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Japan's VGC2011 rules

I'm a  bit behind, but I figured I should post this anyway for those of us not in the know. The rules for next year's VGC have been revealed through the Japanese B/W game guide.

  • Only Pokemon from Isshu can be used (excluding Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genosect).
  • Each match is a double battle, though the amount of Pokemon that can be used in a match is not mentioned. It might be "bring six Pokemon and use four" like in the past.
  • Pokemon should be Level 50. Pokemon higher than that will be lowered to Level 50. Pokemon Level 49 and below will remain at the same level.
  • You can't use duplicate Pokemon or Items.
  • You can't change your Pokemon, Items, etc. during the tournament.
So, only Isshu pokemon. Interesting, but limiting. If you have a japanese copy of B/W, then I recommend you have a visit to Smogon, where full analysis are being written on the pokemon already. I know I'll be reading more into Japanese Pokemon terms, since I know none of them and I've barely even finished Black. EV training has gotten a bit harder since there is no Pokeradar. Indeed, I would get started right now.

Good luck to everyone who plans to participate this season! Like every year, I'll be in Seattle.


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Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Well only Pokemon from Isshu was certainly something I wasn't expecting. It does heavily limit the amount of strategic team building now, but it's still quite interesting...

Time for me to get to work then.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
I think, in general, about 75 pokemon are available to work with, which can probably be narrowed down to about 20. Sandstorm looks like it might get a good run this year, and Rain Dance looks about dead.

There are really only 3 viable fakeout users, and now that FO priority is down, I can see most people just skipping it altogether. Erefuun seems to be popular, but Taunt makes it a deadwieght.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Well that's true. You only saw about that many Pokemon even when 493 were available last year, so it won't be surprising that select Pokemon are going to be very popular this year.

I was looking at the Smogon topic, and it seems that Trick Room is going to be one of the bigger strategies this year. Kind of sucks, considering Trick Room has always been my favorite strategy to use. Just from that one glance, it looks like trying to go against the norm and creating an anti-Trick Room team would be the best way to go; however, I haven't really been researching the B/W metagame at all, so perhaps it's better to just wait until the games come out here.

Sucks that I'm going to have much less time than those who've been doing this since September, but I'll make up for it with a lack of sleep, perhaps.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
Trick Room is my favorite as well, and I might make a TR/SS team.

I don't really plan to focus on making a resist team, but rather a team that will work through any field condition (including the combination Oath moves).

I'm just at the E4 in Black so I'll be starting some playtesting soon. I'm not liking the limited time we'll have to beat the game/make a team, so I may as well start now.
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