Let's face it, IGRMT could use a good team to rate right about now. I hope I have delivered.
So my streak with Magnum Opus finally ended. In the end, all it took was my blatant ignorance of the fact that Shiftry knows Explosion, and that it is somehow capable of surviving a +6 Surf from Suicune. My streak made it up to 165, a far cry from my goal of 300. But alas, some good has come of this: I am now prepared to create a new team.
This new team was inspired by a very interesting Registeel set I came across on Smogon. I proceeded to sketch the outline of a new team built around him. What you see before you is but an initial sketch, and could do with some fleshing out, especially with the EV spreads (bear in mind when rating that the standard Smogon don't necessarily apply to Battle Tower). So here we are:
Latias @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 HP / 204 Def / 52 Spd
(187 HP / 90 Atk / 149 Def / 130 Sp Atk / 150 Sp Def / 137 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def -Atk)
- Light Screen
The lead. I'm sticking to TrickScarf as my strategy, since I desperately want to get nothing more than a ridiculously high streak. Recover for staying power, Charm to cripple physical threats. Light Screen is the viable option for special threats, so that I can get Registeel in to use Amnesia a few times while the screen is up. Flash is missing from this set, but with good cause. It doesn't affect the accuracy of Struggle or OHKO moves, which is the main reason to use it anyway. Thunder Wave is considerable, but Registeel won't be able to make much use of it, and would benefit much more from a special cushion. I could still use Uxie, if that's more suitable.
EVs: The set I have maxes out her HP, rounds out her defenses, and gets her 137 Spd, which outruns some speed tier... I don't know, it needs help.
Registeel @ Leftovers
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 252 HP / 176 Atk / 80 Def
(187 HP / 117 Atk / 180 Def / 85 Sp Atk / 187 Sp Def / 70 Spd)
Careful Nature (+ Sp Def -Sp Atk)
The team's namesake. Registeel is a truly special pokemon for the tower. He is one of the few pokemon who has access to both Curse and Amnesia with already superb defenses, which can set him up as an unstoppable bulky sweeper. He has pure steel typing, which grants him many resistances. At +6, he has 468 attack (slightly stronger than a +3 typical Jolly Garchomp). His defenses are astronomical, reaching 720 Def and 748 Sp Def. Meaning that nothing will break his Subs shy of a super-effective Critical Hit (which disregards stat boosts) and OHKO moves. If used and set up properly, he has the potential to be unstoppable.
Again, EVs maximize HP and round out defenses, with the rest in attack to ensure he can sweep. Heatran will prove to be a real b*tch to him, but hopefully I can learn to overcome it. EV advice would be appreciated.
Togekiss @ Sharp Beak(?)
Trait: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 160 Def / 92 Sp Def / 4 Spd
(192 HP / 63 Atk / 148 Def / 140 Sp Atk / 147 Sp Def / 101 Spe)
Bold Nature (+Def -Atk)
For the last Pokemon, I wanted someone with reasonable bulk who had access to a stat boosting move, a strong STAB move, a healing move, and reasonable defenses to begin with. Togekiss seemed to fit the role well, although there are many other candidates to consider. Togekiss is almost filler here: I could end up using CM Suicune instead, or Outrage/Sub/DD/Roost Dragonite or Salamence (in that instance, I would switch Latias for Uxie). Nevertheless, Togekiss may prove to work very well.
EVs are random. Maxed HP, rounded defenses, and a few in speed to outrun other base 80s. Definitely need help here.
So there you go. Places of concern: EVs (everyone), and whether Togekiss fits in well. Help me out and rate away.