Team Analysis

Volt Switching it Up: 3rd Place Oregon Regionals Report

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I placed third at Oregon Regionals. I used more or less the same team as I did at the MSS.

After the MSS I tried out Drifblim teams. I used Fini/Drifblim/Garchomp in the IC that was focused on setting up Tailwind and Swaggering Garchomp to facilitate sweeps. This was fun and while I did well with the team (22-4 in the IC) it didn’t seem like Regionals material. I could see a lot of flaws that my opponents weren’t exploiting due to the best of one setting.

When I saw teams similar to my MSS team picking up top finishes around the world I decided to try out these teams in order to understand how they played. I kept Koko, P2, Gigalith and Arcanine with a revolving door of Pokemon filling the last two slots. I didn’t like using the common stand-ins like Gyarados, Kartana or Lele. I also tried out a number of other Pokemon before coming to the conclusion that the original six were what worked best for me.

The QR Code for this team in available.

 785  Choice Specs  Thunderbolt  Dazzling Gleam Volt Switch  Hidden Power Fire
 233  Eviolite  Return  Ice Beam  Recover  Trick Room
 526  Rockium Z  Stone Edge  Rock Slide  Earthquake  Protect
 445  Groundium Z  Earthquake  Poison Jab  Swords Dance  Protect
059  Mago Berry  Flare Blitz  Extreme Speed  Snarl  Protect
 797  Leftovers  Heavy Slam  Flamethrower  Leech Seed  Protect

At a glance this team looks very standard. What sets it apart is the defensive the more frail Pokemon are trained. Tapu Koko is known as the frail Tapu but I expect mine to survive pretty much any non Z-move. Garchomp and Celesteela survive common attacks that exploit their weaknesses. Porygon2, Arcanine and Gigalith are all super bulky by nature.

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OMG Another Giant Rock! MSS 2nd and T8 Report

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There was a Midseason Showdown in Vancouver last weekend. I made the trek from the island alone so I could chase those Championship Points.

I made the initial draft of this team about a month ago after the last PC. The starting point was Specs Koko and Helping Hand Arcanine which would allow me to OHKO Garchomp with Dazzling Gleam. I added Porygon2 and Gigalith as a Trick Room mode and tried a myriad of Pokemon in the last two slots.

In the weeks leading up to the MSS I noticed Rapha was using a similar team to what I was testing. We decided to collaborate to create the teams we would go on to take 2nd and T8. In this report I’d be listing my version of the team and Rapha will share his thoughts and where his team differed from mine.

Here’s the team at a glance:

 785  Choice Specs  Volt Switch  Dazzling Gleam  Thunderbolt  Hidden Power Fire
 233  Eviolite  Return  Ice Beam  Recover  Trick Room
 526  Rockium Z  Stone Edge  Rock Slide  Curse  Protect
 445  Groundium Z  Earthquake  Poison Jab  Swords Dance  Protect
059  Mago Berry  Flare Blitz  Extreme Speed  Snarl  Protect
 797  Leftovers  Heavy Slam  Flamethrower  Leech Seed  Protect

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VGC W/ Fats: 1st Place PC Team Report

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Due to lack of major events we haven’t had much to write about, so I’m going to share the team I used to win a PC yesterday. While I made the team from scratch it ended up being a very standard looking team.

Nevertheless! We here at VGC w/Hats don’t turn down an opportunity to make a good pun.

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Battle Spot Doubles Teams using Alola Pokedex

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By the time this is posted Pokemon Sun & Moon should be close to release. I’ve been longing for a format to experiment in. VGC 2016 is still the official format and I’m pretty much done with it. VGC 2015 is still enjoyable but I just can’t bring myself to team-build in the format.

In an attempt to satiate our desire to play competitive doubles and get a leg up on the format Kelvin, Hayden and I have been playing doubles with only Pokemon found in the Alola Pokedex and no mega stones. Obviously this format is far cry from VGC 2017. While I expect we won’t have move tutors in Sun/Moon we still used them in this format. We did ban Dark Void, as it wouldn’t be available until January and I expected it to get restricted to Darkrai in generation 7 (which ended up happening).

Here are the strongest teams we came up with:

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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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Are You Hypnotized? Worlds Day 1 & 2 Report

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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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