Project National Dex OU Matchmaking - Cycle 32: Blacephalon

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Hello everyone and welcome to Pokémon Matchmaking—the project in which we aim to create magic pairings that help to pull out a Pokémon's full potential!

Every week, a Pokémon and set will be nominated, and you then need to post a partner along with a brief explanation of what makes them a solid teammate for the nominated Pokémon. At the end of each cycle, a voting round will go up and the most voted set will be archived.

Rules and Notes
  • Cycles will last 5 days and voting phases will last 2 days.
  • When you reserve a Pokémon, please state what set you are reserving.
  • Reservations expire 24 hours after they're posted. If you do not post in that time frame, someone else may take it.
  • Please only nominate OU viable Pokémon. This generally means Pokémon on the viability rankings, although I will make exceptions if an unranked Pokémon is well explained.
  • An explanation is mandatory. It doesn't need to be very long—two or three concise sentences should suffice—but make sure it's there.
  • You may nominate a different set for a Pokémon that has already been submitted. However, it's important that the set is distinct from the other submission—I won't accept submissions where the only difference is something simple like 1 move or an EV spread unless the change substantially alters how the core functions.
  • I understand that a little theorymonning is inevitable in a project like this, but please try to post based on your experience using and/or facing the Pokémon in question rather than just listing something you have no experience using and/or facing.
Posting Tips
I recommend using the following format when posting:
:ss/Excadrill:
Excadrill @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Rush
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly / Adamant Nature
- High Horsepower / Earthquake
- Iron Head
- Swords Dance
- Rapid Spin

Excadrill is an excellent partner for Hippowdon as it can take advantage of Sand Stream with Sand Rush. It can also threaten Pokémon like Kyurem that can take advantage of Hippowdon's passivity and lacking special bulk. In exchange, Hippowdon acts as a hard response to Cinderace and Zeraora if Sandstorm expires while Excadrill is active. It's worth noting, however, that this core is largely shut down by Rotom-A, Corviknight, Skarmory, Tangrowth, and Slowbro, so I recommend pairing it with attackers that can take advantage of such Pokémon, such as Rotom-A, Keldeo, Hydreigon, and/or Kyurem.

No specific types of detail are mandatory, but things that are worth considering when writing your explanation include:
  • How the Pokémon listed is useful to the nominated partner and vice versa
  • Why the set listed is chosen over other variants, if applicable
  • Strengths and/or weaknesses of the core in question
  • Potential options for additional partners when using the core
  • Replays that show off the core in full force
Try and avoid using superfluous formatting (it's usually very ugly) and try to cut out any fluff in your paragraphs if you can.

If you want to remove colour formatting, please use the eraser icon in the top left of the rich text editor or in the bottom right of the colour picker instead of changing the text colour to black. This is to ensure that it's readable for people using dark mode.


Voting Phase: When the posting phase of the cycle is up, we will then enter the voting phase, where you'll vote on the best set.
 
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Week 1: :mawile-mega: won by - simp
Week 2: :cinderace: won by - adem
Week 3: :garchomp: won by - adem
Week 4: :clefable: won by - Kyotoshi
Week 5: :greninja-ash: won by - adem
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Week 13: :slowking: won by - adem
Week 14: :rillaboom: won by - NuttyRabbit
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Week 19: :tapu-bulu: won by - Zen
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Week 21: :charizard-mega-x: won by - Pubo
Week 22: :zapdos: won by - R8
Week 23: :buzzwole: won by - Mario34
Week 24: :latios-mega: won by - HydreigonTheChild
Week 25: :medicham-mega: won by - Redgoop115
Week 26: :volcanion: won by - Solaros & Lunaris
Week 27: :weavile: won by - Adib10
Week 28: :magnezone: won by - Avaritia GC
Week 29: :victini: won by - Adib10
Week 30: :melmetal: won by - ChrisPBacon
Week 31: :gastrodon: won by - Avaritia GC
Week 32: :blacephalon: won by -

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Kaede

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Cycle 1: Swords Dance

:ss/mawile-mega:
Mawile @ Mawilite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 92 HP / 252 Atk / 164 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Play Rough
- Sucker Punch
- Knock Off

Mega Mawile has proven to be a deadly breaker in the tier, boasting an enormous amount of damage output with moves like Swords dance to complement it. Although it has rather middling speed but sucker punch covers for that just fine.
Deadline will be Sunday, 7th March at 8:00p.m. gmt-5.
 

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:ss/Cinderace:
Island in the Sun (Cinderace) (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Libero
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Pyro Ball
- Zen Headbutt
- High Jump Kick
- U-turn

Cinderace forms fantastic offensive synergy with Mega Mawile, as it easily toasts any Steel-types with notions of taking Mega Mawile’s attacks. It also baits in Water-types that Mawile can use to set up a Swords Dance, and they wear down Ground-types quite easily for one another. Weavile is a common way to revenge kill Cinderace, but locking into Knock Off is another opportunity for Mawile to set up and clean. Lastly, Mega Mawile’s Sucker Punch can aid against faster threats that Cinderace can’t quite outrun, notably Zeraora.
 
