The Delta Articles
Led By TheQuantumJumper | Edited By Phlygone
Written By ShadowTagPorygon | NuclearTogekiss | Shcowle | Clam10000
Landorus-T - The 33%
As a fairly slow bulky pivot, Landorus-T excels at dropping rocks and creating good switch ins, as well as soaking hits for frailer partners. You can expect this set to be running Rocky Helmet or Leftovers, and use its bulk alongside Intimidate to stop physical attackers in their tracks. Switching into Landorus-T will often force an opponent to switch out, and can generate momentum using U-turn or set rocks if they’ve been cleared or if Landorus wasn’t the lead. Keep an eye on speed tiers when facing this set, as a small investment in speed is common to outspeed things like modest Magnezone. Furthermore, with only 8 spdef investment Landorus-T can live through M-Manetric’s HP Ice if it has full health.
Foregoing the majority of its bulk and investing in attack instead makes Landorus a powerful pivot. Adamant varieties can break through the likes of M-Venusaur, Ferrothorn, and Chansey, but it will often go with a Jolly nature to outspeed Jolly Excadrill. Either way, it’ll outspeed several key threats regardless, including Altaria, Diggersby (tho), Dragonite, pre-mega Metagross, Breloom, and Bisharp. Focus Sash is often used to ensure Landorus can do at least one critical job, while Soft Sand gives more overall power and can make determining the set tricky. Be careful of sets running Swords Dance as well, as this can create a wall breaking monster.
Landorus’ scarf set is nothing terribly surprising. It hits hard and fast, making it good at grabbing momentum or KO’s, depending on the situation. Take care you don’t mistake this set with the Soft Sand Offensive set however, as there is little to tell until it’s too late, assuming your foe doesn’t tip their hand early.
This Landorus set will rarely use both Swords Dance and Rock Polish in the same match, instead opting to use SD when there are walls it needs to break and only using Rock Polish against more offensive teams to avoid being outsped. It can be difficult to predict this set until it starts to setup; your best bet is to look for any other possible wincons--if they lack them you can probably assume Landorus-T is it.
As flexible as Landorus-T’s sets are, most of them share very similar answers. Ice types threaten with x4 damage and priority in Ice Shard, but have to be careful not to switch into a rock type move. Water types will often sap momentum from Landorus as it can’t do much to them, and fears the SE STAB--this means you have a turn to setup, potentially. Bulky grass types can often force it out as well, with their solid recovery, though take care as some sets can work around them despite Landorus not having any flying type moves. Bulky ground types including Landorus itself can also pose a problem, leaving Landorus with few options unless it’s running HP Ice. Physically bulky Pokemon in general give non-wallbreaking sets trouble, forcing a pivot typically.
Hopefully you all have a better handle on one of OU’s staple Pokemon after this article. Landorus-T’s flexibility and power are truly intimidating. Though, I do have to wonder how such a powerful Pokemon manages to not have any physical flying type moves at its disposal. I shudder to imagine what havoc it could wreak. Anyway, that’s all for now champs-to-be! Keep on learning and climbing up over the competition--I’ll be lagging behind while I play Pokemon GO!
Pokemon Spotlight Remastered:
National Pokédex Number: #00
Blaze - When a Pokémon with Blaze uses a Fire-type move, the power will increase by 1.5× if the user has less than or equal to ⅓ of its maximum HP remaining.
Solar Power - During harsh sunlight, Solar Power increases the Pokémon's Special Attack by 1.5×, but the Pokémon loses 1/8 of its maximum HP at the end of each turn.
Mega Ability X:
Tough Claws - Tough Claws boosts the power of contact moves by 33%.
Mega Ability Y:
Drought - Drought summons harsh sunlight in battle as soon as a Pokémon with Drought enters the battle.
Man, my face hurts a little more than usual today. Oh well, could just be me looking at memes a bit too long into the night. Either way, our Bachelor of the week is Charizard and his two mega brothers.
Charizard has a lovely den in the NU tier in its base form. It sports rather good speed and special attack, making it a bit of a threat. In fact, Smogon claims it is the definitive Fire-type of NU. They’re right. But, it truly shines in OU with its beautiful options. Mega-Charizard X and Mega-Charizard Y are some INSANE mega-evolutions. A Fire-Dragon type with a solid move-pool and ridiculous Physical Attack and Defense numbers, Mega-Charizard X fills a great spot on many teams. Similarly, Mega-Charizard Y is the Special monster with an orgasmic 159 Special Attack stat. It maintains its original Fire-Flying type pair, but that’s fine because it gets Drought and can melt steel memes with a STAB Sun-boosted Fire Blast (kill me). It’s an all around, very flexible Pokemon to consider having. You can basically fit to your team and it’ll do well if played right.
