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Structuring Your Team – Competitive Pokémon Guide

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Structuring a team is the most important part of Pokémon battling. Your team needs to be catered specifically for your style of play, and there is no right or wrong way to structure a team if it works for you.

Some players prefer all out offensive teams with three powerful offensive Pokémon of special attack, and another three of physical however these teams, while dangerous, can sometimes suffer from being shut down by a more tactical team with more balance.

My personal recommendation for the ideal team set up is to have:

The Lead is the first Pokémon that you send out, and you’re best off picking it based on the rest of your team. You want a lead Pokémon that’s able to start the game off to your play style.

The Sweeper is the position that ideally you would want at least one of your Pokémon to hold, while all of your Pokémon should have some offensive capability, the sweeper is the Pokémon that’s meant to hit hard. I would advise two sweepers, one physical and one special, however it’s your call.

The Wall is your defensive Pokémon, ideally with defence so high that it can take a hit from a powerful sweeper as though it’s nothing. It’s common to see a physical and special wall on a team.

The Wall Breaker exists to… you guessed it, break walls. A wall breaker doesn’t have to be as fast because it exists to defeat slow Pokémon. What it should have is decent attacking power in both its physical and special attack, so that it can hit hard with both. This means that your opponent can’t switch out to another wall safely as both of their defensive Pokémon are in danger.

The Annoyer/Support is a role that can sometimes be filled by the lead, or by your wall but it will generally do things to support your Pokémon by either healing them, or by making it more difficult for your opponent’s team to damage them through status moves.

These are my personal recommendations and I will break down each one in more detail to give you a better idea of how to make use of these roles. So join me next time when I will be breaking down the ideal lead!

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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