#Pokemon, Smogon's Official PokéChat -- Next Challenge TBD

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Smogon on IRC

Please join us to chat on server (irc.synirc.net) and channel #Pokemon for active Pokemon discussion!

#Pokemon is BW's version of #stark, with challenges (often held on a specific ladder), tournaments, cups, and pokemon-centric discussion. We welcome all users to come by to chat, chill, and relax.

Rules:

The standards for the channel are the following:

  1. It is IRC, so we recognize social chatter will occur. This is fine, and we even encourage a light hearted environment. All we ask is that IF pokemon discussion is currently going on, don't sabotage it with non-related discussion. As it is irc, it will inevitably be social, but we ask that you try your best to keep at as focused on Pokemon as possible.
  2. Be civil, and use your common sense. Not much to explain here...just use common sense guys.
  3. Note that #Pokemon's authority is determined by active, intelligent discussion. It isn't determined solely by either, but some slightly arbitrary and mostly subjective combination of both.
Just talk in the channel, remain active, and be both civil and intelligent, and you'll find yourself moving up the ranks in no time ^_^

Here's a link for those who have no idea what IRC is, it directs you to #Pokemon


Status in #Pokemon:

Have you ever noticed those unique characters next to the names you see on IRC? Have you ever wondered what those characters actually mean? They are the representations of status on our IRC channels. Status is given to users who make the effort to be helpful and active in IRC. It also comes with privileges, such as being able to talk even when the chat is muted, or even being able to kick other users. A list of status in decreasing order and the symbols that represent them can be found in the #pokemon status list and #smogon status list.

Status is solely based on activity and contribution to the chat. You can be as active as you want and your status in the chat can go as high as you want to take it. Just remember to speak intelligently and to keep your activity up. Anyone can gain status if they're active, remember!
 
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#Pokemon Chronicles

ok so i want to get these implemented on site at some point but a nice forum spot will serve them well too at the moment. the following post will serve as a record of every #Pokemon Challenge i run:

The #Pokemon "No Hazards" Challenge
Begun: Sept 13th, 2011
Ended: Oct 1st, 2011

The No Hazards challenge was an interesting challenge, testing the idea of how truly necessary entry hazards are in the metagame. The rules of the challenge were simple - Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes were all banned. Anything else was fair game!

Espeon was an early favorite for the challenge, allowing players to bounce back entry hazards (thus supplying them with their own, or at least keeping the playing field level). Espeon in its own right is a decent Pokemon, but is usually considered below average (hence its tiering (and subsequent banning) of UU). The fact that it was a popular choice here seems to only prove the theory that hazards are so game-changing that players are willing to put in a Pokemon dedicated to just getting them. In fact, this coincides with a popular metagame-trend from last generation; Suicide Leads. Pokemon dedicated to getting up Stealth Rock (and maybe Spikes), even at the risk of having an immediate disadvantage of trailing 6-5.

Another interesting effect of banning hazards for our players was the rise of U-Turning and Volt Switching. As seen here in ToF's 2nd place team, he filled his team with U-Turn and Volt Switch to replace the momentum that hazards had given him. This constant pressure gave him the ability to still dictate matches in the sense entry hazards would. It's important to note the use of Xatu on this team as well, another Pokemon that could use its Magic Mirror ability to steal the opponent's hazards.

One of the biggest complaints I had heard was what I had originally predicted; players felt overwhelmed by threats such as Volcarona. Even in ToF's team, a Volcarona with just one boost would sweep him and it wouldn't be very hard to get in without Stealth Rock on the field. Other dangerous Pokemon included Dragonite, basic Life Orb sweepers, and even old threats such as Gyarados. Obviously entry hazards help keep these Pokemon well in check, but it was truly intriguing to see how powerful they became when hazards weren't available to us. This might have been the biggest reason of all for Espeon's increased usage throughout the challenge (Xatu as well).

On a final note, Baton Pass was rarely used by anyone. I found it to be pretty successful myself, but most players opted for teams with just offensive presence. Perhaps players are too well adjusted for it now after its original suspect nomination? Or perhaps it just isnt as effective as we made it out to be? Regardless, players avoided using Baton Pass in a challenge that seemed to encourage it!

Here is the final list of players and their rankings in the challenge.

