Rethinking past bans in the current metagame.
I'm feeling a little rebellious~
OK, we've entered a new metagame with the advent of Black 2 and White 2. A metagame that heavily favors Rain, for reasons that I'm pretty sure are clear to all of us. The thing is, this metagame is BRAND new. The newly introduced Pokemon never had to contend with Pokemon that we've banned since before they were released (Shaymin-S, Garchomp, Blaziken, Thundrus-I, Excadrill, etc).
I really can't be bothered to write some long post where I'll probably just repeat myself over and over, so I'm just going to cut straight to the chase: I want to know why we haven't yet established a Suspect metagame like we had in DPP. I want to know why people are opposed to unbanning Blaze Blaziken (a clearly unbroken Pokemon) and Rough Skin Garchomp (ehh, we'll see). These two Pokemon were banned because of their respective abilities, Speed Boost and Sand Veil. Both have alternate abilities available to them that in my opinion would not cause them to be broken in the current metagame.
People say that this is an ugly ban, a complex, inelegant ban. I disagree. Look at our history. We've banned Pokemon, items, an ability, and we've had a complex ban with Drizzle + Swift Swim. We clearly don't have any kind of "ban ruleset" that we have to restrict ourselves to. If a ban (or in the case I'm arguing, an UN-ban) would make the metagame more enjoyable, I think we should do it. Nobody is hurt by allowing Blaze Blaziken. People will enjoy using Rough Skin Garchomp. The only other time we've had a complex ban, the Drizzle + Swift Swim one, was obviously fantastic for the metagame, and benefited everyone. Why is Pokemon + broken ability frowned upon, when Drizzle + Swift Swim is not? I'd just like you to reflect upon this for a moment.
What I'm really getting at though, is that we need a Suspect metagame. It was a massive success in DPP, and frankly I'm astounded that we haven't incorporated one yet in a metagame such as our current one, with many things hanging on the edge of brokenness (Manaphy, Excadrill and possibly even Darkrai), and some that are clearly not broken under certain circumstances (Blaze Blaziken and Rough skin Garchomp). A metagame where these Pokemon can be tested in a closely controlled enviroment , either one at a time or all together (I'd like to see the discussion on this, as if we only do one at a time, the suspects may be subject to over-preparation), would really, really help us determine whether or not they should be allowed in standard play. I'm not criticizing any past bans at all: I think that every single one of them was justified AT THE TIME of the ban. But with this new and completely different metagame, I think it's time we gave these guys a second chance.
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Last edited by Cherub Agent; Aug 27th, 2012 at 1:43:42 PM.