A Game of Shadow Tag — Team Report from Yuki Zaninovich, 2019 World Championships Day 2.

Hello, my name is Yuki Zaninovich and I’d like to take the chance to talk about the team I used to make Day 2 at the 2019 World Championships.

salamence-mega Victory Road My Journey through VGC with Shadow Tag

​I first picked up the game in 2017, when I was studying abroad and found some free time that was usually taken up by extracurriculars at my home university. Having casually played Random Battles/OU on showdown and an extensive competitive background in Yugioh, I had a relatively smooth transition into the game. However, there was one (and disputably the most important) aspect of the game that I struggled to grasp: prediction.

Yugioh is a game all about intelligently crafting a game plan and playing perfectly for any given board state, and had little prediction involved due to the game being turn-based. Once I broke through the low rating trenches of the VGC17 showdown ladder, I would constantly get punished for making obvious plays and had trouble figuring out what factors I should be considering to outwit my opponent.

Though I got 1st on the showdown ladder at one point, I got disappointing results at the few Regionals I attended and it was the beginning of my last year in university before I knew it. I ended up not touching mons for close to another year until I graduated the following spring and was thinking about what team to use for the Nashville Open. I messed around with a few teams that saw success in the VGC18 season up until that point, and the one that stuck for me was James Baek’s Toronto Regional winning team. The reason: the intergalactically busted ability that is Shadow Tag.

Shadow Tag felt like a godsend to a player overwhelmed by the turn-by-turn complexity of VGC. Thanks to just having Mega Gengar on the field, I felt mental ease for no longer having to consider what my opponent might switch-in in which slot, and instead solely worry about what moves they may fire off. Though I was initially greedy and kept Mega Gengar out until it fainted, I eventually began to learn when it was optimal to switch it out and slowly picked up the prediction game little by little. After becoming more familiar with the format, I decided to build my own team with Shadow Tag.

I began my VGC19 on a high note with a Nashville Open top cut using an original Gothitelle + Mega Tyranitar team. The idea was simple: lead Gothitelle and a hard-hitter, support it using Helping Hand, and use Trick Room right when the partner would get knocked out to let Mega Tyranitar wreak havoc. I continued to use Gothitelle in Sun Series in a Xernogre team built with Ryokon to snipe the Xerndon teams that were popular in the very beginning of the format. So when Till Böhmer invited me to a EUIC testing group for a Xerndon team starring Mega Gengar, naturally I was interested.

salamence-mega Victory Road Lessons from European Internats

Despite extensive testing with the group, I finished 6-3 to barely miss out on Day 2 at the EUIC. Below is the team I used then that was made by Feis (you can check out his team report)

gengar-mega Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + landorus-therian Victory Road + incineroar Victory Road + tapu-fini Victory Road

Whether it’s setting up for a Xerndon sweep with Gengar’s Shadow Tag + Icy Wind or going for a grindy game with Fini’s Heal Pulse, the team had a lot of tricks up its sleeve and felt like a very solid composition – validated by Feis’ successful Day 2 finish. Though it had some issues I will delve into later, I was very convinced of Gengar’s strength against defensive teams. Incineroar not being able to fake it out nor OHKO it without forfeiting a Z-move (if it has one), along with having a favorable type match-up against Tapu Fini made the typically trustworthy default lead not so reliable anymore. This was a crucial epiphany post-NAIC, a time when Showdown was infested with teams of the form:

rayquaza-mega Victory Road + [Restricted Pokemon] + incineroar Victory Road + tapu-fini Victory Road + tapu-koko Victory Road + stakataka Victory Road/amoonguss Victory Road

Though hyper offense strategies like Graham Ammodee’s and Kangaskhan+Tornadus teams showed some success in quelling them, I sensed a low ceiling as I saw skilled players on stream use these support Pokemon to slow down the tempo of the game and pivot themselves into favorable positions. Thinking that this pivoting was the defining weakness for aggro in this format, I decided to deal myself into the game of Shadow Tag again.

salamence-mega Victory Road Team Building Process

I started with the powerful trio of Mega Gengar and Groudon & Xerneas. The general concept is to be ahead on speed control from the get go with Icy Wind/Taunt, and timely sack Gengar or its partner to bring out the restricted most advantageous in that board state. Due to how absurd restricted mons’ stats are, games tended to end quickly if Groudon or Xerneas came in with a faster speed stat than both opposing mons and were able to consistently apply pressure that the opponent didn’t have enough time to reposition and come back. I anticipated that having my default pick be Gengar + Z-move user with Xerndon in the back would provide the most raw power, so I first set out to find the perfect Gengar partner.

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road

One of the problems I felt with my Berlin team was an unhealthy amount of dependency on Gengar for speed control, so I decided on Braviary as my tailwind user as choice. I opted for Braviary because I didn’t have many other choices for solid non-restricted/non-Mega tailwind users and appreciated its ability to punish foes who wanted to match my Tailwind + Icy Wind maneuver. And unlike Empoleon, it provided pretty good offensive pressure even without Defiant activating, making it a great Z-crystal holder.

