Thanks for the evaluation Kira! I appreciate all of the critique. Regarding my first rate, I forgot to run damage calcs, and I was assuming that SR was on the field already. Other than that, you're right about everything else.Trinitrotoluene - Your first rate was good, but when you point out "so you can score the OHKO on several notable physical walls, such as Gliscor and Skarmory", that's not always true. When Gliscor is at full health, +2 Rock Gem Stone Edge has a 31.25 % chance of landing a OHKO. Saying "you can always score a OHKO on Gliscor after Stealth Rock" would be more precise. For Skarmory, +2 Rock Gem Stone Edge deals 83.83% - 98.8%, which is a 2HKO, not a OHKO, making your statement of "being able to OHKO Skarmory" invalid. Making false statement is something you should try avoiding as much as possible! Anyways, that's just a minor point, the rest of the rate was good.
For your second rate, the Shed Shell recommendation was good. I find that his team was rather weak to Dragons in general, so a change I would have recommended is Hidden Power Ice over Hidden Power Fire on Venusaur, in order to revenge-kill opponents like Salamence and Dragonite, who are pretty much walling his Venusaur otherwise. Hidden Power Fire isn't really necessary, seeing as Steels aren't usually problems for Sun teams. Steels are dealt with by Ninetales, Heatran, Terrakion and Virizion. If he goes with Hidden Power Ice, Sleep Powder would be better than Sludge Bomb, allowing Venusaur to set up on an opponent asleep. Sludge Bomb is an awful move anyways.
Now, onto rate número tres. Well, since he mentioned in his OP that he only wanted Choice users, Life Orb Mamoswine isn't really a good fit. "good rates are ones that help people beat threats without compromising the team's purpose. In my opinion, even better rates are ones that improve the execution of the team's purpose without compromising its ability to deal with threats." - Stathakis
If a team is based around Choice users, then you should rate it in function of its purpose, which is to use Choice users, and not provide something like Life Orb Mamoswine as a solution. He pointed out in hits OP that Jolteon was a problem, so a Choice Scarf Mamoswine would have done the job, allowing it to outspeed and OHKO Jolteon with Earthquake.
For your 4th rate, you did a good job helping his team deal with SubSD Gliscor. Hydreigon wants Focus Blast over Earth Power, in order to help deal with Ferrothorn in Rain (Rain is common and he doesn't utilize weather), as well as being a better and stronger coverage move than Earth Power. His team can already deal with Heatran well (Breloom, Lanturn, Gliscor). I don't have much else to add to this rate.
I find that you are a promising team rater, getting better every day. Your layout is also pretty good, and I can see you put a lot of efforts into your rates. Keep up your good work, Trinitrotoluene!
Hi Morpheus, while the changes suggested on your rate were good and most of them helped the team to handle threats, the problem of your rate is what Harsha explains on the post above yours. When you rate a team, you must explain why you suggest some change, how the change improves the team and in general, making the user that post the RMT realizing how the changes make the performance of the team better or how he could play the team to get the best of it.http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3470090#12
First rate, i'm not really good in english, sorry.
Hi Audiosurfer,Here's my first rate ever: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3470177 Any critique would be appreciated.
Hey,Hey guys I have been rating teams quite frequently recently and I feel like I have improved alot. With the release of pokemon showdown I havnt rated OU team for a couple of weeks because I havnt been as active on smogon. However I have taken in advice that people have given me and I read up on Harshas "How to Rate" thread. Please tell me if there is anything wrong with this rate and I look foreward to rating more teams! http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4344678#post4344678
Last time I got a little ignored. But, that's okay. I really want to get into team rating; I love seeing new teams and strategies, and telling people how good they are/ what they can improve on to better themselves.
Here is an example rate of what I just did. I dont like my format very much; it looks sloppy at best.
Any help would be nice.
Edit: I can't spell Azumarill c:
Thank you so much <3Your rate was decent and seems well thought, but I think the suggestion of changing Crobat was wrong. While his Crobat set was really bad (Nasty Plot wtf) and he should definitely be using Choice Band or Standard Crobat (using that is what you should have suggested), without Crobat he's team is extremely weak to Heracross, Mienshao and especially, to Scrafty.
While you're right on the Chandelure weakness (good catch) the best way to fix it without changing the team much would be suggesting changing Porygon2's ability to Trace.You did a good job suggesting using a Special Attacking Nidoking instead of the set he had, though.
Regarding the format, I think it's decent, but you should probably drop the ''synergy'' thing since it isn't important (you are covering threats, not simply types)