Originally Posted by Fat Vix
Are we ready to kill off missy and gligar yet?
I dont think we can really say that until at least Feb's usage. They were released this month, it makes sense they're most used. By no means do I think the 3 unbanned threats are Overpowered, overcentralizing, or over anything. The biggest issue is that each one can run a plethora of sets better than any other mon - you're often hardpressed to find a reason not to use them - especially missy, who ( in all honesty) is the only worth while ghost type in LC. All the others are outclassed at spin blocking *and* sweeping and everything else.
I am surprised Mienfoo managed to remain the Number 1 fighting type over Scraggy or even Croagunk, though. Ironically; I've used scraggy more now that he has *more* checks and counters than I have in the last meta. he's just *more* fun to use thanks to the new offensive partners he has. Iunno; maybe im stupid (I mean; we all know I'm stupid. but like, maybe my reasoning is stupid).
Speaking of scraggy; I wouldnt say running Ice punch over ZHB is a one way choice. A *lot* of people assume you have Ice punch and will use their croagunk as a check (much like last meta) to fake out and vaccuum wav; amd being able to OHKO with ZHB is always a nice thing. In other words, the surprise value is nice, sometimes, though Ice Punch is a much better choice on the whole.
If Missy Murkrow and Gligar all remained unbanned (which in my opinion they should) I really think this meta will see a lot more shell smashers; for much the same reason the end of last round (I'm calling it a round despite it not being a round, just so i don't have to say "meta" all the time) drilbur became so popular - teams need to be prepared for SCraggy, AcroBat, SubPlots and Mixkrows etc etc etc that they often forget or wont be able to check Smashers. I'm not saying this is necessarily "bad"; (not checking threats is your own fault for poor team building) just that I see it happening soon.
I'm also surprsied that magnemite is as low as it is, what with Bronzor being as high as *it* is and the amount of things it walls
Their was something I brought up in mIRC a while back - I think RayJay was the only one around at the time, though - and that's that with Murkrow's prankster and it's awesome support pool; weather'd teams are more viable than ever (bar when vulpix was chillin). Sun teams can abuse Priority sunny day on both Krow and cottonee while Rain teams can use Krow's pirority rain/healing to hit hard during those 5-8 turns. I'd really like to see either of these picking up as It'd definitely add some flavor to the meta.
While we're (I am) on the topic of seldom used strategies; Trick room may also be pretty viable now that the majority of teams are trying to out speed each other now that 19 is the stat to beat; bulky setters like Bronzor can set it up and let slow, powerful, bulky threats hurt from there.