I wanted to share the team that I used to reach the highest rating I've achieved this year on BS Doubles.
|It's not a terribly exciting team however...|
While 1801 isn't a terribly exciting rating or a very good one at that, I am personally really pleased with the achievement. It was my goal to climb up to 1800+ at least once this past season, and I'm really pleased I was able to accomplish that goal. Having focused so much on university this year has certainly hampered me in playing BS as much as I would have liked to. Here's a look at the team more in-depth look at the team:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
- Fake Out
- Power-Up Punch
- Sucker Punch
"God save the Queen|." Patriots the world over.
For those of you that have been been following the blog for a while would know that I have pretty much always advocated using an Adamant nature Kangaskhan over Jolly. I must admit, however, that using Jolly has been a lot of fun! Teamed up with Amoonguss allows for Powe-up Punch to do its thing and it really places loads of pressure on the opponent to deal with Mega Kangaskhan immediately. I certainly did not expect Kangaskhan to do so well at Worlds this year, since it has shared the spotlight with so many other Mega Pokémon throughout the season. I'm glad to see the queen is back babyyy.
Landorus-Therian @ Assault Vest
EVs: 52 HP / 180 Atk / 12 Def / 12 SpD / 252 Spe
- Knock Off
- Rock Slide
"Statistics prove that at least 11 VGC players have committed sukonbu due to Rock Slide flinches from Choice Scarf Landorus." pokaymon.com website.
It would appear that I have come full circle with the item on Landorus-t. Having used a Careful, Assault Vest Landorus-t was an interesting choice, but Careful was definitely the wrong nature at the time. I can't remember if the EV spread does anything special, but it has worked out alright for me thus far.
Heatran @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
- Heat Wave
- Earth Power
"Put Heatran behind a Sub and it's GG." A Pokémon mastermind.
Heatran is a Pokémon that I've used quite often this season, and for good reason. It's easily one of the best Pokémon in the format, and can be run in several different ways too. This is not an terribly flashy Heatran, but it's the one I had on hand. I would recommend the use of someone else's spread as this one isn't terribly specialised.
Azumarill @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Huge Power
EVs: 236 HP / 252 Atk / 12 Def / 4 SpD / 4 Spe
- Aqua Jet
- Knock Off
- Belly Drum
"Now Azumarill I can get into." Neckbeards on the Internet.
This is the first time I've ever used Azumarill, and the smile on my face certainly speaks volumes. It's such a good Pokémon. And here's why:
- Azumarill has great typing, both from an offensive and defensive outlook. Especially defensively.
- The opponent needs to take Azumarill into account during team preview, as a wrong lead could result in Azumarill do more damage to them than is warranted.
- Belly Drum is an incredible move, and Aqua Jet at plus 6 is just outrageously good.
- Azumarill can also function really well in Trick Room thanks to the priority of Aqua Jet.
- Have I mentioned how great Aqua Jet is, yet?
- Great synergy with Azuma + Kanga or Amoonguss, as they can allow Belly Drum to activate under certain circumstances.
I thought about including some calcs, but when at +6, that would be both tedious and useless, as most everything gets OHKOed or pretty much ruined between Aqua Jet and Knock Off.
Speaking of Knock Off, I had previously used Frustration, but after losing to a Water Absorb Jellicent, I thought Knock would add more utility than a Normal-type attack.
Amoonguss @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Effect Spore
EVs: 140 HP / 188 Def / 180 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
- Rage Powder
- Giga Drain
"Spore is a really under utilised move imo." Every VGC fundi.
Guss is great for redirection, stopping Trick Room crap from taking place, and being an all-round pain in the bum (for the opponent that is). The HP investment reduces residual damage from Burn and Sandstorm.
Thundurus @ Safety Goggles
- Thunder Wave
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Thunder Wave
I think years from now we'll look back and be thankful for such a rich, diverse meta in the 2015 format. Truly this has been a wonderful year filled with surprises along the way. I think it can only get better from here on out. I don't know if the genies should be nerfed, or altogether removed. But what I do know is that they had the greatest impact on this format of all the Pokémon at our disposal regardless of what anyone tells you. When non-Megas are as good as, and in some cases better than, Mega Pokémon you know they're going to be incredibly impactful.
I look forward to seeing more news about this alleged "Pokémon Z" game. Hopefully we'll find a remedy to all our problems therein.
Thank you for reading!