Hello all! This is my first ever question!
I've been playing Pokemon all my life, but I started competitive battling only about a month ago. And to be fair, I'm struggling to get wins. :(
Anyways, I've been trying to make a team that sets up a sweeper, who then destroys the opponents team. I know every set has a counter, but I've been a dreadful failure in making any such set. I've tried the following sets:
1) Smeragle @Focus Sash
Ability: Own Tempo
Dragonite @Sitrus Berry
Obviously, the idea is to send out Smeargle, use spore, stealth rock (To take care of opposing Pokemon with Sturdy/Focus sash), Belly drum and Baton pass to Dragonite, who sweeps with Extremespeed(Sitrus berry is there to heal any Will-o-wisp).
The problem with this was it was too dependent on the opponent not waking up fast, and Smeargle being extremely frail. Once I got to Dragonite the sweeping worked great, but Smeargle kept getting beaten by every team out there. Mega Scizor in place of Dragonite was no better. I've tried Volbeat (Tail glow+ baton pass) and Alakazam instead, but Alakazam dies to every physical move.
So I tried another one:
2)[email protected] Sash
This assured at least +2 attack and +2 speed, but taunt stopped it cold. Prority moves too killed Ninjask before it could baton pass. Whirlwind/Roar ruined it as well. I've tried Mega Garchomp (Same level of success) and Mega Gyarados(Attack too low) and Mega Heracross(Dies on the first hit taken after baton pass).
I was winning like, 1 in 15 matched with these sets. Not at all good enough.
What I want is a similar way to setup a sweeper, that is not as easily countered.
1)It must be OU
2)Not more than 2 baton passers.
3)The sweeper should be able to take at least 1 hit.
4)The sweeper should be able to damage every type for at least normal damage.
Any advice? Or should I just drop the 'setup' and go for a more direct, attack-from-the-start approach?