Wow, Viera's (@SHADEviera) Worlds winning team is finally out! Before I start, a huge shoutout to Adit (@mikuudere_) for sharing this link on twitter after I missed it the night before when it was orginally posted. The team, as I'm sure everyone knows, features the exceptionally strong "CHALK" core with Thundurus in the last slot. The original link to Viera's blog post can be found here: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/honasho5/20151103/1446552336
I strongly urge you check this out as it also goes over some of Viera's past Worlds/Nationals teams, who he played, their teams and some links to his battles including his set against 2014 Worlds Champion, Sejun Park!
For the sake of always putting the weakness chart in I will. Everyone should have become relatively familiar with a team similar to this and know what works and what doesn't. The strength of Viera's team is that it can handle anything; fast, slow, physical and special attackers can all be controlled with ease. Trying to build to counter the team results in unquie, tailored Pokemon, in this case they can be outclassed by high BST opponents or become useless in matchups that aren't against "CHALK".
Unsurprisingly, Ice has a good matchup here, as does water. Pokemon such as Mamoswine, and Rain in general, look like they have a good matchup on paper.
Kangaskhan @ Kangaskhanite
EVs: 180 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 12 SpD / 60 Spe
- Fake Out
- Low Kick
- Sucker Punch
Cresselia @ Sitrus Berry
EVs: 248 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
IVs: 19 Spe
- Ice Beam
- Trick Room
Heatran @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 244 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 4 Spe
- Heat Wave
- Earth Power
Amoonguss @ Rocky Helmet
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
IVs: 0 Spe
- Energy Ball
- Rage Powder
- Sunny Day
Landorus-Therian @ Assault Vest
EVs: 244 Atk / 12 SpD / 252 Spe
- Rock Slide
- Knock Off
Thundurus @ Safety Goggles
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Spe
- Thunder Wave
Alright, the team! Viera opted to not post his EV spreads but rather the stats of his Pokemon. All these Pokemon match the stats of his Pokemon. For Cresselia mainly, this involved me having to fiddle around with the Speed IV. This can bring us into the first point. 19 Speed IV on Cresselia. After having an anonymous tip off on PS (Thankyou), the Speed IV is confirmed to outspeed base 60s, such as Sylveon, outside of Trick Room whilst still underspeeding base 70s, such as Politoed, in Trick Room. Viera ran Protect on Cresselia in his Japanese Nationals team and works well in the highly offensive Metagame. A double target from Kanga and her partner could end Cresselia more quickly than previously. Speaking of Kanga, Viera ran a regular Adamant with Low Kick and Return. Next is Heatran, sporting a fairly basic EV spread, Viera opted to run Shuca over Leftovers (an item absent from the team). Shuca obviously improves the Heatran mirror match and seems to be increasing more and more in popularity. Amoonguss, for me, is one of the most interesting Pokemon on the team. Energy Ball over Giga Drain favours damage output under Trick Room though Sunny Day stole the limelight. Sunny Day has ridiculous success at Worlds now. 2012-2nd, 2013-1st, 2014-Well sun came 2nd, and now 2015, first again! Sunny day improves the rain matchup, a possible weakness of the team as well as boosts Heatran's Heatwave. Protect was dropped to make room in the moveset. Protect, whilst very handy, is not ideal in Trick Room. You are wasting your own turns in which you want to be maximising your damage. The defensive nature, and inherent bulk of the team, makes switching easy, negating the necessity of Protect. Another team that comes to mind is Wolfe's 2012 Worlds teams. I believe he touches on his lack of protect in "Eggscelent Execution". The defensive nature of the team is furthered through the use of Assault Vest Landorus-T. World's saw a huge shift in how Landorus was played as the typically more common scarf set was dropped for Vested, and Banded sets. The ability to switch moves on Landorus is very underrated. Rock Slide and Earthquake cover such large spectrums that forcing yourself to lock is often beneficial against only one of the opposing Pokemon. It is also an excellent item to grab and early lead against opponents who assume a choice lock too early. Now the final Pokemon, Thundurus! The EVs are again, a bit unique. I guess Viera wanted to be able to sustain the Swagger + Twave pressure hence the 252 Hp / 252 Sp Def but also wanted some form of speed resulting in the timid nature. The 10% boost from a positivet nature outweighs max investment neutral nature. It also enables Thundurus to outspeed Pokemon such as Heatran and Landorus. Thunderbolt and Protect round out the moveset.
There we have it! The 2015 World Championship winning team piloted by @SHADEviera. It should also be noted that Viera won Japanese Nationals with a similar team (ChariY over Thundurus). Congratulations Viera!!
I hope you have enjoyed the translation and that their are few to no errors. If their are, feel free to contact me and I'll fix them up. I have (finally) finished High School, completing my last exam just yesterday. This means I will have a bunch of spare time over summer in which I can try and start doing some more work on the blog and maybe work on some other projects! I know its has been a long time since the blog was updated constantly. Thankyou to those that have continued to use it as well as those that have messaged / supported me. It means a lot. Thankyou!