'Sup Smogonites! I haven't made a post on Smogon for quite a while, especially a thread. The reason behind this is not the release of Black Ops 2, although I do play it frequently I have the time to visit my favourite forum. But the OU RMT forum has been plagued with endless amounts of threads named 'OU Rain', 'My first team' and 'OU Weatherless'. Like having a weatherless team is something that should be congratulated, something that should be recognised as great skill for not having control over their opponents field. So anyway, this forum is littered and to be honest the metagame needs to change. I wouldn't mind the constant cookie-cutter trash if it wasn't so...cookie-cutter. So I thought I'd make something different that will still work. Rant over. This is 'Another Day in England', mainly because living in Britain, like I do, brings you perpetual rain, and if I'm honest, the British Iles would be the perfect place for an OU Pokemon battle if they actually existed, hahaa. By the way, if anyone else can see the Tornadus and Garchomp sprites moving exceptionally fast, let me know and I can try to fix it, otherwise it may just be a bug on my laptop. Without further ado: NOTE: SOME DESCRIPTIONS CAN BE CONFUSING DUE TO TEAM CHANGES, eg, Garchomp used to run Substitute, and now doesn't, so may talk about Substitute in the description. The team is always changing and I'm not sure if I want to change the description every time I alter something. Team Building Process (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Team Building Process (open) Team Building Process (close) Yeah, I'm not going to lie. Scizor used to be extremely overused. I think in DPP it was the number one most used Pokemon? But with the prevelance of Genesect, Scizor's usage rates have dropped massively. I've always loved Scizor, and thought I'd use him as a starting point. I wanted to make a solid core for my Red Menace. I had started with a Kingdra incorporating Swift Swim+Rain Dance, but it was just too weak, even the DDance variants didn't work well for me. I thought, manually setting up Rain Dance for only about 6 turns was never really worth going through the trouble. So I undoubtedly ended up incorporating Politoed, and along with that came the second half of my core, Feraligatr. Now he's a beauty under the rain, and is ridiculously underrated. Instead of the Swift Swim which would benefit this team on paper, I got priority STAB rain-boosted Aqua Jet, which is always a plus! I needed a solid backup sweeper, something that could tank at least one hit and would be able to dish a few out. As now I didn't have Kingdra, I also needed a Dragon-type. With no shame I brought Garchomp into the team, as I see him as the Invisible Threat - something everyone prepares their team against but never seems to have the courtesy to show up against those prepared. Its pretty much a beast that not alot of people use anymore, so that's where people like me can use it to our advantage. At this point, I was starting to really like the look of the team. But trying to be even more original, I wanted to use some sort of mini-strategy. So I thought of self-producing strategies for one Pokemon that didn't include Spore or set-up moves, as Spore is cheap as hell and I already have three Pokemon running set-up in my team overall (after Tornadus). My mind turned to Salac Berry and Empoleon. I thought, a Water-type and a Steel that doesn't clash with Scizor's typing. But then I remembered, it may look good on paper but it is BAD in competitive OU. So I searched the OU Tier a bit, saw Tornadus with Prankster. Prankster + Sub + Salac = MADNESS. I needed the last member of my team. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to fill the slot, but I knew I wanted something bulky. I didn't want to use Blissey, as I've used it so often in the past, namely in Blissey/Slowbro cores, but I still wanted something resistant to the current meta. I found Reuniclus. And he is perfect. Team Building Process (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Team Building Process (open) Team Building Process (close) Team Building Process (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Team Building Process (open) Team Building Process (close) Another Day in England (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Another Day in England (open) Another Day in England (close) Scizor (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Scizor (open) Scizor (close) Scizor (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Technician EVs: 232 Atk / 196 SDef / 80 Spd Careful Nature - Bug Bite - Bullet Punch - Superpower - Swords Dance One of the biggest contributing factors towards this team's success, my Careful Scizor. This is a custom set I made for myself back in the days of DPP, where Special Attacks were very much at the heart of the metagame - it is still the case, and in my opinion always will be. Careful Scizor allows safe switch-ins against Psychic, Scald, and under rain, even a Genesect's Flamethrower. Rain cuts in half damage from any Fire attacks, dousing a confident 90 base power Fthrower to a puny 45. Against a 196+ SpDef Scizor, quad effectiveness doesn't even matter. This is, in my opinion, by far the most solid Scizor set and I abuse to the maximum. Unfortunately, it will never get the upper hand on a speed-invested Heatran, but Scizor has been known to OHKO a SpDef+HP+SpA Heatran by outspeeding it with a Superpower. Scizor's mission is to pretty much get up a Swords Dance on a switch or weaker Pokemon such as Starmie, and wreak havoc among the opponent utilising a barrage of STAB Technician Life Orb boosted Bullet Punches. But if I can outlive an attack, then may turn to the more powerful option. Life Orb is, and always has been a plus and a minus, as Scizor goes sweeping multiple Pokes quite frequently, he sustains about 40-50% of only Life Orb damage when he gets a streak on. Feraligatr (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Feraligatr (open) Feraligatr (close) Feraligatr (M) @ Mystic Water Trait: Torrent EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 Spd Adamant Nature - Aqua Jet - Crunch - Ice Punch - Swords Dance Anyone who has ever said Pokemon from UU don't work in OU should be hanged. The worst part is, I'm not even joking. Feraligatr has so much synergy with Scizor, countering one of its main threats, Heatran, revenge kills those which are knocked down to just about 6% from a dodgy Bullet Punch, and pretty much Aqua Jets everything that doesn't resist it. Its potential is actually scary under rain. Aqua Jet - Priority. Base 40 Power. STAB. Mystic Water boost. Drizzle rain boost. That is just off the bat. Powered with Torrent, it is virtually unstoppable if you don't have a Pokemon with Water Absorb. I don't know, I've always liked Feraligatr. The Water starters have always lured me to choose them. Apart from Oshawatt. I mean, what the fuck was that? Garchomp (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Garchomp (open) Garchomp (close) Garchomp (M) @ Rocky Helmet Trait: Rough Skin EVs: 96 Atk / 252 Spd / 160 HP Jolly Nature - Stealth Rock - Aqua Tail - Outrage - Earthquake You know, I don't even know what to say about Garchomp. I seriously don't. I have wondered if using a Yache Berry variant like the old times would suit him better, and it would give me another attacking move over it. I suppose it protects me from Ice Shard. But I suppose Yache Berry would do that as well. Hahaa, check me having a conversation with myself on the description of a Pokemon. Garchomp has always performed exceptionally, and we're both incredibly confused as to why Mamoswine has no usage. It is the perfect counter to any sweeper, and namely, Garchomp/Gliscor/Landy-T. Tornadus (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Tornadus (open) Tornadus (close) Tornadus (M) @ Salac Berry Trait: Prankster EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd / 4 HP Modest Nature - Substitute - Hurricane - Focus Blast - Taunt I know the colour looks bad. But its the only colour that would really be visible and would work for a flying-type. Probably one of my most creative sets, and by far one of the most effective. Tornadus can take on multiple roles, from lead to whole team sweeper to wallbreaker. This amazing cloud ogre with its perfect ability has one of the most underrated offensive capabilities in the game. It smashes the shit out of Volcarona with Taunt and Hurricane, loses nothing but a 30% accuracy drop in any opposing weather, but it never stopped people running Focus Blast! The game-plan is to Substitute down to the Salac Berry abusing Prankster to always go first, and then when the Salac Berry kicks in it is reassured to be faster than anything that they have. Salac boosts Tornadus' speed by one stage, which is a 1.5x boost, and basically does what a Choice Scarf does without any drawbacks! Sure, you're at 25% health or less, but fuck that you're behind a Substitute! Reuniclus (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Reuniclus (open) Reuniclus (close) Reuniclus (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Magic Guard EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef Bold Nature - Calm Mind - Recover - Psyshock - Focus Blast Magic Guard is such a good ability. It has confused so many players as for some reason, most think that I'm using Regenerator and try to Toxic or Will-o-Wisp me...mistake. I can have a safe entrance on Rocks and proceed to set up Calm Minds, which is always great. I don't know why anyone uses him anymore, and to be honest, I don't care. All I know is that unprepared or ill-structured teams get mowed down by him and he is a bitch to get rid of. Even through playing Pokemon Black I discovered that he's a bitch to kill when he was under the command of the opposition in the Pokemon League. Of course it was like 15 levels higher than me, but for something with an atrocious set and no EVs, it does pretty well for itself in that game. Politoed (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Politoed (open) Politoed (close) Politoed (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 SDef / 4 Def Calm Nature - Scald - Protect - Encore - Toxic Here he is. The man himself, the face of hatred for originality and experimental teams that used to make the metagame such a brilliant thing to be in. Politoed and his brothers and sister, Ninetales, Abomasnow and Tyranitar, laugh in the face of creativity and all that is good, and decide to piss all over it. Words cannot express how much I hate those four pricks, and all that they've done to the metagame. Its not their fault though, its the douchebag owners that force them to extract abilities from their dreams. This Politoed is a pretty standard Special Defense variant, sporting 3 defensive moves and that hot kettle water attack that seems to have much higher chance of burning than its print suggests. There's really nothing I would like to say about Toed, as I only use it to set up weather then kick it out of the game completely. God I hate the thing. Oh god, the RMT is finished. Well, that took a ridiculously long time to do the layout and all of that. Remember to leave a comment.Subliminal messaging in a way right there, hahaa. But seriously, it would help if you made a suggestion, even a praise if you want to just get your post count up. This has been Yeezy D, and 'Another Day in England'. The team currently holds a 90% WIN RATIO (20:25ENGtime, Nov 24th), pretty much all I did was play 10 games and managed to win 9/10 of them with quite little effort. The one game I lost was ridiculously close and came down to a bad misplay on my part on switching in Scizor from a misclick and he got paralyzed on the switch, which lead to parahax and me losing the game. Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed my team, ask if you wanted the Imp/Exportable code, but unless you contribute there's very little chance you'll get it. That's just the way it is.