Project USUM PU Victim of the Week [Week 22: Clefairy, Voting Phase]

stout and raticate ain't counters (more particularly stout), because of chip damages from Dark pulse when they switch in, yh, CM clef, encore/NP Togetic, and CM/psych up Carbink are real counters, also things like Passi/chan BU win vs spiri
checks : stout, mr.mime, granbull, raticate-a
 
stout and raticate ain't counters (more particularly stout), because of chip damages from Dark pulse when they switch in, yh, CM clef, encore/NP Togetic, and CM/psych up Carbink are real counters, also things like Passi/chan BU win vs spiri
checks : stout, mr.mime, granbull, raticate-a
The definition in use is this:

"Pokémon A counters Pokémon B if Pokémon A can manually switch into Pokémon B and still win every time, even under the worst case scenario, without factoring in hax."

And besides, considering Rat is getting like 7 switchins to dark pulse and upon each of those switchins you are forced to switch into one of the best wallbreakers in the tier, I'd say it's comfortably a counter, and Stout works in a similar vein.
 
Hey guys, PU VotW is back! I'm taking this thread over from Taskr, who has done a great job running this thread since the beginning. Shoutout to them and all the great work they've done!

I would also like to congratulate the winners!

Counters:
Stoutland (Graceclaw),
Clefairy (allstarapology),
Alolan Raticate (Baguette Syndrome)

Time for this week's victim, too!


Aurorus @ Choice Specs
Ability: Snow Warning
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Blizzard
- Freeze-Dry
- Earth Power
- Hidden Power [Rock] / Frost Breath

Submissions will close and voting will begin Tuesday evening, good luck!
 
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Taskr

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Sandslash-Alola @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Slush Rush
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Icicle Crash
- Rapid Spin
- Swords Dance
- Earthquake

May aswell contribute to this thread after running it for so long. Shuca Alolan Sandslash is a good check to Aurorus as it can outspeed and 2HKO with Earthquake whilst avoiding the OHKO from Earth Power due to the Shuca Berry.

Also hf running the thread Darkinium!
 

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miltank whomst (Munchlax) @ Eviolite
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Fire Punch
- Curse
- Rest
- Sleep Talk

Munchlax hard counters Aurorus until Blizzard freezes courtesy of Thick Fat + its high special bulk, and it's also able to set up on it with Curse and eventually break through it with Fire Punch.
+6 4 Atk Munchlax Fire Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Aurorus: 247-291 (63.8 - 75.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Aurorus Blizzard vs. 0 HP / 252+ SpD Eviolite Thick Fat Munchlax: 67-79 (16.3 - 19.2%) -- guaranteed 5HKO after hail damage
 


Regice @ Assault Vest
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
-Ice Beam
-Focus Blast
-Thunderbolt
-Flash Cannon


With Max HP EVs Hidden Power Rock becomes a guaranteed 4HKO, whilst Regice's Focus Blast is a guaranteed OHKO, and Flash Cannon is a guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rocks.

252+ SpA Choice Specs Aurorus Ancient Power vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Assault Vest Regice: 98-116 (26.9 - 31.8%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
252+ SpA Regice Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Aurorus: 512-604 (132.2 - 156%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ SpA Regice Flash Cannon vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Aurorus: 340-404 (87.8 - 104.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock

EDIT: I think i have to say this is a counter. Right?
 
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Hitmonchan @ Assault Vest
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 244 HP / 152 Atk / 112 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Drain Punch
- Mach Punch
- Ice Punch
- Rapid Spin

The most reliable check to aurorus taking less than 60% on specs blizzard. Mach punch helps vs hail sweepers too. The spread allowing it to outspeed aurorus is now official (112 evs speed).
 

Floatzel @ Choice Band
Ability: Water Veil
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Waterfall
- Return
- Pursuit
- Ice Punch

Floatzel is a great check to Aurorus: it outspeeds and OHKOs both Specs and Scarf, which is definitely a plus given how other checks such as Archeops have to play mindgames around the two sets if damage rolls haven't been scouted. I'm actually starting to prefer this set over the standard specially offensive one; the aforementioned is easily exploitable by Clefairy, Hitmonchan, Eelektross, Lanturn, etc., all of which this set blows through

Alright, time to vote! Pick your 2 favorite checks and your 2 favorite counters.