Bonus fact: Clam10000 thinks Charizard is the best pokemon in the Draft Leagues because it’s basically 3 pokemon.
Alright, kids, here are some sets for this thing:
Actually a Dragon
Charizard @ Charizardite X
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
- Dragon Dance
- Flare Blitz
- Dragon Claw
This build goes with the idea of capitalizing on Mega Charizard-X, its physical damage potential and its actually good move pool. It is a great idea to actually try and set-up one of those Dragon Dance’s. With the max Speed and Physical Attack, a Dragon Claw or Flare Blitz with STAB will deal SO much damage. The slap in that roost as a means of keeping alive. Overall, a pretty decent build for the X version. Plus, with the Dragon typing, Mega Charizard-X is able to live Stealth Rocks a little longer than the base of Mega Y form.
Still Hate Rocks
Charizard @ Charizardite Y
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Fire Blast
- Solar Beam
- Focus Blast
With this set, we are trying to capitalize on the power of Mega Charizard-Y. We rock the Fire Blast and Solar Beam because of Mega Charizar-Y’s ability, Drought. With the sun-boosted Fire Blast, plus STAB, it will be doing a TON of damage. Similarly, we take Solar Beam because of the free sun and as coverage against Water-type Pokemon. The Focus Blast is just a nice coverage move with nice base-power that works well with Mega Charizard-Y’s innate MASSIVE Special Attack stat. Lastly, we slap in the Roost cause sustain.
I would include a base Charizard set for NU, but, like Nintendo and some of their games, it was not added in due to time-constraints. Besides, Charizard gets some of the best use in OU with the mega forms. There is not much else to really say about Charizard or its mega forms. It’s a great Pokemon with incredible flexibility in OU and draft tournaments like PSL (or CSL if anyone knows what up). Honestly, guys, Charizard is a very solid choice for most teams. I recommend it, but I also like Venusaur (recall last edition’s Spotlight).
Congratulations, you survived another segment of POKEMON SPOTLIGHT REDACTED! Wait, what do you mean it’s not redacted? I thought tha- remastered? That sounds horrible. I can’t change it? Bu- I don’t have a contract! You- Fine, Pokemon Spotlight Remastered. Thanks for reading!
BM (Break Meta) Squads:
Bringing The Heat
Anyway we’re back here again with the dankest of sets!
This week I asked some of the Staff members such as NuclearTogekiss and Phlygone for the first type that came to their mind and went into our friend the random pokemon generator to get pokemon based on the types given. And honestly the team was beautifully constructed. The HaxGods and rnJesus are actually with us this week.
Here is our team!
Charizard-Mega-Y @ Charizardite Y
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Dragon Dance
- Flare Blitz
- Sky Drop
This is just one of those cancerous sets ya know? It definitely works though! CharX set for Char Y. The Sky Drop is for STAB and it works nicely with the Toxic Spikes on Roserade:
Roserade @ Leftovers
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Toxic Spikes
- Giga Drain
Anyone who knows me knows I love the Toxic Spikes Venoshock set on Roserade and Dragalge. Here it is! It’s a tanky set with straight power due to the Venoshock’s damage on poisoned foes.
Replay #1: http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-399082507
I didn’t get to use the BM properly but jesus christ that Zoroark put in work like crazy at the very end there. The Thunder Wave onto Typhlosion was super important. Also WHO RUNS AGILITY BATON PASS ON AN AMBIPOM???
Replay #2: http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-399084371
OH SHIT DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT FLARE BLITZ!? +1 Attack Mega Char Y Flare Blitz in Sun OHKOs Clefable. That was definitely crazy. But every part of the BM totally worked. We didn’t get to see Counter do work tho sadly :( but that Sky Drop Toxic definitely put in work. The Toxic Spikes Venoshock also totally worked. It sorta helped that we weren’t against a good team or a great player since he left a Breloom in on a Roserade.
God that was definitely beautiful. That OHKO made my night. I wish I recorded that reaction haha. Physical Mega Char Y actually works guys! 10/10 would recommend Kappa.
Next week Clam10000 will be doing sets for Butterfree and all the other similar bug type mons since they’re all so similar and I will be doing a full BM Squads with all of those bugs!
See y’all later and around on showdown and near lure moduled pokestops!
PSL Week 5-6 Breakdown
FIRST OFF GusBusElRey has exited the league and been replaced by MagicRiceMan. This has happened in previous leagues so nothing really new, just that you won’t be seeing GusBusElRey anymore.
Trades were interesting this week,
Happy and Abhi exchange Trevenant and Togetic. Both mons are very good tanks with excellent recovery options. The differences is that trevenant hits harder while togetic has access to more utility moves like Wish, Heal Bell, and Defog.
