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VGC19 Ultra Series – Sample Teams

This is a list of sample teams that new players can use to help them get straight into playing the VGC19 Ultra Series format. We believe these teams are a great starting point for any player getting into VGC, or needing ideas for a team! We encourage you to use these teams as a guide for making your very own ...

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VGC19 Moon Series – February Showdown Stats

Introduction Hello, my name is Jorijn (@jorivgc). I am a VGC player from The Netherlands. I started playing in 2015, and in August last year, I started working on a program that can copy the data from the Pokémon Showdown folders into a spreadsheet. This spreadsheet was actually made by a friend, Cleffy (@cleffyvgc) since he used to copy these ...

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State of the Metagame – February

The month of February saw a continued exploration of the Moon format as results at the Oceania International Championship, Collinsville Regional, and Cannes Special Event all served to push the metagame forward. Let’s take a look at some of the standout teams and strategies! Oceania The VGC19 season’s Oceania International Championship, held in Melbourne from Feb 15 – 17, was ...

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VGC19 Meta Snapshot [Dallas preview]

Despite the switch to Moon series, overall viability rankings are mostly unchanged. If something was good in Sun series, there’s a high chance it’s still good in Moon. However, several notable Pokémon gained significant tools with access to Z-Moves, and that’s what we’ll be looking at here. Kyogre Notable Z Options: Waterium Kyogre boasts the strongest Z-Move in the format ...

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VGC19 Moon Series – Sample Teams

This is a list of sample teams that new players can use to help them get straight into playing the VGC19 Moon Series format. We believe these teams are a great starting point for any player getting into VGC, or needing ideas for a team! We encourage you to use these teams as a guide for making your very own ...

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VGC19 Moon Series – Z Move Preview

With the end of 2018, the Sun Series of the 2019 VGC season also comes to an end! Beginning January 7, the Moon Series starts and will feature a slight change of rules. From January 7 until April 1, all Z-crystals, except Ultranecrozium Z, are allowed in your teams, so Z moves are allowed! Therefore, we give you a preview ...

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VGC19 Sun Series: Core Analysis – Lunala Xerneas

In the last GS Cup format, Xerneas and the Primals dominated the metagame, being part of almost every team of the format. Three years later, the Sun and Moon era brought us Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma. The three new restricted legendaries of the GS Cup format. In the Sun Series of VGC19, Xerneas has remained the powerful force is was ...

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VGC19 Sun Series: Core Analysis – Kyogre Rayquaza

In this article I’m going to present one of the most interesting cores this season: the restricted combination composed by Rayquaza and Kyogre, commonly referred to as RayOgre. The combination was present in the VGC 16 season on ORAS. At first, it wasn’t a very popular duo but slowly it gained traction and ended up winning the World Championship under ...

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VGC19 Sun Series: Core Analysis – Groudon Xerneas

What year is it? Just the mention of Xerneas and Groudon together will give some veteran VGC players flashbacks to 2016. It was namely during that year’s series that the potent combo of Xerneas and Primal-Groudon made its debut, being utilized in many team builds through the series. The notorious “Big 6” archetype from that year contained this duo and ...

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