Monmouth poll breaks Trump/Biden support down by age, and it shows that the only age group Trump leads in is the 50-64 year old range aka the early Gen X/late baby boomer crowd. These people were born between 1956-1970. I am calling this generation Boomer X, and specifically mean the white Boomer X group as I am assuming they drove the Trump support in the poll.
https://twitter.com/MonmouthPoll/status/1304122491342856194
Twitter seems to think Boomer X was just voting Republican for their 401ks/Reagan. But if you dig further you realize Boomer X hit middle & high school between 1968-1988. This would put this group in the prime age range when school integration really took off. The below link has a timeline of the integration movement.
https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/spring-2004/brown-v-board-timeline-of-school-integration-in-the-us

1964 The Civil Rights Act is Passed
1968 The Supreme Court orders states to dismantle segregated school systems "root and branch." The Court identifies five factors — facilities, staff, faculty, extracurricular activities and transportation — to be used to gauge a school system's compliance with the mandate of Brown. (Green v. County School Board of New Kent County)
1971 The Court approves busing, magnet schools, compensatory education and other tools as appropriate remedies to overcome the role of residential segregation in perpetuating racially segregated schools. (Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenberg Board of Education)
1978 A fractured Supreme Court declares the affirmative action admissions program for the University of California Davis Medical School unconstitutional because it set aside a specific number of seats for black and Latino students. The Court rules that race can be a factor in university admissions, but it cannot be the deciding factor. (Regents of the University of California v. Bakke)
1988 School integration reaches its all-time high; almost 45% of black students in the United States are attending majority-white schools.
Now, interestingly enough when this age group had kids in the mid 80s-early 90s, they started to segregate their kids by moving to wealthier middle class white neighborhoods.
1992 The Supreme Court further speeds the end of desegregation cases, ruling that school systems can fulfill their obligations in an incremental fashion. (Freeman v. Pitts)
2001 White parents in Charlotte, N.C., schools successfully seek an end to the desegregation process and a bar to the use of race in making student assignments.
2002 A report from Harvard's Civil Rights Project concludes that America's schools are re segregating.
I think Boomer X votes Trump because they became racist through experiencing both pre & post integration of their schools. And some of these Boomer X I know have some "traumatized" story about "losing out" on varsity sports team or their high school group being "ruined" by integration. This is why Trump loves to play up the "urban blacks are coming to the suburbs" rhetoric because it works so well on white Boomer X.
During the 90s they moved to near all white neighborhoods, and their white neighborhood bubble buried some of their racism. However, by the 2014ish time frame, these Boomer X neighborhoods ran out of local kids and started busing in students from poorer neighborhoods which brought in more PoC students. This plus having a black president brought back out their racism and they immediately latched onto Trump when he ran.
My conclusion is that white Boomer X Trump supporters are going to be near impossible to turn off from Trump since they have held this hatred since high school, and that efforts should focus more on getting the other age ranges and PoC Boomer X out to vote.
TLDR: The 50-64 age group was in middle & high school when integration happened, and this experience made many of them racist at a young age. They then used housing prices to re-segregate their kids in the 90s. In the 2010s they became pissed that their local schools had to bus in lower income minorities since their kids were all graduating and that we elected a black president. They won't be easily swayed from Trump so efforts should focus more on targeting other age groups or non-White 50-64 year old neighborhoods.
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2020.09.09 23:13 otitmus [For Sale]Prog, Jazz-Rock, Classic Rock, Dub, Hip-Hop, Cher, Classical. A few bundles. Free records if you spend more than $10.

$5 shipping CONUS. $0.50 for each additional record, unless you spend more than $30 then $5 flat. Spend more than $10 and pick a free record while they last. As always I think I have priced all of these more than fairly but if you find it cheaper we can discuss matching. Il go to the post office on Monday so I can fill as many orders as possible in one trip.
Thanks for looking!
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MEDIA/SLEEVE
Mahavishnu Orchestra- Apocalypse VG/VG $4 Repeating skip right at the end of Side A brings this down. Weird because it looks completely clean.
https://www.discogs.com/Mahavishnu-Orchestra-With-The-London-Symphony-Orchestra-Michael-Tilson-Thomas-Apocalypse/release/10386821
Focus - Focus 3 G+/VG $4 Repeating skip middle of side 3. Other sides all play through without skips.
https://www.discogs.com/Focus-Focus-3/release/664899
Greenslade - Time And Time VG++/VG++ $9 Prog rock from 1975. Great artwork.
https://www.discogs.com/Greenslade-Time-And-Tide/release/14495750
Steely Dan - Katy Lied VG+/G+ $7 Record looks and sounds amazing. Could of graded NM.
https://www.discogs.com/Steely-Dan-Katy-Lied/release/3833700
Fleetwood Mac - Mystery To Me VG/VG $4
https://www.discogs.com/Fleetwood-Mac-Mystery-To-Me/release/8065715
Yes - Tormato VG/VG $2
https://www.discogs.com/Yes-Tormato/release/11381062
Soft Machine - Bundles VG/VG $20 Seriously good prog/jazz-rock album
https://www.discogs.com/Soft-Machine-Bundles/release/990344
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country VG+/VG $7
https://www.discogs.com/Creedence-Clearwater-Revival-Bayou-Country/release/680968
Charlie Byrd - The Touch Of Gold VG/VG+ $3 Vinyl would be a strong VG+ but there is a mark on the 2nd to last track that causes a tick for half of the track.
https://www.discogs.com/Charlie-Byrd-The-Touch-Of-Gold-Charlie-Byrd-Plays-Todays-Great-Hits/release/13902072
Charlie Byrd - Brazilian Byrd VG+/VG+ $3
https://www.discogs.com/Charlie-Byrd-Brazilian-Byrd/release/12468756
Rico - Wareika Dub NM/NM $16 Bought this new and played once.
https://www.discogs.com/Rico-Wareika-Dub/release/5953626
Johnny Guitar Watson - A Real Mother For Ya VG-/VG- $2
https://www.discogs.com/Johnny-Guitar-Watson-A-Real-Mother-For-Ya/release/643045
Uriah Heep - Firefly VG+/G $7 Vinyl sounds amazing. Cover has cut corner and tape round all 3 edges, possible only needed on one though.
https://www.discogs.com/Uriah-Heep-Firefly/release/7449472
Uriah Heep - Salisbury VG/G+ $4 Left edge of sleeve is taped up. Vinyl sounds fantastic, has S. Hall written on side 2. A strong VG for sure.
https://www.discogs.com/Uriah-Heep-Salisbury/release/1499137
Ramsey Lewis - Dancing In The Street VG/VG+ $2
https://www.discogs.com/Ramsey-Lewis-Dancing-In-The-Street/release/4626977
Keef Hartley Band - Overdog VG/VG $9
https://www.discogs.com/Keef-Hartley-Band-Overdog/release/7481302
Atmosphere - Headshots: Se7en VG+/VG+ $9 READ: MISSING A/B. SIDES C/D AND E/F ONLY.
https://www.discogs.com/Atmosphere-Headshots-Se7en/release/14292359
P-Love - All Up In Your Mind VG+/VG+ $7
https://www.discogs.com/P-Love-All-Up-In-Your-Mind/release/566266?ev=item-vc
KRS-One - Illegal Business (Remix 2004) NM/NM $4
https://www.discogs.com/KRS-One-Illegal-Business-Remix-2004/release/775763?ev=item-vc
Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum VG/VG+ $9
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The Byrds - Ballad Of Easy Rider VG/VG $6 So close to grading vinyl VG+. A little surface noise in between some tracks brings this down. Sleeve would of been VG+ but for a few stickers on there
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Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets VG+/NM $4 Tight 1981 Jazz-Funk
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The Beatles - The Beatles’ Story V G/G+ $11 https://www.discogs.com/The-Beatles-The-Beatles-Story/release/6162914?ev=item-vc
The Beatles - 1967-1970 G+/G $7 (1973 Winchester Press) Side 3/4 is a strong VG. Side 1/2 brings this down. tracks B2-4 have some skips. Played through for me without sticking but jumped a few times with some pops in there. https://www.discogs.com/The-Beatles-1967-1970/release/5248747
The Who - Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy VG+/VG $5 Seam split on bottom edge but otherwise in good shape. Vinyl looks and sounds great. https://www.discogs.com/The-Who-Meaty-Beaty-Big-And-Bouncy/release/13806197
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Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers VG/VG+ $5 Label of side 2 is water damaged, otherwise a very strong VG. Comes with newspaper insert.
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Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxter’s VG+/VG $8 https://www.discogs.com/Jefferson-Airplane-After-Bathing-At-Baxters/release/8377487

Various - NES Greatest Hits Vol. 2 NM/NM $16 Unofficial release on Moonshake, grey vinyl
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Eagles - The Long Run NM/VG $6 https://www.discogs.com/Eagles-The-Long-Run/release/6383445
Ultravox - Sleepwalk NM/VG+ $5 New Wave 12” Promo Single https://www.discogs.com/Ultravox-Sleepwalk/release/1877430
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Cher - Dark Lady VG+/VG $4 (Pinckneyville Pressing)
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Black Rose - Black Rose NM/NM $8 (1980 promo album from a side band of Cher)
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Mahler*, Sir Georg Solti*, Heather Watts, Heather Harper, London Symphony Orchestra*, London Symphony Chorus ‎– Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra · Evgeny Mravinsky ‎– Symphony No. 4
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Emile Waldteufel* ‎– Skaters' Waltz (Waldteufel's Beloved Melodies) NM/NM $4
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Mozart* : The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef Krips ‎– Famous Mozart Overtures
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Dr. Hook - A Little Bit More VG+/VG $1 https://www.discogs.com/Dr-Hook-A-Little-Bit-More/release/5153301
Elvis Presley - That’s The Way It Is VG/F deep scratch on side 1 that causes some non repeating skips. The other side looks okay https://www.discogs.com/Elvis-Presley-Thats-The-Way-It-Is/release/11707584
Dr. Hook - Pleasure & Pain VG+/VG Plays all the way through, loud surface noise on side 1 (not sure why, doesn’t look bad), side 2 plays fine. https://www.discogs.com/Dr-Hook-Pleasure-Pain/release/11660134
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These ones are in rough shape but still funkier than anything:
Booty’s Rubber Band - Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby
Rick James - Fire It Up
Bootsy’s Rubber Band - Bootsy? Player Of The Year
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2020.09.09 21:27 Sxvorii [BB] Sxvorii's Big Brother 2!

I had so much fun making the last Big Brother, I made Big Brother 2! I'm not using the Big Brother 2 template because it doesn't have house events, and I think those add to a simulator a lot, which means there will be a Power of Veto, unlike the real Big Brother 2. Also, Big Brother 2 doesn't have any big twists, so I don't need to use it. Also, an FYI, I turned reasoning on, but I'm still going to make my own reasoning because a lot of it is the same in the simulator. Here is the link to the season.
MEET THE CAST - Golbahar Jones, 18 - Golbahar, AKA Golby has grown up watching reality television, so she's been absolutely obsessed with it. As soon as Golby turned 18, she applied for her favorite show, Big Brother. Sure, she may not be the strongest.... Or smartest..... But she has the spirit! - Jensen Pander, 28 - Jensen is a pretty normal guy. He got Bs and Cs in school, graduated, and worked an office job for his entire life. However, he wants to spice up his life. His resort to switching things up was reality TV. Jensen has a lot of sympathy for people, but he wants to win, so he's willing to betray others, no matter how much it'll hurt. - Zoja Peter, 34 - Zoja is a party girl at heart. She's always loved chaotic environments and meeting new people. She figured this environment was perfect for her to thrive, she's smart, fit, and outgoing, what else does she need? - Glory El-Amin, 35 - Glory has been a hard working woman her entire life. She's always wanted to be the president of the United States. Glory thinks that by playing the most strategic and intelligent games in Big Brother, she will gain the respect of America. - Johano Rowan, 24 - Johano grew up as an athlete. He loves all types of sports, and is really good at all of them. However, Johano has issues talking with people. He never was able to connect with anybody, and gets easily annoyed with them. - Melissa Mag Raith, 20 - Melissa is a small ball of fire. She loves people, and is super outgoing. However, if you cross her, Melissa will get revenge. She's very spiteful, which can work against her, but she's also very cautious of who she aligns herself with, which works with her very well. - Salvius Grbic, 50 - Salvius, AKA Sal, is really good friends with Rowley on Season 1. He was disappointed to see Rowley get played by the house, and not stand up for himself that well, and he wanted to represent old folks better. - Anna Putin, 30 - Anna honestly doesn't care about anybody in the house. She just wants to win the cash. However, she has a hard time hiding the fact. Anna is pretty mean to people, and she can't hide her dislike for them. Anna will need to rely on her wits to get her through. - Eleonora Enns, 26 - Eleonora, AKA Nora, comes off as a dumb blonde. However, that's exactly what she wants people to think. Nora wants everyone to think that she's a stupid pretty girl, which would let her fly under the radar. Nora is planning to dominate the game without anyone suspecting it. - Peter Valdez, 72 - Peter has never been able to connect to the younger generation, and doesn't want to. He thinks that young folks are destroying the world. Peter wants to play Big Brother to prove that he can do anything just as well as younger people. - Godascalc Egger, 40 - Godascalc, AKA Egger, has worked at an ice cream shop for the past 15 years. He's developed amazing socialization skills, and thinks that this can carry him to the end of the game by making everybody love him. - Romans Chaudhary, 28 - Romans, AKA Roman, had a pretty bad life growing up. He's trusted a lot of the wrong people, and been betrayed many times. Roman refuses to trust anyone in the house, and use everyone as his game pieces as revenge for what was done to him.
WEEK 1 - Zoja gets approached by a lot of people for an alliance, because most of the house recognizes that she will be a very good ally. Zoja makes a final 2 deal with both Melissa and Sal, hoping that she can manage both of the final 2s. Zoja and Sal also align themselves with Peter, using Peter as a way to throw someone under the bus if they need to. Anna and Roman see that Zoja and Sal are talking to a lot of people, so Anna and Roman align with them to keep them under watch. Sal secretly breaks off from Zoja, and aligns with Nora and Golby, as he thinks that they aren't the brightest, but very social players. HOH ->! In the HoH competition, house guests have to hang from popsicles. The last one remaining wins. Anna is the only house guest who doesn't want to win, as she feels secure for the first few weeks, so she drops out first. Everyone else drops out one by one, until it's down to Roman and Zoja. Zoja and Roman are both in an alliance, so they agree to just see who can last the longest. Roman eventually falls, making Zoja the first Head of Household! !< NOMINATIONS ->! Zoja nominates Jensen and Egger. Jensen and Egger were the two people who did the best in the competition that Zoja wasn't aligned with. Nora did better than both of them, but Zoja just thought it was luck, and doesn't consider Nora much of a threat yet. The two nominees take it pretty well, thinking that they have enough votes to stay.!< VETO - Zoja is the first to pick, and she got house guest choice. Zoja selects Melissa, because she trusts her the most to not use the veto. Sal seems to be put off by Zoja not choosing him to play. Egger and Jensen both select Glory and Peter by random chance. For the PoV competition, the house guests are spun on a chair, and then must guess which two faces are combine from the house guests. The person to get the most correct answers in a minute wins. Egger studied all of the house guests, so this was no competition. He easily beat everyone by a landslide, winning the PoV. VETO CEREMONY - Egger obviously uses the Veto on himself, as he doesn't want to be on the block week 1. Zoja nominates Nora as her replacement, telling her that she thinks Nora is a really big social threat. Nora smiles and nods, not wanting to show she's worried. HOUSE EVENTS - Both of the nominees put their social game into full play. Nora has a modeling competition with the girls, where they all show off their outfits, while Jensen is more sincere, telling the house that he's lived a pretty basic life, and he doesn't want to return to his boring office job, that he quit to be on the show. EVICTION - Nora and Jensen are nominated for eviction. Nora explains that Jensen is a lot more fit and smart than her, which isn't true, but the house doesn't know that. Jensen, however, doesn't want to campaign against Nora, so he just makes a joke about being nominated week 1 to get to the votes. Anna votes to evict... Jensen. Anna had a lot of fun with Nora modeling this week, and she thinks that Nora could bring a lot of good spirit to the house. Glory votes to evict... Jensen. Glory sees Jensen as a bigger threat to her game than Nora, so she votes to evict him. Egger votes to evict... Jensen. Egger hasn't spoken to Jensen much, and when he spoke to Nora, she was really kind to him, so he wants to keep her for a future ally. Golby votes to evict... Jensen. Golby is aligned with Nora, and won't break that trust. Johano votes to evict... Jensen. Johano considers Jensen a bigger threat, thinking Nora is a dumb blonde. Melissa votes to evict... Jensen. Melissa liked the modeling show, and hasn't talk to Jensen as much as Nora. Peter votes to evict... Jensen. Nora doesn't talk to Peter much, and he doesn't want to talk to her either, so keeps her in hopes they don't speak. Roman votes to evict... Jensen. Nora has been a lot more high energy than Jensen, and Roman likes her spirit. Sal votes to evict... Jensen. Sal is also aligned with Nora, so he keeps her, as he needs allies. By a unanimous vote of 9 to 0... Jensen, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Jensen takes the unanimous vote well, giving everybody a hug before leaving the house.
WEEK 2 - All of the alliances are still the same, nobody leaving or being added to any. HOH - The house guests play a game similar to OTEV, but it's the first house guest to bring back the names of two different house guests is immediately crowned the HOH. Everybody wants to win the HOH last week, all with their different reasons. However, Roman is able to find the two house guests' names first, hitting his buzzer, and winning. NOMINATIONS - Roman nominated Johano and Melissa. He tells Johano that he is a very big challenge threat, as he almost beat him in the HoH. He tells Melissa that she's a very big social threat, and he thinks she could be controlling the house without him knowing. Both nominees are visibly upset, but they try to not let anybody see. VETO - Golby, Zoja, and Nora are all pulled by random chance. The veto competition is one where an image appears on the screen, and the house guests have to buzz in to guess which phrase from Big Brother it is referring to. If they're correct, they receive a point, if not, they're elimination. Roman gets an idea... A back door plan. He purposefully gets the first question wrong, assuming one of the nominees or their allies will win the veto. The competition comes down to Zoja and Johano, but Johano answers the tie breaker question closer, so he wins the veto. VETO CEREMONY - Johano uses the veto on himself, obviously wanting to be safe. Roman's plan went perfectly. He nominates Golby. He tells her that everyone in the house loves her and her bubbly personality, but he "sees" past her "act". Golby is visibly confused, as she isn't putting on an act, but she still tries to understand where Roman is coming from, as she doesn't want to seem rude. HOUSE EVENTS - Anna wins a food competition, earning the house alcohol for the week. This pleased everybody, especially Zoja. Roman and Peter were having a conversation about the generation difference between them, in which Roman puts down Peter for his age. Roman realized that word might spread around, so he sucked up to Glory, hoping that if word does spread around, Glory will defend Roman. In the storage room, Golby was helping Anna unpack all the alcohol that was delivered to them due to the reward Anna won, but Golby, not having any experience with alcohol obviously, drops one of the bottles, causing wine to go all over the floor. The entire house has to help clean it up, but it still left some stains. EVICTION - Golby doesn't want to say why they should vote for Melissa to leave, as she would feel bad, so she just says that she's loyal to all of her friends. Melissa expects Golby to go due to what she did earlier, so Melissa just gives a basic "Love you guys" so the voting can happen soon. Anna votes to evict... Melissa. Anna is annoyed with what Golby did, but she knows she could beat Golby in anything. Nora votes to evict... Melissa. Nora is aligned with Golby, and she needs to hold onto her few allies. Glory votes to evict... Melissa. Glory can tell Melissa will do a lot to get what she wants, so she votes for her. Egger votes to evict... Golby. Egger is annoyed that Golby broke the wine bottle, and stained the floor, so he voted for her. Johano votes to evict... Golby. Johano is annoyed with Golby being constantly positive, finding it fake. Peter votes to evict... Golby. Peter thinks Golby is useless because of how young she is. Sal votes to evict... Melissa. Sal is aligned with Golby, so votes for Melissa. Zoja votes to evict... Melissa. Zoja knows she could beat Golby in competitions, so she votes for Melissa, breaking her final 2 deal. By a vote of 5 to 3... Melissa, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Melissa is clearly mad, but she doesn't want to show it. Melissa just grabs her bag, and quickly says "Bye" as she leaves.
WEEK 3 - The final 2 with Zoja and Melissa is terminated, as Melissa left last week. So Zoja's only final 2 is with Sal. HOH - House guests must sit in a bath tub, in which every hour a different disgusting thing is dumped in it. The last house guest to stay in the tub wins! The squeamish house guests leave quickly, leaving it down to just a few. Johano is more determined than anybody though, as he could have left last week, so he refuses to leave, winning the HOH. NOMINATIONS - Johano nominates Zoja and Peter. Johano tells Zoja that she has proved she's a huge competition threat, and he said Peter is just flat out annoying and rude. Zoja seems to be a little annoyed, while Peter stands up from the table, storming away. VETO - Roman and Glory are drawn randomly, while Zoja draws house guest choice. She picks Sal, knowing he will save her when she needs him to. For the veto competition, house guests must transfer chewed gum across a balance beam. The house guest who gets the most gum to the other side, containing a veto symbol, wins. Zoja notices that Sal is doing very bad in this, so she steps up her game majorly, not stopping even if she's out of breath. Zoja barely gets the veto, Roman was going to win it, but he slowed down to let Zoja ahead of him, as he wants Zoja to stay in the game, but he doesn't want to save her and reveal his cards to the house. VETO CEREMONY - Zoja uses the veto on herself. Johano is really annoyed, because he knows that Roman threw the competition. Out of anger, he nominated Roman. Roman is shocked, not expecting to be nominated, but he accepts it. HOUSE EVENTS - Anna is sick of being stuck with the people in the house, which causes her to lay down in her bed for hours, not talking to anybody. One of the house guests notice a piece of paper left in the back ground. It said that it was from Melissa. In the note, she asks if the house gets Roman out. She says he's a dirty player, but she didn't want to call him out when she was nominated, because she felt it would come back to bite her. She said she left the note in case she was evicted. The note gets spread across the house, causing everyone to be suspicious of Roman. Golby is happy to still be in the house, and she shares her excitement with Zoja. Zoja congratulates her, giving her a hug. After Anna's melt down, she realizes she could have screwed her game. So in a panicked effort, she tried to bond with some of the house guests by cooking everyone dinner. EVICTION - Roman refuses to give an eviction speech, while Peter gives a basic speech he put no thought into. Anna votes to evict... Peter. Anna is aligned with Roman. Nora votes to evict... Peter. Nora doesn't appreciated Peter's attitude towards the house. Glory votes to evict... Peter. Her and Roman have bonded well, and she considers him an ally. Egger votes to evict... Roman. Egger doesn't like Peter, but he doesn't consider Peter a threat. Golby votes to evict... Roman. Golby wants to honor Melissa and evict Roman. Sal votes to evict... Roman. Sal is in an alliance with Roman and Peter, but thinks Peter is more loyal. Zoja votes to evict... Roman. Zoja doesn't trust Roman in her alliance, so wants him out. By a vote of 4 to 3... Roman, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Roman gives a small smile, standing up and hugging everyone before he leaves.
WEEK 4 - Roman is no longer in his alliance with Anna, Sal, and Zoja, as he was evicted. Sal and Zoja both agree that it's too difficult to manage two alliances while also being a final 2, so they agree to break their final 2 deal and just stick with their current alliances they're in. HOH - The house guests must travel back and forth on a beam, taking 6 kegs from one side to the other one by one. Nora has incredible balance, steam rolling the HoH, with second place only having 3 kegs. NOMINATIONS - Nora nominates Johano and Peter. She tells Johano that he's a huge physical threat, and tells Peter that she wishes he went home last week instead of Roman. Johano is upset for being nominated again, but he's going to do his best in the veto, and Peter doesn't storm off, instead he just sits in his chair, glaring at Nora. VETO - Golby and Egger get pulled by random draw. Peter gets house guest choice, and he chooses Sal. He thinks Sal will save him if he wins, and if he doesn't, he will raise hell. The veto competition is another mental game where house guests must guess how much of a certain item there is after looking at an image. The competition comes down to Nora, Golby, and Egger. Nora knows that the other two won't use the veto, so she throws the challenge as to not paint a bigger target on her back. Egger beat Golby, winning the veto. VETO CEREMONY - Egger decides to not use the veto, telling the nominees that they're just too big of targets. Both of the nominees just sit in silence as everyone filters out of the living room. For the first time, the veto wasn't used. HOUSE EVENTS - Sal misses his family at home, and begins to talk about quitting the game. It takes encouragement from his allies to convince him to stay for at least another week. The house was in good spirits, with Nora and Zoja talking about the possible threats in the game, and Golby apologizing to Anna for breaking the wine bottle a while ago, in which Anna forgives her, not really caring about the incident anymore. EVICTION - Johano and Peter both give really short speeches, as they each think they're the ones going home, so they don't care. Anna votes to evict... Peter. Anna thinks that Johano will take her farther into the game as an ally. Glory votes to evict... Johano. Glory thinks that Johano is a much bigger threat than Peter. Egger votes to evict... Johano. Egger doesn't care who goes home, so votes to evict Johano due to his competition ability. Golby votes to evict... Peter. Golby doesn't like how mean Peter is to her and other people in the house. Sal votes to evict... Johano. Sal is aligned with Peter. Zoja votes to evict... Johano. Zoja is aligned with Peter, but she isn't voting because of that, she just thinks Johano is a bigger threat. By a vote of 4 to 2... Johano, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Johano just takes his suit case and leaves, ignoring everyone trying to give him a hug.
WEEK 5 - Sal feels guilty being in an alliance without his closest ally, Zoja, so he leaves the alliance he's in with Nora and Golby. HOH - House guests must maneuver Christmas ornaments through a fence. First to get all of their ornaments through will win. Sal has a new want to win after being encouraged by his allies, so he pushes through and wins the HoH. NOMINATIONS - Sal nominated Golby and Glory. He nominates Golby because she was in the alliance he left, and he worries she will tell everybody. He didn't nominate the other member, Nora, because he trusts her more than Golby. He nominated Glory because he finds her annoying and thinks that she acts better than everyone. Golby doesn't mind, she thinks she stands a good chance next to Glory, meanwhile Glory is absolutely livid, glaring daggers at Sal. VETO - Peter, Egger, and Nora are all chosen by random draw. The PoV competition is.... OTEV!!! Peter and Golby fail terribly, while Nora throws the challenge, secretly giving the correct answer to Sal in an attempt to gain trust with him after he left the alliance. This helps Sal, and he beats the remaining two people, winning the veto. VETO CEREMONY - Sal does not use the veto, supporting his original nominations. Golby still isn't upset, while Glory is still very upset with him. HOUSE EVENTS - Anna finds that Egger is the only person in the house she really likes and trusts, so she shares with him a story from her childhood, this is because Egger was trying to up his social game with everybody, it's just that him and Anna bonded a lot more than the others. Glory gets frantic, and starts to tell everybody that Golby is a backstabber and liar. However, this doesn't work, and everybody begins to think that Glory is the backstabber and liar. Peter talks to Zoja about how he feels about the generations, in which Zoja makes an attempt to prove to him that not everyone younger than him is as awful as he thinks. Peter believes her slightly, still having a negative opinion on most other people. EVICTION - Both Golby and Glory make short speeches, Golby not wanting to campaign against anyone yet again, and Glory assuming she has the votes already, why make a long speech? Anna votes to evict... Golby. Anna thinks that Golby is smarter and more fit than Glory. Nora votes to evict... Golby. Glory humiliated herself in front of the house this week, so Nora thinks she doesn't have a chance of winning, but Golby does have a chance. Nora takes the risk of voting her alliance member. Egger votes to evict... Golby. Egger likes Glory better, wanting to possibly align with her in the future. Peter votes to evict... Glory. Zoja asked Peter to vote to evict Glory, and since he doesn't like either nominee, he agrees. Zoja votes to evict... Glory. Zoja is worried that Glory is a huge strategic threat, so she wants her out. By a vote of 3 to 2... Golby, you have been evicted from the Big Brother House. Golby smiles, saying goodbye and hugging everybody, then wishes them luck on the way out.
WEEK 6 - Zoja and Sal are in separate alliances, one with Peter, and one with Anna. They need to figure out which one they're more loyal to, and soon. HOH - The house guests must hang on vines that slam into walls. The last one remaining is the new HOH. There is a lot of tension in the house, so nobody is trying to throw this competition. After evicting her ally last week, Nora has no idea where she lies in the house, so she hangs on as long as she can. Eventually, everyone falls, making Nora the first two time HoH! NOMINATIONS - Nora nominates Sal and Peter. She tells the house that she knows Peter and Sal are aligned, and one of them has to go this week. Sal seems to have expected this, but Peter starts screaming about how he isn't aligned with Sal, and that she's framing him. VETO - Sal draws house guest choice, and chooses Anna, his ally. He would pick Zoja, but he doesn't know if Zoja would save him or Peter. Either way, Zoja and Egger get picked by random draw. House guests will watch a video, and then list the events in that video in chronological order. For each event put in the right spot, the house guest will earn a point. The house guest with the most points wins the PoV. Nora didn't know who would win, and 4/6 people would use the veto, so she puts her all into it. Luckily for her, this works, and Nora wins the PoV! VETO CEREMONY - Nora considered using the veto on Peter and putting a bigger threat up, but she ultimately decided against it. Nora said at the ceremony that Peter is just a pawn, and Sal is the target. Sal doesn't mind, as he thinks that this plan won't work at all. Nora's words of reassurance don't work on Peter, though, and he's still very mad, well aware that pawns can go home. HOUSE EVENTS - Anna has hid her dislike for everyone for far too long. She bursts. Anna starts to make nasty comments about people and avoid them. This throws everyone for a loop, as she was being pretty nice this entire game. This threw especially Sal for a loop. He was closely aligned with Anna, and suddenly she's being mean to him? Sal gets upset, hiding himself from the house, making people confused as to why he isn't talking to them. EVICTION - Peter barely gives a speech yet again, it seemed to work for him before if he just doesn't bother. Sal apologizes for how he behaved this week, and says that if he is kept he will be a great ally and player. Anna votes to evict... Sal. Anna is aligned with him, but she knows that he needs to go. Glory votes to evict... Sal. Glory feels that Sal is controlling the house, and she wants to control the house, so she votes for him. Egger votes to evict... Sal. Egger was going to keep Sal, but after what he did this week, Egger felt neglected by him. Zoja votes to evict... Sal. Zoja and Sal were really close allies, but Zoja knows that if there is a single vote for Peter, the house will be confused and hunt them down. By a unanimous vote of 4 to 0... Sal, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Sal smiles and gets up. From a personal stand point, he's sad, but from a game point, he understands it. He wishes everyone good luck, leaving the house.
WEEK 7 - Zoja is now left with two final 2 alliances, one with Peter and one with Anna. The house is getting smaller and smaller, and she has to show who she's closer with soon. HOH - The house guests must hang on a bull that swings back and forth, last one remaining wins. The final 2 end up being Anna and Zoja. Zoja feels bad for not letting Anna win her first competition, but she needs to win so she can keep Anna and Peter both safe this week. NOMINATIONS - Zoja nominates Glory and Egger. She tells them that this is a purely strategic play, not telling them about her alliances. Egger is understanding, while Glory is the exact opposite, saying that Anna is a much bigger strategic threat than either of the nominees. Zoja pretends to not hear her. VETO - Everyone is playing in the veto now that it's the final 6. Everybody is playing this as best as they can. The house guests play pool, where there are balls that represent each house guest. If your ball gets knocked into the hole, you're out. The last house guest with a ball remaining wins. The nominees and HoH get targeted pretty heavily, not giving them much of a chance to win. Nora manages to fly under the radar, acting like she's terrible at pool until it's just her and one other person, in which she easily beats them. VETO CEREMONY - Nora decides to not use the veto, not knowing about Zoja's alliances. She says that she agrees with the original nominees, upsetting the nominees a bit because they were both expecting to be saved. HOUSE EVENTS - In a conversation, Zoja admits that Glory is her target, which sets Glory off, causing a fight between her and Zoja. EVICTION - Both nominees give a basic speech, at this point int he game, nobody's votes can be swayed by just a speech. Anna votes to evict... Egger. Anna feels that Egger has an amazing social game, wanting him out before he gets to final three. Nora votes to evict... Glory. Nora respects Zoja's target of Glory, evicting her. Peter votes to evict... Glory. Peter also respects Zoja's target. By a vote of 2 to 1... Glory, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Glory stands up and begins calling everyone out. She says that Zoja has been playing the entire house, and Nora is acting like she's dumber than she actually is. She claims that Anna doesn't care about anyone here, and Egger is going to win if you let him in the final 2. Glory doesn't call peter out because Peter has been completely transparent with everyone.
WEEK 8 - Peter breaks his alliance with Zoja after the speech that Glory gave, not trusting her. HOH - The house guests must hold a button down. The last house guest with their hand on the button will win. Everybody was gunning for this, as they were called out yesterday. However, Egger is desperate to win, as he wants to be more than just a social player. Egger wins the HoH! NOMINATIONS - Egger nominated Peter and Zoja. He explains that he feels they want him out of the house, so he needs to get them out first. Both nominees are very upset because they've made it so far and don't want to get out now. VETO - Everyone plays in the veto by default. House guests must try to make it across a board, either moving forward a space or placing a fence in between an opponent's spaces to stall them. First one across wins the veto. Peter and Anna are targeted immediately because nobody knows where their head is at. Zoja and Nora work together to get Egger out, and Zoja places fences strategically to get ahead of Nora and win the veto! VETO CEREMONY - Zoja decided to use the veto on herself. Egger, wanting to play a strategic game, nominates Nora. He tells her that he likes her, but she's a big target. Nora takes the compliment of her being a target, and doesn't react poorly. HOUSE EVENTS - Anna tries to get her reputation back on track, playing charades with the house. EVICTION - Peter jokes about Nora being a huge threat and how dumb it would be to vote to evict him, and Nora says that she has been loyal to people since day 1. Anna votes to evict... Nora. Nora has won a lot more competitions than Peter. Zoja votes to evict... Nora. Nora is a huge strategic threat, and if she wins the final HoH, she will evict Zoja. By a unanimous vote of 2 to 0... Nora, you have been evicted from the Big Brother house. Nora did not expect to be evicted, causing her to lash out at Zoja about how she's a terrible friend, since Nora thought she had Zoja's trust. Nora storms out of the house afterwards.
WEEK 9 - Anna and Zoja decide to break their final 2 deal. Neither of them want to face each other at the end of the game, because they think the other will beat them. HOH - House guests have to answer questions about the remaining four people in the game. The person with the most points at the end wins head of household! Anna manages to pull off her first win, desperate to have some sort of track record in the game. NOMINATIONS - Anna nominates Peter and Zoja. She tells them that she likes all of the house guests, but these two are her biggest threats. Both Peter and Zoja storm off, not wanting to see Anna's face. VETO - Everyone plays in the veto. There are clues on a circle, each clue has a hole in it. The house guests must figure out which house guest the clue is referring to, and place their picture in the hole. The first to have all of them correct will win. Zoja musters up the strength she has, and quickly solves all the clues, winning the PoV! VETO CEREMONY - Zoja uses the veto on herself yet again, leaving Egger as the only option left to nominate. Egger takes the seat, understanding nobody else can be nominated. HOUSE EVENTS - Zoja makes an attempt to improve her relationships with everyone by saying that Anna is a dirty player and shouldn't be taken to the final 2. EVICTION - Egger says that he will take Zoja to the final 2 if she keeps him, while Peter doesn't say anything, feeling secure. Zoja gives a sigh, then says she votes to evict Egger due to him having more challenge wins than Peter. Egger smiles and wishes everybody good luck, he's glad he made it as far as he did.
FINAL HOH First Part - The house guests stand on different parts of a mixer. Last one remaining wins. Anna wins part 1! Second Part - The house guests have to roll balls with house guests names up a ramp with 9 holes. Each hole is where the HoH for each week needs to go. First one to get them all right wins. Zoja wins part 2! Third Part - House guests must guess what different members of the jury answered a question with. The one with the most points becomes the final HoH. Zoja wins the Final HoH! EVICTION - Zoja tells both nominees it's been an honor playing with them, but she is taking.... Peter to the final two with her, as they have been aligned and friends for a while. Anna leaves without saying anything to either Zoja or Peter.
FINALE The jury, consisting of Johano, Golby, Sal, Glory, Nora, Egger, and Anna face the final 2. Each are asked to provide reasons as to why they should win. Peter says that he should win because he has been nominated 6 times, and survived every single time. He didn't need to fake being nice to anybody to make it to the final 2. Zoja says that she won 6 challenges, was able to get the veto and save herself 3 times, and if she didn't, she would be gone by now. She had a better social game and made friends and allies with a lot of people. Anna votes for... Zoja to win. Egger votes for... Zoja to win. Nora votes for... Zoja to win. Glory votes for......
The Winner - Zoja Peter (Everybody voted for her in the jury) Runner-Up - Peter Valdez Fan Favorite - Glory El-Amin
Potential All Stars - Nora, Anna, Sal, Johano. Potential Second Chances - Jensen, Golby, Melissa, Glory.
My Thoughts - I was really happy with the winner. I probably would've ripped my hair out if Peter won. It was funny seeing him be nominated so much though, I thought every week he got nominated was his last. I really liked Nora, so it was sad to see her go, but I don't think it'll be the last we see of her ;) Anna was really fun to watch play a fully strategic game, she was kind of like the villain of the season. There were some people I wish we could see more of, but they can come back for an all stars/second chance season.
Note - Hi! Thank you for reading this if you are, I had a lot of fun yet again. If you have any advice, feel free to tell me, I know the formatting is a bit sloppy, so I'm open to critiques!
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2020.09.09 17:46 RamonDozol Random Items Found in Containers - ( Part four of the DM for Rookies Pdf)

