An Array of Power Pokémon Boost Video Game Parties at Nationals
06 July, 2013 in Play! Pokémon
An Array of Power Pokémon Boost Video Game Parties at Nationals.
Saturday morning at the U.S. National Championships saw the first video game matches of the weekend. The Masters Division began the action with a stacked field that included many veteran players. Check out this report on some of the popular in Pokémon in play on the first day of Nationals.
Sound the Alarm!
One of the hottest Pokémon on teams right now is Breloom. The powerful Grass/Fighting-type Pokémon can learn Spore, a devastating move in tournament play. Breloom gets the nod over the other Pokémon that can learn Spore partly because of Breloom's Technician Hidden Ability, which sharply raises the strength of its weaker attacks. Mach Punch and Bullet Seed are the two main moves that benefit greatly from Technician, making Breloom a double threat to Sleep its opponent and deliver heavy damage.
Tag... You're Out
Another interesting Pokémon that has been getting a lot of play is Gothitelle, whose Shadow Tag Ability keeps Pokémon from escaping. Gothitelle then uses Perish Song to trap an opposing Pokémon until it faints. The worst scenario for Gothitelle's Trainer comes when Gothitelle gets knocked out, because the opposing Pokémon can then retreat. To make sure this doesn't happen, the Trainer then has his or her other Pokémon use a move such as Rage Powder (often wielded by Amoonguss), which keeps attacks from finding Gothitelle.
An Act of Defiance
Hitmontop has been a frequently used Pokémon for a good while thanks to its Intimidate Ability, which knocks down the opposing Pokémon's Attack. Recently, Tornadus with the Defiant Hidden Ability has been showing up on a lot more teams as a response to this strategy. Defiant raises the Pokémon's Attack sharply for every stat lowered by an opponent, making the opponent think twice about using a Pokémon with Intimidate. With high Attack and Speed, Tornadus was already a good choice for battle; Defiant takes it into another level.
Taking a Break
Pokémon with the Levitate Ability are particularly coveted in tournaments because they can't be hit by Earthquake and other heavy-hitting Ground-type moves. But Excadrill has been bringing these Pokémon down to earth with its Mold Breaker Ability. It negates Levitate (and any other Ability that could possibly negate attacks), making these Pokémon much more vulnerable. Excadrill then can use Earthquake against Pokémon who were previously unaffected by its power. Excadrill will often use Swords Dance as well, to push its already formidable Attack stat even higher.
No More Tricks
In talking with players, there was a consensus that Trick Room teams starring Heatran that know Eruption would be all the rage. This team had a good run in the Japanese National Championships. We expected to see a few copycats at Nationals, but it hasn't been seen much so far here in Indy. A lot of players predicted that this could be the tournament where that changed, and indeed, this team has stayed home for the most part. Maybe we'll see this deck emerge at the World Championships next month!
Stay tuned to Pokemon.com for more updates from the competition in Indianapolis.