Hi Folks! So after seeing the recent usage data by Smogon/PO, it got me thinking. One of the top strategies in this metagame is Sand Stall and Rain. So, I decided to create a team that can counter those types of teams, and my team has had decent success. Suggestions/Comments always welcome :-) So, without further ado: Under Pressure
The goal of this team was to keep constant pressure on the opponent. The goal is to not let up and just keep hammering the opponent. Since the goal of the team is to force predicted switches, my team doesn't focus on boosting/hazards/winning weather war. So, I decided to base my team around two great pokes who have perfect synergy:
Rotom-W and Metagross have perfect synergy and compliment each other. Now I decided to have something flexible that is covered by both of their typings:
Mienshao's hit and run style goes perfectly with Rotom-W with Volt Switch creating the Popular VoltTurn and his psychic/flying weakness is covered by both Meta and Rotom.
Now, I needed something that could threaten Sand and Drizzle teams, right away:
Virizion's Grass/Fighting typing keeps many pokes on edge, specificially Politoed, Tyranitar, Abomasnow, Terrakion, Cobalion, etc.
Now, I needed a rapid spinner since I do have 2 pokes that are affected by toxic spikes and I needed something that can be bulky:
Tentacruel is a great addition and covers many weaknesses; Poison, Ice, Fire, Water, Steel, Bug (Scizor specifically)
Last, but not least, I need a heavy hitter to do some damage;
Dragonite is here who's weaknesses are perfectly covered by Rotom-W/Metagross Core.
Down to details:
4 HP/ 252 Sp Attack/ 252 Speed
-Hidden Power Ice
This is my lead 98% of the time. It has BoltBeam and can cripple the obvious switch ins with Choice Scarf. If a Gyarados Lead is there, most of the time they will switch out to Gliscor/Ferrothorn which choice scarf cripples them the rest of the match. Threatens Sand/Drizzle outright.
252 HP/ 252 Attack/ 4 Def
Metagross, I haven't seen as much lately. But, with great bulk, typing and attack it's a powerhouse. Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash for those Ice/Rock pokes. Zen Headbutt is specifically for Conkeldurr. Hammer Arm is for Ferrothorn/Scrafty. Meta loves to switch in on Dragon types locked into outrage and go for the meteor Mash boost. Great typing allows him to switch in easily.
252 Attack/ 4 Sp Attack/ 252 Speed
-Hi Jump Kick
-Hidden Power Ice
Typical Mienshao. U-Turn is complimented by Rotom-W's Volt Switch for VoltTurn combo. Hi jump Kick is self explanatory. And HP Ice is for Gliscor/Dragons. I usually save HP Ice making the opponent think that I'm running a pure physical set, but then hit hard when I get a chance.
252 HP/ 4 Def/ 252 Speed
I know people are saying this isn't SD or CM Virizion. This is Bluffizion. I bluff an aggressive set to run a Dual Screen + Taunt. Just the mere presence alone and the versatility to go physical/special or mixed threatens Politoed, Tyranitar, Rotom-W and Gastrodon. With 91/ 72/ 129 defenses and max speed, it is easy to get both screens up. Close Combat is for Heatran/Tyranitar specifically
252 HP/ 220 Def/ 36 Speed
This is my most favorite Rapid Spinner. With the ability to absorb toxic spikes, lay them down, rapid spin, cripple physical attackers with Scald, it's great. Hail is to control weather after the weather inducer is KOed. I don't want Terrakion getting the 50% Sp Def boost and Landorus getting the Sand Force Boost.
4 HP/ 252 Attack/ 252 Speed
This Dragonite is made to hit hard, without the need to boost. Adamant nature + Outrage/Fire Punch is near universal coverage. If I need a late game cleaner or to pick off Ferrothorn/Forretress, this is my poke. After a Dragon Dance, Outrage 2HKO most Heatran.
So, this is my under pressure team, comments are welcome!