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.

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Theron Ho – A Game Of Tag: An Asia Cup Singapore/Malaysia Qualifiers Report

Editor’s note: This is a republished version of Theron Ho’s team report for the Asia Cup Qualifier series of Premier Challenges held in Singapore and Malaysia in January 2015. The original report, “A Game Of Tag: Pokemon VGC15 Asia Cup Singapore/Malaysia Qualifiers Report”, can be found on Theron’s livejournal (link here).

Good day everyone! Theron here. This is my report on the team used for the Asia Cup qualifiers.

Originally, the team consisted of Kangakshan, Zapdos, Terrakion, Bisharp, a Helping Hand Sitrus Berry bulky Azumarill and a Choice Specs Salamence. However, after test-running the team in the Team Robo Video Games’ VGC15 tournament held during their Saturday meetups, I knew that the last two Pokemon were not doing enough for the team and thus looked to replace them both. Eventually, I settled with the following team: Continue reading “Theron Ho – A Game Of Tag: An Asia Cup Singapore/Malaysia Qualifiers Report”

Theron Ho – The Singapore vs Taiwan Report

Hi all, this is my report for the Singapore vs Taiwan international friendly tournament, which was played using the VGC’14+ format (VGC’14 with ORAS move tutors available). I ended the tournament with a score of 2-2 – while it was the joint-highest amongst the Singaporeans (come on guys we can do much better than that x_x), I was hoping to do better. Still, the experience from the tournament was invaluable in giving me some insight into not only my team, but also my playstyle and quirks as a player. Continue reading “Theron Ho – The Singapore vs Taiwan Report”