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Who Needs Unova? OU Ladder Challenge!

Discussion in 'BW OU' started by Lavos Spawn, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Lavos Spawn

    Lavos Spawn a e s t h e t i c
    is a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Mar 17, 2012
    Who Needs Unova?
    an Overused ladder challenge ~ approved by ginganinja / Pocket / Birkal



    The introduction of the Pokemon Black and White games brought an entirely new dynamic to the competitive Pokemon scene. As everyone knows, the Unova region brought many big threats to the table, including Terrakion, Genesect, Hydreigon, and Volcarona. Most assumed that these Pokemon would dominate the OU tier for years to come. However, when you takes a look at Smogon's most recent usage statistics, there's only a single BW-exclusive Pokemon that made the top 10 cut. Only 3 break the top 20. This leads me to believe that Black and White Pokemon aren't all they've cracked up to be. I decided to build a team using no Unova Pokemon, only 'mons from generations 1 through 4, and it performed exceptionally well despite lacking any 5th gen Pokemon. I'm curious to see if others find the same result. And thus, without further ado, let me introduce to you the Who Needs Unova? OU Ladder Challenge!


    Objective: To attain an ACRE of 1950 or above, as well as a standard deviation of plus/minus 70, on the Pokemon Showdown! OverUsed ladder (NOT the suspect ladder).

    Only Pokemon from generations 1 through 4 are permitted, or from #001 to #493 in the National Pokedex. The banlist is as follows: Victini, Snivy, Servine, Serperior, Tepig, Pignite, Emboar, Oshawott, Dewott, Samurott, Patrat, Watchog, Lillipup, Herdier, Stoutland, Purrloin, Liepard, Pansage, Simisage, Pansear, Simisear, Panpour, Simipour, Munna, Musharna, Pidove, Tranquill, Unfezant, Blitzle, Zebstrika, Roggenrola, Boldore, Gigalith, Woobat, Swoobat, Drilbur, Excadrill, Audino, Timburr, Gurdurr, Conkeldurr, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Throh, Sawk, Sewaddle, Swadloon, Leavanny, Venipede, Whirlipede, Scolipede, Cottonee, Whimsicott, Petilil, Lilligant, Basculin, Sandile, Krokorok, Krookodile, Darumaka, Darmanitan, Maractus, Dwebble, Crustle, Scraggy, Scrafty, Sigilyph, Yamask, Cofagrigus, Tirtouga, Carracosta, Archen, Archeops, Trubbish, Garbodor, Zorua, Zoroark, Minccino, Cinccino, Gothita, Gothorita, Gothitelle, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Ducklett, Swanna, Vanillite, Vanillish, Vanilluxe, Deerling, Sawsbuck, Emolga, Karrablast, Escavalier, Foongus, Amoonguss, Frillish, Jellicent, Alomomola, Joltik, Galvantula, Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, Kling, Klang, Klinklang, Tynamo, Eelektrik, Eelektross, Elgyem, Beeheeyem, Litwick, Lampent, Chandelure, Axew, Fraxure, Haxorus, Cubchoo, Beartic, Cryogonal, Shelmet, Accelgor, Stunfisk, Mienfoo, Mienshao, Druddigon, Golett, Golurk, Pawniard, Bisharp, Bouffalant, Rufflet, Braviary, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Heatmor, Durant, Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon, Larvesta, Volcarona, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect.

    Alternate formes of 5th generation Pokemon are also banned. This includes Darmanitan-Zen, Tornadus-Therian, Thundurus-Therian, Landorus-Therian, and Meloetta-Pirouette.

    The automatic ladder restrictions are that of Smogon and Pokemon Showdown. This means that, in addition to the already listed Pokemon, Arceus, Blaziken, Darkrai, Deoxys, Deoxys-A, Deoxys-S, Dialga, Garchomp, Giratina, Giratina-O, Groudon, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Kyurem-B, Kyurem-W, Lugia, Manaphy, Mewtwo, Palkia, Rayquaza, Shaymin-S, and Thundurus are all banned. Note that Deoxys-D and Shaymin are NOT banned. In addition, such clauses as Evasion Clause, OHKO Clause, and Moody Clause will be in effect for the duration of this challenge.

    Use a new alt, please. This is very important. We need to know what you achieved just with the team you've constructed based on the limitations of this challenge, not your previous ladder ranking.

    When laddering on your alt, always use the team designated for this challenge. Do not break any of the rules of this challenge while under that ladder alt. We have no way of enforcing this, so it's all down to you being honest, really. But what's the point of this challenge if you cheat on it?

