I Came 3rd in the Super Speed Battle Competition (in the UK….)

Well that was a shock.  My first attempt at a proper battling competition (I did enter the battle of legends thing, but my lack of competitive legendaries meant I didn’t really do or learn much) and I came 3rd in the UK.

That makes it sound a little more impressive than it was.  3rd in the UK is very cool, but it was only 250th overall.

For those that may want to check, my IGN name is Avenger and I scored 1663 points.

I’m pretty chuffed.

But to be honest it was not really an achievement based on skill.  For instance very little thought was put into the team (more on that in a moment) and the short turn time meant that offensive rather than defensive was always going to do well.  This helps newbies like me as it becomes more about match ups rather than deep strategic thought (there wasn’t enough time for that to happen).  Also 3 Pokemon rather than 4 allowed for it to be more about how much quick pressure you can bring to the party.

I was fairly consistent in the 3 Pokemon I brought.  I think my first couple of games had me lead with an opening Khan (standard set) and Competitive Milotic (I’ll go into her in a moment) and have Metagross in the back to try mop up with Bullet Punch after Khan made some holes.

A couple of games in I realised Metagross wasn’t doing enough and I’d be better off with the suicidal Talonflame Brave Bird (with a Choice Band), so switched him to be the Pokemon I needed in the back.

My original plan was simple.  Khan does as much damage as possible, Milotic (who has recover and leftovers) chips in and generally annoys people (competitive is an amazing ability) and then Metagross has the defensive and offensive presence to do some serious tank sweeping.

However it became obvious that bullet punch didn’t give anywhere near the power that Brave Bird from Talonflame did, and Metagross, without serious thought being put into his build, wasn’t able to tank much.  On top of that Milotic could tank some serious hits, so Talonflame could come in and cause havoc.

Milotic was definitely my MVP.  Competitive is a great ability in a game that has a lot of intimidate users (Gyrados, Mega Manetric, Salamanence, Mawile, etc).  So in a lot of my matches Milotic got a free +2 boost to her Special Attack which suddenly makes her a real threat to anything that isn’t resisted to her two attacking moves.

I ran

  • Milotic @ Leftovers
  • 252 Hp / 252 Sp Atk / 4 Speed
  • Ice Beam / Scald / Protect / Recover
  • Modest

In almost all matches people would target Khan and then Talonflame, leaving Milotic free to keep smashing things.

This really wasn’t a tournament of finesse (for me), it was hitting things, and Milotic could both hit things and take a hit against a meta game that didn’t seem to be expecting her.

Nothing really for you to learn from me getting 3rd here, it was more luck than judgement.  But it should make you aware of the potential for competitive Milotic, be very careful when using intimidate if you see her on a team…

As I side note…I hated weather teams (rain and sun really shut me down as Milotic didn’t appreciate either)

My Pokemon Notes #1

So calling it “yesterday I learned” somehow suggests daily posting, and that anything I learned was only posted yesterday.  Neither are true.  So we’re changing the series name to “My Pokemon Notes”.  The idea is still the same, to type up things I learned in Pokemon recently.

I’ve somehow managed to get my rated doubles battles into the winning percentage (trust me, I was nowhere near that 2 days ago).  I’m now at 15 vs 14, go me!  Can’t remember my rating off hand.

So what can we put that down to (I went about 8 vs 2 today, though remember that is at lower ratings than any good players are at).

A few things

  • Slowly learning the speed tiers of Pokemon (see previous note).  Bit more difficult in rated doubles as there are far more Pokemon than in VGC at the moment (which is Kalos Dex only).
  • Learning about “win conditions”.  I’ve been watching a lot of Pokemon on Youtube, especially Alex Ogloza.  The main thing I’ve taken so far is to “know your win condition”.  Take a look at their Pokemon, which ones you think they will bring, and make sure you identify who your important counter(s) are and keep them safe/in the game until the dangerous opposing Pokes are taken out.

    This is complicated, and I am a long way from learning it, but I’m starting to get the right thoughts.

  • Playing a bit more strategic.  I should imagine everyone who first starts playing goes on “hyper offence” and starts trying to whack everything it can.  Switches are actually more key in VGC than singles players will have you believe (I read many times that VGC doesn’t do switching, always written by singles players), and so getting those switches right, having both predicting and having bulky enough Pokemon to be able to switch is key.
  • My team has more synergy.  Not perfect, no real thought put into team building, just going by feel, and the last Pokemon I still need to sort – I switched Garchomp (issues with Earthquake as only levitate user was Rotom H) for Latias but not convinced.

    Currently running (EVs escape me)
    * Gardevoir @ Choice specs. Modest, Trace – Dazzling Gleam/Psychic (also has Protect and Calm Mind but useless with Specs, need to change this)
    * Rotom-H @ Sitrus Berry. Modest, Levitate – Overheat/Thunderbolt/Will-o-Wisp/Protect (thinking of changing for a Rotom-W, but don’t have any other fire users)
    * Metagross @Life Orb. Adamant, Clear Body – Protect/Zen Headbutt/Bullet Punch/Hammer Arm (fairly new)
    *Kanghaskhan @ Khangaskhanite. Adamant. Scrappy – Fakeout/Return/Power-up-Punch/Sucker Punch
    *Milotic @ Leftovers. Modest, Competitive. Ice Beam/Scald/Protect/Recover
    *Latias @ Assualt Vest. Timid, Levitate. Ice Beam/Dragon Pulse/Pyschic/Recover (Recover wasted on Assault Vest)

  • Milotic came on as I had no ice beamer and wanted one.  Done well, though only just survived a Gengar Energy Ball (had no idea he COULD carry that).  She and Latias have only been on a few games.  Milotic has done better than Latias but keeping both going for now, trying to decide which to change, possibly for a fire as I’d like to change Rotom W for Rotom H.  Thinking of a bulky taunt/wide guard Talonflame variant.

So that’s my notes so far.  Oh and apparently getting sturdy on Shedinja is now a thing with a lot of build up.  Didn’t see it coming as would have shut it down, but know for next time.