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + braviary Victory Road

The only other major issue I had with the Berlin team was its severe weakness to Scarf Tapu Lele. Since Scarf Lele can both outspeed and OHKO Gengar, the team usually had to play without its core member if the opponent revealed Tapu Lele at team preview and quickly became messy if they had any speed control too. For this reason, I decided to add Smeargle to the team to provide redirection and make sure Gengar could function against such teams too. It also enabled leads such as Smeargle + Xerneas, which was a great addition to a hyper offense strategy and made players from 2016 regret not quitting.

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + braviary Victory Road + smeargle Victory Road

For the last slot, I went with Kommo-o based purely off of gut instinct. I knew the TornKang teams used it to deal with RayOgre teams that would otherwise be a tough matchup, and I saw no reason to believe that my RayOgre matchup would be any better. I also thought Kommo-o would make my lead options more flexible, since it can act as a 3rd boss monster and bulletproof is a win condition on its own against teams with certain Steel types.

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + braviary Victory Road + smeargle Victory Road + kommo-o Victory Road

So with my preliminary six figured out, I started to ladder and test with Fevzi, Markus, and Till. They helped immediately surface my brutal weaknesses to:

  • Kangaskhan + Tornadus
  • Kangaskhan + Lunala
  • Rayquaza + Kyogre + Celesteela

However, my matchup against most other teams felt solid. I anticipated that this team would have good matchup breadth, since Gengar’s Shadow Tag and Xerndon’s unrivaled horsepower and synergy should enable the team to work agnostic of the opposing restricted duo, so this made me feel like I was on the right track. I just needed to find an adjustment that would help patch these points up while still allowing the team to operate as originally intended.

  • braviary Victory Road-> crobat Victory Road: Not only was Kang annoying because it could fake out Gengar, I also found the move gruesome to deal with in general because it can immobilize Gengar’s partner and allow more time for my opponent to reposition. For this reason, I went with a tailwind user that can’t be flinched. I also liked how it no longer discouraged Incineroar leads, a mon I wanted to see my opponent bring as much as possible.
  • smeargle Victory Road-> amoonguss Victory Road: As fun as it was to see evasion boosts singlehandedly win me games, I was wishing Smeargle had more bulk too often so I went with a more buff redirection option.

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + kommo-o Victory Road + crobat Victory Road + amoonguss Victory Road

salamence-mega Victory Road The Final team

▶️ Get the importable version of the team here! Or if you prefer, get the QR of the team here!

Gengar-Mega Victory Road

Gengar-Mega @ Gengarite
Ability: Shadow Tag
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 244 HP / 4 Def / 4 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Sludge Bomb
– Icy Wind
– Taunt
– Protect
 
The keystone to this team. Its Shadow Tag ability makes Icy Wind tenfolds stronger than it was designed to be because your opponent is stuck with slower Pokemon until you say so. Its spectacular speed stat means you are almost always guaranteed to land at least one key Icy Wind or Taunt before you pass the torch to 1 of 2 boss monsters in the back. In general, it is okay to use Gengar pretty aggressively because a) you can play in a way that mitigates your dependency on Shadow Tag b) it is a lot bulkier than it appears (except against Ray or Lunala) and c) players tend to over respect Protect on Gengar. There are however some matchups, such as RayOgreSteela, where sustaining the switch-out lock is key to victory. There are also times you want Gengar to live one more turn so that Light Screen or Tailwind expires just in time for Xerndon to come clean up. Therefore, it is important to figure out what role you want Gengar to play in not only every game you bring it, but also every turn it is in play.
 
