ZachHoek

ZachHoek

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I'm Zach, and I’m the first sponsored Pokemon Draft League coach, coaching competitive singles and VGC. My team peaked at 31 worldwide and I have wins on several notable top 100 coaches, numerous playoff qualifications, and multiple championships. I have helped numerous coaches, including top 100 and even top 10 coaches, improve their skills, secure wins, and take home championships. For about the price of your daily coffee, I can help you take your pokemon battling to the next level.


Rewind the Tape: Games of the Ages #2 - Living on a Flare
In the 10th season of the NPDL, we elected to do a low tier league; cutting the tier list in half and exclusively picking from the bottom half of the barrel. This lead to a very unique season where Pokemon usually unseen in normal draft leagues were able to shine and flourish. This season  brought me head to head with one of my good friends in the community who was having himself a season: Spheal. Boasting a Zoroark-Medicham core that was tearing teams apart, I had to find a way to beat the coach who had found himself at number one ranked in the world not too long before. SPHEAL’S TEAM: MY TEAM: As Spheal’s fairy type is the very low tier swirlix, which matches up poorly versus the rest of my team, I wanted to take
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How to Draft Well in a Pokemon League (Part 1)
From the get-go, your first priority in any draft league is going to be picking your team. For everyone from new players to seasoned veterans, an open tier list can be incredibly daunting, especially for your first couple picks. Constructing a team from scratch is no small feat, especially considering the implications of the draft: it’s the team that, plus or minus a trade or two, will be your ride-or-die teammates for that entire season and ideally into a championship match. How you construct the team, from the overview of your top pick down to the minutiae of speed tiers and type balances, will determine your flexibility in building and feed into your success. Building the most balanced team you possibly can from the near-infinite possible combination is a gargantuan task for even the most veteran of players, but if done correctly, can lend massively into success. But how do you take a seemingly endless tier list and extrapolate a diverse, sturdy, and threatening team to carry you to a championship? To better condense the highest priorities in a draft and my personal favorite formula to follow for a successful draft team, I’ve enlisted the help of one of the most innovative and consistent coaches in the draft format as well as an amazing resource and all around friend in the draft league community, Luppy! Oh man, what an intro - thanks Zach for having me!  Hey y'all, I'm Luppy. I've been playing Pokemon since Pokemon Ruby in 2003 (shoutout Swampert) and been a part of the draft league community since 2018 when I joined
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How To Use Gardevoir
“What is a mid-tier menace? They are the glue that holds a championship team together. They are the diamonds in the rough of a tier list that bring value to a team far beyond their point cost. They support the rest of the team in a way that, when properly utilized, will give your team the best chance of a championship victory” Episode 8: Gardevoir
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Back To Basics - EVs
1025 Pokemon. 934 moves. 188 abilities. Endless items. Where do you even start? In "Back to Basics", I will introduce you to the most core, central aspects of competitive Pokemon in the most digestible way possible. More than just things you can look up on your own - I'll help you know common things to look out for, the easiest tips and tricks to utilize, and the path forward to becoming an ever-advancing Pokemon Mastermind. The strongest foundation starts with the basics. PART THREE - EVS EVing your pokemon can be one of the most intimidating facets of playing the game competitively, no matter the format. Furthermore, it is one of the most crucial elements of the team building phase of Pokemon Draft League, and it’s where the most creative players get to see their abilities shine. However, for the newcomer, all the numbers and infinite possible options can be incredibly daunting. Just getting into the format for the first time? A tenured player looking to spice up and optimize your EVing? Regardless of what camp you find yourself in, this guide is for you. WHAT ARE EVS? “EV” stands for “effort value”, and they are points that you can invest into your pokemon to increase certain stats. You have a grand total of 510 EVs to invest into your pokemon, and you can put them into any of your pokemon’s six stats: HP (or hit points), attack, defense, special attack, special defense, and speed. You can put a maximum of 252 EVs into each stat before that stat is “maxed out”. That means that you can hypothetically maximize two statistics and put the remaining 4 EVs elsewhere. Additionally, every 4 EVs correlates to a one point increase in the stat. With that said, you always want to add EVs in increments of four. A basic EV spread for an offensive Charizard would look something like this: (center)252 EVs are put into its speed stat to ensure the highest speed stat total possible from a pokemon with base 100
