Hello, I'm Kingler12345. LC has been my favourite tier by far, and here's a pretty successful RMT to show it off. I'll be retiring this team now since sand is pretty easy to beat, but surprisingly I've beat quite a few hail teams such as dcae's one(IIRC it was pretty similar to this), etc etc. This is my first RMT so far and it's been pretty successful. Ladder shots here- So woo hoo. I suck at laddering, don't hate on the peak. ANYWAY, Teambuilding process I was new to LC one or two months ago. I used to run crappy stuff. Then I shamelessly got swept by sand rush drilbur. Guess what? I decided to make a sand team of my own. Hippo and drilbur started it off. Because I just wanted to. I had no idea what the fuck double rush was then, but I went for two pokemon with sand rush. Now this team was looking to be offensive. I put abra to abuse immunity to sandstorm, I guess(lol) Magnemite was there to trap bronzor since I thought it(bronzor) was good then. Also ferroseed. I read the smogon sandstorm article and saw vullaby. Now needless to say, this team was incredibly weak to snover and waters. I had decent success with it, and then went back to making changes, some in the sets and some in the pokemon. First to go was sandshrew. It just wasn't that good and i still have no idea why I used it as a secondary SR setter. I saw that tentacool was a great snover counter. I used it and it was actually really good despite lack of recovery. Now vullaby went away in place of this thing. It counters every water in existence(kinda) and is just really really amazing in sandstorm. Now this team was rather scraggy weak. Couldn't afford that. You guessed it. Inb4 mienfoo(shelmet works too tho) Ok, now let's move on to the team. The team Hippopotas@Eviolite Ability- Sand Stream EVs- 132 HP/ 20 Atk/ 212 Def/100 SpDef/20 Spe Impish nature Moves -Earthquake -Slack off -Stealth rock -Whirlwind Now sand isn't that viable of a playstyle anymore(it wasn't when I made this team either) but this team works. This guy is an integral part of it, walling mienfoo, opposing drilbur, scraggy and a plethora of physical attackers like dwebble. He sets up the sand that can devastate weatherless(even if you have 1/2 checks to drilbur like most good teams do) and is definitely the one who makes this team work in the first place. EVs are stolen from smogon, max physical bulk blah blah. Phazing, recovery, STAB move and hazards. Standard. Drilbur@Eviolite Ability- Sand rush EVs- 236 Atk/ 36 Def/ 212 Spe Adamant Nature Moves -Swords dance -Earthquake -Rock slide -Shadow claw The spawn of excadrill has left its mark in LC. The sole reason why sand offense exists is right here. With a 19 base attack, this thing is a terror to weatherless teams. It has decent bulk when coupled with eviolite, and after an SD, it's nearly unwallable. An immunity to thunder wave only bolsters its sweeping capabilities. Unfortunately, nearly is a word and pokemon such as foongus, shroomish, porygon and the like can live a hit at +2 and can put a hurt on this guy. But still, it's an S rank threat for a reason. The EV spread is standard, adamant cuz jolly is weak and doesn't outspeed anything notable. <-----------------------lol Tentacool@Eviolite Ability- Liquid Ooze(Fak u snover) EVs- 196 HP/76 Def/196 SpDef/36 Spe Calm nature Moves -Rapid spin -Toxic spikes -Sludge bomb -Giga drain Honestly when I had this thing i had my doubts. But tentacool is a great snover check and a great pokemon in general. It has a good SpDef and decent defence allowing him to tank hits well. He is the only spinner that counters snover and has good utility; I mean, toxic spikes doesn't seem great for an offensive team, but it just works to weaken porygon, mienfoo and stuff. Giga drain for bulky waters and keeping my HP relatively high. Knock off is an amazing move in LC and yeah, that's it. EV spread for bulk, that's it really. Changed knock off to sludge bomb. Abra@Focus sash(finally no eviolite lol) Ability- Magic Guard EVs- 240 SpAtk/ 68 SpDef/200 Spe IVs-30 Def/30 SpAtk/30 SpDef/30 Spe Timid nature Moves -Psychic -Shadow ball -Hidden power fighting -Protect Abra is a good special attacker, and earns itself a place because of its immunity to sandstorm, good special attack(tied for highest in the tier) and ability to revenge kill stuff like clamperl(god that's scary) and shell smashers. The moves are standard. In the fourth slot, people run calm mind, energy ball.......it's hilarious. Protect just has SO much utility against croagunk and mienfoo's fake out and can help tell a scarfoo from a defensive foo(unless defensive foo bluffs with u-turn). EVs are standard, not much to say. Mienfoo@Eviolite Ability- Regenerator EVs- 156 HP/196 Def/116 SpDef Careful nature Moves -Taunt -Drain punch -U-turn -Knock off Replaced scarfoo with tauntfoo, it does well. This is more specially bulky than standard foo and it's really good to use. Knock off spam FTW. I stole the spread from charmander's RMT. Taunt has good utility, drain punch gives a great way for recovery and with regenerator works amazingly. U-turn is also amazing with regenerator and is a great pivoting move. Lileep@Eviolite Ability- Storm Drain EVs- 228 HP/ 220 Def/60 SpDef Bold nature Moves -Giga drain -Ancientpower -Recover -Toxic Now, last but not least, the tank of the team along with hippo. This thing just never fucking dies, I'm not even joking. It can easily survive SE attacks with its awesome bulk and retaliate with a potentially storm drain boosted giga drain or ancientpower. The moveset allows it to come out on top against subroost murkrow, a threat. The EV spread is rather standard, more emphasis on defense as I'm getting the SpDef boost with sand. Shoutouts to Dcae, whom I had laddered with and against, I beat his hail team once or twice :) Whatever, it was a really fun experience playing LC. Also the whole LC community has been awesome and stuff. Conclusion This team is what got me into LC and it's a pretty good team. While it does have flaws(no heal bell support for lileep, blah blah blah) it is still a pretty good team and it's been my only really succesful team. Importable Sand offense (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Sand offense (open) Sand offense (close) Hippopotas @ Eviolite Trait: Sand Stream Level: 5 EVs: 132 HP / 20 Atk / 212 Def / 100 SDef / 20 Spd Impish Nature - Earthquake - Slack Off - Stealth Rock - Whirlwind Drilbur @ Eviolite Trait: Sand Rush Level: 5 EVs: 236 Atk / 36 Def / 212 Spd Adamant Nature - Earthquake - Swords Dance - Rock Slide - Shadow Claw Tentacool @ Eviolite Trait: Liquid Ooze Level: 5 EVs: 196 HP / 76 Def / 196 SDef / 36 Spd Calm Nature - Rapid Spin - Toxic Spikes - Knock Off - Giga Drain Lileep (F) @ Eviolite Trait: Storm Drain Level: 5 EVs: 228 HP / 220 Def / 60 SDef Bold Nature - Giga Drain - Recover - AncientPower - Toxic Mienfoo @ Choice Scarf Trait: Regenerator Level: 5 EVs: 236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spd Adamant Nature - Hi Jump Kick - U-turn - Stone Edge - Drain Punch Abra @ Focus Sash Trait: Magic Guard Level: 5 EVs: 240 SAtk / 68 SDef / 200 Spd Timid Nature - Psychic - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Fighting] - Protect Well, this is the end of my first RMT here. I'm open to any suggestions but mainly I just wanted to RMT it because it's the only team that imo has done consistently well for me.