There is no real significance behind the EV spread here. I needed max speed to give more chances for Gengar to move and invested the rest into bulk since it already has more than enough special attack for a support mon. I went with 244/4/4 since investing more heavily in either Defense or Special Defense wouldn’t have affected any significant damage calculation.
Xerneas Victory Road
Xerneas @ Power Herb
Ability: Fairy Aura
Level: 50
EVs: 60 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 188 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Moonblast
– Dazzling Gleam
– Geomancy
– Protect
I’ve always cherished Xerneas’ potential in being both a win condition or a hard-hitting beat stick, and this aspect made it a great fit for this team. If I bring it in at a timing in which Gengar can deal with the mon problematic to Xerneas, I can go for Geomancy; on the other hand, I can bring it in as a check to pokemon Groudon struggles with like Rayquaza or Salamence. It is also a mon besides Gengar that has great synergy with Amoonguss, and enabled the powerful strategy of Amoonguss + Xerneas with Groudon + Kommo-o in back, whose power was appropriately showcased game 2 in my stream match.
I decided to go max special attack because this team usually loses when it fails to dish out enough damage. I wanted to outspeed modest max speed Groudon to provide more options against the tough TornKang matchup. This luckily left me just enough HP EVs to live timid Lunala-Z 15/16 of the time.
Groudon-Primal Victory Road
Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Eruption
– Overheat
– Earth Power
– Protect
Groudon is here to cover Xerneas’ counters and provide unparalleled damage output. The special variant was chosen to prevent intimidate from stymieing its rampage and give it access to the more trustworthy spread move in eruption. Its great typing allowed Gengar + Groudon to be a very viable lead, especially in a best of 3 setting when you might have a better inclination of the opponent’s game 2 or 3 lead. Eruption, Earth Power and Protect are considered mandatory on special Groudon, and I went with Overheat for the last move to maintain access to fire moves at low HP and further push the damage ceiling – moves like Hidden Power Ice and Dragon Pulse to help against Salamence and Rayquaza respectively didn’t seem necessary because that role is fulfilled by Xerneas/Kommo-o.
I went for the simple max special attack and max speed spread to be more aggro and worst case risk a speed tie against the Groudon in TornKang.

Kommo-o Victory Road

Kommo-o @ Kommonium Z  
Ability: Bulletproof  
Level: 50  
EVs: 20 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 228 Spe  
Modest Nature  
IVs: 0 Atk  
– Clanging Scales  
– Focus Blast  
– Substitute  
– Protect  
 
Restricted Pokemon #3. Though originally intended to help against RayOgre, this guy has the potential to put in work against any team that doesn’t have Xerneas. Its version of geomancy dishing out damage is a blessing for the other restricteds waiting in the back to finish its work. And as stated earlier, its Bulletproof ability is indeed a great win condition, as well as a nice tech against Gengar mirrors because it is immune to both Sludge Bomb and Shadow Ball (don’t ask about perish trap).
 
Max special attack for reasons stated repeatedly, speed stat outspeeds 99% of mons after Z-move, and HP stat prevents sub from fading from most Incineroar’s flare blitz.
Crobat Victory Road
Crobat @ Flyinium Z
Ability: Inner Focus
Level: 50
EVs: 236 HP / 4 Atk / 60 Def / 68 SpD / 140 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Brave Bird
– Super Fang
– Tailwind
– Taunt
Gengar’s right hand man. Inner Focus is a godsend for a hyper offense team that never wants to take its foot off the gas for a single turn. It also has the bulk and speed to provide multiple turns of support before passing off to Xerndon in the back. Super Fang is the perfect damaging move to use because you typically want Crobat to faint after leaving the field in a favorable state and delegating the KOs to Xerndon. That said, Z Brave Bird was useful when Gengar fainted early and Crobat needed to take KOs – most things got into KO range after one super fang barring any intimidates activating.
Speed outspeeds Jolly Ray. HP stat is an even number to bluff berry and make nature’s madness hard to spam. Defense stat survives Jolly Ray’s Dragon Ascent and Timid Lunala’s psyshock. Special defense survives most Tornadus’ Z hurricane and timid koko volt switch. The latter is SUPER important because the worst case scenario is the following: Gengar Icy Wind -> koko volt switch into crobat and KO = something comes in unaffected by icy wind and you didn’t setup tailwind.
Amoonguss Victory Road
Amoonguss @ Focus Sash
Ability: Effect Spore
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 12 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Foul Play
– Spore
– Rage Powder
– Protect
One famous mushroom after that stream game. Despite being the third poison type of the team, he is the reason this team actually has a favorable matchup against psyspam. Unlike Smeargle, its ability to take multiple hits from neutral attacks helps Gengar stay alive for more turns. It also bolstered my Trick Room matchup – even if a sleep-preventing terrain is up, being able to sponge up attacks helped mitigate damage dealt to its partner and prepare for retaliation after trick room expired. Protect was there to help stall Trick Room/Tailwind as well as punish obvious plays that doubled into it, and Foul Play was terrific in inflicting non-trivial damage to otherwise tough Pokemon for this team such as Lunala, Solgaleo and Metagross. Finally, Effect Spore was simply broken. Being able to drop status at the same probability of scald burning let me spin the wheel of misfortune many times that weekend – especially since I typically brought Amoonguss against Kangaskhan and Metagross, notorious for partaking in contact sports. Regenerator wouldn’t have functioned much on this team since I rarely retreat Amoonguss (or any Pokemon for that matter) and even if I do, it has usually taken enough damage to which point I wouldn’t be able to re-enable focus sash anyways.
Speed stat is to speed creep Snorlax and opposing Amoonguss. HP stat is an even number to once again bluff berry. As for bulk, I put more on the special defense side because I wanted Amoonguss to be stronger against TornKang and LunaKang teams – notably it survives Z-Hurricane through protect + Hurricane from bulky Tornadus and 2 Moongeist Beams from Lunala, all while still surviving Double-Edge from Adamant Kang.

salamence-mega Victory Road Common Leads

Default
gengar-mega Victory Road crobat Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road groudon-primal Victory Road /kommo-o Victory Road

This lead is pretty solid against all the bulky teams I mentioned earlier, especially if their restricted Duo is Xerndon, XRay or RayOgre (in which case you would bring Kommo-o over Groudon). Usually start off with Icy Wind + Super Fang, and wait on firing Tailwind until right before you think Crobat will be fainted. In the case Gengar is taken down before Crobat, Z-Brave Bird is a great way to keep the pressure going.

