Ray Rizzo and the Case of the Dream Ball Aegislash
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Despite the "evidence" against him, there are some things about this issue that nullify it. First of all, Rizzo explained on his Facebook page quote:
“Basically someone who I’m not going to mention because people might troll them over this and I don’t want that to happen, unknowingly bred a presumably hacked dream ball Aegislash and the ball passed down from one of the parents, so the completely legit baby Aegislash ended up having a dream ball too. The person who bred it for me didn’t notice because they thought the parents were perfectly fine. So then they traded the baby Aegislash to me so I could EV train it and use it. Let me tell you I don’t know anything about ingame. I have maybe 60 hours of gametime and I couldn’t tell you the difference between a dream ball and a dusk ball, so I had absolutely no idea it was in a dream ball. I just take my Pokemon through Nintendo’s hack check online on battle spot and at the competitions and they’re totally fine because they are always bred completely legitly, so I go ahead and use it. I simply do not play ingame, there’s no way I would have even known it was in a dream ball since it doesn’t tell you, and I wouldn’t have even known there was anything wrong with it being in a dream ball because it passes hack checks and I don’t even know what [...] a dream ball is or how you get dream balls.”
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Now, this is not to say that Ray Rizzo and his breeder friend are completely blameless either. You guys are in the big leagues. You should know as much as possible about this game, seeing how it is essentially your current claim to fame. Pleading ignorance in the tone Rizzo used doesn't jive with me. If he had been more like, "I haven't dealt with a Dream Ball before, so I didn't know this combination wasn't obtainable normally" I'd been fine with that. Not everyone utilized the Dream Radar or Dream World features last gen. (If a pokémon wasn't obtainable from the Dream Radar or World, then it should not be in a Dream Ball.) Instead he basically says he's ignorant of essentially anything ingame. That's not really a good defense. Any good lawyer will tell you that ignorance of the law does not excuse you from it. This is the same case, ignorance of an illegal combination, so he's kind of going to have to accept people thinking whatever it is they think. As for his breeder friend, he SHOULD know better. He breeds pokémon to trade, seemingly for competitive tournament play. He should know what combinations of pokéball, shininess (because some pokémon aren't legally shiny), etc are acceptable for tournament play.
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An important note here is to learn from Rizzo's mistake. I would never suggest battling at a Video Game Championship with anything traded for via Wonder Trade or GTS. Instead, take that pokémon and breed it. Any pokémon bred legally, despite the legality of the parents, is legal as I previously mentioned. Also, if you don't know your pokéballs (since that is apparently an issue among the competitive battle scene), just breed with Ditto. All of your pokémon will be in regular Pokéballs so there will never be a question. Don't like regular pokéballs? You prefer pokéballs with patterns? Then take a couple minutes and learn them. Hopefully, Rizzo learned this lesson and will be more careful next time he's in the spotlight.
UPDATE: If you are concerned that some of your pokémon might be in a pokéball they aren't supposed to be, Serebii has added a new section that details all of the potential pokéballs that pokémon can legally be in.