The Timeless Cup
December paved the way for yet another new take on the Silph Arena themed cups, bringing us another original set of rules and restrictions. The Timeless Cup intended to bring us back to the main series games by choosing your starter Pokemon and building your team around that. In this cup you could only choose pokemon from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh regions and you had to include one, and only one, starter in your lineup. Also, targeted bans were placed on Fighting-, Normal-, Fairy-, Flying-, Steel- and Psychic-type Pokemon, as well as legandaries, mythicals, Alolan and Galarian forms, Umbreon and Sableye. Again, this was to try and encourage as much variability within teams as possible and not have certain Pokemon dominate the meta. While the idea was right, it kinda failed.
Luckily with this cup, most of the starter Pokemon were already readily available to most trainers with their Community Day moves. The downside was trying to settle down on your starter and then structuring your team around that. What ended up happening however was the dominance of dragons in the meta making them and a solid counter a must have within your team. The absence of fairy allowed these Dragons to run rampant. Personally I found this cup difficult. I didn’t spend much time preparing for it and ended up being very indecisive with my teams, usually getting it wrong in the process which showed in my results. Luckily I did get it right finally for one tournament, but the rest were mostly busts especially my weighted cup… again.
5 Tournaments, no first place finishes, 1 soft 2nd place finish
Best tournament: 3W 1L (Challenger Series Timeless Cup)
Weighted Cup: 2W 4L
23 games: 10 wins, 13 losses, 43% Win Ratio
Marcus Powell has been living and working in South Korea since 2010. Aside from writing for small publications, he is also a popular Club DJ, Gamer, Commuinty manager, esports fan and anime enthusiast.