VGC 2010 San Francisco (Owlle and his sister)
A Bit of Background Knowledge
So about a month ago, I realized I would be unable to compete in the VGC regional because a very close friend was having a very important party on that day. Disappointed but not deterred, I, Owlle, decided to shift my efforts to my seven year old sister, the hatchling. I modified the original team I was going to use to make it so easy that a seven year old could understand it, literally. I didn't break down the mechanics, but even the hatchling could follow simple directions – "FIGHT 38 BIDOOF NOW!"
The beast. I was determined to use a Skill Swap team, but I turned out modifying it so it was really only Kong who felt the benefits. On the way to the competition, I realized I had forgotten about getting him a Lum Berry. Didn't have any, so I went for Chesto.
Messa gave those unEV'd Pokémon hell. The giant pink egg Skill Swapped, loafed around for a turn while a barrage of blows did little to knock down her health, and then Skill Swapped again to the opponent's Pokémon. As one bystander said, "Messa just owned that guy's Empoleon". Aaaaaand I only brought my sister and my own copy of HG/SS, so we didn't have Leftovers. Double oops.
Bringing up the rear:
I hate weather teams. Rayquaza's simple goal was to do just that: stop weather. The few battles I managed to catch of my sister's play told me that she never really used the green snake as intended, never once making a switch to stop kyogre sweep. However, the fourth player stopped those rain dance teams in their tracks...
Shedinja was kind of sloppily tacked on to the end of this very messy team. Main reason: No assembly required. It wasn't exactly rocket science to use Shedinja; either he'd die, or he'd sweep. I was banking on some kids not preparing for this weird little bug thing, which turned out to be a safe assumption...
The Journey – Now with extra cheesiness!
I, the hatchling, and our mother wake up to get ready to go to the VGC. Am I being vague? Sorry, but according to said mother you're all potentially a bunch of crazy child stalkers. ): No offense... Butanyways, I'll skim the specifics.
We arrive half way through registration, and hop into the juniors line. There was already quite a line for seniors, but considering that I've never been to one of these events as a member of Smogon I didn't recognize anyone. (Later on I saw a ducks shirt, though!)
We both download the shiny Eevee as we wait to register. Eventually, we get to the front of the line. The lady makes a big deal of staring down the Team Information sheet, but finally the hatchling is tagged with a wristband and ushered into the colored, cheap mats that made up the playing area.
Just a note. My sister stood out, not being the average image of a gamer. Blond hair and blue eyes and being tiny for one thing. A pink bow in her hair and a pretty pink dress for another. Anyhow. Now I'm supposed to talk about the battles, right? We'll just keep in mind that innocent little image and imagine those boys' crushing humiliation... until they learn to stop underestimating her. >)
We had talked to this kid's family in line. He threw a fit because he knew he wouldn't win if he didn't face his little brother, who only had level 30s. His team was Typhlosion, Dragonite, Garchomp, and Salamence. The hatchling ran through with only a few Rock Slides and some Ice Punches, 4-0.
So we got to talking to this kid's family. Apparently, they had driven up from LA just to have their only son compete in this contest. I tried to explain the game to the boy's parents, but they didn't really get it. After a while, we realized the battle was taking, well, forever. Marriland and some other guys walk over all "Why the hell is it taking so long?!?!" on their faces. The hatchling told me later that they claimed that the kids had broken the record for the longest match known for VGC regionals.
Here's what happened. The boy's team had a Giritina, something, Palkia, and Snorlax. All were pretty bulky. The hatchling only had Messa left, while the boy had two. However, Messa had Skill-Swap'd the ability Pressure from her opponent. Also, the Blissey had paralysis, which turned out to be a good thing. She out-stalled the boy with Softboiled until he struggle'd into defeat. Have a nice trip home? 1:0
I'm not sure this is round three, but I think it is. She saved it as her battle video, but couldn't remember when. Anyhow, there was this rain team. Palkia, Kyogre, Lati[os/as], some other Pokémon. Kyogre, with Water Spout, begins completely sweeping her team. By double-teaming Kong to kill him first round, the Skill Swap strategy didn't even start, let alone work. Destroying her first three Pokémon, it seems like the end. However, out comes Shedinja. They had no counter. It was game over from there. I'm kinda glad the bug seemed to have some use in the tournament. 1-0
By this time, some of the crowd had thinned out. The hatchling was getting some attention being the youngest and one of two girls still remaining. This battle was also projected on the TV screen, and was the last pair of the last battles before finalists. The boy started off with Spiritomb and Regigias, with Starraptor and Empoleon in the rear. While Messa gets the Skill Swap working, Kong unleashes a rockslide which only does 1/3 of the max health to each. Regigigas and Spiritomb, on the other hand, somehow deal ~1/2 damage to both Kong and Messa. Things seem as though they might get harder, but the next rockslide gets an amazing double critical hit on both Regigigas and Spirtomb, knocking both out. The MC at that point dubbed her the "Lady Luck" of the competition, and by the end of the match there were quite a few people interested in the pink powderpuff's progress. Out come the reinforcements, only to have Empoleon skillswapped into uselessness and the tumbling rockslide crush the hawk. Quick work from there. 4-0
The hatchling didn't have enough luck to grab a skip, however, and had to fight two more matches. I didn't hear anything about these—she didn't remember and I didn't meet the parents unlike the last few times. (One actually asked me to tutor their child... on playing Pokémon. o-o)
So, she gets into the final four. I'm happy because we had made an agreement that I could have the DSi since she would be able to go on to ationals. My mom is nervous because she said that the hatchling could go onto Nationals simply because she was sure that we wouldn't make it this far.
Her battle turns out to be against the champion of regionals. He uses a Latios and a Giratina to start. The hatchling I think got a little nervous... and a little too confident. She thought she could beat the two Pokémon without skill-swapping, and basically sacrifices Kong because if it. Now, the hatchling isn't an expert at typing. She tries to Focus Blast Giratina and Flamethrower's Latios. If she had skillswapped, she could have crippled Giratina terribly. Instead, she forgets that Latios is a dragon type and goes down after a single Rock Slide. pffft. This was an important lesson in listening to her old sister. Rayquaza gets destroyed by a dragon pulse, and Shedinja manages to take down Latios but is killed by two Shadow Sneaks.
We were all still very proud of the hatchling, however. If I may say so, she was something of a crowd favorite. We chilled in the finalist's lounge while the final match commenced. Bored, we made funny faces at eachother till this annoying reporter snapped a bunch pictures all "oohh... that's cyyuuutte." She got the new DSi, and after seeing the brand new box was quick to break off her agreement with me and claim that she wanted to keep the DSi. Mutiny! Oh well. My mom and I decide to deal with it later.
Then some people from IGN want to interview her. The girl of the duo claims to be a big fan, pointing to a "Team Hatchling" sign around her neck made out of binder paper. They ask her some questions, like what her team was, but the hatchling was a little shellshocked and couldn't remember. She warmed up after a bit.
Then some pictures with Pikachu and the other champions, and a quick photo shoot with the three starters.
That was so fun it wasn't even funny. Heh. Like that makes sense. It was so enjoyable to see the next generation carry on to leave her name in Pokéhistory, even if she did get 3rd/4th at only regionals.
Unfortunately, the hatchling will not be attending Nationals as we already had travel plans made. As I said, our parent's confidence that we would get this far was low.
However, next year the hatchling AND myself will be back in action for another fun-packed adventure at regionals!