I've done it. This day is a good day. Slowbro, Porygon2, and Bronzong were my picks.
How did you choose your Dark Horse Pokemon for this project? What lead you to choose the Pokemon you did? Did you have regrets or were you happy with your selection?
I had already made Celestial Beings a while before. I'm currently hard at work at a new Trick Room team, using different pokemon, a few of which are also Dark Horses. I declared my Dark Horses based upon what was in the team I love so much.
How did you go about building a team for your Dark Horse Pokemon? Which kinds of teammates did you consider? What factors contributed to the team you created?
The basis of full Trick Room is difficult, but I think over all it went well. I've always had a fascination with Trick Room, and wanted it to be successful, so I set out to do so. After hours of work and calcs and everything, my hard work had paid off. The basics were 4 Trick Room setters (with the introduction of Reuniclus this was now possible) and 2 abusers. The setters were selected first, with Reuniclus due to his raw power and Porygon 2 due to his versatility. Then I knew I needed a steel type, so Bronzong was in, and Slowbro came last for a physical wall and his access to Yawn. There's much more indepth team building process at the bottom of the page. The abusers were different, as they needed to be bulky and not deadweight out of Trick Room, but be absolute monsters inside. I chose Dragonite for his mixed prowess, to break any walls giving me trouble, and I chose Conkeldurr for his sheer power and access to incredibly strong Mach Punch. All together the team has some weakness I'm attempting to address in my next team.
Do you think it is more difficult or less difficult to ladder with a Dark Horse Pokemon? Why? Does the element of surprise play a factor in your battles? Is it easier to fight with a "highly used"" team or with Pokemon that are less common?
I think it's easier for me, because Trick Room is all I do and there simply aren't enough "highly used" setters or abusers of Trick Room. It's essentially not viable to build a Trick Room team with nothing but Over Used pokemon, which is an aspect I enjoy. I like to be unique and good at what I specialize in, and I think Trick Room teams are just that for me--unique.
(For Hall of Fame members only) How did you reach the Hall of Fame? Was it easy or difficult? Did having a Dark Horse Pokemon on your team benefit you? What advice would you give to those laddering with Dark Horse Pokemon?
I reached the Hall of Fame with a pretty decent record-- almost 80% win rate. It wasn't too hard for me, but this team had been on the leader board before, Dark Horses and all. The Dark Horses are very integral parts of my team, and actually the most used pokemon the team, Dragonite, is often the largest liability. To those attempting the challenge, I'd say just keep on trying guys. It took me sooo long and so many tries before I made a somewhat successful Trick Room team, and then even longer to begin to perfect it. If you see someone on the ladder saying "lawl nice gimmick" or anything like that, just beat them and move on. Pokemon is a very versatile game, use it to your advantage and use what you enjoy using.
Here's a link to the full RMT, typed up a while ago. Trick Room is a real thing, guys.