Random Items Found

You can use these tables to roll random items for your players, or just choose the ones that fits the adventure and place. All folow this template: “Container Type (Content of the container)” As always, please leave your comments, Ideas and sugestions.
2d6 Result - Random Containers
2 Medium box (good keyless lock, Lantern x3, oil x10. 3 vials of acid, weak poison x3, hunting trap, dagger)
3 Chest (3x simple clothes, 4x good, 2x refined clothes, 2 coats, 2 belts, 3 pairs of shoes, 1 pair of boots, silver necklace (10 pp), 2 jewelry rings (fake))
4 Wood Box (Closed Small Chest (25 Gold Coins), Magic Detect Pearl (P), Scroll, Firework Wand)
5 Large Chest (1 Climbing Hook, 3 Ropes, 2 Thief Kits, Craftsman Kit (Leather), Masquerade Kit, Fake Kit, Herbalism Kit and Supplies x5)
6 Medium long chest (optimal keyless lock, short bow, 12 arrows, 5 daggers and 2 short swords.)
7 Medium locked chest (good keyless lock, Flashlight covered, x2 oil. 3 vials of acid, 3 torches, 2 daggers, 4 rations, 1 water canteen, 1 bottle of wine.)
8 Cupboard (oat jar), 6 glass bottles (beer), small water barrel, cheap beer small barrel, 1 bearskin (25pp), 1 bucket (broom), 4 metal mugs)
9 Alchemical Lab (alchemy kit, 1d6 Small Healing Potion, Medium Healing Potion, Illusory-looking Potion, alchemical fire, alchemical ice, 2d6 alchemical supplies)
10 Large chest (letters, diaries, handwriting kit, map kit, map holder, antique maps, quill, ink, brush, antique stone figurine.)
11 Book Case (Great Lock, 2d6 books from the list below)
Common Books: (worth 10 to 25 gp) My Green Love, Almond and Elise by Lancaster Shalken, The Adventures of Bardus, by Olvrar. Roger The Arcane, by Ignatus Prux. Passages and Paths by Andrew Golden, My Beautiful Master by Naomi, Alchemist's Slave by Paolo Rhinos, My Future in Rillete by Annabelle, Vallinia, The Arcana Island by Howard S., Elven Recipes by Miriel Thalkhan, Working with Metal by Master Abvar Strepo, Tobacco and its benefits by Piers Tonel, Daehlir by Malach, The Great War by Tronar Greymount, The True Story of the Great War by A. Elroth.
Special Books: (worth 50 to 100 gp each) The Vindicus Orlenis Monster Manual, Origin of the Orcs by Vindicus Orlenis, Brief History of the Thalmani Empire by E. Gibson, Cormir's Ancient History by Cratus Marlow, * The Dark Tongue, Without author. The Lady of the Night, unauthorized, Light of Truth, unauthorized, The Infernal Plans (infernal) by Lander Altard, The Five Heavens (celestial) by Lander Altard, Elemental Realms (elfic) by Lander Altard, The Necromantic Treaty by Adlar Edwin * Arcane Properties and Unconventional Materials by Ragdar Haynes. A grimoire (1d4 level 1 spells), potions formula book (1d6 common formulas per book, including mild healing potion)
12 Medium long case (optimum keyless lock, long sword, mace or magic short sword +1 (unusual), OR magic armor (light, medium, heavy) unusual)
You can use the tables below to describe what they might find in not so random places.

Residences (Lower Class)

Treasure: silver ring (12pp), finely carved wood comb (9pp), broken braided silver cord (15pp), jade iron brooch (10pp), coin purse (6 + 2d6pp), ebony hairpin (8pp), small painting ordered (8pp).
Kitchen decoration: Medium table and 4 chairs, Flower pot, 3 pcs. Hanging Herbs, Plain Drapes, Plain Tablecloth, Key Hanger (2 house keys), Clay Chandelier, (1 large candle), Clay Lamp.
Kitchen cabinet (iron fork and knife, wood dish, clay or wood mug, clay jar, seasoning box (0.2 kg salt), wicker basket (1 cabbage, 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, 4 onions) medium clay (2 kg oats), small clay pot (1 kg rice) small metal pot, large spoon, kitchen knife, flint)
Stone stove (embers, 1 pcs. Wood, bones)
Open basket or box (10 potatoes, 4 onions, 2 herbs)
Frozen keg (1 kg rabbit meat, 5 sausages, 1 smoked fish, small jar of butter, 1/4 cheese)
Average water barrel (20 liters of water)
Room decoration: Simple colorful rug, simple curtain, chandelier (3 candles), lamp, Children's illustration on the wall.
Living Room Cabinet (Sword, Dagger, Apple, or Short Bow, 1 Book (Specialty - R2 +), Musical Instrument (Lute, Flute, or Violin) 1 Sheet of Ink and Quill Paper, Craftsman Kit, Game Kit, Leather Gloves, Hat, Woolen Cloak)
Room decoration: single or double bed, simple curtains, simple carpet, chair, sheets, pillows, blankets, clay lamp, clay candlestick. Chest of drawers, chair, chamber pot, Medium chest, Simple painting, white or beige lime.
Desk (10 sheets ink and quill paper, Signet, documents (deed or contract, ID, personal letters), 3d6 coin bag, letter opener, glue, scissors)
Dresser (jewelry box (1d6 coins, ring, necklace), 3 nice shirts, 2 pants, 2 belts, pouch, 1 coat, 1 cape, 1 vest, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of boots)
Ceramic Bucket / Pot (Waste)
Backpack (1 set of plain or good clothes, knife, flint, pouch (10 pp), cover, sleeping bag)

Residences (Middle Class)

Treasure: silver ring (12pp), gold ring (20pp), silver pearl earrings (22pp), finely carved wood comb (9pp), silver brush (18pp), finely braided silver cord (15pp), emerald silver brooch (32pp), coin purse (15+ 2d6pp), studded hairpin (48pp), silver cufflinks with initials (12pp), silver deer engraved beverage bottle (24pp).
Kitchen decoration: Large wooden table, 8 chairs, Flower pot, 3 pcs. Hanging Herbs, Plain Drapes, Plain Tablecloth, Key Hanger (2 house keys), Bronze Candlestick, (1 large candle), Iron Lamp. Simple painting, white or beige lime.
Kitchen cabinets (silverware, dinnerware, bronze cups, 2 bronze or silver jugs)
Kitchen worktop (small, medium and large metal pan, cauldron, iron skillet, large wooden spoons, kitchen knives, flint)
Pantry (medium wicker baskets (3 cabbages, 12 carrots, 10 tomatoes, 20 onions, 15 apples, 10 pears), Bowls (0.5kg nuts, 0.5kg hazelnuts) Seasoning box (0.5kg salt, 0.2kg pepper), Large clay pot (5kg oats), Large clay pot (5kg rice), Medium clay pot (3kg lentil), Tiny clay pot (Jelly), Small clay jar (olive oil) Open box (10 potatoes, 4 onions, 6 herbs))
Metal stove (embers, 1 pc. Wood, bones) 5 pc. Firewood
Large ice cream barrel (2kg rabbit meat, 3kg beef, 1kg pork, 9 sausages, 3 smoked fish, medium pot butter pot, 2 cheese)
Large barrel of water (50 liters of water)
Room Decoration: Simple colorful rug, simple curtain, iron chandelier (3 candles), bronze or silver lamp, Painting by some important member of the family. Paintings and Portraits, Children's illustration on the wall. Paint, white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.
Living room cupboard (2 Good wines, 2 great beers, small keg of fine beer, small bottle of distillate, musical instrument (Lute, flute or violin) 1 sheet of ink and quill paper, artisan kit, game kit, leather gloves , Hat, Woolen Cloak)
Bookcase: (roll 2d6 books, +1d6 special books):
(My Green Love, Almond and Elise - Lancaster Shalken, The Adventures of Bardus Roger The Arcane, Passages and Paths - Andrew Golden, My Beautiful Master - Naomi, The Alchemist's Slave - Paolo Rhinos, My Future in Rillete- Annabelle, Vallinia - The Arcana Island- Howard S., Elven Recipes - Miriel Thalkins, Working with Metal - Master Abvar Steel, Tobacco and its Benefits - Piers Tonel, Daehlir - Maehlach, The Great War - Tronar Greymount, The True Story of the Great War - A. Elroth
Special Books: The Vindicus Orlenis Monster Manual, Origin of Orcs - Vindicus Orlenis, Brief History of the Thalmani Empire - E. Gibson, Kingdom History (Current) - Cratus Marlow, * The Dark Tongue, Lady of the Night, Luxus, Light of Truth, The Hells (Carceri, Taertaro and Gehena, The Five Skies (Vulcanus, Eliseo, Celestia, Arborea and Arcadia), Elemental Realms (Bhleur, Vulcanus, Arcadia and Oceanus), The Necromantic Treaty of, * Arcane Properties and Unconventional Materials - Ragdar Haynes
Weapon booth (longsword, spear, mace, shortbow, longbow, shortsword, stud dagger, crossbow, 2d6 arrows or bolts)
Armor Booth (Light Leather Armor, Heavy Leather Armor, Chainmail, Wood Shield, Metal Breastplate, Metal Shield)
Desk (10 sheets ink and quill paper, documents (deed or contract, identification, personal letters), 3d6 coin bag, letter opener, glue, scissors)
Room decoration: Double bed, Medium chest, Colorful curtains, Geometric rug, Armchair, sheets, pillows, blankets, Bronze or silver lamp, Bronze or silver candlestick, Painting or portrait.
Paint, white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.
Dresser (jewelry box (5d6 coins, 6 rings and 2 necklaces - possibly magical), 7 good and 2 great shirts, 8 pants, 3 belts, 3 pouch, 2 good and 1 fur coats, 5 woolen covers and 1 of silk or velvet, 3 colorful vests, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of boots)
Ceramic Pot (Waste)
Backpack (1 set of Good clothes, Knife, Flint, Pocket (35 pp), Woolen,)
Riding bags (5 day food, 2 canteens, wine, sleeping bag, blankets)

Residences (Upper Class)