Squirrel - Chronic - 1357
ToF - tofnohazardswtf - 1335 - ToF's team
August - the wonder years - 1330
Undisputed - dancing with dragons - 1226
DetroitLolcat - lolcat-challenge - 1222
kd24 - kd24 no hazards - 1170
EspyJoel - FukRocks - 1142
Raseri - iresar - 1138
Ala - [dw] ala - 1136
Chenn - spikychenn - 1111
Nails - db22 - 1105
YAYTears - Yaytears DWC - 1064
TalkingLion - LionWhoTalks - 1061
StevenSnype - Doc - 1053
Zephyr - Boss Zephyr - 1036
Jirachi - StealthRock - 1025
Nachos - DW Dude Nachos - 1019
Stunt - stuntrolling - 1006
Alive - joeseph lunchables - 1000
Jnrust - jnrust - 1000
Joshe - nohazrds - 1000
Lizardman - DWCLizardman - 1000
MasterofOz - ValkrieV2 - 1000
Steamroll - Steambarrelroll - 1000
YTP_ - Y7P - 1000
Lamppost - Lamppost DWC - 970
Sheep - sheep-dwc - 956

Thank you to all the competitors, especially Squirrel for winning, ToF for a valient second, and august for a solid third!


The #Pokemon "VGC 12" Challenge
Begun: Oct 5th, 2011
Ended: Oct 26th, 2011

To kick off the VGC 2012 year and recognize the recent addition to the Smogon Server (the VGC 2012 ladder), this challenge began with the goal being to simply "reach the top". Many recognized VGC specialists rose the challenge such as JRank and Human, but the winner, surprising many, was DetroitLolCat who topped the leaderboard with a final ranking of 1250.

I think it became quite clear through the ladder what the top method of play was in VGC 12 - Trick Room. And Trick Room is exactly what DLC used to top the ladder, found here. VGC 12's fast paced metagame definitely surprised a few people but some primarily single players, as is the case with DLC, embraced the change and built effective teams.

A Complete player and alt list can be found below:

Ashenlock - Sirk
Breludicolo - breludicolo_alt_7
Burnt Panda - burnt panda
Charizard92 - [TUS] Charizard92
Chenn - guest
Cosmicexplorer - cosmicexplorer
DetroitLolCat - LOLCat-DWC - DetroitLolCat's team
Dracoyoshi8 - Dracoyoshi8
Eraddd - Eraddd
Firestorm - whathefont
foster - foster
Foxy Grandpa - Foxy Grandpa
Human - Human
Huy - JamesChen
Jibaku - Voltros
JRank - JRankurusu
kd24 - kd24 VGC
Makiri - UltraDavid
Muffinhead - poof of the poffins
Nexus - Oathkeeper
Ninglido - Ningildo[TEST]
Raseri - Raseri
RBG - RBG
Sandman - Washy
ShakeitUp - dementor
Smith - HOT TAMALE
Solace - Lord of the Flies
Ssbbm - ssbbmdwvgc
StevenSnype - -NVK-
The Wolf - Rose Derrick
TheFourthChaser - TheFourthChaser
Theorymon - Jokemon
Tobes - Tobes
Unreality - Unrealiyt

DetroitLolCat won the challenge, topping the leaderboard with 1250 points while Human came second and JRank placed third. Congratulations to all of them and thank you to everyone who played.


The #Pokemon "Diversity Cup" Challenge
Begun: Oct 29th, 2011
Ended: Nov 17th, 2011

The Diversity Cup was one of the most interesting challenges yet, forcing users to add diversity to their teams from lesser used tiers - the rules following the concept of 1 NU, 1 RU, 2 UU/BL, and 2 OU - many players found themselves using lesser used Pokemon that were given Eviolite to survive in the heavy OU metagame. Other popular choices were Pokemon such as Sharpedo and Mamoswine, who were already considered very anti-meta.

A strategy that seemed to be everyone's favorite was the use of heavy offense with Magneton. These teams usually employed Deoxys-s to lay hazards while the rest of the team swept with the power of hazards. Eventual co-winner ShakeItUp reached number 1 with such a team, which can be found below.

