Originally Posted by Fat Rising_Dusk
Wouldn't a Pokemon that sets itself up to sweep be helping team momentum by virtue of sweeping? Eliminating Pokemon is perhaps the ultimate in building momentum for the team, and every good wallbreaker or sweeper does so exceptionally. I think it's important not to try to over analyze momentum and instead to think of it functionally; I think that singular Pokemon momentum and team momentum are really one in the same for Pokemon battles. If I manage to get my Salamence up to +6/+6, I have an overwhelming amount of team momentum and am pretty much guaranteed to win unless the opponent is sporting a powerful priority attacker with which he can KO Salamence. Losing Salamence to that priority attacker would be a huge blow to my team momentum, as that big and scary sweeper is no longer big and scary, it's dead. Despite that these momentum shifts were fairly exclusive to Salamence, my team momentum has ebbed and flowed to echo Salamence's survival and success. That indicates to me that focusing on momentum is definitely a team-wide concept.
Yes, individual momentum does greatly affect the momentum of the team as a whole. However, pretty much any set-up sweeper gains momentum in that fashion. For CAP 1, I think that we should explore other types of gaining momentum, especially being able to keep the momentum strong and not lose momentum (via U-turn/Volt Change, Memento, etc.) while being able to lower the opponent's momentum (with PHazing, status, etc.).