Welcome to another team by yours truly! So this has been my go to team for some months, but I believe its definitely out of date now. This team was made when Genesect was originally released into the OU metagame. I had played Dreamworld a fair amount prior to Genesect's release so I knew how it played, specifically I knew everyone and their mother would use its Choice Scarf set. With that in mind I decided to create an offensive team based around abusing the omnipresent Choice Scarf Genesect. The origins of the team also stretch to a core of sweepers I had always wanted to try in OU. Salamence and Keldeo; I wanted to recreate the magic that was 4th Gen Salamence and Suicune. When I laddered with this team before the ladder reset to allow Garchomp in OU, I peaked around Top 5 on my alt Dr. Strangelove(hence the name). I've also used it, or variations of it in a lot of my tournament matches. Posting this now because of the cool new RMT of the Week
being hosted by Jirachi, great idea! Onto the team!
The Willpower Pokemon
EVs: 252 Spd / 4 HP / 252 Atk
- Stealth Rock
While there is no "Lead Metagame" like there has been in prior generations, I still find offensive teams to work best when they have a Pokemon who leads off the battle, and provides optimum support and momentum. This spot has been filled with many 'mons including, Mew, Terrakion, Aerodactyl and Deoxys-D. But throughout those trials I always ended up back with reliable Azelf. This set should not be hard to understand for any veteran of a Pokemon battle. Azelf's game plan is, the majority of the time, lay Stealth Rock, use Explosion, and it does a wonderful job at that. I chose Azelf because of the rise of SR-Taunt Terrakion. Both Salamence and Thundurus-T are much scarier when Stealth Rock is not on the field, plus having my own allows my sweepers to do even more damage. U-Turn is there for when I suspect a Deoxys-D to have Magic Coat. Azelf tends to, more often than not, leave me in a good position early game.
The Colt Pokemon
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd / 4 SDef
- Calm Mind
- Secret Sword
- Hidden Power [Ice]
The criminally underused Keldeo makes its way onto my team. One of the main reasons I made this team was to try out the core of Keldeo/Salamence. In 4th Gen one of my favorite cores was Offensive CM Suicune and MixMence and with Keldeo released I saw an opportunity to recreate that old core for the better! Keldeo finds many chances to set up in the OU metagame, and once it has the opponent's team is in for a world of hurt. Rain teams in particular are man handled by Keldeo once threats such as Tornadus-T and Lati@s are properly taken care of. I chose HP Ice over HP Ghost for Ice's better Super Effective coverage. HP Ice allows Keldeo to OHKO Breloom, Dragonite, Salamence, and heavily damage others like Amoonguss. I have flip flopped to HP Ghost before though due to how annoying Jellicent can become to this team.
How it abuses Scarf Genesect:
Keldeo sets up on many of Scarf Genesect's choiced moves, such as Ice Beam, Flamethrower, and Bug Buzz. Also due to the nature of Calm Mind Keldeo can quickly become hard for Genesect to revenge even with Super Effective moves like Thunderbolt and Giga Drain. Lures Thunderbolts for Thundurus-T to set up on, and Giga Drains for many others.
The Dragon Pokemon
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 SAtk
- Dragon Dance
One of the, in my opinion, best sweepers in the current metagame! DD-Moxie-Outrage Salamence was hyped a lot in the days prior to BW2's release but since then the only other person I've seen use it is Taylor. Salamence finds many free turns, due to everyone expecting it to be Choice Scarfed. All it takes is one turn to transform Salamence into a killing machine. At +1 Outrage does sweet damage and the opponent better pray they don't death fodder something to this because once the ball starts rolling its near impossible to stop. The beauty of this beast was that in this team's hay day the only Choice Scarfer people ran was Genesect, and Genesect ain't stoppin' this dragon. Flamethrower was chosen over Fire Blast to guarantee the KO on Genesect; what's the point in out speeding it if Fire Blast can just miss and allow it to finish you.