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:ss/jirachi:

Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- U-turn
- Trick
- Healing Wish

Choice Scarf Jirachi is a great partner for Mega Mawile, mostly based on it being the best overall user of Healing Wish. With Healing Wish, Jirachi can bring Mega Mawile back from full health, giving it another shot to wreak havoc. Many teams are simply not prepared to deal with what can essentially be two Mega Mawile's if played intelligently. Pivoting is also nice to get Mega Mawile in safely. There's some other benefits too; the speed control is great for Mawile based bulky offenses. Trick isn't that outstandingly useful, but I guess you can also like trick Magearna or Skarmory to annoy it or something. Iron Head flinches can also be nice to mess with the somewhat annoying Magearna.
 
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Rillaboom @ Choice Band
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Wood Hammer
- Grassy Glide
- U-turn
- Knock Off

Pretty obvious. With Grassy Terrain, and grassy glide to destroy bulky waters such as Tapu Fini and Slowbro, its a great pair. Grassy terrain weakening earthquake to help Mawile in situations such as Landorus-t, and Garchomp to more easily set up. And its U-turn is able to get in Mawile safely, and knock off to take leftovers from bulky Pokémon such as Toxapex. Grassy Glide is pretty explanatory, and Wood Hammer is its stronger stab.
 
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Gliscor @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Poison Heal
EVs: 244 HP / 52 Def / 192 SpD / 20 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Facade
- Earthquake
- Swords Dance
- Roost
Gliscor is a great partner for Mega Mawile Since mawile is weak to Heatren,Ferrothorn,lando, gliscor handles it well having the option to switch Heatren,Ferrothorn,lando gliscor, Mawile is also weak to most grounds so Gliscor fits great then u could go Mawile to sword dance and sweep.
 
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Tapu Koko @ Choice Specs
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Volt Switch
- Grass Knot
Tapu Koko is a great partner of Mega Mawile right now, with its great speed tier making up for Mawile's middling speed stat. Specs and Terrain boosted hits weaken Mawile's checks greatly, putting some of them in sucker punch range and forcing switches to get a free switch into mawile, for it to have a turn to SD up, or even use a focus punch.
 
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Posting phase has ended. Now for the voting phase!

:Cinderace: by Solaros & Lunaris
:ss/Cinderace:
Island in the Sun (Cinderace) (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Libero
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Pyro Ball
- Zen Headbutt
- High Jump Kick
- U-turn

Cinderace forms fantastic offensive synergy with Mega Mawile, as it easily toasts any Steel-types with notions of taking Mega Mawile’s attacks. It also baits in Water-types that Mawile can use to set up a Swords Dance, and they wear down Ground-types quite easily for one another. Weavile is a common way to revenge kill Cinderace, but locking into Knock Off is another opportunity for Mawile to set up and clean. Lastly, Mega Mawile’s Sucker Punch can aid against faster threats that Cinderace can’t quite outrun, notably Zeraora.

:Jirachi: by Sputnik
:ss/jirachi:

Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- U-turn
- Trick
- Healing Wish

Choice Scarf Jirachi is a great partner for Mega Mawile, mostly based on it being the best overall user of Healing Wish. With Healing Wish, Jirachi can bring Mega Mawile back from full health, giving it another shot to wreak havoc. Many teams are simply not prepared to deal with what can essentially be two Mega Mawile's if played intelligently. Pivoting is also nice to get Mega Mawile in safely. There's some other benefits too; the speed control is great for Mawile based bulky offenses. Trick isn't that outstandingly useful, but I guess you can also like trick Magearna or Skarmory to annoy it or something. Iron Head flinches can also be nice to mess with the somewhat annoying Magearna.

:Rillaboom: by |Powerman|
Rillaboom @ Choice Band
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Wood Hammer
- Grassy Glide
- U-turn
- Knock Off

Pretty obvious. With Grassy Terrain, and grassy glide to destroy bulky waters such as Tapu Fini and Slowbro, its a great pair. Grassy terrain weakening earthquake to help Mawile in situations such as Landorus-t, and Garchomp to more easily set up. And its U-turn is able to get in Mawile safely, and knock off to take leftovers from bulky Pokémon such as Toxapex. Grassy Glide is pretty explanatory, and Wood Hammer is its stronger stab.

:Gliscor: by thegarbodr
Gliscor @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Poison Heal
EVs: 244 HP / 52 Def / 192 SpD / 20 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Facade
- Earthquake
- Swords Dance
- Roost
Gliscor is a great partner for Mega Mawile Since mawile is weak to Heatren,Ferrothorn,lando, gliscor handles it well having the option to switch Heatren,Ferrothorn,lando gliscor, Mawile is also weak to most grounds so Gliscor fits great then u could go Mawile to sword dance and sweep.

