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    Quality Control Mandibuzz [QC: 0/2]

    [OVERVIEW] Mandibuzz is a competent option for teams seeking a defensive solution to physical attackers or opposing defensive walls. The former are handled by efficient stat allocation and Foul Play, and the latter by above average Speed and Taunt. However, Mandibuzz's Speed is not so high...
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    Announcement VGC 2019 ruleset announced

    https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/get-ready-for-a-legendary-video-game-championships-season/ TLDR: GS Cup with several format adjustments throughout the year. Discuss!
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    VGC 18 Kingdra

    [OVERVIEW] * Kingdra is one of the best rain sweepers available thanks to its good offensive typing and access to spread Muddy Water, both of which also help to distinguish itself from Ludicolo. * Kingdra's solid Water / Dragon typing also leaves it with few weaknesses, though its mediocre...
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    VGC 2018 Analysis Discussion

    This thread will be primarily for discussion of making a change to an uploaded analysis, making a case for a Pokemon to have an analysis, and possibly giving a Pokemon a revamp. You may also ask questions about an analysis here. This may include the following: Possibly adding or updating a set...
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    VGC 2018 Analysis Reservations

    VGC '18 Analysis Reservations Welcome to the VGC 2018 reservation thread, where you can reserve an analysis for a Pokemon in the format that you're knowledgeable about. These are pieces designed for players of all skills to learn about a specific Pokemon's place within the metagame. Please read...
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    Battle Spot Landorus-T (Doubles)

    [OVERVIEW] Landorus-T's high usage has made it the face of Battle Spot Doubles, something most attributable to a level of versatility that allows it to fit on almost any team. The variety of sets Landorus-T can run is one aspect of this, as they're different enough to still catch foes off guard...
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    Gyarados [QC: 1/2]

    [OVERVIEW] * Gyarados is one of the strongest options for a setup sweeper in VGC '17; providing a good centrepiece for teams. * High and well distributed base stats, in addition to Intimidate, mean it can almost always find the time to set up. * Intimidate makes Gyarados a team player...
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    Gastrodon [QC: 1/2]

    [OVERVIEW] * Gastrodon's main niche is its Storm Drain ability, which allows it to shield itself and allies from Water-type moves. * The above grants it a great rain matchup in addition to its great Trick Room matchup thanks to its low Speed. * Good bulk and access to Recover provides teams...
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    VGC 17 Vanilluxe

    Taken over for aasimursu3 [OVERVIEW] * Vanilluxe is one of the two available hail setters, which allows it to remove opposing weather, make use of 100% accurate Blizzard, and activate Alolan Sandslash's Slush Rush. * It faces a lot of competition from Alolan Ninetales, which is faster, is...
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    Doubles Bronzong

    [OVERVIEW] Bronzong is a solid contender as a Trick Room setter thanks to its access to the rare combination of Hypnosis and the ability to improve its accuracy through Z-Trick Room, a means by which Bronzong can put significant pressure onto the opponent by neutering key threats. Solid bulk...
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    Magnezone [QC: 1/2]

    [OVERVIEW] * While rarely built around, is a reasonable addition to teams needing a check to Tapu Fini, Tapu Koko, or Celesteela. * It's commonly seen, and functions best, on Trick Room teams, where its below average Speed is less of an issue. * A 4x weakness to Ground is an issue due to...
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    VGC 17 Alolan Sandslash

    Taken from Silver Alli [OVERVIEW] * Thanks to its ability Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail, Alolan Sandslash is a team option to consider should you be building a team with Vanilluxe or Alolan Ninetales. * The ability to hit a titanic Speed tier while still being able to switch...
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    VGC 17 Lilligant

    [OVERVIEW] * While Lilligant sees play pretty much exclusively for sun teams with Torkoal, it nevertheless excels within that role. * There, its Grass coverage that checks Water- and Rock-types, alongside After You improving flexibility, is appreciated. * Since Water-types in particular are...
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    VGC 17 Alolan Marowak

    [OVERVIEW] * In a metagame full of Intimidate, Alolan Marowak is nevertheless able to be one of the most prominent attackers in the format thanks to its Fire / Ghost typing granting it STAB coverage against influential foes like Celesteela, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Bulu. * Fire- and Ghost-types...
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    VGC 17 Garchomp

    [OVERVIEW] * High base stats that are excellently distributed mean Garchomp can perform well in yet another year of VGC. * It has just enough Speed to outpace most of the metagame and very high base Attack. * Ground typing is also a key to its success, as common foes such as Alolan Marowak and...
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    VGC 17 Celesteela

    [OVERVIEW] * The ability to counter top threats like Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Garchomp makes Celesteela an easy fit on teams. * This is further true given the prevalence of Trick Room and rain, as these help compensate for its weaknesses. * Celesteela's access to Wide Guard is valuable given...
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    VGC 2017 Analysis Discussion Thread

    This thread will be primarily for discussion of making a change to an uploaded analysis, making a case for a Pokemon to have an analysis, and possibly giving a Pokemon a revamp. You may also ask questions about an analysis here. This may include the following: Possibly adding or updating a set...
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    Your VGC18 QC Team

    Here lies the team responsible for ensuring the analyses in this forum are up to the Smogon standard. Each have the power to reassign analyses if an analysis is found lacking in quality. Although they will do their best to check every analysis in this forum, you should still consider it your...
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    VGC 2017 Analysis Reservation Thread

    VGC '17 Analysis Reservations Now new and improved! Welcome to the VGC 2017 skeleton reservation thread, where you can reserve an analysis for a Pokemon in the format that you're knowledgeable about. These are pieces designed for players of all skills to learn about a specific Pokemon's place...
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    VGC16 Talonflame

    [OVERVIEW] Despite its mediocre offensive and defensive stats, Talonflame is able to maintain its viability in the VGC 2016 metagame thanks to Gale Wings. The ability to set Tailwind and strike with high Base Power moves such as Brave Bird, both with priority, is a valuable niche. Talonflame's...
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