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A Noob's VGC Warstory - Salem, OR

Discussion in 'VGC' started by Dragonking700, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Dragonking700

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    Yup, I'm what you would call a noob on Smogon. I've been lurking for quite a while, but I finally decided it's time to introduce myself...

    Hi! My name is Brandon Spicer, and this is my first warstory EVER, so please go easy on me if I mess up. :P

    First off I need to give a HUGE thank you to Draco123 for giving me my entire team the night before the event. That was really awesome of him, especially since I was obviously a noob at VGC and he didn't even know me. Thanks a lot man XD

    Okay, so I literally found out I could go to Regionals at precisely 9:00 PM on Saturday night. (FYI Salem is about five hours drive from where I live, not too far, but not close enough to make a single-day-trip easy D:)Because I had thought I wasn't going for the past few weeks, I didn't spend much time fine-tuning my team. And as you can see, it's pretty mediocre:
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    Cresselia (F) @ Leftovers
    Ability: Levitate
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
    Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd)
    - Ice Beam
    - Helping Hand
    - Trick Room
    - Protect

    Pretty standard trick room team, with Cresselia as my trick room user. This thing is pretty awesome, as it can take most super effective hits and still live long enough to do its job. I couldn't really decide between psychic or ice beam for the attacking move, and finally concluded that either way I would always find myself in situations where I'm saying "Crap, why didn't I choose the other one?" Helping hand ensures Abomasnow's blizzard ohkos latios, zapdos, and puts a fairly large dent in things like ludicolo.

    Abomasnow (M) @ Focus Sash
    Ability: Snow Warning
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk
    Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
    - Blizzard
    - Grass Knot
    - Ice Shard
    - Protect

    Focus Sash didn't see much use, but when it did it was worth it. Ice shard didn't help me out that much. It doesn't ohko anything (not to mention yache D:), and everything that's weak to ice usually switches out or get's taken out by blizzard after TR is set up anyway.
    Despite his faults, snowman is a pretty solid pokemon, and ice is definitely a good type to have in this format. I chose grass knot over giga drain because it takes care of tyranitar, a common switch in to an abomasnow.

    Zapdos @ Life Orb
    Ability: Pressure
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk
    Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
    - Thunderbolt
    - Heat Wave
    - Hidden Power [Ice]
    - Protect

    Zapdos' speed is high enough that he is outsped by a lot of stuff in trick room :( HP ice is very handy for surprising garchomp or salamence, but still useless against latios, as there's no way Zapdos can survive a dragon gem dragon pulse or draco meteor.


    Heatran (M) @ Fire Gem
    Ability: Flash Fire
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk
    Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
    - Heat Wave
    - Earth Power
    - Flash Cannon
    - Protect

    Standard standard standard.

    Conkeldurr (M) @ Flame Orb
    Ability: Guts
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
    Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
    - Mach Punch
    - Drain Punch
    - Rock Slide
    - Protect

    This guy was a mixed blessing. Nothing can match the amazing power of a guts-boosted Drain punch, which has the added benefit of healing burn damage. The problem? Burn damage and hail damage really add up. Especially when you're forced to protect. In the future I might experiment with a non-trickroom set using papaya berry and payback, to really surprise cresselia (that's still not an ohko though, cresselia is such a beast.) Yup I'm getting off topic.

    Vaporeon (M) @ Wacan Berry
    Ability: Water Absorb
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk
    Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
    - Scald
    - Ice Beam
    - Hidden Power [Electric]
    - Protect

    Okay, here's where you really start shouting "NOOB!"
    In my defense, it was a last minute team, and I really love vaporeon. I know ludicolo, jellicent, and politoed are all superior options. Basically these are the three reasons I chose to run it:
    1. Higher sp. atk., specifically more powerful ice beam.
    2. Slower for trickroom
    3. All the pros immediately assume you are a noob and won't predict. (this actually kind of worked XD)




    Not bad, but I knew it wasn't perfect by any means. Now on to the battles!
    Please be warned, I didn't really keep track of matches, so there isn't too much detail :(


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    Round 1 vs. an old guy.