Treasure: silver ring (12pp), gold ring (20pp), silver earrings with pearls (22pp), gold earrings (35pp), diamond earrings (50pp), finely carved silver comb (19pp), brush gold engraved silver (18pp), finely braided gold cord (45pp), ruby ​​gold and silver brooch (52pp), coin purse (35+ 2d6pp), diamond studded hairpin (100 pp), cufflinks of gold with initials (22pp), silver beverage bottle with engraving of gold initials (54pp).
Kitchen decoration: Large wooden table, 8 chairs, Flower pots, 5 pcs. Hanging Herbs, Colorful Curtains, Colorful Tablecloth, Key Hanger (8 House Keys), Silver Lantern, 3 Bronze Oil Lamps. Painting in white, salmon or beige.
Kitchen cabinets (silver or gold cutlery, refined dinnerware, silver and gold bowls, silver cups, 2 gold or silver jars, silver trays)
Kitchen worktop (various small, medium and large metal cookware, 3 cauldrons, 3 iron skillets, large wooden and bronze spoons, kitchen knife set, flint, alchemical matches)
Underground pantry (medium wicker baskets (7 cabbages, 20 carrots, 15 tomatoes, 30 onions, 20 apples, 20 pears, 10 exotic fruits), Bowls (0.5kg nuts, 0.5kg hazelnuts) Seasoning box (1kg salt, 0.2kg pepper, 0.2kg clove, 0.2kg cinnamon, 0.2kg turmeric), Large clay pot (5kg oats), Large clay pot (5kg rice), Large clay pot (5kg lentil) ), clay jar (olive oil), Open box (5 pumpkins, 10 potatoes, 4 onions, 6 herbs)
Large ice barrel (2kg rabbit meat, 3kg beef, 1kg pork, 9 sausages, 3 smoked fish, butter pot, Jelly dinnerware pot, 2 cheese)
Large Barrel of Water (50 liters of water))
Dining room decoration: Huge table, 12 padded chairs, silk tablecloth, 3 silver or gold chandeliers, silver or gold cutlery, refined dinnerware, silver and gold bowls, 2 gold or silver jars, trays silver.
Cellar (10 great wines, 15 great beers, large keg of good beer, small keg of distillate)
Large metal stove (embers, 3 pcs. Wood, bones) 10 pcs. Firewood next door + 30 away from home
Large barrel of water (50 liters of water)
Room Decoration : Simple colorful rug, simple curtain, iron chandelier (3 candles), bronze or silver lamp, Painting by some important member of the family. Paintings and Portraits, Children's illustration on the wall. Paint, white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.
Various weapon stands (long spiked sword, spear, mace, short or longbow, short sword or spiked dagger, crossbow) 1d6 6 - magic item
Multiple Armor Booths (Decorated Heavy Leather Armor, Chainmail, Metal Shield, Decorated Metal Breastplate, Full Armor) 1d6 6 - Magic Item
Living Room Locker (1 newspaper (local culture), musical instrument (Lute, flute or violin) 1 sheet of ink and quill paper, artisan kit, game kit, first aid kit, leather gloves, hat, woolen cloak)
Desk (10 sheets ink and quill paper, signet, documents (deed or contract, ID, personal letters), 3d6 coin bag, letter opener, glue, scissors)
Multiple Bookshelves: (3d6 books,+ 2d6 special books)
(My Green Love, Almond and Elise - Lancaster Shalken, The Adventures of Bardus Roger The Arcane, Passages and Paths - Andrew Golden, My Beautiful Master - Naomi, The Alchemist's Slave - Paolo Rhinos, My Future in Rillete- Annabelle, Vallinia - The Arcana Island- Howard S., Elven Recipes - Miriel Thalkins, Working with Metal - Master Abvar Steel, Tobacco and its Benefits - Piers Tonel, Daehlir - Maehlach, The Great War - Tronar Greymount, The True Story of the Great War - A. Elroth
Special Books: The Vindicus Orlenis Monster Manual, Origin of Orcs - Vindicus Orlenis, Brief History of the Thalmani Empire - E. Gibson, Kingdom History (Current) - Cratus Marlow, * The Dark Tongue, Lady of the Night, Luxus, Light of Truth, The Hells (Carceri, Taertaro and Gehena, The Five Skies (Vulcanus, Eliseo, Celestia, Arborea and Arcadia), Elemental Realms (Bhleur, Vulcanus, Arcadia and Oceanus), The Necromantic Treaty of, * Arcane Properties and Unconventional Materials - Ragdar Haynes
Room decoration : Medium or large bed, Medium or large chest, Colorful curtains, Geometric rug, Armchair, sheets, pillows, Blankets, Bronze or silver lamp, Bronze or silver candlestick, Painting or portrait.
Paint, white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.
Dresser (jewelry box (5d6 coins, 10 rings and 6 necklaces - possibly magic), 10 great shirts, 10 pants, 5 belts, 6 pouch, 4 fur coats, 5 silk or velvet covers, 8 colorful vests, 6 pairs 4 pairs of boots) - 1 out of 10 items can be magical.
Ceramic bucket / pot (waste)
Backpack (1 set of great clothes, knife, flint, pouch (50 pp), cover)
Cargo mount bags (tent, 7 day food, 3 canteens, wine, sleeping bag, blankets)

Temple (Upper Class)

Treasure: silver ring (12pp), golden ring (20pp), sacred golden symbol (10 po), finely braided prayer gold cord (45pp), divine symbol gold and silver brooch (52pp), purse Coins (35+ 2d6pp) Silver drinks bottle with gold initials engraving (54pp).
Kitchen decoration: Large wooden table, 8 chairs, Flower pots, 5 pcs. Hanging Herbs, Colorful Curtains, Colorful Tablecloth, Key Hanger (8 House Keys), Silver Lantern, 3 Bronze Oil Lamps. Painting in white, salmon or beige.
Kitchen cabinets (silver or gold cutlery, refined dinnerware, silver and gold bowls, silver cups, 2 gold or silver jars, silver trays)
Kitchen worktop (various small, medium and large metal cookware, 3 cauldrons, 3 iron skillets, large wooden and bronze spoons, kitchen knife set, flint, alchemical matches)
Underground pantry (medium wicker baskets (7 cabbages, 20 carrots, 15 tomatoes, 30 onions, 20 apples, 20 pears, 10 exotic fruits), Bowls (0.5kg nuts, 0.5kg hazelnuts) Seasoning box (1kg salt, 0.2kg pepper, 0.2kg clove, 0.2kg cinnamon, 0.2kg turmeric), Large clay pot (5kg oats), Large clay pot (5kg rice), Large clay pot (5kg lentil) ), clay jar (olive oil), Open box (5 pumpkins, 10 potatoes, 4 onions, 6 herbs)
Large ice barrel (2kg rabbit meat, 3kg beef, 1kg pork, 9 sausages, 3 smoked fish, butter pot, Jelly dinnerware pot, 2 cheese)
Large Barrel of Water (50 liters of water))
Dining room decoration: Huge table, 12 padded chairs, silk tablecloth, 3 silver or gold chandeliers, silver or gold cutlery, refined dinnerware, silver and gold bowls, 2 gold or silver jars, trays silver.
Cellar (10 great wines, 15 great beers, large keg of good beer, small keg of distillate)
Large metal stove (embers, 3 pcs. Wood, bones) 10 pcs. Firewood next door + 30 away from home
Large barrel of water (50 liters of water)
Room Decoration : Simple colorful rug, simple curtain, iron chandelier (3 candles), bronze or silver lamp, Painting by some important member of the family. Paintings and Portraits, Children's illustration on the wall. Paint, white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.
Weapon booth (3 clubs, 1 light crossbow)
Armor booth (chainmail, 2 metal shields)
Living Room Locker (1 newspaper (local culture), musical instrument (Lute, flute or violin) 1 sheet of ink and quill paper, artisan kit, game kit, first aid kit, leather gloves, hat, woolen cloak)
Desk (10 sheets ink and quill paper, signet with church symbol, documents (deed or contract, identification, personal letters), 3d6 coin bag, letter opener, glue, scissors)
Various Bookshelves:
(Working with Metal - Master Abvar Steel, The Great War - Tronar Greymount, Lady of the Night, Luxus, Light of Truth, The Hells, The Five Heavens, Elemental Realms, The Necromantic Treatise of Baelmor, Herbalism and Healing)
Room decoration : Medium or large bed, Medium or large chest, Colorful curtains, Geometric rug, Armchair, sheets, pillows, Blankets, Bronze or silver lamp, Bronze or silver candlestick, Painting or portrait.
Dresser (jewelry box (5d6 coins, 10 rings and 6 necklaces - possibly magic), 10 great shirts, 10 pants, 5 belts, 6 pouch, 4 fur coats, 5 silk or velvet covers, 8 colorful vests, 6 pairs 4 pairs of boots) - 1 out of 10 items can be magical.
Ceramic bucket / pot (waste)
Backpack (1 set of great clothes, knife, flint, pouch (50 pp), cover)

Stores

Type : (General Items (Apparel, Food, Tools, Supplies), Magic Items, Books, Food, Apparel, Tools, Supplies, Services)
Decoration : Glass showcase, Geometric rug, wooden bench or armchairs, wooden counter, Shelves, Bookcases, wooden or iron chandelier (3 large candles) Stone or wood Walls Painted white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.

Warehouses

Type : (General Items (Apparel, Food, Tools, Supplies), Magic Items, Books, Food, Apparel, Tools, Supplies, Services)
Inside : Stacks of boxes (any), Product bags (food and clothing), Open food boxes, Small, medium and large barrels (drinks and food, Bottle crates, Reinforced and locked boxes (expensive or magical items, Raw materials). ), Locked small medium and large chests (valuable items, money, bars, potions, jewels, magic items) Locked Long Boxes (weapons or tools)
Walls of stone or thick wood.
Inhabitants - Cockroaches, common mice, fungi, birds (Common encounters: Beggar, Bandits, Swarms)

Taverns

Interior : Colorful Curtains, 4 to 20 Medium Wooden Tables and 4 to 6 Chairs, 3 Armchairs and Fireplace, 3 und. Firewood Musician Stage (Middle Class or Larger), Long Wooden Counter, Shelves (Miscellaneous Drinks), Large Barrel (Good Beer), Small Barrel (Distilled), Paintings or Portraits.
Paint, white, light red, light yellow, salmon, beige or brown.
Room decoration : single or double bed, simple curtains, simple carpet, chair and desk (paper, quill and ink) sheets, pillows, blankets, clay lamp, clay candlestick. Chest of drawers (empty), chair, chamber pot, Medium chest (empty), Simple painting, white or beige lime.
Inhabitants - Owner, Caregivers, Customers, Cat or Dog, (Common encounters: Drunk man, Guard, Thug.)

Caves

Interior : Stone (or clay) walls, fungi and moisture, uneven ground with mud puddles at some points.
Living Areas - Decorating rooms: Rustic straw bed or sleeping bag, damaged chair and table (paper, feather and ink) pillows, blankets, mud lamp, 8 candles scattered around the room, potty, Medium chest (empty).
Inhabitants - Cockroaches, Common Mice (Common encounters: Swarms, Spiders, Bear, Wolves, Bandits, Troll, Goblins, Kobolds)

Sewers / Dungeons

Inside : Stone (or clay) brick walls, stone floor with wear in the center and standing water or sewage.
Living areas - Room decoration : Rustic straw bed or sleeping bag, damaged chair and table (paper, quill and ink) dirty pillows, blankets, torn and patched, clay lamp, 3 scattered candles, medium antique chest (moldy clothes and full of moths, rusty knife, dead mouse).
Inhabitants - Cockroaches, common mice, fungi, (Common encounters: Giant rat, Oozes, Bandits)

Forest / Swamp

Outside : trees of various sizes, vineyards, thickets, roots, small stones, dead leaves, puddles.
Areas inhabited - Camping: Rustic straw bed or sleeping bag, fallen log, dirty pillows, blankets, torn and patched, clay lamp, campfire, dirty bag (moldy and moth-filled clothes, rusty knife, moldy meat) .
Inhabitants - Rodents, birds, reptiles, snakes, frogs, spiders and fungi, (Common encounters: giant beasts, animated plants, humanoid monsters, undeads.)
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2020.09.08 03:22 Pand-roo As Year 6 draws to a close, and year 7 starts I would like to share my story as a Guardian that goes all the way back to D1 launch.

I have to start this by saying that me and Destiny share a birthday September 9th, Destiny will be turning 7 while I will be turning 20.
My dad was following the game in its development, as he was an OG Halo fan. He would often talk about it with his buddies and I would listen in, and one day I ask him what it's about. He tells me and I start to like what I hear, I get excited for the game too, and when ever my dad hears more news we would talk about it excitedly. It was something we bonded over. I found out when the release date was and would hint that maybe I could get it as a present? My dad acted oblivious, but secretly had already preorder two copies, one for him and one for me. We had my birthday party a few days before because the 9th was in the middle of the week and it's better to have a party on Saturday. During my party I get my presents and I don't hear or see anything about Destiny, so I assume it wasn't happening. Three days pass and it's my birthday, and when I was little we didn't have to go to school on our birthdays, so I stay home. My dad leaves sometime in the morning and says he is picking up his preorder. I ask if I can go with, he says no because he wants to be quick. I'm bummed I wont be able to play, but at least I can watch my dad get started right? He finally get home and as he walks though the door he handed me my copy with a huge grin on his face. I was in my room upstairs installing the game in mer seconds, happy as can he.
We both play the story together, all day, him a Exo Hunter, me as an Exo Warlock. Those two classes would stick... for 7 years. I would play nothing but a Warlock, and when Destiny 2 would launch I would recreate my character from the first game. Later my step-brother got a copy and he become our Awoken Titan, together we were a perfect fireteam. We would play each weekend, slowly increasing out level until we were all at max. I became fond of auto rifles, (what can I say? I was young) my dad pulse-rifles, and my brother hand cannons. I thought my brother was crazy for liking hand cannons, something I would realize I was so very wrong about.
A week after launch VoG drops, and my dad clears it with a group of his friends. I want to do it, but am too nervous to try. My dad keeps telling me he will take me through it at some point, a promise that sadly never comes true. I never complete VoG, in fact I never touch any of the raids from D1. I play for years only doing PvE, and never looking at difficult content, I never even do a Nightfall. Shortly after Taken King, I stop playing, I don't remember why, I just did. I don't play D1 again after that. To this day I have not gone back to D1, not because I don't want to, simply because I cant. I don't know where my copy ended up and the 360 I used was the family X-Box. Never owned my own 360.
A year after Rise of Iron D2 comes out. I have my own Xbox One at this point, so I decide to buy it. My dad and step brother also pick it up, and the fireteam is back. We plow though the story and by the end we want more. We hear about the Leviathan raid, and I decide: I WILL COMPLETE THIS RAID. I find a group of buddies about a week after it launches and one of them takes us through it. We don't finish, and we try again the next week with the same result. I was bummed I never finished it back them. Couple months go by and with Curse of Osiris the raid lairs come out, and I decide to do an EoW run. The team that I'm with SMASHES that raid. We get it done in 40 min. With my excitement I find a group to do Levi, and finally get a completion off it. I'm super happy and try SoS, which I never finish... But I did two raids in a single night, so I was still happy.
From there I play D2 on and off, only active very month or two. My brother and dad get bored and drop it entirely after Forsaken. I lose my fireteam and because of that I also lose interest, and stop playing around season of the Forge. I miss a ton of content, including the SotP, CoS and GoS launches. I don't hear about Destiny content, nor do I care.
Then right before Season of the Worthy (I know, what a time to pick the game back up) I get a gaming PC, something that I genuinely thought I wouldn't ever be able to afford. A friend from work helped me out and we build a nice gaming PC for about $1200. I decide that I want to pick up Destiny again, and I make the move from X-Box to PC since none of the people I use to play with still even play anyways. I start out small using the LFG and play the story and quickly move to harder content, such as Master Nightfalls and PoH. I realize that using the LFG is a good start, but maybe I should join an active Clan that could help me pick up the raids again.
This is when I find one of the best clans out there for active players, a group that is filled with people both willing to teach and wanting to learn. This clan is House of Wolves, I join their discord and quickly settle in. Through this clan I clear GoS, I complete my first raid in years, and a fire is lit. I start making my way through all the content I missed, from the Black Armory to the Menagerie, I get as much done as I can. My playtime skyrocketed due to losing my job and going into quarantine.
After about a month of plowing though old content, I hear talks of a Bungie live stream taking place some time in June and I decide to tune in. Little did I know that this was going to be a big bombshell, as it was the Beyond Light reveal stream. After watching that stream I was pumped, I was excited for what was to come, as this is the first time class are getting new subs since Taken King, and that often considered one of the best DLC ever made.
However during this stream something else is announced: the Destiny Content Vault. Some content will be coming back, but a lot is also leaving, like the raids that I missed. I decided that this is my last chance to clear those raids and get their loot. With the Moments of Triumph event starting I decide it was as good of a time as any.
I start by finish SoS, I found a teacher and clear it in an hour. Next I decide to knock out Prestige Levi. With the same group that I ran SoS with we run through Prestige Levi in and hour and half. I ran both raids on the same day. More was revealed about the Destiny content vault I realize some of the planets are also going bye-bye. So I decided to add more to my To-DO list such as Whisper of Worm and its Catalyst. I start knocking put triumphs and gear sets so that when we finally get transmog, I will have them. This puts my raid grinding to a halt for about two weeks.
After I finish up some of the planetary content, I get back into doing the raids. I start with SotP, and do it several times, I get all the gear and I farmed Anarchy. At this point I am only missing the Threat Level Shotgun that drops from the first encounter.
Next I do Levi, I finish all the gear sets and weapons and at this point all I'm missing is the Prestige Warlock Bond.
Next is Menagerie, I get all the Opulent armor as well as all the unique guns, and during this time I also start doing Tribute Hall stuff and getting Bad JuJu, its Catalyst and the emote for all 50 tributes. Meaning I redo some of the raids for the Calus-Themed triumphs.
I then decide to do CoS, and this one was though to find a teacher for. But I do finally find someone and we get though it in about two hours. I then keep doing it, farm for Terrabah and all I'm missing from this raid is the dang Scout Rifle, and I can't get it to drop for some reason.
This whole time I was also doing my weekly GoS runs and got everything from that raid too. I have most everything raid wise, and I've been keeping up with the current content as well (So the Interface stuff and Prophecy). I realize I need to do Last Wish this season as well for the Tribute Hall triumph so I started looking for a group for that.
Last week I found a group to run Last Wish, which we did, though they carried me through mostly. I learned the ropes and got it done. Last night I ran though it again to finish up the triumph. I found a group who finished teaching me anything I was confused about (Morgeth and the Vault) and we cleared it. And for all my work, I was also rewarded with a gun I thought I would never own, 100k Voices.
It has been a journey, one that got me 10+ completions on all the raids, and several triumph seals including Wayfarer, Dredgen, and MMXX. I became exceptionally good at the raids and have taken up being a sherpa for those who were also afraid to start running raids. I look forward to Beyond Light and taking part in the worlds first race for the Deep Stone Crypt.
Thank you to any Gaurdian who has helped me though countless raids. I love this game for many reasons and its community is one of them. To any New Lights or Guardians who are to anxious to do the raids, Hit me up! I would be more than happy to help you get started with your raid journey.
Shout out to House of Wolves, without them none of the stuff I have done recently would have been possible! You guys are awesome and I love you guys!
Thanks for reading this long post! Happy Birthday Destiny! It's been great, I hope year 7 is as great as the last six months have been for me!
And remember to keep those eyes up Gaurdians!
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2020.09.08 03:20 Pand-roo As Year 6 draws to a close, and year 7 starts I would like to share my story as a Guardian that goes all the way back to D1 launch.

I have to start this by saying that me and Destiny share a birthday September 9th, Destiny will be turning 7 while I will be turning 20.
My dad was following the game in its development, as he was an OG Halo fan. He would often talk about it with his buddies and I would listen in, and one day I ask him what it's about. He tells me and I start to like what I hear, I get excited for the game too, and when ever my dad hears more news we would talk about it excitedly. It was something we bonded over. I found out when the release date was and would hint that maybe I could get it as a present? My dad acted oblivious, but secretly had already preorder two copies, one for him and one for me. We had my birthday party a few days before because the 9th was in the middle of the week and it's better to have a party on Saturday. During my party I get my presents and I don't hear or see anything about Destiny, so I assume it wasn't happening. Three days pass and it's my birthday, and when I was little we didn't have to go to school on our birthdays, so I stay home. My dad leaves sometime in the morning and says he is picking up his preorder. I ask if I can go with, he says no because he wants to be quick. I'm bummed I wont be able to play, but at least I can watch my dad get started right? He finally get home and as he walks though the door he handed me my copy with a huge grin on his face. I was in my room upstairs installing the game in mer seconds, happy as can he.
We both play the story together, all day, him a Exo Hunter, me as an Exo Warlock. Those two classes would stick... for 7 years. I would play nothing but a Warlock, and when Destiny 2 would launch I would recreate my character from the first game. Later my step-brother got a copy and he become our Awoken Titan, together we were a perfect fireteam. We would play each weekend, slowly increasing out level until we were all at max. I became fond of auto rifles, (what can I say? I was young) my dad pulse-rifles, and my brother hand cannons. I thought my brother was crazy for liking hand cannons, something I would realize I was so very wrong about.
A week after launch VoG drops, and my dad clears it with a group of his friends. I want to do it, but am too nervous to try. My dad keeps telling me he will take me through it at some point, a promise that sadly never comes true. I never complete VoG, in fact I never touch any of the raids from D1. I play for years only doing PvE, and never looking at difficult content, I never even do a Nightfall. Shortly after Taken King, I stop playing, I don't remember why, I just did. I don't play D1 again after that. To this day I have not gone back to D1, not because I don't want to, simply because I cant. I don't know where my copy ended up and the 360 I used was the family X-Box. Never owned my own 360.
A year after Rise of Iron D2 comes out. I have my own Xbox One at this point, so I decide to buy it. My dad and step brother also pick it up, and the fireteam is back. We plow though the story and by the end we want more. We hear about the Leviathan raid, and I decide: I WILL COMPLETE THIS RAID. I find a group of buddies about a week after it launches and one of them takes us through it. We don't finish, and we try again the next week with the same result. I was bummed I never finished it back them. Couple months go by and with Curse of Osiris the raid lairs come out, and I decide to do an EoW run. The team that I'm with SMASHES that raid. We get it done in 40 min. With my excitement I find a group to do Levi, and finally get a completion off it. I'm super happy and try SoS, which I never finish... But I did two raids in a single night, so I was still happy.
From there I play D2 on and off, only active very month or two. My brother and dad get bored and drop it entirely after Forsaken. I lose my fireteam and because of that I also lose interest, and stop playing around season of the Forge. I miss a ton of content, including the SotP, CoS and GoS launches. I don't hear about Destiny content, nor do I care.
Then right before Season of the Worthy (I know, what a time to pick the game back up) I get a gaming PC, something that I genuinely thought I wouldn't ever be able to afford. A friend from work helped me out and we build a nice gaming PC for about $1200. I decide that I want to pick up Destiny again, and I make the move from X-Box to PC since none of the people I use to play with still even play anyways. I start out small using the LFG and play the story and quickly move to harder content, such as Master Nightfalls and PoH. I realize that using the LFG is a good start, but maybe I should join an active Clan that could help me pick up the raids again.
This is when I find one of the best clans out there for active players, a group that is filled with people both willing to teach and wanting to learn. This clan is House of Wolves, I join their discord and quickly settle in. Through this clan I clear GoS, I complete my first raid in years, and a fire is lit. I start making my way through all the content I missed, from the Black Armory to the Menagerie, I get as much done as I can. My playtime skyrocketed due to losing my job and going into quarantine.
After about a month of plowing though old content, I hear talks of a Bungie live stream taking place some time in June and I decide to tune in. Little did I know that this was going to be a big bombshell, as it was the Beyond Light reveal stream. After watching that stream I was pumped, I was excited for what was to come, as this is the first time class are getting new subs since Taken King, and that often considered one of the best DLC ever made.
However during this stream something else is announced: the Destiny Content Vault. Some content will be coming back, but a lot is also leaving, like the raids that I missed. I decided that this is my last chance to clear those raids and get their loot. With the Moments of Triumph event starting I decide it was as good of a time as any.
I start by finish SoS, I found a teacher and clear it in an hour. Next I decide to knock out Prestige Levi. With the same group that I ran SoS with we run through Prestige Levi in and hour and half. I ran both raids on the same day. More was revealed about the Destiny content vault I realize some of the planets are also going bye-bye. So I decided to add more to my To-DO list such as Whisper of Worm and its Catalyst. I start knocking put triumphs and gear sets so that when we finally get transmog, I will have them. This puts my raid grinding to a halt for about two weeks.
After I finish up some of the planetary content, I get back into doing the raids. I start with SotP, and do it several times, I get all the gear and I farmed Anarchy. At this point I am only missing the Threat Level Shotgun that drops from the first encounter.
Next I do Levi, I finish all the gear sets and weapons and at this point all I'm missing is the Prestige Warlock Bond.
Next is Menagerie, I get all the Opulent armor as well as all the unique guns, and during this time I also start doing Tribute Hall stuff and getting Bad JuJu, its Catalyst and the emote for all 50 tributes. Meaning I redo some of the raids for the Calus-Themed triumphs.
I then decide to do CoS, and this one was though to find a teacher for. But I do finally find someone and we get though it in about two hours. I then keep doing it, farm for Terrabah and all I'm missing from this raid is the dang Scout Rifle, and I can't get it to drop for some reason.
This whole time I was also doing my weekly GoS runs and got everything from that raid too. I have most everything raid wise, and I've been keeping up with the current content as well (So the Interface stuff and Prophecy). I realize I need to do Last Wish this season as well for the Tribute Hall triumph so I started looking for a group for that.
Last week I found a group to run Last Wish, which we did, though they carried me through mostly. I learned the ropes and got it done. Last night I ran though it again to finish up the triumph. I found a group who finished teaching me anything I was confused about (Morgeth and the Vault) and we cleared it. And for all my work, I was also rewarded with a gun I thought I would never own, 100k Voices.
It has been a journey, one that got me 10+ completions on all the raids, and several triumph seals including Wayfarer, Dredgen, and MMXX. I became exceptionally good at the raids and have taken up being a sherpa for those who were also afraid to start running raids. I look forward to Beyond Light and taking part in the worlds first race for the Deep Stone Crypt.
Thank you to any Gaurdian who has helped me though countless raids. I love this game for many reasons and its community is one of them. To any New Lights or Guardians who are to anxious to do the raids, Hit me up! I would be more than happy to help you get started with your raid journey.
Shout out to House of Wolves, without them none of the stuff I have done recently would have been possible! You guys are awesome and I love you guys!
Thanks for reading this long post! Happy Birthday Destiny! It's been great, I hope year 7 is as great as the last couple months have been for me!
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2020.09.08 02:08 Pantherkid1106 I WANT YOUR GIRLFRIEND!