Aside from heavy offense, the other most popular team was sun - because many of the available sun abusers are found in RU and UU, it was easy to begin stacking a team with the most popular. And as far as the NU selection went, these teams got access to Dugtrio, a Pokemon commonly found on many standard OU teams regardless! Sun teams were certainly a force to be reckoned with.

However, heavy offense and sun weren't the only viable teams available - other co-winner ToF topped the challenge completely (although at the time of his victory did not reach number 1) with his version of stall which employed use of many lesser used Pokemon. One of the most interesting things about this team was the lack of a Steel-type - Despite the weakness to Dragon-type attacks, ToF's team of heavy defense never found itself at a true disadvantage!

What I think this challenge showed all of us was that we all need to reevaluate which Pokemon are truly "good" in OU - as ToF and ShakeItUp proved by getting into top 5 on OU ladder, there are many Pokemon outside the box to consider using! The best way to keep learning about the metagame is to use these low tiered Pokemon and find out which sets truly hold a unique niche.

ToF - tofffff - 1594 - ToF's Team
ShakeItUp - PikminV2 - 1591 - ShakeItUp's team
Aqualouis - DiversAqua - 1298
mcmeghan - mcvariety - 1272 - McMeghan's team
mien - Dongrosso - 1260
SJCrew - Skull Leader SJ - 1234 - SJCrew's team - DQed
Zack Drake - DiversityZack - 1232 - Zack Drake's team
myzozoa - myzpkmnchall - 1224 - myzozoa's team
poppy - pariet - 1218 - Poppy's team
DetroitLolCat - lolcat-pc - 1199 - DetroitLolcat's team
Agammemnon - Zeus Agammemnon - 1190 - Agammemnon's team
Maaf - Sentretuniversity - 1188 - Maaf's team
Raseri - Pokemaster47 - 1183
PMJ - Lunar Diversity - 1167 - PMJ's team
H-C - H-C dc - 1155
Basti - balls to you - 1134 - Basti's team
kd24 - kd24-pc - 1081 - kd24's team
D4RR3N - D4rr3nDWC - 1071 - D4RR3N's team
Chat - Karchat - 1067 - Chat's team
chenn - v8fusion - 1049
Shining-Latios - SLpokemonchall - 1034
Tempesstt - Mordicus - 1031 - Tempesstt's team
MostWanted - Hoes n Tricks - 1029 - MostWanted's team
giara - Teabag - 1022 - giara's team
sevendeadlysins - requiem - 1004
JoeyBoy - J-Bot 9000 - 1002 - Joeyboy's team
Zurich - zuzuzuZURICH - 992
Karpman - Trellis - 962 - Karpman's team
Birkal - CradilyTamer
Insomniac. - HyperSomnia
MaestroXXVI - MaestroXXVI[DC]
Foster - The Management

Congratulations to ToF and ShakeItUp for co-winning this challenge, as well as Aqualouis for placing third. Thanks to everyone who sent me their team as well, it is much appreciated!


A few things about these:
1.) If you played in a challenge and you still have your team from a specific one, please PM me on IRC or if you must, the forums, and give me the pastebin to add
2.) I hope these are interesting to you, so you can see what is useful and what creative players thought of
3.) If you are wondering where the vgc scores are ... I lost them. I wrote the winners down so it worked out somewhat well, but i apologize in advance for that blunder.
4.) These will be updated after every challenge - Eventually, i hope to do things with them on site but i guess well have to see ^_^
 
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#pokemon "No Arceus" Challenge!

Hey guys, I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break! I'm back with a new challenge that will hopefully expand your thinking and get those creative juices flowing again! To increase the activity of Ubers and give a suitable challenge, the next #pokemon challenge will be a "NO ARCEUS" Challenge, held on the Smogon University Ubers ladder.

To join this challenge, PM me (kd24), Jibaku or bojangles on IRC or the Smogon forums (preferrably IRC!) with a new alt or nick that has never been used on the Ubers Ladder. Please try to keep it close to your forum or IRC nick if possible! The challenge will last until Sunday, December 18th at 8:00 PM EST - aim for the top!

The winners of this challenge will be the the following:
  • Anyone who reachers number 1 during the challenge
  • Whoever finishes the challenge ranked ahead of all other challengers

The winner of the challenge will receive short-term (and sometimes permanent based on your previous #pokemon activity) status (and in the case of hops, consideration for a promotion). You will also receive a slot in the illustrious Hall of Fame.

