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Want to know a quick summary of the things that happened in the March Final 2022 (North America)? Read on to see the most used Pokemon, the Pokemon with the best win rate, the most used battle and held items, lanes for each Pokemon, where to watch the stream, as well as highlights that defined this tournament!

March Finals 2022
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The data here is based on the recent VOD stream released by the Official Pokemon UNITE YouTube channel.

March Finals 2022 Summary (North America)

Team Blossom Wins the March Cup with a Comeback!

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Team Blossom made an insane comeback during the last moments of the second game of the Grand Finals Reset, scoring just enough points to get the score lead as the match ended and winning them the match as well as the tournament. Team Nemesis and Team Lego placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Here's a summary of the Top 16 Teams with the corresponding Championship Points (CP) they earned in March Cup!

March Finals Tally (as of March 2022)

Pokemon UNITE - NA March Finals - March Finals CP

# Team Name Total CP Earned
1 GLADIATORS 2115
2 BLOSSOM 1992
3 FULL SEND 1815
4 BLVCKHVND 1576
5 LEGO 1575
6 NEMESIS 1546
7 GENGAR'S GOONS 1085
8 TACENDA ROSA 980
9 MILLENNIUM 726
10 TACENDA 710
11 IX GAMING 645
12 SKT 631
13 BRAVE BIRDERS 585
14 NO SWITCH-INS 515
15 SCC 432
16 EASTERNMEDIAGG 315

Team Nemesis Winning Streak

Pokemon UNITE - NA March Finals - Nemesis Streak

Team Nemesis showed a masterful performance by sweeping the Losers Semifinals, Losers Finals, and the Grand Finals without losing a single match. However, their streak ended in the Grand Finals Reset against Team Blossom.

Meta Highlights (North America)

Duraludon and Hoopa Enters the Pro Scene

Pokemon UNITE - NA March Finals - Duraludon and Hoopa

Duraludon and Hoopa are now available to be picked in professional matches, breathing new life to how competitive games are played. Teams did not hesitate in picking these Pokemon in their team comps. In fact, teams build their team comp around the two Pokemon.

Solo-Top Alternatives

Pokemon UNITE - NA March Finals - Solo-Top Alternatives

In competitive matches, teams normally put All-Rounders like Lucario or Machamp to take the solo-top role. However, with all the updates and the introduction of new Pokemon in the roster, teams are testing out alternative picks to take the solo-top role.

Wigglytuff Solo Top

Pokemon UNITE - NA March Finals - Wigglytuff Solo-Top

Wigglytuff is one of the alternative solo-top Pokemon picks that teams are experimenting on. In the first game of the tournament, the Purple Team made a bold move by pinning their Wigglytuff against the opponent's Lucario in the top lane. Unfortunately, Lucario still had the upper hand in the top lane due to its damage advantage, leading to the team winning the match.

Greedent Solo Top

Pokemon UNITE - NA March Finals - Greedent Solo-Top

Another alternative solo-top picks teams are trying is Greedent. This was done in the first game of the Losers Semifinals where the Orange Team picked Greedent to go against the Purple Team's Lucario. Greedent proved to be a stronger pick compared to Wigglytuff since it's more durable, more mobile, has more damage, and can heal itself.

Triple Supporter Tri-Lane

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In the first game of the Losers Semifinals, the Purple team picked 3 Supporter Pokemon in their team comp to go to the bottom lane. This decision was underwhelming because they lacked damage, and is against a stronger tri-lane. The match ended with the Orange Team having a huge score lead.

Duraludon Mark Removal with Full Heal

Pokemon UNITE -March Finals Full Heal

Duraludon's move, Dragon Pulse can quickly deplete a Pokemon's HP if it is marked multiple times. Because of this, Full Heal saw a lot of usage as it can remove the marks inflicted by Duraludon's attacks. This replaced Battle Item staples like Slow Smoke and Eject Button with a focus on mitigating burst damage received from Dragon Pulse attacks.