Well might as well post a story
One day started dating this girl in my school that i liked and we started to hang out. We had went to a Stadium to watch our school football team. All was fine and dandy until i went to the concession stand for some goodies. When I left a boy came up to my girlfriend and the following conversation starts
Cast:
Ek: the boy
Em: FUCKING BITCH
gf: the girl of my dreams
Me: a pantherkid hybrid
Sc: security guard
Fg: friend group ( my friends where on the football team)
NC: nice couple
Po: police
Ek: Hi
Gf: Hello
Ek: your really pretty
Gf: (flattered) thank you
Ek: wanna be my girlfriend?
Gf: What?
Ek: do you wanna be my girlfriend?
Gf: No sorry im already in a relationship with somebody
(When my gf was single no boy inside or outside of school complemented her or asked her out but as soon as i get the girl everybody wants her)
Ek: Well break up with him I'll treat you way better
Gf: sorry but he won my heart, you snooze you lose
( the reason I fell in love with her is because shes the girl version of me)
Ek: I think your lying to get out of dating me
Gf: Why would I waste a lie on you
Me: (appears out of nowhere like candyman) yo sorry I to-
Ek:(cuts me off) go away cant you see I talking to my girlfriend
Gf: for the last time I'm not your girlfriend, I already have a boyfriend
Ek: call him then (looking smug)
Gf: ok (calls me)
Me: ( answers phone) moshi moshi
Ek: ( shocked pikachu face) what is a guy like him doing with a girl like you?
Gf: like I said hes my boyfriend (she jumps up and kisses my cheek)
Ek: (storms off)
The end 😊
Jk we weren't done yet (not reference to are we done yet)
We Were sitting watching the game and I almost fell asleep on her arm when a ahem to end all ahems rang through my ears
Em: excuse me young lady
Gf: yes?
Em: my son reall thinks your cute
Gf: (notice ek behind her) I-
Em: he has no girlfriend, so will you be his girlfriend?
Gf: sorry I already have a boyfriend (points to a half awake me)
Em: well break up with him, my boy will treat you way better
Ek: and my dick is bigger
Em: yea, So break up with your boyfriend and get with my son
Me: hey when a girl says no she means no, now leave us alone
( we stand up to leave but Ek grabs her butt and spins her around and tries to kiss her)
Ek: cmon, you know you want me
Gf: no, now let me go (she pulls but he tightens his grip on her arm) your hurting me
(Now I come from a long line of people who has short tempers and dont take bullshit from anybody)
Me: (pushes her aside and hits him with my right hook)
Me: fuck off ass wipe ( I look at em) want some to bitch?
( Em and ek retreat into the crowd while ek holds his bloody nose)
The game then ends and we leave the bleachers to see my friends. Me my friends and my girlfriend started talking before they have to leave, em than shows up with a security guard. She then starts screaming that I stole her son girlfriend and me and my friends where planing to ( me and my friends could not resist laughing at what she said) she said we where planing to gang rape her
Em: THERE RIGHT THERE THOSE ARE THE N**ERS WHO STOLE MY SONS GIRLFRIEND AND THERE ABOUT TO TAKE HER AWAY TO FUCK HER
Ek:( walks up to us and grabs her arm) come on where taking you home
( another reason I fell in love with her she's just as much of a evil ass I was)
Gf: (kicks him in the balls and runs back to me) leave me alone
Em: MY BABY (turns to sc) SEE THE THREATENED HER AND TURNED HER AGAINST MY SON, ARREST THEM
SC: is this true?
Gf,fg, and me: NO!
NC: yea this woman and her kid repeatedly asked this girl to break up with her boyfriend
Em and ek turned whiter than healthy teeth
SC: ok I heard all i need to hear ( calls police on em)
Em starts spewing racial slurs at SC
sc pulls me aside, with em looking like she won and ek goes to grab my girlfriend
Me: wh-
Sc: I'm gonna look the other way and call the cops ok?
Me: (realising he gave me a green light to kick his ass) alright ( i say inna sad voice)
Ek: (tries to kiss my girlfriend) come on they can't bother us now
I tap his shoulder
Ek: what?
I punch him in his mouth causing him to fall and his blood to flow forth. He than stands up and tries to punch me, I push him back and me and my friends jump him while em screams bloody murder
A cop car pulls up
Em: help, these hoodrats assaulted my son and stole his girlfriend and were trying to rape her.
PO: ( grabs his gun and calls for backup telling us not move) your under arrest for ( whatever)
Sc and NC: no Em and ek are in the wrong (they explain what really happend)
Po: (to us) sorry for false accusation ( turns to em and ek) you are under arrest for ( yada yada ya)
Po: (cuffs Em and loads her in his car, and asked of we wanted to call our parents to press charges)
Two of my friends and my girlfriend said yes. And ek was sent to his dad, who was a very nice man and gave us 50$ each, to which we said no because it wasn't his fault but he assured us it was ems money not his, to which we gladly accept.
Short story: a few years pass and me and my girlfriend ran into Ek again
Ek: you motherf**kers, you got my mom arrested ( he than pulls out a switchblade) now you will die and your little slut will become mine ( he lunges at me)
I don't know how this worked but I did a move I saw on my hero academia where gunhead taught uraraka how to defend herself against a villain with a knife. So I do the move and my gf calls the cops and he was arrested
Fin
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2020.09.02 16:48 JRE47 Forretress: Championship-Winning Pokémon (A Comprehensive PvP Analysis)

With apologies to the band "Dead Or Alive", let's have a musical intro!
🎶 All I know is that to me,
♭ You look like you're lots of fun!
♬ Spinning, spinning, while you farm
♭ Watch out here it comes!
🎶 You spin me right round, Forret
♫ Right round, take me into orbit
♭ Circle Worlds round round
🎶 You spin me right round, Forret
♬ Right round, like a record, tore it
♭ Open at Worlds now....
So this past weekend was easily one of the most exciting and rewarding yet for fans of Pokémon GO PvP, as the second season of The Silph Arena concluded with an action-packed World Championship round robin tournament between the final four competitors. Now if you are not particularly a fan of The Arena, don't just tune this out... I HIGHLY recommend you check out the recording of the livestream. If you enjoy PoGO PvP play in any form, even if you've only ever done GO Battle League or battles with friends, I promise you, you will still enjoy the clips. This is the pinnacle of PvP play, and it was an absolute delight to see the best of the best going at it with teams resembling something you would actually see in GBL. Check it out if you haven't already... you won't be disappointed, I guarantee it.
But this is not a promo for The Arena. 😄 I'm here because in chat during the tournament, in discussion servers since, and even in private messages directly to me, everyone is suddenly asking about the mascot Pokémon of the championship winning team that was a key part of carrying SpeediestChief to victory in Continentals AND at Worlds... and that Pokémon is Forretress. And so today, in honor of Speediest's impressive sweep and to directly address all those many questions, we're going to take a comprehensive look at this surprising superstar and examine its merits in open PvP (read as: GO Battle League). Does this Spinning Golf Ball Of Doom have a place? I believe the answer is "yes", but of course the devil is always in the details. So let's dive in!

FORRETRESS

Bug/Steel Type
Attack: 111 (109 High Stat Product)
Defense: 142 (144 High Stat Product)
HP: 128 (132 High Stat Product)
(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-9-15, 1500 CP, Level 25.5)
There are many Steely Bugs in the game now, but it's easy to forget that Forretress and Scizor used to be the only ones we had at all. Their arrival in GO was exciting at the time, with their long list of resistances--Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Normal, Psychic, Steel, Bug, and double resistances to Poison and Grass--and only a single weakness (a double vulnerability to Fire damage). In a way, this puts Steel Bug on par with the infamous Mud Boys, who also have but a single (albeit 2x) weakness to be exploited and stand up pretty well to most everything else.
Forret also has bulk akin to some of the more famous Mud Boys, roughly equal to both Whiscash and Quagsire overall. (Lower HP than both, but also significantly higher Defense, so it all basically evens out in the end.) As we'll see in a moment with a look at Forret's moves, Forretress is not as spammy as, say, Whiscash with its blindingly fast Mud Shot/Mud Bomb combo, Forret can hang in there just about as long, or often longer thanks to having nearly twice as many resistances. There's a reason its name is so close to "fortress"!
We're off to a good start, with Forret having both favorable typing AND a very favorable PvP stat spread... high bulk with enough Attack to still do some work. Let's see what it has to work with....
Fast Moves:
Bug Bite (Bug, 3.0 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 0.5 CoolDown)
Struggle Bug (Bug, 3.0 DPT, 2.67 EPT, 1.5 CD)
So the choice here is rather obvious... it's Bug Bite or bust. Struggle Bug is just worse in every way... slower, no better in damage, and less energy gain. You could say that trying to use it is a... struggle. 😅
Bug Bite is a very "blue collar" move... it doesn't do anything complicated, doesn't "wow" you, but it reliably puts in good work day in and day out. The game NEEDS moves like Bug Bite: average performers that trail other options in their typing, but also make you appreciate "average" in comparison to other lackluster moves. You know how Water Gun applies consistent pressure with things like Rainy Castform and Blastoise, and Lick builds up to moves for Snorlax and Munchlax sufficiently enough to make their Body Slams feel spammy? Well Bug Bite is an exact clone of each of those moves (save for typing, of course). It has exactly average damage output and energy generation, but the fact that it does both acceptably and doesn't sink below 3.0 in either makes it a fine move. Nothing to make any headlines, but good enough.
So a quick note on what being a Bug move means, especially since the only Bug damage Forretress can do is with its fast moves. Bug moves have a reputation of being generally poor, and one can see why by looking at the things that resist it: Fighting, Fire, Flying, Poison, Steel, Ghost, AND Fairy. Ouch, that is a long list. But what people miss, I think, is what Bug is super effective against. Grass is well documented, but also Psychic AND Dark, making Bug the only type in the game that hits both of those super effectively. And THAT has value when you consider the number of impactful Darks and Psychics AND Grasses around. And fortunately, Forret has some charge moves that help make up for those resistances too....
Charge Moves:
Mirror Shot (Steel, 35 damage, 35 energy, 30% Chance to Decrease Opponent Attack -1 Stage)
Sand Tomb (Ground, 25 damage, 40 energy. Decreases Opponent Defense -1 Stage)
Heavy Slam (Steel, 70 damage, 50 energy)
Rock Tomb (Rock, 70 damage, 60 energy)
Earthquake (Ground, 120 damage, 65 energy)
Return (Normal, 130 damage, 70 energy)
I bet most of you had no idea that humble little Forretress had such a wide array of charge moves. Prior to Speediest's big run, Forret's last moment of really being in the spotlight was at the tail end of The Silph Arena Season 1... and Season 2 just wrapped up. And back then it was basically stuck with Earthquake and either Heavy Slam or Rock Tomb... aka, no real bait potential. You basically just hoped Forret could hang in there long enough to reach a couple charge moves or Bug Bite something down, usually Grasses in the Cups where it made a splash thanks to its double resistance.
These days, though, Forret packs not one, but TWO potential bait moves with built-in stat reducers that can swing the game in your favor even when they're blocked. Sand Tomb comes with a guaranteed nerf to the opponent's Defense, which is fantastic on 'mons with high damage fast moves (Torterra and its Razor Leaf being a shining example of how brutal Sand Tomb's nerf can be), though perhaps not quite so much with Forret's average Bug Biting. It also shares a typing with generally preferred secondary move Earthquake, providing no additional coverage with its damage output. Perhaps more interesting--and the bait move selected by SpeediestChief--is Mirror Shot, which probably needs little introduction for anyone that has faced the incredibly annoying (sorry sorry, bias showing through there... but I HATE facing this 'mon! 🤬) Magnezone in GO Battle League. Not only is it a decent little bait move, tied for cheapest charge move in the game at only 35 energy, but it at least deals some damage, and of a useful typing: Steel. That means that despite Bug Bite being resisted, straight spamming of Mirror Shot gives Forretress wins over every Charmer in Great League, including Wigglytuff, Clefable, Gardevoir, and Togekiss (which DOUBLE resists Bug Bite and resists Forret's Ground moves as well). Mirror Shot also aids against Ghosts that resist Bug Bite, such as Froslass (who is actually weak to Mirror Shot's Steel typing) and Sableye. And while Bug Bite alone is not quite enough to do in very bulky things weak to it, like Umbreon and Defense Deoxys, the extra chip damage from Mirror Shot flips both Umbry and DD to wins. Heck, it even very nearly beats the likes of Altaria, Dewgong, and Lapras (and that last one can flip to at least a tie with good IVs on Forretress). In fairness to Sand Tomb, it shares several of those same wins (and uniquely can beat Ferrothorn), but Sand Tomb doesn't get Sableye or Froslass and only barely beats the others Mirror Shot wins, especially versus the Charmers... WAY too close for any kind of comfort! Mirror Shot seems a better move overall, being both cheaper than Sand Tomb and having a more useful typing.
So then, as mentioned above, the "standard" second move to run on Forret after that is Earthquake. It lacks STAB, but it's just a very good move for the cost and a nice "catch all" that hits all the things that resist Bug Bite for at least neutral damage except for Flying, and hits three of the four typings that resist Mirror Shot (Steel, Fire, and Electric) not just neutrally, but super effectively (the fourth, Water, is hit for neutral). Putting it all together, Bug Bite and Earthquake combine to hit everything that isn't Flying for at least neutral damage, and Mirror Shot can chunk Flyers (as seen with Altaria above) well enough to at least maim them on the way out.
So putting that all together shows a potentially godly performance in Great League that probably has folks saying louder than ever "why doesn't anyone run Forretress in GBL!?!". You'll see Dewgong and Lapras flip to full-on wins, as well as Ferrothorn and other Steels Bastiodon, Melmetal, and Galaraian Stunfisk, plus regular Stunfisk and fellow Electric type Alolan Raichu, and even bulky Munchlax and Whiscash. The big caveat--and the reason that Forretress hasn't popped up left and right--is that many of those wins I just listed require baiting a shield with Mirror Shot and then sneaking an Earthquake through unshielded. Not ALL are that way, though. Forret's bulk allows it to hang around to actually perform decently enough without any baiting at all (just straight Earthquakes), still getting Grasses and Charmers and big Psychics (Cress, Hypno, AhChu) and Darks (Umbreon and Zweilous), and really, that's not a bad group and would have been good enough to STILL earn a spot on SpeediestChief's winning team based on several of those listed being key pieces of opposing teams (especially his eventual opponent in the final match: Ventuski, with his Hypno, Umbreon, AND Venusaur all being directly countered by Forret without the need to bait). All that said, though... yes, Forretress can do several very good things with just Mirror Shot or even with just Earthquake, but to truly excel requires the proper and precise application of both, and THAT requires logging some practice time. BB/MS/EQ Forret represents the most ideal Forret available, which is why the Silph Arena Season 2 champion rolled with that himself, but it's more of a scalpel than a machete. There are some things it can just bowl over, but it's much better used only by someone who knows--REALLY knows--what they are doing. If you want to utilize it when Great League returns to GBL, then don't wait... start practicing now!
And just for comprehensiveness, I checked out #1 IV Forret and there are no new wins, just more effective wins against much of what "default" Forret already beats. And as for alternate shielding situations...
We aren't quite done, though. I know what some of you are already asking: what about Shadow Forretress? Weeeeeeeell... it's worth pointing out that Shadow Forret can take out Registeel on the strength of its boosted Earthquake, and beats Dewgong with notably more breathing room, but overall, it's not a great picture, honestly. Shadow Forret cannot reliably overcome Whiscash, either Stunfisk, Sableye, Melmetal, or Froslass, all things that normal Forretress is able to pull off. And Shadow Forret is not appreciably better in shieldless or 2v2 shielding scenarios either (really dropping off in those 2v2s, potentially gaining Medicham, which is good, but dropping the Charmers, the Stunfisks, Umbreon and Whiscash, which are all very bad). Shadow Forretress may give the opponent pause, but really, you're probably better off with regular ol' Forret in Great League.
But there's still more, as there are a couple other moves to consider, at least briefly. What of ol' reliable Heavy Slam, the cheapest move Forret had in days of yore when it was making a bit of a name for itself in early Silph Arena play? Well, perhaps the easiest way to tackle this one is to directly compare it to the other Steel move, Mirror Shot. So starting with the standard 1v1 shielding matchups, Heavy Slam shows a unique win against Air Slash Tropius... but uh, that's it. Mirror Shot matches all of its other wins, beats things like Venusaur and Zweilous and Meganium and Abomasnow with 30+ more HP remaining (and never trails Heavy Slam by more than 14 HP in shared wins), and tacks on the already-noted win against Sableye. And as the final nail in the case for Heavy Slam, it simply does not have anywhere near the same "ceiling" as does Mirror Shot when paired with Earthquake... it just cannot set up Quake nearly as well as Mirror Shot can. I don't see much of a case for Heavy Slam Forret anymore, honestly.
We already kinda looked at Sand Tomb, but just a reminder that it offers nothing in terms of unique coverage, and therefore does okay with Earthquake, with a win over Registeel to its name, but Mirror Shot can get Munchlax, Dewgong, and that Sableye win that keeps popping up instead, and almost always comes out of wins with more remaining HP than does Sand Tomb. I really think you're better off with the coverage, speed, and slightly better chip damage of Mirror Shot.
That just leaves the long-forgotten Rock Tomb. The clearest case for it is obviously protection against Flyers, giving it a tie with Altaria, as an example, while it DOES still hold most Grasses, Psychics, and Darks you care about as well. But it does absolutely nothing to help Earthquake, and while you CAN just replace Quake with it and try to bait it out with Mirror Shot, there is really no appreciable difference between that and just going straight Rock Tomb. You still only manage to tie--not defeat--Altaria, for example. Rock Tomb is even very disappointing with shields down, getting Mantine but STILL failing to take down Altaria or other notable Flyers. Booooo.
And I won't blast you with all the sims, but yes, I did again look at Shadow Forret with each of these, and no, it really isn't any better. No crazy edge cases here that make these other moves work... sorry!
So, the final FINAL thing I'll look at: what about Ultra League? Yes, Forret tops out below 2300 CP, but there are some Pokémon in that range that still find a way to compete at that level. Can the Golf Ball Of Doom join their company? Well, it's at least viable. It still chews through all the Grasses, including Ferrothorn now, as well as Charmers (well, aside from Togekiss that just out-tanks those Mirror Shots at this level of play). Forret can still beat Cresselia and Lapras, beats Melmetal, beats fellow Steely Bug Scizor, and can take out Ice Fang Feraligatr, Armored Mewtwo (even with Dynamic Punch), and Alolan Muk as well, and can outlast Shadow Snorlax too (no matter how S-Lax plays it). It's not a super expansive body of work that catches your eye, but I think that kind of performance could fit very well on some teams.
Okay, yes, that's finally it. I'm done rambling now! I did say "comprehensive" when I kicked this all off, if you remember. 😁 Here's your TL;DR: Forretress is a tanky little guy in Great League that terrorizes Grasses, Charmers, Psychics, Ices, the big Darks, and even both Stunfisks. It very much has a place in Great League, but requires some degree of finesse and experience to achieve peak potential. If you're looking for something different and surprisingly potent when Great League returns to GBL, give Forret a...well, a spin! It even makes a case in Ultra League, carving out a niche role, but a very good niche role that could fit like a glove on teams weak to Grass, Psychic, Charm, and even some Steels and Ices.
As always, the simulated battles above from my go-to simming resource at PvPoke.com are a good start to the story, but they are certainly not the whole story. Run some sims yourself, try out Forretress in GBL yourself, and please: discuss! I always love to hear your feedback and any discussions that come out of these deeper dives.
Thanks for reading, and I sincerely hope this and my other writings are able to help you in your own PvP journey!
Until next time, you can always find me on Twitter for near-daily PvP analysis nuggets or Patreon if you want to reach me more directly.
Good luck out there, and stay safe, Pokéfriends!
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2020.09.02 16:45 JRE47 Under The Lights: Forretress

With apologies to the band "Dead Or Alive", let's have a musical intro!
🎶 All I know is that to me,
♭ You look like you're lots of fun!
♬ Spinning, spinning, while you farm
♭ Watch out here it comes!
🎶 You spin me right round, Forret
♫ Right round, take me into orbit
♭ Circle Worlds round round
🎶 You spin me right round, Forret
♬ Right round, like a record, tore it
♭ Open at Worlds now....
So this past weekend was easily one of the most exciting and rewarding yet for fans of Pokémon GO PvP, as the second season of The Silph Arena concluded with an action-packed World Championship round robin tournament between the final four competitors. Now if you are not particularly a fan of The Arena, don't just tune this out... I HIGHLY recommend you check out the recording of the livestream. If you enjoy PoGO PvP play in any form, even if you've only ever done GO Battle League or battles with friends, I promise you, you will still enjoy the clips. This is the pinnacle of PvP play, and it was an absolute delight to see the best of the best going at it with teams resembling something you would actually see in GBL. Check it out if you haven't already... you won't be disappointed, I guarantee it.
But this is not a promo for The Arena. 😄 I'm here because in chat during the tournament, in discussion servers since, and even in private messages directly to me, everyone is suddenly asking about the mascot Pokémon of the championship winning team that was a key part of carrying SpeediestChief to victory in Continentals AND at Worlds... and that Pokémon is Forretress. And so today, in honor of Speediest's impressive sweep and to directly address all those many questions, we're going to take a comprehensive look at this surprising superstar and examine its merits in open PvP (read as: GO Battle League). Does this Spinning Golf Ball Of Doom have a place? I believe the answer is "yes", but of course the devil is always in the details. So let's dive in!

