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Doubles Teambuilding Competition - June


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IGN: DoubleJ

 

Decided to #flexxx and include all three listed Pokemon. Initial thoughts are that this team is pretty one dimensional and built on momentum and offense, but can be devastating if used correctly.

 

Design: Gyarados is the centerpiece to this team and is built to set-up and sweep. I chose a +Speed EV spread to offer as many opportunities to outspeed and cripple opponents as possible. While the power might be lacking, it surely can pressure opposing teams. A Charti Berry is used to offset any damage by spread Rock-moves from opposing Scarf Garchomp, allowing for a KO or another boost if Wide Guard can't be played. The support mons that are played around Gyarados all struggle with Dragon-types, so Ice Fang is the coverage move of choice. Starting with Arcanine, this mon is designed to lower Attack with Intimidate and threaten any Scarf or priority users with a Normal-Gem boosted Extremespeed to further protect Gyarados. It also helps to threaten Steel-types like Scizor or Metagross that can tank and get chip damage on Gyarados, which is why I chose a faster variant over a bulky one. Snorlax is really, really bad in doubles (glances at Zigh...) but it can really add some pressure being a fat, stronk tank. The move of choice is obviously Explosion and carrying a Chople Berry can help survive a Fighting-attack to let this monster pop. Most teammates are carrying Protect to help facilitate the Explosion, as well as a Gengar switch. Gengar itself is designed to take a hit and support the team by lowering Speed with Icy Wind or Taunting potential set-up like Trick Room. Gengar was my chosen Taunt user as it threatens Slowbro/King with Shadow Ball who are "oblivious." Hitmontop is an obvious choice to pair with Gyarados, as it can support it with Fake Out and Wide Guard. It also terrifies Tyranitar which might be carrying Choice Scarf to net a quick Rock Slide. Feint is there as an uber-nice predict play to stop Protect users from stealing momentum. Lastly, Manectric is there to absorb Electric-attacks and protect Gyarados even further. It can also Volt Switch for moment and force prediction with opponents assuming you will bring in Manectric to stop Electric-spam (high IQ plays yo).

 

Pros: It's really cool.

 

Cons: Hard to use and relies on skilled prediction. Trick Room can really pose a problem for this team but we have a Taunt user and a fat Snorlax to oppose Rain-teams. I think it's designed well to handle Sand-teams. Hax is a big player and if you get an untimely para or burn, the team might be in the dumbs. One of the more common Doubles pokemon, Rotom-Wash, can also cause headache if played right, but there are several options to stop it.

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Team Name: HappyDragons

Selected Pokemon: Gyarados
Pokepaste: https://pokepast.es/4ebfe804cc4fcfdc
IGN: Fermie

 

EXPLANATION

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1. Gyarados

It is the Pokemon of choice for teambuilding. With Substitute to repel Will-o-wisp and Intimidate, and Dragon Dance to sweep, Waterfall to hit with STAB and Power Whip as a cover move. It has 148 Spe so that at +1 it surpass Gengar 252+ Spe, with 220+ Atk at +1 it gives it 75% chance to OHKO Tyranitar 252 HP with Waterfall. The rest of evs in HP and defenses, optimizing the activation of Sitrus Berry, so it has more durability on the battlefield.

2. Garchomp

The mixed variant is a rarely used option, equipped with Life Orb to increase its power. It has 252+ Spe, with 76 SpA it gives 0HKO with Draco Meteor to standard Salamence and even to Hydreigon 196 HP (ideal leftover user), and with Flamethrower to attack Scizor; the remaining evs in Atk to destroy with Earthquake. Being an Dragon/Ground type pokemon, it covers Gyarados' weaknesses.

3. Amoonguss

It is the support Pokemon of the team. Equipped with Coba Berry to weaken Flying attacks (Crobat 252 Atk - Acrobatics with Flying Gem). Its speed is the minimum to have response to Trick Room. Its evs distribution is standard, as is its moveset. The synergy with Gyarados is in using Rage Powder to redirect attacks, for example, Electric attacks like Thunderbolt and Volt switch from Rotom-Wash, so that Gyarados uses Dragon Dance.

