SS OU Swift Swim Barraskewda & Life Orb Nidoking (1250+ on Ladder)

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Ok so this is my first successful team which helped me reach 1250+ in OU ladder. It is pretty hard for me to keep up so I think I thought to post my team here please help me with suggestions.

Barraskewda @ Choice Band
Ability: Swift Swim
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Waterfall
- Crunch
- Poison Jab
- Psychic Fangs

Barraskewda is the main sweeper in this team. It boosts its speed with the help of pelipper and sweeps of most pokemons but being weak in defense I need to switch out and get help from The Pex and Mandibuzz.

Mandibuzz (F) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Overcoat
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Defog
- Foul Play
- Roost
- Toxic

Mandibuzz takes care of high stat attackers like Kartana, Urshifu-R, etc. It also helps as a Defogger. Toxic helps a lot for passives to take out opponents.

Toxapex @ Black Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 224 HP / 252 Def / 32 SpD
Bold Nature
- Scald
- Knock Off
- Haze
- Baneful Bunker

The Pex, deals with Pheromosa (if rain is active then I use psychic fangs Barraskewda to deal with it),etc. Though ground types are a thing that it can't handle much.
It also helps as Tank sometimes when spamming scald. Knock off is what I added replacing recover as I couldn't handle walls without it. Its ability helps it heal while switching out.

Pelipper @ Damp Rock
Ability: Drizzle
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD
Bold Nature
- Scald
- Roost
- U-turn
- Defog

Acts as defogger and supports Barraskewda. Being defensive helps deal with attacks while others switch out.

Nidoking @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Fire Blast
- Ice Beam
- Sludge Wave
- Earth Power

This is my wallbreaker which handles annoying walls like clefable, magearna, etc. At the same time it helps being a sweeper.

Magnezone @ Choice Specs
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 224 HP / 252 SpA / 32 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Flash Cannon
- Thunder
- Discharge
- Volt Switch

I kept this as a revenge killer. It gets help from rain to spam thunder. 32 EVs in speed to outspeed bulks and clefable.
Things I have mostly struggled with are SD speed boost Blaziken, Urshifu-Single Strike. Also my team is weak to Chloro Growth Venusaur.

That's it my OU team please help me out with suggestions :D
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The Unbeatable
I like the zone and nido in this team. Not something usual to see them. I suggest Hurricane on Pelipper, many fighting type opponents that will be hard to face.
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