The Custodial Staff cuz all we doo iz sweeeeep [pimg]196[/pimg] [pimg]130[/pimg] [pimg]212[/pimg] [pimg]121[/pimg] [pimg]135[/pimg] [pimg]642[/pimg] Hello everyone. I've been battling competitively for a pretty long time, but I've only just recently signed up as a Smogon member and started posting, so I figured I'd put up my favorite team that I've made. This is a standard OU team, sort of dual-screens-hyper-offense (I hate labeling teams, because most teams are somewhere in the middle of everything). Anyway, I'll get down to it. Under each pokemon, I will put the obvious info, as well as why they're on the team, and the former members (if any) that occupied their space. And uh....let's have positive feedback as well as negative. Obviously no team is perfect, so yes....there will be threats, no matter what team I make. This is my first RMT, so I am going to do the best I can to follow protocol. Let's get started! [pimg]196[/pimg] Espeon (F) @ Light Clay Trait: Magic Bounce EVs: 252 HP / 252 Spd / 4 Def Timid Nature - Psychic - Reflect - Light Screen - Hidden Power [Fire] Summary: Espeon is the lead for my team, at least half of the time, and it's easy to see why. With decent HP, great speed and special defense, and the ability to set up a reflect (or light screen) faster than most others can attack, Espeon has become, probably, the most important part of my team. As far as moves go, dual screens w/ Light Clay gives plenty of time for other pokemon to get in and start dealing damage. My usual playstyle is to start out with Espeon if it's no preview. But if there is team preview, and I see a common hazard lead on the opposing team, I will start with Gyarados, then switch into Espeon to give the enemy a suprise hazard-reflect. (You would be AMAZED at all the people who don't see this coming, even with team preview.....go figure). Ok, other moves...Psychic for stab, and taking out certain threats, and finally HP Fire, which was the best decision for this last spot. Alot of people prefer HP fighting, which is usually meant for the likes of Ttar. This version of Espeon wouldnt do much damage to it, but--HP fire can most of the time OHKO Scizor, Ferrothorn, and Genesect with neutral nature and no investment in SpA. Enough said. Former Members: Started with a scarfed Chandelure here. I hung on to it for too long because I liked it, but it really didn't do much for my team honestly. Then I put Infernape here, deciding I needed a dedicated lead, because alot of my other pokemon couldn't really cut it leading out. After trial and error, and error, and error....I put Espeon here, because as a lead, she could scare off most hazard leads and such. So it was a Calm Mind set with HP fighting, shadow ball, psychic. Didn't get the results I wanted either. Finally, realizing the potential benefit from dual screens, on top of magic bounce, this Espeon took the prize. ----------------------------- [pimg]130[/pimg] Gyarados (M) @ Lum Berry Trait: Moxie EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP Adamant Nature - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Earthquake - Ice Fang Summary: Ahh yes. One of the two behemoths on my team. As stated above, it works well as a lead, or as a way to make the other team feel comfortable to use their hazards, and then I switch. But once dual screens are set up, Gyarados comes in and sets up at least 1, and if I'm lucky, 2, Dragon Dances. Before I changed my espeon to the dual-screener, I had Intimidate on Gyarados instead of Moxie, because he couldn't survive many attacks that he didnt resist. But with screens up, Gyarados can abuse Moxie to 6-0 certain teams who don't nip him in the bud. There's not much to say here as far as his moves go, Waterfall for STAB, EQ works amazingly alongside it, and ice fang for taking out Dragons who would otherwise resist waterfall or be immune to EQ. Gyarados has perfect synergy with Jolteon, who can get free switch-ins every time I anticipate an electric move (which anyone can do while using Gdos). Also when Jolteon is in trouble, looking to get away from it's only nemesis:Ground, Gyarados also gets a free switch. Lum Berry is the perfect item for Gyarados, because so many people think they are going to cripple me with a burn, such as a Nintales lead for a sun team using Will-o-Wisp, which gives me a free dragon dance, and then he just starts tearing heads off. Gotta love him. Former Members: So many former members were here, I can't even remember most of them. This was my toss-up spot for a VERY long time. ----------------------------- [pimg]212[/pimg] Scizor (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Technician EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 SDef Adamant Nature - Bullet Punch - Bug Bite - Quick Attack - U-turn Summary:I've always loved Scizor, like many pokemon players, because he's extremely practical and always comes through when you need him. The biggest job that Scizor does is to easily take out shell smash Cloyster, who would otherwise ravage through my team, and Tyranitar, who also can give me alot of trouble. For a while, I used a jolly, choice scarf set, which ended up being stupid with the kind of team I've got going. And when I truly need Scizor to come through, I usually don't have the time for him to come in and set up swords dance and take hits-I need him to come in and hit hard, fast, and eliminate, so the rest of my team can run through the opponents. This is why Choice Band, instead of LO+Swords Dance, works so well