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Old March 9th, 2013 (1:30 PM).
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Anyone else completely ignore tiers when choosing their competitive pokemon, instead opting to choose your favourites and totally rock the competitive scene with your bros? Personally, I've been kicking major behind in OU and Ubers with Scyther, Jigglypuff, Venomoth, Machamp, Nidoking and Sharpedo.

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Old March 9th, 2013 (1:55 PM).
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I don't completely ignore the tiers, but I try to use my faves when I can. Evolite Munchlax is actually really good so I use him a lot. Then another favorite of mine, Sableye works pretty well competitively because of Prankster, so luckily a few of my faves are decent competitively

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Old March 10th, 2013 (11:07 PM). Edited March 11th, 2013 by Redew.
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I play to win, so I go by the tiers. I don't necessarily have a /favorite/ group of Pokemon (except for Dratini because it is so cute <3,) but I usually pick a favorite of a tier and build around that / them. If they end up not working then I can replace them with no remorse.

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I don't completely ignore the tiers, but I try to use my faves when I can. Evolite Munchlax is actually really good so I use him a lot. Then another favorite of mine, Sableye works pretty well competitively because of Prankster, so luckily a few of my faves are decent competitively :)
Munchlax works in RU (although if it does currently I'd have to go with not really,) but don't take my word on it.
Old March 10th, 2013 (11:14 PM).
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Winning is always my utmost priority but I want to be a boss while doing it so I go with favorites more often than not. Gotta love Choice Band Escavalier under Trick Room lol.
Old March 10th, 2013 (11:20 PM).
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Not really unfortunately. I would if I could though, most of my favourites are rather bad in competitive battling so I tend to avoid them quite a bit unless I feel like mucking around or really desperately want to fit it in my team. Although used to do it ages ago until I sadly realised I couldn't win without figuring the best strategies and better Pokemon. :(
Old March 30th, 2013 (4:19 PM).
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Old April 3rd, 2013 (1:17 AM).
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Wouldn't use it in OU, luckily a lot of my favourite Pokemon competitively are found in NU so I have no issue with using them in NU n_n
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Old April 6th, 2013 (9:21 AM).
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It is in my opinion a silly notion that you cannot use your favourites simply because tiers exist. On the contrary, tiers actually facilitate people who want to use their favourites by relegating pokemon that are too powerful for them to the higher tiers. This problem, I think, has to do with the mindset of most competitive battlers that OU is the only "real" tier where serious battles may exist, and that some of them get offended when their favourites do not make it into the tier.

It is therefore, in my opinion, a better solution to simply pack up and move to the tier where most of your favourites reside, and be the best within that tier where your favourites can shine without the threat of overpowering top-tier pokemon from the tiers above.
Old April 6th, 2013 (7:15 PM).
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I've found you can use some Pokemon not considered competitively viable in a tier where it's not meant to be as long as it excels at the role you want it to do. Simply putting your favourite Pokemon on a team because you like it even though there are better options is silly but if it does a role well but sucks in other areas, good play and a good team will still allow it to excel.

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Old April 6th, 2013 (9:06 PM).
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