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  1. Tobes

    Partial-Trapping Moves in RBY

    Hello all. You might know me as that guy who uses Cloyster a lot and is consequently a massive hypocrite for bringing this subject up, but I feel that someone has to. SPL's right around the corner, so I feel that putting this topic on the table sooner rather than later is important. I think...
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    How to Not Piss Off the PS! Staff

    hi skylight asked me to post this --- Introduction I remember the first time I joined Shoddy Battle. It happened about a year after I had started lurking the forums, and I was eager for the chance to apply all of the knowledge I thought I had accumulated. It was pretty exciting to finally be...
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    Where you can get and give Pokebank Pokemon for VGC

    http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/vgc-2014-pokebank-exclusive-help-thread.3496504/ Donations greatly appreciated.
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    VGC Winter Regionals Travel Arrangement Thread

    Post in this thread if you live in the state (or an adjacent state) of a Winter Regionals but are unable to attend by yourself and are looking for a ride, OR you are able to attend a Winter Regionals and are willing to give someone a ride. January 12th, Doswell, Virginia Needs a ride...
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    Teambuilding Exercise - Plug the Gaps

    Teambuilding in VGC can be very different from teambuilding in Singles, as there are many more interactions between teammates that need to be accounted for. It's not uncommon to wind up at a core of four Pokemon that you'll use in most games. You can then try to cover that core's weaknesses with...
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    #smogonvgc

    Hi we have a new IRC channel dedicated to VGC discussion. Come chat with us!
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    Talonflame Discussion

    Fire / Flying 78 / 81 / 71 / 74 / 69 / 126 Ability: Flame Body / Gale Wings Notable Moves: Brave Bird Flare Blitz Quick Guard Tailwind Taunt Will-O-Wisp Talonflame's claim to fame is its signature ability, Gale Wings. This ability gives all of its Flying-type moves (not just attacks) priority...
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    VGC 2014 Combinations Thread

    A discussion thread for synergistic combos between two teammates, and additional teammates who help supplement the pair. Gengar @ Gengarite Levitate Timid 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe - Shadow Ball - Focus Blast - Substitute - Protect Greninja @ Focus Sash Torrent / Protean Timid 4 HP / 252...
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    VGC 2014 Showdown Ladder is Up

    Big thanks to the developers!
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    VGC Fall Regionals Travel Arrangement Thread

    Post in this thread if you live in the state (or an adjacent state) of a Fall Regionals but are unable to attend by yourself and are looking for a ride, OR you are able to attend a Fall Regionals and are willing to give someone a ride. October 13th, Pleasanton CA Needs a ride: Age of Kings...
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    VGC 2013 Fall Regionals

    http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/championship-series/vg-autumn-regional-championships/faq/ Important Information: Format: VGC 2013 Dates and Locations: October 13th, 2013 Alameda County Fairgrounds Building C 4501 Pleasanton Avenue Pleasanton, CA 94566 October 20th, 2013 Phoenix...
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    VGC Metagame Ranking Thread

    Hello, this is our VGC metagame tiering thread. This thread is meant to help newer players get a grasp of where things stand in the metagame, and which Pokemon are the biggest threats. This'll hopefully also cut down on the incidents of people using shit like Milotic on the ladder. Anyway, brief...
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    VGC Smogcast

    Hey we (myself, TFC, Biosci, and lucariojr) did a VGC Smogcast today. Here it is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDErIDOT3ms We swear a lot so kinda NSFW
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    [2013] Scrafty (QC Approved: 0/3)

    Free to a good writer [Overview] Good alternative to Hitmontop Handles Latios, Cresselia, etc. much better, but at the cost of being vulnerable to Hitmontop itself, Terrakion, etc. Some of this is mitigated by Intimidate Much more shallow movepool than Hitmontop [SET] name: Bulky Fake Out...
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    [2013] Garchomp (QC: 2/3)

    Needs a writer! [Overview] great typing, both offensively and defensively strong, bulky, moderately fast sand veil makes it a cheating cunt probably the best physical dragon in vgc needs to watch out for faster dragons and fast ice-type moves outrage sucks, so relatively weak STABs...
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    [2013] Hitmontop (QC 2/3)

    I'll write this one [Overview] Very prominent Intimidate does work. Lots of it. Wide assortment of excellent support moves, quite a few of which are rare Great attack and a brutal STAB do a lot of damage even without much investment Can be hard to kill with proper defensive investment Great...
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    VGC 2013 Analysis Revamps!

    Hey all. We're currently starting an extensive revamp project of our VGC analyses, and we'd love to have as many participants as possible. We'll be taking analyses one at a time and will be working thoroughly and extensively on each one, a la the ADV revamp project. You can either join in the...
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    [2013] Cresselia (QC 0/3)

    This analysis is currently available to an experienced writer with VGC experience. [Overview] Possibly the best Pokemon in the metagame Bulky as all hell Tons and tons of support options: so many in fact that rather than make one support set it's easier to build a set around specific moves...
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    VGC 2013 Analyses Revamp Project

    Hello everyone! I'm sure you've noticed the lack of activity in this forum (and probably also noticed that our analyses could use a good touching up). Well, we're here to fix that! I'll be heading up a revamp of our VGC analyses, approved by the big man chaos himself. We'll be approaching the...
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    Gen 5 The Ubers Viability Ranking Thread (Now Taking Write-Ups)

    Hey we decided to do one of these for Ubers as well. Just to be clear, these lists are not meant to assist teambuilding. They are meant simply to give new players a general idea of where things fit in the metagame. We're now accepting write-ups for each Pokemon, explaining its role and why it...