Thursday, July 13, 2017

Featured VG: Battle of Alola Team

Since the Global Link tournaments began in Black and White I have been trying my best to participate in every single one, and sometimes even when I haven't really prepared a team for that tournament. Well, the Battle of Alola tournament is a good example of one such instance. Here's a rundown of what the Battle of Alola:
"Kicking off a new era of online Competitions, the Battle of Alola features the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. Create a team using only the Pokémon found in the Alola region. The battles will be Single Battles, and only three of the six Pokémon in your party will enter each battle. All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battle. Plus, items will not be allowed. Good luck in the Battle of Alola!"
The Battle of Alola tournament took place in December, less than a month after Sun and Moon came out. I basically decided to just use whatever team I had used to beat the story. The poor guys were not even EV trained, but that was not a big deal to me for this tournament.

They can whoop on NPCs, but other people, not so much.

For the first time ever, my "first tournament of the season" team had shinies on it. My Palossand and Exeggutor are both shiny, so I felt proud to show those guys off. The tournament was not the most fun tournament I've ever played in, especially since we weren't allowed items. I, for some reason, have the worst showings in tournaments that don't allow items. Synergy-wise, there's no overlying strategy with these guys. I basically just tried to cover my bases on types. The natures for these pokémon were actually passable too, with the exception of Primarina (Lonely). Palossand is Bold, Muk is Brave, Lunala is Bold, Lycanroc is Impish, and Exeggutor is Relaxed. Unfortunately, by the time this tournament rolled around I hadn't gotten the Trick Room TM yet. If I had, I think this team would have done much better. Instead, as expected, my team got destroyed. At the end of the tournament my rating was as the lowest I can remember (1388) and I had a deplorable win/loss record (4/12).

Good news though, the rest of the Sun and Moon tournaments I've participated in have steadily seen my score go up. In the next few weeks, I will continue to post on those tournaments.