    This guy must have been in his fifties. Which is pretty cool I guess. He was obviously not competitive though, and this was a pretty cheap win. I saw he had all kinds of random stuff in his team, lucario, altaria, armaldo, etc.
    He leads with altaria and uses SING on my cresselia...thankfully, I didn't need trickroom anyway, as I saw vaporeon (don't judge me!) could wall pretty much his whole team. So I helping hand and ice beam his altaria, and then it was pretty much spam attacks until I win...at one point he brought out lucario and used FORCE PALM on my cresselia... :/

    1-0

    Round 2 vs. Kacey Traver

    I saw the SPF t-shirt and right away I knew this was going to be my first real match of the day. I believe he used chandelure, latios, hariyama, and metagross, (maybe not in that order) and I led with Cresselia and abomasnow with heatran and conkeldurr in the back. I think I caught him off guard at first when I actually predicted (my vaporeon scheme worked!) but he ended up with the win in the end. It was definitely worth it though, because this game contained one of the funniest moments of the entire night.

    So I have conkeldurr and heatran out. Trick room is up. He has chandelure and hariyama, both at low health. I assumed he would protect with chandelure, expecting an earth power, so he could take out my heatran with hariyama. So I decided to heat wave, since he wasn't going to use a fire attack anyway. I may have had a chance, but a crit on a fake out sealed my fate. (the critical hit from fake out caused conkeldurr to die from burn and hail :/ As I said earlier, a big downside to this team. However, I probably should have at least expected the fake out and protected, which would have allowed me to get off one final mach punch.) Here's the hilarious part though. I use heat wave. It misses hariyama....and KOs CHANDELURE. This was my face: O_____________O
    He explained to me after the match that he just didn't run flash fire, and that his chandelure was scarfed. But that was still probably the funniest moment of the whole tournament.

    Even though I lost, I was happy that I at least put up a decent challenge for him (our match was just a few seconds short of hitting the hour mark) and his words "Your actually really good" made the whole trip worth it 100%. XD

    1-1

    Round 3. vs. Jessica Bulgar

    She had a fairly decent team, but unfortunately for her she got off to a bad start by using fakeout on my abomosnow, which I protected, allowing trickroom to get set up. Since her team consisted of very fast frail pokemon, I was able to plow through it pretty easily with a few blizzards. I did get one crit on blizzard which KOd her chandelure though, so sorry for that Jessica. :(

    2-1

    Round 4. vs. Terrador

    Terrador, you could probably help me fill in the blanks here. I remember I led with vaporeon and KOd his starmie with HP electric. When he saw vapporeon, he was a little bit afraid to predict XD it worked again!

    3-1

    Round 5. vs. R Inanimate

    I saw the Nationals shirt, and I was scared.
    Fortunately for me though, he made a bit of a misplay at the beginning, and then switched his politoed into a blizzard from abomasnow, which hit AND froze. Not only that, but I used blizzard probably three or four times in the rain, and it didn't miss once.
    Sorry for the haxy game dude. It was still a challenge though, and win or loose, it's always an honor to play someone who's already proven their skill in the past.

    4-1

    Round 6. vs. ???

    This was against an older guy who was REALLY serious. I mean like no BS serious. He was probably in his thirties or forties. I just remember he had a lot of pokemon that were weak to abomasnow, and I got up a trick room and swept his team. The game ended with an HP ice from Zapdos on his garchomp. He let out an angry "DAMN IT!" and then he tried to act like I was hacking. It was pretty funny, he was like "That's a pretty interesting Zapdos you got there..."
    Me: "um...thanks...haha."
    Him: *sudden direct eye contact* "...WHERE'D YOU GET IT?"
    Me: "uuuuh I got it from a friend."
    Him: *raises hand* "Can you please check this Zapdos for me?"

    5-1

    Final round vs. Lane Tower

    At this point, everybody was getting kind of crazy. Some of the guys started taking off their shirts. It was hilarious. The organizer dude was like "ooh yeah, they're getting shirtless over here!" and then he was like "Sorry guys, but this is technically a children's game, so I'm going to have to ask you to put the shirts back on.

    I got payback for my hax against R Inanimate this game. He thunder waved everything, and my cresselia was fully paralyzed for like THREE TURNS STRAIGHT. I made several misplays as well, switching in my Conkeldurr to his metagross and cresselia, which took both a psychic and a meteor mash, finishing it off before it could do anything. Then I sent in zapdos, which was also paralyzed. By now I knew it was pretty much over.
    Good game man.

