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)

Yesterday in Pokemon Battling I learned #2

So the idea is this is a semi regular look at some of the notes, real and mental, that I make to myself as I slowly (and I do mean slowly) comes to terms with what Pokemon Double battles are all about.

Notes from the last 2 days include

  • Darkrai with Dark Void is taking the piss somewhat.  It needs to be nerfed/banned as far as I can see.  But maybe I’m too happy with the ol’ ban hammer.
  • If Typhlosion comes out, whack it right away,  eruption is a beast (150 at full HP) but becomes manageable at lower HP levels.  It is probably scarfed (seen 2 so far, both outran a max speed, jolly Garchomp so must be scarfed I think) so try hit it with priority.  Has a base speed of 100, plus a scarf increases the base speed to 1.5, so 150.
  • Speed matters.  I repeat that again.  SPEED MATTERS.
  • Kyogre Water Spout – see the Typhlosion comment.  Whack it, whack it hard.
  • For the sake of some notes on speed.  Darkrai has a ridiculous base speed of 125 , Typhlosion is base 100, Kyogre 90.  For the sake of comparison, Garchomp has a base speed of 102.
  • Smeargle will often have both Dark Void AND Kings Shield.  And one spamming sod went and put both that Smeargle set AND Darkrai in the same team.
  • Quick Guard = very annoying as a Darkrai partner.  Talonflame and Hitmontop spotted as that role so far.
  • Need to try a prankster taunter, though too late for this competition as can’t change Pokemon.

That about covers my notes from the last two days.

So 3 Months Later and We Try Again

Funny thing this having a baby thing…you think you’re on top of everything and then they change the rules on you.  So yet again I find that what spare time I THOUGHT I had, I didn’t.

But we’re trying this Pokemon thing again anyway.  I’ve signed on to this Legend League thingy, which was a bit of a mistake as I didn’t realise they locked the box.  I threw in any ol’ Pokemon without any thought and now I’m stuck with it.  My team is

  • Kangaskhan (mega stone) – Adamant, Scrappy, Return/Sucker Punch/Fake Out/Power up Punch
  • Blaziken (mega stone), Adamant, Speed Boost, High Jump Kick/Flare Blitz/Protect/Power Up Punch
  • Talonflame (Life orb), Adamant, Gale Wings, Brave Bird/Roost/ Swords Dance/Flame Charge
  • Exploud (Choice Specs), Scrappy, Modest, Flamethrower/Boomburst/Focus Blast/Crunch
  • Shaymin, Timid, Natural Cure, Seed Flare/Substitute/Leech Seed/Air Slash
  • Garchomp, Jolly, Rough Skin, Stone Edge/Dragon Claw/Earthquake/Fire Blast

Currently at 7:11 with that team.  Rather lacking in balance, and struggles against Darkai’s Dark Void (that thing needs to be banned for the next VGC).  Also struggling vs Kyogre who is coming up a fair bit in rain teams.

I’m doing another “today I learnt” post in a minute, so we can skip to that to see what I learnt.

Other than that I’ve decided not to worry about the VGC rules.  From what I understand we’re expecting new ones in a few months or so, so by the time I have gotten past “rubbish” I’d need to be learning a new meta anyway.  So instead I’m just going to stick with doubles using the console for now (maybe some Showdown play but console is far more convenient for me), learn a bit about things in the ranking games and wait out the new meta.

Think that about covers it for now.  Next up….things I learned today.