Checks:

Taskr's Shuca Berry Alolan Sandslash

BigBootyAnimal's Choice Scarf Primeape

Ktütverde's Assault Vest Hitmonchan

Darkinium's Choice Band Floatzel

Counters:

Jmash324's Bronzor

allstarapology's Munchlax

Darkfire47's Assault Vest Regice

Checks: Primeape, Hitmonchan
Counters: Bronzor, Munchlax

(All counters will win, but we'll still vote for the sake of consistency and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.)

Vote by Friday!
 
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Ktütverde

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Checks: Sandslash and MCBFGA
Counters: Moonchlax and Regice

PS: Darkinium please don't post sets that I can only love, this is kinda cheating to have me voting for you >:( Also who doesn't use liquidation in 2018

Edit: How the hell is aurorus living a modest regice x4 effective move wtf ban this dino rn
 
Winners!

Checks:
Taskr's Alolan Sandslash /
Darkinium's Floatzel,
Ktütverde's Hitmonchan,
BigBootyAnimal's Primeape

Counters:
allstarapology's Munchlax,
Jmash324's Bronzor,
Darkfire47's Regice

This week's victim is:


Oricorio-Sensu @ Flyinium Z
Ability: Dancer
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Calm Mind
- Revelation Dance
- Hurricane
- Substitute

Submissions will close and voting will begin on Tuesday. Good luck!

EDIT:

There has been a change in rules regarding reservations. If you reserve a set, rather than the previous time of 6 hours to complete your post, you are being given 24 hours. That is the only change; your nomination can still be stolen after this time has elapsed if you have not yet completed your post. I had updated the OP to reflect this a week ago, but had forgotten to announce it until now.
 
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AV Corsola (Floatzel) @ Life Orb
Ability: Water Veil
Happiness: 0
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Waterfall
- Ice Punch
- Pursuit
- Aqua Jet

Floatzel is a check to SubCM Oricorio as long as a substitute isn’t up. Floatzel can easily outspeed Oricorio and threaten with an Ice move, and if the Oricorio decides to switch, Floatzel can Pursuit trap it for a KO.

252 Atk Life Orb Floatzel Ice Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Oricorio-Sensu: 247-291 (84.8 - 100%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Floatzel Pursuit vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Oricorio-Sensu: 263-309 (90.3 - 106.1%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO (this is if the Oricorio is switching out)
 

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Aurorus @ Choice Specs
Ability: Refrigerate
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hyper Voice
- Freeze-Dry
- Earth Power
- Flash Cannon

Here's a nice offensive check. A Choice Specs Refrigerate Hyper Voice is able to burst Sensu even when it's behind a substitute and Aurorus takes very little from Oricorio's boosted moves as it has great natural bulk and resists Supersonic Skystrike. Lives anything from +1 Sensu even with rocks up and anything from +2 Sensu without rocks up. While unorthodox, bulkier teams prefer Refrigerate Aurorus to avoid being chipped by its own teammate's hail.
 
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Ktütverde

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LO Floatzel (Corsola) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Sassy Nature
- Scald
- Head Smash
- Mirror Coat
- Endeavor

Corsola as a super counter . Takes ridiculously low damage from oricorio, and usually wins even when it misses headsmash. Regen pivot allows it to counter special attackers without losing momentum. Don't laugh, every time someone criticized corsola they got owned hard. Can be used to scout aurorus, pyroar (even with hp grass), lanturn, eelektross, only dangerous thing is +1 lilligant for the aquatic blissey.

+6 252 SpA Oricorio-Sensu Revelation Dance vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Assault Vest Corsola: 240-283 (71.8 - 84.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock

0 Atk Corsola Head Smash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Oricorio-Sensu: 270-318 (92.7 - 109.2%) -- 50% chance to OHKO
 

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