Battle analysis – VGC15 Omega Series PC 1 Semifinals: Theron Ho vs. Ryan Chiam

Game 1

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My Team: Charizard Y / Cresselia / Suicune / Venusaur / Terrakion / Scizor

Theron’s Team: Thundurus / Sylveon / Kangaskhan / Bisharp / Terrakion / Gengar

I did not go for my usual lead of Charizard and Cresselia as I was afraid of Theron’s Mega Gengar and Taunt Thundurus. I decided to lead with Suicune/Charizard Y as Suicune could also perform speed control in the form of Tailwind without relying on Cresselia’s Thunder Wave. Terrakion was a mandatory pick since it could deal with opposing Kangashkan, Thundurus and Bisharp. Scizor was picked over Venusaur as its priority moves had greater utility.

Turn 1

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Seeing Theron’s leads was dreadful as Thundurus hard counters Suicune. I was thinking about who to nuke with Charizard Y’s Overheat as both Pokemon were equally threatening. I picked Gengar as I needed to get rid of it ASAP if I wanted to be able to switch freely. I was also worried about whether my Overheat could OHKO Theron’s Thundurus as I was not sure whether it was running a bulky spread or not. Thus, I went with the safer choice of targeting Gengar. I then Ice Beamed with Suicune as I predicted the Taunt from Thundurus attempting to prevent my Tailwind from going up.

Turn 2

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Gengar fainted and Terrakion came in, exerting even more offensive pressure along with Thundurus. I switched out Charizard to conserve it for later and was wondering if I should switch in Terrakion or Scizor. I needed Terrakion for the late game so I switched in Scizor as a sacrifice to take the Thunderbolt/Rock Slide. I knew my Suicune could take a Thunderbolt at least once so I chose to go for the Scald onto Terrakion. Terrakion Protected and my Scizor took damage. Overall, it was not a good turn for me as Theron outpredicted me. I knew I needed to get rid of Terrakion ASAP as my Charizard could survive a Thunderbolt if necessary, but definitely not a rock slide from Terrakion.

Turn 3

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I protected with Scizor to try to let it survive for another turn, which was a risky play because if Theron had targeted Suicune instead, my turn would have been wasted. I then went for the Scald onto Terrakion as it was a major threat to my team. Theron predicted the Scald and switched it out for Bisharp, taking minimal damage from Scald due to the sun. My own weather, working against me. In retrospect, I should have just let my Scizor faint so that my Terrakion could get a free switch in to threaten Thundurus.

Turn 4

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I was severely punished this turn for letting my Scizor survive and pushing myself into a defensive position. I tried to go for the Tailwind to attempt to create momentum for my team. However it backfired when Thundurus Taunted my Suicune. I also made the wrong choice of action for Scizor as I forgot to take Bisharp’s speed into account. In retrospect, I should have gone for Bullet Punch to get some chip damage off as Scizor would have fainted this turn no matter what.

Turn 5

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I switched in Terrakion as it threatened both of my opponent’s Pokemon simultaneously. I went for the Rock Slide onto Thundurus and a Scald onto the Bisharp. I did not choose to double target Thundurus as I thought Rock Slide would be enough to KO. I chose Rock Slide to KO Thundurus as I was predicting Theron to Protect with Bisharp and Suicune would be able to deal with Bisharp later with Scald.

Turn 6

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I was in a very bad position here with a Taunted Suicune and a paralysed Terrakion. I knew both my Suicune and Terrakion could take a hit and Terrakion had Focus Sash. As mentioned earlier, Thundurus was a huge threat to me so I went for the Scald onto it. Even if Bisharp had decided to Iron Head my Terrakion, it would still have been able to survive with Focus Sash. Fortunately, my Terrakion was able to move and Close Combat Bisharp for the KO.

Turn 7

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Now it was his Terrakion against my Suicune and paralysed Terrakion. For me to win this, my Terrakion would have needed to not be fully paralysed on this turn. My Terrakion managed to pull off the Close Combat but to my dismay, the opposing Terrakion hung on with its Focus Sash.

Turn 8-10

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Paraflinch hax got the best of me and I lost this set, Charizard Y being unable to do anything against Terrakion.