I'd like to thank all of you for the phenomenal activity of the last challenge and I hope we can keep it up. And let's find out how truly hard it is to build an Ubers team without Arceus.

Player alt list and Rankings:
DittoCrow - UbersD_C - 1007
HSA - HSAarc - 1283
locopoke - scyther-tamer - (dropped out)
ssbbm - charizardlover3759 - 1103
Huntofthelion - Ezio - 1254
kd24 - kd24-ubers - 1142
symphonyx64 - Castle Pandemonium - 1224
Poppy - pariet - 1195
KnightoftheWind - KotW hates Arceus - 1047
prem - prem. - 1056
myzozoa - Moiraine Damodred - 1338
New World Order - New World Arceus - Did not play
Bloo - buried secrets - 1404
Hugendugen - HugenD - 1503
Furai - In The Dark - 1297
Agammemnon - agarceus - 1110
drcossack - arceus sucks - 1280
xtrashine - xtranus_dwc - 975
comatthew6 - comaroma - 965
steamroll - steamrollolol - Did not play
Snunch - ban arceus - 1009
syrim - syrims - 1414
jibaku - ray tonio - 1206
tof - broken dreams. - 1418
D4RREN - Mr. Simple
Moo - Moooo - 1034
Maaf - Sentret for Ubers - 1089
detroitlolcat - lolcat-UBAHZ - 1298
Steven Snype - bittersweet - 1024
manapheee - conservation - 1074
ShakeItUp - Naga - 1041
undisputed - dancing with dragons - 1358
Thorns - full grizzly - 1077
.Robert - Robert -00bers- - 1038
mostwanted - ARCEUS_TAMER - 1498
Noodlez - arceus sux - 1175
windsong - Loveless Act I - 1093
Tobes - Last Train - 1345
Basti - mc invisble - Did not play
Sir - Girl Talk Gillis - Did not play
Lizardman - guys gotta shout - 1229

rankings updated 12/10/11 2:45 pm est

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Congratulations to Hugendugen and mostwanted for winning the No Arceus challenge - guys definitely did a good job with this, expect updated irc page soon

and the next challenge will be a UU challenge! Get ready!
 
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#Pokemon "No UU?" Challenge

Merry Christmas everyone! Unfortunately, JabbaTheGrinch has banned everyone's favorite Christmas Tree from UU but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the holidays. This challenge will be a UU challenge with the only condition being: No UU's! This is going to give us time to explore the UU metagame without Hail, while also allowing us to look at some cool RU mons for SPL and some cool NU mons in general.

I don't expect this challenge to be "easy" by any means, but when was the last time we had a real challenge!

To join, pm kd24, bojangles, jibaku, and sometimes bloo, either on IRC or the forums. Be warned, you'll want to wait for our confirmation first (I disconnect a lot so I might not receive your pm!). When you pm us, you'll just need to give us your alt that you plan on using (remember, this must be fresh alt).

The challenge will last until January 22th 2012. The winners of this challenge will be the the following:

  • Anyone who reachers number 1 during the challenge
  • Whoever finishes the challenge ranked ahead of all other challengers

The winner of the challenge will receive a bump in status (and in the case of hops, consideration for a promotion). You will also receive a slot in the #pokemon Hall of Fame.

Good luck everyone!

Player alt list
DittoCrow - Unlimited-Hax
DetroitLolcat - lolcat-uu
ShakeItUp - -Virus-
YoungsterKeiran - Manly Basculin
DTC - URNU
FastFlygon - ff-no-uu
JabbaTheGriffin - Carpool Lane
ToF - fcuk pokemon
Bloo - jumpluff is a guy
D4RR3N - UU-less Swag
McMeghan - UUr2mainstream
Shnen - shnen challenge
Furai - [uu]furai
Somalia - KING SOMALIA
kd24 - kd24 is uu king
Fabbles - winston
xtrashine - xtra use ru in uu
Ningildo - Ningildo
New World Order - Drunken Tree
ifm - Hayley Williams
The Kyle - mdksugacaralhos
Steamroll - Growlithe
agammemnon - Aga_porra
blarajan - bloo likes penis
soviet - blarajan likes penis
Heist - used
fatty - 3 libras
H-C - H-Cuu
lamppost - tsoppmal
DarkLoic - DL Challenge UU
Z-Rex - Led Zep
Vinc2612 - VincUU
toshimelonhead - toshidwc

