Friday, May 11, 2012

Spring Friendly 2012: Part 1

By: FossilJockeyMG
I've been meaning to write up something detailing some of my tournament experiences, but something always comes up and I'm unable to. Well, luckily the 2012 Spring Friendly began right after I was done with my finals. I'll never get that lucky again.

For those of you who haven't played in one of the online tournament's Nintendo holds from time to time, this is how it goes.. a week or so before the tournament you register your game through the Nintendo Global Link. Once the tournament starts, you battle as many people as you want during the tournament dates. As you battle, your ranking goes up or down depending on how well you do. Generally, the higher ranked opponents you beat, the quicker your ranking goes up.

Anyway, here is how my first day has gone...

My Info
Name: Matt
Location: Georgia, United States
Pokémon: Tyranitar, Excadrill, Cradily, Sigilyph, Mamoswine, Chandelure
Strategy: Sand Storm Team, speed is important. Mamoswine for use against Hail teams (does fine in Sand or Hail) and Dragons (Ice Shard + Expert Belt >:D ). Also, Cradily is the Dream World Cradily with Storm Drain. Super useful against Rain teams.


Round 1
Opponent: Arden
Location: Unknown
Pokémon: Rapidash, Lapras, Ampharos, Flygon, and Meinshao
Battle Video: 37-40962-19933

Opponent started out with Rapidash and Flygon. No real trouble with the Rapidash. Lapras came in after... which still wasn't an issue except for the fact it froze my Cradily and it never defrosted. That ended up costing me the game as Cradily just sat there the whole time doing nothing. It was a rough way to start the tourney. Anyway, I lost.

Round 2
Opponent: Bufo
Location: Italy
Pokémon: Escavalier, Amoongus, Scrafty, Reuniclus, Conkeldurr, Chandelure
Battle Video: N/A

I knew going into this one that I was likely going to lose. Just looking at the team, it screams Trick Room. Thing is, my team is based on speed... so having to fight Trick Room teams with it is always tough. Not to mention the guy had a ranking of 1700+ whereas my ranking, which was low since I'd only had one battle prior.. that was a loss... meant he'd likely whoop up on me. That's exactly what happened too. It was a complete shut out. There's no video, but that's because it was too terrible to save. Record as of round 2: 0/2.

Round 3...ish
Opponent: Chris
Location: Florida
Pokémon: Who Cares
Battle Video: N/A

So... this is the battle that never was. Guy disconnected before I even saw his pokémon. Whatever. Record still 0/2.

Round 3 (For Real)
Opponent: Matty
Location: Italy
Pokémon: Cresselia, Metagross, Hitmontop, Ferrothorn, Gastrodon, Chandelure
Battle Video: N/A, Trust me.. it's a Trick Room team.

So, apparently guys from Italy love Trick Room (TR). Good to know. I saw it coming a mile away with this team. I also saw Intimidate coming too. I've fought my fair share of double battle Hitmontops to see that coming. The main think I knew I'd have a hard time fighting was if the guy actually got Trick Room up. Well, he started with Ferrothorn and Hitmontop. I had guessed Hitmontop was coming so I had started with Sigilyph (which is special rather than physical) and Chandelure (same reason). However, as soon as I chose my moves I had a thought. I has ordered Chandelure to use Heat Wave for Ferrothorn and Hitmontop... but I remembered he had a Chandelure too... but it was too late. The order was in, and he switched Ferro for Chandelure. Not only that but he Sucker Punched my Chandelure with Top. Ugh. That miscalculation cost me the game too. I'll give the guy credit though, he punked me. Sigilyph easily took out Hitmontop with Psychic. The next turn my Chandelure was faster, and hit the opponent's Chandelure with a hard Shadow Ball.. but it survived in the red and it used Trick Room. That was it for me! Oh well, looking like it's gonna be a rough tourney with all the TR... after round 3 I'm 0/3.

Round 4
Opponent: Lucas
Location: Brazil
Pokémon: Arcanine, Ampharos, Blissey, Swampert, Hydreigon and... apparently I didn't take note of the last guy...
Battle Video: 35-31886-47444

