[MANDATORY] TEAM BUILDING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

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Thanks! I got to top 50 in the world shortly after, but it's only BSD. I've begun VGC and I'm doing okay~
 
While I'm not a fan of Trick Room Teams, I am fond of A-Marowak and my current VGC 2018 Team is running Nihilego and Gyarados, so I chose Austin Bastida-Ramos' team from the Dallas Regionals. I haven't researched much into 2017 as I'm just getting started and want to focus on 2018. Some of my threat assessment is likely skewed towards the 2018 meta.

Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 192 Def / 12 SpA / 60 SpD
Sassy Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Recover
- Ice Beam
- Trick Room
- Thunderbolt

Porygon's role on this team is to setup Trick Room for Marowak and Celesteela while being able to take hits with the Eviolite Boost. I feel the only moves that need explaining are Ice Beam and Thunderbolt. Ice Beam being able to do respectable damage to Garchomp (2HKO), Mudsdale (3HKO), and Bulu (3HKO) is nice on top of the slight Freeze Chance. Thunderbolt gets Koko Boosted and is Porygon2's other base 90 SpA that isn't Psychic (which isn't nearly as useful).

Celesteela @ Leftovers
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 164 HP / 60 Atk / 136 Def / 148 SpD
Brave Nature
- Leech Seed
- Protect
- Heavy Slam
- Earthquake

Celesteela functions as a Trick Room heavy hitter. It's HP EV is tuned for 16x+1 to maximize Leech Seed+Leftovers potential while giving it 140 in both defenses. Heavy Slam being its best STAB move and Earthquake being a meta useful spread move that covers it's ground weakness when under Trick Room.

Marowak-Alola @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
Level: 50
EVs: 248 HP / 164 Atk / 28 Def / 68 SpD
Brave Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Shadow Bone
- Bonemerang
- Protect

A-Marowak functions great inside or outside of Trick Room. Flare Blitz and Shadow Bone are it's best STAB moves and Bonemerang is useful for opposing electric types that threaten Celesteela and Gyarados. While I like Rock Head more, Lightning Rod is much better insurance for the rest of the team.

Tapu Koko @ Life Orb
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dazzling Gleam
- Thunderbolt
- Volt Switch
- Protect

Tapu Koko is a reliable lead able to set terrain, threaten less bulky mon's allowing its partner to setup, or Volt Switch out. I don't think there's really a lot to say about this set. Electric Terrain is a large factor for the amount of Electric moves added to the team.

Nihilego @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sludge Bomb
- Power Gem
- Thunderbolt
- Protect

I prefer Balloon on Nihilego, but I'm constantly told that Sash is better. Simple attacker. Sludge Bomb threatens Tapu, Psychic Types, and Grass Types. Power Gem is it's best STAB move. Thunderbolt gets boosted by Terrain and hits anything the other 2 can't.

Gyarados @ Waterium Z
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 156 HP / 28 Atk / 84 Def / 52 SpD / 188 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Bounce
- Waterfall
- Dragon Dance
- Protect

This Gyarados set was a little Tricky for me to wrap my head around. Z-Waterfall does a lot of damage with the EV spread while allowing to to take a good number of hits. Bounce is a useful move for outplay potential and hits respectably hard. I chose Water Z over Fly Z as flying doesn't add a lot as far as coverage goes.
 
So I did Nils Dunlops team form the European internationals. I had a rough time because i know what these pokemon normally take but i couldn't really figure why he would take them all on the same team or what they were hitting at the time since I didn't play the 2017 vgc format. If there's some area of logic I'm missing here it would be cool for someone to point it out.

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Tapu Lele @ Life Orb
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Shadow Ball
- Protect

This team had a lot of fast pokemon that it didn't seem right to put defense stats on Tapu Lele being on of them but a solid core mon as a special sweeper with coverage and psychic terrain stopping things like fake out on leads to break through setters. I felt like on a team with so many fast mons and no trick room this would just aim to hit the fighting/dragon types as well as things like Marowak that it just outspeeds. Leading it with Raichu or Kartana since its harder for the opponent to stop that kind of offense turn 1 unless he just double protects.

