The Cat and the Dog – Team Report from the Champion of the VR Circuit: Winter Series Qualifier #1

Hi! I’m Víctor Medina, also known as Torviv. I’m a Spanish VGC player who started to play in 2014. My biggest accomplishments were made in the Senior Division:

This team report will show you the team I played in the Qualifier #1 of the VR Circuit: Winter Series, in which I achieved first place (and also a top 4 in the Battle Train #2).

Shoutouts to Carlos Cabal (Wekj) and Ignacio Castellano (Gotheru) since they helped me build this team.

Teambuilding process

The main idea of this team was to do a Zacian composition that could face the worst match-ups, such as Venusaur + Groudon or Tornadus + Kyogre.

Zacian-crowned

The main core became Zacian + Thundurus. They work incredibly well together. Thundurus can put up pressure on Intimidate users, such as Incineroar and Landorus while it boosts Zacian with Max Airstream and Max Knuckle. Thundurus also helped against Kyogre teams since it carried an Assault Vest.

Zacian-crownedThundurus

Having these two, I realised that Landorus (Therian Forme) synergised very well with the idea of the team. Landorus was able to spam Earhquake next to Thundurus and it was great against Groudon + Venusaur compositions.

Zacian-crownedThundurusLandorus-therian

Once the main core of the team was set, I focused on other teams that could potentially give mine problems. Those were teams with a lot of speed control (usually Tailwind and Trick Room) and with a lot of offensive power (Psychic spam). So I needed my last three Pokémon to be bulkier.

Zacian-crownedThundurusLandorus-therianlapras-gmaxAmoonguss

I noticed that Gigantamax Lapras could do a great job setting up the screens for the main core of the team, as well as giving it offensive coverage with Ice and Water types. Amoonguss was the fifth to join the ensemble; this was due to its ability to redirect attacks from Lapras or Zacian and to pressure a lot of opponents with a possible Max Airstream + Spore.

Zacian-crownedThundurusLandorus-therianlapras-gmaxAmoongussUmbreon

The last slot was the hardest to choose. I needed a Dark type for the Psychic spam match-up. The most usual thing would have been to put an Incineroar or an Urshifu on this slot, but Umbreon fitted here perfectly and was a perfect counter of most Calyrex and Groudon teams.

The Team

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Normal Sprite

Thundurus (M) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Defiant
Level: 50
EVs: 36 HP / 148 Atk / 28 Def / 44 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Wild Charge
– Fly
– Superpower
– Foul Play

Thundurus was a great Pokémon to Dynamax. The Assault Vest variant was the chosen one for the popularity of special attacker threats to Thundurus, like Kyogre or Nihilego. For the moves I chose Foul Play instead of Lash Out in order not to rely on the Dynamax usage that much.

Offensive calcs

kyogre 148 Atk Thundurus Max Lightning vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Kyogre: 206-246 (117 – 139.7%) — guaranteed OHKO
celesteela +1 148 Atk Thundurus Max Lightning vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Celesteela: 200-236 (98 – 115.6%) — 87.5% chance to OHKO
kartana +1 148 Atk Thundurus Superpower vs. 4 HP / 4 Def Kartana: 138-164 (102.2 – 121.4%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive calcs

zacian-crowned 156+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Behemoth Blade vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 138-164 (43.3 – 51.5%) — 9.8% chance to 2HKO
groudon 252 Atk Life Orb Groudon Max Rockfall vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 273-322 (85.8 – 101.2%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO
landorus-therian 252 Atk Life Orb Landorus-Therian Max Rockfall vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 265-315 (83.3 – 99%) — guaranteed 2HKO
thundurus 252 Atk Life Orb Thundurus Max Airstream vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 84-100 (26.4 – 31.4%) — guaranteed 4HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Thundurus Max Lightning vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 169-200 (53.1 – 62.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO
(It withstands Max Airstream + Max Lightning from a Life Orb Thundurus)
thundurus +1 252 Atk Life Orb Thundurus Max Lightning vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 253-300 (79.5 – 94.3%) — guaranteed 2HKO
(It also withstands +1 Life Orb-boosted Max Lightning)
thundurus 252 Atk Thundurus Max Airstream vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 65-77 (20.4 – 24.2%) — guaranteed 5HKO
+1 252 Atk Thundurus Max Lightning vs. 36 HP / 28 Def Dynamax Thundurus: 195-231 (61.3 – 72.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO

