Hey guys, this is my first non-RMT thread that I have started so excuse me if I leave something essential out that is normally required/standard in these kinds of threads. That is all I have to say in the ways of background information so let's get to the actual thread.
About This Thread
The only real purpose of this thread is to make competitive Pokemon team cores easily available and to allow people to know how well they work. Making a team becomes much easier when you have a core to build on and if you know what the core has trouble with because, unfortunately, every core has at least one counter. However, this isn't all bad because knowing where the core fails gives you the knowledge you need when picking the rest of your team. So, feel free to post cores that have worked for you, even if they are of your own making.
How this is Going to Work
The next few posts will be reserved for list of either offensive or defensive cores, because it is important to distinguish between the two. Also, cores don't have to be only two Pokemon, they can be three or even four Pokemon, however I would appreciate it if you limited it to three Pokemon per core. The following is the format of how I would like you to set up your core when you post it. You don't have to put pictures because I can easily put an animated sprite like those on either side of this thread's title for your Pokemon.
The following three lines in a Spoiler
Pokemon 1's Moveset with EVs, Trait and Nature
Pokemon 2's Moveset with EVs, Trait and Nature
Pokemon 3's Moveset with EVs, Trait and Nature (if applicable)
Short description of why the core works
Counters to the core
Any other options for core members
These last two can be suggested by someone who knows a counter/variation that you didn't post, so this is optional
SpoilerSkarmory @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 232 Def / 24 Spe
- Brave Bird
Blissey @ Leftovers
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
- Seismic Toss
This Skarmbliss core is a defensive core which works well because Blissey can take almost every Special Attack thrown at Skarmory thanks to its immense Special bulk while Skarmory can take the Physical Attacks aimed at Blissey (because of its below par Defense) thanks to its 140 base Defense. These two also don't share any weaknesses and can increase their longevity due to their access to healing moves.
Counters: Any Infernape running a Mixed set can easily run this duo into the ground with proper prediction. A STAB Fire Blast threatens to OHKO Skarmory while a STAB Close Combat can guarantee an OHKO on Blissey so, with proper prediction on Infernape's part, this core cannot even threaten Infernape.
The last thing I have to say is feel free to comment on other people's core ideas but please don't be rude. Have fun!