This applies for mainly OU metagame, but any other tiers works too. How do you guys come up with teams? Do you guys start looking up information on certain OUs, and find the ones that you think has the highest stats and plug them in your team? Or do you make something similar to a checksheet and pick off everything that might be essential for a team (ex: Phys. Wall, Spe. Wall, Tank, Phys. Sweeper, Spe. Sweeper, Mixed Sweeper, Stealth Rock, Rapid Spin, Toxic, Parz, etc?).
Or if you're like me, do you pick at least one of your favorite Pokemon, regardless of it's stats in the metagame, and plug it into your team anyways? Similar to a signature Pokemon. Like Lance's Dragonite in the anime, etc. Back during NetBattle, my teams always had a Gardevoir. I tested with so many Gardevoir sets that I eventually made my own that was not considered Standard by Smogon. However, it was effective against Jolteon, Vaporeon, and anything with "____ Absorb" ability.
Point being, how do you make your team? Do you spend countless hours into research on what Pokemon and what stats you would want in your team? Or what? I'm curious. If you're going to ask me how I've personally created my teams, and this may seem a bit serious, but this is how I've always been in competitive games:
That's how I finish a team. But once I think that team is well-suited enough, I move on to make a new team. Sounds wacky, but that's how I play metagame.a) Look at the tiers, pick out '6' Pokemon from a specific tier
b) Read all of the standard-sets from that specific tier, and try to memorize most of it
c) Think of 6 Pokemon that would work well in conjunction with each other, stats and typing first.
d) Think of movesets that would work in conjunction with typing
e) Once all of that is finished, distribute EVs. But before doing so, looking at how much Speed I need to outspeed certain types of Pokemon. (ie: How much speed would Dragonite need to outspeed standard T-tar that doesn't have DD) Apply the calculations, plug and drop.
f) Figure out my team's weaknesses by playing against people over and over.
g) Adjust EVs (but very rarely, moves) if necessary after countless battles.
PS ; Shoddy's interface sucks, the lag sucks, but worst off is that it doesn't have a Pokedex to help you. So you have to rely on Smogon for 100% of the research. I'm working on my new OU team as I am typing up this thread. Awesome.