Kartana @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Smart Strike
- Leaf Blade
- Sacred Sword
- Protect

The team didn't seem like it would have trouble dealing with water types so i decided sash would be better than Z grass. I also felt like since i have the sash a standard EV spread would be best. From there it was just stab moves and the sacred sword coverage for things like porygon2 and steel types (specially magnezone whom he cannot run from). Protect for when i need stall for speed control in the form of Pelippers tailwind.

Raichu-Alola @ Electrium Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Fake Out
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic
- Protect

I think Raichu would be a really good lead int he case that you dont need the rain or speed control for Pelliper considering you have the psychic terrain and access to fake out as a lead combo. I gave this Z move because things like Celesteela, Salamence, Araquanid (this thing lives too damn much), and all the water types that were floating around the format. Psychic being terrain boosted is solid even if they have an electric resist and protect for stall in case i need it (in the even i combo with Pelliper instead.

Marowak-Alola @ Thick Club
Ability: Cursed Body
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Shadow Bone
- Bonemerang
- Protect

This one is for Bulu, Ninetails and all the steel types that can't kill me when present clearing the way for Lele/Kartana who struggle with these bulkier targets. EV investments are also standard because I didn't think this was supposed to do anything else.

Pelipper @ Damp Rock
Ability: Keen Eye
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Hurricane
- Toxic
- Tailwind

This is one of the few defensive mons on this team providing rain to weaken the fire moves that threaten Kartana and also the rest of the frailer mons on team. It also provides speed control with tailwind. I added toxic with the thought in mind that if i lead this and Kartana and they had something kartana couldn't ohko i could protect Kart and toxic it. Arcanine being kid of subdued by this pick as well as Incineroar. I was unsure about the item though.

Muk-Alola @ Black Sludge
Ability: Poison Touch
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 124 Def / 132 SpD
Careful Nature
- Protect
- Poison Jab
- Knock Off
- Minimize

The other defensive mon that debilitates with knock off and bodies the Tapu Lele that would plague this team otherwise, also answering the niche grass types. The EV spread is just really good bulk. Putting this next to anything to deter Tapu leads, and Weaken the enemy team with poison touch to make way for your sweepers by leading this with Marowak or Pelliper and setting up with minimize.

This started to make more sense to me as i wrote this.I'm still new to this and i think some of the thinking and EV spreads are tricky because they're commonly specific so i don't know if the standard way of using these pokemon is too shortsighted, but if the mons are this straight forward I can't bring myself to overcomplicate it.
 
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Consider your ev spreads more. For example, does Raichu need to be max speed? Look at the VGC17 speed tiers and see if there's anything he outspeeds by being max speed, since other raichu aren't that common and don't really hurt you anyways. Same with Pelliper - at +2 speed is there anything you think you want to be able to outspeed and KO?

For Muk, one of the best things about it is gluttony, meaning at 50% health you can restore half your health back with something like a wiki berry. Poison touch isn't a great ability since it's totally random, doesn't do much damage, and tapu fini means it doesn't work sometimes anyways. Same reason why toxic isn't very useful on Pelliper - the 6 or so turns it takes for Toxix to KO is basically the entire battle.
 
Consider your ev spreads more. For example, does Raichu need to be max speed? Look at the VGC17 speed tiers and see if there's anything he outspeeds by being max speed, since other raichu aren't that common and don't really hurt you anyways. Same with Pelliper - at +2 speed is there anything you think you want to be able to outspeed and KO?
So i get the Gluttony (but i gave it an Iapapa berry because of the nature) and i changed toxic on Pelliper to protect. But for Raichu's EV spread where would those EV's even go that matters. In the scenario where i don't get to set up the Tailwind wouldn't it be better to just be faster? Would the idea to put specific amounts into HP/Defenses to live specific attacks? 196 in Speed leaves a timid Raichu with 170 speed So is the objective here to creep past what I need to?
 
