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  1. Hello, I am Matthew Laughlin and I just recently got top 8(7th) at Daytona Regionals and preparing for the regional I had a different approach in mind. Rather than playing a bunch best of 3's and a ton of battlespot I observed youtube content and studied what the meta was like. I watched youtubers such as Aaron "Cybertron" Zheng, Osirus(Lee Provost), James baek, Francesco Pardini, Alex Gomez, and even the 2015 World Champion Shoma Honami. I played about 25 battlespot games and I had 0 best of 3 practice going into Daytona. The best I did was I came into Daytona relaxed and with no pressure to do well. Next I will go into how the team came to be.
  2.     About a year ago when the GS cup craze was happening my friend JoeUX9 passed me a team that consisted of...
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  4. Salamence/Kyogre/Groudon/Kartana/Cresselia/Tapu Koko
  5.  
  6. ...I liked the flexibility of this team and it also provided a Fire/Water/Grass core as well as a Fairy/Dragon/Steel Core. This team fit my playstyle the best as I like to play bulky offense and be able to swap and reposition myself easily. Now don't forget this is still around the time of the GS Cup, so some items, moves, and ev's were way different than since the real meta was not tested out. Fastforward to December when everyone has forgotten about the GS cup and I had a completely different team in mind. The team went through constant edits.
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  8. Kyogre/Incineroar/Kartana/Rayquaza/Tapu Koko/Amoonguss
  9. Kyogre/Incineroar/Kartana/Rayquaza/Tapu Koko/Bronzong
  10. Kyogre/Incineroar/Amoonguss/Rayquaza/Tapu Koko/Bronzong
  11. Kyogre/Incineroar/Ferrothorn/Rayquaza/Tapu Koko/Cresselia
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  13. Fastforward again to 2 weeks before Daytona when I really started to prepare. As strong as Rayquaza was I often felt like I had to swords dance up a lot just to try some damage and waste a lot of turns doing so. Having that in mind I knew I wanted to change out Rayquaza and the closest thing to Rayquaza was Salamence which also provided me a mega and intimidate. Now that I swapped out one of my restricted pokemon I needed to add to a 2nd restricted pokemon since Kyogre was all I had at the time. I figured the best way to go was with Primal Groudon since it also was able to take advantage of a lot of the speed control I had. Now this is the shocking part, the what are you doing right now? Part. A team without Incineroar. Did pigs just learn how to fly? No pigs did not learn how to fly and yes I am crazy enough to opt out of Incineroar on my team, but in saying that If I had a 7th slot on my team it would definitely be Incineroar. I just felt like the other 6 pokemon would just a bit more important than the King Cat. This is how the team came to be and next will be the ev spreads of every pokemon with some damage calcs and a more in-depth detail of why I chose that Pokemon.
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  15. Salamence @ Salamencite  
  16. Ability: Intimidate  
  17. Level: 50  
  18. EVs: 84 Atk / 172 SpA / 252 Spe  
  19. Naive Nature  
  20. - Protect  
  21. - Double-Edge  
  22. - Tailwind  
  23. - Hyper Voice  
  24.  
  25. So Salamence’s main purpose was to provide intimidate, hit hard, and set up tailwind. Salamence had great synergy with Kyogre, Ferrothorn, and Groudon which allowed it to take attacks easily that those 3 were not able to do. The moveset I chose is very common for a Salamence to have and I believe it is strongest moveset to have. The only Calc I did for Salamence was to 2hko Opposing Kyogre at -1 most of the time. It also allows me to gauge how bulky the Kyogre is and It would tell me if it’s a speedier Kyogre or if it’s a bit slower and bulkier like my own Kyogre. Beyond that Salamence did an excellent job supporting my Primals.
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  27. -1 84 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Double-Edge vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Primal Kyogre: 87-103 (49.4 - 58.5%) -- 98.8% chance to 2HKO
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  29. Groudon @ Red Orb  
  30. Ability: Drought  
  31. Level: 50  
  32. EVs: 252 HP / 60 Atk / 4 Def / 156 SpD / 36 Spe  
  33. Adamant Nature  
  34. - Protect  
  35. - Swords Dance  
  36. - Precipice Blades  
  37. - Fire Punch  
  38.  
