Thursday, 18 June 2015
VGC 15 Rain Team: Surprise In Disguise!
Team Building Process:
This team all started with the though of using a special bisharp and talonflame set (the ones usually with the same ev spreads all over) and then this weird matchup of t-flame and bisharp in one team build the others up themselves ;) the team pretty much got success on the first built but the set were changed accordingly to improve their usefulness in the battle.
The first thoughs were to put on the following team,the member’s didn’t changed but the items were pretty silly as I though they would work.
As mentioned above these two have different and interesting sets,if u see these u will (may have) counters for their standard set but that ain’t always gonna be the case tho :P. and don’t doubt the sets tho they work pretty well to tho and are tested.these two were forming a solid core somehow however I needed a third member for a possible way to stretch the core to flexibility and honestly I always like to build around the core with a mega in it, it provides defensive coverage for the mega.
So I decided to put on mega swampert as it was looking pretty solid of a pokemon and I even did had tailwind to boost its speed.it also OHKO’ed 50% of the pokemons I have trouble handling like lando scarf,garchomp,salamence etc with its ice punch.
This core was looking pretty sturdy and promissing but all these three members were phisycal attackers to create the domino effect I needed to put on more special attakers and swampert still needed some support tho
But not yet they can still do lots of damage with their strong attacks while I set up the tailwind to double its speed.i needed to abuse its swift swim ability pointing towards rain, I actually didn’t wanted to use poli once again for this team so I started with testing thundurus but it was pretty much the same case as setting up.after testing up tons of stuff I ended up using a politoed.
Yes a politoed that I am using, but let me warn u this isn’t the one u guys are used to seeing in the teams, politoed can be used in a lot of different dependant on the item from scarf,to leftovers or sitrus berry support, but I choose the one never seen before yes a ‘life orb’.this looked pretty solid on paper though of course but still I changed it to a much better item that implified its set, as I was using focus blast on politoed.
This team looked pretty meta but as only we know that apart from swampert all the others are in much of a disguise of as what people think they are.as my previous team I did had trouble deciding the last two possible slots for this solid team the thing I was targeting was
.Use 2x special attackers to perfectly balance the damage proportions done.
.I also needed some flexibility to handle different situations.
.Synergy with the rest of the members.
.Not disrupting the other stratergys of my own team.
.Possibly a good pokemon to make use of the tailwind support.
This as weird as it sounds came as a flashback into my mind in an evolved form
I know that most really won’t believe me saying this but just as VGC 2014 ended I made a blog post entitled ‘VGC Strong Team Leads’ on my blog,in which this was mentioned and its overall synergy with the team was great and fulfilled the requirements for the last two slots that I needed, the following is that how this team lead used to work.
“this lead includes the special sweeper exploud and support gardevoir (inspired from toler”s worlds gallade) except I putted on ally switch for TR.gardevoir with its ally switch was able to with stand many strong fighting type attacks aimed at exploud, and exploud also absorbed shadow balls or ghost attacks for no damge while exploud always always went for the offense and with scrappy it was able to hit ghost type for heavy damage and used the awesomely strong boomburst almost or always OHKO’ing foes to surprise and powered up by life orb. gardevoir didn’t also took any damage because of its telepathy ability”
As another person seeing this team in the team preview would say “oh a pretty standard team (or) wow this guy is using an exploud” but the reality is much more complex what it seems from the surface. I made the final following improvements in these sets down below after tons of testing.
. I changed politoed’s life orb with wide lenses and scald to hydro pump,1 to land more focus blasts, 2 to destroy everything with hydro pump (more accurate) in rain.
Bisharp @ Lum Berry
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 236 Sp.Def / 12 Spe
- Night Slash
- Iron Head
- Quick Guard
Talonflame @ Safety goggles
Ability: Gale wings
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
- Brave Bird
The weird but a great working set was up next for t –flame. i always hated the BB/FB+life orb (suicide sweeper) as I like to call it, t-flame sets. And don’t worry about this weird set I justify my reasons for this set
. T-flame takes a great deal of recoil done from strong BB,s + life orb (about 30%) was done. 252 hp investment allows me to land more strong BB by taking less recoil from a larger hp amount.
. As my talonflame is all out gale wings I don’t need to put on tons of speed as I have priority.
Swampert- Mega @ Swampertite
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
- Ice punch
Politoed @ Wide lenses
EVs: 56 HP / 76 Def / 252 Sp. Atk / 28 Sp. Def / 100 Spe
- Hydro pump
- Ice beam
- Focus blast
Exploud @ Normal Gem
EVs: 252 Sp. atk / 4 Sp. def / 252 Spe
- Hyper beam
- Fire blast
Gardevoir @ Focus sash
EVs: 44 Def / 252 Sp.atk / 212 Spe
- Energy ball
- Helping hand
Finally I would end this post here, it did took me a long time to write and finally I did it. I love playing this team because it gets a lot of different combinations like the ones just mentioned above. Hope everyone liked this post that did included many of the meta-mons accept exploud and the weird sets though. Bye for now!