The Hyper Voice #11 - Luck

November 2, 2016

There is perhaps nothing more omnipresent in competitive Pokemon than luck, other than Pokemon themselves. Notorious confusion move enthusiast Jon Hu joins us on the show to discuss the many facets of luck. We attempt to define hax, recall some hax-filled highlights, and talk about different approaches to this crucial element of the game.

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 00:55 Trying to Define Hax
  • 04:08 Mitigating Luck
  • 12:25 Playing the Odds
  • 19:50 Hax Moments
  • 37:28 How to React
  • 42:02 Philly Talk
  • 44:59 Seriousness
  • 54:00 Playing Pure
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The Hyper Voice #10 - Perspective from Asia Pacific

October 26, 2016

International guest Nimiel Catipon joins the show to talk about some differences in circuits between North America and Asia Pacific. We also discuss a recent Premier Challenge, Worlds again, and the upcoming format change.

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 04:40 First North American PC
  • 14:49 Are the Points OK?
  • 20:00 Asia Pacific
  • 28:40 Back to Worlds
  • 35:42 More 2017
  • 40:53 Perfect IVs Necessary?
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The Hyper Voice #9 - From Free to Fee

October 19, 2016

Entry fees and prizes for higher level tournaments are on the rise. This week we discuss some of the issues related to your money and what impact this may have in the future. We also provide a brief review of the October Regionals in North America which have come and gone.

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 01:37 Entry Fees
  • 18:43 Attendance Effect
  • 26:20 TOM is the Boss
  • 31:08 Regional Review
  • 41:16 Fort Wayne
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The Hyper Voice #8 - New Format Revealed

October 11, 2016

The VGC 2017 format has been announced much sooner than expected! With several key details still shrouded in mystery, we try to make sense of it all. VGC may be in store for its biggest year ever, so maybe it will be "your time" to shine in the sun (or moon).

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 01:25 Alola Dex
  • 09:24 Z-Crystals
  • 15:08 No Mega Stones
  • 20:50 Your Time
  • 25:59 VGC Ladder
  • 31:24 Rental Teams
  • 37:34 Game Demo
  • 44:10 Online Tournaments
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The Hyper Voice #7 - Tournament Organizers

October 5, 2016

Ever wonder what it is like to host a Pokemon event? In this episode, we provide some insight into the organizational aspects of Pokemon. Matt Swanson and Rebecca Cartwright join the show to share their experiences as a TO.

  • 0:00:00 Introductions
  • 0:01:04 Backstory
  • 0:05:21 Becoming a TO
  • 0:13:41 Difficulties
  • 0:23:30 New Players
  • 0:38:00 Player Transparency
  • 0:43:01 Horror Stories
  • 0:50:43 Scheduling PCs
  • 1:00:08 Best News, Worst News
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The Hyper Voice #6 - 2017 Season News

September 27, 2016

This week's episode covers the announcement about all the changes coming your way in the VGC 2017 season as we eagerly await the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon. We try to tackle everything from the Europe International all the way down to championship point payouts at smaller, local events.

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 02:49 Early Format Change
  • 08:04 Travel Awards
  • 17:42 New Worlds Bar
  • 22:08 Premier Challenges
  • 28:40 Midseason Showdowns
  • 33:11 Regionals
  • 44:53 Europe International
  • 52:49 The CP Race
  • 57:29 What Metagame?
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The Hyper Voice #5 - Roar of Time 2009

September 20, 2016
The very first VGC US National Champion, Mike Suleski, makes an appearance on a special edition of The Hyper Voice. In our first look at VGC history, we discuss what the dawn of VGC was like in 2009. We also talk about Mike's stellar season and the difficulty of catching and breeding competitive Pokemon back in the day.

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 01:52 Year One
  • 08:56 Teambuilding
  • 12:38 RNG Reporter
  • 24:35 Mike's Team
  • 29:32 Tournament Runs
  • 40:32 PBR & Nick McCord
  • 46:40 Questions
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The Hyper Voice #4 - Season Review

September 10, 2016

Veteran Kamaal Harris joins The Hyper Voice to help us review the VGC 2016 season. We discuss several issues related to the previous year in Pokemon and offer some insight on improvements for the circuit.

  • 0:00:00 Introductions
  • 0:01:45 World Cup of VGC
  • 0:05:29 Season Timeline
  • 0:24:53 CP Distribution
  • 0:30:26 CP Bars
  • 0:40:14 Streaming & Advertising
  • 0:49:19 Best 2/3
  • 0:53:24 Prizes & Resistance
  • 1:03:09 Communication
  • 1:08:47 2017 Format Prediction
  • 1:14:23 One Season, One Format
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The Hyper Voice #3 - 2016 Worlds Recap

September 4, 2016

Stephen and Alex are joined by guest Dane Zieman, a recent top finisher at the 2016 World Championships. In this episode, we talk about his unique team and recap worlds before we start thinking about next season.

  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 03:20 Worlds Top Cut Highlights
  • 09:46 Dane's Team
  • 26:50 Nationality Breakdown
  • 33:10 Some Usage Talk
  • 41:35 Day 1 vs Day 2
  • 45:15 Standout Pokemon
  • 57:18 Fall 2016 Plans
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The Hyper Voice #2 - Wake up, San Francisco!

August 26, 2016

Stephen and Alex are joined by guest Calvin Chan in San Francisco for the 2016 World Championships. This show is really 4 mini-episodes in one as we provide our reactions to Worlds day-by-day.

  • 0:00:00 Introductions/Thursday
  • 0:02:48 First Impressions
  • 0:06:57 Playing against the World
  • 0:12:43 Primal Groudon
  • 0:15:36 Publishing Teams Early
  • 0:19:00 Our Worlds Teams
  • 0:22:06 Friday
  • 0:36:16 Venue + Streaming
  • 0:45:12 Saturday
  • 0:53:48 Stop Hitting Yourself
  • 0:59:44 Sunday
  • 1:02:25 The Finals
  • 1:12:16 Tick Tock Timer
  • 1:16:15 Closing Ceremony
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