New Pokemon, new team. This time, it's a bit different. I decided to make a Sandstorm team (Usually I hate working with SS). The reason is, Stratagem is amazing in the sand. So, this team came out. Its been doing decent on the ladder, but I've been having some problems with Stat Boosters. The main point of the team is to eliminate the other team's Stratagem counters, then reveal Stratagem at the end and clean up. Tyranisaur (Tyranitar) (M) @ Choice Band Ability: Sand Stream EVs: 180 HP/252 Atk/76 Spd Adamant nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Aqua Tail - Crunch - Earthquake - Stone Edge The lead. The story behind this is simple: I was leading with a Hippowdon on another team, when I was suprisingly 2HKO'd by Aqua Tail by Bass's CB Tar. Definitely a great lead/wall breaker, and as an added bonus sets up Sandstorm for Stratagem. It also conveniently eliminates Blissey and other Tyranitar for me. Cruelsquid (Tentacruel) (M) @ Choice Scarf Ability: Liquid Ooze EVs: 4 HP/252 Spd/252 SAtk Modest nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Ice Beam - Surf - Sludge Bomb - Hidden Power [Electric] The "suprise" revenge killer of the team. I like the fact that nobody expects Tentacruel to be fast, at base 100, but it doesn't have as much power as I'd like. It fails to OHKO Scarftran after SR. I'd be willing to change this to something with a bit more "pop", maybe a scarf Gyarados? I just need something fast on this team, and something unexpected. Zapbird (Zapdos) @ Leftovers Ability: Pressure EVs: 252 HP/220 Def/36 Spd Bold nature (+Def, -Atk) - Heat Wave - Hidden Power [Grass] - Roost - Thunderbolt Your standard Zapdos. This is my standard switch into any and all fighters. I find that it takes status way too much though, and its too important for me to lose like that. I need it to take down Scizor, so it just can't die. Mummyankh (Revenankh) (M) @ Leftovers Ability: Shed Skin EVs: 252 HP/120 Def/136 SDef Careful nature (+SDef, -SAtk) - Bulk Up - Shadow Sneak - Rest - Hammer Arm Again, standard. Takes care of Tyranitar, Lucario, Machamp, and sets up on them. I don't sacrifice this often at all, but sometimes I'm forced to in order to revenge kill something. Dogcario (Lucario) (M) @ Life Orb Ability: Inner Focus EVs: 120 Atk/176 Spd/212 SAtk Rash nature (+SAtk, -SDef) - Close Combat - Bullet Punch - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Ice] The weakest link. SoT gave me the set, because CrushKing just wasn't working. Basically, I have no clue to do with this spot. I wanted a Mixed Attacker that was immune to SS, but there aren't many that fit the bill. I'm thinking that this spot would be better used by something like ClericBliss/Cleric Celebi with Stealth Rock, things this team sorely need. Rockgem (Stratagem) @ Choice Specs Ability: Levitate EVs: 4 HP/252 Spd/252 SAtk Timid nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Flamethrower - Earth Power - Paleo Wave - Energy Ball The star of the show. Not many people expect Choice Specs Stratagem, which is why it works so well. Some times, I wish it was the LO attacker, because of the ability to switch attacks, but a lot of times the extra power helps. I'm kind of torn really. Anyway, rate my team. Credit to Cartoons and Aragornbird for the pics.