Pokemon 101: Effort Values

Effort Values make up a large portion of a Pokemon’s “total stats.” Mostly hidden from the game’s interface, EV’s exist for all 6 of the main stats (HP/Atk/Def/SpA/SpD/Spe) and each range from 0-252 per stat. For a simplistic calculation of EV’s, once a Pokemon has reached level 100, it will receive 1 stat point for every […]

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Pokemon Needs Game State Recovery

A double game freeze is a case in which both players’ games lock up mid-match due to some form of game error. We’ve already seen this before now in VGC 18, with the Snorlax Curse bug causing enough trouble that the move was outright banned before Dallas Regionals. Due to the immediate pressure on Game Freak to have this issue resolved before a number of larger tournaments coming, an outright ban was a relatively fair solution. The move wasn’t dominating the meta by any means (though putting up good results when used), and so forcing Snorlax players to instead utilize Belly Drum wasn’t the end of the world.

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Pokemon 101: Stats

While we may want to dive right into selecting members for our team, there are a few topics worth discussing before doing so. Get ready to learn some Pokemon math, and how it applies to the competitive game!

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The Chansey Epidemic

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite an epidemic yet.. but you’ll feel otherwise once you’re sitting across from a 66% evasion Chansey. With VGC 18 Dallas Regionals right around the corner, let’s take a look at how you can be ready for this gimmick that you will actually lose to.

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VGC 18 Teams of December

Now that 2017 has come to a close, it’s time to look at the top Pokemon Showdown teams of December! While Snorlax may end up being the king of January, December saw a fair bit of diversity on the Showdown ladder. Dive in below, as we look at the top archetypes of the month, and some of the niche outliers.

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Pokemon 101: Planning My Team

It’s time to start building our team! At face value you may think “piece of cake, I do this in every Pokemon game!” However, constructing a competitive team strays far from a story-based playthrough. There are complexities and considerations you will learn about, many you may have no idea existed.  Without further ado, let’s dive in and learn about what teams are currently seeing play!

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Pokemon 101: Where Do I Start?

So you want to play competitive Pokemon! Great, now that that’s out of the way, where do we begin? This is a question that we have heard time and time again, and it’s a topic that’s not actually very straightforward to find answers on. Let’s dive in!

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