Rapha’s World Cup of Pokemon Report

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This past month I took part in the World Cup of Pokemon, a NuggetBridge tournament that featured country and region based teams. I played for team Canada along with fellow VGC With Hats members Kelvin (lyingliepard) and Max (starmetroid), and the team was captained by Randy (R Inanimate). Other members of the team include 2015 senior national champion Ben Piercy (qertyk), 2016 senior worlds quarter finalist Daravone Souphommanychanh (Lilsquinty08), Tyson Gernack (Firefly), Myles Krystalovich (drakon), Dan McSorely (DONGSONG), Shingo Fukuyado (Uwaki Shin), and Curtis Cousins (Blaazin14). Unfortunately we were left short handed by the fact that our only day 2 worlds competitors in masters Hongyu (fivepointstars) and Hao (…Hao) chose to back out from the tournament, and our admittedly thin roster didn’t allow us to advance. Regardless, the World Cup was a lot of fun because I got to play the 2015 format all three weeks, and unlike the NPA, I had already been acquainted with most of my teammates in real life.


Hidden Power Water: Or How I Memed My Way to a World Championship

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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!


GS Squad: Collaborative Seattle Regional Report

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This is a collaborative post detailing the team used by Kelvin, Justin, and Rapha at Seattle regional, as well as various other tournaments over the season so far. Kelvin had the strongest finish of us all, as he followed up his Vancouver MSS win with a top 4 finish at Seattle that sealed his worlds invite (you can read his warstory here). Justin finished in the top 8, his fourth regionals top cut in the past two seasons, and Rapha finished 5-2 and top 32, enough to clinch his worlds invite.

When constructing this team, we focused greatly on using a structure and general ideas that have proven to be among the most successful in VGC. Concepts like straying away from frail Pokemon, as well as using ideas that will always be strong – like Intimidate, Trick Room, Thunder Wave, and spread moves – were something we really took to heart in finding as strong of a team as possible in this format. The fine details, like certain moves, EVs, and a couple Pokemon were decided by which match ups we wanted to focus on. We assessed that we’d likely face greater success in using generally strong ideas rather than trying too hard to counter team certain archetypes, seeing as how it’d be foolish to pretend that we had any idea of the exact seven teams we’d face during swiss. This is why at its core, this team bears similarities of teams in the past like CHALK or Trick Room Gardevoir. It may seem silly to talk about how this team came about for us given how standard it is, but the decision to use this at Seattle goes beyond just arbitrarily picking an archetype and personalizing it as much as possible. We spent many, many collective hours fine tuning the team (with the help of some other friends who didn’t attend Seattle), and while we will definitely not settle for the results we’ve had, we’re satisfied with how the team has performed thus far.

As mentioned, our greatest focus with this team came from learning what an objectively good team is built like and applying it to a team in this format as much as possible. While this idea has worked well for the most part, it has made us resistant to using some Pokemon that would be effective if not for the fact that they have flaws that historically don’t perform well at a high level. Pokemon like Weavile, for example (incredibly frail and has a reliance on a high speed stat), was something we were avoiding using, even though many people have shown that Weavile is effective at dealing with problems that double primal teams have. Even the Seattle regional winner himself used Weavile. Sticking to our general principle of using generally good Pokemon is by no means a bad idea, but sometimes, there are exceptions that need to be made.

Even still, we felt that the final product we had going into Seattle was very strong and it will be talked about in great detail in this post.


Groudon are Red, Kyogre are Blue: A Seattle Regional WarStory

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Today, I’m going to be going over my Top 4 Seattle Regional run. This team also garnered a Top 8 finish by Justin and a Top 32 finish by Rapha. The team report will be out soon as well.

Going into the tourney, I knew that I would be most comfortable running Dual Primals as I had most of the season. Between the Midseason Showdown and Seattle, I had more time to practice, but my attempts to do so proved ineffective due to Battle Spot being relatively quiet. As such, I spent more of my preparation figuring out matchups and theorying. Despite the lack of battles, I felt comfortable enough with the team and what it was capable of. By the time the weekend rolled around, it was only a matter of deciding upon one or two moves. Also, it’s been a while since the event, so my memory may be a bit foggy on some matches…

The Team:


Teams to know for Spring Regionals

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Heading into Spring Regionals, we’ve got what I think has become a more balanced metagame, albeit with a format that is still very punishing against slight misplays. The rise of Dual Primals with Bronzong has been a huge boon to the format’s balance, as this team has a great matchup against Big 6. As a result, Big 6 players are finally being forced to reconsider their team composition and figure out if there’s a way to modify their “goodstuffs” archetype to help deal with these new threats. Of course there are other teams that are popular right now, including some up-and-coming archetypes.

Today’s article is going to be an overview of the team archetypes popular today, and a glimpse into those teams that aren’t yet as well-developed.

Teams to watch for

Big 6