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2018 World Cup of VGC – Hub

The third installment of the World Cup of VGC, a showcase of the world’s best Pokémon players across the globe, is here. Modelled after Smogon’s World Cup of Pokemon, and inspired by Zach Droegkamp’s idea, we are continuing our yearly World Cup with 16 different regions represented. The regions will remain the same as last year. Special thanks to FumitoVGC ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Sample Teams

This is a list of sample teams that new players can use to help them get straight into playing the VGC19 Sun 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 Sun Series – Groudon

The Hoenn deity of the land is back in VGC19 and it has already proven itself as a top threat in the metagame. The lack of Levitate users and Flying-types amongst the most used Pokémon, coupled with the presence of Ground-weak Pokémon such as Incineroar and Stakataka have given Groudon a solid place in the current metagame. Groudon’s signature move, ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Solgaleo

Solgaleo, the face of Pokémon Sun and a new monster that has been introduced to the 2019 VGC scene. At first glance, there are a lot of Pokémon that threaten Solgaleo so it may not look as appealing as some other other restricted Pokémon to choose from. But with a base 137 attack stat and the Full Metal Body ability, ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Yveltal

Yveltal premiered alongside Xerneas in Pokémon X&Y as our cover legendaries. In its one other legal format, Yveltal performed adequately. It won the German National Championships under the direction of Arash Ommati, paired alongside Primal Groudon and Jumpluff. Unlike Xerneas, it did not have strong Worlds finishes outside of Sam Pandelis of Australia finishing in the Top 16 with it. ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Kyogre

Kyogre is back with a splash! Despite not being able to use its Primal Reversion in the Sun Series, its regular form has taken the metagame by storm, topping the usage charts of all restricted Pokémon in the first month of VGC19. The combination of Kyogre’s sky high Special Attack stat of 150, Drizzle ability, and its access to strong ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Lunala

Lunala, the Moone Pokémon, and game mascot of Pokémon Moon is one of the newcomers to the VGC scene in the 2019 season. At first, this Pokémon may seem underwhelming, with its Psychic/Ghost typing presenting it with two troublesome 4x weaknesses to Ghost and Dark moves. However, thanks to its high overall stats, ability and wide move pool, Lunala managed to ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Xerneas

Xerneas has only ever been legal in one VGC format before 2019. For most of 2016, Xerneas was the Pokémon to be and the Pokémon to beat. It dominated at the Regional and National level with 2016 US Nationals being a Xerneas mirror between Chase Lybbert and Aaron Traylor. While it was not as dominant at Worlds (pushed to Top ...

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