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'Best Pokemon Ever' March Madness - Round 1B: Thunder Bracket - vote thru 3/14
 
Round 1A has come and gone. Voting is now closed for it. Instead of in the past where we've had a separate thread showing the results and then having another post for the new round, I'd rather just wait on releasing the results. Sure you could technically tally them up yourself but I encourage you to simply be patient. In Round 2 you'll obviously find out who won as you'll need to pick the new match ups out. This change is being performed in order to reduce board clutter and help leave some suspense going into later rounds of the event. For now, please enjoy the next phase of Round 1.

For information on the overall polling and how these Pokemon were picked, check out the first and original poll for this March Madness Bracket found here.


Next up is the Thunder Bracket, named for the Thunder Badge earned from the tough and rough Lt. Surge of the Kanto Region. This set of Pokemon includes a few more beloved, a few more legendaries, and even involves some rather unique picks which surprised me from the original seeding. Who will you choose? (Be sure to tell us why in the comments along with your votes!)

Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio

Vote for the Pokemon that you think should win the matchup. Please vote on every matchup.
Please cast your votes in the following format, bolding the Pokemon that you choose to advance:

Pidgey vs. Raticate
Sandslash vs. Dratini

Polls are open until Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Gotta vote em' all!

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Posted: 03/12/16, 07:20:30
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Eevee vs. Blastoise
Oh man, I really should vote Eevee because it's such an amazing and versatile Pokemon. I REALLY, REALLY should. But, Blastoise.

Wartortle vs. Zapdos
My favourite of the Legendary Bird trio vs. the middle in my favourite evolutionary line of Pokemon. ARGH! This is tough. Gotta go Wartortle.

Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Voting against Cyndaquil makes my heart hurt, but Haunter is just too cool for school.

Pikachu vs. Snorlax
Snorlax is one of my faves, and Pikachu is everywhere to the point of over saturation, but I can't say no to the face of Pokemon. He's soooo cute.

Snivy vs. Meowth
I first voted Snivy because Snivy is fantastic, but I changed my vote last-minute. I have a soft spot for good 'ol Meowth from the anime. He used so much experience to learn to speak 'uman and missed out on loinin' Payday. Poor guy!

Lucario vs. Mudkip
Mudkip is CUTE!

Bidoof vs. Malamar
MALAMAAAARRRRRR! MALAMAaaaaAAAAaarrrrrRRRrrrrr! MALAMARRrRRrr! Seriously, people who don't vote Malamar don't know Malamar!

Greninja vs. Dugtrio
I prefer Froakie over Greninja, but I was forced to vote it out last time. BOOOO. Dugtrio is classic, but it's really just three grumpy Diglett.
Posted: 03/12/16, 07:42:49
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio

If Pikachu beats my beloved Snorlax.... NinRAGE!!

Lotta great choices in this round though. Bidoof ftw!! Also, plenty of frogs and turtles
Posted: 03/12/16, 08:02:06
Eevee vs. Blastoise - Eevee is adorable and super unique
Wartortle vs. Zapdos - Zapdos just looks cool. Wartortle only looks good with sunglasses
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil - Haunter was my man back in Gen 1. Sweeped everything with him.
Pikachu vs. Snorlax - Pikachu is overrated, but I also happen to love Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth - I have always loved how smug Snivy looks
Lucario vs. Mudkip - I liek Mudkips
Bidoof vs. Malamar - BIDOOF
Greninja vs. Dugtrio - I know that I didn't vote for many water starters this round...but it's time to bring that back! Also a Dugtrio kinda killed my starter in my Nuzlocke playthrough of Blue so...
Posted: 03/12/16, 10:13:26
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio
Posted: 03/12/16, 15:33:55
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar -- vote changed!
Greninja vs. Dugtrio



Eevee vs. Blastoise
TURTLES

Wartortle vs. Zapdos
TURTLESSSSSSSS


Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
HAUNT HAUNT HAUNT! Also only ghost type in Gen 1! Too bad it got the poison curse, just like most grass and bug types...stupid psychics.

Pikachu vs. Snorlax
Pikachu's fine, but Snorlax knows what's up. If I were rich, I'd totally buy this.

Snivy vs. Meowth
Team Rocket's the heart of the Pokemon franchise, and Meowth is the engine that drives the team.

Lucario vs. Mudkip
LUCARIO REPLACED MEWTWO, NEVER TO BE FORGIVEN

Bidoof vs. Malamar
I dunno much about either, but Bidoof looks funny EDIT: ploot has swayed my vote to glorious Malamar

Greninja vs. Dugtrio
Greninja has grown on me since being in Smash.
Posted: 03/12/16, 17:00:20  - Edited by 
 on: 03/13/16, 06:35:44
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Blastoise is one of my favorite fully evolved starters. Eevee is actually really cute though.

Wartortle is one of my least favorite in any starter family. Zapdos is a wicked awesome bird so it was an easy pick.

Haunter is one of my favorite Pokemon of all time and Cyndaquil doesn't do it for me.

I thought I was going to vote Snorlax when I was making the bracket but honestly, I think I prefer Pikachu. Maybe 'cause I'm playing PKMN Yellow?

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio

Meowth is a cat and I love cats. The classic Meowth from the cartoons also has a lot of personality.

Lucario, whether people like him or not, is really cool I think. Love the coloration and the way he's designed. Mudkip is just 'mehkip' to me.

What a unique pairing here… but I think I'd have to go with that doofus-looking Bidoof.

