Azulite

Azulite

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Hi, my name is Alex, and I have been playing the competitive Pokémon for 6 years. I have qualified for the Pokémon World Championships four times, cut many regionals, and have won several stipends in the past. Currently, I am studying Computer Science and Engineering in college. I love helping every player who has any questions about competitive play get the right answers and guide them in the correct direction when it comes to making plays or building teams. If you would like a more personalized experience, I would love to assist you grow as a player with my coaching. I have had over 100 students over the past couple years, so whether you are just starting with VGC to a player who is stuck and wants to learn how to improve their play, I can help in all of those departments. We can build a team together and ladder on Pokémon Showdown or in game together, or review VOD's of your matches, whether those be Pokémon Showdown replays or in game replays. My goal of each coaching session is to not only help you grow as a player, but help you understand my methodology behind the game to help you accomplish your goals. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me on twitter or discord! I will be happy to answer any questions you have!


Unmasking the First Scarlet & Violet DLC
Intro With the release of the Teal Mask expansion, we are finally getting some new and old Pokemon coming to Scarlet and Violet. What does that mean for competitive though? Will Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Flutter Mane continue to reign supreme? Will Weezing Neutralize its competition with its amazing ability? Or will Ogerpon and his new friends in the Loyal Three have room to shine? Lets take the mask off and start this breakdown with Ogerpon. Ogerpon Probably the most complex new Pokemon, Ogerpon has a lot of positive things going for it, here's a quick breakdown: - Grass typing makes it immune to Spore and Rage Powder - Base 110 Speed and base 120 Attack make it very powerful and fast - Can Terastallize to change its ability to a specific stat buff based on its mask - Consistent base 100 power move with 100% accuracy, type is mask dependent - Access to moves like Grassy Glide, Horn Leech, and Wood Hammer - Coverage moves include Stomping Tantrum, Knock Off and Superpower - Great Utility moves like Encore, Spiky Shield, Taunt, Leech Seed & Helping Hand - Embody Aspect gives a specific stat boost after Tera or on every switch in. - Ogerpon gets a 1.2x boost to ALL MOVES, this is before STAB. - Each mask provides a different additional type and ability, all competitively viable The only downside with the mask's is that the tera type is set to Grass, Fire, Water or Rock once the corresponding mask is equiped and the type cannot change until a new mask is put on. That is definitely a trade you take for the type combinations and abilities you get from these masks though. With the 1.2x boost given to all moves as well, Ogerpon is definitely going to be one of the biggest threats going into Regulation E. This is a whole new definition to the word powercreep, Urshifu is now in shambles. Ogerpon Mask Breakdown Teal Mask (youtube)(txF4Nm25kwM)(0) Teal Mask Ogerpon gets Defiant, an ability that is extremely good at detering Intimidate, a very common ability in competitive play on Pokemon like Landorus-Therian and Gyarados. When Terastallized, it gets a Speed boost by 1 stage (1.5x the original stat) whenever it switches in. While this combination of ability and speed boost from Embody Aspect after terastallizing is awesome, being only pure grass typing is a bit of a downside, but I don't think that will prevent it from seeing some form of play. Think of it as a more agressive and speedy Rillaboom. Another thing going for Teal Mask Ogerpon is
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