How it abuses Scarf Genesect:
It sets up on many of Scarfed Genesect's moves, such as Flamethrower, Bug Buzz, and Giga Drain. Plus as I mentioned before, Genesect can't revenge it once Salamence is at +1. Lures Ice Beams to allow Keldeo and Lucario to set up.
The Aura Pokemon
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Def
- Swords Dance
- Close Combat
- Bullet Punch
It seems everyone's forgotten about Lucario is the jump to BW2 but its still proving itself by sweeping people 6-0. Everyone knows how threatening Lucario is at +2 so I won't go into that, the reason I chose Lucario over other, probably better, 'mons was because of it's typing. I had Breloom originally in this slot but I found its Ice-type weakness led to too many problems for the team as a whole, so I went to the similar Lucario. Lucario is still very threatening, but it needs a lot more support than it used to. The main culprit is, unfortunately Genesect, as it resists Lucario's priority, along with other Pokemon like Landorus-T. But due to my team's nature of abusing Genesect I found Lucario to fit in quite well. Bullet Punch was chosen over Crunch because of Gengar and Terrakion checking Lucario otherwise. While again this makes me weaker to a well played Jellicent I believe, due to the metagame's hyper offensive nature, the ability to better handle offensive Pokemon better trumps the ability to handle defensive Pokemon.
How it Abuses Scarf Genesect:
It can set up on the weakened Bug- and Ice-type moves, such as Bug Buzz and Ice Beam. It also "abuses" Genesect by forcing it to lock itself into a Choiced move to revenge kill it. This move can then by used by my other team members to set up. Lures Flamethrowers to allow Keldeo and Salamence to set up.
The Bolt Strike Pokemon
Trait: Volt Absorb
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef
- Nasty Plot
- Hidden Power [Ice]
Double Dance Thundurus-T! I know Aldaron's been hyping it in the OU subforum so I'm glad I'm not the only one loving this set! It's so powerful and mixes the best of everything Thundurus has to offer. At first I simply ran NP Thundurus-T but quickly found it not carrying its weight. It destroyed any defensive team, but when you only saw one defensive team for every ten offensive teams it didn't matter. So I tried Agility over Focus Blast and never looked back. One of the best parts of Thundurus-T is its Electric-type immunity. Usually against Deoxys-D I'll U-Turn from Azelf into this beast. Having something that can guarantee set up on Thunder Wave Deoxys-D is huge for an offensive team. I can't count how many teams I've managed to get +2, +2 on, simply because no one sees it coming. Once thats happened its very hard to recover. Again, there are many times when Focus Blast is missed but in the end of the say I believe this move set works best.
How it Abuses Scarf Genesect:
Sets up on locked moves such as Thunderbolt, Bug Buzz and Giga Drain. If it can get off an Agility, Genesect can no longer properly revenge. Lures Ice Beams for Keldeo and Lucario to set up.
The Paleozoic Pokemon
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd / 4 Def
- Rock Polish
- Ice Beam
- Giga Drain
Rock Polish Genesect is, again in my opinion, the best
sweeper in the current metagame. While it may be countered hard by Heatran, with the right support this Steel creature pulls off more 6-0s than any other. Genesect was chosen because it's Genesect and everyone should probably be running a Genesect :D The moveset is pretty standard, though when I was laddering with this team no one expected Giga Drain. Life Orb was also chosen over Expert Belt because of the extra damage really mattering one more than one occasion. Expert Belt is fun and being able to bluff the Choice Scarf all game is great but with my team I never needed to bluff more than once, so Life Orb took the cake.
So that's my team, it was built to abuse opposing Scarf Genesect's to the fullest and during its prime time I believe it did just that. With the introduction of Garchomp and Kyurem-B though this team hasn't been performing like it used to, I think its because people no longer solely rely on Choice Scarf Genesect to do their revenging. While this team is strong, no questions it still has its troubles. The two big ones are Tornadus-T and Jellicent. I never really understood why this team wasn't absolutely destroyed by the former but regardless. Jellicent can also be a major downer as it hard walls two of my sweepers.