Hey guys, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the long post.
So, for those who aren't aware, March marked the start of the 3rd year of the IPL. With the exception of one week during that time, we've had battles every week for 2 years now. You guys don't know how much that, and this group means to me.
For those of you who are relatively new around here, I started the ION Game Corner back in 2012. At the time, I was looking into the possibility of opening up a hobby store here in Massachusetts and while I was researching and trying to put a plan into place to make that happen, I decided to start a website as a means to maybe drum up a little bit of a community before a store happened. The core of the website would be a podcast and organized play groups. Obviously, things have changed quite a bit since then. I'm no longer considering the store idea. It's just not financially feasible for me. And the website and community itself has changed. Out of everything I've done under the ION banner, the one thing that has persevered throughout it all is the Pokemon group, you guys.
Not only has it persevered, but it's continued to grow. This league right now has 16 active members, more than it has ever had. While it was always my goal to have it grow, there were many times where I wasn't sure if it would. But it has, all thanks to you guys. Your continued support of this group and what we're doing here is appreciated more than I can express. Now, not only do we have the IPL, but the GPL as well, along with the Rumbles and the theme tournaments, and yes, the War Game is coming back this summer. That's all because of you guys and the fact that there are people who want to take part in this stuff.
So, thank you to all of you. You guys make the time and effort I put into these things more than worth it. I hope you guys are getting as much enjoyment out of what we're doing as I am.
Now, with the sentimentality out of the way, on to the league stuff for this week. We've got 3 battles from last week still to be played. Kira and I should be battling today. I know Custos and Draexzhan had some issues and will be playing later this week. Let's do what we can to stay on track. It's not the biggest deal in the world, but with the videos for this and the GPL on my plate, it's getting a little more complicated to keep everything straight. Here is this week's schedule:
Chibi (Chibi Pika) vs. Kira (OverlordKira2)
Sandverse (Sandverse) vs. Gambit (Gambit)
Ruppy (Ruppy) vs. Draexzhan (Draexzhan) - If Draexzhan beats Custos, neither player gets format choice. If Draexzhan loses, it's Ruppy's choice.
Sethyas (Sethyas) vs. Custos (custos)
Connor (barracudajones) vs. Agent G (zombieslayer)
Delmaru (Delmaru) vs. Alexander (IONAurethious)
Howler (PlatinumHowler14) vs. Alec (Alec)
Zero (Zero17) vs. Steven (UWorlds)