Team Analysis

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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BattleSpot Doubles Team (Peaked 1954 Rating)

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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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