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Artwork Mega Rayquaza dan Zinnia oleh 南瓜とるて

Halo Wikiba Asia! Kali ini, salah satu Trainer (istilah untuk pemain video game Pokémon) yang dikenal dengan nickname KarmaVGC menyempatkan diri untuk menulis laporan tim yang ia gunakan dalam PKMN Asia Cup. Untuk kalian yang belum mengetahui, PKMN Asia Cup adalah turnamen Pokémon tingkat asia yang diselenggarakan berkat kerjasama komunitas Pokémon negara-negara Asia. Tahun ini, negara yang berpartisipasi dalam stage 2 adalah Singapura, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Filipina, Taiwan, dan Hong Kong.

Adapun, Trainer yang mewakili Indonesia dalam stage 2 adalah Adhitya Bayu Candra Sangkoyo, Andrew Prabowo, Ardiyasa Noviansah, Hafiz Siddik, Matthew Marcelinus (a.k.a. KarmaVGC), Sinatrya Primandhana, Vega Altair, dan VIncent Kurnia.

Dalam laporan ini, KarmaVGC menulis dalam Bahasa Inggris agar dapat dibaca oleh seluruh Trainer Asia, here we go!

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WAKING UP THE TIGER OF ASIA – AN ASIA CUP STAGE 2 TEAM REPORT

 

First off, this metagame sucks.

#bansmearglepls #makevgcgreatagain

That being said, I can now start with my Asia Cup Stage 2 report. My name’s Matthew and I’m one of the chosen ones to be the representatives of this year’s PKMN Asia Cup. As the name suggests, it’s an online competition with players from all over Asia battling against each other. I started at Round 2, which has players from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Stage 2 has a total of 46 players from the aforementioned countries. Here is the complete list of the players participating in Round 2:

  • SINGAPORE: Correy Kong, Isaac Lam, Kenny Lee Yong Hwee, Kester Teh, Matthew Hui, Melvin Keh, Nicholas Ng, Poh Yu Jie
  • MALAYSIA: Aiman Ishak, Quous Tee, Joshua Toh, Kevin NGim, Ji Yun Chan, Stephen Tan, Zain Khalid, Zarif Ayman
  • THAILAND: Chaiyawat Traiwichcha, Earthzer Nopparat, Jirawiwat Thitasiri, Keewan
  • PHILIPPINES: Ericsson Marquez, Francis Tai, Juan Miguel La Torre, Marlon Valeza, Neil Armin Balde, Rogerson Vilangca, Trevis Chard Martin Dagondong
  • TAIWAN: 李冠旻, 王家馨, 黃志誠, 黃家宏, 王易樑, 孫浩軒, 劉宗黌, 杜震超, 曹哲鳴
  • HONG KONG: Edward Cheung, Travis Chu

 

Team History

During the start of the VGC 2016 season, I decided to go with the “BIG 6” team with a few alterations to it. But then, after using it for quite a while, I quite frankly got sick with the team, so I wanted to find a new team which suits my playstyle. One of the teams that caught my eye is a Japanese player, Snow’s team: Kyogre, Rayquaza, Aegislash, Crobat, Zapdos, Gengar. Feeling intrigued to the Kyogre-Rayquaza core, I tried to work out his spreads and got this (quite similiar) team: Kyogre, Rayquaza, Ferrothorn, Weavile, Crobat, Gengar.

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The Team

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Artwork Kyogre oleh luminoire

Gilgamesh (Kyogre) @ Blue Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 236 Def / 4 SpA / 4 SpD / 12 Spe
Modest Nature
– Origin Pulse
– Water Spout
– Ice Beam
– Protect

You can’t look at me. Worms can only look at the ground when they die, like the worms they are.

