UU Player of the Week #19: dingbat



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dingbat
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Hi i'm dingbat

My real name is Kevin, I'm 19 yrs old, and I'm a Chinese American who can barely speak/write in Chinese .-. I'm entering my second year of Lehigh University and I plan on majoring in Mathematics, although I have absolutely no idea as of now what I'm going to do in the future. I play Scrabble and Words With Friends quite frequently and with regards to sports, I play swimming :^)

Most Known For: Spamming and flooding in one of the private rooms that I'm in, building the most prolific and cancerous balance teams ever, and drawing dank trophies for Next Best Thing winners

Favorite Pokemon: Reuniclus, because this green blob is 10% cute, 30% squishy, and 60% world destroyer

Most used UU Pokemon: Heracross in XY UU pre-September because my favorite phrase to shout out was SOMBOHDY GONNA DIE whenever I switched it in lol
Reuniclus in ORAS comes in at #1 because I like 'mons that give absolutely zero shits about hazards and is a lord in general, and Cobalion comes in at a temporary #2 because it has so many characteristics that morph extremely well on a majority of the teams I built.

Where did you get your name from? Dingbat was actually my nickname in high school and quite frankly, I lived up to it lol. I use this nickname quite frequently and I'm kind of surprised that it wasn't taken here when I signed up lol.

How and when did you get into competitive battling? One of my really great irl friends introduced me to Shoddy battle in 2010 where I (sort of) learned the DPPOU tier. I then phased out of it, completely forgot about competitive battling for about 3 years, and then came back months after Showdown was released. I never visited the forums until very late in BW2 and I never touched the UU subforum until shortly after UU (non-beta) began. @Limitlessencouraged me to increase my forum presence while I was pulling my ladder heroics and shortly after, I was invited onto the council and I got my first forum badge.

Opinions on ORAS compared to XY? Man, it's hard not to have a bias in favor of XY since I peaked (on the ladder) way before I got invited to the UU council and my favorite playstyle, which is mentioned right down below, was a comparatively stronger one during the XY meta.

What is your favorite playstyle and why? Balance, balance, balance, balance, balance. I am absolutely atrocious at utilizing offense/hyper-offense because I'm the kind of player who really relies on defensive checks when dealing with specific threats. At the same time, I really enjoy having a few 'mons that can either pack strong punches right off the bat or can set up and cause a lot of damage, so full stall doesn't quite cut it for me.

Thoughts on the Pidgeot suspect? If Mega Pidgey ends up getting banned, I will definitely be much more motivated to build teams tbh. Building balance without having to worry about confusion hax breaking my cores will definitely be a lot more relieving than it was before.

After Pidgeot is there anything you'd like to have suspected? Gatr is definitely a hot topic because its combination of sheer power, nice 80/100/83 (or something like that idk) bulk, good defensive typing, and sufficient coverage for a sweeper just grants it so many opportunities to set up and smash things into pieces, but at the same time, this meta is more adjusted to it than it was with Mega Pidgeot partly due to the lack of rng factor in Gatr. Scald is another hot topic because of how much more frequently it can turn battles around compared to every other 30% move out there, but personally I don't mind whether it will eventually get the ban or not.

With Grand Slam coming up, who is your favorite to win the UU open and why? Dodmen because quite simply, he's an extremely strong battler, although other strong players like Omfuga will most certainly bring up the heat as well.

What is some advice you can give to new players who want to get noticed? I also think it's fine to let yourself loose sometimes because I sometimes spam and flood a lot in battles, but at the same time, I try not to flat out insult people because that's just simply rude, and I don't want to be known for being a disrespectful user.

How do you go about preparing for tournament matches? Honestly, I don't know lol. I've only participated in one tournament, which was the most recent UUPL

Who are some of your favorite people in the Smogon community? DatLatiasBud HertzDrReuniclusColbrushie iplaytennislol dodmen SmashBrosBrawl hilarious YABO Vapo Shiba Mazz and at least 10 others I will more than likely forget to tag, you guys are some of my favorite goons lol

Also Hogg for teaching me the ways of Microsoft Paint through his Iron Chef artwork even though I have never consulted him lol

Also rip Kitten Milk

And free Psychotic haha

Finally can you provide for us a team that you think reflects you as a player with a brief explanation of how it works?

Reuniclus @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 160 HP / 240 Def / 96 SpA / 12 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psyshock
- Focus Blast
- Calm Mind
- Recover

Cobalion @ Air Balloon
Ability: Justified
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- Close Combat
- Stone Edge
- Swords Dance

Suicune @ Leftovers
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 240 HP / 216 Def / 52 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Roar
- Rest
- Sleep Talk

Krookodile @ Dread Plate
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Knock Off
- Stealth Rock
- Earthquake
- Pursuit

Crobat @ Black Sludge
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 32 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 220 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- U-turn
- Roost
- Defog

Florges @ Leftovers
Ability: Flower Veil
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Aromatherapy
- Wish
- Protect