4. Tyranitar

His role in the team is to control the weather. It has 28 Spe so that in Tailwind it surpass Pokemons of 102 Spe or less, e.g: Salamence, Garchomp. With Chople Berry and its evs in Def and Hp, it has 87.5% chance to survive a Close Combat of Mienshao 252 Atk with focus sash, 12 evs in Spd to optimize, and the rest of evs are invested in Atk. By placing the sand weather, it activates Garchomp's ability.

5. Lucario

His role in the team is to hit hard and redirect when necessary. With Adamant nature and 252 Spe / 252 Atk and equipped with focus sash. With Close Combat to hit Pokemons like Porygon 2 and Tyranitar, Extreme Speed as a priority move, Ice punch as a cover move and Follow Me to redirect attacks that Amoonguss is not capable of, for example: Thunderbolt from Rotom-Mow.

6. Crobat

It is a Pokemon good for doubles, being a great offensive support for this team. This variant of Crobat focuses more on the support side, investing a lot of evs in defensive parameters and HP. With Tailwind to increase the team's speed, Taunt to occasionally avoid a Trick Room among others, Brave Bird to attack the most used fighting Pokemon such as: Mienshao and Hitmontop; and Super Fang to attack resistant pokemon such as: Tyranitar, Metagross and Porygon 2. Its evs distribution allows it to surpass Gengar 252+ Spe, and resist attacks such as: Salamence Dragon Gem 252+ SpA Draco Meteor; Tyranitar Life Orb 252+ Atk Rock Slide; Jolteon Life Orb 252 SpA Volt Switch.

Just now, Fermie98 said:

Team Name: HappyDragons

Selected Pokemon: Gyarados
Pokepaste: https://pokepast.es/4ebfe804cc4fcfdc
IGN: Fermie

 

EXPLANATION

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1. Gyarados

It is the Pokemon of choice for teambuilding. With Substitute to repel Will-o-wisp and Intimidate, and Dragon Dance to sweep, Waterfall to hit with STAB and Power Whip as a cover move. It has 148 Spe so that at +1 it surpass Gengar 252+ Spe, with 220+ Atk at +1 it gives it 75% chance to OHKO Tyranitar 252 HP with Waterfall. The rest of evs in HP and defenses, optimizing the activation of Sitrus Berry, so it has more durability on the battlefield.

2. Garchomp

The mixed variant is a rarely used option, equipped with Life Orb to increase its power. It has 252+ Spe, with 76 SpA it gives 0HKO with Draco Meteor to standard Salamence and even to Hydreigon 196 HP (ideal leftover user), and with Flamethrower to attack Scizor; the remaining evs in Atk to destroy with Earthquake. Being an Dragon/Ground type pokemon, it covers Gyarados' weaknesses.

3. Amoonguss

It is the support Pokemon of the team. Equipped with Coba Berry to weaken Flying attacks (Crobat 252 Atk - Acrobatics with Flying Gem). Its speed is the minimum to have response to Trick Room. Its evs distribution is standard, as is its moveset. The synergy with Gyarados is in using Rage Powder to redirect attacks, for example, Electric attacks like Thunderbolt and Volt switch from Rotom-Wash, so that Gyarados uses Dragon Dance.

4. Tyranitar

His role in the team is to control the weather. It has 28 Spe so that in Tailwind it surpass Pokemons of 102 Spe or less, e.g: Salamence, Garchomp. With Chople Berry and its evs in Def and Hp, it has 87.5% chance to survive a Close Combat of Mienshao 252 Atk with focus sash, 12 evs in Spd to optimize, and the rest of evs are invested in Atk. By placing the sand weather, it activates Garchomp's ability.

5. Lucario

His role in the team is to hit hard and redirect when necessary. With Adamant nature and 252 Spe / 252 Atk and equipped with focus sash. With Close Combat to hit Pokemons like Porygon 2 and Tyranitar, Extreme Speed as a priority move, Ice punch as a cover move and Follow Me to redirect attacks that Amoonguss is not capable of, for example: Thunderbolt from Rotom-Mow.