  39. What is there really to say about Groudon? It is one of the best restricted pokemon in the format and it will never go away in a legendary format like this. If Groudon has the speed advantage and a swords dance up it can start to rip through teams especially if u can get a gravity of with Kyogre next to it. Not much taking a Precipice Blades + Water Spout/Origin Pulse. Now for the speed stat and why it is like that. It is to try and get the leg up on slower Groudons that are 4 speed evs or very little at all, but I have my Groudon outspeeds my own Kyogre by 1 stat point. This is very important to know, so if that in any circumstance you swap in Kyogre and Groudon at the same time at the end of a turn you will get Primordial Seas up. It is more useful for Kyogre to go for Water Spout then for it to be stuck in Ice Beaming and for Groudon it doesn’t need Desolate land to  Precipice Blades everything.
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  41. 252+ SpA Primal Groudon Earth Power vs. 252 HP / 156 SpD Primal Groudon: 174-206 (84 - 99.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
  42. 252+ SpA Lunala Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom vs. 252 HP / 156 SpD Primal Groudon: 180-213 (86.9 - 102.8%) -- 18.8% chance to OHKO
  43. 60+ Atk Primal Groudon Precipice Blades vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Primal Kyogre: 105-124 (50.7 - 59.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
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  45. Neptune (Kyogre) @ Blue Orb  
  46. Ability: Drizzle  
  47. Level: 50  
  48. EVs: 204 HP / 228 Def / 44 SpA / 4 SpD / 28 Spe  
  49. Bold Nature  
  50. IVs: 0 Atk  
  51. - Protect  
  52. - Thunder  
  53. - Ice Beam  
  54. - Origin Pulse  
  55.  
  56. This is all credited to Lee Provost. This is his sample Kyogre spread for a tailwind/TR Kyogre. If you want to learn more about it a link is below and head to 8:08 in the video. The only thing I did was put on Origin Pulse over Thunder.
  57. As for what Kyogre does for this team. It hits hard, counters Incineroar, and Ice beams a lot of threats in the meta. Kyogre is popular for a reason and if it gets the speed advantage gg.
  58. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJDhgxR5Npg
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  60. Tapu Koko @ Fairium Z  
  61. Ability: Electric Surge  
  62. Level: 50  
  63. EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe  
  64. Timid Nature  
  65. IVs: 0 Atk  
  66. - Protect  
  67. - Volt Switch  
  68. - Dazzling Gleam  
  69. - Taunt  
  70.  
  71. Koko’s main job was to outspeed check all the mons at the bottom. With taunt it checked any spore/hypnosis shenanigans and any random shenanigans that I may have come across in swiss. The moveset looks odd, but I never needed thunderbolt/thunder in the tourney and volt switch was great for winning the weather war. Tapu Koko did exactly what it needed to.
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  73. 252 SpA Tapu Koko Twinkle Tackle (160 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Mega Salamence: 270-318 (158.8 - 187%) -- guaranteed OHKO
  74. 252 SpA Tapu Koko Twinkle Tackle (160 BP) vs. 4 HP / 4 SpD Yveltal: 222-264 (109.9 - 130.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
  75. 252 SpA Tapu Koko Twinkle Tackle (160 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Mega Rayquaza: 222-264 (122.6 - 145.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
  76. 252 SpA Tapu Koko Twinkle Tackle (160 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Ultra Necrozma: 228-270 (131.7 - 156%) -- guaranteed OHKO
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  78. Luna (Cresselia) @ Wiki Berry  
  79. Ability: Levitate  
  80. Level: 50  
  81. EVs: 244 HP / 228 Def / 36 SpD  
  82. Calm Nature  
  83. IVs: 0 Atk  
  84. - Trick Room  
  85. - Skill Swap  
  86. - Icy Wind  
  87. - Gravity  
  88.  
