Saturday, 28 March 2015

Premier Challenge on the 29th!

Hey Fools, there's a PC tomorrow at Brightwater Commons, in Johannesburg. Registration starts at 8 and the tournament is scheduled to start at 10. Make sure to roll through, it's gonna be a lot of fun.

Monday, 16 March 2015

1000 W - 0 L Battle Maison team

Hey Fools!

Today I have something interesting for you. It's a team that is so good, it went 1000 W without any losses at the Battle Maison. Before we begin DISCLAIMER: THESE POKÉMON ARE HACKS AND WE HERE AT PURE FOOL'S GOLD DON'T CONDONE THE USE OF HACKED POKÉMON LOL. In all fairness I haven't even used this team in more than 50 battles at the Chateau, so basically treat this as a joke article, and light reading material for when you're bored. Try this team in any of the disciplines, but I feel that Super Doubles would be the most meaningful.

Here's the team:

Ninjask @ Focus Sash
Jolly nature
Ability: No Guard
4 H / 252 A / 252 S

- Sheer Cold
- Dark Void
- Feint
- Gastro Acid

This is an interesting Pokémon that brings a lot to the table as a lead. With a Dark Void that will never miss, this guy is incredible. Follow that up with a Sheer Cold and we're cooking with fire, baby. The 4th move is to remove Sturdy, which nullifies Sheer Cold altogether. Feint gets good priority.

Opposing Pokémon usually target down this guy first, but that's fine, as long as Sheer Cold is able to get at least one OHKO. What an MVP, irreplaceable.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Premier Challenge results

Hey Fools! The first PC in Gauteng has been completed. Sadly, the attendance was nowhere near as good as I had expected, which is really disappointing. But anyways, onto bigger and better things!

My friend Dale managed to finished first! He used a really cool, double-Mega team that was really versatile and (allegedly) very weak to Heatran. I managed to finish second, and I won't lie here, I'm kinda disappointed. I should have used a team that didn't have Lileep on it lol.

Dale played really well, and I definitely think he's improving as a 'teambuilder' and a player, which is reflected by his placing in this PC. #Top25

Being able to see a lot of familiar and new faces was really cool. Thanks to everyone that made the event a success.

Here's his team:

The double Mega was really cool, and I feel like it worked really well here, as it definitely led to mind games on my side of the battle preview.

The Weavile was really threatening, as it could lead with Volcarona and allow it to fire off a Quiver Dance, or it could use Beat Up on Terrakion and give it a +4 attack boost. The speedy Ice threat is definitely important in this meta, as it takes care of a lot of threats like Landorus and Thundurus.

Zapdos is really good, and while I'm not certain that it's better than Thundurus, they kinda serve different functions despite the typing similarity. The Zapdos definitely did its fair share of work for Dale, as having the ability to replenish health with Roost, using Thunder Wave to lock down enemies.

Mega Venusaur is great. It's very bulky, and with Leech Seed it can stay around for a lot longer. Dale's version didn't run Giga Drain, but I believe it was using Leaf Storm instead.

Mega Mawile needs no intro, or explanation. It hits hard, and takes out a lot of Pokémon with it great move coverage.

Terrakion has 108 base speed and an attack stat that is over 9000. Dale ran Earthquake on his, and this was a really interesting choice. It allows Terrakion to handle threats like Aegislash really well, and coupled with a Beat Up Justified boost, really allows for a lot of damage to be dished out.

Volcarona was the most intersting Pokémon on Dale's team. I'm not exactly sure of its movepool, but it definitely had Rage Powder. Dale made an interesting comment during the toutnament: Volcarona will pick up more steam as the season progresses. I am inclined to agree here, as I feel like Pokémon that can abuse setup moves like Quiver Dance and Dragon Dance will make there way into the meta proper as recognised and common strategies.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Battlespot team

Hey Fools! Today I'd like to show you the team that took me from a rating of 1550 to 1750 on Battlespot. I also used it in the International Challenge in Feb, but disappointingly only got a 1576 rating after I scooped on life.

Here's the team at a quick glance:

Quick notes:
  1. This team has a Grass/Fire/Water core. This allows for really good switch ins, and has great offensive coverage too.
  2. Two means of speed control in Tailwind Suicune and Prankster Thunder Wave Thundurus.
  3. General bulky Pokémon in Suicune and Heatran.
  4. Double Intimidate.
  5. No Fake Out support, but Spore and Taunt can help take care of Trick Room setters. Kinda wish i had Fake Out support.

I've uploaded quite a few Battlespot videos (and I promise not to delete them for the next while :P ) that'll hopefully convince you that this team had most components to make a good team. They're available at the bottom of the post.

Heatran @ Shuca Berry (not very imaginative, I know)
Modest nature
Flash Fire ability
EV spread was kinda garbage and needed revising, so I'm not gonna post it.

- Heat Wave
- Flash Cannon ---> Substitute
- Earth Power
- Protect

First off: shout out to Dale for the Heatran. This man is a life saver, and a champion soft-resetter. Heatran had a very bulky spread, with no speed investment at all. I chose Earth Power since it really helps beat other Heatran. Shuca Berry was used to not get demolished from Earth attacks like EQ or Earth Power. I definitely don't regret using the berry, but I feel like it isn't the best choice for Heatran.

