Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quitting does: 2017 Season Report

Hello!

This is Ryan Loh again, and this time I’ll be writing a report on a season that went from 0 to an ending total of 328 Championship Points, and culminated with a 4-3 finish as I stumbled at the final Swiss hurdle of Worlds 2017 Day 1.

This season has been a satisfying one, and I’m happy I saw it through to the end. The story begins with Worlds 2016. Continue reading “Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quitting does: 2017 Season Report”

From the Ashes – T8 SG Open III

Introduction

It’s me, the Grandmaster.

This will be a simple team report, without war-stories.

This story began on the plane ride home after a devastating X-3 drop at the Malaysian Regionals. I was sitting with two other mates, and lamenting my crushing defeats. What was I doing wrong?

“You weren’t playing to your strengths. Ever since the start of your season, you’ve been obsessed with finding a perfect new core to work with. You play with hard reads, not defensive switching.”

Those words from Matt rang true. I hadn’t been playing to my strengths.

This wasn’t a long conversation. It was, after all, only a flight from Kuala Lumpur back to Singapore. It did move to an often overlooked Pokemon – Pheromosa.

Continue reading “From the Ashes – T8 SG Open III”

Enter the Sandman – Top 8 SG Open and Top 4 KL Open Team Report

 

Introduction

Hi y’all, I’m Ryan Loh, also known as ‘opkil’. I’m back in the circuit after taking a break during the VGC16 season.

I’ve honestly never been a particularly amazing player. If you’d use TVTropes to describe me as a player, I’d be the guy Overshadowed by Awesome. In the 2015 season, we had the Singaporean greats like Wai Yin and Kenny. I was never amazing, but I thought myself to be pretty good. I missed my chance at Worlds in 2016 when I skipped the format with a 200 CP bar, making me pretty much one of the few veterans/founding members to never have gone to Worlds as a competitor.

After watching the finals of Worlds 2016, I resolved to change that this season.

(This post won’t be filled with war-stories, just a good break down of my team.) Continue reading “Enter the Sandman – Top 8 SG Open and Top 4 KL Open Team Report”

Ryan Loh – Boost or Die: Malaysia Asia Cup Qualifiers Top 8 Report

Hi everyone, I’m Ryan Loh. I’m better known as ‘opkil’ on Nugget Bridge and Pokémon Showdown’s VGC Room. I’m also one of the founding members of the Singaporean Pokémon community, and an active player of the current VGC format.

So, Malaysia just held their first Premier Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, and when we heard about it, the Singapore group decided to organise an expedition to play with the Malaysians, and also mingle with their community. The tournament was 68 Masters, with another 4 Seniors and 1 Junior playing in the whole tourney. This meant that it was a 7-Swiss Round tournament with a Top 8 play off. Continue reading “Ryan Loh – Boost or Die: Malaysia Asia Cup Qualifiers Top 8 Report”