FORRETRESS

Bug/Steel Type
Attack: 111 (109 High Stat Product)
Defense: 142 (144 High Stat Product)
HP: 128 (132 High Stat Product)
(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-9-15, 1500 CP, Level 25.5)
There are many Steely Bugs in the game now, but it's easy to forget that Forretress and Scizor used to be the only ones we had at all. Their arrival in GO was exciting at the time, with their long list of resistances--Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Normal, Psychic, Steel, Bug, and double resistances to Poison and Grass--and only a single weakness (a double vulnerability to Fire damage). In a way, this puts Steel Bug on par with the infamous Mud Boys, who also have but a single (albeit 2x) weakness to be exploited and stand up pretty well to most everything else.
Forret also has bulk akin to some of the more famous Mud Boys, roughly equal to both Whiscash and Quagsire overall. (Lower HP than both, but also significantly higher Defense, so it all basically evens out in the end.) As we'll see in a moment with a look at Forret's moves, Forretress is not as spammy as, say, Whiscash with its blindingly fast Mud Shot/Mud Bomb combo, Forret can hang in there just about as long, or often longer thanks to having nearly twice as many resistances. There's a reason its name is so close to "fortress"!
We're off to a good start, with Forret having both favorable typing AND a very favorable PvP stat spread... high bulk with enough Attack to still do some work. Let's see what it has to work with....
Fast Moves:
Bug Bite (Bug, 3.0 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 0.5 CoolDown)
Struggle Bug (Bug, 3.0 DPT, 2.67 EPT, 1.5 CD)
So the choice here is rather obvious... it's Bug Bite or bust. Struggle Bug is just worse in every way... slower, no better in damage, and less energy gain. You could say that trying to use it is a... struggle. 😅
Bug Bite is a very "blue collar" move... it doesn't do anything complicated, doesn't "wow" you, but it reliably puts in good work day in and day out. The game NEEDS moves like Bug Bite: average performers that trail other options in their typing, but also make you appreciate "average" in comparison to other lackluster moves. You know how Water Gun applies consistent pressure with things like Rainy Castform and Blastoise, and Lick builds up to moves for Snorlax and Munchlax sufficiently enough to make their Body Slams feel spammy? Well Bug Bite is an exact clone of each of those moves (save for typing, of course). It has exactly average damage output and energy generation, but the fact that it does both acceptably and doesn't sink below 3.0 in either makes it a fine move. Nothing to make any headlines, but good enough.
So a quick note on what being a Bug move means, especially since the only Bug damage Forretress can do is with its fast moves. Bug moves have a reputation of being generally poor, and one can see why by looking at the things that resist it: Fighting, Fire, Flying, Poison, Steel, Ghost, AND Fairy. Ouch, that is a long list. But what people miss, I think, is what Bug is super effective against. Grass is well documented, but also Psychic AND Dark, making Bug the only type in the game that hits both of those super effectively. And THAT has value when you consider the number of impactful Darks and Psychics AND Grasses around. And fortunately, Forret has some charge moves that help make up for those resistances too....
Charge Moves:
Mirror Shot (Steel, 35 damage, 35 energy, 30% Chance to Decrease Opponent Attack -1 Stage)
Sand Tomb (Ground, 25 damage, 40 energy. Decreases Opponent Defense -1 Stage)
Heavy Slam (Steel, 70 damage, 50 energy)
Rock Tomb (Rock, 70 damage, 60 energy)
Earthquake (Ground, 120 damage, 65 energy)
Return (Normal, 130 damage, 70 energy)
I bet most of you had no idea that humble little Forretress had such a wide array of charge moves. Prior to Speediest's big run, Forret's last moment of really being in the spotlight was at the tail end of The Silph Arena Season 1... and Season 2 just wrapped up. And back then it was basically stuck with Earthquake and either Heavy Slam or Rock Tomb... aka, no real bait potential. You basically just hoped Forret could hang in there long enough to reach a couple charge moves or Bug Bite something down, usually Grasses in the Cups where it made a splash thanks to its double resistance.
These days, though, Forret packs not one, but TWO potential bait moves with built-in stat reducers that can swing the game in your favor even when they're blocked. Sand Tomb comes with a guaranteed nerf to the opponent's Defense, which is fantastic on 'mons with high damage fast moves (Torterra and its Razor Leaf being a shining example of how brutal Sand Tomb's nerf can be), though perhaps not quite so much with Forret's average Bug Biting. It also shares a typing with generally preferred secondary move Earthquake, providing no additional coverage with its damage output. Perhaps more interesting--and the bait move selected by SpeediestChief--is Mirror Shot, which probably needs little introduction for anyone that has faced the incredibly annoying (sorry sorry, bias showing through there... but I HATE facing this 'mon! 🤬) Magnezone in GO Battle League. Not only is it a decent little bait move, tied for cheapest charge move in the game at only 35 energy, but it at least deals some damage, and of a useful typing: Steel. That means that despite Bug Bite being resisted, straight spamming of Mirror Shot gives Forretress wins over every Charmer in Great League, including Wigglytuff, Clefable, Gardevoir, and Togekiss (which DOUBLE resists Bug Bite and resists Forret's Ground moves as well). Mirror Shot also aids against Ghosts that resist Bug Bite, such as Froslass (who is actually weak to Mirror Shot's Steel typing) and Sableye. And while Bug Bite alone is not quite enough to do in very bulky things weak to it, like Umbreon and Defense Deoxys, the extra chip damage from Mirror Shot flips both Umbry and DD to wins. Heck, it even very nearly beats the likes of Altaria, Dewgong, and Lapras (and that last one can flip to at least a tie with good IVs on Forretress). In fairness to Sand Tomb, it shares several of those same wins (and uniquely can beat Ferrothorn), but Sand Tomb doesn't get Sableye or Froslass and only barely beats the others Mirror Shot wins, especially versus the Charmers... WAY too close for any kind of comfort! Mirror Shot seems a better move overall, being both cheaper than Sand Tomb and having a more useful typing.
So then, as mentioned above, the "standard" second move to run on Forret after that is Earthquake. It lacks STAB, but it's just a very good move for the cost and a nice "catch all" that hits all the things that resist Bug Bite for at least neutral damage except for Flying, and hits three of the four typings that resist Mirror Shot (Steel, Fire, and Electric) not just neutrally, but super effectively (the fourth, Water, is hit for neutral). Putting it all together, Bug Bite and Earthquake combine to hit everything that isn't Flying for at least neutral damage, and Mirror Shot can chunk Flyers (as seen with Altaria above) well enough to at least maim them on the way out.
So putting that all together shows a potentially godly performance in Great League that probably has folks saying louder than ever "why doesn't anyone run Forretress in GBL!?!". You'll see Dewgong and Lapras flip to full-on wins, as well as Ferrothorn and other Steels Bastiodon, Melmetal, and Galaraian Stunfisk, plus regular Stunfisk and fellow Electric type Alolan Raichu, and even bulky Munchlax and Whiscash. The big caveat--and the reason that Forretress hasn't popped up left and right--is that many of those wins I just listed require baiting a shield with Mirror Shot and then sneaking an Earthquake through unshielded. Not ALL are that way, though. Forret's bulk allows it to hang around to actually perform decently enough without any baiting at all (just straight Earthquakes), still getting Grasses and Charmers and big Psychics (Cress, Hypno, AhChu) and Darks (Umbreon and Zweilous), and really, that's not a bad group and would have been good enough to STILL earn a spot on SpeediestChief's winning team based on several of those listed being key pieces of opposing teams (especially his eventual opponent in the final match: Ventuski, with his Hypno, Umbreon, AND Venusaur all being directly countered by Forret without the need to bait). All that said, though... yes, Forretress can do several very good things with just Mirror Shot or even with just Earthquake, but to truly excel requires the proper and precise application of both, and THAT requires logging some practice time. BB/MS/EQ Forret represents the most ideal Forret available, which is why the Silph Arena Season 2 champion rolled with that himself, but it's more of a scalpel than a machete. There are some things it can just bowl over, but it's much better used only by someone who knows--REALLY knows--what they are doing. If you want to utilize it when Great League returns to GBL, then don't wait... start practicing now!
And just for comprehensiveness, I checked out #1 IV Forret and there are no new wins, just more effective wins against much of what "default" Forret already beats. And as for alternate shielding situations...
We aren't quite done, though. I know what some of you are already asking: what about Shadow Forretress? Weeeeeeeell... it's worth pointing out that Shadow Forret can take out Registeel on the strength of its boosted Earthquake, and beats Dewgong with notably more breathing room, but overall, it's not a great picture, honestly. Shadow Forret cannot reliably overcome Whiscash, either Stunfisk, Sableye, Melmetal, or Froslass, all things that normal Forretress is able to pull off. And Shadow Forret is not appreciably better in shieldless or 2v2 shielding scenarios either (really dropping off in those 2v2s, potentially gaining Medicham, which is good, but dropping the Charmers, the Stunfisks, Umbreon and Whiscash, which are all very bad). Shadow Forretress may give the opponent pause, but really, you're probably better off with regular ol' Forret in Great League.
But there's still more, as there are a couple other moves to consider, at least briefly. What of ol' reliable Heavy Slam, the cheapest move Forret had in days of yore when it was making a bit of a name for itself in early Silph Arena play? Well, perhaps the easiest way to tackle this one is to directly compare it to the other Steel move, Mirror Shot. So starting with the standard 1v1 shielding matchups, Heavy Slam shows a unique win against Air Slash Tropius... but uh, that's it. Mirror Shot matches all of its other wins, beats things like Venusaur and Zweilous and Meganium and Abomasnow with 30+ more HP remaining (and never trails Heavy Slam by more than 14 HP in shared wins), and tacks on the already-noted win against Sableye. And as the final nail in the case for Heavy Slam, it simply does not have anywhere near the same "ceiling" as does Mirror Shot when paired with Earthquake... it just cannot set up Quake nearly as well as Mirror Shot can. I don't see much of a case for Heavy Slam Forret anymore, honestly.
We already kinda looked at Sand Tomb, but just a reminder that it offers nothing in terms of unique coverage, and therefore does okay with Earthquake, with a win over Registeel to its name, but Mirror Shot can get Munchlax, Dewgong, and that Sableye win that keeps popping up instead, and almost always comes out of wins with more remaining HP than does Sand Tomb. I really think you're better off with the coverage, speed, and slightly better chip damage of Mirror Shot.
That just leaves the long-forgotten Rock Tomb. The clearest case for it is obviously protection against Flyers, giving it a tie with Altaria, as an example, while it DOES still hold most Grasses, Psychics, and Darks you care about as well. But it does absolutely nothing to help Earthquake, and while you CAN just replace Quake with it and try to bait it out with Mirror Shot, there is really no appreciable difference between that and just going straight Rock Tomb. You still only manage to tie--not defeat--Altaria, for example. Rock Tomb is even very disappointing with shields down, getting Mantine but STILL failing to take down Altaria or other notable Flyers. Booooo.
And I won't blast you with all the sims, but yes, I did again look at Shadow Forret with each of these, and no, it really isn't any better. No crazy edge cases here that make these other moves work... sorry!
So, the final FINAL thing I'll look at: what about Ultra League? Yes, Forret tops out below 2300 CP, but there are some Pokémon in that range that still find a way to compete at that level. Can the Golf Ball Of Doom join their company? Well, it's at least viable. It still chews through all the Grasses, including Ferrothorn now, as well as Charmers (well, aside from Togekiss that just out-tanks those Mirror Shots at this level of play). Forret can still beat Cresselia and Lapras, beats Melmetal, beats fellow Steely Bug Scizor, and can take out Ice Fang Feraligatr, Armored Mewtwo (even with Dynamic Punch), and Alolan Muk as well, and can outlast Shadow Snorlax too (no matter how S-Lax plays it). It's not a super expansive body of work that catches your eye, but I think that kind of performance could fit very well on some teams.
Okay, yes, that's finally it. I'm done rambling now! I did say "comprehensive" when I kicked this all off, if you remember. 😁 Here's your TL;DR: Forretress is a tanky little guy in Great League that terrorizes Grasses, Charmers, Psychics, Ices, the big Darks, and even both Stunfisks. It very much has a place in Great League, but requires some degree of finesse and experience to achieve peak potential. It even makes a case in Ultra League, carving out a niche role, but a very good niche role that could fit like a glove on teams weak to Grass, Psychic, Charm, and even some Steels and Ices.
As always, the simulated battles above from my go-to simming resource at PvPoke.com are a good start to the story, but they are certainly not the whole story. Run some sims yourself, try out Forretress in GBL yourself, and please: discuss! I always love to hear your feedback and any discussions that come out of these deeper dives.
Thanks for reading, and I sincerely hope this and my other writings are able to help you in your own PvP journey!
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2020.09.02 00:05 FindingMyVoice414 My parent was abusive and stole my identity

I'm sorry in advance for the length of this post. It's going to be a doozy.
Once upon a time, a woman got pregnant. She told the father of the baby that he would have to choose between his drug and alcohol habits and being involved in his child's life. He chose his habits.
That's where I come in.
My mother raised me as a single parent. I was an only child, so it was just the two of us for as long as I can remember. She was sick a lot when I was growing up. She was diagnosed with lupus when I was five and had a few serious flares over the years. The worst was the year I was fifteen, we spent 6 weeks in the hospital before the doctors basically sent her home to die. Spoiler: she didn't.
As a result of this and a few other health conditions, she was unable to work, and we got by on her disability check. This is important later.
Growing up, there were some basic principles drilled in my head. The obvious - be a good person, try your best at everything you do. And some that were less.. Common. Not only was sex a thing to be saved for marriage, but it was also a vile thing, and men only want women so they have something to have sex with. (Paraphrasing, but that's the basic idea). Gay people should have rights, but it would break her heart if I ever told her I was. All races are equal, but certain ones are to be feared. Just to name a few inconsistencies.
Like most kids, I had a part-time job in high school. Graduated with a 3.87 GPA, got a full ride to college. Raaa! When I started working, I'd started contributing to the household bills, so we decided I'd continue staying at home and she'd take me to school (I didn't have my own car at the time, and couldn't drive the stick shift she had.) It worked, it was convenient. I maintained my part-time job, even picked up some more hours since classes didn't take as much time as high school had.
My boyfriend at the time was a year behind me in school, so still in his senior year when I entered college. He had plans to go into software design and joked that he'd be making so much money, I wouldn't have to work if I didn't want to. I made the mistake of telling my mother about this little joke. She. Flipped. Out. She said I shouldn't even joke about wasting the opportunity I had with the scholarship. I told her I knew, it was just a joke. Kind of ironic, considering what happened next.
A couple of months into my first semester, she tells me that things are getting more expensive, and she needs me to either pick up a second job or go to work full time. There was no way I could do either of these and continue focusing on school. And just like that, my goal of being a doctor, or at the very least obtaining a degree, went out the window.
So begins the call center life. The new job paid more, so my household contribution went up to around $300 a month. I didn't mind, not having a car payment, or any real bills other than my cell phone and a credit card or two at the time. Everything's still normal at this point and remained that way for the next few years.
I was completely naive when it came to my credit for the longest time. I had a couple of little cards that I paid on and thought I was doing good. I'd get my report every year when I filed my taxes, like clockwork. Open it up, give it a look. But stupid me, I never read it that closely. 'Oh... Open accounts. Cool cool, revolving balance. Gee that's a low score, I don't know why, I don't have THAT much debt...'
In 2019, I noticed a few names showing up that I didn't recognize. Strange brand names from stores that I wouldn't shop at, all opened in 2016. I asked her about them, and she said they were hers. That they wouldn't give her an account, so she opened them in my name. But it shouldn't matter to me, because she was making the payments, so just leave it at that. It struck me as odd... But, the naive thing that I was, I let it go. The payments WERE being made, and it was just easier to not rock the boat, I'd learned over the years.
See, for as amazing as my mother is... She also has reactions that resemble a tornado. It was common when I was a kid to get slapped across the face if she thought I was 'backtalking' or even looking at her the wrong way. Books were ripped from shelves and thrown. The really big screwups would end up with her using a belt on me until she was exhausted. (You've not lived until a belt hits just right and breaks the skin. It's like a paper cut with personality.) But she grew up in a household that spanked, and she'd always said "The day I can't spank my own child is the day CPS can have her." It wasn't until I was an adult and thought back that I realized there's a difference between spanking, and what happened in my house.
The years passed, and I went from call center to call center. A few years in the rearview, I was encouraged to file bankruptcy because my credit situation and revolving balances were getting out of control. I realize now that was NOT the correct choice to make, and things should have been handled differently. But I trusted my mother and her opinion that it was my only option. For as big of a hit as my credit took, I did get a clean slate and was able to start rebuilding and paying on some small accounts.
One thing about bankruptcy, though.. Banks don't want to give you a checking account, at least not without paying a pretty hefty monthly fee. I didn't want to do that, so she suggested we get a joint checking account. We could both have access, and my name would be on the account, but it was sort of like cosigning on a car. The logic seemed sound, so I went with it.
The company I work for now is, or was, pretty okay. It's gone downhill drastically over the last couple of years. I was quickly promoted to a management position and made significantly more money. Even with my change in income level, my household contributions were never mentioned. I assumed everything was the same. She was a very.. Receipt-oriented person and I was one who'd rather just pay the bill and check on the account that it went through. So since she would be impacted by any shortcomings on the checking account too, I let her basically have control of the money. She'd make the payments and tell me how much was left, keeping everything all neatly filed away. It never occurred to me that things just didn't add up. Well, not at the time.
A detail I failed to mention is how... anti-social life was. She didn't have any friends to speak of, to go out and do things with, regardless of living in the same town her entire life. Anytime I wanted or needed, to go to a work function that she couldn't attend.. They came with a side order of guilt trips. As time went on, I stopped going as much as possible, because it just wasn't worth it. I'm an introvert, yes, but I also recognize the value of building business relationships. Maybe if I had gone to more things, I'd have a better bond with my coworkers.
A year so ago, I got a husky from a coworker. She was going through a divorce and couldn't keep the pup in her new place. I named her Lady Rose and she was the sweetest thing on four legs. Sadly, too big to stay in the house, but she was happy digging up holes in the yard. Huskies in general have a tendency to roam, and she was no different. Multiple times we got calls from neighbors she'd gone to say hi to on her adventures, and we'd go pick her up.
One day, she went for one of her runs, and I was working some overtime, so I couldn't go with my mother to pick her up as I normally did. She returns and tells me that she decided to let the neighbors keep her, because they could keep her inside.
My dog. She gave away MY DOG, without even asking me. That's not normal... Right? Needless to say, I was devastated. I still miss her and her puppy hugs. (She'd stand up on her back legs and hold onto your shoulders)
Then... I met Mando. Name changed to protect the amazing. (I can't even type that without smiling). Being a hermit like I was, the only exposure to people I had was online. I don't know the rules about naming specific gaming platforms, so we'll just say it's one that allows you to have a Dual Existence, concurrent with your first. Those who know it, will get it, lol. We were both involved in a roleplay community and became fast friends. Things snowballed, simply put. Before I knew it, months had passed and we were planning to meet in person for Christmas. As soon as things started getting serious, back in June of 2019, I started talking about him nonstop. This was greeted with 'that's nice, dear' or the equivalent.
So December rolls around, and all of a sudden it's a shock that I'm meeting an Internet Person. (Because according to her, all Internet People are psychopaths, kidnappers, and murderers. Though I never got an answer to the question of... If all internet people are those things, what does that make me? Because I'm one too lol) That hailed a week of intense arguments. Namecalling insults... I won't bore y'all with the details. But the primary implication was that the only reason he was coming was to get laid, to put it very politely.
Let me be frank here. He's in the armed forces and looks damn good in a uniform. I'm pretty sure if all he wanted was to get laid, he could have done that on his own and without driving 9 hours to visit.
This is when things started going downhill in a most dramatic way. The week he was in town was both the best and worst of my life. The best because, as corny as it sounds, just being in the same room with him, finally, after so much time, was like being home. The worst because, the hours away from him were intense, and not in a good way.
"Poison pen letters" were always my mother's specialty. Usually, this was dealing with a complaint she had with a company or someone else on a personal level. However, in the last few years, I'd received a few myself. Daily, I would wake up to a fresh email, paragraphs, and paragraphs long about how I was a disappointment, a whore (because I met Mando in person, and that could only be for sex), among other things. These emails would leave me in tears, and I would reply, trying to explain. Each rebuttal was met with more namecalling, more insulting. Eventually, I learned to stop replying, because it didn't help.
The ironic thing is that at one point, she told me to tell him that she approved and liked him very much. I'm a bit biased, but she should! He brought her Christmas gifts, and we made every effort to include her in what we did, all of which she refused, then sulked because I was gone so much.
He returned home, and life returned to its old miserable state. A 'miserable' I hadn't realized WAS miserable until then. Around this same time, my mother had a consultation with a surgeon. For years, she'd had a condition with her feet that made it very painful to walk and would need surgery to correct. I was working on the day of the appointment, so we were on the phone until the doctor came in. She put the phone down, but the call didn't disconnect all the way. Sure, I should have hung up. But I wanted to know what was said, and I was rarely given details when I didn't go to the appointments. The doctor starts explaining the procedure and asks if she would have someone to help because she couldn't be on her feet at all for eight weeks. No pressure of any kind could be put on her left foot, she'd have to use one of those knee scooter things to get around while the bones mended. She thought for a minute and then sighed. She then told the doctor she didn't know. She had three dogs, and a bundle of cats to take care of. And her "daughter lives there, but she's fat and lazy, and I have to do everything for her, so I don't think she'd be any help."
I. Was. Stunned. At this point, we'd already discussed the surgery and what it would likely entail, and I'd told her that I was willing to do anything I could to help her feel better. I'd already talked to my boss about possibly working from home full time for two months, so I could be there to help. This was the only reason she went on the consultation in the first place. Anyway, the doctor tells her to think it over and call if she wants to schedule it. I disconnect the call at this time, still thoroughly in shock.
She calls me back not even five minutes later and doesn't understand why I'm upset. I explain what I'd heard and ask her to explain. Is that truly what she thinks of me? Instead of apologizing, she gets defensive and says it's my own fault for listening to a private conversation. And she hadn't said anything she didn't feel was true in the first place.
There's an uncomfortable thing about living in a small house, with only two people. Sooner rather than later, the silence tends to become deafening, and you move on from things whether you want to or not. The surgery happened, and for the next eight weeks, I worked full time and took care of the animals and my mother.
What's the big deal about taking care of the animals? I know it sounds like a pretty basic thing. But here's another sub-story. I'll try to be as descriptive as I can. The pet food was kept in a shed in the lower part of the yard, a walk down a pretty good slope from the front door. So you had to exit the house, unlock the shed, and bring the food in shifts because some animals were inside, and some were outside. The cats were expected to be fed at around 8 am. To feed the outside cats, you had to go around a slippery slope and up a set of stairs that was not in the best condition. (If you put your foot in the wrong place, it might go through the wood). Climb over a few things on the porch, then repeat to get back down. The dogs were inside and ate at approximately 5 am, and again at 4-5 pm. If one was smart, they brought enough dog food inside for two feedings when they went out for cat food in the mornings.
Two of the dogs were kept in crates 24/7. We had Baxter since he was a puppy, and got his mother Fiona at the same time. Baxter was easy to house train, he was a good boy. Fiona had slip-ups. As a result, she decided they weren't allowed out of their crates because she didn't want to clean up messes. We'd had dogs for as long as I could remember, and this didn't set well with me. She'd never done that to any of the others. It was cruel. Dogs should not exist in a 2x3 foot box their entire lives. But, it was "my house, my rules" and I couldn't do anything about it, short of calling animal control and reporting it as abuse. Which it really wasn't. They had shelter, food, and water. What would anyone have said? Still cruel.
My old dog, Jasper, was allowed to roam, as he always had. He passed away in March, and it's still raw. He just ate when he was hungry, as any creature should be allowed.
The porch described above is a small indicator of the rest of the house. Some families have a junk drawer. Some have a junk room, where random things are stored. We had both of those, and then some. From the kitchen to the hallway leading to her bedroom, there is just pile after pile of STUFF. Things that were bought online, left in their boxes, never used. There's so much, that her bedroom is completely inaccessible. It is literally stacked wall to wall, corner to corner with... I don't even know what. But she uses none of it. All sorts of kitchenware, which would be really nice things to cook with. None of them were ever taken out of the box. (Some of which I'll mention later) Even the closet in my room was half-filled with her things, along the floor and on the shelf above. There was a narrow path to walk leading down the hallway, and in the kitchen. Everything else was just.. stuff. It was suffocating.
So, a snapshot of the day. I would wake up at 4 am and take the dogs out. Then, to feed them, they had to be done one at a time, and handfed. The process took about half an hour between them. (The dogs didn't demand this, but this was the 'right' way to do it.) After they were fed, I would make her coffee, and go back to bed to try to snag another couple of hours of sleep. My work typically started at 8 am, and I'd work a normal 8 hour day while doing whatever was needed around the house. Cooking, laundry, taking the dogs out, etc. Doggo dinnertime was at 5 pm. They then had to be taken out at 9 pm, and then again at midnight. After their midnight trip, I was able to go to bed. Sleep rapidly became a myth, but I didn't mind. It was temporary and needed.
However, I don't know if y'all have ever tried to play a nurse to an independent person. It's not easy. Getting into the house was the first hurdle. For the surgery, she was given a nerve block, which made her leg literally dead weight. She couldn't feel anything from the knee down, even hours later. So we get home, and it becomes rapidly apparent that the driveway was not going to be an easy trip. She had the knee scooter but refused to use it because she couldn't feel where her foot was and didn't want to mess things up. Understandable, I suppose. We tried a few options - an old office chair, which got caught in the mud repeatedly. (Yes, it had been raining for two days beforehand, so the yard was nice and sloshy. This was also January, so it was cold AF.) I asked, no, pleaded several times to call 911 and have them send a police car, or EMT to help us get inside and she vehemently refused. We were outside for over an hour and a half, trying to find some way to get her inside. Every time I made a suggestion, she shot it down. Eventually, I ended up getting some old blankets and spreading them over the ground. She dragged herself along, kind of like a reverse crab walk.
Going to the bathroom was also a struggle. The way the house is set up, her chair was only about 6-7 feet from the restroom. However, there's a little 'bump' of a ledge going from one room to the other. For the first day or so, she wouldn't use the scooter, nor would she let me help her get into the room or do anything. She did more reverse-crabbing, awkward as can be. That bathroom is TINY, and there's a litterbox right in front of the sink that takes up a lot of space. Once she started using the scooter, that much got easier at least.
For the first week or so, things went normally. Then she started sneaking into the kitchen to make her own coffee. Which included going down a sharper drop (the living room to the bathroom was around a half step. Living room to kitchen was a full step down). At 3 am. Because she didn't want to wait until 4 am when I got up to start the day. Sometime between going back to bed and getting up again, I'd hear her in the bathroom. She couldn't take a shower for the first two weeks, so she took a sink bath. (Overshare, maybe. But it's relevant later)
Now let's talk cooking. When I was younger, homecooked meals were a regular thing. All the good, down-home country goodness that every family wants. Little by little as I got older, they became less and less frequent. At first, it was said it was because I was working odd shifts and wasn't home at night. Then they just... Stopped altogether. If it couldn't be put into the oven and cooked quickly (chicken tenders and fries, for instance) or microwaved, it didn't get cooked. At least not by her.
So when she had the surgery, I saw this as a chance to spread my culinary wings and cook! I did small meals for myself regularly, but this would be cooking for both of us and I was looking forward to it. However, anything I cooked she 'wasn't in the mood for'. I asked her what she wanted, and she would always say just a sandwich. She literally ate a bowl of cereal and a turkey sandwich every single day, no matter how many times I asked what she wanted.
This eight week period was also the first time that I was able to check the mail. We had a PO box, and prior to this, she would go early in the morning to get the mail, usually before I was even awake (the lobby was open early). Anything that was mine (that she wanted me to see, anyway) was waiting for me when I got up. (This is also relevant later)
Afterward, everything went back to normal, given relative values of normal, with COVID and all. At this point, my office was closed, and we were all full-time work from home anyway. There were random blowups, but things were mostly quiet. Most of the blowups happened when I asked for access to the checking account log-in or something similar.
In March, the accounts she'd opened in my name, at least four out of five of them, went into arrears. I got notified that I had a delinquent status on one or more accounts. When I asked her about this, she said she just had to wait until payday, but she'd get them caught up. She didn't.
This was also the month Jasper got sick. It seemed to happen overnight. As usual, I had no money, and didn't know what to do. Mando said he'd take care of it, so we hurried to the local vet. He was in kidney failure. They could slow it but not stop it, and he would just suffer more and more. That day, I held my sweet boy while he crossed the rainbow bridge. It was the hardest thing I've ever done. When I got home, I told her he was gone, then went to bed. I slept/cried my way through the afternoon. I woke up to a message saying I was heartless because I didn't consult/tell/give her an option as to whether he was put down or not. That she lost him too and I should just get over it.
June rolls around, and it's been a long six months since I saw Mando. We decide this time I'm going to make the drive to see him. This sparks one of the largest fights of all time. More emails, more namecalling.
The night before, a fight launches from out of nowhere. As has become normal, she calls me a liar (then can't come up with examples of anything I've lied about). More names, more accusations, none of which with any ground at all. This time for added flavor, she screams about how she was forced to sit in her own filth after her surgery, because I 'refused' to help her take a bath. She claimed she had bed sores from not being able to clean herself for over a month. None of this is true, of course. Like I mentioned before, I heard her almost every day, doing her daily cleaning ritual until she could use the shower chair and sit in the shower while keeping her foot dry. Many times I offered to help and she always said no.
The day I'm set to go, it's 6 am and I'm finishing loading up my car. She comes outside and looks at me. Now, if your loved one was embarking on their first solo trip, you might say something like "I love you, be safe. Call me when you get there" regardless of your personal feelings of the situation. Instead, she says, "I don't even know you since you met him. I hate you." She then stalks back into the house. I make it to his place nine hours later, and text her to let her know, so she wouldn't worry.
Around 4:30 pm, we're upstairs cooking dinner, and I'd left my phone in the basement. She calls twice in a five-minute span and leaves a voicemail on the second call. "Well, I guess I'll just have to call the police since you're not answering me. They'll be by to make sure you're not dead."
It wasn't as though she hadn't seen my text. She responded with an "Ok." So I quickly text her back and a small encounter follows, one I just stop replying to.
The next morning, I wake up tagged in a Facebook post saying how inconsiderate it is to do things like go on trips while COVID is happening. She makes several pointed comments and essentially calls Mando and I selfish people for putting her at risk. (It should be stated that during the drive, I stopped only for gas and wore a mask and gloves, and our plans for the two weeks included lots of working at home and very little else. The risk of any exposure was minimal.) I call her out on the public post in DMs, and she denies that it was what she meant. The post soon disappears, though.
That same day, she removes me on Facebook and a few mobile games.
Over the next two weeks, there are varying levels of blowups. She always knew exactly how to play my emotions to upset me in the most direct way possible. If one tactic didn't work or get a response, she'd try another. An angry outburst would lead to a sad/depressive one. If those didn't work, she tried chipper, normal conversation. All of these things just to get any sort of reaction from me. It was a revolving door that never stopped. I never knew which person I'd be hearing from that day.
Eventually, I packed up to leave Mando's place. And I swear to Merlin, I cried more during that 9 hour drive than was probably safe. It didn't feel like I was going home. It felt like I was leaving home and returning to where I lived. Sappy, huh?
I arrived around 10 pm. I walked in the door, dragged my suitcase in, and she ignored me. It was late, so I decided to just go to bed. Upon going into my room, I found everything of mine had been collected from the rest of the house and shoved in there. Decor, gifts I had given her, everything. I ask her why and she still ignores me. This goes on for the next two days. Then the emails started again.
I asked over the course of this, exactly how much was I 'contributing' a month at this point. She finally says $650. Here's the logic behind it:
Rent: $250 (while she paid $50 herself, due to being on rental assistance)
DirecTV: $90 (I was never allowed to touch the remote or decide what was watched.
Netflix: $7.50 (Same situation, though I could watch what I wanted in my bedroom)
Net: $30 (The net was absolute SHITE, but she wouldn't allow us to switch to a more reliable provider, that wasn't that much more expensive)
Amazon Prime: $5.00 (Okay, I got my money's worth and then some here.)
Hulu: $7.50 (Never had the log-in, so I couldn't benefit from this in private, sadly)
Food: $150 (I bought my own food. I never ate any of what she brought into the house, and hadn't for years, because we really didn't have the same taste)
Landline/security system: $45
All of that together only comes to around $550, so it doesn't quite add up. Her only response was "You couldn't live anywhere else for that price!" And at the time, I couldn't rock the boat and risk getting actually thrown out. I was helpless and we both knew it, having no access to the checking account, short of my debit card, and nowhere in town really to go.
The next three weeks were nothing short of volatile. I started demanding access to my accounts as well as the checking information, of which I received none. On one day in particular, I'm sitting in the living room, and a verbal argument begins. Things escalated, and she picks up a large three-wick tumbler candle from my desk and tries to throw it at me. I go into my room and lock the door. I'm on the phone with Mando, telling him I'm afraid, that I don't feel safe.
She busts my door down. My locked bedroom door. She says we need to 'finish this'. Reluctantly, I hang up the phone. She comes a step or two short of saying she wanted me out of her house, trying to twist the situation in such a way that I was choosing to not live there anymore. I tell her I'd never said that, but things I'd said started getting thrown back at me in reverse order. Everything was twisted, it was misinterpreted.
At this point, she leans in the doorway of my bedroom and extends her arm. She always bruised like a peach, and had bruises from playing with the dogs, etc. She points at one bruise and says... "I wonder what the police would say about you grabbing my arm and bruising me like that?" I look confused, because I hadn't touched her. "Or that time a month ago when you broke the mirror and came after me with some broken glass and tried to kill me." Remember, I hadn't even been in the state a month ago. She just smiled. "Elder abuse is taken seriously, remember that." She threatened to contact Mando's boss and file a complaint against him. All sorts of completely made-up things. It was then I knew that I couldn't stay there. I would end up thrown in jail or worse.
The same day, she apologized. A halfhearted apology of, "I said some things I didn't mean." When I asked her to clarify, she just blew up. She said that I said mean things too (I hadn't) and I wouldn't even apologize. I told her I just wanted to know what parts she didn't mean. She never would clarify.
A few days after that, Mando asks me to come back. The next day, I'm packed up and ready to go. Fun fact, I'd never even unpacked my suitcase from the first trip, so it was easy.
This time around, more of the same happens. Guilt trips, lengthy emails. Threats to turn my phone off. Salty then sweet. Saying she missed me, she loved me. When it didn't work, the attempts would grow more and more desperate.
She had a really bad habit of making assumptions. A couple of years ago, she started saying she knew I hated her and didn't know why. I have no idea why she'd even say or think that, as we said I love you frequently. Kind of a good policy to have, to say I love you before you go to sleep and whenever you leave the house, I've always thought. The last time I said those words to her was six months ago, and I was called a liar. I didn't try it again.
One day while I was working, she sent me a Facebook friend request. She then deleted it a couple of hours later, and apologized for 'intruding'. I told her I hadn't checked Facebook before she removed it, which she ignored.
At this moment, I'm really not sure the moment that I knew I'd given up completely. I had no desire to be around her. During her 'sweet' moments, I would tell her that I just needed space. I needed time. I needed to move past all the nasty things that had been said. She kept pushing and pushing until I was just... Done. The cycle just kept reverting in a way that showed that things would never change. And having seen what life could be like... I wasn't willing to go back.
So Mando helped me come up with a plan. He helped me get my own, personal checking account at the same bank he uses, which was far easier than I expected. (She'd told me that I'd never be able to get one on my own) Systematically, I contacted my creditors and had my information updated to my own, to a new email address that she didn't know. It was a tedious process, since every form of communication, even some of the security questions, were tied to her.
All the while, she's sending me nasty messages. Finally, I tell her that I've decided to stay here, and we're coming in a couple of weeks to get my things. "I'll be out of town" was the first line. Which fooled nobody, because she never went anywhere if it wasn't with me. "I've changed the locks, you won't get in my house." Also untrue, and I knew it was a bluff.
Eventually, she said she wished I would wait to come get my things until she could "reach the same level of coldness and cruelty toward me that I felt toward her". (Remember those assumptions?) In any event, Mando and I helped ourselves to a weekend road trip. We got a 5x8 U-Haul trailer and headed for the house.
The entire time we were there, she barely acknowledged our presence, unless she was making a snide comment. She had put 'all my things' in the living room (toiletries, kitchen things, etc).
Now, this is where it gets interesting. There were some large kitchen appliances, still in the box, in the pile of 'my' stuff. She said I could take them if I wanted them. This didn't make sense at the moment, however...
Remember those credit cards that were 6 months unpaid? Half of them were home goods stores. If I accepted items that I knew (or 'knew') were from these stores, she could easily implicate me in the knowledge and/or use of the accounts. Needless to say, we left those things behind.
When we walked to the door with the last box, she walked up behind us. She didn't say a word, just closed the door. No goodbye, no anything.
Two days later, we arrive home and yes, you guessed it. More messages. She went on and on about how I meticulously carved her out of my life and pushed her away, leaving her when she's getting older, her body's failing, and she needs me the most.
I carved her out, but she's the one that pushed me away. She removed me on Facebook. She is the one who demanded access to my entire life, and yet kept her own under tight lock and key.
I mentioned before the house is small, right? From where I sat on my PC, she could see my screens. She would read my messages, right over my shoulder. She would critique my interactions with other people. And on occasions where we would fight, she would absolutely blow up if I were to reach out to my friends for support. Because I had 'no right to make them think of her negatively while I made myself out to be an angel.'
I've never claimed to be perfect. And I'll admit, in this story, I might be a bit biased. But I don't believe that anything I did made me deserve the way she treated me. I'd always describe what had happened, even things that I had done that were less than nice, and more often than not, the Internet People would take my side.
I recently made the difficult decision to pursue an identity theft claim against her. The idea that she would be sent to jail terrifies me, because I honestly don't know if she could survive that or not. But I don't think I was left with any other option. Even paying the accounts at this point would leave negative marks on my credit that will take years to disappear, as heavily delinquent as they are.
Not to mention, this is nearly $10k worth of credit card debt that I didn't agree to, yet am responsible for on paper. She has more credit in my name than I do (car notwithstanding).
In the past two weeks, I've severed all contact with her. I no longer see her emails and frankly, it's a relief. I miss her, but I miss the 'her' I used to know. Not the version that's been inhabiting her body for the decade or so.
I really miss my dogs, and my cat. None of this is their fault, and they won't understand why I'm gone. It breaks my heart that they'll think I just... Left them. But she never would have let any of them go, so I didn't even try. Maybe I should have.
Mando and I are doing great. We're settling in and enjoying having a life together. Transitioning from online to living together is almost intoxicating. Those little bursts of happiness we got from visits never seem to stop. And he's cute when he wakes up with bed head in the morning.
If you've made it this far, congratulations.
If you've gone through something similar yourself, please feel free to share your story. I hear this sort of thing happens far more commonly than it should.
Thank you for reading, for letting me get everything out. It really does help.
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2020.08.31 01:40 iwishiwasafraidodeaf I wish I was still afraid of death

