Thank god, this is being addressed again, :)
I said Ninetales deserved S-Rank
before and I say it again now.
The main argument as to why Ninetales isn't S-Rank, at least when I nominated it, was that it wasn't a good pokemon at all, besides
the drought support it brought. Regardless if that is true or not, we aren't nominating non-drought Ninetales as S-Rank, we are nominating Drought Ninetales.
The fact that Ninetales summons permanent Sun alone
makes it S-Rank material in my eyes. Neither Politoed nor Ninetales would be anywhere near S-Rank if not for weather. People bring up that Politoed is a good pokemon, and is more than just
a weather starter, and that's just not true. Politoed would not be used if not for Drizzle. This is the same thing for Ninetales.
Anyway Aldaron definitely worded it better, but I just wanted to throw my support behind it again. For prosperity:
Nominating Ninetales for S Rank
I can't see a way where Ninetales doesn't fit this description. Ninetales sets up an Automatic Constant Sunny Day for zero trade off. Drought could be argued to be the largest support any one pokemon can bring and it doesn't take Ninetales any turns to set it up; it just has to come in. Chlorophyll and Fire-type boost alone should push Ninetales' support rating to S Tier. If Politoed is S Rank(which it definitely is) then so is Ninetales.
"Pokemon who can support other Pokemon with very little opportunity cost ("free turns")."
Plus, I have no doubt that many people would say Sun could be a suspect.