Gonna go with the submission I posted previously, with a few tweaks.
Hyper Offense Revival
Many say that stall is dead. However, another style of play has been dying recently too: Hyper Offense. This CAPmon would attempt to bring back the playability that Hyper Offense once had before the ban of key players in the Hyper Offense playstyle.
By making a CAPmon that supports Hyper Offense, we would be bringing a style of play back into the fold. Rather than seeing weather on every other team, more variety would be introduced to the OU metagame. The most used OU Pokemon rarely change. For example, the top eight Pokemon in the month of August were Politoed, Scizor, Ferrothorn, Dragonite, Heatran, Tyranitar, Jirachi, and Gliscor. All of them are consistently used on weather teams, with two even being weather starters. With the reintroduction of a playstlye, this could again add variety to the OU metagame, by changing the types of Pokemon that you would see on a regular basis.
Questions to be Answered:
- Can the Hyper Offense playstyle become viable again?
- Can the dominance of the weather and VolTurn playstyles be usurped?
- Can the roles of banned Pokemon be played just as well by a new Pokemon?
- Will there be more variety in the Pokemon that one would see in the OU metagame if Hyper Offense regains popularity?
- Will other playstyles become more popular as well to act as a counter to Hyper Offense?
- Which lesser-used Pokemon can benefit from the new buffer to Hyper Offense?
- Which OU Pokemon can most effectively take advantage of the Hyper Offense playstyle?
- Can a new threat introduced in Black and White 2 help Hyper Offense teams to be successful?
Ever since the ban of key Hyper Offense Pokemon such as Deoxys-S and Thundurrus, there has been a decline in the use of that playstyle, while other playstyles like weather and VolTurn have gained even more popularity. However, there are still many great offensive Pokemon out there, showing that it wouldn't take much for Hyper Offense to make an effective comeback. It just needs that little nudge to be great again. The goal of this CAPmon would be to create a Pokemon that can effectively bring this style of play back into the fold. With Black and White 2 bringing even more threats such as Keldeo and Genesect to the table, and the possible re-addition of Garchomp to the OU metagame, Hyper Offense is right on the brink of becoming a commonly seen playstyle again.
What makes this concept even more intriguing is that there are a few different options for what the new Pokemon could become. The new Pokemon could be similar to the great double screens lead that Deoxys-S used to be, or it could be created as the fearsome set-up sweeper that Thundurrus was. As a double screens lead, the CAP could benefit the set-up sweepers that Hyper Offense was renowned for, such as Terrakion or Dragonite. Currently, there are a few Pokemon that can fulfill this role of a Dual Screener, like Deoxys-D and Alakazam. However, none have been as successful as Deoxys-S, one of the reasons why Hyper Offense usage dropped once it was banned. As a set-up sweeper, it could fulfill the roll as a must-have on a Hyper Offense team that Thundurrus was, which nothing has truly replaced since. One of the newer threats from Black and White 2 could fulfill this role on a Hyper Offense team, however none have been used extensively in that playstyle yet, so it would be interesting to see how players tinker with their Hyper Offense teams should a CAPmon with this concept be made.
If Hyper Offense would return to its former glory, how would that effect the usage of the current most popular playstyles, weather and VolTurn? This is yet another reason why the reintroduction of Hyper Offense could be intriguing. Hyper Offense seeing an upward trend in usage would force players to counter it, and thus a playstyle like stall might be used more often. It would almost certainly create a wider variety in what Pokemon an OU player would normally see. While not used as often, behind the Dual Screens that are a trademark of Hyper Offense some lower tier set up sweepers, like Shell Smash Omastar, could see some usage. A wider variety of Pokemon seen and a shake-up in what playstyles are used are undoubtedly good for the metagame, so a revival in Hyper Offense could potentially help the OU metagame become more diverse.
Seeing which OU Pokemon can take advantage most, and what lesser-used Pokemon could benefit the most from the Hyper Offense CAP would be interesting as well. If the CAP would be a double screens lead, which would benefit more, Virizion or Cloyster? And would something like Belly Drum Linoone suddenly become viable? A Dual Screens CAP could potentially highlight the strengths of OU Pokemon that are low in usage, and lower tiered Pokemon as well. If the CAP were a set-up sweeper, would Deoxys-D or Alakazam see more use as a double screen lead? Or would Uxie have its time to shine? With the creation of another great offensive Pokemon that would push Hyper Offense over the edge to becoming viable again, which one of the array of Dual Screeners out there that would be most used would be interesting to see as well.
In conclusion, reviving the Hyper Offense playstyle could teach us so much about the OU metagame. Instead of this CAP being a Pokemon that fulfills a certain role in the current metagame, it could expand the metagame into a larger playing field, where more Pokemon could see consistent use. The very OU metagame itself could be shaken up by the introduction of a Hyper Offense-related CAP. Thank you for the consideration.