Liepard @ Focus Sash
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spd
- Fake Out
- Thunder Wave
Liepard is pretty much where this team started. After seeing a few Liepards during the International Challenge in January, I actually got quite curious as to why they were even on the opponent’s team. I later tested this on Pokemon Showdown, and it was purely amazing. It provided one of the faster Fake Outs, which comes in handy against opposing fake out leads to get some fake out pressure in the beginning. If the opponent decides to use their Fake Out or even Protect, Liepard proceeds to Encore the opponent leaving one Pokemon completely useless for a few turns. Against Trick Room leads, it becomes rather easy to get someone stuck on Trick Room forcing them to reverse their own set up, which wastes 2 turns on your opponent’s field. Liepard really does give me the upper hand in most battles because it does a really nice job at messing up the opponent’s strategy or even causing them to waste turns. As for the EV spread, the 252 Spd is required to outspeed Mienshao, who I saw were pretty common on the GBU, and amazingly were also pretty popular during the International Challenge. We’ve also reached a point in the metagame where most Thundurus do not run max speed to live more hits, so Taunting a Thundurus would save my Pokemon from being crippled. On top of that, Thunder Wave has been really handy into crippling teams that are speed based, or are faster than Heracross and Rotom-H, which makes taking out the opponent a lot easier since they are pretty much my stronger offensive presence. Sadly, I could not find room for Protect on Liepard, but it was completely unnecessary.
Latias (F) @ Dragon Fang
EVs: 156 HP / 156 SAtk / 196 Spd
- Dragon Pulse
- Icy Wind
This latias was another star of my team, and I really loved using her in battle. This Latias was inspired by Tony’s
Latias. I never thought of using Dragon Fang until I read that article almost 8 months ago. I never even thought of using it until I started working on this team. Before Latias, I actually ran the Dragon Gem Latios. For the most part, I loved the synergy Latios had, but I deeply hated that after a single Draco Meteor it would be left dead weight for a good amount of the battle. On top of that, my team was filled with Pokemon with mediocre speed, so I really wanted more speed control aside from Liepard. So, I got this Latias in the team. IT provided Icy Win support to keep the speed problem in check, and it also manages to deal some impressive damage to a lot of Pokemon. I actually had a little different thought process than the Canadian National champ when coming up with the spread. I still wanted to outspeed Garchomp, but Hydreigon were becoming extremely popular, so I gave her EVs to OHKO offensive Hydreigons with 4 HP. By doing that, it also manages to 2HKO Pokemon that don’t invest too much in bulk. Latias became my main answer to Rotom-W and the Genies. Offensive Rotom-Ws and Genies are 2HKO’d with Dragon Pulse.
Heracross @ Bug Gem
EVs: 252 HP / 20 Atk / 84 Def / 28 SDef / 124 Spd
- Close Combat
- Rock Slide
Heracross is one of my more favorite Pokemon on this team. The main goal of Heracross is to come in later in the battle and get off a pretty good sweep after my opponent’s Pokemon are weak. This makes it rather easy with Moxie. Also, Heracross is one of my main answers to Cresselia. Heracross has a good chance to OHKO most Cresselias with a Bug Gem boosted Megahorn, giving him a free attack boost. From there, it becomes easy for Heracross to rip though the opponent’s defenses. The EV spread on Heracross seems to be kind of random, but it has its function. Heracross can live a Latios’ Timid Psyshock and Psychic 100% of the time. It has managed to live Kingdra’s Draco Meteors and OHKO them back with Megahorn. After my opponent’s team has been slowed down, Heracross can pick up the momentum and sweep. Thanks to its EV spread it can manage to live many attacks a standard one couldn’t. I’m not quite sure why I ran 124 Speed EVs though… I decided to run Rock Slider over Stone Edge on this guy because after Liepard has managed to Thunder Wave my opponent’s team, paraflinch comes in handy. Also, both my opponents’ Pokemon end up in Rock Slide KO range, giving me a free +2. Also, Stone Edges Accuracy is terrible, and I’d rather go with the safer option.
