Project Monotype Core Laddering Challenge Season 2 [INDEX THREAD]

Example Challenge Registration:
PS! Name: Namranan
Laddering Alt(s): CCS2Gh4 Nammy, CCS2Gs4 Nammy
HoF Replays/Peaks:
none
W/L Ratio:
none
 
PS! Name: Ieki
Laddering Alt(s): CCS2Gh4 Fog
HoF Replays/Peaks:
none
W/L Ratio:
none



Turn 1

Sableye-Mega's Sablenite is reacting to the Key Stone!
Sableye-Mega has Mega Evolved into Mega Sableye!

The opposing Armaldo used Stealth Rock!

[Sableye-Mega's Magic Bounce]
Sableye-Mega bounced the Stealth Rock back!
Pointed stones float in the air around the opposing team!

Sableye-Mega used Will-O-Wisp!
The opposing Armaldo was burned!

The opposing Armaldo was hurt by its burn!

Turn 2

The opposing Armaldo used Rapid Spin!
It doesn't affect Sableye-Mega...

Sableye-Mega used Knock Off!
(The opposing Armaldo lost 29% of its health!)
Sableye-Mega knocked off the opposing Armaldo's Leftovers!

The opposing Armaldo was hurt by its burn!


ladder never changes
 
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PS! Name: ChrFal
Laddering Alts: CCS2Gh4 CF, CCS2Gs4 CF
HoF Replays / Peaks: 1421 Ghost (4 points off Gold Rank, fuck!)
Ghost
Bronze Rank
Silver Rank
Grass
Bronze Rank
Ghost Core Peak and WL Ratio.png

W/L Ratio:
23 W 7 L (Ghost)

Thoughts on the cores

Honestly Gourgeist just plain sucks. It is so passive, I tried running Seed Bomb but that left me utterly helpless against Grass types, I tried running Phantom Force but that was just plain bad, and I tried running Foul Play but that left me set up fodder for any special attacker. Ghost in general is a pretty lacklustre type tbh, there's only a handful of good mons and Dark teams eat you for breakfast. You'd think it would have a good matchup against Normal, but no - Mega Lopunny will see to that. Gengar on the other hand was great, LO AoA set was my favourite. I ran Destiny Bond as a way to bait Muk-A and defensive Tyranitar so Blacephalon could sweep later on.
 
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Congrats to Mateeus_1 for winning both challenges and obtaining the only platinums in both types AND winning the Win/Loss ratio for both types.

Remember Mateeus_1 that you have to send me or perish a paste of your teams so that we can put it in the Hall of Fame.

Thank you once again to everyone else who participated, tagging Eien to merge this with index thread.
 
Congrats to ChrystalFalchion for winning both challenges and Win/Loss ratio's. Unfortunately there were no platinum ranks :(

Remember ChrystalFalchion that you have to send me a paste of your teams in PM's so I can put them in the hall of fame.

Thank you to everyone who participated, tagging Eien to merge this with index thread.
 
taken over from Illama and approved by Eien.
hosted by Namranan , co-hosted by Perish Song


(Banner by Ticken)
Monotype Core Laddering Challenge Season 2 Cycle 4
2 Standard Cores, February 4 - February 18

Rock
http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani/stakataka.gif
http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani/golem-alola.gif

Stakataka + Alolan Golem
Tag : CCS2Ro4
Hall of Fame Rankings:

Platinum: 1550+
Gold: 1425+
Silver: 1300+
Bronze: 1200+
Stakataka - Stakataka is back but now on Rock instead of Steel. Just like on steel teams, Stakataka is virtually used the exact same way here, but it needs more team support in order to work and also has to be careful about the webs that the team uses, as it can compromise itself against other stakataka's or shuckle. Also like on steel, Stakataka works very well against offensive teams like dragon and sometimes electric. It can also choose to run a different item if another teammate like terrakion or omastar wants to use it instead, examples include Air Balloon and Life Orb.
Alolan Golem - One of the greatest additions to rock ever since its release and recent movepool buff in USM. Now that it has access to fire punch, it is able to trap and KO a lot more steel types like scizor and ferrothorn reliably thanks to its Magnet Pull ability. It's item also has some flexibility, as it can choose to run Fire-Z or Choice Band. Choice Band allows you to OHKO certain steels instantly (Celesteela, Ferrothorn, Scizor, Etc.) and let golem come in on more steels, while Z-move allows you to eliminate one steel type and use other moves freely so that you aren't choice locked. Overall, Golem has an easy role that allows it to succeed on most rock teams, and is almost always seen on one as well thanks to this role.



