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PSPC Spring 2017 Championship Team Report

Posted on April 9, 2017 at 12:25 AM

Hi everyone! Adam Warfield here to bring you a report for the team that I used to win the Penn State Pokémon Challenge. Before I hop into the Pokémon choices I’d like to give a little bit of backstory on the team. This was actually the first PSPC that I was able to challenge in. The first three that I took part in I either organized or helped in some way. I was very excited for the opportunity to finally take on the role of a challenger, however the last month and a half or so before the event I was very busy and wasn’t able to put a team together. The night before the event I was still very unfamiliar with gen 7 OU and had no idea what to use, so I texted my friend and former PSPC champion Royal Downs. Royal told me I should make a rain team, so I threw one together in about five minutes and started practicing with it. It performed better than anything else I had been testing so I decided to just go with. I was able to get a little extra practice by using it against some of the trail captains and Kahunas on Saturday as well. Come Sunday I had become relatively comfortable with it and was ready to take on the Elite 4. Somehow I managed to get through the elite 4 on my first attempt and beat Geoff Sauk, the champion of the last two semesters with this team to claim the title.



 Pelipper @ Damp Rock

Ability: Drizzle

EVs: 248 HP / 196 Def / 64 SpD

Bold Nature

- Scald

- Defog

- U-turn

- Roost


The first step to building a rain team is the rain setter. I opted for Pelipper over Politoed here for a couple of reasons. First is its ability to support the team by clearing hazards with defog. The second is its access to U-turn. Pelipper’s job is to get in, set rain and get out and U-turn obviously perfect for this. Its low speed combined with its bulk allows to sponge hits for the team’s sweepers before U-turning out and letting them come in to exert offensive pressure. Roost allows it to recover health and stick around longer to continue to reset the rain. I rarely used Scald, but with rain boosting its damage and the chance to burn it was always a great option to have. As for the EV spread I don’t recall exactly what it does, but it can be found in the Smogon Sun and Moon strategy dex, as is the case with the rest of my sets.



Kingdra @ Choice Specs

Ability: Swift Swim

EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Modest Nature

- Surf

- Draco Meteor

- Hydro Pump

- Ice Beam


The next step to building a rain team is picking out your swift swimmer. This was another spot where I asked Royal what to do. He told me to use Kingdra and it was a fantastic choice. With choice specs and its rain-boosted water attacks it was able to tear through my opponents’ teams. In most cases I would lock myself into Surf, but if I needed more damage I would go with Hydro Pump and risk the miss. If I locked into Hydro Pump I would usually try to switch out after I picked up the KO I needed to take RNG out of play as much as possible. I would lock into Draco when I was predicting a switch into a rain counter. With the exception of ferrothorn and Mantine most rain counters in the meta can only afford to switch into one Draco over the course of a battle, so if you call the switch once you put yourself in a great position moving forward. The only time I can recall using Ice Beam was against Alex, flying Kahuna, on the first day.. Overall, Kingdra was definitely the MVP of the team.



Ferrothorn @ Leftovers

Ability: Iron Barbs

EVs: 252 HP / 88 Def / 168 SpD

Relaxed Nature

- Spikes

- Leech Seed

- Gyro Ball

- Power Whip

 

The next Pokémon I added was Ferrothorn. With rain up, its 4x fire weakness becomes just 2x. This proved very difficult for many of the trail captains, kahunas and elite 4 members to deal with. Because trail captains and kahunas have mono type teams and the elite 4 have dual type teams many of them lacked fire and fighting coverage. A lot of them were relying on hidden power fire to deal with ferrothorn, but with rain a lot of the time it would be four hit KO. It’s bulk and fantastic defensive typing was very important to the team as well. Since much of the team was very offensive and frail, I needed ferrothorn to be able to switch in and sponge hits. It was also always nice to have in the back as a win condition as well. It saved me in my first Elite 4 battle against Nick Seman. I made a couple of bad plays early and lost some key Pokémon. I started playing wit Ferrothorn as my win condition early and it came up clutch for me in the end. The only thing I would change about this set would be switching out spikes for Knock Off or stealth rocks, as I very rarely used spikes. It was Knock Off when I was testing, but since Knock Off is a tutor move I wasn’t able to get it in-game in time.



Metagross @ Metagrossite

Ability: Clear Body

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature

- Meteor Mash

- Zen Headbutt

- Earthquake

- Thunder Punch

 

The fourth choice for this team was, what mega to use. For a brief second I thought about using Scizor in this slot, but after thinking about I decided Metagross was all around better. This is one of two Pokémon on this team that may get banned before I get to use it when I attempt to defend my title in the fall. I could see this one going either way, but it was definitely the right choice for this semester’s challenge. Meteor Mash is just a strong stab and the chance for the attack boost is always nice. Zen Headbutt was needed on this team to deal with Mega Venusaur. I also faced a lot of Tapu Leles so it was nice to be able to use their psychic terrain against the rest of their team. Earthquake was needed, because its was my only ground coverage. For the last moveslot I decided to go with Thunder Punch to hit the bulky water types that check my rain mode.


 

Tapu Koko @ Magnet

Ability: Electric Surge

EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Timid Nature

- Thunderbolt

- Hidden Power [Ice]

- Volt Switch

- U-turn


Next I wanted a faster offensive pivot to complement the slow defensive one that I already had in Pelipper. Tapu Koko was the easy choice for this role and was a Pokémon I was already very familiar with from using it in VGC this season. Koko is able to hit incredibly hard with its electric terrain boosted thunderbolts and volt switches. Hidden Power ice is for predicting switches to things like Garchomp and Landorus. Having both Volt Switch and U-turn ensures that you can switch out of any situation. Volt Switch is prefered as it obviously hits harder but U-turn was nice to have for when I thought a ground type was coming in or if I was being trapped by Dugtrio. Most of the time Koko’s role was to just get in and get in and switch back out in order to keep the momentum on my side but a couple of times over the weekend I was able to use it in the late-game to clean up, teams that had already been worn down.



Pheromosa @ Focus Sash

Ability: Beast Boost

EVs: 224 SpA / 32 SpD / 252 Spe

Modest Nature

- Quiver Dance

- Bug Buzz

- Focus Blast

- Ice Beam


Pheromosa was the last Pokémon I added to the team. When I was testing this slot was Marowak, because of the suspect test that was going on, but I knew I was probably going to use Pheromosa at the event. Pheromosa was legal for the challenge because the suspect test was announced so close to it. The downside of my decision to use is that it’s almost certainly going to be banned and I’ll have to replace it for fall’s challenge. Anyway, I chose Pheromosa because I needed some fighting coverage and because it’s just horribly broken. Since I was unprepared and not familiar with OU I felt that this thing was a nice safety net for me that could pull me back into any game. I went with the focus sash boosting set so that If a Landorus or Salamence got boosted I could let something go down and then pick up a revenge kill with it. It was also a nice lead option that could potentially sweep a team if they didn’t handle it correctly. Overall I can’t say I’m proud of choosing Pheromosa, but I can say it was the right decision for the team.


That's all I have to say about the team. I got pretty lucky with my matchups as this teams stil has many weaknesses. If you're interested you can watch the championship battle here. Also keep an eye out for more battle videos and articles related to PSPC that will likely be posted soon. Thanks for reading!

Categories: PSPC, Singles OU, Team Reports

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