How do I make a competitive team for Singles Random Matches on the GBU? ----- With the release of Black 2/White 2 here in Japan, I've decided I want to play alot more random matches online than I did with Black. I'm currently trying to put together a solid team. However, due to the rules of random matches on the GBU, the metagame is very different from the standard Smogon OU. (Not to mention the fact that the metagame thread on this board is quite dead >.>) Basically the rule that is really hampering me at the moment is team preview/pick 3. Due to the fact that you can only pick 3 pokemon, it really cuts down options regarding strategy. Namely, stall teams aren't going to be as effective (Unless you can really read the opponent in the pick-3 phase.) Secondly, the banlist is completely different from Smogon OU. Things like Garchomp or Speed Boost Blaziken are allowed, thus being quite hard to deal with. Thirdly, item clause and items in general. Basically in a 3v3, I've found that choice items are very risky. Not to mention a well placed focus sash will make or break the game for you. Additionally, how do you pick which item goes on which poke? Which one gets the life orb and which one gets the wise glasses or expert band for example. tl;dr, I'm trying to understand the thought process (that is obviously a bit different to standard OU) that goes into making a successful singles GBU team, as well as what strategies are successful?