    • If and when you achieve your ACRE/deviation, please screenshot your ladder peak and post it in this thread, along with the rank you achieved, the team(s) you used, and your comments on this challenge. Please do aspiring challengers a big favor by answering the questions listed below, we appreciate it!

    Please sign up like this:
    Total: 29 (open)
    Forum Name / Ladder Name
    locopoke / [censored]
    Husky /
    Faint / latias
    PDC / la talpa
    AccidentalGreed / The Trou of Kastel
    Fifth / FUNdamentals
    Hillz / PsychoMania
    Skore / SkoreAlt
    TempV1 / TempV2
    False Sense / FalseSense
    The QWAZ / NO!
    Asterat / I love this game
    exotic / beats by dr. phil
    Asek / Shinig Latios
    ganj4lf / EvilGrin05
    DarkBlazer / Yahoo! Slurp Spider
    Electrolyte / electrolytetest
    Demist / GoHomeAndDie
    Xelgodis / XelgodisFTW
    Kidogo / Reminisence
    Me So Shiny / Why you no shiny?
    Admiral Bobbery / GuntherthePenguin
    Master of the Six Kings / YoungLuvdisc
    BurningMan / BurningUnova
    King / jasonpwn
    WikeCharlie / uNOva
    Pokelol / DasPokelolsk
    Cicada / Aurochs Spirit
    Chillarmy / Stelio Kantos

    Hall of Fame

    BurningMan ~ 2262
    BurningMan's Team (open)
    Breloom @ Life Orb
    Trait: Technician
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
    Adamant Nature
    - Low Sweep
    - Mach Punch
    - Bullet Seed
    - Spore

    Politoed @ Choice Specs
    Trait: Drizzle
    EVs: 232 HP / 252 SAtk / 24 Spd
    Modest Nature
    - Hydro Pump
    - Surf
    - Perish Song
    - Ice Beam

    Mamoswine @ Life Orb
    Trait: Thick Fat
    EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
    Jolly Nature
    - Earthquake
    - Ice Shard
    - Icicle Crash
    - Stealth Rock

    Rotom-Wash @ Leftovers
    Trait: Levitate
    EVs: 124 HP / 252 SAtk / 128 Spd / 4 Def
    Modest Nature
    - Hydro Pump
    - Thunderbolt
    - Will-O-Wisp
    - Volt Switch

    Jirachi @ Leftovers
    Trait: Serene Grace
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Spd / 4 SAtk
    Timid Nature
    - Thunder
    - Psychic
    - Calm Mind
    - Substitute

    Gyarados @ Leftovers
    Trait: Intimidate
    EVs: 248 Atk / 204 Spd / 56 HP
    Adamant Nature
    - Waterfall
    - Earthquake
    - Dragon Dance
    - Substitute


    • What did you think was the biggest challenge when not being allowed to use any of the restricted Pokemon? Was it overcomeable?

    • How did you feel the challenge tested your metagame skill? Did it make playing much harder, or were you still able to leaderboard with relative ease.

    • What is your opinion on how overpowered the Pokemon that you were not allowed to use, but were required to face? Were they too strong to deal with, are there metagame shifts you would consider to correct this? Please don't derail the thread with a constant debate over this point, only reply once you've won!

    • What team style did you use, and how did it fare against the metagame? Were there team styles you couldn't beat? (As an aside, please share your team with an importable! It'll be fun to disect those, and you may even be featured in a Smog article!)

    • What is your personal opinion on this challenge?

    Finally, feel free to share your experiences and such in this thread, it's meant for discussion purposes too! I wish you all the best of luck.
  2. locopoke

    locopoke indulges in unsavory behavior
    is a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnus

    Aug 18, 2007
    Name: locopoke
    Alt: I love Big fat Black cocks and drink semen
    Ladder Standing: None
  3. DrunkDemon


    Feb 26, 2012
    Should the alternate forms include the Rotoms, since they're basically new Pokemon now?
  4. Lavos Spawn

    Lavos Spawn a e s t h e t i c
    is a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Mar 17, 2012
    Nope, we're using Gen 5 mechanics, so we're using Gen 5 forme implementation as well. If we banned the Rotom formes it would essentially be "build a DPP team and ladder BW", and that's just boring.
  5. Scorpio


    Oct 23, 2010
    Name: Scorpio
    Alt: ScorpioTHK
    Ladder Standing: None
  6. Husky


