Well, it's been my second time in an official TPCi tournament and I have to say that this one was awesome!
That sums it up. 18 matches and no losses throughout the whole tournament. Got D/Ced plenty of times, that probably robbed me of a few points, but I'm really happy to get to 1700+, a huge improvement from 1519 last tournament.
Comparatively, my team's almost identical to last tournament's. The only new inclusion is Virizion to replace my unEV trained Scrafty.
A few words about the team, which was basically pieced together from my singles team:
Gengar is a fantastic lead to put opponents under pressure early. It pretty much runs a standard sweeping set of Shadow Ball / Focus Blast / Thunderbolt / Protect with Expert Belt (I'm too cheap to buy a Life Orb). Focus Blast has it's issues with accuracy, but it feels so good to OHKO Hydreigon when it hits. It's frailty is annoying though.
Suicune's great for giving my team Tailwind support. I'm surprised to see that almost no one else uses this great 'mon. Scald / Ice Beam / Tailwind / Protect, with a bulky EV spread, and a bit of investment in SpA. Worked wonders for my team, almost impossible to OHKO with an unboosted hit.
Gliscor's been brilliant as well. Toxic Orb + Poison Heal gives him amazing longetivity and it can eat hits from fighting types all day. It's moveset consists of Ice Fang / EQ / Rock Slide (flinches have been very useful!) / Protect. It's not the greatest of movesets for something with a 252 / 0 / 106 / 0 / 0 /152 EV spread, but it worked well for the tournament.
Virizion's been the star of this team to take out all sorts of threats. A sweeping moveset of SE / Leaf Blade / Close Combat / Protect. Gave it a Fighting Gem to add that extra "oomph" to Close Combat, allowing it to revenge kill many threats. Pairs very well with Gengar to get Physical and Special coverage and put pressure right from the beginning. It's not uncommon to see this pair get me to 4-2 positions very early on.
I used a sweeping T-wave Gyarados with DD (don't have any Heart Scales left to re-teach DD, so I had to keep it). I used a bulky DD Dragonite as well, but these two Pokemon hardly saw any usage, so I'm not going to comment much on them. Gyarados was a great teammate in many cases because of Intimidate. I don't think I ever really needed Dragonite, not to say I didn't use it.
Most of my opponents were pretty average, mainly in the 1520 range. I had some great games against 1600+ opponents, which resulted in D/Cs from them :(. One of the most notable matches of the tournament was against Matty85, 2011 World's Runner up. He had a rating of 2010 (against my 1698), so I knew I was in for a tough battle. I had a lot of luck on my side and was about to oust a win, when he D/Ced. I was bitter about it, but I managed to get my 1700+ rating against some sub-1500 opponent, so all is forgiven.
Extremely happy with the way I played this tournament. I didn't have much preparation either; just a few Random Matchup battles on the day before the tournament and some training in the Battle Subway.