Greninja is pretty cool and frankly I'm glad he was picked for Super Smash Bros. His amiibo was so hard to obtain. lol
Posted: 03/12/16, 17:48:09  - Edited by 
 on: 03/12/16, 17:54:50
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio
Posted: 03/12/16, 18:49:23
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio

Greninja is pretty neat and was elevated to Smash Bros status, but Diglett is one of the series' funniest-looking (and mysterious) Pokemon. I remember my dad pointed to a picture of Dugtrio when I was a kid and declared, "Wieners." So I'll give the wieners some props.

I'm tired of Lucario.
Posted: 03/12/16, 19:09:36
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio

@TriforceBun

Yeah, Lucario is a pretty cool Pokemon, but overexposed as this point.
Posted: 03/13/16, 05:35:36
Eevee vs. Blastoise
Wartortle vs. Zapdos
Haunter vs. Cyndaquil
Pikachu vs. Snorlax

Snivy vs. Meowth
Lucario vs. Mudkip
Bidoof vs. Malamar
Greninja vs. Dugtrio
Posted: 03/13/16, 05:55:12
COME ON, PEOPLE!!!!! Bidoof over MALAMAR?!?!?! Need I give you a lesson in Malamar?

1. Malamar is legitimately one of the only interesting Pokemon in the anime because it is evil! It mind-controlled a bunch of people and Pokemon for some crazy, crazy evil purposes.
Nope, it has no trainer. It is evil all on its own (the person who appears to be its trainer is being controlled, in order to fool the unsuspecting fools of the Earth). ALL HAIL MALAMAR.


2. Malamar evolves in an entirely NEATO way! In order for Inkay to evolve into Malamar, you have to turn your 3DS upside-down when it levels up. Seriously! Just look at how the benevolent Malamar is actually an upside-down version of the adorable Inkay. WHAT A COOL COUPLE OF DUDES! ALL HAIL MALAMAR.


3. Mallomars are delicious snacks, and Malamar agrees (I found this image online, and it is brilliant. It is so amazing that it must have been created by Malamar itself). ALL HAIL MALAMAR.
Posted: 03/13/16, 06:06:30  - Edited by 
 on: 03/13/16, 06:12:00
@ploot Well okay then! Now I know. Vote changed.
Posted: 03/13/16, 06:34:11
FOOLS! Don't you realise that Malamar has got Ploot under it's spell and is making him rig the votes!!
Posted: 03/13/16, 06:55:51
ploot said:
Malamar evolves in an entirely NEATO way! In order for Inkay to evolve into Malamar, you have to turn your 3DS upside-down when it levels up. Seriously!

I had to go look that up. This means the they have to include a gyro in each and every future Nintendo console from now on, or this dude breaks.

(Either that or just give some sort of weird item that mirrors the effects or some garbage I dunno)

Still, Bidoof is annoying, he keeps photobombing Pokefreak's avatar. Cheers to you Malamar. Can I have some chocolate now?

Eevee vs. Blastoise - Duh. Gimme a hard choice c'mon.

Wartortle vs. Zapdos - Wait What??! I wasn't serious! Why would you do this?! Why!? I want to say the Squirtle line lives on and give this to Zapdos, but this was my very first (albiet counterfeit) Pokemon Card. It has those cool viking helmet wing things too. Go Wartortle. Sorry 'dos.

Haunter vs. Cyndaquil- Fire Echidna. Come on.

Pikachu vs. Snorlax- The unofficial 4th starter vs the fat tub. No contest.


Snivy vs. Meowth- Fuck Snivy. Smug bastard.

Lucario vs. Mudkip- Everyone lieks Mudkips.

Bidoof vs. Malamar- See above.

Greninja vs. Dugtrio- Dugtrio was clearly phoned in. "We need a ground Pokemon!" "Here's a dildo thing". "We need an evolved form!" "Here's 3 of them." Bah.
Posted: 03/13/16, 09:39:02  - Edited by 
 on: 03/13/16, 09:59:54
You ignorant fools!
There is still time! Fix your votes. REPAIR THEM. MALAMAR!!! MMAAAAAAaaallaaaaMMMaaaRRRRRRR!!!

@nate38
@Shadowlink
@Hero_Of_Hyrule
@V_s
Brothers. ALL HAIL MALAMAR!
Posted: 03/14/16, 03:32:54
@ploot

Yeah, ...uh... hail.

*eyes exit*
Posted: 03/14/16, 03:53:27
If anyone goes back to edit their votes, please be sure to do as nate did and say so in a new post, then go edit it.

I gotta keep track of this stuff yo!
Posted: 03/14/16, 04:09:38
@ploot

What movie/episode is that screen cap from?? Looks cool.
Posted: 03/14/16, 10:06:36
@NinSage
That screen is from the Pokemon X/Y series (Ash's voice takes some getting used to, as do the voices of some of the Anglicized classic Pokemon). The episode is called "A Conspiracy to Conquer." There's something about Malamar's voice that cracks me up. I was going to use its voice as one of my reasons to vote, but finding anything on Youtube is impossible since TPC is so protective about the Pokemon property.

Oh, and all hail Malamar.
Posted: 03/14/16, 10:23:08
Yeah, the mere fact of how evil Malamar is, makes it an easy choice for dumb ol' Bidoof.

Plus, Bidoof was my HM slave during the generation, so I can't shove the little guy aside.
Posted: 03/14/16, 20:32:17
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