So i did some calcs and changed some stuff.

Tapu Lele @ Life Orb
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Dazzling Gleam
- Protect

I changed Shadow Ball to Dazzling Gleam because the spread Fairy dmg seemed like a better option for the mons that are weak and the ones that are neutral but i couldn't think of anything else to change. After the Tailwind set up i really just expect this thing to hit hard and fast. It does live poison jab from Garchomp. Hp and Def investment makes it live better but its a 2HKO regardless.

Kartana @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Smart Strike
- Leaf Blade
- Sacred Sword
- Protect

This is also hard to complicate because it still lives an incoming Firefang. Even it can kill something like Tapu Koko because of T-bolts Raichu can still take care of it.

Raichu-Alola @ Psychium Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 40 HP / 196 SpA / 76 SpD / 196 Spe
Timid Nature
- Fake Out
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic
- Protect

I calced a bunch and it turns out i didn't need max Speed or Sp.attack for this to do what it needs to do. 170 speed creeps past tons of stuff including Garchomp (not boosted or scarf) and kills it with Z Psychic. Took Z Psychic because it does more to more mons. Everything else it 2HKO's with T-bolt/Psychic. The extra HP/Sp.Def lets Raichu live some scary stuff like Salamence Draco Meteor, Lilligant Leafstorm, and Ninetails Moonblast. Still gets destroyed by water moves from special attackers though.

Marowak-Alola @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
Level: 50
EVs: 196 HP / 156 Atk / 116 Def / 40 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Shadow Bone
- Bonemerang
- Protect

Marowak has Lightning Rod now i'm not sure why it didn't before since its good in general and helps to soak T-bolts and Z moves that would kill Kartana, Pelliper and possibly Raichu. I split his EV's into some more bulky stuff because he didn't need max attack to kill anything he needs to and he lives a lot of stuff better in case be just gets double up on because he is a huge threat to so many pokemon.

Pelipper @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Hurricane
- Protect
- Tailwind

I kept the EV's from before because i calced it and all the mons he hard walls only get more damage on him if i uninvest for other stats that matter less. It still hits fire types and Krookadile really hard with scald and takes nothing from them. Tapu Bulu gets hit by Hurricane. Wiki Berry for heals

Muk-Alola @ Iapapa Berry
Ability: Gluttony
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 124 Def / 132 SpD
Careful Nature
- Protect
- Poison Jab
- Knock Off
- Minimize

Changed to Gluttony and Iapapa berry. The spread was still good so i kept the EV spread. There's not really much to say about this slime monster other than that it still stops Psychic moves threats and Tapu's.

I think its more balanced this time around but i feel like there's something I'm missing and it might be in the Lele and Kartana but they're just fast sweepers.
 
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i'm terrible at vgc
here's giovanni costa's team from dallas regionals


Tapu Fini @ Choice Specs
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 160 HP / 4 Def / 248 SpA / 4 SpD / 92 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Muddy Water
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Dazzling Gleam
- Hydro Pump

i assumed fini was a choice specs variant, because bulky cm didn't seem to fit on this more offensive team. hp fire hits av kartana to instantly ko it, while muddy water and dazzling gleam are generally useful spread moves and hydro pump can blast threatening targets.

Pheromosa @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Protect
- Ice Beam
- Low Kick
- Bug Buzz

it seemed pretty obvious that pheromosa had focus sash. this low kick set is much more risk free (no hjk into protect), but it mandates the use of bug buzz over lunge/u turn to ohko uninvested kartana. ice beam covers garchomp.