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Rewind the Tape: Games of the Ages #3 - Registeel Back the Title
After taking over a team early in the season, I found myself on the winning end of two incredibly close playoff games, taking me to the NDA season 5 championship (videos recapping that entire playoff run are available on my YouTube channel). However, meeting me in the championship was DJS, a coach whose team had obliterated mine in the regular season. This team consisted of an Urshifu-SS (which I think never should have been allowed in the format, but that’s besides the point), a Dracovish supported by sand and webs, and a disgusting four piece defensive core. The server is long gone and I have no idea what other Pokemon were on the team, but I don’t think the others were ever even brought due to how strong these seven were. Needless to say, I had to reach deep into my bag of tricks to even have a fighting chance.  DJS’ TEAM:  (+more Pokemon that weren’t ever brought) MY TEAM: 
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The Green Screen Advantage: Elevating Your Stream Quality
Having been used in film productions for nearly a century, recent decades have brought one of entertainment's most useful technologies into the spotlight for content creators: green screens. Green screens allow content creators and gamers on platforms like Twitch and YouTube to create a professional, polished look for their gaming streams and content, getting rid of messy backgrounds and giving them creative liberty to change the backdrops of their stream. By adjusting the background and eliminating distractions, it keeps the focus of the stream on the streamer. My name is ZachHoek, and I'm a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet coach through Metafy, and in this guide, you will learn more about what a green screen is and its importance in streaming, how to use it, prevalence of alternatives like blue screens, and some of the best options you have on the market right now. By the
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How To Use Mandibuzz
“What is a mid-tier menace? They are the glue that holds a championship team together. They are the diamonds in the rough of a tier list that bring value to a team far beyond their point cost. They support the rest of the team in a way that, when properly utilized, will give your team the best chance of a championship victory” Episode 2: Mandibuzz
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FPL S12 Week Six
This is the 12th season of the fabled Pokemon Draft League FPL, and the draft has just recently concluded for the whopping 36 coaches entered. With a diverse array of top talent from around the globe, this season is quickly shaping up to be one of the best competitive seasons of the league to date. This is the start of weekly recaps, written by myself and the other mods of the FPL, to break down matches and summarize the weeks. If you're looking for a lot of content and games, coupled with basic, easy to digest analysis? These recaps are the content for you. Let's get into it. NOTES: Scores are listed at the bottom of each section to avoid spoilers. SCARLET DIVISION Xander vs Nutshaq https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen9natdexdraft-1991501800 The moment the game says go, Xander realizes that he did not give nearly enough respect to Nutshaq’s Tera Normal Exploud Boomburst. Threatening full OHKOs on Xander’s full team from turn 1, he’s forced to sack his Rotom and Walking Wake immediately. His own Tera in Fire Chandelure in Sun brings him some momentum back, as does an unfortunate Hurricane Confusing causing the death of Nutshaq’s Empoleon. Scream Tail also hurts itself, leaving Nutshaq’s team without its defensive backbone and too weak not to fall to Azumarill’s Aqua Jet. ZachHoek vs Adagio https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen9natdexdraft-1992150429 Adagio reveals a nice tech option for Gliscor in Surf Garchomp, but Zach immediately takes advantage to get Rage Fist going on Annihilape. Overqwil, without Intimidate to avoid Defiant, comes in, but still takes enormous damage while only building Annihilapes rage. Garchomp and Gliscor face off again, and Gliscor does its job by denying hazards and eliminating Garchomp before falling. Overqwil’s dying 2% wish from Slowbro’s