for my team. Scizor makes a great teammate with Gyarados, who can easily sponge the fire type hits that would otherwise destroy Scizor. The same can be said for Starmie as well. Scizor usually isn't sweeping whole teams, but I don't need him to; he punches the holes necessary for the likes of Haxorus, Gyarados, and Starmie to rip apart. Former Members: Like Haxorus, Scizor is an OG. Been here since the beginning. ----------------------------- [pimg]121[/pimg] Starmie @ Life Orb Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef Timid Nature - Surf - Ice Beam - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power [Fire] Summary: Ok. I know what you're thinking. No Rapid Spin? Are you challenged? Hear me out. I know that rapid spin is very important with Starmie, but Espeon takes care of entry hazards with Magic Bounce so well, that I've found I really didn't need it much at all. On top of that, my team isn't very vulnerable to entry hazards, other than Gyarados (who usually is either leading, or coming in after espeon sets up screens), AND HP fire has proved itself SO useful to OHKO Scizor, Genesect, and some variants of Ferrothorn. The rest of the moves are pretty self explanitory. Surf for STAB (I hate Hydro Pump and moves like it....I need to be able to depend on my moves, one missed move can cost a team like mine a whole game), and the infamous BoltBeam combo for amazing coverage; and with HP fire, Starmie becomes a team member that can pretty much take out anything I need it to. Former Members: Alakazam (once I put Espeon in for MB, Zam was just....you know, redundant) ----------------------------- [pimg]135[/pimg] Jolteon (M) @ Electric Gem Trait: Volt Absorb EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 HP Timid Nature - Thunderbolt - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Ice] - Volt Switch Summary: I feel like we should see this little guy alot more than we do. Even though he's in OU, he does seem under used....Anyway, like I stated above, Jolteon is perfect with Gyarados, getting free switch ins frequently if Gyarados is in trouble, and vice-versa. The moves here are pretty standard, as are most of my sets (and for good reason-they work...). Thunderbolt, for STAB, Shadow Ball, which gives good coverage and takes out annoying ghost and psychic types, Volt Switch for dealing quick damage to let another pokemon take the hit or for finishing off a pokemon, so that I don't have to switch out the next turn when they send one out. Finally, HP Ice is absolutely necessary, taking out Landorus, Salamence and other flying, ground, or dragon pokemon, and seriously denting Dragonite. For the longest time I had choice specs on Jolteon, but changed it for electric gem, because being choice-locked was almost always trouble for jolteon, especially late game if there is a ground type and jolteon is the only one left (which happens sometimes, despite my best efforts). That being said, electric gem is not doing enough for me at the moment, and Jolteon seems to be falling back into the shadows. So, what do you guys think? Is Jolteon up for the LO recoil? Or do I need to suck it up and slap the Specs back on? Need advice on this issue. Former Members:None, OG. ----------------------------- [pimg]642[/pimg] Haxorus 'The Janitor' (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Mold Breaker EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature - Outrage - Earthquake - Brick Break - Dual Chop Summary: My favorite pokemon. Haxorus gets such a bad rap because of his 'disappointing speed'; I've never really understood why people think that. Yes, it is not as fast as some dragons, but you're obviously going to either use him with a scarf, or have a DD set (and hopefully not be dumb enough to set up in front of Salamence or Hydreigon). Anyway, Hax has been on this team since the very beginning, and this is a pretty standard set: Outrage for outrageous power, EQ for coverage and good base 100 power, Brick Break, in case of having to face off with a steel-type, and Dual Chop- which some people will throw aside for Dragon Claw because of the lowered accuracy. I find that Dual Chop is invaluable when a pokemon has set up a substitute that is bugging the hell out of my other pokemon, or when facing off against something that I'm 90% sure will have a Focus Sash on, such as Dugtrio, Alakazam, etc. The only problem I have with this set is that unless I'm sure Hax can take care of the rest of the pokemon on the other team, I have to keep him out as long as possible. I have messed around with a DDance set with Lum Berry. Do you think that would be better suited for this team, or do you think the current set is better? It's probably the biggest question I've had about this team; and I keep going back and forth. Former Members: None (except for Dragon Dance set, said above) Just to bullet point the specific advice I'm requesting.... Issues: -Jolteon's item -Haxorus: Scarf, or DD set? Answers to these questions, please explain why what you're requesting would be best, overall, for my team. Thanks. That's it, everyone. I hope you've enjoyed my first RMT and have some good things to say about it, as well as some constructive things for me to use. I'm open to changing moves, items, and pokemon, if the need arises, so feel free to make any suggestion you like. -RANDOM- P.S. - Why have I never seen anyone name a Hail team 'The Aboma Administration'? I wish I liked hail, because when I thought of that name, I just started laughing.