Alright, I guess I made it sound like I was pissing on people who used OU and Ubers. I was more trying to defend the people who use favorites against people who think that using anything below OU is doomed to failure. As I had mentioned in my last post, not everyone's favorites are going to be UU and below. It's when people only use Pokemon that they know are better for competitive play, even when they freely say "God I hate this Pokemon, but at least it wins" that it bothers me a little.I know you directed your post at Rhys but I'll reply to it. Shadowslash, why are you so proud you can win with a team of UU/NU in OU? This is something I don't get. People seem to have this idea that using lower tiers make you in some way "special" or "unique". I believe this was mentioned in the Op. I mean, is there really that much difference from copying and pasting an OU pokemon's set or an UU/NU's that is listed to be used in OU anyways. "I use Pinsir instead of Heracross, therefore I'm a better player than the one who uses Heracross and I'm more original." How so? Also, why do you "respect people who use their favorites instead of using what they think will win"? You see a Tyranitar and "yawn because it's the 17th time you've played against it". Really? So if a favorite of mine is in OU, like Tar or Lucario, I stop being original? I stop having your respect? How does that work?
I do use the pokemon I like. If my favorite doesn't fit a team, I change it. I don't think of myself a better player because I use lower tiers. I see people using the fact that they use lower tiers as an excuse for their losses and as a way to make their wins more "special". I just don't like this self-admiration that goes on with people who use lower tiered pokemon.
Also, I never said that I don't have respect, or you will lose my respect if you use all OU or Ubers, it's just that I have a slightly higher respect for someone who sets aside the normal opinions about their favorites and still tries to make those Pokemon work. I've done it myself, so I know it can be done. And if someone can take a Pokemon like Beedrill and beat someone with all Ubers, then I have to say, kudos to them. And I know, that's an extreme and is quite unlikely to have happen, but you understand my example. How can you say that's not something to be proud of? I suppose I came across as being high and mighty for using different Pokemon, and I don't want to give the impression that I'm cocky and arrogant, however I will say that yes, I am proud that my team is unique, and that I can win with my favorites. I think a lot of people would feel the same way if they were beating people with Pokemon that are normally laughed upon.
Again, I wasn't trying to act high and mighty, nor put down people that use OU and Ubers, rather I was trying to point out that not all players that use their favorites are inferior or less skilled than others, and it adds much more flavor when you find people with teams that are vastly different from the generic OU ones.