Originally Posted by Fat Shammas
Sabeleye is an excellent Deo-D counter, but can be difficult to fit into teams. Prankster taunt lets you keep them from setting up anything more than the rocks or one layer spikes on the switch, but you have to switch into something else to KO. It also opens up the door for you to either burn Deoxys, something else, or make an accurate prediction as to what they'll bring in to avoid the WoW. 90% of the time this is Heatran. If you pair Sableye with something like Conk, this allows to bring in Conk on the Heatran switch and bulk up, allowing you to do some real damage.
I sort of disagree with Sabeleye being a Deoxys counter given that most Sableye's get shut down by magic coat if they taunt or wow turn one. It's kind of a prediction matchup (similar to the one undergone by Deo-d vs Deo-d if they both have magic coat), and while I think Sabeleye is kind of in the advantageous position here I think just flat out 2HKOing and surrendering stealth rock which you can spin away later or just play through it. I think it's better to just take the safe route and go into damage control as opposed to risking letting it get more hazards for a chance to completely shut it down.