Originally Posted by Fat /B/utterfree
You better put Roserade on that poll. I will be suitably outraged if those free KOs on the switch and free Sleep Powders don't make Roserade a pain to counter in UU. She also partners extremely well with nearly every other UU Poke in the tier, and requires more than one check in order to be dealt with because of her raw power and Sleep Powder. Running HP Fire or HP Ground to deal with whatever Steel thinks it can wall Roserade is all too amusing, too.
I can't wait for Technician Roserade to be released so I can try it out to see if it expands her versatility, as if being a hazards setter, offensive pivot, and Special Sweeper weren't enough. She also monopolizes the "Grass-type" role often found in most FWG Cores, only really having Shaymin as the other option unless you're digging into RU/NU territory else.
Roserade isn't the best simply because there isn't anything that Roserade does the best. Shaymin is far better as an offensive poke because you don't have to use Leaf Storm/Giga Drain as primary STAB (one being powerful but generating free turns for the opponent, one being weak), has better Natural Bulk, has a better movepool (Seed Flare, Air Slash, and Earth Power hitting everything but Bronzong, replace Air Slash with HP Fire and you're good), and Seed Flare is just an awesome move with a lot of wallbreaking potential. Frosslass is better as a hazards setter, as Frosslass guarantees at least one (a lot of times two, and against other hazard setting leads, three) layer of spikes, and it also has the blistering speed combined with Destiny Bond to really get a niche as far as that goes. And while Sleep Powder is nice, it's not really worth the time of day to waste a team slot that could be something better simply because the movepool of Roserade has a shaky accuracy sleep-inducing move.
If you've read the thread, the best is either Kingdra, Raikou, or (most likely) Heracross. Roserade is really good, but it's not the best. It requires support, free opportunities, and can be ruined pretty easily if the opponent brought a competently built team.