This was a balance team that I built during the Mega Pidgeot suspect test and plan on RMTing sooner or later. Around 13 of my 16 losses during the suspect test were due to my lack of sufficient Heliolisk/Mega Amphy checks, which one day I'll hope to fix lol. Anyways, moving on to the details of my individual pokemon sets:
First up: Reuniclus. It is hands down my favorite sweeper in this meta right now, which is why I wanted to build off of it in the first place. However, the variant I run is one that I have seen absolutely zero other people use, which kind of saddens me because they're missing out big time on a lot of extra sweeping capability. First off, I opted to run a Life Orb over leftovers because I stopped giving two shits about leftovers recovery and I wasn't gonna keep it in on strong attacks anyways. Second off, the extra damage helps me a ton against most threats in this meta-- I can almost always ohko Hydra, always ohko Krook, Mamo, and Cobalion with Focus Blast, and all those calcs arewithout SR damage. Not only does it hit much harder right off the bat, but it also has a much easier time breaking opposing CM set-up sweepers. Instead of doing half/less than half on opposing bulky Psychics, I can do close to 50% on Cresselia at +6 and well over 50% against opposing Reuniclus and Slowking with Psyshock and Snorlax will take at least 45% from an unboosted Focus Blast as opposed to around 35%. As for the EVs, 160 HP gives it enough to take 4 Seismic Tosses from full hp, 240 Defense EVs boosts its pdef to near max, 12 Speed EVs allow it to speed creep a majority of other base 30s, and the rest goes to SpA to give it a slightly greater punch right off the bat.

Next up: Cobalion. Ok, so you may be wondering why I'm running air balloon on this thing when I could instead use Magnet Rise or a resist berry. First off, I can run Stone Edge on it in order to nail Salamence, Chandy, and weakened RK9 for more damage, something I can't do with Magnet Rise. Secondly, I can give absolutely zero shits about switching into Mamoswine and Krookodile barring the uncommon Superpower. If I get a free switch into any of those two while my air balloon is intact, I can just insta click Swords Dance while they make a switch into whatever, and if that whatever is called Salamence, I can proceed to bop it with a Stone Edge. So considering how extremely common these said threats are, air balloon indeed has a very useful niche on Cobalion not just on paper, but in practice as well.

Next up: Suicune. I opted to run Roar over Calm Mind on Cune because I already have another stronger CM user in Reuniclus, and it still puts in so much work against opposing teams. There are a lot of advantages to running this set-- instead of sacrificing EVs on Speed, I can instead invest a little bit on Special Defense because I can still beat out other Roar Cunes while I'm asleep and in addition, it's much harder for stuff like Cobalion or Lucario to set up SD because of the elevated risk of losing their set-up. Lastly, because I'm such a (BAN ME PLEASE), I can focus more on spamming Scald and spreading annoying ass burns because Scald is clearly not broken lol

Rest of my team: Crobat, Krook, Florges. Crobat is my first Fighting check as well as a Hazard remover. I run max attack and 386 speed because I wanna have the bravest bat possible and I outspeed most other bats. Florges is another Fighting check as well as my cleric. Finally Krook is my Rock setter as well as a Doublade annoyer because Smogon Sword jr. just shits on 2/3s of my team lol.


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If you have any questions for dingbat leave them down below!
 
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Cheryl.

Celesteela is Life
Since Reuniclus is your favorite mon, you definetely know how it works and what it's checks and counters are. What in your opinion is the best Reuniclus counter out there?
 
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Opinions on China taking over the US military in 2018

Thoughts on the alien species found beyond the rings of Uranus

Stance towards Hillary Clinton getting elected for president
 

dingbat

snek
is a Tiering Contributor Alumnus
What is your new avatar?

Have you ever dinged a bat?

Opinion on Signal Beam Reuniclus?
Some hand made sand castle my irl friend and I built at a local beach lol

Haha

It's an okay move, it allows Clus to hit psychics and some grassses and it still has SE coverage on stuff like Dreigon and Krook while holding a 100% Accuracy clip, but unlike Focus Blast, it cannot OHKO them as it is just that much weaker in comparison, and stuff like Snorlax can become that much more of a problem if I opt out of Focus Miss.

Since Reuniclus is your favorite mon, you definetely know how it works and what it's checks and counters are. What in your opinion is the best Reuniclus counter out there?
It definitely depends on what moves Reuniclus is running, but if it's running the standard CM+Shock/Focus Blast, then Doublade just hard walls it; Dark-types will wall Shadow Ball variants, but if Reuni is running 3 or more attacks, then it needs to be played around. Often times though, lots of offensive pressure is a fantastic way to keep Reuniclus off the field because it doesn't have the bulk unlike Cresselia to repeatedly eat up higher BP STAB attacks from 'mons that have high base offensive stats.

What's worse? Not being able to count while getting your mathematics degree, or not being able to count as an Asian?
The latter because not being able to count as an Asian is even more inexcusable lol

Opinions on China taking over the US military in 2018

Thoughts on the alien species found beyond the rings of Uranus

Stance towards Hillary Clinton getting elected for president
USA USA USA USA USA USA US- oh wait

They should become my fellow dingbats

\_(o.O)_/

Stance towards Donald Trump getting elected for prez
,,|,,

Two questions:

1) Where the fk is my shoutout?

2) AYO AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Are you even taggable lol :^)

AYO AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

did you expect any real questions or just people spamming memes?
Idk but so far i got some memeable questions haha

how tall are you irl
5ft 8, or 172 cm
 
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update on this project: no potw this week, got things to do :(

and a question so this post is more relevant: being one of the more dominant xyuu players, who are the top 5 xyuu players in your opinion?
 

dingbat

snek
is a Tiering Contributor Alumnus
aren't you some k-pop superstar?
\_(o.O)_/

Who is your least favorite pokemon to face against in battle? Any tier
Klefki because that thing just flat out gives me seizures, just look at this


update on this project: no potw this week, got things to do :(

and a question so this post is more relevant: being one of the more dominant xyuu players, who are the top 5 xyuu players in your opinion?
To be brutally honest, I never really explored the realm of the bigger Smogon tournaments until the turn of XY --> ORAS so I would probably just throw in a bunch of ladder heroes (yes, xmarth would be one of them) + nas/rt because for all I know, he was a legendary UU battler.
 
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