As it turns out, we will have tiering shifts soon! This won't affect the challenge too much (your ratings won't be reset) - what this does mean, however, is that any Pokemon RU or NU before the shift will still be legal after the shift. Every Pokemon dropped to RU/NU after the shift will also be legal. So really, this just increases your options :P

IMPORTANT: ALAKAZAM AND SABLEYE ARE BANNED. ALL OTHER BL2 ARE LEGAL! This is because Zam and Sableye's released DW abilities pretty much pushing them to sure UU (if not the top of UU). It kind of ruins the spirit of the challenge. If you have been using one of these, then please change your team (you are not forced to make a new alt or are disqualified, sorry for the confusion!

(Expect the write-up of the last analysis to be on site soon I've been busy with vacation plans lately)
 
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Dual Weather Team OU Challenge

So it's been a while since these have been running, and since kd24 departed (recently to return to everyone's dismay), I am taking over these challenges. Both the previous Uber and UU challenges were not as popular, so we're gonna head back to everyone's favorite BW tier, OU!

Can multiple weathers co-exist on one team? In DPP, sometimes you got to see Tyranitar and Abomasnow on the same team, but can it work in BW? Since the auto-weather starters in OU are limited, just remember that you have to have two of Tyranitar / Hippowdon, Politoed, Ninetails, and Abomasnow on your team. Don't be cheesy and run Tyranitar AND Hippowdon on the same team and say you're running dual weather, I'll DQ you faster than Eo jacks it.

To join, pm ToF, bojangles, jibaku, and sometimes bloo, either on IRC or the forums. Be warned, you'll want to wait for our confirmation first. When you pm us, you'll just need to give us your alt that you plan on using (remember, this must be fresh alt). Once I add your name to the thread, feel free to start laddering on the BW OU ladder on Smogon University.

The challenge will last until April 04, 2012. The winners of this challenge will be the the following:

Anyone who reachers number 1 during the challenge (I'd prefer to see this if possible)
Whoever finishes the challenge ranked ahead of all other challengers

The winner of this challenge will receive temporary AOPs in the #pokemon IRC channel, with consideration for permanent status bumps if you continuously do well (this is how I got my ops guys, it works :D). You will also receive a slot in the #pokemon Hall of Fame.

Good luck everyone, and may kd24 never run these again you lazy fuck!

Player alt list


ShakeItUp - -TheWorld- - 1532
McMeghan - Mc2Wezer - 1495
mostwanted - before iconic - 1400
DetroitLolCat - lolcat-weather - 1265
D4RR3N - -Troublemaker- - 1249
iconic - will do - 1229
ENZ0 - MUDMAN - 1178
Nachos - Noob on Toast - 1148
Heist - nattorious big - 1109
Noodlez - nood -1099
Princess Bri - PrincessIrb - 1079
Akola - Conan.D - 1075
Omicron - 4Grmmr - 1069
HSA - cant get enough - 1056
xtrashine - asssssmilk - 1047
Ciele - panic dance - 1044
Mercy - Reminisce - 1037
NatGeo - geo-dw - 1007
Tobes - pitiful struggle - 995
YAYtears - i dont even -
Joeyboy - Weatherboy
BIHI - Mycroft

Updated through March 31st at 11:03 PM EST (-5 GMT)

McMeghan - Mc2Wezer - 1530
ShakeItUp - -TheWorld- - 1299
mostwanted - before iconic - 1266
D4RR3N - -Troublemaker- - 1257
iconic - will do - 1252
ENZ0 - MUDMAN - 1249
DetroitLolCat - lolcat-weather - 1204
Nachos - Noob on Toast - 1162
Heist - nattorious big - 1109
Princess Bri - PrincessIrb - 1079
Akola - Conan.D - 1075
Omicron - 4Grmmr - 1069
xtrashine - asssssmilk - 1056
HSA - cant get enough - 1056
Mercy - Reminisce - 1056
Ciele - panic dance - 1044
NatGeo - geo-dw - 1007
Tobes - pitiful struggle - 995
Noodlez - nood -
YAYtears - i dont even -
Joeyboy - Weatherboy
BIHI - Mycroft
ala - supernothing

