The timeframe doesnt really make sense for that anon to be correct though.
Pokemon World was published in 2000 (after G/S's Japanese release). There were cards out with the actual gen 2 starters before they published their first issue. I dont think that much beta shit like Kotora would be making the internet rounds at that point in the game. >>38711521
I legitimately would not be surprised if someone just submitted the famous pre-Spaceworld artistic rendering of Honoguma as their original mon, but I still find it kinda implausible.