Fairy
http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani/gardevoir-mega.gif
http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani/clefable.gif

Mega Gardevoir + Clefable
Tag: CCS2Fa4
Hall of Fame Rankings:

Platinum: 1600+
Gold: 1450+
Silver: 1375+
Bronze: 1250+
Mega Gardevoir - I know most of you are sick of using this Pokemon on Psychic by now, but have no fear! This pokemon has a useful niche on Fairy teams as a way of dealing with certain poison types and breaking through certain bulky Pokemon like Mantine and being able to burn threatening pokemon like Alolan Muk with will-o-wisp. It can also be a stallbreaker with Taunt but this is not as useful as the other two, especially with mons like Tapu koko and bulu already on your team. Nonetheless, Mega-gardevoir is able to be used over mega-diancie, even if it is for a relatively tiny niche.
Clefable - While it has become less common due to the rise in popularity of Mimikyu, Clefable still has some new tricks up its sleeve and is still very dominant in the metagame for fairy. It is able to use a sash counter to check out of control physical attackers, as well as calm mind sets and stealth rock sets. It also has recently started using knock off in order to deal with the ever present Curse Muk that can tear through fairy teams if you are not careful. Overall, this mon is still very useful, even if its teamslot is now more debated than ever.


Note: This project is now lead by Namranan and cohosted by Perish Song. So now all questions and suggestions regarding to CLC should be directed towards us now and not Illama, the former leader.

To register to participate in a core challenge, you must reply to this forum with the proper information to be eligible! See the example post below for details. This also applies for submitting peaks (with that said please keep all of your information onto 1 post)! Otherwise, refer to the Index Thread for the official rules and info on this project. Please make sure to post replays of your Hall of Fame Rankings, failure to do so will result in your post being ignored.

In order to win this challenge, one player must obtain the highest ladder peak with the given core. In order to be eligible for winning the challenge you have to either post a replay of your peak (Highest elo reached) or take a screenshot of your accounts highest rank on ladder. The person with the highest rank at the end of the week is the winner of the challenge and will get posted in a new hall of fame in the Index thread along with the team they were using. If you win, please PM the team to Perishing Song or Namranan along with a brief description of the team and how you got the elo you got to. (Replays are much appreciated)

Remember to keep track of your Win/Loss ratio because the person with the best ratio out of 30 games can get a shoutout after the challenge has ended. To submit your Win/Loss ratio just take a screenshot of your record and post it in your registration. The team with the best record will be added to its own Hall of Fame. That being said, if you win the challenge you must PM Namranan or Perishing Song your team with a brief description of how it works. If you do this even without winning you will still have your team posted in an honorable mentions section. You get 1 extra point this cycle if you submit your team.

Have Fun!​
 
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Example Challenge Registration:
PS! Name: Namranan
Laddering Alt(s): CCS2Ro4 Nammy, CCS2Fa4 Nammy
HoF Replays/Peaks:
none
W/L Ratio:
none
 
PS! Name: ChrFal
Laddering Alts: CCS2Ro4 CF, CCS2Fa4 CF
HoF Replays:
Rock

Bronze
Silver
Fairy
Bronze
Silver
Peaks: 1387 (Rock) 1434 (Fairy)
W/L Ratio: 22 W 8 L (Rock), 23 W 7 L (Fairy)
158530

158531

158688

158689


Honestly Stakataka was much better than I expected it to be. It's a very solid late game cleaner with Trick Room. Rockium Z is still its best set - the nuke helps it kickstart Beast Boost. I even managed to sweep a Rain Water team with it. Golem-A is great, it's one of the only things stopping Scizor from 6-0lling a Rock Team.

Mega Gardevoir also exceeded my expectations, although I still think Diancie is the much better choice for a mega evolution on Fairy. It's very effective in the Grass matchup, as nothing wants to switch into it. It could do with more speed though. Clefable was also pretty good, I started out with a Calm Mind set and then dropped it for a Stealth Rock support set with Babiri Berry.
 
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There were no platinum ranks unfortunately this cycle :(. However I would like to congratulate ChrystalFalchion for winning the Ghost Core challenge and the Win/Loss ratio for it. Just going to remind you to send me your team (only your ghost one) so that it can be put in the hall of fame.

Tagging Eien to merge this with index thread, thank you to all that participated!
 
Congratulations ChrystalFalchion for winning both challenges and Win/Loss ratios. Unfortunately there were no platinum ladder ranks :(

Reminder to ChrystalFalchion that I need you to share your team with me so that it can be posted in the hall of fame.

Tagging Eien to merge this with the index thread. Thank you all who participated!
 
taken over from Illama and approved by Eien


Monotype Core Laddering Challenge Season 2
(new banner coming soon)
SM Challenge #4
2 Cores, June 4 - June 12

Dark





Weavile + Krookodile
tag: CCS2Da1
Hall of Fame Rankings:
Platinum: 1600+
Gold: 1500+
Silver: 1350+
Bronze: 1250+

Fire



Victini + Volcanion

tag: CCS2Fi1
Hall of Fame Rankings:
Platinum: 1550+
Gold: 1450+
Silver: 1325+
Bronze: 1200+


Note: This project is now lead by Namranan, co hosted by me. So now all questions and suggestions regarding to CLC should be directed towards us now and not Illama, the former leader.

To register to participate in a core challenge, you must reply to this forum with the proper information to be eligible! See the example post below for details. This also applies for submitting peaks (with that said please keep all of your information onto 1 post)! Otherwise, refer to the Index Thread for the official rules and info on this project. Please make sure to post replays of your Hall of Fame Rankings, failure to do so will result in your post being ignored.

