Friday, September 25, 2015

Guide to VGC Sand Teams (2015)


Hello. After my guide about VGC Sand Teams, I decided to keep the trend on VGC Team Strategy Guides and move on to my 3rd VGC Team Strategy Guide with Sand Teams. Sand Teams have always done well in the past, which is why I want to do this. With Regionals fast approaching in the US, I want to get all of these VGC Team Strategy Guides so that you can have a better time picking what team strategy to build around for Regionals. Without further ado, lets get on with my VGC Team Strategy Guide on Sand.

What is a Sand Team?
  • Uses the weather Sand to beat down an opposing team with high offensive power and an increase in speed
  • Uses the ability Sand Stream, or the move Sandstorm
Why use a Sand Team?
  • Activates the abilities: Sand Force, Sand Veil, and Sand Rush
  • Raises the Sp. Defense of all Rock types by 50%
  • Damages all Pokemon not Rock, Ground, or Steel type (Except Pokemon with Sand Force, Sand Rush, Sand Veil, Magic Guard, Overcoat, or holding the item Safety Googles)
  • Weakens the moves: Solar Beam, Morning Sun, Moonlight, and Synthesis
How to know its a Sand Team?
  • Sand Setter - Main job is to set up the Sand
  • Sand Abuser - Main job is to take advantage of the Sand with their abilities or the benefits of Sand in order to win
  • Everyone Else - Help the Sand setter and Sand Abuser to win
Now that we got a better understanding on Sand Teams, I want to show you some examples on Sand Teams that have done well in the past. This should help you gain some inspiration of your Sand teambuilding. 

Brendan Webb's Sand Team
Team:   
Accomplishments: 6th at 2015 Australian Nationals (Masters Division)
Sand Setter: Tyranitar
Sand Abuser: Excadrill & Ferrothorn
Everyone Else: Salamence, Rotom-Wash, & Volcarona

Aaron Zheng's Sand Team 
(Version #1)
Team:   
Accomplishments: 9th at 2015 Massachusetts Regionals (Masters Division)
Sand Setter: Tyranitar
Sand Abuser: Excadrill & Aegislash
Everyone Else: Salamence, Rotom-Wash, & Amoonguss

Aaron Zheng's Sand Team 
(Version #2)
Team:   
Accomplishments: 4th at 2015 US Nationals (Masters Division)
Sand Setter: Tyranitar
Sand Abuser: Landorus-I & Aegislash
Everyone Else: Rotom-Wash, Amoonguss, & Salamence

A Japanese Player's Sand Team
Team:    
Accomplishments: 5th at Japanese Nationals (Masters Division)
Sand Setter: Tyranitar
Sand Abuser: Excadrill & Aegislash
Everyone Else: Amoonguss, Salamence, & Azumarill

Matthew Greaves' Sand Team
Team:  
Accomplishments: 4th at 2015 Utah Regionals (Masters Division)
Sand Setter: Tyranitar
Sand Abuser: Excadrill & Aegislash
Everyone Else: Amoonguss, Cresselia, & Gyarados

Angel Miranda's Sand Team
Team:  
Accomplishments: 3rd at 2015 Georgia Regionals (Masters Division)
Sand Setter: Tyranitar 
Sand Abuser: Aegislash & Landorus-I
Everyone Else: Salamence, Azumarill, & Amoonguss

Look for these Pokemon on a Sand Team
  • Sand Setters: Tyranitar & Hippowdon
  • Sand Abusers: Landorus-I, Excadrill, Stoutland, Mega Garchomp, Mega Steelix
  • Can Work well on a Sand Team: Terrakion, Magnezone, Scizor, Lucario, Reuniclus, Heatran, Metagross, Latias, Rotom-Wash, Mega Salamence, Skarmory, Gliscor, Forretress, Quagsire, Gastrodon, Bronzong, AND MANY MORE, (Also Pokemon that gain benefits from having the Sand up)
How to beat Sand Teams
  • Take advantage of their weaknesses
  • Opposing weather (Sun, Rain, Hail)
Overall, Sand is a very strong archetype as a team to build around. Also, the fact that it got really powerful and popular later on in the 2015 season. This shows that if your team isn't ready for it, it will destroy your team. My favorite way to see it played is in a hybrid Trick Room mode, like the way Alex Underhill used it to pilot to a very impressive Top 8 finish. I hoped you enjoyed this article. Expect another Team Strategy article this weekend, along with a individual Pokemon as well. See you later.

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