Max Power
gengar-mega Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road groudon-primal Victory Roadkommo-o Victory Road

The most common Pokémon to lead with Gengar is Xerneas. This lead is quite good in game 2/3 or against teams that don’t have much speed control. It’s also a great way to force RayOgreSteela teams to bring out Celesteela out early on so that you can enable Groudon to deal with it before Kyogre can get involved. There are some matchups in which case you want to recklessly push damage and others in which you want to preserve Gengar to let one particular boss monster be a win condition so have a clear gameplan in mind when you go with this lead.

When you see Tapu Lele en team preview
gengar-mega Victory Road amoonguss Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road/kommo-o Victory Road

You have to depend entirely on the mushroom to fight against Tapu Lele. A lead like Tapu Lele Salamence seems tough to deal with at first glance, but Icy Wind Spore into Lele is actually risk-free.

  • If Psychic goes into Gengar: you can safely Rage Powder Geomancy next turn and win with Xerneas (this only fails if the opposing team has an answer to Xerneas after it sets up, which is rarely the case on psyspam teams).
  • If Lele and Mence double into Amoonguss: You can get a double KO with xerneas next turn and still have Gengar to setup the endgame for you.
  • If Psychic goes into Amoonguss and Mence tailwinds: next turn you can Icy Wind Spore again and get into a position where you stall out Tailwind with Gengar still alive or bring in Xerneas with two sleeping foes.
Read-heavy boss rush
amoonguss Victory Road xerneas Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road kommo-o Victory Road
This lead is a great way to catch opponents off guard game 2/3 or if you somehow found out your opponent doesn’t have Magic Room on Lele. Not much to say here other than that you better be damn confident in your read game – most of the time Rage Powder Geomancy is not the answer. As a side note, I brought this game 2 on stream because I had an inclination my opponent would lead Koko after Amoonguss put in so much work game 1.

salamence-mega Victory Road Tournament Run

Day 1: 7-2 (14-6 in games):
 
RoundCountryNameTeamResult
R1CRIEsteban Hernandez Beitarayquaza-mega Victory Road kyogre-primal Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road incineroar Victory Road crobat Victory Road stakataka Victory RoadWW
R2ITARiccardo Castellarirayquaza-mega Victory Road kyogre-primal Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road togedemaru Victory Road ferrothorn Victory RoadWW
R3CANAlexandre Lebelgroudon-primal Victory Road necrozma-dusk-mane Victory Road houndoom-mega Victory Road tapu-lele Victory Road accelgor Victory Road smeargle Victory RoadWW
R4USAAngel Mirandarayquaza-mega Victory Road solgaleo Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road persian-alolan Victory Road snorlax Victory RoadWLL
R5NORJens Arne Maekinenrayquaza-mega Victory Road ho-oh Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road landorus-therian Victory Road persian-alolan Victory Road mantine Victory RoadWW
R6JPNHiroyuki Moritarayquaza-mega Victory Road necrozma-dawn-wings Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory Road stakataka Victory RoadLL
R7RUSKirill Shishovkyogre-primal Victory Road lunala Victory Road gardevoir-mega Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory Road naganadel Victory RoadLWW
R8JPNKohei Sakurairayquaza-mega Victory Road dialga Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory Road suicune Victory RoadWW
R9AUSHenry Rich*kyogre-primal Victory Road yveltal Victory Road metagross-mega Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory RoadWW

* You can watch the R9 match streamed here.

Day 2: 2-5 (5-12 in games):
 
RoundCountryNameTeamResult
R1AUSJames Katsarosgroudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road kangaskhan-mega Victory Road tapu-lele Victory Road incineroar Victory Road smeargle Victory RoadLWW
R2ITAFlavio Del Pidioxerneas Victory Road lunala Victory Road kangaskhan-mega Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory Road smeargle Victory RoadLL
R3USAWolfe Glickrayquaza-mega Victory Road lunala Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory Road snorlax Victory RoadLL
R4ITALeonardo Bonanomigroudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road salamence-mega Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road kartana Victory RoadLWL
R5JPNYusei Matsunonecrozma-dusk-mane Victory Road xerneas Victory Road metagross-mega Victory Road incineroar Victory Road crobat Victory Road amoonguss Victory RoadWLW
R6KORJung Wonseokrayquaza-mega Victory Road lunala Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory RoadLL
R7MYSKevin Ngimgroudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road salamence-mega Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory RoadLL
Despite a great day 1 run, I crashed and burned in every sense of the words day 2. I think this can be attributed to my lack of experience and preparation to play against day 2 players as well as the great influx of Lunala I faced, the latter which I will talk about below.