    5-2



    So, I finished 9th. Not bad for my first VGC where I actually knew what I was doing. If I had just won that last game, I would have made top 4 :(
    Oh well, no big deal.
    I also hope my noobish team doesn't upset you too much XD.

    I had a lot of fun, and had to buy an Axew plush to remember the great time I had. I've decided from now on I will collect dragon pokemon plushies and attach them to my person whenever I attend an event in the future. This is how you will know me from this day forward, as the DRAGON KING!!!

    But seriously, great job everyone, congrats to the Capri Niggas for owning the event, and the SPF guys for being awesome, and the tournament staff for also being awesome, and a big thank you to my dad for driving me there!

    And I will see you all next year! (or maybe at the BC regional, possibly.)

    ~Brandon -Dragonking700
  2. Stormfront

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    Not bad man.

    My record at Doswell might've been the exact same if we had to go to a 7th round.

    (I ended 5-1 in 3rd).

    Good luck if you go to BC.
  3. R Inanimate

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    Good Job on the 5-2 finish,

    Oh, and it was a 2011 Nats shirt, not a Worlds shirt that I was wearing, didn't get to go to Worlds in VGC 2011, although I was close.
  4. nachocheese999

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    Good Job on your first VGC tournament! Good Luck at nationals!
  5. Dragonking700

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    Ah, thanks for the clarification.
    Okay, still an honor to battle a Nationals qualifier XD.
  6. Terrador

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    iirc, I kept on Protect shuffling while you HH + (insert appropriate move) spammed with Cresselia and Vaporeon. I'm p. sure it ended 2-0, but I was facepalming through the entire match. I think I ran Aboma/Starmie/Politoed/Ludicolo there.
  7. GreySong

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    Congrats on getting 9th!!!! See you at Nats!! :3
  8. nachocheese999

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    LOL! You should have trolled him by saying you secretly got it AR hacked and its stats are like way higher than its suppose to be :)
  9. HDmvp41

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    nice job bro i was at the battle next to you in the final round. It was my idea to start the shirtless thing =D.

    but great job you shouldve taken some capri from us nigs!!
  10. Dragonking700

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    Haha, that would have been pretty funny, I can just imagine his face XD
    I was sort of caught off guard though, I had no idea why he thought it was hacked. Maybe he didn't know how hidden power works :/
    And I have to admit, the way I mumbled "uuuuh, I got it from a friend" did sound a bit suspicious :P

    HDmvp41, thanks! And yeah, that was pretty awesome :) I'm sure that would not have gone over as well in the younger age division, so all my regrets for not being a senior this year are lost XD
  11. jessifer

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    Congrats! Hope you do well!
  12. Showsni

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    Nice story! Your team might convince me to try Trick Room again at this VGC... (I already have a 2011 TR VGC team and a TR compatible Abomasnow from 2010).

    He probably just didn't kow about RNGing. If you're playing properly, getting a Zapdos with good nature, good IVs and perfect Hidden Power type and power is astronomically difficult. (And make it shiny just for lols)
  13. Dragonking700

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    Yeah, it's a lot of fun. The downside of course is it's very easy for an experienced player to figure out what you're trying to do and counter it. One fun thing I've tried is using Whimsicott as my trick room user. This really messes with your opponent, because if they have a trick room team, they will set it up right away. And if they have pokes that are slower than yours, you can simply counter-trickroom so that you are faster.
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    I completely forgot that a guy from Yakima was going to this. I was gonna make it a point to go say hi. Good job man taking 9th, but it looks like you got beat up a bit by SPF, which is a bit sad because we had to beat ourselves up as well.

    Small question, what would your team do if you ever fought someone with fake out? Seems like your trick room team could get beat up real quick if you can't get it up.
  15. Dragonking700

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    Fake out is always a problem, but cresselia can usually take several hard hits, even super effective attacks, and still live long enough to set up trick room. So in the near-worst case scenario, where cresselia gets the fake out and/or abomasnow gets a heat wave or rock slide, it's usually not too much of a problem, because cresselia will probably live through it, and abomasnow being sashed will probably live through it also (unless it's in sand:P). Again though, if you know what you're doing, it's not that hard to counter. :( I think game #2 started out with an imprison that really messed things up.
    Conkeldurr functions pretty well outside of trick room, but the recoil+weather just ruins it...
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  17. ZachDro

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    Well done Dragonking. Hopefully you can get to BC for the spring one. Good luck!

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