Rotom-Heat @ Fire Gem
EVs: 232 HP / 228 SAtk / 44 SDef / 4 Spd
- Hidden Power [Grass]
Rotom-H is rather outclassed by Rotom-W by most players due to better typing in general, but Rotom-H is actually pretty nice in the fact that it can take on many common Pokemon in the VGCs and hit rather hard. Most notably Zapdos, Thundurus, and Thundurus-T, and Abomasnow. Because of Rotom-H’s unique typing, he can resist almost all attacks carried by these Pokemon, as well as hit back hard with a Fire Gem boosted overheat, which generally OHKOs most Pokemon that don’t resist it. Rotom-H became an important Pokemon I always carried against Rain teams. Although crippled by rain, Rotom-H can take on common non-water types used in rain. Most notably: Scizor, Metagross, Thundurus, and Escavalier. It can OHKO the steel types through the rain as well as 2HKO Pokemon such as Kingdra and Politoed, which makes switching out Steel types in rain a lot more complicated. Rotom also makes a nice partner for my Landorus-T since he can resist Earthquakes as well as take out most Flying types that resist it. The EV spread wasn’t meant to tackle anything in particular. To be honest, the EV training was done wrong. However, I didn’t realize that 44 SpD EVs would later completely change the course of a battle I had in the tournament where it lived a Muddy Water from Kingdra with 1 HP and managed to take it out with Thunderbolt, which won me the game. As for the Hidden Power, I just stuck with grass since I could deal some damage to Gastrodons, who otherwise resist his moves. And, it’s a nice alternative against Ground types because I’d rather not waste an Overheat on Pokemon that don’t pose as much of a threat to my team.
Landorus-Therian (M) @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 76 HP / 252 Atk / 180 Spd
- Rock Slide
- Brick Break
Landorus is pretty much the only way I can take sand head on. With Intimidate, Excadrill and Tyranitar’s moves are weakened to a point where Landorus can take multiple Rock Slides and Crunches, and hit back hard with a STAB EQ. With 180 EVs in speed, Landorus can outspeed base 130s such as Jolteon and Aerodactyl. 252 Attack will allow me to deal as much damage as possible, while the rest was dumped into HP for a small amount of bulk, which really helped me survive Ice Punches from a few Pokemon after the intimidate drop. On Landorus, I really wanted superpower, but in the end, I completely forgot to teach him Superpower, and left the Brick Break from when I was EV training him. However, I was pretty surprised to find out how well it actually worked. I’ve seen a lot more screens running around this tournament, and Brick Break managed to get rid of them, and help me get some momentum in battle. U-Turn is mainly for spreading around Intimidate while getting off a little bit of damage on the opponents. And, it’s a lot more reliable in situations against Latios and Hydreigon who aren’t OHKO’d by any other moves, and can OHKO Landorus since I can switch in Ferrothorn in LAndorus’ spot using U-Turn and get the Latios/ Hydreigon to stay at -2 attack. I used to run a more defensive variant of the Landorus, but my team really lacked speed to pull off some fast damage, and giving Landorus scarf helped me kill off some Pokemon before they can damage Landorus’ partner.
Ferrothorn @ Leftovers
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 156 Atk / 100 Def
IVs: 0 Spd
- Leech Seed
- Power Whip
- Gyro Ball
Ferrothorn was actually added into the team right before I entered the tournament. I used to run Metagross in this spot, but that left my team extremely rain weak. I used to depend on pure mind games to take on Rain Teams until joej suggested I replace Metagross with Ferrothorn. With Ferrothorn, Rain teams can’t hit too hard, and Ferrothorn can start stalling out almost all Pokemon used in rain. Including, but not limited to: Thundurus, Politoed, Kingdra, Metagross, and Cresselia. With that said, Ferrothorn can really rip through opponents that don’t carry a strong Fighting or Fire attack. Ferrothorn can take almost all other attacks, and start stalling out with leech seed and Protect or straight up go for KOs with Gyro Ball and Power Whip, making him a great addition. The EV spread is designed to be able to OHKO offensive Rotom-W. It also lets me 2HKO relatively fast Pokemon that do not resist Gyro Ball. Ferrothorn is my back up answer to Metagross.
I'd really like to give special thanks to these guys:
- Thanks for taking your time to get me 1/2 my team
- Thanks for EV training my Pokemon (and I think it was at the last minute too lol)
- Thanks for giving me pretty useful advice, which ended up saving me in too many battles