    Mar 19, 2010
    Random fun idea: you could call this the "uNOva challenge". ;3

    Name: Husky
    Alt: NoReasonZ
    Ladder Standing: none
  7. faint

    is a Forum Moderator Alumnus

    Dec 23, 2007
    name: faint
    alt: latias
    ladder rank: none
  8. PDC

    PDC this cruel thesis
    is a Tiering Contributoris a Team Rater Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a defending World Cup of Pokemon champion

    Mar 18, 2010
    name : pdc
    alt : la talpa
    ranking : none atm
  9. AccidentalGreed

    AccidentalGreed Please leave.
    is a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Jun 12, 2009
    Finally. Something exciting in this god-forsaken wasteland (okay, that's not really the case, but damn. People and Sand Veil and their Taylor teams and their god-forsaken Focus Sash Terrakions and all that. Seriously).

    name: AccidentalGreed
    alt: The Trou of Kastel
    ladder standing: nope.avi
  10. Fifth


    Sep 20, 2012
    Why not?

    Name: Fifth
    Alt: FUNdamentals
    Ladder Standing: None
  11. Hillz


    Dec 29, 2010
    Sure, I'm game

    Name: Hillz
    Alt: PsychoMania
    Ladder Standing: None atm

    sounds like an interesting restriction. Good time to explore some more underrated checks. Besides most of the gen5 pokes were ugly anyways :P
  12. Skore


    Apr 24, 2011
    Name: Skore
    Alt: SkoreAlt (how original)
    Ladder Standing: None
  13. Temp V1

    Temp V1 Movin' at the speed of life and I can't slow down

    Aug 18, 2012
    Name: Temp V1
    Alt: Temp V1
    Ladder Standing: None

    Same name due to ladder reset :>
  14. False Sense

    False Sense

    Feb 2, 2012
    I guess I've been unintentionally playing under these rules for awhile now...
    Guess it's time for me to try and ladder.

    Name: False Sense
    Alt: FalseSense (it works)
    Ladder Standing: None
  15. The QWAZ

    The QWAZ

    Jan 15, 2012
    Name: The QWAZ
    Alt: NO!
    Ladder standing: none yet.

    Just a question, is this for the standard ladder or the suspect ladder?
  16. asterat


    Jul 20, 2011
    Name: Asterat
    Alt: I love this game
    Ladder: none in OU

    Also can there be a a PO equivalent to this? I am not the biggest showdown fan.
  17. exotic


    Jul 31, 2012

    Name: exotic
    Alt: beats by dr. phil
    Ladder standing: 1500
  18. Asek


    Apr 28, 2012
    Sounds cool

    Name: Asek
    Alt : Shinig Latios
    Ladder Standing: Nothing yet
  19. haxer321


    Feb 19, 2010
    And Ferrothorn isn't in the top ten? Genesect might even become the new #1. I don't know about this.
  20. ganj4lF

    ganj4lF Nobody is safe from the power of science!
    is a Team Rater Alumnus

    Jun 11, 2011
    Wow, 1950 will be definitely hard to reach.

    Name: ganj4lF
    Alt: EvilGrin05
    Ladder Standing: None (is PS! still down?)
  21. DarkBlazeR


    May 20, 2009
    Name: DarkBlazeR
    Alt: Yahoo! Slurp Spider
    Ladder Standing: OVER 9000!!! -26
  22. Electrolyte

    Electrolyte Who says I can't get stoned?
    is a Contributor to Smogonis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnus

    Jul 5, 2012
    Name: electrolyte
    Alt: electrolytetest
    Ladder Standing: none yet

    One question; DW abilities are allowed, right?
  23. Demist


    Jun 6, 2011
    Let's try this ^^
    Name: Demist
    Alt: GoHomeAndDie
    Ladder Standing: None
  24. Xelgodis


    Feb 4, 2012
    I might not get far, but this sounds fun
    Name: Xelgodis
    Alt: XelgodisFTW
    Ladder Standing: None yet.
  25. Lavos Spawn

    Lavos Spawn a e s t h e t i c
    is a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Past WCoP Champion

    Mar 17, 2012
    @Husky: lol not a bad idea

    @The QWAZ: Standard ladder, not suspect ladder.

    @Asterat: Nope, sorry. If you want to post your rank on PO here that's fine, I appreciate all I can get.

    @haxer321: Yeah I totally missed that, thanks for pointing it out lol.

    @Electrolyte: Anything that's currently legal in Standard OU is legal in this challenge, including released DW abilities.

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