Krookodile @ Rindo Berry
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 140 Def / 116 Spe
Impish Nature
- Power Trip
- Protect
- Earthquake
- Dig

i wasn't really sure what moves to put outside of power trip/protect because this mon kills 1 guy per turn w/ eevee pass. earthquake is spread and dig is to bamboozle guys who think they can get you after you protect i guess??? ev spread outspeeds scarf chomp at +2, rest is thrown into physical defense because this mon doesn't need attack investment to get kills with power trip. rindo berry is to live a hit from scope lens kartana which is the only mon that actually immediately threatens this

Eevee @ Eevium Z
Ability: Adaptability
Level: 50
Happiness: 0
EVs: 52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 Spe
Calm Nature
- Baton Pass
- Last Resort
- Detect
- Stored Power

the baton pass user itself. 204 speed is needed to outrun koko at +2; maximum special attack is kinda cool for stored power because you can beat frailer dudes with it. rest is in hp for the bulk. detect over protect for crazy imprison protect shenanigans

Clefairy @ Eviolite
Ability: Friend Guard
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 116 Def / 140 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Follow Me
- Flamethrower
- Moonblast
- Soft-Boiled

this is the mon that usually leads alongside eevee. the ev spread lives smart strike from kartana to dunk it with flamethrower. moonblast is just a general attack for stuff like chomper, soft boiled is useful vs trick room and stuff

Gengar @ Ghostium Z
Ability: Cursed Body
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Taunt
- Shadow Ball
- Protect
- Focus Blast

the team looked like it needed a contingency plan in case eevee couldn't lead. ghostium z gengar can usually beat up something with z shadow ball or focus miss. taunt beats stuff like trick room teams and minimize users.

give vgc 18 teams imo
 
Here is my homework assignment building the 8th place team from the Dallas regional tournament by Caleb Ryor CableVGC. I picked this team because it looked like it was ready to run trick room and it has one of my favorite pokemon in marowak.

Marowak-Alola (M) @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 Atk / 36 SpD / 220 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Bonemerang
- Shadow Bone
- Flame Charge
- Protect
I am running the additional speed evs so that outside of trickroom and after a couple of flame charges he'd be able to outrun various pokemon. Carrying the thick club maximizes his attack along with the evs in attack. The 36 evs in SPD is to make him a little more bulky on the special side.

Araquanid (M) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Water Bubble
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Leech Life
- Liquidation
- Bug Bite
- Facade
This was just an idea that I was going to play around with. Araquanid is super slow and from battling against it and with it, it seems to be super bulky. I thought adding an assault vest would help with its bulk. Also I have no speed EVs to try and make it as fast as possible under trick room.

Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Trace
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Sassy Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
- Trick Room
- Recover
- Thunderbolt
- Ice Beam
Porygon2 running with eviolite makes sense to me. It makes porygon2 super bulky especially on the special side. The HP and SPD investment make it as bulky as possible, running recover helps it last longer so I can adjust to how often I need to run trick room. The bolt beam combo is just for coverage.

Krookodile (M) @ Darkinium Z
Ability: Moxie
EVs: 152 HP / 120 Atk / 60 SpD / 176 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Taunt
- Earthquake
- Crunch
- Dragon Tail
I thought of running Krookodile as my pseudo hazer with dragon tail. Taunt is there to stop opposing set-up sweepers and walls. Earthquake hits hard, crunch is the obligatory STAB move. Darkinium Z is to provide a nuke to use at the appropriate time. The spread is to maximize bulk and speed. I plan to use it to pick up some easy KO's to get the moxie boosts.

Kartana @ Choice Band
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Smart Strike
- Leaf Blade
- Psycho Cut
- Sacred Sword
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Hit things hard, and with the amount of intimidate users out there I would be ok to switch frequently. I thought about using a life orb instead to switch but I like the extra power provided by the choice band.

Tapu Fini @ Iapapa Berry
Ability: Misty Surge
EVs: 208 HP / 252 SpA / 48 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Muddy Water
- Moonblast
- Protect
- Calm Mind

Tapu Fini is a pokemon that I have been trying to use lately. I wanted it to be bulky but be able to hit hard. The berry is to give it a little longevity.
 

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