Monday, April 25, 2016

VGC '16 Team/Core Showcase #5: Gravity Spam

Welcome to another edition to the VGC '16 Team/ Core Showcase, where we show a team or core that has been doing well in the VGC '16 metagame. Today, we'll be talking about Gravity Spam. Gravity Spam is a type of team that use very inaccurate moves like Blizzard and Precipice Blades to put mess with opponents during the couple of times that your Gravity is up to try and destroy your opponent to win the game or games. I'll first start off by talking about why you should consider trying out this style of team.

The Pokémon we'll be covering in Gravity Spam today (NOT A TEAM)
groudon-primalwhimsicottsableyemeowsticgengar-mega[IMG]

Why use Gravity Spam
  1. Gives you an opportunity to use less-accurate moves that normally don't see much use
  2. You can incorporate a nice Trick Room mode if need be
  3. Encourages a more hyper-offensive style of play
Now I'll go into some examples for each Pokémon that is listed above. It'll take some time, but I feel that doing this will help make sure that each Pokémon listed above gets proper representation. (I'll be using some of the descriptions from this Team Report since it shows all the things I want to represent with this article.)

groudon-primal
Groudon @ Red Orb
Ability: Drought
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Precipice Blades
- Fire Punch
- Substitute 
- Protect
This Groudon is designed for more of a Trick Room option. The idea is to use Groudon to take advantage of Trick Room, which would be set by Meowstic, to dominate your opponent, while Meowstic can set Gravity for 100% accurate Precipice Blades and take out everything. Fire Punch is your other stab move for steel types that Ferrothorn and Bronzong who don't take to much damage from Precipice Blades cause of typing and abilities. Substitute is for extra support when in a 1v1 against opposing Groudon and other threats that may come up.


whimsicott
Whimsicott @ Focus Sash
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 HP / 36 Def / 220 Spe
Timid Nature
- Grass Whistle
- Tailwind
-  Encore
- Taunt

Whimsciott is great when paired with Mega Gengar because after Whimsciott uses Tailwind, Whimsciott can use Encore to lock a Pokémon into a move so Gengar can use Disable to take away the only move they can use, forcing them into Struggle while Shadow Tag keeps them in to struggle until they faint. The EV Spread is designed to the 220 EVs in Speed and a Timid Nature allows Whimsicott to outspeed all forms of Thundurus-Incarnate to Taunt them before they use Taunt on you. The 252 HP is for general bulk and the 36 in Defense was leftover. Grass Whistle is for when Gravity is up so you can put them to sleep while the Focus Sash keeps you in for another turn.


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Kyurem-White @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Turboblaze    
EVs: 100 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 148 Spe  
Modest Nature  
- Blizzard  
- Draco Meteor  
- Ice Beam  
- Fusion Flare
 
"Kyurem-W was another uncommon pick that fit the role on this team perfectly. Also with the surge of Crobat/Gengar RayOgre teams Kyurem-W’s potentially could truly be unlocked. Kyurem-W’s job was to either chip things hard enough for Groudon to come in and sweep, or sweep the opposing team itself if they were unprepared. Kyurem was an amazing lead as it immediately put on pressure forcing the enemy to either focus it or feel Kyurem’s frosty wrath. If they chose to focus Kyurem-W, this would allow Meowstic to put Groudon in a winning position. The EV’s were quite simple, the speed was enough to out speed positive nature Crobat, and the rest was for maximum damage and bulk respectively. As for the moves, we very rarely used anything but Blizzard, but having the option to avoid Wide Guard with Ice Beam was great. Draco Meteor was fine but not used very often. While we used Fusion Flare for the final slot, we never used it in practice or in the tournament. Using Fusion Flare would always put us in a horrible position, even if we scored a knockout with it. We recommend using Earth Power as a final slot, but you most likely won’t find yourself using anything besides Blizzard and Ice Beam." Patrick Smith/ James Eakes

sableye
Sableye @ Mental Herb
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 HP / 60 Def / 196 SpD
Bold Nature
- Quash
- Taunt
- Gravity
- Feint

