I know a lot of people who prefer to face unique and original teams as opposed to the same old overused stuff you tend to see all the time, hell you reading this right now could very well be one of those people. I've always had my personal opinion of how valuable originality and "creativity" in team-building; I believe it's a good thing if it helps you win, but a few things got me thinking about originality in Pokemon choice and team building, and just how much people like to see original team choices as opposed to the same old stuff. You might want to make yourself comfortable because this is going to be a long read. Several months ago I went to the VGC13 regional in Birmingham, England. I decided instead of using my more "standard" and arguably superior team, I'd go for something a fair bit different to the norm, and my main strategy for VGC13 was a team revolving around Drifblim and Eelektross, with Amoonguss and Cresselia supporting them. Now, at a glance some of my opponents praised me for my use of Drifblim and Eelektross as unique and interesting choices to build my team around, but I was pretty certain that would all change the moment I revealed the strategy behind the team: Having Drifblim Baton Pass Minimize stacks to Eelektross and then have Cresselia Psych Up on Eelektross to get the Evasion stacks itself, resulting in two Pokemon you can't hit beating the crap out of you. I honestly went in expecting this strategy to piss off every person I used it on, but to my surprise my opponents more often than not praised my strategy purely because it was something wildly different to the norm, despite the fact that it had to be incredibly irritating to face and effectively removed all skill from the match and turned it into a game of luck that was quite stacked in my favour. This surprised me and got me thinking: are people so happy to see something unique in competitive Pokemon that they don't care how cheap the strategy behind it is? Would they be happier to play the luck game against a bunch of Pokemon they rarely, if ever faced rather than a game of skill against the overused crowd? It certainly seemed that way based on the reactions this team got. Then Worlds came along, and I'm willing to bet most of you expected these guys, as the best players in the entire world, to be using nothing but the overused 'Mons and caring nothing for "creativity" or "uniqueness" in their team-building, right? Well to be fair you'd be right on the latter part of that since these guys obviously don't care for creativity; they care about winning. This is the biggest stage to decide who the best player in the world is after all, you don't compete at Worlds for any reason other than winning the big one. Yet this didn't stop guys like Sejun Park bringing an Eviolite Magmar into the game, or Ben Gould taking 4th place at Worlds with a team containing Eviolite Rhydon. Even last year saw Wolfe Glick use a Harvest Exeggutor with Power Swap to dump the Sp.Attack drops from Leaf Storm onto the enemy Pokemon, a rather unorthodox strategy by a Pokemon that many would underestimate at a glance. So why would these guys choose these picks for Worlds? They're unique, yes, and they're unpredictable, and that's part of the key to their success. In a game with as many potential strategies, movesets etc. as Pokemon has, there's no way anyone can prepare for them all or make a team that can easily handle all potential strategies you could face, so using some of those strategies to catch people off-guard can give you the edge you need at the highest level of play; using nothing but overused 'Mons doing the same-old same-old they always do is only going to make you horribly predictable at that stage, and while Ray Rizzo may have won using a team of nothing but "standard" 'Mons in VGC12, the way he used them was nothing like the standard way your average player would have used them. So yeah, originality was big at Worlds, and I know players praised these guys for their unique Pokemon choices, despite the fact that they never used them for the sake of creativity, they used them to gain an extra edge over the competition. So player intent still doesn't seem to stop people from praising originality in team building either, which interested me further. So that's why I've made this thread: How do you feel about originality, and creativity in team building? Is seeing a Pokemon in a competitive match that you rarely ever see worth the praise when it's doing nothing but spamming Double Team/Minimize or OHKO moves? Does it still have the same merit when it's not being used for the sake of uniqueness, only as an extra edge to win? Discuss away.