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  • A Pokèmon Master's Guide to the Minnesota Wild


    Today is a pretty exciting day for me, as the newest installment of Pokèmon hits the shelves. By the time that you are reading this, I will have a copy of Alpha Sapphire in my 3DS, and will be playing it until I pass out.

    "Great", you may think, "What's this got to do with hockey?"

    It turns out that hockey and Pokèmon are more similar than you might think. Being a Pokèmon Trainer and a Hockey Coach essentially boils down to having the same goal: To utilize the unique talents of your 6 players in such a way that that you can consistently gain an advantage against a variety of opponents. That's it. The teams that can do this well consistently win, and the ones that can't struggle to do so.

    As in hockey, Pokèmon sees a pretty big variety in style of play. You can have a hyper-offensive team that seeks to blast through an opponent by supporting one or two key threats (Pittsburgh), a stall team that seeks to frustrate opponents into making mistakes (The Wild through much of their history), a "bulky offense" team that can take hits just as well as they can deal them out (Los Angeles, St. Louis), or a balanced playstyle where you can win in a variety of ways (Chicago). With the right choices, you can make any strategy viable.



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