Spoiler Alert!i no im a weak l8 shutup. My memory has betrayed me quite a bit I'm sure, so this update ain't gonna be too long and/or very accurate.
Started off by headin' to Lostlorn t' catch my first new team member; a Swadloon. Equipped it with a Soothe Bell and headed off t' Driftveil; where my rival interrupted me. I forgot 'bout that instance, and given that I was underleveled, I didn't expect t' win... his Tranquil offed Swadloon in one Air Cutter. Made me sad, much as I expected it.
Next round, two X Atk, X Sp.D and X Defends allowed me t' barrel through his Tranquill, only to be met by the damn Pignite. I was just shy of a 3HKO, and it's STAB Fire-type attack ruined Swadloon in one hit... ;_; I could win the match by spammin' X-items, but I decided against it and instead went off t' kill a bunch'a Audino. Level grinding as well as increasin' it's happiness, two Pidove with one Rock Slide. I didn't attempt t' beat Cheren again 'til I had a newly-evolved Leavanny. Still had t' use X-items, but I managed to win that time.
Caught a Ducklett on my way across the bridge, and immediately went t' Route 6 to nab a Deerling. I figured Jump Kick would be essential to beatin' Clay, since his Excadrill's Rock Slide would punish Leavanny 'n Ducklett pretty hard. After grindin' on the gym trainers and Team Plasma's derps, my two new Pokes both caught up t' Leavanny's level and I felt I was ready for the battle.
... But things went horribly wrong. Ducklett attacked itself after bein' confused by Krokorok's Swagger. Deerling ate FOUR CRIT ROCK SLIDES IN A ROW from Excadrill, completely disregarding the X-Defends. Leavanny died to a crit eventually as well. Take two wasn't much better, as Ducklett had a repeat performance of fail, and Jump Kick missed the second time after a critical hittin' Slash, leadin' to Deerling's demise. Leavanny was once again crit to death.
Third times the charm though, and everythin' finally went accordin' to plan. Ducklett avoided attackin' itself and OHKO'd with Scald, Deerling went toe-to-toe with Excadrill and came out on top, and Leavanny overkilled Palpitoad. Quake Badge get! I ****in' earned that one... ._.;
The team is as follows:
Leavanny♂ @ Scope Lens, Lv. 31
Ducklett♀ @ Expert Belt, Lv. 29
Deerling♂ @ Eviolite, Lv. 29
I've recently thought 'bout the HM slave rule. Pretty sure it'l hardly be irritating in BW1/2, but what about past games, where almost every HM is used somewhat regularly? I might need t' get rid of the rule... but whether or not I do is yet to be seen.