There will be a second challenge along with obtaining the Hall of Fame Rankings. This second challenge is the competition for the best Win/Loss Ratio in 30 games with each core, i.e. at 30 games, take a screenshot of your record and post it in your registration as well. The team with the best record will be added to its own Hall of Fame.

Have fun!
Taken over from Illama, approved by Eien , co-hosting with Perishing Song


Welcome to the Monotype Core Laddering Challenge Season 2 Index Thread! The Core Laddering Challenge obviously involves laddering...with a core! Seeing as this is the Monotype Core Laddering challenge, we will be laddering on the Monotype ladder on Pokemon Showdown!. It is a competition encompassing multiple elements of competitive play: teambuilding, adapting, and battling! Various types will get a core every week, but you will have a little over a week to ladder with the core in order to achieve a Hall of Fame rank. After you've gotten the core, it's time to teambuild! The only restriction is that you'll have to use the Pokemon in the core; you may decide the move-sets, EVs and items yourself, as well as the partners. If a Pokemon capable of mega-evolving is provided, and it is not stated that you must use the mega-evolution, then it is your choice as to whether or not it gets a mega-stone.

Overview of Challenge Rules
by Sly Mav/Rum & Coke

  • To register, reply to the challenge you are participating in with the following information: Your Username, and your Laddering Alt (which must have the required tag)
  • To apply for a Hall of Fame level, state your Username, your Laddering Alt, the HoF Level you are applying for, and proof (i.e. Replays, Screenshots, ect)
  • While you are laddering on your CC alt, you are only allowed to use a CC team, which corresponds with the CC tag of your alt. If you are found to have broken this rule on purpose, you will be disqualified. You must use the correct CC tag (CCXxN) as specifed, if you wish to be eligible for the Hall of Fame (HoF). Failure to do so, will render your challenge invalid.
  • Asking your opponent for a free win or asking your opponent to forfeit is STRICLY PROHIBITED. Anyone caught doing this will be disqualified from competing in the Core Challenges.
  • It is strictly prohibited to share an account with another user, so that they may ladder for you. If caught you will be disqualified from competing in the Core Challenges.
  • Your CC team must contain the 2 members of the core at all times. You are free to change the other 4 members of your team as you wish, however.
Beginner's Guide to the Core Ladder Challenge
by Sly Mav/Rum & Coke

  • Step 1: Choose a core that you wish to compete with, observing what the CC tag for that core is. CC tags have a format of "CCXxN" [CC=Core Challenge; Xx=Type, N= The Cycle/Round of the type]. So for example, "CCWa2" is the 2nd cycle/round of the Water type cores.
  • Step 2: Create an alternate account ("alt" for short) using the CC tag. For example: "CCWa2 YourName"
  • Step 3: Reply to the challenge in which you want to participate in, and provide your Username, and the Laddering Alt you will be using. Your PS Username is your regular account and the CC alt is the alternate account you just created.
  • Step 4: Build a Monotype team, which includes the two (2) pokemon listed in the Core you're doing. Please note carefully whether the Pokemon in the core are capable of Mega Evolution and whether or not they must hold their Mega Stone, as specified.
  • Step 5: When you are sure that your team is ready, log into your CC alt and begin battling on the Monotype Ladder.
  • Step 6: When you reach a milestone ELO, for example 1300 / 1350 ELO for the "Silver" rank, save the replay and submit the link in the thread for proof.
  • Step 7: If you reach the "Platinum" rank of 1550/1600 ELO, save the replay of each new ELO peak that you achieve which is greater than the listed HoF level. Before the challenge ends, submit the replay that shows your highest overall peak. The Top Finisher of each Core is the person with the highest ELO peak overall, in a submitted replay. (Brought back by popular demand as of the 8th Challenge).
Do not cheat in this challenge! It is a global PS! offense to boost your ladder ranking. Within the confines of this challenge, this includes asking opponents to forfeit so you don't lose ELO.
People caught boosting their ELO in any way will be disqualified. No exceptions, you've been warned.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use more than one type in each challenge?

Yes, just make sure you have a tagged alt for each one.

When can I start laddering?
As soon as you post in the challenge thread here on Smogon, you can start laddering.

Do I need to save/submit all my replays?
NO! Please submit replays that show you reaching a Hall of Fame level, or ones that provide proof of a laddering peak (screenshots are also fine). If you forget to save the replay when you first pass a Hall of Fame level, then just save another replay proving you were above the Hall of Fame level.

Do I have to keep the same team for all the ladder matches?
Nope, feel free to change the team around the Pokemon in the core as often as you like. However, if you are caught on the ladder without the core on a tagged alt you will be disqualified.

I think these cores are stupid. When will there be better ones?
New cores will be up every week. They will eventually cover all 18 types and multiple play-styles. If you have a suggestion for a core, pm it to me or Perishing Song accompanied by a brief description of why those Pokemon support one another and the it will consider it for future challenges.

For any questions or concerns regarding the challenge, please contact myself (Namranan) via Private Message (PM) on Smogon forums or in the Monotype Room on Pokemon Showdown.
CCsDA1 donut
 

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