Originally Posted by Fat Lucchini
I don't think EV training is acceptable in an efficient run. Starmie does come on time for the dragon type gym (if you teach it Blizzard by TM) and it's useful against Iris, but its typing is overall not the best one for the E4 battles (dark and ghost type specialists there, and even Marshal's bulky fighters have Payback). It's honestly not all that special for a Pokemon that joins six gyms in to warrant a space in the highest tier.
So these tier lists are based of pokemon using random EV's? Seems too idiotic if people find themselves "disappointed" with their chosen pokemon. At least it explains why I rated these a tier higher than average (for most of them).
And does it really matter if starmie comes late? There's still plenty of gametime ahead of him (even some after the 8th gym). I'd agree about the use of a pokemon like Metagross is in-game. He's so late is basically for the E4.
Starmie is great because he has the speed, power, and movepool to abuse an expert belt and net numerous OHKO's in the game.