Absol gets exchanged for Staraptor, a very interesting trade as both are very fast very powerful physical attackers with Absol getting Magic Bounce and Staraptor getting Reckless. Fair trade.
NEW RULES because everyone loves rules right? Riight? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight? You can see them here http://www.deltastream.net/rules--summary.html. The rules that were changed/added were #4 and #7 under the Season Matchup Format section near the bottom.
Cinccino gets dropped for golurk, not sure if that is an even exchange (stop taking advantage of people austin) but a ghost type would be super useful as a spin blocker and golurk has some decent bulk as well so idk
Xatu for ninjask happened. I mean ninjask is the fastest pokemon in out and gets baton pass speedboost, but its sort of a one trick pony and over all xatu probably has a lot more use with magic bouce, decent bulk, and access to roost
Lastly Regice for cryagonal is a huge upgrade. Regice is a tad more bulky but cryagonal hits harder and has rapid spin, literally nothing bad about this trade
Okay here are the highlight matches for Weeks 5 &6
STP vs Ryan Game 1 (http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-394940413):
These guys agreed to do a bottom six, meaning that each of them only used the last 6 drafted pokemon on their respective rosters. Interesting match. 4/7
SexyBak vs JinAxel Games 1-3: (http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-394573547, http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-394579829 and http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-394584998)
Both of these guys are great players and you should definitely good games. Not spoiling anything here, you should watch these games.
NuclearTogekiss vs Iralious Game 1: (http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-396788292)
Sai called it, Day of Hax 3. Iralious you were a really champ for enduring that. GG dude.
(Disclaimer: DSN affiliates are not responsible for any ocular cancer you the reader may get from anything witnessed here)
Coffeegrigis vs JinAxel Games 1-3: (http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-397605037, http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-397612856, http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-397619082)
Game 1, Coffee sweeps Jin, game 2 Jin sweeps Coffee. Both players play super well in each of their respective victories.
Then game three
Not much hax that mattered and it was such a close game. Definitely watch this one.
Finally, Nautevenclosebb vs XYZard. Both of these players are undefeated. Infact they are the only two players left undefeated and at the end of this, there will only be one.
This game very much encompasses the match. Wait for turn 29, you won’t believe what happens next! (just making fun of clickbait titles, not but actually turn 29 something happens)
Game 2: http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-398110107
Okay das it bye.
Last Issue: Diplomatic Victory
# of Battle Arcade Winners: 4
Usernames of the Winners: TheQuantumJumper, Quote, ShadowTagPorygon, HappyTheExceed2
Last Issue’s Feature:
Usernames: TheQuantumJumper & Quote
Replays: http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-393269722 & http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-393310019
I couldn’t just give one of them the win. Both embodied different parts of the challenge, let’s get into the analysis.
Replay #1: TheQuantumJumper
The Winner’s Team:
Slowbro @ Slowbronite
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sleep Talk
- Iron Defense
TQJ embodied the truly diplomatic part of this challenge. With only one Pokemon, and without your opponent able to crit against you, Mega Slowbro puts the opposing player in a pickle. Do I play this out for the win… or is it even worth it?
The Loser’s Team:
The funniest part of this challenge is that 4 of the opponents Pokemon had super effective STAB against Slowbro: Tyranitar, Beedrill, Weavile and Sabelye. Unfortunately, he wasn’t really smart enough to exploit that at the begining of the game, leading Politoed and bringing in Swampert… and Outraging with Tyranitar...
Quality and Strength of Match:
I’ll just let the match speak for itself.
Replay #2: Quote
The Winner’s Team:
Chemotherapy (Sableye-Mega) (M) @ Sablenite
EVs: 248 HP / 116 Def / 144 SpD
- Metal Burst
Dialysis (Spiritomb) (M) @ Leftovers
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
Anesthesia (Milotic) (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Marvel Scale
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Mirror Coat
- Magic Coat
Insulin (Chansey) @ Eviolite
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 8 HP / 252 Def / 248 SpD
- Stealth Rock
Acetaminophen (Sigilyph) (F) @ Flame Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 248 HP / 240 SpD / 20 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Cosmic Power
- Psycho Shift
Penicillin (Gliscor) (M) @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Poison Heal
EVs: 244 HP / 40 Def / 224 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Equipped with the best stall anyone could stall, Quote took it upon himself to win, but without the player quitting. Most of his damage came by way of hazards and status, but he was still equipped with Metal Bust Sableye, Counter Chansey and Mirror Coat Milotic to handle any threatening mons. Sigilyph and Gliscor were more there just to add optimum cancer, where Rest Spite Spiritomb was there to win any PP Stall wars. Overall, this team was very well built. The only thing that gives this team a ton of trouble is Heatran, which cannot be statused by poison or burn.
