Thursday, September 20, 2018

Preparing for VGC 2019 Sun Format

VGC 2019, released at World's last month as the "GS Cup", looks to be really interesting in that the format is going to have shifts throughout the year. I haven't gotten to play much VGC since 2016, so I'm going to try to be a bit more proactive this season. At the very least build a team and try playing on Battle Spot more.

The first portion of VGC 2019 has been designated the "Sun Series". It shares similarities with VGC 2016 in that two typically restricted legendaries can be used, which includes pokémon like Mewtwo or Xerneas. The major exception is that in the "Sun Series" Megas and Primals are banned. I briefly considered running Geomancy Xerneas again like I did in 2016, but I like to mix things up. This year I'm going to start off with a Kyogre rain team and evolve (lol) from there. The Kyogre I ended up with is Timid, which is less ideal than the standard Modest, but I'm going to try it anyway. I even went through the trouble to soft reset for a shiny Kyogre from Ultra Space, so why not use it?
I'm not a huge fan of shiny Kyogre, but shiny Primal Kyogre is amazing.
In addition to Kyogre, I know I want to toy around with Zygarde, so I'm going to throw in the shiny Zygarde from the Pokémon Legendary event going on this year. I combined it with the Zygarde I caught in my Ultra Moon, so it has Power Construct and access to its Complete Forme. These two will form my "restricted core," but item selection is tricky. Zygarde often rolls with a Z-Crystal, which is currently banned, and I would prefer to run the Blue Orb on Kyogre for Primal Kyogre, which is also banned. For now, I'll have to resort to less optimal item choices and hope it still works for the best. If not, I may have to sideline these two for later in the year.

Too bad it is an event. I really want to name this guy after Crest or some other toothpaste brand.
For the rest of my team I plan to stick to relatively safe VGC staples: Amoongus for diversion, Incineroar for Intimidate, Fake Out, and a slow U-Turn, and Celesteela for walling. The final slot will be for a Tapu, I'm just not 100% certain which one yet. I plan on finalizing a team and playing some this weekend, and once I do I will make the team available for others to test.