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FPL Season 12 Power Rankings
This is the 12th season of the fabled Pokemon Draft League FPL, and the draft has just recently concluded for the whopping 36 coaches entered. With a diverse array of top talent from around the globe, this season is quickly shaping up to be one of the best competitive seasons of the league to date. For this reason, Luppy and I have decided to go team-by-team and collectively rank all FPL teams by their drafts. Our ranking system is described in a previous article (see - Drafting Essentials: Forge Your Champions https://metafy.gg/pokemon-scarlet-and-violet/series/drafting-essentials-forge-your-champions-oXW8yYxjpdW7), and you can read more about it here. We will be breaking down each team into one of five tiers based on their composite score consisting of typings, support, speed, and the eye test. If you are a current FPL coach curious about how your team stacks up, or an outsider curious as to the ins and outs of draft rankings looking for a concrete example of what to look for in a draft, this article is for you. With that being said, let’s get into the first tier of drafts! This will be a very long-winded article with the whopping 36 teams, so read through it at your leisure. The tiers are broken up with headers; teams are ordered from the bottom up to the best teams last. Enjoy! TIER FIVE Chicago Beartics Total: 29 Types: 15 Support: 5 Speed: 5 Eye test: 4 Luppy: Speed tiers are in shambles - nothing in potential scarf speed tier can or wants to.  Tera muk will lose at least 1 key type, lapras feels like a waste. Zach: Lots of strong offensive pressure with the top three, but the utility falls off a bit with some large speed gaps in the middle. Webs helps, but without veil/wish support/durable defensive backbone, this team is going to have to hit hard and fast to win. Teras were also some odd choices, Lapras is an odd choice as well. Oakland Incineraiders Total: 32 Types: 13 Support: 5 Speed: 11 Eye test: 3 Luppy: So many repeat types that leaves with no flying type and unreliable ground type (tera) and scald switch ins. Zero removal Zach: Lack of removal really holds this team back. Lots of good pieces with psychic terrain core, solid setup, and a decent backbone, but lack of hazard control and a good cleric hurts a lot. Also will likely have to rely on hyper offense to win games. Sailing Swamperts Total:
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FPL S12 Week Four
This is the 12th season of the fabled Pokemon Draft League FPL, and the draft has just recently concluded for the whopping 36 coaches entered. With a diverse array of top talent from around the globe, this season is quickly shaping up to be one of the best competitive seasons of the league to date. This is the start of weekly recaps, written by myself and the other mods of the FPL, to break down matches and summarize the weeks. If you're looking for a lot of content and games, coupled with basic, easy to digest analysis? These recaps are the content for you. Let's get into it. NOTES: Scores are listed at the bottom of each section to avoid spoilers. SCARLET DIVISION  Ken vs BB https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen9natdexdraft-1984075545 A risky volt switch pivot into Palafin leads to an early scald burn from Ken’s Milotic, leaving BB’s Palafin crippled right off the bat. Both players exchange hazards, however Coalossal gives BB the upper hand by spinning away Uxie’s rocks. With a terrifying free switch into Scarf Diggersby, BB claims two crucial KOs with tera normal Body Slam. Electric seed Hawlucha saves Ken from a Diggersby sweep, but not for long as it fails to break Necrozma and leaves Ken with no answer to the threatening Diggersby in the back. Diggersby cleans up, giving BB a commanding 5-0 victory in spite of bringing the wrong team to the match in the first place. Mike vs Kat https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen9natdexdraft-1980698312 The match quickly gets intense as Tera Normal Staraptor recklessly takes down Kay’s Mega Garchomp with Double-Edge. Kay makes it even by answering bird with bird, using a powerful Volt Switch from Zapdos to finish off the slightly weakened Staraptor. Some clever pivots by Mike keep his team from slowing down, dodging Miltank’s Thunder Wave using Quagsire. Glimmora clutches up for Mike, taking two Bullet Punches from Scizor and getting up Toxic Spikes to help Quaquaval sweep. The duck takes down Zapdos with two aqua steps, getting a moxie boost and looking ready to sweep, but fails to break Kay’s Tera Water Miltank even with toxic spikes up. Kay
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