Life was so much better when I was afraid of death and believed in ghosts.
Before I got cancer as a preteen, I was terrified of death. It was afraid of getting hurt or being killed. In my mind- nothing was worse then death.
Then cancer- blah blah- boring repetitive “cancer as a kid story”.
Then I found out I was probably gonna love to about 50. 29 years off the expectancy rate. I got really sad. And depressed and had to see a therapist. He didn’t do shit. But I started watching true crime, ghost hunting shows, etc.
I was starting to come to terms with death. Cool. I started cracking jokes and talking about death and my fear was still there- but it was a lot less.
Then I went under surgery again. I hadn’t had general anaesthetic in months, and this time- it was for my final bone marrow/lumbar puncture. I only had general, instead of local, because I hated the feeling after waking up. So I went through about 6 lumbar punctures awake. The youngest patient to do that in my hospital’s history, and they have started offering it to teens and older children now.
Anyways, after I woke up- I realise something. That feeling. Just before I came too. I could remember that feeling but couldn’t go back too it. The feeling of being put into a coma/under, I realised.
That’s what death is. (I think)
And I thought it was really cool.
Ever since I was young (like 5-8) , the afterlife never made sense (other then ghosts- kinda) I would think “why would we need an afterlife?” As I didn’t really believe in God (and so became a super Christian as I thought I was betraying God)
But then I realised, I don’t believe in a God. I especially don’t believe someone who is supposed to be kind and forgiving, would give children as young as 6 weeks old- cancer.
So I beat cancer after one more surgery to remove the port. Felt that feeling again. Beat cancer, whatever.
But the more I watched ghost hunting shows, the more I realised. Fuck. This is fake as shit (in my opinion).
Everyone in my family has had paranormal experiences. Hell. My mum and dad Gad glasses thrown at them from across the bar by an invisible spirit (apparently). But I can’t believe it.
Ghost stories and urban legends are boring now. Ghost hunting shows and episodes are boring. You get about 5-30 minutes of “ghost evidence.”
I’ve stayed awake all night before, I can probably get the same amount of “ghost evidence” coming from the creaking pipes, the wind coming though my broken shit window, the floor boards, the house settling. The moth/fly/spider bitch (fuck you spider- you know what you did you little shit) that’s buzzing around my room or moving across the ceiling.
I could get 30 minutes of that per night from this pos house. Plus the mind filling in the gaps of what you want to hear on an EVP or whatever. Especially if you know the history beforehand.
But I will admit- life sucks now.
I wish I as still afraid of death. Then I probably wouldn’t have had cancer. I would still be able to enjoy ghost shows. I would still have a love of true crime (which has been sucked out of me. I hope it returns) I would be able to listen to urban legends and not pull apart the bullshit-etc. It’s hard for me to stay awake when I need to, and I don’t think about stuff as much.
TL:DR My quality of life has decreased, since I got over my fear of death.
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2020.08.28 10:53 nhollywoodviachicago Well isn't this an oogy mess

Edit number whatever: I got the problem fixed, guyss!! FIXED!! No. More. Bullshit.
Edit: **I noticed I'm being downvoted, and initially I was thinking it was due to the rambling, whiny length of this post. However it occurred to me that some of you might think I'm trying to solicit money, which makes me sad as fuck. If THAT'S what it is, please just know that plying other suffering alcoholics for money isn't something that I'm cable of doing. It's scummy as fuck and I'd politely decline any help, even if someone were to kindly offer. That, isn't why I was here, for the record.
In this edit, I also deleted the imgur link of that screen shot I took, showing the ridiculous cost of one day's worth of my meds, too---just in case it was adding to a problem. I only wanted to spread a little awareness of how BAD Healthcare costs are here in the US, but I guess we're all well aware of that**.
If I was right the first time and it IS more the length of this fucker- - yeah, I know. I'm sorry, I was shitfaced. I just made an apology post about this, so, sorry, again**).
Hello, fellow CAs. Still kind of new here. Constantly lurking, but I've only had the balls to post once or twice. Too used to hiding it all, choking it down and dumping whiskey on top of it then calling it good. However, my balls have recently gotten bigger, or something. I actually don't even own balls, but I'm here anyhow.
Let me start by stating the obvious. This post is FUCKING LONG and for that I am sorry. I really, really need to vent. Feel free to skip, as much of it as you'd like. Let me also apologize for the undeniable fact that the typos will increase and the quality of my writing will decrease as this post progresses, and that is because I am getting more and more drunk as I go. I just need to spew, to vent. Even if no one wants to read this at all, it's ok

As the title indicates, I am a Stephen King fan (rather irrelevant). I've also managed to make a big oogy mess out myself, though, as well as my life, and everything else too. I'm not sure how, or why, exactly. I'm King Midas in reverse, everything I touch turns to shit. Like, even more lately than usual, I mean. Most everyone hates me these days and I'm in desperate need of puking stuff out from inside of me before it starts to eat me alive and being that you guys are no strangers to puking things up, I was kind of hoping you wouldn't mind if I use CA as kind of an emotional emesis basin, just this once? I could really use to spew it all out.
It seems like so many people just talk to a friend, when they're feeling like shit or stuck in a mess. But I don't really have friends (aside from a very new one I made here on CA---you know who you are (◍•ᴗ•◍). I haven't really had friends for years, and here is the reason why: Every time I've let someone in, so to speak, it has turned around to bite me right in the ass. Essentially, whenever I've ignored my better judgment and went out to spend time with "friends" (with the better judgment aspect telling me to stay and get smashed at home, rather than leaving the safe confines of my home), some booze-soaked drama has always ensued. Those nights have ended with a police presence more often than not, which was funny in high school and shit but kind of starts to lose its charm once you're in your 20s and 30s. Throughout those shitty nights, there was always a strong possibility of someone getting locked up for the night, and way too often that person was myself. Why? Who tf knows, because I damn skippy blacked out long before that ever happened.
Then comes the death of the next morning, finding myself locating mildly disturbing mystery injuries all over my body, hoping nothing disgusting and dangerous got into the open ones. And truthfully, as gross and unpleasant as all of that stuff really is, I'm just grazing the surface of it, briefly skimming over the recounts of those other, brighter days with friends. It's because all the tragedies are just too gloulish. Here's a pG-13 trailer of one of them, because I guess that I should put something out there.
Once upon a time, many many years ago, there was a night very like those that I just described. Everyone was shit-faced. Partying. In our early 20s, late teens. Everything fairly typical. Except on that that night, one of my oldest, dearest friends had some heroin. No one had ever tried it before. Everyone refused, scared, except for himself. He was always the most adventurous, you see. He was always the brightest, the most talented, the ballsiest, the best. My God, he was ELECTRIC. I was so intensely in love with him, that kind of pure, mindless loving devotion you're only capable of at that young age. He was my first love, which made sense because he was always the first at everything, the first of us to try psychedelics, try MDMA, the first of us to eat mushrooms. And when the sun came up morning after that party, my first love became the first one of us to permanently lose the ability to draw breath.
Twenty years old.
I am even more ashamed of all my transgressions, when I think of him. Part of me still loves him, I guess. Part of me longs to join him. But then, the Heroine Goddess enchants you where you stand - - and you discover very quickly, YOU are only using for YOU.
Because ir's not bad enough that I'm a degenerate alkie. I'm also a recovered heroin addict. It started with pain pills and benzos, something to kill all the pain--the incest rape, the constant terror in my teen years that the shower Polaroids someone had snapped of me when I was 13 (without consent, just to get that straight), and then sold to some middle aged, dude, my beloved friend's overdose death, then more death, and more, and then more violence and assault-- but then, over the course of some years, it eventually became heroin.
Warning! Rant About Pharmaceutical Companies etc Ahead! *please feel free to skip!
(*Side Rant: That is because, the DEA or the FDA or both, or WHATEVER, cracked down on pain pills, effectively creating a massive wave of norco-and-oxy-cum-heroin addicts, all over this country. We can thank the idiotic, ineffectual, horridly expensive war on drugs for that little gem. But moreover, we can thank the pharmaceutical companies--not for creating the drugs, because certain terminal patients NEED them, but for pushing them to medical establishments like candy, and incentivizing the doctors to prescribe incredibly addictive meds without explaining the risk [I know it was never explained to ME] Instead, the doctors are given kickbacks, free vacations, money, merchandise, for prescribing all the drugs on their formulary lists--it's sick--and THAT is where the huge wave of opiate addiction REALLY started, with Oxy being on every formulary lists for Dr's in this damn country, again, in 1999, the year OxyContin exploded (maybe even debuted), and then "the campaign" ran until at least 2005, with those reps pushing the brand new miracle drug of Oxycontin as the new, "non addictive" miracle pain drug. Thd funny part is, that is EXACTLY how Heroin was marketed, when it first came out. Exactly. [The word "hero" is built right in, ffs!!] And how fucked up is that? Just look at places like the Heroin Triangle down south, entire states like Ohio and Kentucky, and many many more etc. Fucking OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin! Legal heroin, illegal heroin, at base level its all the same. That's how I got addicted, too, those motherfuckers. Ok, sorry, rant over).
Anyhow. For me? It was an ugly, rough road, and I had to bellycrawl down it for some of the time, through shit and piss and blood, and do a LOT of things I am not proud of and even a couple things I'm downright ashamed of (let's just say that d-boys are the scum of the earth and leave it at that). But that was long in the past, nowadays. I have not had a needle in my arm since 2013. I have not touched heroin or any opiate since 2013. I haven't been high on opiates since 2013. Not even once. I've turned down pain pills after medical procedures.
But, (and here comes the knee-jerk shameful part) I am on suboxone maintenance treatment. I have been so since 2013. For me, it has been a miracle med; you don't get high, you don't lose yourself, and best of all... You aren't sick all the time. You just feel normal. When I took my first dose of suboxone and it kicked in, and I went from deathly sick to just feeling like I used to before opiates?? I'm not ashamed to say that I cried. I was on my way to Film Studies II and I just sat down in a hallway corner and cried the happiest tears ever.
Because tried it all, before that. Kicking cold turkey (yeah fuckin right). Tapering (haha, that requires a surplus of self control and I do not possess so much as an modicum). Switching to booze only (that only assured that I'd be both high AND drunk every day--the sheer number of times I woke up choking on my own puke is fascinating to me, even after I took to only sleeping at the kitchen table). Kicking cool turkey (you just buy less dope/pills than normal and lie yourself into believing you're going to stick to a "diet" - here's a big shocker, it never works.
I even did the methadone clinic shtick for two years, whereupon you line up, bleary-eyed in the heat/cold each morning at 7am, waiting for your turn to enter and climb the narrow stairs to a little bulletproof glass booth at the top and receive your little Dixie cup of liquid salvation. I had no problems there at all, but, I mean, that's really only because methadone gets you just as high as dope does (it's more of a "harm reduction" kind of solution than a way to actually get sober, imho) and you can still duck with opiates as much as you want, the whole time (they don't watch you actually pee, so everyone just brought in clean urine from their relatives and shit and kept it in a thin bottle in their bra or wherever else, so that it would be "pee temperature" by the time it was their turn). So I mean, yeah, I mostly stayed off the dope PREEETTY much the whole time, but all that going to the clinic for my daily dose really did for me was to hook me up with a fluid that provided a cleaner, more pharmaceutical high to bang up my arm on the weekends (in the form of take-homes), keep me high as, shit every day during the week too, and introduce me to better contacts for buying benzos, smoking crack, and, of course, getting shithammered on booze. I also formed far too many of those kind of binge/fuck/fight/fuck/binge/fight/get high/fuck/binge relationships, you know the ones: 100% of the time, they, begin in substance abuse-oriented settings like treatment centers, clinics, AA /NA meetings (those types call them "13th steppers"), on all the wrong streets and at the house parties of other degenerate druggie alcoholics like yourselves. Finally, the worst (and last) of them stomped on my feet til my toes shattered (he was wearing construction-type boots and I was wearing Chuck Taylors) and squirted the only/last rig of dope directly into my eyes and face, because he'd been pouring tequila with coworkers before he got home and apparently he "didn't like my tone" when I told him that was the last of the dope. Yeah-- he went to jail.
That was it, that was enough sordid shit for me. I had reached my absolute fucking limit. It wasn't at all quick and easy like this is going to sound, but from there, I found the suboxone program, I shook and puked through 6 weeks worth of 3 times a week groups before they'd give me my scrip for the subs, and I started down the road I'm on now. I got a decent career going (ruined temporarily because of The Virus Who Shall Not Be Named, but unemployment exists, thank fuck). And friends, I'll tell you right now - - I might be a lush and a boozehound and a drunk, but I'd rather die tomorrow from alcohol-related causes than to ever return to that slave-to-the-needle life I had before, for even a single day. Because at least when I want a bottle, I just go to the store and fucking get one, I don't have to call some asshole who of course goes only by a single letter for OPSEC (you would be amazed how many Ds, Qs, Ts, and Bs I've had in my phone, looked like some damn alphabet soup in there), and half the time he's waiting on a ride and he's on DopeBoyTime© anyway so he's gonna get there when he gets there- maybe with something awesome, and maybe with some chunk of dry mud dipped in vinegar for the smell. When you're just a drunk you don't have to deal with any of that shit and I just wanted to state that, for myself. For the record, say.
I mean, yeah sure, I've goofed off and smoked crack or snorted coke a handful of times since then, cause I've never been addicted to cocaine. Sure, I've done my share of psychedelics since, and plan to do plenty more (they are incredibly therapeutic for alcohol and drug dependency issues-- fight me). Especially DMT. If it weren't through the DMT therapy I've had I Prob) might have actually offed myself by now, because I just could not figure out how to move on from some of those past traumas (the incest rape especially, because it happened on my birthday so there was a constant built in reminder of it, every year). DMT helped me. Acid helped me. Truly.
I digress. Whatever. The point is, I went in today to pick up my suboxone scrip. Waited forever, this snide ass tech kept putting me off. Finally I had to ask for the pharmacist, who eventually comes over and tells me that my insurance isn't working, for some reason. Now this is state medicaid, which I have been able to qualify for ever since I became unemployed. But I just got a letter from them yesterday saying that I would have to do another monthly verification with them on September 4th, in order to keep my insurance, and that all would be hunky dory if I kept my (phone) appointment on the 4th.
So I tell the pharm this. Happen to have the letter in my bag so I dig it out and show him. He shrugs and tries, again. Reject. He tries for the tablet form of the same medicine instead. Reject. He tries a weeks worth, 3 days worth, 2, and finally a single day's worth. All rejected.
By then I'm tired of fucking around, the pharmacist is looking at me like I am a particularly disgusting glob of dog shite he's just found stuck to the bottom of his brand new shoe, and there's a (socially distanced) line forming behind me. So, upset as hell and with cold fear in my heart, I whip out my wallet and ask for the cash price
I was aware that a new generic of the type I take had recently been approved, and they had been dispensing it to me, so I figured it must be much cheaper than it used to be which was just INSANE (over $2000 a month!) so I figured it had to be way better than that.
"Sure thing, just let me look - hmm ok, your whole prescription is 2 week's supplllllyyy, doodahdoohmmmm sorry, slow computer, ohhhhkay, looks like a 2 week's supply will beeee... $335.__ (I forget the change.)
I literally couldn't speak for a moment, like at all. Finally squeaked, out, "those are generic prices?"
"Yes, ma'am they are. We also still have your Goodrx number on file from before your insurance began, so the $335 is AFTER a significant discount.". His voice was beginning to sound snotty, by this point and I can hear people behind me bitching quietly, sighing theatrically etc.
So fighting tears, and all that, annoying womanly shit, I ask him to quote me the cost of ONE single week's worth, figuring that until/if I get my insurance squared away again, it won't hurt my wallet so badly if I just buy the amount of meds I need each week, each time I get my weekly unemployment check, instead of trying to afford the whole scrip all at once. Because they have still not implemented the $300 extra in weekly benefits from the executive order, if we ever do seeing that money at all, so making ends meet right now on the pittance I'm able to draw from UI is a huuuuuge struggle (and just to paint a quick picture, in the past 4 months, I have lost every one of my beloved clients, I've lost my beautiful place in Chicago, also beloved, I've had to put most all my stuff in storage there and I'm a hair away from defaulting on those payments now too, I've had to moved back to my home with my mom, who is also an alkie and is charging me wayyyy too much money every week for the privilege of sleeping on her couch, plus she needed help catching up on all her bills, & all the other myriad costs of living etc etc, blah blah whatever---- I am just trying to paint a picture of the size and scope of the dagger of burning, freezing ice that plunged into my gut when that pharmacist said:
"232.45 will be the one week cost." His voice is super nasty by then. And (li don't remember the change part.
I ask about 5 days supply, he gives me something nightmarish and insane like $160 or so. All I remember is, it was delusional. So I'm ready to hyperventilate now so I ask the fucker to tell me what THREE days would look like, for me. When I ask him, THIS motherfucker sighs! Like, it isn't his job, like it's just soooo goddamn hard to tickle a fucking keyboard for 2 seconds.
He doesn't even bother being friendly this time. "So, a 3 day supply will be $57.68."
( I think that's the exact figure he said, 8t was def in the high $5os for sure m,but you know what, I was half insane with embarrassment and grief because I KNEW - I couldn't afford the 3 days today, either. Not until payday, in 3 long days, and EVEN THEN it wouldn't BE the $57 WHATEVER I would need to worry about paying, it would be the $335 because that's the cost of the entire fucking scrip, or at least the $232.45 to pay for a weeks, worth. I don't want to put my fucking business out there like this, because it is so tacky and gross nbut let's just say, if I don't hey insurance squared up here in this, state, on the 4th, after I pay for my weekly scrip from each week's UI check, I wont even have enough left over to pay my moms, weekly couch fee. Let alone buy food, other necessities or booze).
I say something like, These prices don't really make that much sense, are you sure you're checking goodrx every time?
Actually, no. I didn't say that, I was too flustered and he was being too crappy. But I wish I did. And I guess the pharm sees the look on my face because he gives another big sigh. and he says some crap like,
"Yes I know these medications can be very expensive, have you considered a treatment program or perhaps methadone? It tends to cost much less."
I could have reached across the counter and throttled him. He wasn't even being louder than conversational tone and the line behind me was social distanced but the swear to christ the SECOND the word 'methadone' came out of his mouth, I heard some woman somewhere behind me make one of those "ppfffftt." kind of sounds. Like "oh a junkie, figures." I wanted to throttle her too.
But I ended up just finding out a one day supply would cost me $24.98 and going to sit down in one of the little chairs to wait for it to be done and as soon as I sat down I just lost it. I stuffed my face into my cardigan to muffle me and just sobbed like a mad woman until they finally called my name to pick up my one day supply. Not one person even, asked, if I was ok or anything. Only thing I heard was some man scoff "quietly" to a woman, sometjing along the lines of "you see what I'm always telling you, They think the world owes them everything (something something) with these drug addicts."
And all I kept thinking about was this one time last winter, right at that same pharmacy actually, there was this little elderly couple trying to fill some scrip the man had just been given in the ER and it wasn't covered for whatever reason. The poor guy came hobbling in from checking his car for change and started to help his wife dig through her giant pocketbook for some change (it wax like $37 something so I'm not sure how much change would do but, they were trying). Pharmacy staff is standing, arms folded staring into space while this is happening. I was right behind the Karen right behind the elderly couple, and the. Karen was starting to make irritated sounds and I coukd tell she was going to start telling at this poor old couple and that pushed my patience over the edge. I jostled past Karen and asked the pharm how much (that's how I know $37 something). They told me so I dug out a $50 and told sourpuss to give the change to the elderly couple BECAUSE THEY FUCKING NEEDED IT CLEARLY. I mean yeah sure I was in a hurry and needed the line to move, like, badly, but also.. These folks needed HELP, they had to be in their early 80s and I couldn't just watch everyone ignore them, it was making my stomach sick. I mean I had just got my tax return cashed, so I was comfortable enough to be able to help a little--why not?
That little old couple deserved help more than I EVER have a day in my life. I would never expect that, from a, bunch of people in a line. But would a tiny bit of kindness, really killed someone to show? It coukd have made such a difference.
Anyway. Now I'm home, I'm plastered on the last of my handle of Paul Masson brandy (classy, I know), my eyes relay fucking hurt from crying and the future is uncertain as fuck, as, always, but I am so thankful that I have you guys, to tell this story to. I know the typos prob got worse as I got drunker and I promise I'll go back and I will fix them tomorrow. I will also come back tomorrow in case anyone notices the post and makes a comment I need to reply to. You never know, crazier shit has happened.
I needed to vent and boy did I never vent. Thanks, Fuckers. Chairs.
Edit: Had to fix the pharmacist convo, cause I totally left out the asking about the full 2 weeks (whole scrip) and the one week's, two separate questions and answers. Which they were. Shit made no sense but I fixed it now.
(this, Ps, was written first, when I was, still kinda, sober) PS: Stephen King (whom I have on the brain right now, both because he came from dirt poor nothingness to ascend to heights no one could have ever imagined, and because of the "oogy mess" thing) was once a CA too. During his 1980s-era intervention, his wife (who organized the thing), had gone into his writing study beforehand, and filled a trash bag with every piece of evidence of his OTT substance abuse that she could find, before the intervention started. It was a lot, apparently. When the "intervention" began, Tabitha stood and upended the trash bag onto the floor, at everyone's feet, spilling out: a huge quantity of booze empties of all stripes, many of those little brown vial bottles (empty of course) in which coke always seemed to be packaged when wealthy people bought it in the 70s and 80s, plus the tiny little blood-and-snot-crusted spoons that accompanied them, buncha weed and weed stuff (seems meh nowadays but would have caused him problems back then), countless snot-and-blood encrusted snorting straws, bloody tissues and snotrags and papers his nosebleeds dripped all over, and who knows what else. The man claims to have no memory of writing an entire novel (Cujo) which pretty much says everything that needs to be said about his CA status at the time..
I try to always keep this in mind, whenever I'm feeling like an extra smelly and corn-studded piece of shit on the ground. I like the story, and it makes me love SK even more, but the feeling-better usually doesn't work, though. Just too big a POS, I guess.
"Yes, I'm a piece of a shit. I'm a piece of shit that the world every day strains and pushes out of its butt." - - Irina, Tony Soprano's crazy-ass Russian goomar.
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2020.08.24 22:10 JRE47 LXP: Excadrill (GBL Master League Premier Cup)

