Author: Starmetroid

Starmetroid’s Day 1 Worlds Report

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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.

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http://pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Xerneas

This Team is Mediocre but it got me to Worlds: A T128 US Nationals Team Report

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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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Revisiting VGC 2015: NPA 5 Review

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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

Salamence-MegaAegislash-ShieldPolitoedLudicoloThundurusTerrakion

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.

Game 1:
Game 2:

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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Possibly the Worst Move Ever: A Top 8 Midseason Showdown Report

Hello Hat Lovers! I’m back from the Washington Midseason Showdown. Both Mark and I got top 16 with this team in the elevated PC in Oregon and Mark got top 32 (5-2) with it in the Regionals. I missed out on CP from Oregon Regionals and since I was only planning to go to two Regionals and two Midseason Showdowns I needed to do better in the rest of my events. I’ve also neglected to practise at all because I recently bought a PS3 and have been catching up on all the Tales of games I’ve been missing since 2008. Because of this the only team I was practised with was “The Team”. Even though teams have become better suited to dealing with this team I was still confident that I could do well with it. Mark and I have made some changes to the team since the first PC I used it in. Most notably, we’ve been running Icy Wind Kangaskhan. Here’s the current team:

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“This is The Worst Format Ever” Said Everyone Every Year

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Today I’m going to talk about the animosity some players have against the 2016 format. Every year it seems we hear players saying “this is the worst format ever” while using lines like “there’s no creativity” or “every team is the same”. What seems to separate this year from previous formats is that we’re hearing this not just from bad players, but we’ve been seeing some major criticism on the format from highly accomplished and respected players.

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