salamence-mega Victory Road Room for Improvement

Even with the inclusion of Amoonguss, I am kicking myself for still not respecting Lunala enough. My first two losses day 2 came from Lunala teams piloted by the two IC champions of Ultra Series engaging in a bad matchup against players of such caliber felt like being shot at as a fish in the barrel.
There are many problems with Lunala: it can OHKO Gengar, isn’t affected by Shadow Tag, and has enough bulk to survive any one attack even if Shadow Shield is broken from an Icy Wind chip (Overheat is a roll even if they have no bulk invested). I don’t think this weakness could be salvaged without switching out an entire mon, but that could reduce the overall breadth of the team given every member does its job perfectly in my opinion – though I must say I was devastated when I found out early in team building that there was no Dark-type Pokemon with redirection. I didn’t observe any other major pain points to the team but this major one is enough reason to rethink the team entirely.
Despite my underperformance in the second half, I am over the moon for making day 2 worlds for my first competitive season. I have always disliked using standard teams so I am extremely satisfied to have thought of and polished an unconventional team; even more, I am happy to receive some form of validation as a player, since I have always been more confident in myself as a team builder. I will strive to improve even more on both fronts and reach a new height next season.
 
However, I would be completely remiss and ungrateful to not acknowledge my amazing friends, all of whom this accomplishment would have been impossible without:
  • Markus for getting me into this game in the first place and introducing me to some amazing people in the community.
  • Till, who did everything from helping train my Pokemon, to testing with me on Showdown, to coming up with matchup gameplans. I truly cannot thank him enough for all the time and energy he lended me for this one tournament and I am glad it did not go to waste.
  • Fevzi for also helping playtest.
  • Rosemary and Scott for amazing commentary during my stream game.
  • The Seattle VGC community for keeping my plays sharp all-season and making me fight hard for this invite.
  • Jesse Wong for being a tiger mom and scouting the side streams both days as well as taking me out on a dinner date in celebration of me making day 2.
  • My roommate Chris and girlfriend Lexi for unconditionally supporting and encouraging me to pursue this passion to its fullest.
Thanks for reading to this point, please feel free to message me if you have any thoughts or questions!

初めまして、勇貴(@yzanVGC)と申します。今年の世界大会のDAY1を抜け、DAY2権利を取れた構築について書きたいと思います。長文にはなりますが、かなり考察を重ねて磨いた構築なので最後まで読んで頂けたら大変光栄です。(2019WCS).

salamence-mega Victory Road 構築経営

​​世界大会の構築考察を始めたのはNorth American International Championshipsが終わった直後でした。まずメタりたいと思った構築はガオガエン、カプ・レヒレやモロバレルを使いサイクルを回す構築です。あの時期にはShowdownでこんな構築が流行りました:

rayquaza-mega Victory Road + 禁止伝説 + incineroar Victory Road + tapu-fini Victory Road + tapu-koko Victory Road + stakataka Victory Road/amoonguss Victory Road

Graham Ammodeeの構築(メガチャーレム+ルナアーラ+カイオーガ)やガルーラ+トルネロスのようなゴリ押し的の構築がある程度通じているように見えましたが、強い選手は上記のポケモンでゲームのテンポを遅めつつ試合の流れを徐々に有利に寄せる立ち回りを配信で何度も目撃しました。そこで今シーズン自分がすでに使った構築を思い出します。

4月末にベルリンで行われたEuropean International Championshipsに参加しました。そこではFeis から渡された構築を使い、6−3という惜しい結果でDAY1落ちしちゃいました。彼の構築記事は「こちら」。その時に使ったメンツは以下のようなものです

gengar-mega Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + landorus-therian Victory Road + incineroar Victory Road + tapu-fini Victory Road

影踏みながらゲンガーの凍える風でグラゼルネをウェイさせることやレヒレの癒しの波動で耐久戦に挑むなど色々とゲームプランを取れるかなり優秀な構築と個人的に感じました ー 結果的に原案の彼は余裕にDAY2を決めたのでそれは実証されました。少数の問題点は後述しますが、この構築を通じて19ルールでのサイクル構築に対してメガゲンガーの実力を感じました。ガエンは猫で動きを止められないことやZ技消費以外ワンパンできないこと、レヒレはタイプ相性が悪いことからその2匹を軸に立ち回る構築にはとても強いと確信しました。また、自分は元から影踏みを好む人種であるため、メガゲンガーをさらに活かせる構築を考察し始めました。

