Toxicroak Takes the Title – 1st Place Philadelphia Regional Team Report

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It’s been a very exciting past few weeks to play VGC as players have been scrambling to quickly learn the new format that was announced at the World Championships just a month ago. Last week the first major tournament using the Sun Series rules took place in the outskirts of Philadelphia, it was there that I managed to win with a team that iMagikarp built and also placed top 8 with. Since it was nearly complete when Justin came to me with the team, I don’t have much insight as to how the team was put together, but I’m happy to share the sets and how they interact together from my own perspective.

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NPA 7 Review

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This year I got drafted by the Rollouts for the NPA and finished with a respectable record. My team ended up performing extremely well, finishing as the first seed in the regular season, and only losing in the finals because of a really unfortunate oopsie by yours truly. When this season of NPA started I honestly had little intentions of playing in part because I was really busy in real life. I only made a sign up post as a joke because of the draw-a-Pokemon requirement, and I thought my sign up would be immediately disqualified because I didn’t provide any information. I also didn’t think enough people knew what my TrainerTower username was. Oops. I started out well though, and I enjoyed my team and our success, so I just rolled with it. Despite the season ending on a really sour note this was the most enjoyable season I’ve had of NPA so far, as I had the opportunity to play every week, and this was the furthest any of my teams have gotten.

I saved all of the teams I used, as well as all the replays, so those will be posted. A lot of these pastes are really bad though as I threw a lot of them together for the specific opponent I had for the week, and a lot of the early ones are now outdated. Regardless, they’ll be here for the sake of completion.

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The Queen Screams, The Cats Roar! Vancouver MSS 1st & Portland Regional 2nd Report

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This is Hao @HaoVGC ! After one-year silence in 2017, I won the first Vancouver MSS in January this year. I should have come up with my team report after it. However, I was just back from Portland Regional as runner up with the same 6 Pokemon I used in MSS. Honestly I did not practice at all after I left Vancouver in January. When I came back right before Portland Regional, I immediately started researching the meta. I made a few changes on moves and spread of my Pokemon based on the shifting meta. There followed my team analysis and matches at Vancouver MSS and Portland Regional.

 

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Divine Bovine–Double Top 4 Seniors Worlds Report

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This is a report on Carson Confer’s team that was piloted by Beau Berg and William Sepesi to Top 4 at the 2017 World Championships in the seniors division, and the tournament experience of the latter two players. For the ease of organization of content, William will write in standard text and Beau will write in italics for the warstory, and Carson will write in standard text for the section on team building and design. Finally, descriptions of each Pokemon as well as their roles and spreads will be written by all three.

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Rock Seattlement – 1st Place Seattle Regional Report

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It’s been a while since my last team report due to various circumstances, but that’s finally changed! I won the Seattle Regional, one of the final regionals in North America for the 2017 season, with a team that Rapha had been working on since February and used to place 9th at the Oregon Regional back in March.  Initially I was set on bringing something else to the tournament, but on the Wednesday before the tournament I decided that this was the best team I could take. I didn’t practice too much with it before then, but I had guidelines written by Rapha on using the team and I had watched my friends use this team on Showdown for weeks.

Here is a QR Code for the team.
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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No… It’s a Snorlax! A 12th Place LatAm International Report

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I’ve been meaning to write a report for a while, but never got around to it. Now that I don’t have any events until US Internats, I thought it would be a good time to release the team(s) I have used this year. The team I used in Brazil is a product of a team I have been changing and improving on since December, but I will start after St. Louis.

Building the Team:

I placed in the Top 16 in St. Louis, and here’s the team I used. This team was fairly strong, but I felt I could make something better that dealt with threats like Lele Drifblim more efficiently. I decided to keep the core of Tapu Koko, Porygon2, Mudsdale, and Arcanine because of its good matchup against common Gigalith teams. After spending a long time playing with four Pokemon on Showdown, I decided to add Trick Room Nihilego. This was mainly inspired by Rapha’s Nihilego, which you can see here. A lead of Nihilego and Arcanine with Firium Z could almost guarantee me a good position against Lele Drifblim teams, at least in the first game. After playing with this, I realized that the main issue with this team, like all my teams this format, was Snorlax. And what better way to counter Snorlax than with my own Snorlax? In all seriousness, I tried many different Pokemon in this last slot, including Kartana, Hariyama, and Tapu Bulu, before deciding on Snorlax. Now, let’s move on the Pokemon analysis.

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Survivor Bias in Pokemon: Why Analysing Top Cut Teams is a Flawed Practice

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Analysing top cut teams and drawing conclusions is a common practice in VGC. However, this is an imperfect process for many reasons, one of them being that it falls victim to survivor bias.

Survivorship bias or survival bias: the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways. It is a form of selection bias.”

The intent of this article is not to shed light that the definition of “good” in VGC is dynamic because of meta-game progressions, and it is not to contradict the specific, flawed conclusion that any successful team must be good because of its success. Rather, it is to bring attention to how survivor bias can mislead any conclusion people reach when analysing results.

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