Originally Posted by Fat Corkscrew
On a side note, is anyone else worrying that we're going to have a massive B tier compared to the other tiers?
I think we should tbh. Little cup has 212 pokemon in it. Of those, I can safely say 100+ of them are D-E teir or otherwise totally unusable (Frickin' sunkern). That means we have generously 100+ mons to work with. They cant all be winners, right? LC has a lot of mons that can do things, but look at it like this: when i have 212 choices, and only 6 slots to fill; and I see pokemon X who can perform a job for my team; what would compel me to use Pokemon X when Pokemon Y can do that job *better* or with more flexibility. Thats what the teiring system is for; to give you an idea of how viable a pokemon is in the current meta.
I will also agree with your point on Tirtouga, though I never tried the defensive set. The Shell Smash is surprisingly reliable.
Basically everything else said I will agree with, though the only i will touch on is abra because i think thats the only one that really needs an explination behind it: Lots of shit's faster or can tie with abra now a days. The hard part is breaking its sash. After that its really only a matter of time and player skill to see how long that Abra will last. Could it last forever and do a lot of damage in the right hands? of course. Could it just as easily sit on its ass and get rocked into oblivion by the hands (wings) (paws) of Murkrow houndour and the other residing sucker punchers? Yes. I see it on the ladder all the time. Abra is B specifically because of the words "Good in the current metagame" and "requires a bit more
support to bring out their full potential"