出発点は同じくゲングラゼルネ。一般的なコンセプトはゲンガー+何かで相手を交代させず凍風や挑発で場を荒らし、タイミングを見計らい片方のポケモンを倒してもらい、グラードンかゼルネアスのどちらかを出して全抜きをします。この二匹の伝説ポケモンの神種族値のおかげで素早さ関係さえ上回ってる状態で君臨すれば、上から攻撃をするだけで相手に形成を逆転する機会を与えないまま勝つことができます。そこでパワーが一番高い選出は先発ゲンガー+Z技持ち、後発グラゼルネだと決めてたので最強のゲンガーパートナーをを探すことにしました

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road

EUIC使用構築の一つの短所は素早さ操作をゲンガーに任せっきりな事で、別の素早さ操作要因(今回は追風)を探すことにしました。

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + braviary Victory Road

次の改善点はこだわりスカーフ持ちのカプ・テテフです。高いSと不利タイプ相性のおかげでメガゲンガーの行動保証を奪える唯一の標的です。選出画面で目撃した途端メガゲンガーを含めたゲームプランはとりづらくなり、その上素早さ操作が取り組まれた構築相手には苦戦しました。

こういう場合でもゲンガーがちゃんと機能できるようにこの指でサポートのできるドーブルを選びました。テテフ対処以外にドーブルゼルネという天下無双な選出ができるようになり、16ルールをやってない相手に真の恐怖を味わせられるようになりました。

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + braviary Victory Road + smeargle Victory Road

最後の一体は勘でジャラランガにしました。流行ってるガルトルネ構築はレックオーガ対策に採用してることを知ってて、この並びも同じくレックオーガに手間取るだろうと推測しました。ジャラランガを使う追加利点としてボスキャラが3体になってより臨機応変の選出ができるようになり、特性防弾の恩恵で新しい勝ち筋を狙えるようにもなりました。

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + braviary Victory Road + smeargle Victory Road + kommo-o Victory Road

はじめにこの6体を回すと決め、友人のFevzi , Markus Till とフレ戦を重ね以下の構築の厳しさが明確になりました:

  • ガルトルネ
  • ガルルナ
  • レックオーガカグヤ


幸いにそれ以外のメタには結構刺さってる感触を覚えたので、現構築の動きを保ちつつ以上3組への弱みを改善する調整に専念することにしました。その結果以下の変更を決断:

  • braviary Victory Roadー>crobat Victory Road:ゲンガーを怯ませることのできるガルーラにつらみを感じただけではなく、相手に立ち回る猶予を与える猫騙しという技自体を意識して特性せいしんりょくのクロバットをチョイス。勝気が選出画面から消失することで相手にガオガエンを誘き寄せやすくする企みも含めた行動です。
  • smeargle Victory Roadー>amoonguss Victory Road:ムラっけの幸運だけで試合をもぎ取る喜びがあっても、それ以上にドーブルに耐久を求む試合の方が多かったのでよりガッシリしてて技を吸えるモロバレルに変えました。

gengar-mega Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road + kommo-o Victory Road + crobat Victory Road + amoonguss Victory Road

salamence-mega Victory Road 個別解説

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Gengar-Mega Victory Road
ゲンガー@ゲンガーナイト
呪われボデイー>影踏み 臆病
H244 B4 C4 D4 S252
ヘドロ爆弾 凍える風 挑発 守る

この構築の核。特性影踏みのおかげで凍える風を解除不可にできる完全にチートレベルの戦略を取れることに。Sがトップクラスなので凍風か挑発を最低一回打てて、裏の禁伝につなげることができます。一般的にゲンガーは雑に扱ってもいいです、何故なら
1)影踏みはたった数ターン継続するだけでも効果絶妙。
2)ゲンガーは見た目よりも耐久ある。
3)相手は大概ゲンガーの守を意識しがち。

ただ、カグヤ入りのレックオーガ構築など交代封じを主なゲームプランに取り組まねばいけない相手は少数います。それだけではなくグラゼルネを出す前に追い風や光の壁を凌ぐ都合上ゲンガーをより大切に扱う場合もあります。なので試合一つ一つ、もしくはターン一つ一つにゲンガーにどういう役割を果たしてもらいたいのかじっくり考える必要があります。

配分は特にこだわってません。行動ターン一つでも増やすために最速にしました。BかDに特化するより凡用性を意識してH全振り。

Xerneas Victory Road
ゼルネアス@パワフルハーブ
フェアリーオーラ 控えめ
H60 B4 C252 D4 S188
ムーンフォース マジカルシャイン ジオコントロール 守る

ゼルネアスは詰みと素攻撃の両立を綺麗にできることをサンシリーズからずっと評価してました。ゲンガーのサポートで無事ジオコンできたり、グラードンが苦手のドラゴンタイプを排除できたりかなり臨機応変に使えます。後モロバレルとの相性も抜群で、モロバレルとゼルネアスで荒らして後ろのグラードンとジャラランガを暴れさせる戦略も取れます。実際に配信の2試合目でその制圧力を披露することができました。