This is not a drill! Well, it is, but....
Hello again, folks, and welcome back to The League of eXtraordinary Pokémon (LXP)! It's me, JRE, back again with some ideas to try and give you a competitive edge as we return to Premier Cup in Master League!
I've looked at some Master League Pokémon in feature articles before--Torterra and Blaziken and friends, Arcanine in Premier Cup (still REALLY good... well worth re-reading that too), and a full meta/budget review of all of ML Premier--but today I want to highlight a 'mon that has flown under the radar of even those reviews. It has NOT completely flown under the radar in GBL... I saw quite a few last season, in fact. But there are some nuances to it that I don't think have been fully appreciated and I suspect are not even known by many players.
So today, let's take a brief (well, brief for me, at least! 😅) look at Excadrill.

EXCADRILL

Ground/Steel Type
Attack: 213 (214 At Level 41)
Defense: 114 (115 At Level 41)
HP: 203 (204 At Level 41)
(Assuming 15-15-15 IVs)
So couple things to talk about before we move on from here. First off, the typing. Ground/Steel has four big weaknesses that stick out: Fire and Fighting and, ironically, Ground on its Steel side, and Water on its Ground side. Those are all unfortunately common, but look at the resistances: Dragon, Fairy, Steel, Psychic, Flying, and Normal, double resistances to Rock and Electric, and a TRIPLE resistance to Poison. That gives it a natural leg up against big meta 'mons like Dragonite, Togekiss, Metagross, Rhyperior, Magnezone, Gardevoir, and even things like Dialga, Mewtwo, Zekrom, and Heatran in open Master League. Ground/Steels types are certainly not unique to PvP but are pretty unique to Master League, where Steelix and Galarian Stunfisk fall away (well, mostly) as max CPs far surpass them. Excadrill doesn't have that problem, maxing out well above 3000 CP (3244 with perfect IVs at Level 40) and hitting like a truck comparatively, with nearly 100 more Attack. What it LACKS, though, brings us to the second point:
Look at that Defense. YIKES. 114 is barely passable for most Pokémon even in Great League, much less Master. Heck, even Gengar has higher Defense than that. Big oof. The saving grace is all those resistances, plus having over 200 HP, so Excadrill may not usually FEEL as flimsy as it seemingly should be, but that's a major concern that DOES come into play in a couple spots we'll look at shortly. For now, just tuck it away as we get to the more interesting discussion....
Fast Moves:
Mud Slap (Ground, 3.67 DPT, 2.67 EPT, 1.5 CoolDown)
Metal Claw (Steel, 2.5 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 1.0 CD)
So as humble as these both look, this is going to be a very key decision for your Excadrill.
Nearly every one I have ever seen in Master League has been running with Mud Slap, and it's understandable why. With JUST Slap spam, you get juicy targets like Metagross, Magnezone, Gengar, Electivire, and Gardevoir (and Dialga, Heatran, Zekrom, and Raikou in open Master League), and pocket a ton of energy to throw multiple charge moves at whatever follows.
But even thought Metal Claw is a bad, bad move--3.0 is considered only average for damage or energy output, and Metal Claw barely meets that for EPT and falls below it for DPT--I think there is actually a very strong case to be made for it. You can see shades of it here, which admittedly looks a bit pitiful, but note the two names it beats all by itself: Togekiss and Gardevoir. Steel moves, even so-so ones, are still the absolute bane of any Fairy's existence.
But there's much more to it than that....
Charge Moves:
Drill Run (Ground, 80 damage, 45 energy)
Rock Slide (Rock, 80 damage, 45 energy)
Iron Head (Steel, 70 damage, 50 energy)
Earthquake (Ground, 120 damage, 65 energy)
So first off, there are some GOOD moves here. Drill Run and Rock Slide both offer top-notch damage output for their cost, and are cheap enough that even the mediocre energy gain of Excadrill's moves can still reliably get there in time for those moves to be impactful. That being said, they don't really come into play when running Mud Slap... those wins are exactly the same as what was shown up above when Excadrill was just spamming Mud Slap. Where they DO help for sure is when Excadrill doesn't have the benefit of shields; in shieldless matchups, those charge moves can make a big difference between holding the line and simply falling flat. And of course, you absolutely want those charge moves to be available to throw at whatever follows after you Mud Slap something down to the depths. And with Mud Slap's below average energy generation, yes, I think you absolutely want Drill Run rather than Earthquake.
That's really the gist of Mud Slap, though... the charge moves help in certain shielding scenarios and to have a last gasp effort to draw shields or punish something before Excadrill goes down, but for the most part, it's all about that Mud Slap, 'bout that Slap, no treble. (Sorry. 😅)
Enter Metal Claw. It's not much, but it DOES have slightly better energy gains. And good thing too, because that fast move damage... oof. BUT, unlike Mud Slap, Metal Claw is not resisted by Flying types, so in combination with Rock Slide, Metal Claw is able to beat Togekiss (as already established, Metal Claw alone can do this, but Rock Slide makes it much more comfortable) and Dragonite. In that latter case, the lower energy of Mud Slap means that MS Drillboy cannot even reach a second Rock Slide, though Dragonite would still be able to limp away even if it did due to resisting the Ground damage from Mud Slap itself. However you slice it, with its resistance to Dragonite's moves, neutral damage from Metal Claw, and deadly Rock Slides all put together, Excadrill is a dead draw for Dragonite in almost any scenario. It's also nice to note that you get Togekiss almost without any worries too... Flamethrower is a problem, but if you know Kiss doesn't have it (or just have serious cojones), you can even opt not to shield and come out victorious. Neither Togekiss nor Dragonite want to mess with Metal Claw Excadrill.
And they're not alone. Even without the benefit of Mud Slap, Metal Claw Drillboy is still a very unwelcome sight for Magnezone, Electivite, and Scizor; despite the fact that they all resist Metal Claw, Excadrill still represents a ticking time bomb, as Drill Run gets them all in the end. And we also noted how MC Excadrill doesn't even need charge moves to take down Gardevoir... and in fact, it wins most easily if it doesn't try to throw any at all.
So it looks like we keep much of what Mud Slap Excadrill good... what do we lose? Well, Gengar slips away, which is a concern, as does Typhlosion, which is... well, less of a concern, honestly. It CAN still beat Gengar if it correctly sniffs out the Shadow Punch bait, but generally that's a loss, which is too bad. Considering we basically gain Dragonite and Togekiss in exchange for these two though, this doesn't hurt TOO bad.
The other big loss is Metagross, in agonizingly close fashion. But even that can come back with a couple small shifts. Once again, if we sniff out the bait and that soul-crushing Earthquake never lands, Excadrill flips the script. But there is perhaps an easier and definitely more comfortable way. If you can remember to do so, pay close attention to Metagross' CP... remember that PoGO PvP is kind enough to display it at the top of the battle screen. A perfect, 15-15-15 Metagross has 3791 CP. However, just a very small step down leads to a notable drop in CP and can lead you to a rousing victory. Because facing down a 15-15-13 or 15-14-14 Metagross means that Metal Claw Excadrill instead has the advantage, being able to kill Gross off before it can launch that Earthquake, limiting them to a last gasp Meteor Mash or, more likely, a desperate attempt to get there that falls just short and leaves Excadrill with triple digit HP and still in the driver's seat for whatever the opponent rushes out there next. So note those CPs: 3774 and 3773. If you see that or anything lower, you are likely in control... and the opponent probably thinks the opposite is true. Use that to your advantage!
And also note that Excadrill's IVs are a little more forgiving. Even a very imperfect Excadrill still wins that Metagross matchup, as well as the other matchups we've already looked at. (And you can even go lower than the 13-13-13 I have there... play around with it a little and see HOW low you can go.)
So here's the key point I wanted to make when I decided to write this in the first place: Metal Claw is a viable alternative on Excadrill in Master League Premier Cup that nets you some HUGE wins *(Dragonite** and Togekiss) while giving up very little that the much more popular Mud Slap is able to win (basically just Gengar and Metagross among things you really care about... and there are realistic paths to getting both of those back too, especially Metagross). While I would still recommend running Mud Slap (if you run Excadrill at all) in Master League, as you at least get Dialga that way, I think in Premier Cup, Metal Claw could be some very potent spice to try out!
Alright, Master League officially began a few minutes ago, so get out there and get those battles in, folks. Hopefully this gives you a new idea to try out if you're bored... or at least warns you to pay VERY close attention to that fast move animation on opposing Excadrills. Don't let them sweep the rug out from under you! Use this knowledge and plan accordingly.
The simulated battles above from my go-to simming resource at PvPoke.com are a good start to the story, but they are certainly not the whole story. Run some sims yourself, try these Pokémon out in GBL yourself, and please: discuss! I always love to hear your feedback and any discussions that come out of these deeper dives.
Thanks for reading, and I sincerely hope this and my other writings are able to help you in your own PvP journey!
Until next time, you can always find me on Twitter for near-daily PvP analysis nuggets or Patreon and its exclusive Discord server.
Good luck out there, and catch you next time!
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2020.08.24 22:08 JRE47 LXP: Excadrill (Master League Premier Cup)

This is not a drill! Well, it is, but....
Hello again, folks, and welcome back to The League of eXtraordinary Pokémon (LXP)! I'm your friendly neighborhood PvP guy, back again with some ideas to try and give you a competitive edge as we return to Premier Cup in Master League!
I've looked at some Master League Pokémon in feature articles before--Torterra and Blaziken and friends, Arcanine in Premier Cup (still REALLY good... well worth re-reading that too), and a full meta/budget review of all of ML Premier--but today I want to highlight a 'mon that has flown under the radar of even those reviews. It has NOT completely flown under the radar in GBL... I saw quite a few last season, in fact. But there are some nuances to it that I don't think have been fully appreciated and I suspect are not even known by many players.
So today, let's take a brief (well, brief for me, at least! 😅) look at Excadrill.

EXCADRILL

Ground/Steel Type
Attack: 213 (214 At Level 41)
Defense: 114 (115 At Level 41)
HP: 203 (204 At Level 41)
(Assuming 15-15-15 IVs)
So couple things to talk about before we move on from here. First off, the typing. Ground/Steel has four big weaknesses that stick out: Fire and Fighting and, ironically, Ground on its Steel side, and Water on its Ground side. Those are all unfortunately common, but look at the resistances: Dragon, Fairy, Steel, Psychic, Flying, and Normal, double resistances to Rock and Electric, and a TRIPLE resistance to Poison. That gives it a natural leg up against big meta 'mons like Dragonite, Togekiss, Metagross, Rhyperior, Magnezone, Gardevoir, and even things like Dialga, Mewtwo, Zekrom, and Heatran in open Master League. Ground/Steels types are certainly not unique to PvP but are pretty unique to Master League, where Steelix and Galarian Stunfisk fall away (well, mostly) as max CPs far surpass them. Excadrill doesn't have that problem, maxing out well above 3000 CP (3244 with perfect IVs at Level 40) and hitting like a truck comparatively, with nearly 100 more Attack. What it LACKS, though, brings us to the second point:
Look at that Defense. YIKES. 114 is barely passable for most Pokémon even in Great League, much less Master. Heck, even Gengar has higher Defense than that. Big oof. The saving grace is all those resistances, plus having over 200 HP, so Excadrill may not usually FEEL as flimsy as it seemingly should be, but that's a major concern that DOES come into play in a couple spots we'll look at shortly. For now, just tuck it away as we get to the more interesting discussion....
Fast Moves:
Mud Slap (Ground, 3.67 DPT, 2.67 EPT, 1.5 CoolDown)
Metal Claw (Steel, 2.5 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 1.0 CD)
So as humble as these both look, this is going to be a very key decision for your Excadrill.
Nearly every one I have ever seen in Master League has been running with Mud Slap, and it's understandable why. With JUST Slap spam, you get juicy targets like Metagross, Magnezone, Gengar, Electivire, and Gardevoir (and Dialga, Heatran, Zekrom, and Raikou in open Master League), and pocket a ton of energy to throw multiple charge moves at whatever follows.
But even thought Metal Claw is a bad, bad move--3.0 is considered only average for damage or energy output, and Metal Claw barely meets that for EPT and falls below it for DPT--I think there is actually a very strong case to be made for it. You can see shades of it here, which admittedly looks a bit pitiful, but note the two names it beats all by itself: Togekiss and Gardevoir. Steel moves, even so-so ones, are still the absolute bane of any Fairy's existence.
But there's much more to it than that....
Charge Moves:
Drill Run (Ground, 80 damage, 45 energy)
Rock Slide (Rock, 80 damage, 45 energy)
Iron Head (Steel, 70 damage, 50 energy)
Earthquake (Ground, 120 damage, 65 energy)
So first off, there are some GOOD moves here. Drill Run and Rock Slide both offer top-notch damage output for their cost, and are cheap enough that even the mediocre energy gain of Excadrill's moves can still reliably get there in time for those moves to be impactful. That being said, they don't really come into play when running Mud Slap... those wins are exactly the same as what was shown up above when Excadrill was just spamming Mud Slap. Where they DO help for sure is when Excadrill doesn't have the benefit of shields; in shieldless matchups, those charge moves can make a big difference between holding the line and simply falling flat. And of course, you absolutely want those charge moves to be available to throw at whatever follows after you Mud Slap something down to the depths. And with Mud Slap's below average energy generation, yes, I think you absolutely want Drill Run rather than Earthquake.
That's really the gist of Mud Slap, though... the charge moves help in certain shielding scenarios and to have a last gasp effort to draw shields or punish something before Excadrill goes down, but for the most part, it's all about that Mud Slap, 'bout that Slap, no treble. (Sorry. 😅)
Enter Metal Claw. It's not much, but it DOES have slightly better energy gains. And good thing too, because that fast move damage... oof. BUT, unlike Mud Slap, Metal Claw is not resisted by Flying types, so in combination with Rock Slide, Metal Claw is able to beat Togekiss (as already established, Metal Claw alone can do this, but Rock Slide makes it much more comfortable) and Dragonite. In that latter case, the lower energy of Mud Slap means that MS Drillboy cannot even reach a second Rock Slide, though Dragonite would still be able to limp away even if it did due to resisting the Ground damage from Mud Slap itself. However you slice it, with its resistance to Dragonite's moves, neutral damage from Metal Claw, and deadly Rock Slides all put together, MC Excadrill is a dead draw for Dragonite in almost any scenario. It's also nice to note that you get Togekiss almost without any worries too... Flamethrower is a problem, but if you know Kiss doesn't have it (or just have serious cojones), you can even opt not to shield and come out victorious. Neither Togekiss nor Dragonite want to mess with Metal Claw Excadrill.
And they're not alone. Even without the benefit of Mud Slap, Metal Claw Drillboy is still a very unwelcome sight for Magnezone, Electivite, and Scizor; despite the fact that they all resist Metal Claw, Excadrill still represents a ticking time bomb, as Drill Run gets them all in the end. And we also noted how MC Excadrill doesn't even need charge moves to take down Gardevoir... and in fact, it wins most easily if it doesn't try to throw any at all.
So it looks like we keep much of what Mud Slap Excadrill good... what do we lose? Well, Gengar slips away, which is a concern, as does Typhlosion, which is... well, less of a concern, honestly. It CAN still beat Gengar if it correctly sniffs out the Shadow Punch bait, but generally that's a loss, which is too bad. Considering we basically gain Dragonite and Togekiss in exchange for these two though, this doesn't hurt TOO bad.
The other big loss is Metagross, in agonizingly close fashion. But even that can come back with a couple small shifts. Once again, if we sniff out the bait and that soul-crushing Earthquake never lands, Excadrill flips the script. But there is perhaps an easier and definitely more comfortable way. If you can remember to do so, pay close attention to Metagross' CP... remember that PoGO PvP is kind enough to display it at the top of the battle screen. A perfect, 15-15-15 Metagross has 3791 CP. However, just a very small step down leads to a notable drop in CP and can lead you to a rousing victory. Because facing down a 15-15-13 or 15-14-14 Metagross means that Metal Claw Excadrill instead has the advantage, being able to kill Gross off before it can launch that Earthquake, limiting them to a last gasp Meteor Mash or, more likely, a desperate attempt to get there that falls just short and leaves Excadrill with triple digit HP and still in the driver's seat for whatever the opponent rushes out there next. So note those CPs: 3774 and 3773. If you see that or anything lower, you are likely in control... and the opponent probably thinks the opposite is true. Use that to your advantage!
And also note that Excadrill's IVs are a little more forgiving. Even a very imperfect Excadrill still wins that Metagross matchup, as well as the other matchups we've already looked at. (And you can even go lower than the 13-13-13 I have there... play around with it a little and see HOW low you can go.)
So here's the key point I wanted to make when I decided to write this in the first place: Metal Claw is a viable alternative on Excadrill in Master League Premier Cup that nets you some HUGE wins (Dragonite and Togekiss) while giving up very little that the much more popular Mud Slap is able to win (basically just Gengar and Metagross among things you really care about... and there are realistic paths to getting both of those back too, especially Metagross). While I would still recommend running Mud Slap (if you run Excadrill at all) in open Master League, as you at least get Dialga that way, I think in Premier Cup, Metal Claw could be some very potent spice to try out!
Alright, Master League officially began a few minutes ago, so get out there and get those battles in, folks. Hopefully this gives you a new idea to try out if you're bored... or at least warns you to pay VERY close attention to that fast move animation on opposing Excadrills. Don't let them sweep the rug out from under you! Use this knowledge and plan accordingly.
The simulated battles above from my go-to simming resource at PvPoke.com are a good start to the story, but they are certainly not the whole story. Run some sims yourself, try Excadrill out in GBL yourself, and please: discuss! I always love to hear your feedback and any discussions that come out of these deeper dives.
Thanks for reading, and I sincerely hope this and my other writings are able to help you in your own PvP journey!
Until next time, you can always find me on Twitter for near-daily PvP analysis nuggets or Patreon and its exclusive Discord server.
Good luck out there, and catch you next time!
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2020.08.24 13:42 TessaBissolli A close examination of the story. Part 47: The Hargraves

In this series we have been examining three kinds of elements: the apparent narrative that crumbles upon examination, the connecting elements that subtly create a cohesive narrative (geographical clusters, symbols, repeated elements, themes, and stories (to come soon) ) and the emerging narrative.
Throughout this series, the invaluable help of u/jen5225 has been instrumental.
We have examined the main mythology characters: Red, Liz, Katarina, Dom, Carla, Jennifer, Ilya, Kate, Fitch, Fakerina, Constantin & Garvey, We now turn to the Hargraves: Christopher Hargrave AKA Tom Keen, his mother, Susan Scott Hargrave AKA Scottie, and his father, Howard Hargrave.

