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GO Battle League Team Builds: Master League Premier Cup

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Article by Tyler Fulcher
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Introduction

Premier Cup: Master League, but without any Legendaries or Mythicals. This means that you’ll want your entire team at Lv40 (or even Best Buddied), with 100% IVs if possible. It’s expensive, no doubt, but at least it doesn’t take Legendary candy, right?

Because the format is so centralized, and most everything is equally accessible, there won’t be a split between Budget and Advanced for Premier. Just use what you can!

Remember: you will want to have all 3 moves on basically all of these Pokémon. While you may be able to find success with lesser investments, you will absolutely find more success with a full 3moved team.

Teams

Dragonite, Metagross, Togekiss
  • Dragonite: Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw and Hurricane (or Outrage/Draco Meteor)
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash* and Earthquake
  • Togekiss: Charm + Flamethrower and Aerial Ace/Ancient Power

Take the three best Pokémon, slap 'em all together and you’ve got a pretty dang solid team. Dragonite can beat non-BB Metagross in the 2-2 shield scenario, and can handle Magnezone if you shield Wild Charge, so you want to lead with it, since Metagross can put up a good fight against the other Steels with shields down. This team will struggle against teams with multiple Steel-types, though, since Togekiss has a solid chance of being dead weight, and you don’t have a clean anti-Steel answer.

Dragonite, Metagross, Magnezone
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash* and Earthquake
  • Magnezone: Spark + Wild Charge and Mirror Shot
  • Dragonite: Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw and Hurricane (or Outrage/Draco Meteor)

Double Steel! Like with any double scissors strat, you will struggle if you can’t effectively position your Dragonite into their Steel counter (be it Garchomp, Swampert, or something else). However, once you’ve got that out of the way, you can run wild! You'll specifically want to lead Dragonite with this team.

Metagross, Garchomp, Togekiss
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash* and Earthquake
  • Garchomp: Mud Shot + Outrage and Sand Tomb/Earthquake
  • Togekiss: Charm + Flamethrower and Aerial Ace/Ancient Power

Garchomp fills the role here of anti-Steel that can fight back against Dragonite, something Swampert really struggles against. Sand Tomb gives you more baiting power, whereas Earthquake hits much harder, so that’s up to you!

Togekiss, Snorlax, Swampert
  • Togekiss: Charm + Flamethrower and Aerial Ace/Ancient Power
  • Snorlax: Lick + Body Slam and Outrage/Superpower/Earthquake
  • Swampert: Mud Shot + Hydro Cannon* and Earthquake

Snorlax has a multitude of choices for secondary charged moves. Earthquake is at its best against Metagross. Superpower can oneshot a -2 Defense (Post-Wild Charge) Magnezone. Outrage deals a ton of damage to Dragonite and Garchomp. If you’re feeling exceptionally spicy, you can run Heavy Slam for a better hit on Togekiss, but that’s probably a bad idea.

Gyarados, Metagross, Togekiss
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash* and Earthquake
  • Gyarados: Dragon Breath + Crunch and Hydro Pump/Outrage
  • Togekiss: Charm + Flamethrower and Aerial Ace/Ancient Power

Gyarados: The not-technically-a-Dragon-type Dragon-type. Hydro Pump and Outrage is basically a preference call. Hydro gives you a huge STAB hit in the back, whereas Outrage lets you nuke down Dragon-types. This team can really struggle against anyone running Magnezone, so be careful!

Charizard, Dragonite, Swampert
  • Charizard: Fire Spin + Blast Burn* and Dragon Claw
  • Dragonite: Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw and Hurricane (or Outrage/Draco Meteor)
  • Swampert: Mud Shot + Hydro Cannon* and Earthquake

Fire is admittedly a little bit iffy in the Premier Cup. Poor matchups against Dragons and Swampert are hard to deal with. However, Charizard has one major advantage: it’s one of only a few Pokémon that can beat Metagross at a shield disadvantage, and that can be worth a lot! As a Fire-type, it also resists Charm. While you can’t beat Togekiss in the 2shield straight Blast Burn (Charm hits hard!), you can even win at a shield disadvantage if you can bait!

Conclusion

Premier Cup, at least at the time of writing, seems like a pretty centralized format, with only a few Pokémon that are really viable. Not only that, it seems incredibly reliant on getting lucky with a good lead. Those things combined can really limit the creative potential for the format. However, if you’ve got the Pokémon, and you don’t enjoy Master League, it could be a breath of fresh air!

Team Submissions

Got a team you really like that’s been performing well for you? Want it included here? Then please, either drop it in the comments below, or send it to me over Twitter at @InstantAirGael!

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