Gilgamesh, Fate/Zero

252+ Atk Primal Groudon Precipice Blades vs. 252 HP / 236 Def Primal Kyogre: 93-109 (44.9 – 52.6%) — 22.3% chance to 2HKO

Frankly speaking, I simply love this spread. Putting so much defensive bulk into Kyogre will surely come as a surprise to many players. Personally, I think putting maximum investment into Special Attack doesn’t really accomplish what I had targeted before. Its Special Attack is already monstrous, so putting a lot of investment in Special Attack, while already boosted by Modest nature, feels like a complete waste of EVs. I also don’t think that running Speed EVs is necessary here as my intention is to bring Kyogre in the back. With Tailwind support, Kyogre has the potential to sweep the opponent with Water Spout, and without it, Kyogre can hit the opponent with Origin Pulse. Ice Beam is crucial to kill threats such as Salamence, Landorus, and Rayquaza.

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Artwork Rayquaza oleh mark311

Izanagi (Rayquaza) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Air Lock
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 28 Def / 4 SpD / 220 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Dragon Ascent
– Extreme Speed
– Overheat
– Protect

Thou art I, and I am thou…
From the sea of thy soul, I come…
From the very moment of my emergence, I have been a guiding light shed to illuminate thy path…
I am the original god…
Izanagi-no-Okami.

Izanagi-no-Okami, Shin Megami Tensei

252 Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Double-Edge vs. 4 HP / 28 Def Rayquaza: 157-187 (86.7 – 103.3%) — 10.5% chance to OHKO

Moving on to the second restricted Pokémon in a RayOgre team, here’s Rayquaza! However instead of using a Life Orb and going down the brute force route I use a Focus Sash. Rayquaza still has a ridiculous damage output without Life Orb and Focus Sash means you only have to consider the increase in your base Attack when it comes down to considering whether you need Air Lock or Delta Stream. Currently Air Lock is an extremely under appreciated ability, and is extremely useful for guaranteeing the win vs Groudon team.

A common strategy I like to use is to lead with Rayquaza and Crobat and to bring Kyogre and Ferrothorn in the back. The two Pokémon as a lead synergize very well, with the Focus Sash being very clutch, preventing teams with faster Pokémon than Rayquaza from getting the upper hand. If Crobat goes down early after getting tailwind up, Kyogre can come in to spam Water Spout.

 

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Artwork Ferrothorn oleh ishmam

Hashegi (Ferrothorn) (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 204 Atk / 52 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Gyro Ball
– Power Whip
– Leech Seed
– Protect

Lelah met, lelah.

Hashegi

252+ Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Hammer Arm vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Ferrothorn: 276-327 (78.4 – 92.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Crafted by 3-time VGC world champion Ray Rizzo, this set is one of the best ways to run Ferrothorn in VGC. With its incredible defensive stats and handy array of resistances, it can stand up to some of the most threatening attackers in the VGC metagame. The greatest example of this is Xerneas, who gets OHKOed by Gyro Ball after a Geomancy. Ferrothorn goes well with stally, defensive Pokémon who can slowly wear away at their opponents in tandem with some of Ferrothorn’s assets like Iron Barbs and Leech Seed. Good luck hitting those Power Whips!

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Artwork Weavile oleh Esepibe

Caranthir (Weavile) @ Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Fake Out
– Feint
– Ice Punch
– Low Kick

This Aen Elle elf was one of Eredin’s advisors and also, on account of his extraordinary abilities, Caranthir was an important officer of the Wild Hunt.

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-1 252 Atk Life Orb Weavile Ice Punch vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Salamence: 192-234 (112.2 – 136.8%) — guaranteed OHKO

As the team doesn’t feature any fake out support Weavile would be my first choice here. As I’m not using Life Orb on Rayquaza it fits really nicely! Crobat + Weavile are a really solid lead for this team. It is really ideal for Best-of-1 as most players assume Weavile carries a Focus Sash. Feint support is amazing for this team and Ice Punch really helps vs Salamence which can be a real pain for this team. You can opt for Icicle Crash as well if you want a more powerful move to knock it out. Low Kick also assists against Ferrothorn, Dialga, and Kangaskhan.