The Loser’s Team:
3 Legends? Check. 2 Psudo Legends? Check. Amazing Revenge Killer? Weavile. On paper it looks good, but he didn’t knos what was coming.
Quality and Strength of Match:
Quote didn’t play perfectly, but he played well enough. The flinch on Sabalye really hurt him, as its one of the best mons on his team, and not getting that crucial Recover turn stings. Volcarona comes in on Sabelye only to get walled by Chansey. Mega Metagross comes in, and kinda has a little fun, putting damage off on Gliscor and Sigigliff. A double switch into Raikou goes in his opponents favor, landing the 2HKO on Sabalye. No pyshock on Latios meant that Chansey could wall it and Raikou with Toxic. After sacrificing Latios, he brings in Mega-Metagross.... Only to get Counter OHKOed, putting Quote with the upper hand. Slight misplay not Toxicing or Softboiling there onto Mence, losing Chansey & Milotic in the process. But the stall king Gliscor arrives to save the day, but an unfortunate misplay puts Spiritomb into the spotlight, able to finish what Gliscor started and finish off Mence and Raikou.
Quote should have played better, but it didn’t matter. His opponent made decent plays throughout but couldn’t defeat the diplomacy.
This has to be one of my favorite Battle Arcades of all time. The thought of it just made me smile, and seeing innovation from our participants was wonderful. Shoutout to HappyTheExceed2, who won 3 games in PU, utilizing Ditto (as Transform is a Status Move), which gives me an idea for a future Battle Arcade. But for now, let’s get into what you’ve all been waiting for Little Cup Dream Team.
This Issue: LC DREAM TEAM
You have to follow the following Battle Arcade Specific Rules explicitly. Any violation will not merit a feature.
- Tier: You have to play a ranked game on the OU ladder.
- Bans: Any evolved Pokemon.
- Note: LC Ubers (i.e. Murkrow, Swirlix) have been unbanned, and you can use Level 100 Pokemon instead of Level 5
- #Winning: You have to win!
- Submissions: There is a maximum of 3 submissions per person.
- Adherence to rules: How closely they followed the Battle Arcade rules.
- The quality of the users team: How well constructed your team is.
- The quality of the opponent's team: How well constructed their team is.
- The strength of play from both players: How well both players played. You get rewarded by going against good opponents who you outplayed.
Remember, the better the match, the better chance that you can get featured!
Gen 7 On Its WAY
First of all we got our first completed evolution chain of Sun and Moon. Grubbin, the Gen 7 early Bug-type Pokemon, has been confirmed to evolve into the Bug/Electric Battery Pokemon Charjabug, assumedly a middle transformation stage similar to Cascoon and Kakuna etc. with the new mysterious ability Battery.
Anyway, moving on we have several other new Pokemon with no confirmed evolutions as of yet. First, the terrifying, the gargantuan, the unique Bug/Fairy Bee Fly Pokemon Cutiefly!
Jokes aside, while Bug/Fairy is an interesting combination, its abilities Honey Gather and Shield Dust suggest that it will be similar to Combee. Who knows, maybe we have a better version of Vespiquen in store for us?
Next up, Bruxish, the Water/Psychic Gnash Teeth Pokemon.
Next is Togedemaru, the Electric/Steel Roly Poly Pokemon resembling the Electric Mouse types we’ve come to know.
Moving on, in this line of interesting new typings we have the Placid Pokemon Drampa which some people swear to god is identical to that one dragon from the Neverending Story.
Aight, moving on: next up we have the Toxic Lizard Pokemon Salandit, a unique and interesting Poison/Fire type.
Finally, we have yet another unique Pokemon which leaves us hungering for more: a Legendary Pokemon, Tapu Koko, the Electric/Fairy Land Spirit Pokemon.
And while that’s all that’s confirmed by Nintendo so far, just yesterday a leak by CoroCoro magazine gave two more Pokemon! Although right now all we have is their Japanese names…
That is, unthreatening until one realizes that the Strong Arm Pokemon has warning signs about it all over Alola due to its renowned ability to “break anything in two”, and that its kind are given the name “Fighting Kings of the Forest”. It has the abilitiy Klutz and yet-unknown new ability Fluffy.
Also, on a less (or perhaps more) threatening we have another new unique typing in “Mimikkyu”, the Ghost/Fairy False Colours Pokemon.
Well that’s a cheery note to end on, isn't it? Bone-crushing cuddlebears, adorable little ghosts with terrifying disguises… I feel like there’s a pattern here. Anyway, whether people end up loving or hating these designs, I'm personally hyped either way. You can read up on the currently revealed list of mons here on Serebii for their descriptions and reveal information if you’d like, and I’ll see you all later.