JagSamurott

JagSamurott

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Hello, I am Jag, I have been playing pokemon since 2015, and LoR since the beta during 2019. I have developed a grand fondness for both of these games and wish to share that fire to all of my pupils! Throughout my years I have steadily made myself a name to be remembered in both scenes, online and offline. My consistent appearance at the top of ladder, the top of tourney standings, and the top of team draft leagues, and as a result have been approached for help with teams and advice from players of all skill levels. This has pushed me towards coaching, where I will teach you what I have learned and help you apply skills to make you just as consistent! I have to address the elephant in the room, I am known for doing all these things with the weirdest of teams. Yes, I used umbreon for almost 14 months in the sword and shield era, winning me CP and top finishes in tournaments. Yes, I actively use Swain Braum in LoR and it, despite being untiered, has carried me in seasonals and laddering. I believe the team/deckbuilding aspects at the core of these two games is what makes them special, and I know many others want to express that too! So one thing I will focus on coaching is for unmeta concepts and making them into powerhouses that will shake things up! It is not a requirement, nor a guarantee, but I will work hard with you to make it work! However, at the end of the day, I am here to help you learn, and regardless of skill and age, I will guide you on the path to improvement, gathering good habits and skills in the builder and the battlefield. And of course, remind you to have fun!


Winning With Your Favorites
The idea of "winning your favorites" is often bashed and praised within Pokemon. Casual players will pull back to Karen in Pokemon Gold/Silver, saying, "Truly strong trainers win with their favorite Pokemon," while competitive players stomp that into the dirt. But while I see truth in the competitive player's motivation, using your favorites is fun! I love using them and would like to try making them accessible to everyone! What makes your favorite unique? Every Pokemon has some legitimate reason why you would want to run it over something else. It can be stats, moves, abilities, typing or a combination of these. The first step is to look at your favorite and ask, "What does this Pokemon do well?" I shall explain this by taking a look at my favorite Pokemon, Hisuian Samurott At first glance, this water-dark Pokemon is wholly overshadowed by the two Urshifus. One is dark, and one is water, both of Samurott's STABs, while also getting some nasty fighting moves in close combat. So what does this Pokemon have? Tons! It has the new ability, sharpness, and one of the
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New Pokemon of Regulation D Complete Guide (Part 1)
As we dive into the worlds-only format, it is arguably the most significant shakeup in Scarlet and Violet's history, featuring so many faces, new and old, to make a return. As shown: Many of these additions are huge, meta-defining threats, while others may not be as impactful on the meta. Regardless, teambuilders have to start somewhere, and here I will be going through ALL ~55 Pokemon added to get the juices flowing on how these new Pokemon can shake things up! Charizard The unofficial official mascot of Pokemon once again makes a return without its Kantonian friends to follow it into this format. While it is the lone starter, it still has some friends in the new game, namely Torkoal. Through and through, Charizard's best performances have been on sun teams, being showcased in a powerful sun team by Adrien Hurley in the recent Victory Road to Yokohama tournament:
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Overlooked Pokemon in Regulation D
As the dust settles on Regulation D and some of the top Pokemon to look out for have made themselves known, it is unsurprising to see who is on the top. But no Pokemon is without weakness and can be beaten like any other. But first, let's go into a couple of them and what makes them so potent. Chien-Pao + Dragonite Coming back with a vengeance from Regulation C, the duo of Chien-Pao and Dragonite are here to bring the pain. The sheer damage a banded Dragonite with Tera-Normal Extreme Speed that has the Sword of Ruin active is insane. It alone shuts down some otherwise interesting speedsters, like Regieleki, due to this move having +2 priority. That's not to say Chien-Pao is a slouch, either; with easy access to a sash, insane speed, and great coverage with the aforementioned Ruin ability, it's also an incredible Pokemon. One of the most notable synergies, to boot, is that Chien-Pao's best Ice-type attack is Ice Spinner, which can destroy psychic terrain, the easiest check to priority spam. These two are here to stay. Ursaluna + Cresselia While some folks feared this duo and others thought it would be "mid," the first results of the Victory Road to Yokohama don't lie, and this duo placed in the top 4
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Getting Over The Losses
Over all of my articles from this point, I have mentioned that being "unafraid to lose" is very important, but haven't gone very much in depth. I want to remedy that by exploring what it means to be unscarred by a loss. It is not easy; even I can suffer from the sting of defeat, especially on dreaded "losing streaks." But letting the fear of loss hold you hostage won't make you any better, so let's find ways to improve taking losses! How to Avoid Losses Firstly, it is crucial to figure out how to avoid these losses in the first place. If they can be avoided and you need to reaffirm your skill level, I would implore these strategies to improve your win rate. Analyze your goals and the goals of your team The first thing to do is look at what you are doing with the team(s) you are playing and take a step to look at the bigger picture. Sometimes, if you are playing very experimental stuff, such as a ton of sub 1% usage Pokemon, expecting a win rate above 50% can be a tall ask.
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How Kommo-o won a Regulation E Regional
Against all odds, in the second regional of the new Regulation E format, we call Kommo-o a Regional Champion, under the pilot of Michael Zhang. Even though we live in a world that has Flutter and Tera-Flying Landorus being top threats, we see a Dragon-Fighting type take the title. How? Truth is, this Pokemon was an excellent meta call for this tournament. Let’s dive in to see just how potent this pick was. Crash Course on Kommo-o First, a look at the Pokemon itself. Kommo-o is a Dragon-Fighting type Psuedo Legendary, or Pokemon with a BST of 600 and is naturally obtainable as a normal Pokemon is (catching, breeding, etc.) For most teambuilders, this Pokemon is a bit of a Jack-Of-All trades, excelling not much at anything which is represented in its stats being fairly even across the board, only its Defense being above average and HP being
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