この構築は勝ちを押し切れないと敗北に繋がるのでCに全振りしました。苦手なガルトルネのグラードンに有利になりたいという願望からSは準速グラードン+1。余りは耐久に注ぎ、C189ルナアーラのムーンライトブラスターを最高乱数以外を耐えるまでなんとかいけました。

Groudon-Primal Victory Road
グラードン@紅色の玉
日照り 控えめ
H4 C252 S252
噴火 オーバーヒート 大地の力 守る

ゼルネアスと最もタイプ相性の良い火力の化け物。威嚇で止めらたくないのと、命中安定の範囲技が欲しくて特殊型にしました。2019ルールでは地面が一貫してるのでゲンガーと並べた時も強く、bo3の選出範囲を広めてくれました。噴火、大地、守は確定として、最後の技は終盤でも高火力を放てられるようにオーバーヒートにしました。不利な相手を見るためにめざめるパワー氷や竜の波動を代わりに入れる方もいますが、そういう相手にはゼルネアスやジャラランガで対処すると役割分担することになってる構築なので不採用。

ゼルネアスの配分と同じ理由でCSぶっぱ。

Kommo-o Victory Road
ジャラランガ@ジャラランガZ
防弾 控えめ
H20 B4 C252 D4 S228
スケイルノイズ 気合玉 身代わり 守る

禁伝枠3体目。もともとレックオーガをかもる為に採用したものの、ゼルネアス構築でさえなければ働いてくれることが可能です。専用の詰み技が必殺技でもあるおかげで序盤の削り役か終盤のフィニッシャーのどちらにも適してます。又、前述した防弾は特にウルトラルールで美味しい特性であり、相手のゲンガーのメインウェポンを腐らしてマウント取ったり、苦手なドータクンやツンデツンデの1対1に申し込めたりできちゃう万能なエースです。

HB:A4ガオガエンのフレアドライブ受けても身代わり保持。
C:押し切るためのぶっぱ。
S:Z後に最速130族+1。

Crobat Victory Road
クロバット@ヒコウZ
精神力 陽気
H236 A4 B60 D68 S140
ブレイブバード 怒りの前歯 追い風 挑発

ゲンガーの優秀な相棒。サイクルパに一歩も譲りたくない構築なので精神力は重宝しました。その上耐久と素早さ共に満足できる数値を備わっており、ゲンガー同様の行動保証を誇っています。主に追い風張って落ちるまでに相手を削り続けるのが仕事なので怒りの前歯は頼もしかったです。ただゲンガーが最初に気絶する時には火力を求め始めるのでひこうZはこういう場面で活躍してくれましたーAには1ミリしか振ってませんが威嚇さえ入ってなければ前歯を食らった大抵の相手をしばける瞬間火力が出せます。

H:きのみを警戒させるための偶数。
HB:A232レックの画竜点睛、C189ルナアーラのサイコショック確定耐え。
HD:耐久トルネロスの暴風Z、C147コケコのボルトチェンジ確定耐え。
S:最速115族抜き。

対コケコボルチェン調整は特に重要です、なぜなら以下のシナリオが起きてしまうと敗北に直結してしまうので:
ー同速勝ってゲンガー凍える風
ーコケコのボルチェンでクロバット気絶
ー結果:追い風張れず残数一体減る、その上相手の場にS保ったポケモン一体残る

Amoonguss Victory Road
モロバレル@気合の襷
胞子 穏やか
H244 B12 D252
イカサマ キノコの胞子 怒りの粉 守る

配信のおかげで セレブ化したきのこ。構築で3体目の毒タイプになりますが、彼のおかげでテテフ構築とより張り合えるようになります。ドーブルと違って耐久がずば抜けてるのでより多くの攻撃を吸ってゲンガーに活躍させる機会を増やしてくれます。キノコの胞子と怒りの粉は確定として、守は相手の追い風やトリルターンを凌ぐために採用、そしてイカサマは構築に重いルナアーラ、ソルガレオやメタグロスを大きく削るために使いました。

本構築の一番の持ち味といっても過言でもない特性胞子は本当に強かったです。熱湯で焼けるのと同じ確率で接触した相手をバグらせるられることで本大会何度も上振れました。メタグロスやガルーラを搭載してる相手に投げる駒なので発動機会が都合よく高かったと思います。もう一つの選択肢である再生力は並みの構築では優秀であるものの、本構築ではモロバレルを引きたい場面が極力少ないので同じレベルの活躍は期待できません。

H:きのみを警戒させるための偶数。
HB:A194メガガルーラすてみタックル耐え。
HD:C189ルナアーラシャドーレイ二発、守る貫通トルネロス暴風Z+暴風確定耐え。
S:同速に勝つために最遅+4。

salamence-mega Victory Road 選出例

基本:gengar-mega Victory Road crobat Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road groudon-primal Victory Road /kommo-o Victory Road