This Sableye is designed to work with Mega Gengar. The idea for that is to use Gravity to help Gengar use Hypnosis for 100% accuracy. Taunt is to stop status moves like Dark Void from Smeargle and even Geomancy from Xerneas. Quash is useful for making sure if there's a threat, you can Quash them so that they'll move last so you can potentially KO them or do a ton of damage to where there basically useless. Feint is useful to break an opponent's Protect so you can damage them next. Mental Herb is so if something tries to Taunt you, the Mental Herb will activate you so you'll still have the ability to use your support moves. The EV Spread allows Sableye to survive of a Choice Banded Brave Bird from an Adamant Talonflame.

meowstic
Meowstic @ Mental Herb
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 HP / 156 Def / 100 SpD
Calm Nature
- Trick Room
- Gravity
- Safeguard
- Swagger
"We’ll start with Meowstic as it enabled the entire team’s strategy. It was the bread and butter if you will. For the team to work we needed at the bare minimum Gravity or Trick Room, and we felt the priority Gravity from Meowstic had amazing synergy with Kyurem-W. The most important part of making sure Meowstic does its job is protecting it, and Meowstic was very well protected by Kangaskhan and Kyurem-W. Meowstic was the sole user of both Trick Room and Gravity, so he had to be brought in every single game. While Trick Room and Gravity were necessary for the team, Safeguard was chosen to not only render opposing Smeargle useless, but also to allow us to Swagger our own Pokémon for many surprise KO’s. Swagger also works out of Safeguard to disrupt the enemy and hopefully cause them to tilt. Mental Herb was an amazing item to have on Meowstic, it helped Meowstic function to the fullest. Against opposing Thundurus we could go for Trick Room turn one even after being taunted, and then Gravity or Safeguard the next turn because Meowstic would be faster than Thundurus under Trick Room." Patrick Smith/ James Eakes

gengar-mega
Gengar @ Gengarite
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Disable
- Sludge Bomb
- Hypnosis
- Protect

This Gengar forms a nice combo with Whimsicott as like I said above with Whimsciott, Whimsicott is good for using Encore to lock them into a move so Gengar can use Disable to take away their only remaining option. It also works with Sableye since Sableye can set Gravity for Gengar to use Hypnosis to put them to sleep. Sludge Bomb is your offensive move for damage since it can OHKO a non-boosted Xerneas. The EV Spread is a standard hit hard and fast that Gengar is good at doing.

Other options to consider using
  • cresselia- Cresselia can do Meowstic job as well, but is much bulkier which can help in the long run
  • proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c- Kangaskhan provides Fake Out support to help set up
  • salamence-megaproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.clandorus-therian- All provide Intimidate support to increase the life span of your team
Example of Gravity Spam teams and the players accomplishments
Barry Anderson: groudon-primalproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.csalamence-megaproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cgengar-mega || 20th at Sutton Coldfield Regionals
Patrick Smith: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cgroudon-primalproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c || 2nd at Anaheim Regionals
James Eakes: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cgroudon-primalproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c || Top 16 at Anaheim Regionals
Brad Warnecke:proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cgroudon-primalproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c|| 1/2/4 for his record at Midseason Showdowns in Illinois and Wisconsin
Joohwan Kim: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c groudon-primal lilligantkangaskhan-megatalonflame cresselia || 5th at the Virginia Regional
Thomas Plater: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c groudon-primalproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cgengar-megaproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.clandorus-therian || 4th at the Dublin Regional

How to beat this style of team
  1. Hound them with offense while there trying to set up -- Since these types of teams relies on setting up to do their job, you'll want to hit them hard with offense so when they set up everything they need to, it'll already be to late to do much of anything
  2. Taunt - Taunt is useful for shutting down Sableye, Whimsicott, and Meowstic, all who if you can Taunt and effectively shut them totally down
I hoped you enjoyed this. Let me know what you want to see in the future & I'll see you next time with more content. Check out my older content if you haven't already as it's all solid content. Bye!

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