Originally Posted by Fat Miscellaneous
Nice streak & team Crimson but:
I'm sure you've worked this out for yourself, but bringing in Garchomp was a mistake, Chomp's 102 base speed vs Cryogonal's 105 w/ 4x SE move is risky at best. In fact, Cryogonal isn't doing that much against a specially defensive Ferrothorn. With that match up, you could either try stalling out the hail with leech seed/ sub and get some boosts with curse or just gyro straight off. Garchomp beats Abomasnow 1v1 with fire fang easily. True, Garchomp is weak against ice- teams, but it's a complex weakness in that most ice pokemon aren't bulky enough to survive a +2 fire fang (or even a neutral fire fang). In this situation, you should have prioritised Garchomp over Ferrothorn, unless you are in an easy position to set up with Ferrothorn. It seems a little counter-intuitive to keep a Dragon/ground pokemon alive against an ice trainer, but it's better to have a fast 3 attack Garchomp and a chance of winning compared to Ferrothorn designed for a slow set up. The critical hit was unfortunate, but you have to be able to try and recover situations like that. It's experience that counts perhaps, but that's what separates the long streaks from the amazing streaks.
So, it was only a small mistake that cost you (plus the crit of couse). I like the team, I don't think it necessarily needs much altering on first glance. A good team is only half the ingredients, the other half is being able to understand and properly execute your strategy. Perhaps it's more than 50/50 but nevertheless, good going.
Yeah, I should've went to Ferrothorn. I was thinking Garchomp was faster for whatever reason. Cryogonal's Blizzard wouldn't have done half to Ferrothorn so I could've survived and taken it out with Gyro Ball and go from there. It had 3 Blizzards left, so I probably would've went ahead and Gyro Ball since Hail was up. If Abomasnow came in after that, I would Gyro Ball it hoping for the best and save Garchomp. After Garchomp presumably finishes off Aboma, I'd have to hope it wasn't something that could OHKO Garchomp, i.e. another ice type.
But yeah, going Ferrothorn first would've put me in a better position to win.
Right now I'm fiddling with Heatran over Garchomp. It makes dealing with Electric types less secure, and it makes fighting heavy Fighting teams more worrisome, but it does make Ice teams 10x easier to deal with. So we'll see what happens with it.