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Rate my first "competitive" team... ever

Discussion in 'BW OU Teams' started by PygmyPuff812, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. PygmyPuff812

    PygmyPuff812

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    Okay, I'm going to be really honest... I really don't have any idea what I'm doing.

    As a bit of background information, I'm not a complete competitive pokemon ignoramus, but I never actually bothered to make a competitive team. As such, my "knowledge" level is... Ok-ish, but my "experience" level is basically zero. I pretty much threw together this team just to see how it did and go from there, but the opinions of more experienced players would be greatly appreciated. :)

    That being said, here's the team itself:


    Mienshao (M) @ Life Orb
    Trait: Regenerator
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
    Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
    - Taunt
    - U-turn
    - Hi Jump Kick
    - Fake Out


    Ok, this is my "lead" pokemon, but I've been hearing stuff about leads becoming somewhat inferior this gen due to team preview. However, as team members go, I have found Mienshao to be surprisingly powerful. I find it taking out more pokemon than I expected at first, and U-turn really is fantastic on it.

    Starmie @ Expert Belt
    Trait: Natural Cure
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
    - Rapid Spin
    - Ice Beam
    - Thunderbolt
    - Surf


    I haven't been using Starmie for too long, because before I used Donphan for Rapid Spinning (which didn't work out very well). However, I feel like I haven't been having THAT much more success with Starmie... I really have no idea what to look for in a Rapid Spinner, but as long as I'm using Volcarona, I need one. Advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Skarmory (M) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sturdy
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
    Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
    - Stealth Rock
    - Roost
    - Spikes
    - Brave Bird


    I've been using Skarmory for SR and Spikes, obviously. It's pretty efficient actually, but I don't know if it's necessarily the best choice. I feel like Skarmory is pretty effective at what it's doing, but not very threatening to much. I don't know if this is acceptable as long as the other team members make up for it, or if this kind of needs an overhaul.

    Gengar (M) @ Choice Scarf
    Trait: Levitate
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
    - Shadow Ball
    - Thunderbolt
    - Hidden Power [Ice]
    - Focus Blast


    My revenge killer, and it does a pretty good job too. I don't see anything wrong with it, but it can probably be improved somehow, so please tell me if you do.

    Cresselia (F) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Levitate
    EVs: 252 Def / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef
    Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Ice Beam
    - Moonlight
    - Psychic
    - Toxic


    This is one pokemon that I'm highly considering changing... it fills the role of just a generic "wall" pokemon, but other than taking hits and Toxic-ing stuff, it doesn't do very much. It also seems to be really predictable, I have had steel types switched in on my Toxic many times, but maybe that's just a problem with my playing :P

    Volcarona (M) @ Life Orb
    Trait: Flame Body
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Quiver Dance
    - Fiery Dance
    - Bug Buzz
    - Hidden Power [Ground]

    This is my powerhouse, but... I think that unless I can construct a team that more effectively supports it, it should be changed. When it successfully sets up without getting seriously hurt, it is very effective (I actually 6-0'd someone with it once o_o but I don't think they were that good), but it's really hard to do that. I really like it and would like to keep it, but it's not my highest priority.

    A few final things, one, I would prefer to stay away from "cookie-cutter" as much as possible, but I would much rather have an effective team that I can actually get better with. If that means using what the majority of others are, then I am okay with it. Finally, I would like to keep as much of my team intact as possible, but, again, learning what actually works and what doesn't is a priority to me. Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this :P

    Also, I'll get pics as soon as possible. If you read this before then, deal with it please.
  2. NeoSeth

    NeoSeth

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    With Volcanrona and Cressy on this team, I'd suggest going Sun with Ninetails. Obviously that compromises Skarmory, but that can be fixed. Hitmontop is also a solid Rapid Spinner this generation. Replacing Mienshao with Ninetails and Starmie with Top would be the start. Then I guess you could replace Skarmory with Heatran. I'm not that good at playing with Sun, so I'll leave it at a really basic rate at first and let someone else do most of the work haha.

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