Greetings, hat lovers!
Carson here. I am fairly new to VGC With Hats, but excited to be a writer. Before I talk about the team, I wanted to share the backstory about my journey to becoming World Champion. I started playing Competitive Pokemon only two years ago, after watching Sejun Park win it all with his Pachirisu. After a lot of ups and downs, I was able to cut and win my first regionals last year in Kansas. After that, I cut my first Nationals, but barely missed out on a paid invite to Worlds. I attended, but went 1-3 on Day 1 and was eliminated. However, I played in the Boston Open, and made Top 16, giving me a head start for the new season. I did fairly well, getting 4th at Houston and winning a few PCs, before I had a 3-3 flop at Virginia Regionals. Right after this, I decided to focus on another upcoming competition, the National Science Bowl, and didn’t touch Pokemon for March through April. I started playing just two weeks before Kansas Regionals, which brings me to my time using this team. Now, let’s jump right in!
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I competed in my second World Championship this year.
Going into Nationals I didn’t do a lot of testing because I was pretty disillusioned with the format. After Nationals I really wasn’t interested in team-building for worlds. I tried out a couple teams that did well from various Nationals but once Pokemon Go came out I had stopped playing VGC altogether.
A week before Worlds I looked at the teams I could run. I decided to use Alan Schamber’s Nationals team. The team had strong options against Big B teams and didn’t rely on inaccurate moves. I knew the items and move sets from Pokemon’s official website but had to make my own spreads.
Ni Hao Hat Lovers!
This is Hao, one of your new authors of VGC with Hats. I started playing VGC last year, learning a lot from local tournaments and friends, keeping improving myself as well. At the time, I surprisingly cut my first regional in Seattle last year. This year I played decently in PCs and qualified for world championships day 1.
I’m just back from San Francisco, where I finished my first world championships. I went 6-1 on day 1 to advance to day 2, in which I finally finished 4-3, barely missing the cut after I lost my last set. I am going to analyze the team I prepared and used and how the matches went during the tournament.
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This isn’t VGC anymore technically, but I’ve taken a mini break from worlds practice to ladder on BattleSpot doubles. Beyond the intro, the post will be shorter than usual because I know non-Japanese readers don’t care for the format anymore, and truth be told, the team is fairly standard and I’m just posting this as an archive of sorts.
The biggest deviation from the standard with this team is the use of both Mega Gardevoir and Mega Kangaskhan. As strange as it is to say after having played 2016 for so long now, double mega teams aren’t overly common on BattleSpot doubles, but I believe having both makes the team better than the alternatives. The idea came about from having alternated between my nationals / worlds team and CHALK-T whenever I take a casual stroll through the format. As much as I love Scrafty, the version of the team that had it was overly weak to Milotic, Charizard teams, and Heatran among other things, whereas CHALK+T had a very difficult time with rain, Perish Trap, and in general, lacked valuable Fairy coverage. I took the best of both worlds from Scrafty + Gardevoir and Kangaskhan + Cresselia, and while they don’t cover their respective weaknesses perfectly, it complements the other four Pokemon very well and gives me more options versus their poor match ups. The biggest downside I’ve found with having both Gardevoir and Kangaskhan is that I lose the Fake Out + Trick Room option that the other two versions had. I’ve considered swapping out Trick Room on Gardevoir for this reason; however, I find other alternatives to be more situational, and without Trick Room, I lose any speed control option versus Ground types.
I haven’t done a comprehensive count, but if I had to guess, I bring Gardevoir about 70% of the time, compared to 30% for Kangaskhan. I honestly believe Gardevoir was the best mega from 2015 despite whatever biased conclusions people may draw from 2015 worlds results. Generally speaking, I bring Kangaskhan versus Charizard teams, Milotic teams, teams that are weak to Heatran (more on that later), and Gardevoir versus most others, because Kangaskhan, I feel, is too weak against Amoonguss and Intimidate to justify bringing it against teams that have them.
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I played in US Nationals last weekend. I needed to make top 128 in order to get my worlds invite so top 128 was all I cared about. I’ve been burnt out from the 2016 format lately and wouldn’t mind if I never played it again but I also didn’t want to miss worlds (especially with San Fransisco being such a convenient trip compared to Indiana, Boston and Columbus). A week before Nationals I decided to play Xerneas/Groudon. I tested Bronzong, Smeargle and a couple other Pokemon in the non-restricted slots but ended up using Thundurus and Cresselia as they were what I felt most comfortable with.
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Over the last couple months I’ve been playing in the NPA as a member of the Fortree Brave Birds. I was one of the 2015 format players on the team. This gave me a chance to revisit VGC 2015 and my old team.
Week 1 VS Hayden (Loss 1-2)
Hayden’s Team: Salamence, Rotom-W, Cresselia, Heatran, Aegislash, Conkeldurr
For week 1 I went with a Mega Sableye team (I forget exactly what I had, I picked stuff more or less at random from my box). I remember it doing well against Hayden the last time we faced. It didn’t go so well. I later remembered that when I last played against Hayden I had Swampert which gave his team a lot of trouble. The match was streamed after the PC at UBC. I hoped that using Mega Sableye in the first week would scare away potential counter teams for a couple weeks.
Week 3 VS GogogoGolems (Win 2-0)
GogogoGolems’ Team: Kangaskhan, Sylveon, Thundurus, Landorus, Heatran, Amoonguss
Thundurus is the one major threat my opponent has against my team. Removing Thundurus while limiting the amount of Thunder Waves it gets to spread is the way to win this match.
I was able to limit the amount of Pokemon Thundurus could paralyze. Once Thundurus goes down I’m able to handle the remaining Pokemon with little difficulty.
Week 4 VS Hongyu (Win 2-1)
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On June 14th Nintendo streamed a demo of Pokemon Sun & Moon, which revealed some new information about the battle GUI (guided user interface) that has some interesting implications for VGC.