This battle was gnarly. Luckily for me, it wasn't TR... unluckily I had no idea what the guy was doing. I expected him to start with Arcanine and use Intimidate so I started with Tyranitar (to start sandstorm and then switch) and Sigilyph (special guy). Well... he started with Arcanine but it was a Dream World one (in a Dream Ball, ability is Justified) and a shiny Hydreigon (!!!). I decided to leave in Tyranitar and attack. Things were going rather smoothly at first. Sigilyph somewhat took a Thunder Fang from Arcanine and Tyranitar took a Dragon Pulse like a champ. Sigilyph a pretty good smack on Hydreigon with Air Slash (almost halving it's HP) and Tyranitar doled out an Earthquake to Arcanine leaving it pretty drained. I thought I was safe to switch in Excadrill as this point, as I was expecting another Thunder Fang. Instead my opponent swapped Arc for a Swampert and had Hydreigon let loose a Surf. Poor Excadrill went down.. to no surprise. Anyway, T-tar survived and Rock Slided them both doing ok damage. Hydreigon barely held on. I tried to bait another Surf and switch in Cradily for the Sp. Atk boost, instead it got hit with Hammer Arm. Putting a hurting on him. On the other hand, Sigilyph took a Dragon Pulse (barely) and was able to heal with Roost. Hydreigon was still holding on with 1 HP at this point.. and was getting on my nerves. I decided to Protect Cradily and let Sigilyph get KO'd so that Hydreigon would fall to sandstorm. Next I send Tyranitar back out and Lucas' Arcanine came back. Tyranitar took a Flare Blitz from Arc and retaliated with Rock Slide to take Arc out of the game and Cradily got some HP back by Giga Draining the Swampert, which KO'd it. This was 6 turns out of the 17 turn match. The other 11 were spent between my Cradily and Lucas' Blissey... however, Cradily weaseled out a win. Things began to look up... record was now 1/3.

Round 5
Opponent: Mikan
Location: Chile
Pokémon: Electivire, Porygon-Z, Primeape, Milotic, Misdreavus, Haxorus
Battle Video: 37-83435-83898

Another round were I really couldn't see a strategy outside of "attack, attack, attack!". Now, don't get me wrong, that can work... but this time it didn't. I started with T-Tar and Excadrill. Mikan has a shiny Primeape (!!!) and an Electivire holding an Air Ballon. Since a turn 1 Earthquake wasn't in the cards with an Air Ballon in play (since I was planning on swapping T-Tar for Sigilyph), I instead swapped Excadrill since I doubted that Mikan had chosen to try to hit Drill with an electric move. I was right and basically got a free switch. Things were looking rough for me for a while. By turn 4 I had already lost Excadrill, Sigilyph, and T-Tar was in the red. Luckily, I still had Cradily. Mikan sent out a Porygon-Z and Milotic, and even thier best Ice moves couldn't best my barnacle (which Cradily is the barnacle pokémon... but actually isn't a barnacle... weird). Anyway, between T-Tar holding on and Cradily beefing hits, I took the win... now I was 2/3.

Round 6
Opponent: Juanpe
Locarion: Unknown
Pokémon: Escavalier, Eelectross, Serperior, Conkeldurr, Carracosta, Chandelure
Battler Video:44-30009-26646

This team looks like a Trick Room team without the Trick Room. I started with Chandelure and Sigilyph and Juanpe started with Carracosta and Conkeldurr. I knew that some kind of water move was coming from that Carracosta to my Chandelure, so I switched in Cradily for the Sp. Atk boost, with success! Sigilyph took out Conkeldurr in one hit. The rest of the game was pretty much mine from there. I will say this, Juanpe's Chandelure took a Rock Slide from my T-Tar like a champ, and then surprised me on a switch in by using Shadow Ball when I was least expecting it. Still though, he didn't really have much shot at a come back, it came down to his Chandelure with 1 HP vs T-Tar and Cradily... and I didn't even get a chance to send in T-tar before Cradily had declared the battle over himself. I guess he was ready to move on. Record was now an even 3/3.

Round 7
Opponent: Emii
Location:UK
Pokémon:Whimsicott, Heatran, Samurott, Cresselia, Scrafty, Metagross
Battle Video:47-14905-54810

As soon as I saw Cresselia, Scrafty, and Metagross.. I was thinking, "crap, Trick Room again!?!" I was raging, I'm not gonna lie. However, I quickly regained my composure and headed in. The start was odd. I had chosen two of my slower guys, attempting to try to "out slow" them.. but then Emii sends out Scrafty and Heatran.. confused I had Cradily Protect and T-Tar Earthquake. Brilliant. Apparently, Emii has both of her pokes target Cradily so T-Tar got a free hit. Also, the Scrafty missed Cradily with Hi Jump Kick and took massive damage. I swapped Cradily for Sigilyph and proceeded to lay down the smack. When Cresselia came in after Scrafty fell I knew TR was coming. Nope. Fine by me. Emii did use a shiny Samurott, which I switched in Cradily to soak up water. Unfortunately, got frozen by Ice Beam instead! Excadrill came in though and took care of business. Even frozen Cradily still absorbs water, so Excadrill was safe from Samurott's Hydro Pump. Anyway, even with Cradily frozen for the entire latter part of the match, I still won. End of day record: 4/3. Not spectacular, but not a losing record either.

Hopefully, tomorrow will go a little better. I really need to find a good counter for TR on my Sandstorm team. I need to TM someone for Taunt... Also, if you haven't already there is a Darkrai Wi-Fi download going on as we speak! Download it using Mystery Gift while at a wifi hotspot. Simply choose Nintendo WFC. The Darkrai comes with an Enigma Berry.. and it's currently the only way to get an Enigma Berry in Black and White! Oh yea.. I guess Darkrai is also pretty rare.. lol!