Updated through March 28th at 15:31 PM (GMT +2)


McMeghan - Mc2Wezer - 1529
iconic - will do - 1459
ENZ0 - MUDMAN - 1357
ShakeItUp - -TheWorld- - 1345
D4RR3N - -Troublemaker- - 1285
DetroitLolCat - lolcat-weather - 1201
Nachos - Noob on Toast - 1198
Heist - nattorious big - 1142
Princess Bri - PrincessIrb - 1135
Akola - Conan.D - 1113
xtrashine - asssssmilk - 1094
HSA - cant get enough - 1072
Omicron - 4Grmmr - 1069
Ciele - panic dance - 1044
NatGeo - geo-dw - 1009
Tobes - pitiful struggle - 995
Noodlez - nood -
YAYtears - i dont even -
Mercy - Reminisce -
Joeyboy - Weatherboy
BIHI - Mycroft
mostwanted - before iconic -

Updated through March 19th at 19:09 PM (GMT +1)


NatGeo - geo-dw - 1015
Noodlez - nood -
Nachos - Noob on Toast - 1305
McMeghan - Mc2Wezer - 1469
YAYtears - i dont even -
iconic - will do - 1514
DetroitLolCat - lolcat-weather - 1171
Ciele - panic dance - 1079
Princess Bri - PrincessIrb - 1159
ShakeItUp - -TheWorld- - 1335
Omicron - 4Grmmr - 1124
Tobes - pitiful struggle - 991
Mercy - Reminisce -
Joeyboy - Weatherboy
BIHI - Mycroft
Akola - Conan.D - 1151
Heist - nattorious big - 1219
D4RR3N - -Troublemaker- - 1053
mostwanted - before iconic -
HSA - cant get enough - 1112
ENZ0 - MUDMAN
xtrashine - asssssmilk

Updated through March 12th at 12:51 AM

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Congratulations to ShakeItUp for winning this edition of the #pokemon challenge. I hope you guys had fun with the theme, and many of you guys did very well. In addition to ShakeItUp's beastly performance, McMeghan and Iconic both also eclipsed the 1500 mark, but were too lazy to keep laddering to avoid decay (dumbos :P). I'll link to both ShakeItUp's and McMeghan's team below because Iconic refused to give me a copy of his team upon asking multiple times.

ShakeItUp: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3464491

His RMT pretty much describes the role of every team member, but I thought it was interesting to couple Tyranitar and Abomasnow on the same team. Abomasnow's Hail was moreso a secondary effect, and he used it more as a wall-breaker against opposing stall teams. Many sets were unique on his team, including Agility Gliscor and Dragon Dance Tyranitar, both which are never seen on common teams today. Lastly, that Jirachi set was very popular in DPP, and ShakeItUp brought it back similar to Ojama's team with Excadrill that was also RMT'd in the past. Overall it was a very nice read, and a very creative team that I enjoyed watching you battle with on multiple occasions.

ShakeItUp: K so when this challenge was posted I hadn't played OU in a long time (couple months) since I was trying to get Tiering Contributor by playing RU (which I did). So I had to figure out if anything changed and what people used and just make a random dual weather team. So I made 3 teams, 2 of which were awful because they didn't fit my playstyle, and one of which was just a joke team with a Level 1 Endeavor Politoed + Ninetales. So, instead of trying to play with the weather, I just decided to use my normal style and slap on two weather pokes without caring about the weather they brought with them. I decided to use Tyranitar since it was the most versatile weather pokemon, and then slapped on an Abomasnow since I thought the Mixed set would be fun. I then just went with my normal playstyle with an entry hazards setter in Deoxys-D, and 3 other pokes that could take advantage of them. I didn't want to use a spinblocker so I used my Deoxys-D as a means to obliterate almost all of them (curse you Starmie). All in all, the challenge was fun since I got to relearn the metagame and use some cool Pokemon like Gliscor and Jirachi. I also got to own a lot of people with Mixed Abomasnow so that was fun too.