Blissey as Back up

Pokemon UNITE - March Finals Blissey and Alolan Ninetales Support

One more source of protection comes from Blissey and its support move, Safeguard, as it can also remove Duraludon's marks. Teams that used this Pokemon would always stay close to where the enemy Duraludon is and constantly cleanse the area of the marks.

Decidueye Comp for Duraludon Counter

The team Nemesis went against the grain and picked Decidueye as their team's main carry. The team's strategy revolved around funneling EXP to Decidueye so it can learn its moves as early as possible. Thanks to Defenders like Greedent and Slowbro that can disable the opposing team, Decidueye was able to get free hits at the opponent and its lack of mobility was mitigated because of the sufficient coordination.

This strategy proved to be effective as the team was able to outrange and outdamage team compositions that are centered around Duraludon.

Spirit Shackle Snipes

Pokemon UNITE - March Finals Decidueye Sniping with Spirit Shackle

Spirit Shackle was the go-to move because of its ability to deal damage to opponents and steal Wild Pokemon spawns from afar. On top of that, the move received a significant buff from Patch 1.4.1.7, making it deadlier than ever before. And, since team compositions in the current meta are not as agile compared to the previous meta, the move barely missed a target and was consistently applying pressure to the enemy team.

Nock Nock Suppressing Fire

Pokemon UNITE - March Finals Decidueye using Unite Move

We also saw plays where Nock Nock was consistently used to lay pressure to the opposing teams' HP during team fights over objectives. Instead of targeting the boss Pokemon, the player would focus on the enemy team to force them to disengage from the fight. If they still commit to the fight, they can easily be taken down due to their HP.

Greninja Surf Bursts

Pokemon UNITE - March Finals Greninja getting a Quadra Kill

Another strategy used by Nemesis is bringing back Greninja to the jungler role. Since the introduction of Hoopa in the meta, Eldegoss has seen a bit of downtrend in picks, thus reducing the powerful AoE heals and shields. This allowed the Greninja player to take advantage of multiple Surf activations from taking knocking down enemies one by one.

Picks and Win Rates (North America)

Pokemon Most Picked % Win Rate %
100% 100%
50% 40%
45% 40%
40% 60%
40% 60%
40% 60%
40% 60%
40% 20%
35% 40%
25% 0%
20% 20%
10% 0%
10% 0%
5% 0%
Pokemon UNITE Game8 TwitterGame8 Notes Hoopa emerged to be the most essential Pokemon in the March Finals! It's sheer utility capabilities just makes it a very dependable member in every team.
Blissey also appears to gain traction in the tournament mostly because Safeguard is used to clear marks left by Duraludon attacks!

Pokemon not shown here were not picked during the March Finals.

Most Picked Battle Item (North America)

Battle Item Most Picked %
48%
20%
10%
8%
8%
6%
Pokemon UNITE Game8 TwitterGame8 Notes Full Heal takes the cake for the most used battle item in the March Finals! This is mostly to clear marks left by Duraludon and prevent additional damage. This is really shaping up to be a Duraludon meta.

Battle Items not shown here were not picked during the March Finals.

Most Picked Held Item (North America)

Held Item Most Picked %
79%
68%
38%
25.0%
23%
20%
20%
10%
9%
7%
1%
Pokemon UNITE Game8 TwitterGame8 Notes Buddy Barrier continues to dominate as the most flexible held item to use in Builds. Muscle Band coming in second means that Atk Pokemon dominates the current meta over Sp. Atk Pokemon.

Held Item not shown here were not used during the March Finals.

Pokemon Lane Picks (North America)

Pokemon Top Pick % Jungle Pick % Bot Pick %
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-- 100% --
-- -- 100%
-- 100% --
-- -- 100%
100% -- --
-- 100% --
-- -- 100%
100% -- --
-- -- 100%
-- -- 100%
-- -- 100%
60% -- 40%

Pokemon not shown here were not picked during the March Finals.

Where to Watch March Finals 2022 (North America)

For the start of the North American March Finals stream, skip to the 03:04:20 timestamp.

The full livestream for the March Finals is available in the official YouTube channel of Pokemon UNITE. They usually stream the Monthly Finals so try catching it on scheduled times!

For the full schedule of the Championship Series, check out this article:

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