最大パワー:gengar-mega Victory Road + xerneas Victory Road groudon-primal Victory Roadkommo-o Victory Road

対カプテテフ:gengar-mega Victory Road amoonguss Victory Road + groudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road/kommo-o Victory Road

salamence-mega Victory Road 大会戦績

Day 1: 7-2 (14-6 in games):
 
RoundCountryNameTeamResult
R1CRIEsteban Hernandez Beitarayquaza-mega Victory Road kyogre-primal Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road incineroar Victory Road crobat Victory Road stakataka Victory RoadWW
R2ITARiccardo Castellarirayquaza-mega Victory Road kyogre-primal Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road togedemaru Victory Road ferrothorn Victory RoadWW
R3CANAlexandre Lebelgroudon-primal Victory Road necrozma-dusk-mane Victory Road houndoom-mega Victory Road tapu-lele Victory Road accelgor Victory Road smeargle Victory RoadWW
R4USAAngel Mirandarayquaza-mega Victory Road solgaleo Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road persian-alolan Victory Road snorlax Victory RoadWLL
R5NORJens Arne Maekinenrayquaza-mega Victory Road ho-oh Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road landorus-therian Victory Road persian-alolan Victory Road mantine Victory RoadWW
R6JPNHiroyuki Moritarayquaza-mega Victory Road necrozma-dawn-wings Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory Road stakataka Victory RoadLL
R7RUSKirill Shishovkyogre-primal Victory Road lunala Victory Road gardevoir-mega Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory Road naganadel Victory RoadLWW
R8JPNKohei Sakurairayquaza-mega Victory Road dialga Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory Road suicune Victory RoadWW
R9AUSHenry Rich*kyogre-primal Victory Road yveltal Victory Road metagross-mega Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory RoadWW

* R9 stream

Day 2: 2-5 (5-12 in games):
 
 
RoundCountryNameTeamResult
R1AUSJames Katsarosgroudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road kangaskhan-mega Victory Road tapu-lele Victory Road incineroar Victory Road smeargle Victory RoadLWW
R2ITAFlavio Del Pidioxerneas Victory Road lunala Victory Road kangaskhan-mega Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory Road smeargle Victory RoadLL
R3USAWolfe Glickrayquaza-mega Victory Road lunala Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory Road snorlax Victory RoadLL
R4ITALeonardo Bonanomigroudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road salamence-mega Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road kartana Victory RoadLWL
R5JPNYusei Matsunonecrozma-dusk-mane Victory Road xerneas Victory Road metagross-mega Victory Road incineroar Victory Road crobat Victory Road amoonguss Victory RoadWLW
R6KORJung Wonseokrayquaza-mega Victory Road lunala Victory Road tapu-koko Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road stakataka Victory RoadLL
R7MYSKevin Ngimgroudon-primal Victory Road xerneas Victory Road salamence-mega Victory Road tapu-fini Victory Road incineroar Victory Road amoonguss Victory RoadLL
 

salamence-mega Victory Road 反省点

単純にルナアーラを舐めすぎました。ゲンガーをZ無しでワンパンできること、影踏み無効、ファントムガード無しでも晴れ下オーバーヒート耐えるなど構築を様々な方法で苦しめます。カ・エールさんがブラッキーを採用したように、ルナアーラを見るためだけの枠を搭載してもいいレベルの厳しさでしたが切る姿勢で構築作成を進めちゃいました。結果的に運良くDay1では一回しか当たりませんでしたが、Day2ではルナアーラ使いの強豪選手2回当たってしまい両方コールド負けしちゃいました。完成度の高い構築だと勝手に思い込んで世界大会に挑んでしちゃいましたが、まだまだ改良の余地が多そうです。

salamence-mega Victory Road 最後に

Day2では恥ずかしい結果を残したものの、2017年に初めてVGCを知り、今年初めて本気に取り組んで世界大会Day2を決めたことに感無量です。過去に真剣にやった遊戯王でも同じですがスタン構築を使うのが嫌いなので、独自の発想を結果を残せる形に磨けたことが大変嬉しいです。今まで選手より構築経営者としてもっと自信があったので両方の実力を証明できることができてよかったです。来年も更なる高みへ辿り着けるよう全力で頑張りたいと思います。

ですがこういう経験をし、実績を残せたのもポケモン界の友達の皆のおかげです。特にサンシリーズを一緒に真剣に取り組んでくれて、ポケモンの楽しさを教えてくれたりょうこん(@ryokon)に本当に感謝してます。あと毎年世界大会で仲間に入れてくれるしゃで勢の方にもお世話になりました。最後にこの記事の編集をしてくれたひいあ(@Hianmain)ありがとう。

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