VTL 22 一些感想 (少技術討論)
TL:DR: 很高興第一次參賽VTL(VGC Taiwan League)就奪亞，雖然個人成績有點辜負了隊伍，希望在接下來的VTL/其他賽事努力吧。
我係Richard，遊戲名稱huh，以往在Pokemon對戰都只在ShowDown/PO玩單打6v6的多，假如說是雙打4v4，大概是2020年2/3月開始? 那時被友人Michael Kan叫我租些隊玩啦，不然自己練寵也很快啦，這下子加上疫情關係(
封面Credit : Icefairy
偶然之下友人Alvin Mak就在Discord叫我去玩，那時我也打算在美國這邊打一下Regional級的比賽，也抱著好奇的心態去了報名。由於時差跟前一晚是SLC Regional的比賽，給朋友抄了情報就睡了，沒有追看最緊張的選秀。起床一看就被選上了，超感謝萊恩(隊長)在選秀中選上了我，我在VGC界別不是十分活躍，想不到也有人認識T^T。看了Replay後才知道萊恩跟我在S9/11都玩Z神(臭味相投www)。當然我很早也有看過萊恩的Z神隊，可能大家都比較喜歡玩奇怪玩意吧。
小插曲就是我Indianapolis Regional比賽結果2W-4L棄權 ，每一輪都打到Game3，我決定還是用別人隊伍再微調一下，結果用了Francesco(Alexis_vgc)EUIC的隊伍，也都符合我愛將Indeedee+雙天氣還有劍狗的陣容。
Reflection of VGC Taiwan League (VTL) 22
TL:DR: Super glad to be the finalist of my first VTL competition, although my personal record wasn’t great as a third pick team member from draft. Hope I can be better in the future VTL/other tournament.
I am Richard, aka ‘huh’ in game. In the past years, I only played single 6vs6 on showdown (/PO). My VGC adventure started around Feb 2020, my buddy Michael Kan suggests me try rent team in double for fun. Although training new team is way faster than before. Under the pandemic, I have more time to play VGC and has been for two years.
TBH, I knew VTL before but not in deep since the time I spent on VGC is quite unsteady. Fortunately, my friend Alvin Mak told me to join this season VTL form the HK VGC discord group. Since I was planning to play Regional in NA, so yeah, I gave it a try for my practice and interacting more to other players. The draft was held the morning (US time) after SLC regional day 1, I was organized the team information from the VGC stream to my friend. I was tired to wake up early to watch the draft stream. When I woke up, surprisingly my name had been on the draft list. Thanks a lot to our team manager Ryan picking me in the third round since I was pretty new in the VGC community. I realized that the reason was that Ryan and I both played Zygarde in S9/11 XDD. Of course, I read the team report of Ryan’s Zygarde team before and knew we both like to play some off meta team.
Confession to my team Realm of Goodra<3, first Ryan as our team manager is super nice and building up strong cohesion of the team. Although we were not forced to practice a lot, our team will always support each other’s battle, which personally feel important in the team. In the early week of this season, I talked to Ryan about the need of managing the opponent information systematically. Since picked in the third gave me some pressure and doubt if I can play well in S12 myself, so even I play not good enough but still can contribute something to the team. Overall my record was average resulted in 4 wins & 3 loses. Losing in final is slightly disappointed, but it’s a team league where teammates were covering each others to reach the final. Notably mention my teammate YMM, who never lost 1 round in this season and carried us to the final. Other teammates were also doing well, although Doggo’s record is not very good, I remember how bad his Groudon accuracy. Those RNG was not his misplay at all T^T.
Briefly talk about my feeling of S12. Simply say is a hyper-offensive meta, which is a challenge to me, never have solid gameplan most of the time. I started playing pokemon from 6vs6 singles, where the pace is way slower with normally 50+ turns. The double restricted with dynamax is a really aggressive meta, where the total turns of a game is less than before, so the tolerance of move in each turn is relatively low.
Here go through my team and match up in VTL (My Team / Opp. team):
In early S12 meta, I mainly playe Swordfish, and more into the Indeedee set which is press the button to win.
So in week 1, I used the typical Swordfish with Rillaboom and Incineroar. On top of that I brought Indeedee and Regieleki. Facing the Ice-rider+Palk team, my opponent was most likely to lead Palkia and activate Trick Room, so I lead with Indeedee + Zacian, spamming follow me to stall out the dynamax turns. I won the round but felt bad since my opponent missed Hydro Pump on Incineroar in both games.
Week2 is around the time when Rinya Sun became the ‘answer’ of S12. I was going to play in X9 NYC local, so I want to use something counter the Rinya Sun in this week. Inspired by my teammate Siu Hin and some Japanese top ranking team, I decided to use Kyogre& Ice rider.
In VTL, I just used Indeedee to stall Dynamax turn from either Reshiram&Lapras. Unfortunately, the 2 loses in 5 roundin X9 NYC were both Sunny team lmao.
I used Aaron/Wolfey EUIC’s team in week3. The reason was that I used Kyogre in the first two weeks and I climbed to 1600 quickly on Showdown.
My personal interpretation of this team was chip damage by Tailwind/Eleki/CSR, and then using Rillaboom and Incineroar giving fake out pressure. However it turned out I can’t KO AV Reshiram&Grimmsnarl.
Week4’s is version 2 of week2’s. I used Charizard for the Sunny team match. I used Charizard to counter sun team and then use Kyogre + Ice Rider to sweep the remaining. However, I played over passive in this round, missing the chance to max Charizard. In game1, I should just click Gmax Wildfire to end the game. Although I missed Electro Web in game2, it doesn’t matter a lot.
The team used in the last week of VTL regular is same as my Indianapolis Regional team. Basically I changed ice rider into AV Groudon for slightly better match up against Yveltal/CSR+Zacian. Also, I just want to spam the spread attack moves.
This round was quite close, in game 3, I set up tailwind for CSR but his CSR set up trick room…It cost me a lot to stall out the trick room.
Game1 (Lose): https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8vgc2022-1573231366-ncmwa5uinxs9ldihfiwh76gu0u7artbpw
Game2 (Lose): https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8vgc2022-1573231700-igrm6d8aa87zrahlfzrkmf96hp4ocaipw
I didn’t play well in Indianapolis Regional and 2-4 drop although all the rounds went to game3.
At this point I should consider some more standard team and finally I used Francesco(Alexis_vgc) EUIC team. Indeedee + double weather + Zacianfits my style. However, I have no easy way to knock out Esmond’s non-Life Orb Zapdos, which is probably bringing goggles.
Although we tied with other VLT team in playoff, we can still enter the final under the advantage of regular stage. The final is also the week of Secaucus Regional, so I decided to use the same team in VTL and Secaucus.
Originally, I planned to use Hektik’sZacian+Yveltal’s team (Grimm instead of Landorus-T). I sought for his opinions on the team, he told me it will be tough since Swordfish meta is back, so not recommend me to use it, or use the Zee’s version which bring Landorus-T.
Anyway, I won the game 1 in VTL by hax and game 2 is quite easy for me. Unfortunately, I can’t do much against tailwind ogre and resulted in 2-4 drop again T^T.
Summary of usage：
|3||Rillaboom, Incineroar, Charizard|
|1||Yveltal, Groudon, Landorus-T, Venusaur, Weezing, Kartana|
Basically, my comfort combo is Ogre+eleki+Indeedee. VTL 22 is a nice end for my S12, since I can’t enter WCS under NA CP rules and the cost of travelling is quite a lot. Hope to see you in Scarlet/Violet!