:Tapu Koko: by simp
Tapu Koko @ Choice Specs
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Volt Switch
- Grass Knot
Tapu Koko is a great partner of Mega Mawile right now, with its great speed tier making up for Mawile's middling speed stat. Specs and Terrain boosted hits weaken Mawile's checks greatly, putting some of them in sucker punch range and forcing switches to get a free switch into mawile, for it to have a turn to SD up
Voting deadline will be Tuesday, 9th at 8:00 p.m. GMT-5.
 
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Heyo, it's ur friendly neighborhood Kate here! Let's give a big congrats to simp for winning cycle one with their Tapu Koko! You will be added to the lb sometime soon. As for this week:

:ss/cinderace:
Cinderace @ Normalium Z
Ability: Libero
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Bulk Up
- Pyro Ball
- Double-Edge
- High Jump Kick

Normalium Z Cinderace proves to be a nigh unstoppable threat on the offensive teams that run rampant in the current meta. Possessing fantastic coverage and a truly superb ability in Libero, what teammates can you come up with to aid the fire bunny in its devastating assault?

Submission Deadline is March 14th at 8pm gmt-5
 

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:ss/magearna-original:

Magearna @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Soul-Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 52 Def / 24 SpA / 180 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draining Kiss
- Stored Power
- Shift Gear
- Calm Mind
KissPower Magearna is an amazing partner for Ace as ace helps it break early game, to bring mag in a position where it can setup sweep weakened teams. Ace can also force out steels for mag to sweep easier.
 
Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- U-turn
- Trick
- Healing Wish
Jirachi is an amazing partner for Cinderace. It helps get Cindearce go back in the field with full hp and Cinderace has more time to destroy more teams.
 
Slowbro @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Relaxed Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Scald
- Slack Off
- Future Sight
- Teleport

Provides future sight support to add on the already tough pressure that cinderace gives, giving it power to break through checks such as pex, lando-t, and does extra damage to even resist to help put them into range of cinderace himself. Also allows it to come in via port
 
:ss/rillaboom:

Rillaboom @ Life Orb
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Grassy Glide
- Superpower
- Knock Off

Rillaboom is another wallbreaker that deals with most of the Ground-types and Water-types that would wall a Z-less Cinderace, putting less pressure on the bunny to sweep the rest of the opponent's team. It also provides Grassy Terrain support to reduce the damage of Earthquakes hurled its way. In return, Cinderace can deal with some problematic Pokemon to the monkey, such as some Steel-types like Corviknight, and Pokemon like Latias-Mega and Zapdos that die to a +1 Breakneck Blitz.
 

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Posting phase has ended. Voting phase will now begin.


:magearna: by adsam
:ss/magearna-original:

Magearna @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Soul-Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 52 Def / 24 SpA / 180 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draining Kiss
- Stored Power
- Shift Gear
- Calm Mind
KissPower Magearna is an amazing partner for Ace as ace helps it break early game, to bring mag in a position where it can setup sweep weakened teams. Ace can also force out steels for mag to sweep easier.

:jirachi: by thegarbodr
Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- U-turn
- Trick
- Healing Wish
Jirachi is an amazing partner for Cinderace. It helps get Cindearce go back in the field with full hp and Cinderace has more time to destroy more teams.

:slowbro: by HydreigonTheChild
Slowbro @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Relaxed Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Scald
- Slack Off
- Future Sight
- Teleport

Provides future sight support to add on the already tough pressure that cinderace gives, giving it power to break through checks such as pex, lando-t, and does extra damage to even resist to help put them into range of cinderace himself. Also allows it to come in via port

:rillaboom: by Avaritia GC
:ss/rillaboom:

Rillaboom @ Life Orb
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Grassy Glide
- Superpower
- Knock Off

Rillaboom is another wallbreaker that deals with most of the Ground-types and Water-types that would wall a Z-less Cinderace, putting less pressure on the bunny to sweep the rest of the opponent's team. It also provides Grassy Terrain support to reduce the damage of Earthquakes hurled its way. In return, Cinderace can deal with some problematic Pokemon to the monkey, such as some Steel-types like Corviknight, and Pokemon like Latias-Mega and Zapdos that die to a +1 Breakneck Blitz.


A new voting system will be used to avoid ties as much as possible, and I also view it as a fairer voting system than others.

Voting Phase: The voting system used is the Ranked Pairs format (the same as CAP uses). This format is arguably much fairer than the simple voting format and should help keep high stakes for the teams that win. So to vote you basically order your options like this: C>B>A>D, like this A>B=C>D, or like this D>C, assuming there are 4 team options (A, B, C, and D). You cannot vote if you made a team. If you choose not to vote for all teams, the last team(s) will be assumed to be last and valued equally if more than one got left out. If you have any questions about this system, by all means, contact me.

Deadline will be Tuesday, 16th at 8:00 p.m. GMT-4
 
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