6. Crobat

It is a Pokemon good for doubles, being a great offensive support for this team. This variant of Crobat focuses more on the support side, investing a lot of evs in defensive parameters and HP. With Tailwind to increase the team's speed, Taunt to occasionally avoid a Trick Room among others, Brave Bird to attack the most used fighting Pokemon such as: Mienshao and Hitmontop; and Super Fang to attack resistant pokemon such as: Tyranitar, Metagross and Porygon 2. Its evs distribution allows it to surpass Gengar 252+ Spe, and resist attacks such as: Salamence Dragon Gem 252+ SpA Draco Meteor; Tyranitar Life Orb 252+ Atk Rock Slide; Jolteon Life Orb 252 SpA Volt Switch.

F :v When I was going to upload it, the net went away xd

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Power Whip has given Gyarados a lot of potential as it can blast past bulky Waters with ease now. With the right team support a DD Gyarados can be pretty scary. Pick the right targets to trade with and it opens up multiple ways for the other teammates to take the game. It does need a lot of support and this team is definitely build to facilitate Gyarados as well as possible. Wacan Berry is great to get a potential set up turn, or live a Rotom Wash Tbolt to KO back with Power Whip. 

 

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Arcanine fits perfectly for supporting Gyarados. Altho I do think it needs an aggressive approach. Howl or Will -o Wisp are imo just too slow for this team. Arcanine can blast Steel and Grass types that would give Gyarados trouble with FB, and you do need FB for plenty of power. WoW isn't missed as much with the double Intimidate core. Hidden Power Ice is teched in to punish potential Salamence and Hydreigon switches. Salamence in particular loves switching in on Gyara/Arca as it doesn't fear much from this duo save from a stray Ice Fang. With the speed EVs Arcanine can outspeed and OHKO Rotom Mow, while Gyara itself can threaten Wash for Arcanine with Power Whip.

 

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Ferrothorn finishes the FWG core, giving great defensive synergy and bulk to the team. Ferro really improves the Rain match up and also gives hard TR teams a hard time with Curse. With a Curse up and Intimidate support, even Fighting types can have trouble breaking through Ferrothorn easily.

 

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Garchomp adds a much needed Ground type, giving the team more key resistances to Electric and Rock Moves. Again combined with Gyarados this duo can beat a lot of match ups with their coverage and power alone. Yache Berry helps bait mons like Jolteon into HP Ice, or can give that but of longevity against things like P2 and Gastrodon. The attack EVs allow us to 2hko Metagross with EQ, with the rest dumped into SpA.

 

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Tyranitar is here as another anti weather and TR mon. With Taunt it can break through many bulky teams, which this team could otherwise really struggle with. It also helps us keep P2 chipped and doing little damage, a very important job on this team. The Spdef EVs help prevent a Download boost and the speedcreep can allow us to Rock Slide flinch opposing Ttar in a pinch. Activating Sand Veil for Chomp is an added bonus.

 

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Scarf Toge adds some much needed speed to the team and can deal with pesky Fighting types that can give Ttar and Ferro trouble. It also very much enjoys Electrics being taken out. Which Wacan Gyara and Yache Chomp help facilitate. Trick gives us amazing utility against TR or even TW teams.

 

Team Weaknesses: With no fighting type in the team, P2 can be a real menace. Tricking or Taunting it is really the best bet against it. Ferrothorn also does not care much at all about anything P2 can do. Ferro + Togekiss for example can cover each other well when P2 is on the field, as the opponent has no easy way of getting a fighting type in, and the most common fire type Chandelure gets clean 2HKO'd by Air Slash. Tyranitar prevents P2 from doing anything threatening with Taunt and can chip it down for Chomp or Gyara with Sand.

 

There is also no perfect way to deal with TW or Fake Outs. But the team carries a lot of Protect to try and play around these strategies, so there should always be options.

 

Other Ideas: While building I did notice that Gyarados pairs very well with an offensive Ice Type. In this team I couldn't give it a good fit. But I do think that Wfall + Power Whip Gyara partners extremely well with things like Mamoswine and Abomasnow.

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And the winners are...

 

1) @Fermie98

As well as Gyarados, this team makes use of some very unique choices, such as Lucario, without sacrificing team composition. 

 

2) @ThinkNicer

A very well-rounded team, with creative choices like curse ferrothorn and choice scarf togekiss.

 

Congrats to both! 

 

And thank you for all your excellent submissions :))

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