  89. Somehow, Someway, Cresselia is always overlooked at the beginning of every meta until someone has a great performance with it and it becomes the Moon Queen that it is. I got a lot of questions of why Cresselia over something like Tapu Fini, Bronzong, or ever Stakataka. Tapu Fini is ok imo and it didn’t have Trick room which is super necessary for a team that relies on speed control and hitting away with offense. For Bronzong, it doesn’t do much outside of Trick Room and it doesn’t get icy wind either which helps once trick room is starting to expire. Gravity was important to help Groudon hit Precipice Blades and Origin Pulse when Kyogre couldn’t Water Spout anymore. Skill swap is an amazing move to have. Not only does it help with the weather war, but there are a multitude of abilities you can swap from common pokemon and hinder them. I feel a bit foolish, because my cresselia is 4hkoed by a -1 band Rayquaza and I didn’t utilize that fact in my top 8 match which could’ve made a difference. A +2 dazzling gleam + a -1 band ray does not ko my cresselia and that is vitale when I played XRay in cut. :’(  
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  91. -1 252 Atk Choice Band Mega Rayquaza Dragon Ascent vs. 244 HP / 228 Def Cresselia: 93-111 (41.1 - 49.1%) -- guaranteed 4HKO after Figy Berry recovery
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  93. +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Dazzling Gleam vs. 244 HP / 36+ SpD Cresselia: 96-114 (42.4 - 50.4%) -- 1.2% chance to 2HKO after Figy Berry recovery
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  95. Spike (Ferrothorn) @ Leftovers  
  96. Ability: Iron Barbs  
  97. EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD  
  98. Sassy Nature  
  99. IVs: 0 Spe  
  100. - Power Whip  
  101. - Gyro Ball  
  102. - Leech Seed  
  103. - Protect  
  104.  
  105. Ferrothorn doesn’t have any specific calcs. It was only there to defend against Kyogre and Xerneas, so I wanted to minimize their damage as much as possible against Ferrothorn. Ferrothorn also provided a member that can easily switch into attacks and gain health back with leftovers and sometimes leech seed. Ferrothorn is an amazing pokemon and if u can take care of its threats it can win you a lot of games.
  106. That is the end of the description for the team and next I will go into who I played and their teams. Please forgive me as I don’t remember what went on in the games.
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  108. Swiss:
  109. R1: Joshua Mecham WW
  110. Kyogre/Xerneas/Nihilego/Salamence/Amoonguss/Incineroar
  111.  
  112. R2: Sohaib Mufti WW
  113. Crobat/Tapu Fini/Incineroar/Landorus/Xerneas/Rayquaza
  114.  
  115. R3: Ashton Cox LL
  116. Yveltal/Salamence/Xerneas/Incineroar/Amoonguss/Metagross
  117.  
  118. R4: Louis Milich WLW
  119. Lunala/Groudon/Salamence/Incineroar/Tapu Fini/Stakataka
  120.  
  121. R5: Liza Kate Atkinson WW
  122. Stakataka/Groudon/Tapu Lele/Salamence/Dawn Wings Necrozma(Ultra)/Incineroar
  123.  
  124. R6: Zain Khalid WW
  125. Groudon/Tapu Fini/Lunala/Incineroar/Stakataka/M-Gengar
  126.  
  127. R7: Kyle Livinghouse WW
  128. M-Gengar/Tapu Fini/Yveltal/Incineroar/Landorus/Xerneas
  129.  
  130. Top 8: Zheyuan Huang LL
  131. Rayquaza/Xerneas/Tapu Fini/Amoonguss/Incineroar/Landorus
  132.  
  133. Round 6 and Top 8 were both streamed. You can find them on Twitch at CriticalHitGG April 20th and April 21st.
  134. There has been a lot of discussion lately about stealing teams and that you should make your own. I just say to be the best you and bring the best team that will give you the highest result. I brought a team to Daytona that used a restricted pair that was thought to be “bad” and I didn’t use an Incineroar. My team defied all odds and proved that anything can be viable if used correctly, so stop worrying about what others think and use what you are comfortable with. Even I myself fall into the use other people team’s category, but I always practice and put my own spin on a team. All the teams in the 2019 format that have gotten me CP were made by my good friend JoeUX9 and he graciously let me borrow them.
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  136. That being said this was one heck of a tournament and I had a lot of fun. A few shoutouts. JoeUX9, Bigslim, The Florida crew, and TJ for always providing us with an awesome stream whether it’s a regional or a local event+ the Commentators and everyone else who helps with the production. Aaron Cybertron Zheng, Lee Provost, Alex Gomez, Francesco Pardini, Wolfe Glick, James Baek, Marcus (Professor Marcus), for always providing VGC Content and keeping Pokemon Alive.
  137.  
  138. https://3ds.pokemon-gl.com/rentalteam/usum/BT-4ACC-B5B7
  139.  
  140. https://pokepast.es/3a2b84ceca5acd53
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