Game 2

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My Team: Charizard Y / Cresselia / Suicune / Venusaur / Terrakion / Scizor

Theron’s Team: Thundurus / Sylveon / Kangaskhan / Bisharp / Terrakion / Gengar

This game, I led with Charizard Y and Terrakion as I was expecting the Thundurus lead. Terrakion was able to provide offensive pressure immediately and Charizard is able to take a Thunderbolt as well. Suicune is not ideal as a lead as Thundurus just KOs it so I kept it at the back for defensive switch ins.

Turn 1

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Theron led with Thundurus and Kangaskhan. I knew I was in a fairly good position here as Terrakion threatened both of Theron’s Pokemon. I double Protected this turn to not risk taking any damage as I did not know who Theron would target.

Turn 2

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Kangaskhan was a bigger threat than Thundurus as it could sweep my team if I did not take it out first, so I chose to Close Combat it. I then chose to Overheat Thundurus in the hopes that Charizard Y would not faint this turn. Unfortunately, it was double targeted with Sucker Punch + Thunderbolt and fainted before doing anything.

Turn 3

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I switched in Scizor as I could not possibly bring Suicune in if Thundurus was on the field. Theron brought in his own Terrakion, still leaving me in a decent position. I could threaten Theron’s Terrakion with my Scizor and his Thundurus with my Terrakion. I knew Theron would definitely would want to Protect his Terrakion from a Bullet Punch and based on game 1, I knew Thundurus had a Sitrus Berry. So, I went for the Bug Bite onto Thundurus. I protected with Terrakion to prevent damage.

Turn 4

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With Theron’s Terrakion having Protected the previous turn, I knew Bullet Punch would definitely hit this time. I went for it and was shocked that it didn’t knock it down to its Focus Sash. I then went for the Rock Slide, hoping to KO Thundurus.

Turn 5

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I switched my Terrakion out in fear of it getting damaged and switched in Suicune to maintain offensive pressure against Theron’s Terrakion as I was sure I could Bullet Punch Thundurus for the KO this turn.

Turn 6

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I knew Theron’s Terrakion would find it hard to use Protect this turn as it Protected the previous turn. I went for the Bullet Punch onto Terrakion but unfortunately, he still managed to get the Protect off. My Suciune manage to burn Bisharp through Scald, though, and I knew this game was mine.

Turn 7

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I knew Theron’s Terrakion would find it hard to use Protect this turn as it Protected the previous turn. I went for the Bullet Punch onto Terrakion but unfortunately, he still managed to get the Protect off. My Suciune manage to burn Bisharp through Scald, though, and I knew this game was mine.

 

Game 3

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My Team: Charizard Y / Cresselia / Suicune / Venusaur / Terrakion / Scizor

Theron’s Team: Thundurus / Sylveon / Kangaskhan / Bisharp / Terrakion / Gengar

Knowing that Terrakion and Charizard Y were good leads, I decided to go with them again with Suicune and Venusaur in the back. I forgot why I brought Venusaur in this last set. Perhaps I was thinking it would have a better matchup against Thundurus as it resists Thunderbolt. In retrospect, Scizor would have been a better choice instead.

Turn 1

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Immediately, I was under pressure from the start. Theron led with Terrakion and Thundurus which forced me to switch Charizard Y out for Venusaur. I went with Rock Slide to damage Thundurus as I wanted to get rid of it first so that I could bring in Suicune.

Turn 2

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I chose to go for the Energy Ball on Terrakion as I was confident it would KO and a Rock Slide on the Thundurus. However, my Terrakion was fully paralysed and couldn’t do damage this turn. Theron made a smart switch to Gengar to take the Energy Ball.

Turn 3

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Mega Gengar outsped and KOs my Venusaur with a Sludge Bomb. Venusaur was too slow to do anything this turn. Fortunately, my Terrakion was able to get a Rock Slide off this turn and KO the Thundurus. Gengar managed to survive though which was bad news for me.

Turn 4

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It was now my Suicune at max health and paralysed Terrakion against his Mega Gengar at red hp and terrakion at full health. I knew I needed to get rid of his Gengar first as it was the bigger threat to my physically defensive Suicune. Theron made a smart play in double targeting my Suicune, which fortunately survived and managed to take Gengar out with a Scald. In retrospect, since my Terrakion was already paralysed, I should not have tried to Protect but instead go for an attacking move to have a fighting chance.

Turns 5-6

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With a Bisharp at full health and a Terrakion against my weakened Suicune and paralysed Terrakion, I pretty much knew that it was a lost cause for me.