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Artwork Crobat oleh Haychel

Itzpapalotl (Crobat) (F) @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Inner Focus
Level: 50
EVs: 156 HP / 28 Def / 92 SpD / 228 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Haze
– Tailwind
– Quick Guard
– Super Fang

In Aztec mythology, Itzpapalotl (“Obsidian Butterfly”) was a fearsome skeletal warrior goddess who ruled over the paradise world of Tamoanchan, the paradise of victims of infant mortality and the place identified as where humans were created.

+2 252+ SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 156 HP / 92 SpD Crobat: 128-151 (71.1 – 83.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery

Pretty standard Crobat spread. Its job is to get Tailwind up and chunk down the opponent’s health via Super Fang. The big difference is the replacement of Taunt with Haze. Adding Haze to the set makes it impossible for the opponent to lead Xerneas / Smeargle, turn 1 you use Tailwind and turn 2 you use Haze. It’s a neat solution that adapts well to other leads too. Double targeting Crobat just allows you to get a free switch in, cleaning up with Kyogre’s Water Spout. You do have to sacrifice Taunt but there are other benefits as well. I run Dragon Ascent and Overheat on my Rayquaza, so Haze can refresh it’s special attack or defenses. Don’t forget Haze removes Moody boosts so this will allow the following Pokémon to always carry out its role.

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Artwork Gengar oleh Silverkiwi78

Namahage (Gengar) (M) @ Gengarite
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 12 HP / 96 Def / 180 SpA / 220 Spe
Timid Nature
– Sludge Bomb
– Disable/HP Ice
– Taunt
– Protect

Namahage is the equal of the Boogeyman in Japanese folklore. It is said to go from door to door in search of misbehaving children to take them away into the mountains

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252+ Atk Life Orb Talonflame Brave Bird vs. 12 HP / 96 Def Mega Gengar: 114-136 (83.2 – 99.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Crobat’s partner in-crime. This Gengar is a very wacky set but it’s very popular among the Japanese on battle spot. When you see the BIG 6 team on battle spot the idea is that you can always lead with Crobat+Gengar and have an extremely favorable match up. Before I point out the elephant in the room Taunt is to guarantee you win vs the Xerneas /Smeargle lead. Hidden Power Ice is only there to one shot Salamence, but it really is needed. Icy Wind being a 2HKO just isn’t enough as it can slap you with a Hyper Voice.

The Speed EVs outspeeds Jolly Weavile by 1 point. The reason I’m not running max Speed is that is a speed tie with Crobat: I need to use Haze/Super Fang first. The HP and Defense are optimized to use least EVs to always survive Talonflame’s Brave Bird. The rest are dumped into Special Attack to maximize damage. EVs take the 30 IVs in Defence into account.

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Weakness

Palkia & Dialga

Due to their typing and ability to set up trick room both of these Pokémon can be a pain in the ass to stop. Weavile can deal some damage to them with Low Kick but they can still prove a problem. Adding Draco Meteor onto the team can fix this somewhat but they can still give the team a tough time.

 

Yveltal

It’s also been brought to my attention that as the team has no resistances to Dark type attacks, Yveltal can hit all the members on the team pretty hard. Whilst not the most common core, PokemonZone won the Innsbruck Regionals with a Yveltal/Groudon team, so it can definitely perform well in the correct hands.

 

Battle Replays

Here are the replays from all 4 rounds of Asia Cup 2016 Stage 2. You can see the team going up against several different matchups (except for Round 3).

 

Round 1: vs. 豆子弟 (ユメノトビラ) [TW]

 

Round 2: vs. 兔子小姐 (Miss Rabbit) [TW]

 

Round 3: vs. 小四[TW]

 

Round 4: vs Earthzer [TH]

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Afterthoughts

Right now, I think BIG 6 is very prevalent, so putting together and testing a team to counter it would be a good idea. The team idea isn’t originally mine, I’ve taken good ideas from Japanese players I’ve faced in practice both in Battle Spot and in Pokémon Showdown with the BIG 6. Let me know what you think, any form of feedback is highly appreciated!

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