(It withstands a Max Airstream + a +1 Max Lightning from non-Life Orb variant, although it is a rather unfavourable roll if it is at +1 for both moves)
regielekiKyogre

252+ SpA Life Orb Transistor Regieleki Electroweb vs. 36 HP / 44 SpD Assault Vest Dynamax Thundurus: 48-58 (15 – 18.2%) — possible 6HKO
252+ SpA Mystic Water Kyogre Max Geyser vs. 36 HP / 44 SpD Assault Vest Dynamax Thundurus in Rain: 213-252 (66.9 – 79.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO
(It withstands Electroweb + Max Geyser)

Normal Sprite

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 108 Atk / 4 Def / 68 SpD / 76 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Sacred Sword
– Behemoth Blade
– Substitute
– Protect

This Zacian set was a risky option for the tournament. The Speed is set to be one point lower than that of Thundurus in order to use a Max Knuckle + Behemoth Blade combo that could cause many problems to certain teams. The investment in bulk was really important for certain games, and gave me the surprise factor that I needed in an open teamsheet tournament.

Offensive calcs

xerneas 108+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Behemoth Blade vs. 12 HP / 68 Def Xerneas: 204-242 (100.4 – 119.2%) — guaranteed OHKO
kartana +1 108+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Sacred Sword vs. 4 HP / 4 Def Kartana: 150-178 (111.1 – 131.8%) — guaranteed OHKO
incineroar +1 108+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Sacred Sword vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Incineroar: 204-242 (100.9 – 119.8%) — guaranteed OHKO
(In order to use Max Knuckle + Sacred Sword, or just with the Substitute)

Defensive calcs

groudon 252+ Atk Groudon Precipice Blades vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Zacian-Crowned: 168-198 (84.4 – 99.4%) — guaranteed OHKO
regieleki 252+ SpA Transistor Regieleki Electroweb vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 42-49 (21.1 – 24.6%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO

(This goes for the Sub 😛 )
regieleki 252+ SpA Magnet Transistor Regieleki Max Lightning [Thunder] vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 165-195 (82.9 – 97.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO

(Timid Life Orb makes a little less damage)

calyrex-shadow-rider 252 SpA Life Orb Calyrex-Shadow Max Quake vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 161-192 (80.9 – 96.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO
kyogre 252 SpA Mystic Water Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned in Rain: 160-190 (80.4 – 95.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO
regielekikyogre

252 SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned in Rain: 133-157 (66.8 – 78.8%) — guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Magnet Transistor Regieleki Electroweb vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 43-52 (21.6 – 26.1%) — 37.5% chance to OHKO
(Magnet-boosted Electroweb + Water Spout: 24.2% KO… RIP)
252 SpA Transistor Regieleki Electroweb vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 37-45 (18.5 – 22.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO
(If Regieleki holds a Focus Sash, it is just 3.125% KO)

Normal Sprite

Landorus-Therian (M) @ Lum Berry
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 236 Atk / 20 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Swords Dance
– Rock Slide
– Fly
– Earthquake

This Landorus is a really standard choice in these kinds of teams. This Pokémon functions really well with the boosts by Thundurus or with the help of Lapras and Amoonguss to set up his own boosts with Swords Dance. Fly also gave the chance to Dynamax and use a powerful Flying-type atack.

