So... yeah. I've been playing Pokemon since 1st Gen, but after Black and White came out I have been toying with the idea of competitive battling more and more. Then i found Smogon. Looking up on youtube, i realised competitive battling is completely different than what i am used to (ingame battling lol). Therefore i started building and planning a team in OU. I do not know much about the threats and checks and counters for each poke, so I did what newbies would do - i headed straight to the team builder in smogon. So without further ado, I present to you my first attempt at a competitive team :). Lead: Forretress [pimg]205[/pimg] Specially Defensive Items: Leftovers Ability: Sturdy Nature: Relaxed EVs:252 HP, 176 Def, 80 SpD IVs: 0 Spe -Gyro Ball -Spikes -Rapid Spin -Volt Switch Frankly, i struggled between choosing Ferrothorn or Forretress. After seeing what entry hazards have done to teams on videos i thought i must have this system in my team. In the end i went for Forretress. Not to mention it works well as a good physical wall. Followed by: Bronzong [pimg]442[/pimg] Tank Item: Leftovers Ability: Levitate Nature: Sassy EVs: 252 HP, 84 Atk, 80 Def, 92 SpD IVs: 2 Spe -Stealth Rock -Gyro Ball -Hidden Power - Ice -Earthquake After Forry set up at least a layer of spikes, i plan to volt switch into bronzy to set up stealth rocks on the opposing team. HP-Ice is so dragons dont set up like crazy on him. Earthquake is for the concidence scenario when i have a chance to do some damage... Spinblocker: Jellicent [pimg]623[/pimg] Utility Counter Item: Leftovers Nature: Bold EVs: 248 HP, 216 Def, 44 Spe -Scald (TM) -Toxic (TM) -Recover -Taunt (TM) Or go for Jelli to block teams from spinning away the entry hazards. Not to mention it works great as a utility counter for all the fighting types and moves that plague this tier. Sweepers: Darmanitan [pimg]584[/pimg] Physical Attacker Item: Life Orb Ability: Sheer Force Nature: Adamant EVs: 252 Atk, 4 SpD, 252 Spe -Flare Blitz -U-turn (TM) -Rock Slide (TM) -Earthquake (TM) After seeing the destructive power that Darmanitan can be, i considered using him or Heatran for sweeping purposes. However, with experience only achieved from using team builder, darmanitan sports less weaknesses, hence the decision to use him. U turn can be used to maintain momentum if the opposing team comes in with a ground/rock/water counter. Salamence [pimg]373[/pimg] Item:Life Orb Ability: Intimidate EVs: 100 Atk, 176 SpA, 232 Spe Nature: Rash/Naive - Draco Meteor - Fire Blast - Brick Break/Earthquake - Roost My previous choice, Hydreigon is just too slow to actually pull off a sweep with this team, so i took heed Chastin's advice and took up Salamence in the hopes that its speed will be able to pull off a sweep. Special Wall: Rotom-W [pimg]503[/pimg] Item:Leftovers Ability:Levitate EX Spread:248 HP, 232 SDef, 24 SAtk Nature: Calm - Hydro Pump - Volt Switch - Will-O-Wisp - Pain Split As PDC stated, my team suffers from total obliteration from common threats like Starmie and suggested a Rotom-W to counter those. So here he is. Hopefully this patches my team up somewhat. :) The main aim of this team would be to facilitate sweeps for Darmanitan and Hydreigon, with Forretress and Rotom-W to wall threats should things not go as planned. Finally, any critique is welcome. Changes, modifications, suggested teammates, stating checks and counters are all welcome as well. After all, i am here to learn. And please also take into account that since i am not in the US, or any developed country, i have missed out on all event pokemon such as Genesect, Jirachi, and previous gen pokemon such as Celebi etc. Just working with what i have :). Thanks for your time.