Hi, everyone! You may know me from the UU room. I'll be straight with you: I'm in a very tough place in my life right now. I just spent a week in the hospital, broke up with my boyfriend, and quit my job, all for reasons I'd rather not get into. I know it may seem a little tacky to write an RMT, of all things, in the wake of such serious events, but honestly, I'm looking for any creative / productive outlet I can use to distract myself in this rather shitty situation. Trick Room is a really fun playstyle, although it's very matchup-reliant, thus making role compression the absolute most important thing you can get out of your teamslots. Therefore, I've chosen every 'mon and every moveslot extremely carefully to make it as airtight as possible. Despite this, however, I still have gaping weaknesses to certain 'mons, meaning this team often has mixed results. That said, there's no doubting that it's fun as hell on the ladder. Let's get to it!
Who'd have thought Rob Schneider could father someone so talented?
This team's primary win condition. I use it as my secondary TR setter, since more often than not it likes to use its TR for its own purposes. It's able to set up on Cobalion, Suicune (which is huge), Florges, Blissey, Swampert, etc, making it a very nice balance breaker, although it can also blow through offence if it can get a free TR and / or Nasty Plot. Not much else to be said.
The go-to TR setter and the most important 'mon on this team. This is because Slowking and Diancie generally keep their TR's to themselves. It's my primary counter to Mamoswine and Fighting types not named Heracross. I really wish I could fit Moonlight on this set, but I need all of its moves to maximize its effectiveness, and its bulk is insane enough for it to last as long as I need it to, anyway. No STAB may look odd, but Cress is weak enough for it not to matter. Colbur + Moonblast is there to lure Hydreigon, which is public enemy #1 for this team (Dark weakness is kind of a theme for this team, unfortunately), and Grass Knot is to lure Swampert, which is surprisingly not redundant, despite having Tangrowth, since Pert won't switch out. Lunar Dance is self-explanatory, and I usually pass it to either Camerupt, Slowking, or Diancie, although I can also pop it when under extreme pressure to get a guaranteed switch into something.
Setter #3. Diancie used to be Shuca offensive Empoleon, but I decided having a consistent Dragon, Dark, and Flying resist was much more effective than having a single-use 'mon that existed solely to trade. And while Lefties makes switching much easier, Shuca is another option that gives me backup versus Krookodile and DD EQ Mence. Diancie provides me with something resembling an Entei switch-in (252+ Atk Choice Band Entei Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Diancie: 103-122 (33.8 - 40.1%) -- 33.1% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery), which is a godsend. It also provides a much stronger Moonblast than Cresselia, and a much stronger Rock coverage than Camerupt (why is AncientPower one of two Rock type Special Attacks in the game smfh), meaning I have to rely far less on pivoting and lures to take on most Birds and Dragons. Diancie over Empoleon isn't a cost-free trade, however. Losing my Steel type makes my matchup versus Dragalge, Abomasnow, and Gyarados (fuck that thing) a living hell, since I have no direct switch-ins to either. Thankfully, the former two aren't terribly common, although they should be used far more than they are, so it's not that big of a problem, but a gaping weakness nonetheless.
I have to use this 'mon very wisely. Basically I use it to snipe a single offensive threat (usually Mamo, Mence, Aero, or Gyara) and take pressure off of the rest of the team. Although this set has Defog, it very rarely gets the chance to do so, since it's so, so important to keep its HP high versus offensive teams. Thus, it rarely sees the light of day versus balance or stall, since it's more or less dedicated to softening my matchup versus offence. Basically, Empoleon is a clutch, single-use glue 'mon meant to take a single massive threat out of the game. Not much else to be said.
Remember what I said about being matchup-reliant?
Remember what I said about being matchup-reliant?
Hoooooly shit am I weak to this thing (and Dark in general, but like I said, that's just the nature of TR). I have to play extremely carefully around Hydreigon, and allow it as few switch in opportunities as possible. All I have to take it on directly is Diancie, which has no recovery, so I have to keep my Room up as frequently as possible to pressure it. Thankfully, Diancie is fat as fuck, but relying on a single 'mon with no recovery is still not a good policy.
Slurpuff applies an insane amount of pressure to this team, since setting TR can sacrifice quite a bit of momentum if you aren't very proactive about it. If I let it set up outside of TR, it's literally gg, due to my lack of meaningful bulk and priority.
If it's a Tinted Lens variant, I basically have to fodder something every time this comes in. If it's Speed Boost (which is overrated af BTW), Diancie can switch in easily and blow it away with Diamond Storm. Get Rocks up as quickly as possible.
PLEASE BAN THIS POKEMON THANK YOU
REPLAYS [WIP]http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/uu-361931414 -- Vs a cool team. Could've played the endgame far better, but it shows nearly every 'mon doing their job (Emp was kinda useless in this matchup). Also my opponent makes a don play turn 23.
http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/uu-363881236 -- Room tourn final vs Eo Ut Mortus. Awesome game until we both choked on dicks last turn.
http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/uu-363877284 -- Slowking blowing away an entire team, despite pressure from hazard stack.
http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/uu-363875316 -- Manage to awkwardly play around my shit matchup vs Shaymin to pull through with Slowking late game.
Thank you all, and I hope your life is going better then mine!
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