PRE TOURNAMENT Our story begins at Worlds 2009, after some discussion, Fish and I decide that Seattle would be a great place to visit for the 2010 tournament, its early in the season and we can blitz the tournament with a radical strategy as the metagame hasn't developed much. We started to get anxious when dates were taking so long to be released, but when they were revealed we started planning our trip right away. During our planning more and more people decided to go, making for a very crowded regional, but it solidified the Ducks numbers, helping us become more intimidating to our opponents. On Wednesday morning Fish arrives at my house and our trip begins with some requisite In-N-Out. The trip to Seattle would take 18 hours from my house, but Huy and his brother Duy were going to tag along so after a fairly uneventful trip to Davis, California we stay for the night at Huy's apartment, trolling IRC and playing Street Fighter. We wake up early the next morning and begin the long trip to Seattle, which included tons of Battle Factory matches because of the lack of interesting things going on in Oregon. One thing I noticed in Oregon was the lack of originality when naming cities, from Phoenix to Dallas to Salem (it keeps going), nearly every city shared its name with another city in the US. We finally reach our destination Thursday night and stay in Renton, Washington. During our short stay in Renton we visit a grocery store and discover a Taco Time, one of the reasons we made this trip was to eat at Taco Time. Sadly they were closed so we settled for a 3 pound container of macaroni salad and frozen burritos. In the morning Mr. Bananagrabber makes his final appearance when he is finally revealed to be my alter-ego and we finally reach downtown Seattle and our home for the next few days. We wander the city for a bit looking for food, but downtowns are notorious for never having food and we eventually settle on Quiznos and I purchase what will become known as the contingency plan torpedo, a sandwich that sat in the hotel refrigerator for several days "just in case." The rest of the day was filled with practicing for tomorrow and watching Goran Dragic demolish the Spurs, while the Canadians watch their Canucks. "Practice" THE TEAM The team is pretty solid, it works quite good, there are some weaknesses, but what team doesn't have them? Prize to who can guess what the nicknames are. Hitmontop (M) @ Life Orb ** Lazarus Trait: Technician EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Detect - Fake Out - Mach Punch - Sucker Punch Through testing and damage calcs it was determined that Top was a force to be reckoned with, it doesn't need to worry about speed and can bulk itself up with a ton of HP evs and its Mach Punch can decimate teams doing massive damage to anything that doesn't resist it before the opponent can even attack. Kyogre @ Choice Scarf ** Stark Trait: Drizzle EVs: 4 HP / 252 Spd / 252 SAtk Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Blizzard - Hidden Power [Flying] - Thunder - Water Spout I sort of threw Ogre on as a whim, but it really worked out as an amazing partner for Top, Fake Out from Top helps keep Ogre alive and Spouting, while Top can also Mach Punch and Ogre will finish things off before the opponent can even attack. Abomasnow (M) @ Sitrus Berry ** Crabtree Trait: Snow Warning EVs: 212 HP / 44 Atk / 252 SAtk Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd) - Blizzard - Grass Knot - Ice Shard - Protect Weather control is necessary in the VGC, and if they can take advantage of my Rain I can be in some serious trouble, but Abomasnow is a great backup, allowing me to switch to a Blizzard spam team, but it also helps defeat opposing Ogres and Ice Shard gives me additional priority. Palkia @ Haban Berry ** Lockhart Trait: Pressure EVs: 4 HP / 252 Spd / 252 SAtk Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Blizzard - Protect - Spacial Rend - Thunder Palkia is just a solid contributor in all aspects, it can spam Blizzard, take out opposing Dragons, and can also use Thunder in the Rain to take out other Rain teams. Giratina @ Griseous Orb ** Kozak Trait: Pressure EVs: 228 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 20 Spd / 4 SDef Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Dragon Claw - Pain Split - Shadow Force - Shadow Sneak I never used it, and I never really planned to do so, just sort of on the team. Smeargle (M) @ Focus Sash ** Holmes Trait: Own Tempo EVs: 252 HP / 6 Def / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Dark Void - Detect - Fake Out - Helping Hand Every team I make needs my favorite Pokemon, so here it is in the back, again I never planned on using it, but if i did I wanted a decent moveset and this worked well in testing.