Originally Posted by Fat Golden Piloswine
I know I asked a similar question before, but do simple teams excel at regionals? Because KeepBayleefing took 1st at Philly with the most standard good stuff, I've ever seen.
The way I see it, there are two ways to win in Pokemon: either you get lucky or you outplay your opponent. Going the whole way with standard Pokemon is possible, but demands little room for error and some timely luck. Bringing along an unothadox moveset, EV spread, or Pokemon can give you a facet to outplay your opponent as they may be unfamiliar with how to handle such a Pokemon. Be warned though that, as R Inanimate mentioned earlier, the top cut best of three rounds we have this season makes one and done gimmicks a less viable as your opponent will probably know what's headed towards them after the first match. It's important to make sure any rogue Pokemon you bring with you have enough usefulness to operate outside that initial surprise and to make sure they aren't blatantly outclassed by some other option.