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.
I’m Demitri, or as I go by online, kingdjk. For the most part, I had a successful season last year, and I really only used one team with slight variations for the entirety of VGC ’15 (barring Worlds, where I made a pretty large change). I really love the team, and it has results behind it, so I thought a season report about it would be fun for me to write, and interesting for you guys to read. With the format finally coming to an end, I’d really like to share my experiences with it and my thoughts on the format. I finished in top 8 at Oregon Regionals, top 16 at Nationals, and went 3-3 at day one of Worlds.
Today I’ll be talking a bit about some of the new kids on the block. VGC 2016 has a very different dynamic from previous formats in how important it is to control weather, and how important it is to prevent setup sweeps. This article will go over these Pokemon in detail and talk about a few gems that may be hiding in the rough (or are just bad… I dunno). Not all of these Pokemon actually have the Prankster ability, but they’re Pranksters in spirit. I’ll also talk a bit about how Pokemon like Thundurus can adapt to the new heavy-hitting format.
While I never played seriously until about 2014-on, I’ve been paying attention to the game since 2011, and so I’ve seen Pranksters succeed in every format since their introduction. Hopefully that experience will be good for something (like an article)! I’ll also include their usage stats from the Generation Showdown on 3ds.pokemon-gl.com.