Resident Facility Bot Wannabe
I'm currently running Phase A of The Floatzel Plan, running a copy of Politoed/Ludicolo/Bisharp from R Inanimate's Triples rain team. The key difference here is Ludicolo going Grass Knot-->Giga Drain, as my first attempt with this team had Ludicolo carrying Life Orb and I needed something to mitigate the recoil + self damage from Politoed's Surfs. Grass Knot also isn't too helpful against lighter Waters like Politoed & Vaporeon, who have been constant presences in my attempts so far. That's just the luck of the roll, though--I'm sure one of these runs will feature Water-Grounds aplenty. Bringing up the rear is a female near-copy of Floatzel4, with the key difference being Life Orb-->Waterium-Z (the hold item here is flexible and will probably go back to LO at some point).
The team has managed streaks of 30 & 29. The first streak was ended by Trick Room; the second, minutes before I logged on today, was ended by Colress, mainly Porygon2 & Electrode4 leading and effectively setting things up for Metagross4 & Magnezone3 to knock me down. It didn't help matters that Magnezone3 (who has ended more Tree climbs of mine than any other opponent so far) got yet another Bright Powder miss to rub it in my face.
The main issue this team has run into is that, without Kingdra on hand to outpseed Ludicolo and activate its Absorb Bulb, the duck has to wait for Politoed to hit Surf, and Politoed on its own doesn't hit particularly hard even under rain, so Turn 1 lacks the immediate punch that this same team enjoys in Triples. Certain threats also outrun Scarfed Politoed (Electrode, Accelgor, opposing non-Trace Swift Swimmers), which half-defeats the purpose of it being Scarfed. It doesn't help matters that Doubles gives you less room then Triples to bounce back from unfavorable lead matchups and immediate hax, and Tree Doubles is overall tougher than Maison Doubles, so having Floatzel take up a slot is a bigger liability than was last gen (I would need the Subway vets on here to tell me how much of a liability Floatzel would have been back then, and I assume carrying it around in Gen IV Frontier would have been a death sentence).
I need to change things up, I'm just not sure how at the moment.
Fortunately, I can take my time with this Phase:
- I'm already on the Tree leaderboard thanks to Los Expertos, so my place in this thread's history is already assured (well, until the next server crash anyways)
- Officially, The Floatzel Plan is already complete thanks to the success of Phase B: getting it on here would merely be gravy and an attempt to stay 'current' with facility goings-on. While it will likely be quite a while before the Maison leaderboard is updated, Floatzel's place in that thread's history is assured too--I know the write-up's there for anyone to sit there and be dumbfounded at.
Might be a while before I get around to Avalugg, although I know one man who may be able to get it on the leaderboard "faster" than I can...