Breloom @ Focus Sash
Jolly nature
Technician ability
252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP

- Spore
- Mach Punch
- Bullet Seed
- Protect

Breloom is a great Pokémon, despite its frailty. Having a Technician-boosted Mach Punch is great against Kangaskhan, Terrakion, Heatran and Bisharp, but doesn't necessarily get the OHKO on them.
Spore is an obvious choice, as it can help you gain a lot of momentum, but shouldn't be overused due to Taunt being all over the show. Bullet Seed can be really funny at times by only giving 2 hits instead of the 3 that you needed for the knock out... but anyways.

Breloom, along with Suicune, form my Rain counter. They worked really well together. I got the idea from my round 1 Nugget Bridge Major opponent, who absolutely demolished my rain team. Sometimes you can definitely learn a lot more from losing than from winning lol.

Landorus-Therian @ Assault Vest / Choice Scarf
Careful nature
Intimidate ability
140 SpDef / 100 Speed / 252 Attack / 4 HP / 12 Def

- Earthquake
- Knock Off
- Rock Slide
- U-turn

I initially started off with AV, because I really wanted a hella bulky Lando. However, I realised that my team needed a dedicated fast mon, especially since my Mega was so slow, therefore I made the change to Scarf.

Landorus is a really great Pokémon. Its movepool is definitely wide enough to serve a lot of functions and threaten a lot of common Pokémon. I opted not to use Superpower for some reason, and wanted to use Knock Off to help take care of Cresselia. Not really able to reach a conclusion as to whether I would have been better off with Superpower instead, but I definitely liked Knock Off.

Lando only being able to safely EQ into Thundurus is definitely a major team flaw :/

Thundurus-Incarnate @ Sitrus Berry
Modest nature
Prankster ability
31/30/30/31/31/31 IVs
252 HP / 100 Def / 100 SpDef / 28 SpA / 28 Speed 

- Thunderbolt
- Thunder Wave
- Taunt
- Hidden Power Ice

Thundurus is great at speed control, and I feel it definitely merited its spot on the team. Besides being the only Pokémon that Lando can safely EQ into, the speed control and Taunt abuse were great. I have since managed to find a Bold nature Thundy, and I think it would have worked really well on this team. HP Ice is to take care of Landorus and Salamence, although seldomly getting the one hit KO on them.

The EV spread, sadly, doesn't do anything special. I really need to get that looked into.

Suicune @ Leftovers
Bold nature
252 HP / 100 Def / 128 SpDef / 24 Speed / 24 SpAtk

- Scald
- Ice Beam
- Tailwind
- Protect

Suicune is incredible. Definitely one of the better Pokémon in the game. With only two weaknesses, access to Tailwind, incredible natural bulk, sexiness and meaningful movepool this Pokémon is force to be reckoned with. If my opponent didn't have a major grass threat, like Venusaur, I was more likely than not to choose Suicune at battle preview.

A very familiar face indeed. One of the better Mega Pokémon... is what I would normally say. And I certainly think it is one of the top 5 Megas available. However, I feel it could have easily been substituted with Kangaskhan or Lopunny, as the Fake Out support would provide this team with more options I believe.

Mawile is a veritable powerhouse. That's not being disputed here. I've turned around a couple of 3-1 situations, because Mawile is able to hit so damn hard. However, the lack of speed is definitely an issue. And with a lot more viable Fire-type Pokémon doing the rounds than in VGC 14, Mawile has a tough time dealing with these  and is easily KOd by them.

Mawile @ Mawilite
Adamant nature
Intimidate ability
204 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Speed / 4 Def / 4 SpDef.

- Sucker Punch
- Play Rough
- Iron Head
- Protect

The 44 speed investment is to outspeed other Mawile. Not the best spread around, but I feel it was definitely sufficient.

Here's the IC team:

  • Fire
  • Steel
Lv. 50
  • Substitute
  • Earth Power
  • Heat Wave
  • Flash Cannon
Ability:Flash Fire
ITEM:Shuca Berry
  • Electric
  • Flying
Lv. 50
  • Thunderbolt
  • Taunt
  • Hidden Power
  • Thunder Wave
ITEM:Sitrus Berry
  • Ground
  • Flying
Lv. 50
  • U-turn
  • Earthquake
  • Knock Off
  • Rock Slide
ITEM:Choice Scarf
  • Water
Lv. 50
  • Ice Beam
  • Scald
  • Protect
  • Tailwind
  • Steel
  • Fairy
Lv. 50
  • Protect
  • Sucker Punch
  • Play Rough
  • Iron Head
  • Grass
  • Fighting
Lv. 50
  • Protect
  • Spore
  • Mach Punch
  • Bullet Seed
ITEM:Focus Sash
Battlespot videos:

  • XLVG-WWWW-WWXF-8FPX - kind of a mirror match
  • 2GBW-WWWW-WWXF-8EE2 - these next two battles are against the same opponent, but with different teams
  • DRUW-WWWW-WWXY-FVKQ - against pyromaniac720 from Nugget Bridge

As always, you're welcome to give feedback!


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

South Africa's first Premier Challenge!

Hey Fools! Great news, the first Premier Challenge (PC) is taking place on the 13 March at the Pretoria Pokémon League in Garsfontein, Pta.

This is such good news, because outside of Nationals (if we get another one... :/ ) and Regionals, this'll be the only other way to rack up Championship Points to qualify for Worlds.

The event page is HERE. Make sure to check it out, we need as many people to pitch as possible.

If you're unsure as to whether or not to go, give it a shot! You'll meet incredibly friendly people, and if you aren't that competitive, there's always someone looking to trade etc.

It's going to be the most Mega event ever!
Many more are going to follow after this (5-6 other PCs in the Gauteng region).

Hope to see you there!