Defensive calcs

xerneas +2 252+ SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 20 SpD Dynamax Landorus-Therian: 277-327 (84.4 – 99.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO

kyogre 252 SpA Mystic Water Kyogre Origin Pulse vs. +1 0 HP / 20 SpD Dynamax Landorus-Therian in Rain: 296-350 (90.2 – 106.7%) — 37.5% chance to OHKO

Normal Sprite

Lapras-Gmax @ Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Level: 50
EVs: 140 HP / 4 Def / 244 SpA / 4 SpD / 116 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Hydro Pump
– Protect
– Freeze-Dry
– Thunder

Lapras is designed to be used Gigantamaxed. It is a great support for the rest of the team, giving them Aurora Veil and Electric Terrain with G-Max Resonance and Max Lightning. It also deals a lot of damage with Life Orb and is able to wall Pokémon such as Kyogre or Groudon.

Defensive calcs

zacian-crowned +1 252 Atk Zacian-Crowned Behemoth Blade vs. 140 HP / 0 Def Gigantamax Lapras: 374-444 (83.8 – 99.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO
(An example… xD)

thundurus +1 252 Atk Thundurus Max Lightning vs. 140 HP / 0 Def Gigantamax Lapras: 368-434 (82.5 – 97.3%) — guaranteed 2HKO

kyogre 252 SpA Kyogre Max Lightning vs. 140 HP / 0 SpD Gigantamax Lapras: 186-220 (41.7 – 49.3%) — guaranteed 3HKO

252+ SpA Choice Specs Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 140 HP / 0 SpD Water Absorb Lapras in Rain: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
regieleki 252 SpA Magnet Transistor Regieleki Max Lightning vs. 140 HP / 0 SpD Gigantamax Lapras: 374-444 (83.8 – 99.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO

regielekikyogre
252 SpA Life Orb Transistor Regieleki Electroweb vs. 140 HP / 0 SpD Gigantamax Lapras: 120-143 (26.9 – 32%) — guaranteed 4HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Kyogre Thunder vs. 140 HP / 0 SpD Gigantamax Lapras: 240-284 (53.8 – 63.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Normal Sprite

Amoonguss @ Focus Sash
Ability: Regenerator
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Pollen Puff
– Spore
– Rage Powder
– Protect

I chose a classic Amoonguss set. The Speed investment is really important for this team to deal with low-speed compositions, such as Trick Room cores. It can also help redirecting attacks intended for Lapras or Zacian with Rage Powder, and heal its partners with Pollen Puff.

Normal Sprite

Umbreon @ Leftovers
Ability: Inner Focus
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 156 Def / 108 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Yawn
– Moonlight
– Foul Play
– Snarl

Umbreon was clearly the MVP for this tournament. This addition was incredible for the team. Umbreon can control both physical and special attackers with Foul Play and Snarl while healing itself with Moonlight. Yawn was the last move to be added and it helps Umbreon to put pressure into the enemy team; in my opinion, without this move, Umbreon can be extremely passive in certain match-ups.

Defensive calcs

groudon +1 252+ Atk Groudon Max Quake vs. 244 HP / 156+ Def Umbreon: 160-189 (79.6 – 94%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
calyrex-ice-rider 252+ Atk Life Orb Calyrex-Ice Max Hailstorm vs. 244 HP / 156+ Def Umbreon: 148-175 (73.6 – 87%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+1 252+ Atk Life Orb Calyrex-Ice Glacial Lance vs. 244 HP / 156+ Def Umbreon: 153-183 (76.1 – 91%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
solgaleo +2 180+ Atk Solgaleo Max Knuckle vs. 244 HP / 156+ Def Umbreon: 172-204 (85.5 – 101.4%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO

+2 100+ Atk Solgaleo Max Steelspike vs. 244 HP / 156+ Def Umbreon: 166-196 (82.5 – 97.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+1 180+ Atk Life Orb Solgaleo Max Knuckle vs. 244 HP / 156+ Def Umbreon: 169-200 (84 – 99.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
kyogre 252+ SpA Mystic Water Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon in Rain: 156-184 (77.6 – 91.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
-1 252 SpA Mystic Water Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon in Rain: 93-109 (46.2 – 54.2%) — 6.3% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
regieleki 252+ SpA Life Orb Transistor Regieleki Max Lightning [Thunder] vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon: 156-185 (77.6 – 92%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

charizard-gmax 252 SpA Life Orb Charizard-Gmax G-Max Wildfire [Burn Up] vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon in Sun: 153-181 (76.1 – 90%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery and Wildfire damage

kyogre 252 SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) [Max HP (176) Water Spout] vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon in Rain: 118-139 (58.7 – 69.1%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

