TRAINER LEVEL: 40
FAVORITE POKÉMON: ARTICUNO
CLAIM TO FAME: PvP GURU / LOVER OF BUTTS
THE INTERVIEW - HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS
G2G: First, can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level, and your favorite Pokémon? Is there a reason it is your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life?
Alfindeol: Alfindeol in-game. A level 40 team Mystic player (although really does ANYONE care anymore about teams? I hope not…) and my favorite Pokemon is Articuno. No particular reason, but it’s been my favorite since I first caught it in Pokemon Red in 1997. I think it just felt… special since it’s just the one. In my real life, I work for a trivia company called Geeks Who Drink hosting pub quizzes all over the US.
G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you into Pokémon before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general? Do you have a favorite feature in PoGO?
Alfindeol: I’ve always been a big fan of Pokemon games ever since I got Pokemon Red and a Gameboy Color for Christmas the year it came out. My interest had sort of come and go. I played Red and Diamond as well as a TON of the spinoff games on and off over the years. Pokemon Go just felt like such a perfect combination of the franchise and real-world exploration that I couldn’t help but get excited for it. I’m definitely a battler at heart and really think PVP is the most fun thing you can do currently in Pokemon Go. I’m also a bit of a collector and managing my inventory speaks to the part of me that really likes optimization and organization. If I’m not the only lucky level 1 collector around, I’d wager I have the most extensive collection of them at nearly 400 unique lucky level one Pokemon.
G2G: What attracted to you the PvP Aspect of PoGO? Was it something you enjoyed in the main series games and carried over?
Alfindeol: I never really engaged with PVP in the main series, but I really liked how fast-paced and simple it was to pick up Pokemon Go PVP and just get to battling. I also loved finally getting to use some Pokemon that had previously only been dex filler. I’m competitive by nature, so I really took to battling and playing in Silph tournaments in the early days.
G2G: What is it about your style and your content that makes you stand out from the rest of the PvP crowd?
Alfindeol: I like to think, more than most, our streams lean into the fun side of battling. I like to think I’m a pretty solid player with strong technical skills, but ultimately I believe that if PVP isn’t fun it isn’t worth doing. To that end, our streams are a nice mix of competitive battling and more light-hearted battles with viewers. We do a lot of recommended battles, a format I certainly didn’t invent but helped popularize during the Seattle Showdown, and a lot of “meme” battles with themes like Pokemon with Fingers or Floating Pokemon that get you using oddball mons and simply engaging with PVP in a way that isn’t so serious. I like to think my streams and videos can serve as an introduction point to PVP by folks who find the more competitive battling intimidating.
G2G: If you had to pick one highlight of your time as a Battler, what would it be?
Alfindeol: In the days before monthly “mega cups”, I was part of the team that hosted the first Cascadia Clash here in Seattle. A sort of proto-mega cup, we had a 7 round Tempest Cup with battlers from all over the pacific northwest. Heck, even ValorAsh made the trek from Texas to participate. Getting to meet all these folks who shared a love for PVP from all over the place was really energizing and was definitely the start of me considering the idea of streaming Pokemon Go.
G2G: Do you have any advice for people who want to get into Battling or who have just started and are struggling to find they’re way?
Alfindeol: Take a deep breath and try to have fun. Don’t let your rating or your win-loss determine your worth. There’s a lot of fun to be had in PVP and it’s more than just GBL or Silph Cups.
G2G: Lastly, tell us a little about your Butt (cup)! What is it exactly for those of us new to your content? How did it and the name come abutt…we mean, about?
Alfindeol: The Butt Cup was dreamed up by one of my lovely mods on the stream as a way for us to host an unranked, community tournament built around the many memes and themes we battle with on stream. So rather than a unifying theme, each spot on your team had to fit a specific meme such as the aforementioned “floating” or “with fingers” and ranging all the way to… ahem… let’s call it “sexy” to be safer for work… The first tournament was a relatively small affair, but the second had 54 competitors! Why “Butt” Cup? We’ve jokingly talked about butts on stream a lot… like WAY more than my therapist thinks is healthy…
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. What can we say about our friend Alfindeol except, he’s butt-tacular. He is also a supremely skilled #battler and one hell of an entertaining watch on Twitch. We hope you enjoy this amazing butt as much as we do. If you haven’t yet, Subscribe to Alf’s YouTube channel below, and be sure to give him a follow on Twitch and Twitter as well!