Howard Hargrave

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We have very sketchy details about Howard Hargrave life. Red tells Tom a few details:
TOM: You knew my father.
RED: I had a brief professional relationship with your father, a man who wrestled with significant demons.
Having a brief professional relationship with someone does not preclude having another personal one. What Red and Scottie discuss does not seem in alignment with that:
SCOTTIE: Howard would be so happy to see you. He still tells that story at dinner parties about the night you two were jumped in Kuala Lumpur. Each time I hear it, there are five more machetes you two had to fight off.
RED: My fondness for your husband holds no currency here.
and
RED: I remember a time when your husband never would have taken a job from a man like Alexander Kirk, if only out of respect for his friends.
When Red is speaking with Scottie, it is clear he and Howard are friends, he is fond of Howard. He tells Tom he had a brief professional relationship with Howard. So, while he may not be lying to Tom, he is certainly not telling him the entire truth either.
We do not know if what Howard tells Tom about his childhood in Warsaw is true.
I believe in America. I still see it as that shining city on a hill that people all around the world look to as a land of hope and opportunity. I know I did as a boy in Warsaw during the Cold War.
if so, we know it is likely his real name is not Howard Hargrave.
Howard is a IT guy, and the one who designed the use of the abandoned Artax Network.
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if I'm right, it's the Artax Network.... It's an old telecom project to provide data coverage to every corner of the Earth through a network of 73 satellites. Anyway, the company went bankrupt and the project was abandoned. But the 73 satellites are still out there.... Here we go. They have control of the Artax satellite network.
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He faked his death, and then also used a trick to get Tom to spy on Scottie: that she was a double, not his real mother:
Two months after your disappearance, your mother was in a terrible car accident. Some thought she was trying to end her life, that the pain of losing you was too much. She was in the hospital for four months. After that, she was never the same. I noticed the differences, but I assumed it was because no one is ever the same after the loss of a child. It was only years later that I began to suspect that there was something more to it. And when your mother learned of my suspicions, she tried to have me killed....
I'm not talking about who she's working with. I'm talking about her. I wasn't gonna tell you this until after it was confirmed. But I believe that Scottie Hargrave is a sleeper agent.... That program, the doubles, the town, the people who ran it I believe that 30 years ago, they murdered your mother.
of course that is balderdash, we see it when Scottie had given orders to kill Tom, unaware he is her son:
He told me how comfortable you feel around him, and that you couldn't put your finger on why. Well, this is why, Scottie. He's our boy.
And I will tell you how I found him, where he's been. I'll tell you everything after you call off the hit. You know what I'm saying is true. I-I don't have proof. I can't show you his DNA, but you know it.
Our son is alive. So make the call, Scottie. You and I can go on hating each other and lying to each other and hurting each other after. But right now, at this moment, dear God let us get past our problems and save the only decent person in our family.
Both Red and Howard seemed to have been on the same page about not telling Scottie who Tom was:
Howard, like Red and Scottie, is a manipulator. In Redemption Tom asks Scottie what was Howard like:
Brilliant. Playful. Charming. Terrible flirt. Like a lion, always preening. Damn if that man didn't know how to wear a tuxedo. How to open a door, tell a joke, be a gentleman. But in the last few years, all that, um it was as if the color in him faded, like a a photo left out in the rain.
And she sounded sincere in his eulogy
SCOTTIE: Howard was my inspiration, my partner, my friend. Standing next to him, you felt like no matter what the day brought, nothing was gonna touch you.
one thing Scottie says of Howard, that he knew how to wear a tuxedo reminds me of what Madeline tells Red:

In many ways, Howard and Red have many elements in common, including a penchant for difficult and badly tempered women, a manipulative nature as well, and a brilliant mind. And certainly they both remind me of what Red himself says about the Major recruits:
The Major runs a finishing school of sorts The most reputable of its kind. He recruits wayward children, orphans, delinquents, outcasts, but only boys and girls of superior intelligence who exhibit very specific sociopathic tendencies. He then cultivates them into charming, well-educated, cultured, attractive adults who are capable of dangerous and horrible things.

Susan Scott Hargrave AKA Scottie

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Tom's mother is described by Red as:
A brilliant strategist, a manipulative creature, untrustworthy, ruthless, and someone Red does not like.
Scottie also suffers from intense anxiety, a product of losing her son:
Years ago, I-I suffered an unspeakable loss. And since then, I've been crippled by free-floating anxieties that attach to pretty much anything. Some days I-I can't even get out of bed.
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But something two years earlier increased her anxiety level:
I haven't slept through the night in two years. 4:00 a.m., I'm up doing Sudoku.
that sets her anxiety overdrive to 2014/2015 more or less. She carries around a necklace her son had bought at a market in Ocean City,
Found that necklace in a trinket shop during a trip to Ocean City.
and uses tongue twisters to calm herself down:
Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
Scottie shares a middle name with Liz, Scott and she curiously declines to kill Red, which was part of the job Constantin wanted her to do:
When Kirk hired us to abduct Masha, he also wanted me to kill you. Sorry I didn't take that job.
Which is curious. Red seems to be off limits, until is her survival. What is quite interesting is that Constantin Rostov AKA Alexander Kirk chose her, of all contractors, to kidnap Liz.
What is even more curious is WHY she took the job:
Listen, Red I regret what happened to Elizabeth Keen. But her kidnapping was simply a business decision. You of all people should recognize that. We all do what we have to in order to survive. I know Howard and I do.

she took the job as a matter of survival. Since they are wealthy, is not about money. So, it is about information either Rostov has and she wants, or blackmail, information she does not want Rostov to divulge, and it seems the secret she was keeping then, links to something Constantin would know, and Scottie is desperate does not come out, even to Howard:
Howard didn't take that job.
And then there is the most important piece of information we have about her. How Red makes a direct connection between them: "people like us."
SCOTTIE: We all do what we have to in order to survive. I know Howard and I do.
RED: Survival is all relative. There are limits, even for people like us. Especially for people like us.
For Red, Scottie is someone like him. Since Scottie is not a fugitive criminal, then what is "people like us?" Are they related? In the same business? Private intelligence? Both covert agents? In the same extended family? On the same side?
But what we have is a connection from Scottie Hargrave to Constantin Rostov. One of many all going back to Katarina.
A connection in the middle name she shares with Liz: Elizabeth SCOTT Keen and Susan SCOTT Hargrave. A middle name that could be Susan's maiden name, and for Liz, could be her mother's maiden name. A last connection to the woman who raised her for 4 years before having to give her up to keep her safe?
A connection in her appearance, especially in connection to the photo that Lena AKA Virginia Lopatin had told her husband Ted was of a estranged daughter. Ressler assumed it was Katarina, but was it? Dark haired, and dark eyed with a dark haired baby and wearing a ring in her index finger.
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But there is more in that picture connecting Scottie and Katarina. There are other interesting connections between Scottie, in the New York cluster of people, and Katarina.
Scottie, on the other hand, has a photo of a woman with dark hair and eyes (like herself) blowing bubbles with a girl in a brown dress, on a wall in her home. Red sits against this wall when they talk about getting to Kirk, so we have a long time to look at it:
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But the connections do not end there. In the trunk where Dom keeps the mementos of Katarina's childhood, toys dating from the 1960s and 70s, and drawings, there is a drawing picturing three figures, all dark haired. What seems like a man with two girls.
among the mementos of Katarina's childhood
We still have more connections, in the form of rings worn on the index finger. Three characters have been seen wearing rings on the index finger: the woman in the swing photo (Liz's mother), Lena's estranged daughter, and Scottie.
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Is is possible that Scottie is a relative of Katarina? A real link to Katarina's real identity? To Dom's real identity? Is that drawing Dom keeps of two daughters he had? Was he estranged from another child? Excommunicated her? Or was the child Lena's but not Dom's biological child?
It certainly makes this comments by Red all the more interesting:
Dom.... You still have family.
&
Dom, you've always had a good reason to walk out the door.
clearly it was not about Katarina, whom he cannot see, and certainly not about Liz or Agnes. The tense of "always had" does not speak to a newborn child, that he cannot see. Those lines seem to refer to someone who Dom could see, not someone he cannot. Not Katarina, not Liz, not Agnes. Perhaps the mother of his child, married to Ted King? Or perhaps another child, estranged from him as well as from Lena?

Halcyon Aegis

Halcyon: happy, golden, idyllic, carefree, blissful, joyful, joyous, contented; flourishing, thriving, prosperous, successful; serene, calm, tranquil, peaceful.
Aegis: protection, backing, support, patronage, sponsorship, charge, care, guidance, control, guardianship, trusteeship, agency, safeguarding, shelter, umbrella, aid, assistance; auspices.
Their company is called Halcyon Aegis, and is described by Red as a military intelligence outfit:
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COOPER: Halcyon provides security services.
ARAM: According to their website, yes. But Mr. Reddington says they are a private military-intelligence agency who specializes in operations too sophisticated or politically incorrect for anyone else.
Howard describes their company as: a global intelligence gathering operation.
Their building in NYC is not their only asset. They also have a tactical training center: somewhere in a wooded area, and what they do is described by Solomon as :
You're 150 feet below the largest privately owned tactical training center in the country, complete with R&D labs, ship-boarding simulators, and two airfields.
We do threat assessment, port security, and diplomatic training, and those are just the services that the public knows about the black-and-white divisions.
Then there's Grey Matters. Grey Matters handles the cases that are legally questionable, yet morally justifiable.
they control the Artax Nework, which gives them huge capabilities of surveillance.

Christopher Hargrave AKA Tom Keen AKA Jacob Phelps

According to this in Redemption:
Your name is Christopher Hargrave. In 1988, you vanished from the Ocean City beach home your parents were renting. You were raised by Frank and Eva Phelps. Ran away at 12, taken in by the Major at 14
Tom was born in 1984.
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even though when he died in 2017, his tombstone lists him as Tom Keen, born in 1985
disappeared just shy on his 4th birthday, from Ocean City (unclear if it is the one in Maryland or the one in New Jersey).
Christopher Hargrave went missing when he was only 3 years old.
All that really matters is that you vanished off the face of the earth nearly 30 years ago. And yet, here you are. Leave the past in the past, Tom. Nothing good will come from digging up secrets.
He appears in Chicago, as the foster child of Frank and Eva Phelps, renamed Jacob Phelps.
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Runs away at 12, thus, 1996/97 and is taken by the Major at 14 years old, 1998/99.
His fake brother, Christopher Maly thought Tom had a brother in Chicago. Likely a foster brother.
I don't know his real name. He's got a brother in Chicago.
We know Tom had issues, and the Major tells us he is not surprised Tom did not steal more, considering his situation:
You stole the purse, Jacob. Like the credit cards and the Pontiac.... I'm surprised you haven't stolen more, considering the situation with your foster home.
Tom had stolen credit cards and a car and drove from Chicago to New York. Like he had a vague feeling he belonged there.
In 1998/99 The Major picks him up. He literally tells him he can leave that life behind. It is likely that even if the Major called him Jacob, Tom acquired a different identity, and basically Jacob Phelps disappeared AGAIN:
We believe that your delinquent inclinations are exactly what makes you invaluable. It takes a certain kind of courage.... I told you, we have an opportunity, if you're willing to take it. If you're smart enough to take it. It's your choice, Jacob. You can get out and go back to the life you've always known, or you can take a ride with me, and I can tell you how to leave this life behind. I can help you become anything.
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From there on, it seems that while Gina and The Major call him Jacob, he seems to be known to the world as Tom Keen. Like Gina was Shubie Hartwell.
Tom becomes a covert operative.
Certainly the CIA hires him in 2012 to go find a rogue agent, Leland Bray, under the name Tom Keen:
TOM: [Bray] has abducted and killed over a dozen covert operatives. And Bray has made a fortune targeting assets like Copeland, stripping them down, and selling what they know to foreign intelligence agencies or terrorist organizations.... I actually met Copeland working in Rabat in 2012. We were contracted to help bring Bray out, but we failed.
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The abduction

The event that seems to define Scottie and Howard's lives is the mysterious kidnapping of young Christopher. The facts are apparently simple as Howard tells Tom in Redemption:
You need to listen to me.... On top of the phone next to you is a book. Inside is a photo.
Your name is Christopher Hargrave.
In 1988, you vanished from the Ocean City beach home your parents were renting.
You were raised by Frank and Eva Phelps.
Ran away at 12, taken in by the Major at 14.
We get basically the same story that Howard relates, as Scottie tells Tom, not knowing who he is:
My perfect baby boy. He loved the water. Found that necklace in a trinket shop during a trip to Ocean City.
We had rented a house that summer, spent the whole week on the beach building sand castles with drawbridges and moats.
That night, Howard and I had a big fight. Too much to drink.
Next morning, Christopher was gone. The police searched everywhere, but nothing. He was just gone. Like his castle.
It's been 28 years, and not a day goes by where I don't walk into a room hoping, praying he'll be there.
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They had a fight. Howard had left, and Scottie was alone with Christopher, who was gone in the morning, as Scottie tells Tom in Redemption after she learns he is her son:
This is how I'll always remember Christopher laughing, brushing sand off his knees. We'd spent all day at the beach.
That night, Howard and I fought and I went to bed alone. When I woke up, I I knew something wasn't right. I walked down the hallway to Christopher's room, and he was gone. There wasn't a sound. He didn't cry.
I just knew. It's a blood bond that never ends, a a closeness that can't be explained. It's how I felt about you, even when I didn't know why. But now I do.
You knew I've been looking, that finding my son was everything. You saw my pain and anguish and you said nothing? Here you are my boy, my long-lost son. You're finally here. And you broke my heart.
We hear a bit more about that in Redemption:
SCOTTIE: Howard was my inspiration, my partner, my friend. Standing next to him, you felt like no matter what the day brought, nothing was gonna touch you.
You've been told we lost our son. He was on the beach one moment and gone the next. Well, that's not true. We didn't lose Christopher. I did. He was with me when it happened.
And when I told Howard he held me, told me he loved me. Howard never blamed me. And he never gave up hope we'd find our son....
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Tom investigates the disappearance, finds the detective who worked the case, and learns of the confession of a convicted killer. Tom puts is succinctly: "why somebody wanted the world to believe I was dead."
I didn't really care what Richard Game had to tell me until I find out he (his father) was dead, and now it's all I want to know. Who my father was, who I was, why somebody wanted the world to believe I was dead.
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Sometime later, after Richard Game, a convicted killer in the area was already in jail, Mrs. Game, his mother, received a letter with $50,000 and the promise of another $50,000 if Richard confessed to killing Tom.
Letter come special delivery. Return address was a PO box in New York. $100,000 if Richard said he did something he didn't.... I got a script. It-- What Richard was supposed to say
Mrs. Game accepted 100K to get her son to admit to a murder he did not commit.
The letter came from a P.O. Box in New York. Not specified if that was in NYC or NY state. It also contained details of the house, and the pajamas, the location of a block of knives that indicate that the person who engineered this had knowledge that, given the confession was a fake, could have only come from her parents or someone in their family.
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TOM: She was paid $100,000 to convince her son to confess. She admitted it.
LIZ: That's great. Who paid her?
TOM: She doesn't know.
LIZ: How is that possible?
TOM: She was paid in cash. Half came in the script, and half came after Game was convicted.
LIZ: A script?
TOM: It has every detail. The color of the beach house, the, uh, tear in the screen door, the knife block where the murder weapon was found.
LIZ: The pajamas you were wearing.
TOM: Yeah. The night light in the hall.
The immediate effect of this fake confession was to stop the official investigation. We do not know when was this done, but it seems it would have been a few years after the fact.
The location of the PO Box certainly points to the NY cluster of characters. Dom, Lena, Scottie, Howard.
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But who was responsible for stopping the investigation with a fake confession?
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313 - A Paul - Juice
314 - Praga Khan - Injected With A Poison Rmx
315 - Aqualords - Children Of The Demon
316 - Zolex - More Mystery
317 - Dreamland - Mind Penetration
318 - Winx - Don't Laugh
319 - Face The Bass - Dance 2 The House
320 - Lunatic House Sounds - The Day
321 - Dave Davis - Transfiguration
322 - Force Full - Foreign Affair
323 - Kai Tracid - Life Is Too Short
324 - Minimalistix - Struggle For Pleasure
325 - Toxic Two - Rave Generator
326 - Robert Miles - Fable
327 - Natural Born Grooves - Groovebird
328 - Dj Tiësto - Flight 643
329 - Misjaroon - Turn Me On
330 - Lula - Man = Drug (Dj Wout Rmx)
331 - S.O. Project - Direkt Disco
332 - Usura - Open Your Mind
333 - Dr Motte - 3 Phase
334 - Bolz Bolz - Take A Walk
335 - Derb - In Africa
336 - Digital Boy - Koko
337 - Hole In One - Life Is Too Short
338 - Vienna - Runaway
339 - Wink - Higher State Of Consciousness
340 - Smoke City - Mr Gorgeous
341 - Bbe - Desire
342 - Nylon Moon - Sky Plus
343 - Dj Jam-X - Keep It That Way
344 - Freeze - 2 Know
345 - Cherrymoon Traxx - The Club The People The Music
346 - Hardy Hard - Here Comes That Sound
347 - Mox Epoque - Be Sure
348 - Miss Shiva - Dreams
349 - Tyrome - Electric Voodoo
350 - Laurent Garnier - Wake Up
351 - Push - Strange World
352 - D Van Horn - Somebody Now To Love
353 - Twice As Nice - Overture
354 - Stephen Brown - My Drums
355 - Viper - Blue Sunshine
356 - René & Peran - Give It To Me
357 - Delirium - Innocente
358 - Jam & Spoon - Stella
359 - Marcel Woods - De Bom 2001
360 - Prayers - Imagination
361 - Marco V - C:\
362 - The Ultimate Seduction - The Ultimate Seduction
363 - Quadran - Free Your Mind
364 - Dj Tiësto - Traffic
365 - Digital Express - The Club
366 - Showtek - Save The Day
367 - Drop Out - My Name Is Rose
368 - Nico Parisi - Bass Train
369 - Third Bass - NY Groove
370 - Humate - Love Stimulation
371 - Brainbug - Nightmare
372 - Absolom - Secret
373 - Michael Forzza - Kahana
374 - Submission - Woman Beat Their Man
375 - Steve Bicknell - Lord Of Afford
376 - Jonah - Ssst… Listen
377 - Rui Da Silva Feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
378 - Doc In The Box - Stop That
379 - Decoy & Roy - Inner Life
380 - Anonymous - Stop ! Wake Up -
381 - Driftwood - Freeloader
382 - Veracocha - Carte Blanche
383 - Zicky - She Wanna
384 - Acid India - Tranquil Voice
385 - Una - Can You Hear Me
386 - Bass Boys - Base 80's
387 - Dj Booster - Upside Up
388 - V-Tracks - Subway 26
389 - Vicious Delicious - Hocus Pocus
390 - Kay Cee - Sunshine (I'll Take You There)
391 - Jon The Dentist - Terminate (Ydr Rmx)
392 - Pat Krimson - Taboo Bells
393 - Dj Bart - Wanna Play House
394 - Third Base - Stargate
395 - Celvin Rotane - I Believe
396 - D-Shake - Yeah
397 - Starsplash - Vittel
398 - Party Crasher - The Jumper
399 - Ppk - Resurrection
400 - 808 State - Pacific
401 - DJ Yoeri Vs Franky Kloeck - Stupid Motherfucker
402 - Jeff Mills - The Bells
403 - Yves Deruyter - Rave City
404 - Thunderball - Thunderdance
405 - Alex Castelli - Enjoy
406 - Red Dreams - Sex In Space
407 - The Ultimate Seduction - House Nation
408 - Maurizzio - New Emotion (Here Comes The Rain Again)
409 - Mr. Happy - Come Back To Love
410 - Lemon 8 - Model 8
411 - Dj Sakin & Friends - Nomansland
412 - Angel City - Love Me Right
413 - Celvin Rotane - Bienvenue
414 - Hose - One Million
415 - T.L.T - Running Back
416 - Dedonatis III - The Sound
417 - Mauro Picotto - Proximus
418 - Sunbeam - Outside World
419 - RMB - Redemption
420 - Sash - It's My Life (Nbg Rmx)
421 - Vector Mode - Meganomic
422 - Latour - Blue
423 - Final Analyzes - - El Punto Final
424 - Mario Piu - Serendipity
425 - Dimitri Andreas - Panther
426 - Black Sun Project - Lemon Squash
427 - Humate - 3,2
428 - Club Connection - Into My Mind
429 - Marco V - Godd
430 - Serious Danger - Deeper
431 - Sloane Rangers - Mind Over Matter
432 - Laurent Garnier - Crispy Bacon
433 - Jam & Spoon - Right In The Night
434 - Channel X - Rave The Rhythm
435 - Daft Punk - Rollin & Scratchin
436 - Inner Tales - Odyssee
437 - Bounce Inc Feat Dj HS - Scratching
438 - Regg & Arkin - Your Heaven
439 - DJ Philip - Moments
440 - Tomaz Vs Filterheads - Sunshine
441 - Tim Duysen - Barbarella
442 - Dj Icon - Voco Me
443 - X-Press 2 - Muzik X-Press
444 - Sadomasy - Bodymotion
445 - Mike Mayo - Evolution
446 - Dj Jose Vs G-Spot - Wrong Is Right
447 - Maincrashers - Atlantis 2000
448 - Belgica Wave - The Wave
449 - Foremost Poets - Moonraker
450 - Funny F - - The Creator
451 - Department 1 - Together
452 - Zodiac - Change
453 - Sono - Keep Control
454 - Dj Isaac - Face Down Ass Up
455 - Tropicana Ft Dj Bart - Things To Come
456 - Dj Looney Tune - The Egg
457 - Niels Van Gogh - Doppelganger
458 - Dj Quicksilver - Belissima
459 - Tiësto - Adagio For Strings
460 - System F - Out Of The Blue
461 - A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd - Total Confusion
462 - Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia
463 - Symphony Of Love - Quantum Leap
464 - DJ Gert - Give Me Some More
465 - Members Of Mayday - Sonic Empire
466 - Neon - Voices
467 - Tomkraft - Loneliness
468 - Team Deep - Morninglight
469 - Dj Sneak - Fear The World
470 - Traffic Signs - The Big Fake
471 - Dj Frank - Dinner
472 - White Knights - Orgasm
473 - Ian Van Dahl - Castles In The Sky
474 - NRGY - Jump Like A Monkey
475 - Quench - Dreams
476 - Jens Lissat - Energy Flow
477 - Two Pieces - Magic Bells
478 - Master Techno - My Noise
479 - Bbe - Flash
480 - Sasha & Maria - Be As One
481 - DJ 70 - Fanatic Trance
482 - Funky Green Dogs - Fired Up
483 - Plastikman - Freek
484 - The Good Men - Give It Up
485 - Saccoman - The Bounce
486 - Mac Zimms - L'annonce Des Couleurs
487 - Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes
488 - Future Breeze - Why Don't You Dance With Me
489 - Fragma - Toca's Miracle
490 - Sash - Encore Une Fois
491 - Disco Blue - Disco Blue
492 - Cj Bolland - Camargue
493 - Blast - Crazy Man
494 - Dj Philip - Too Deep
495 - Hi-Gate - Pitchin
496 - Andain - Beautiful Things
497 - Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny!
498 - Sunscreem - Perfect Motion
499 - Emmanuel Top - Turkish Bazar
500 - Nuke - Nana
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