McMeghan: http://pastebin.com/9iEGasg7

While I didn't have the opportunity to watch McMeghan play in the challenge, one look at his team blew me away. He ran a pretty DPP-esque stall team without Spikes or Toxic Spikes, which I thought at first was crazy but ultimately worked out for him. McMeghan's two Choice Scarfers (Jirachi and Tyranitar) disposed of metagame threats quickly (DD Dragons, Gengar, Starmie, etc), while the rest of his team was extremely solid defensively to take hits from both the physical and special side (Gliscor and Blissey). Starmie provided spinning support, and took advantage of Politoed's instant rain to boost Scald's power. I was expecting to see a lot more Politoed / Tyranitar combos, and McMeghan was one of the few to use it successfully, so great work!

I'll have the next #pokemon challenge posted shortly. Note that it will involve the Dream World OU tier. Stay tuned!
 

McMeghan

Dreamcatcher
is a Tournament Director Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis an Administrator Alumnusis a Battle Server Moderator Alumnusis the Smogon Tour Season 14 Championis a Past SPL Champion
#6
No Dream World Abilities DW OU Challenge

Sorry for taking some time to get this next challenge up. A few people knew I was going to put this up, but unfortunately a lot of work and laziness on my part prevented me from getting it up as soon as the previous challenge concluded.

With the Dream World OU tier gaining popularity as per the recently released statistics, I thought it's fair to utilize the tier for this month's challenge. Dream World Abilities, in addition to being able to use certain banned Pokemon from Standard OU, are the main drawing points of the metagame. But will players be able to succeed and climb the ladder without using the Dream World Abilities of the tier's Pokemon? For example, Shadow Tag Chandelure, a central part of the tier, will be banned for this challenge. No Dream World Abilities, but all DW OU Pokemon are legal, so feel free to use your Genesect's and Keldeo's.

To join, pm ToF, bojangles, jibaku, and sometimes bloo, either on IRC or the forums. Be warned, you'll want to wait for our confirmation first. When you pm us, you'll just need to give us your alt that you plan on using (remember, this must be fresh alt). Once I add your name to the thread, feel free to start laddering on the DW OU ladder on Smogon University.

The challenge will last until May 12, 2012. The winners of this challenge will be the the following:

Anyone who reachers number 1 during the challenge (I'd prefer to see this if possible)
Whoever finishes the challenge ranked ahead of all other challengers

The winner of this challenge will receive temporary AOPs in the #pokemon IRC channel, with consideration for permanent status bumps if you continuously do well (this is how I got my ops guys, it works :D). You will also receive a slot in the #pokemon Hall of Fame.

Player alt list

Kidogo - Iambic - 1580
ShakeItUp - -SW4G- - 1521
Jimbon - Right Guard - 1318
DetroitLolcat - Dreamy Cat - 1302
Robert - Laosf - 1300
TheMexican - The[M]exican - 1270
Nachos - Rocket To Russia - 1224
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Updated through April 19th at 16:06 AM

Sorry for the delay ToF ditched people, it's time to end the previous challenge !

ShakeItUp (once again) won the challenge, congratulations to him, he even wrote a RMT to show you guys what he used with success, be sure to read it when you have some time.

ShakeItUp: This challenge was great in that I won in a couple weeks despite never having played Dream World before. Knowing absolutely nothing, I just threw together a sand team with the always-broken Garchomp, a Deoxys-S, and my awesome Gliscor. After playing a few matches, I decided to play Omicron, who actually knows what he's doing in Dream World (back then anyway ;) /me runs). After getting demolished by his Offensive Life Orb Deoxys-S, I decided to use one, and then decided to modify my team by using some things like Genesect and Gastrodon. After that, I toyed around with the movesets until I built a team that could easily win the challenge, which it did; I changed Garchomp from Sub SD to Sub + Fire Blast, for example, in order to kill all of the Skarmory that switched into me. This challenge was fun in that I got to learn a new metagame that I had never played before, and ended up demolishing everyone :) Using innovative sets such as the all powerful Flame Charge Genesect was fun too (always wanted to own people with a Pokemon with Flame Charge). It was especially interesting because of this guy named Kidogo, who was my constant enemy in winning the challenge. In the end, I got #1 :) . So overall, fun challenge.
 
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