Hello Smogon! Today I'm presenting the team that came to mind when me and my little brother argued over which type was the best, and I decided to convince him that I could build a team around Dragon-Types and make it do work. The team is based around removing any checks against my two sweeping Dragon-Types. This is a huge change to my usual playstyle of Hazard Phazing until my sweeper (usually Cloyster) decides to mop up the horribly weakened and poisoned team my 3 phazers and spinblockers left in front of him. However, I was getting sick of games taking 50+ turns, and thought I should just use the "Best Type" to the best of my ability. Explanations for pokes and movesets await you if you wish to keep reading! Magnezone Set-up Trapper Air Balloon/ Magnet Pull/ Timid EVs: 36 HP / 252 SpA / 220 Spe ~ Substitute ~ Thunderbolt ~ Hidden Power Fire ~ Charge Beam •A huge staple to my team, Magnezone is my method of disposing of the steel types that hinder the wrath of my dragons. I'll switch in on the almost-mandatory steel type every team in OU, and either set up on it with charge beam, or quickly dispatch of it. A great counter to Ferrothorn, Forretress and Scizor, I keep HP fire for the super effective damage to the steel types I want gone(often 4x effective too), charge beam if I wish to set up, Thunderbolt for customary STAB, and Substitute for times when I can attempt a sweep knowing I took out their last steel type, I never risk Magnezone until his job is done. EV spread self explanatory, max Special Attack, with a little extra in HP, rest in Speed. Calm Mind Latias Leftovers / Timid / Levitate EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe ~ Calm Mind ~ Recover ~ Dragon Pulse ~ Psyshock • Meet sweeper #1. Calm Mind Latias is the special half of my sweeping duo, and is put out to eliminate teams with the survivors being primarily physically defensive. Latias can start setting up the second a steel type is out of the picture, and if Tyranitar's on the enemy team, once he's been disposed of. Because I can rely on Magnezone to dispatch pesky Steel Types, I decided to forgo the weaker coverage option of HP Fire, and take the stronger STAB Psyshock, which also takes care of the Chansey+Blissey issue. On both sweepers, I made sure to have a reliable source of recovery, hence the Recover, alongside Calm Mind's special defense boosts making Latias unbelievably bulky as well, letting her set up and annihilate easily. Salamence Dragon Dance Lum Berry / Adamant / Moxie EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe ~ Dragon Dance ~ Outrage ~ Earthquake ~ Roost • Oh boy, Salamence. High speed, access to Roost and Dragon Dance, 2 100+ BP moves with near-perfect coverage, with Moxie adding to the deadly combination. Salamence is offensive to the extreme, but I added some factors to lower the risk of sweeping with him. Because Magnezone is used to take care of the steel types Earthquake doesn't kill,(Bronzong, Ferrothorn, Forretress), I can opt to take Roost instead of a third coverage move, adding far more time to his sweeping potential. The icing on the cake is the Lum Berry to take away the Outrage confusion or save him from being statused into oblivion. All in all, this is a generic sweeping Salamence set, complimented well by my team composition. Stealth Rock Mamoswine Focus Sash / Thick Fat / Adamant EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe ~ Ice Shard ~ Endeavor ~ Earthquake ~ Stealth Rock • Mamoswine is a secondary dragon check, mainly for Choice Scarf Garchomp, but he's also my lead with Stealth Rock, and the ability to use his Focus Sash in conjunction with Endeavor and Ice Shard+his immunity to damaging weather,(Hail and Sandstorm), to remove a poke from the game and potentially taking away their chance to put up Stealth Rocks. Mamoswine's role is decided in Team Preview, if he wants to eliminate their lead, or if there's a dragon-type on the enemy team that is very likely to be scarfed(Hydreigon, Garchomp, sometimes Haxorus), Mamoswine will be reserved for brutal priority Ice Shards to the face. Safety Net Breloom Toxic Orb / Poison Heal / Adamant EVs: 12 HP / 244 Atk / 252 Spe ~ Spore ~ Mach Punch ~ Drain Punch ~ Seed Bomb • Seeing as my team is actually quite weak to Rock, I needed a cushion for that. Tyranitar especially can check my Latias, Mamoswine, and Salamence. Giving a pokemon the power to take on half my team is just not okay. So I brought in Breloom as the supreme "Fuck you" to Tyranitar and other Rock Types, with Breloom's 4x resistance, access to super effective priority, immunity to status, and very high healing with Poison Heal as well as Drain Punch. Seed Bomb is for secondary STAB against bothersome Ground and Water types, but truly, the fear of Tyranitar is what earned Breloom his spot on the team. Wish Support Blissey Leftovers / Natural Cure / Calm EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SpD ~ Wish ~ Protect ~ Seismic Toss ~ Thunder Wave Blissey is pretty much Mamoswine's last hope of survival after it pulls off a proper Endeavor and removes the Stealth Rock user before the rocks are used, and to breathe life into it's teammates, as every member on this team serves a very specific role and the chain can break with one link removed depending on the situation. So why not give them a second chance, in the way of wishing them 300+ health! Blissey also serves to spread paralysis to slow down teams and make the sweeper's jobs easier. So now you see how I build a team to set up my vital sources of damage for great success, how I dispatch of counters, and how I insure my team from being ruined by a single surprise kill that ruins the whole strategy. What do you think Smogon?