-1 252 SpA Kyogre Water Spout (139 BP) [164 HP Water Spout] vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon in Rain: 72-85 (35.8 – 42.2%) — 92.4% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

(After a Snarl; the rolls are the same for 163 and 161 HP. Leftovers recover 12 HP; If Umbreon has 201 HP left [213 HP total], 28.125% of 2HKO… RIP)
regielekikyogre

252 SpA Transistor Regieleki Electroweb vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon: 33-39 (16.4 – 19.4%) — possible 7HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Mystic Water Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 244 HP / 108 SpD Umbreon in Rain: 141-166 (70.1 – 82.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
(Electroweb + Water Spout: 3.9% KO)

How to use the team

AgainstLeadBack
tornadus+kyogrethundurus/lapras+umbreonzacian-crowned, landorus-therian
regieleki+kyogrethundurus+landorus-therianzacian-crowned, umbreon
venusaur+groudonlandorus-therian+umbreonzacian-crowned, thundurus/amoonguss
Psychic spam
indeedee-female+calyrex-shadow-rider
thundurus+umbreonzacian-crowned, landorus-therian
Mirror
zacian-crowned+lapras
zacian-crowned+thundurusamoonguss, landorus-therian
calyrex-ice-rider+dusclopszacian-crowned+umbreonlapras, amoonguss

Tournament run

Swiss rounds

RoundResultOpponentOpponent’s team
R1WWKOR
Na Sang-hyeon
(Nash)
yveltalincineroartapu-finiregielekirillaboomstakataka
R2WWGBR
Robert Brewer
(Robert)
kyogreincineroartornadusregielekiamoongusskartana
R3WLWJPN
Hiroyuki Morita
(アイシーン)
zacian-crownedincineroarlaprasregielekiamoongusslandorus-therian
R4LLITA
Rosario Di Trapani
(Gae)
groudonurshifuwhimsicottthundurusvenusaurcharizard
R5WWESP
Martín Pérez

(tynator)
kyogrelandorus-theriantornadusregielekiamoongusskartana
R6LWLAUS
Phil Nguyen
(Phil N (AUS))
groudonincineroartapu-finithundurusrillaboomsigilyph
R7WWCHN
Zhang Tianhao
()
xerneastorkoalindeedee-femalelandorus-therianvenusaurcharizard
R8WLWITA
Marco Lattanzi
(Kklisia)
xerneasincineroarthundurusregielekirillaboomurshifu

Top Cut

RoundResultOpponentOpponent’s team
Top 32WLWITA
Giulio Tarlao

(Giulio)
calyrex-shadow-riderincineroarindeedee-femalethundurusexcadrilltyranitar
Top 16WLWESP
Mario Soriano
(Mario)
calyrex-ice-riderincineroartapu-finidusclopsamoongusszapdos
Top 8WWSWI
Andrea Olea
(BanFoxVGC)
groudonincineroartapu-finiporygon2venusaurstakataka
Top 4WLWGBR
Taran Birdee
(Taran)
kyogreincineroarporygon2regielekiferrothorndragapult
FinalsWWUSA
Alex Underhill
(Lexicon)
calyrex-ice-riderincineroartapu-finidusclopsamoongussmoltres-galar

Conclusions

I felt very underprepared going into this tournament, I cannot believe I was able to win. I think that the Zacian + Thundurus + Landorus core is very strong right now and has a lot of potential that had not been discovered yet. Shoutouts to everyone who supported me on stream!

The rental code is public, so feel free to use it! If you have any doubt, you can contact me on Twitter!

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