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BW Sample Teams

Discussion in 'BW OU' started by CALLOUS, Jan 17, 2020.

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    Smogon has had sample teams for a long time, but I wanted to take it a step further. I believe one of the biggest problems we face in our goal of continuously growing the competitive Pokemon community, especially in old gens, is barrier to entry. There are guys who have been playing these gens for over a decade. How does someone starting from scratch ever catch up? There's so much to learn. It's intimidating. It's overwhelming. Sample teams are great for giving someone a starting point, but just slapping together a copy/paste and handing it to a new player doesn't solve anything. That's more or less the same as handing someone a saddle and the reigns of a horse and telling them to ride. Could just about anyone learn how to do it? Absolutely. Is it something most people would be able to just pick up and do on their own? Absolutely not. It's the same concept here. Explanations and instructions are needed, as new players are not going to understand what they're looking at or why things are the way they are. Likewise, outdated information, even if it was once helpful, is actually detrimental to a player just starting out. This is my way of addressing these problems. I've asked a handful of very high level, experienced, proven tournament players not only to provide some fairly beginner-friendly teams, but also to provide some information about them so a player wanting to pick these up and try them might have a better idea as to what it is they're supposed to be doing. We'll also be reviewing these twice per year and filtering out outdated teams and replacing them with more current ones. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn from some of the greats of the game and get a jump start on your competitive Pokemon journey!

    Rain Balance + Gyarados
    By Ace-11

    Politoed (M) @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Drizzle
    EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
    IVs: 30 HP / 30 SAtk
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Hydro Pump
    - Ice Beam
    - Hidden Power [Grass]
    - Encore

    Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers
    Ability: Intimidate
    EVs: 44 HP / 240 Atk / 4 Def / 220 Spd
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Waterfall
    - Bounce
    - Substitute
    - Dragon Dance

    Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge
    Ability: Rain Dish
    EVs: 244 HP / 168 Def / 96 Spd
    IVs: 0 Atk
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Scald
    - Toxic Spikes
    - Protect
    - Rapid Spin

    Ferrothorn (M) @ Leftovers
    Ability: Iron Barbs
    EVs: 248 HP / 68 Def / 192 SDef
    IVs: 30 Spd
    Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
    - Power Whip
    - Knock Off
    - Stealth Rock
    - Spikes

    Jirachi @ Leftovers
    Ability: Serene Grace
    EVs: 248 HP / 100 Def / 160 Spd
    IVs: 0 Atk
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Thunder
    - Water Pulse
    - Calm Mind
    - Substitute

    Latias (F) @ Leftovers
    Ability: Levitate
    EVs: 248 HP / 8 SAtk / 252 Spd
    IVs: 0 Atk
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Dragon Pulse
    - Roost
    - Calm Mind
    - Psycho Shift

    This is a Rain team featuring Sub Gyarados, which is arguably its best set, as it is great against both Sand and Rain as long as Ferrothorn and Rotom get weakened and it's even more deadly against Sun stall. Sleep moves now being banned from the tier benefits Gyarados a lot because you no longer have to include a Latios/Tornadus with Sleep Talk or a Poison Heal Breloom the way you used to. Including those things makes any Gyarados team extremely weak to any Thundurus set with little to no counterplay. However, now that sleep is banned, the sleep absorber slot can be taken by anything and I chose Latias. Bulky Latias with Leftovers is very good vs most Rain teams and is also a great Thundurus counter. I gave it Psycho Shift because it is much better than Sub when facing Sand. For example, Heatran likes to poison it with Toxic and Rotom burns it with Will-O-Wisp. Getting rid of annoying status and even spreading them to Latias' main counters such as Tyranitar and Jirachi respectively can be lethal, as it is very unexpected.

    Politoed is the centerpiece of any Rain team and it also provides speed control. It has good coverage and Encore can sometimes save you from unfavorable situations, such as Reuniclus spamming Calm Mind. I included Jirachi because its Sub + Calm Mind combo is very deadly for Sand balance cores. It can easily get a Sub against those kind of teams and proceed to sweep. Attacking moves of choice are Thunder and Water Pulse. Thunder is great for that 60% paralysis chance (thanks to Serene Grace) and hits many things such as Skarmory and Water Pokemon. Water Pulse is less conventional and some people may prefer Hidden Power Ice, but I really value hitting Excadrill hard as it is otherwise one of the biggest counters for Jirachi. It also hits Gliscor reasonably hard when you have Rain up and the 40% chance of confusion (again, Serene Grace) never hurts.

    Last but not least, we have the old reliable Ferrothorn + Tentacruel core. We need hazards and another bulky Steel type, because Jirachi on this team is more of a win condition than a wall and it does not want to be switching into Draco Meteor. Ferrothorn's set is standard with Knock Off to get rid of important items such as Leftovers from Heatran, Rotom or opposing Ferrothorn to help Latias and Gyarados do their jobs. Tentacruel is there because we need a Spinner and it's more reliable than Starmie on a balanced team. Toxic Spikes help a lot against Sand teams that don't have Amoonguss because poisoning Tyranitar and winning the weather war is important. Toxic is also good, but I prefer Toxic Spikes for that reason.
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