Scyther is not worthy to consider it B rank, to be honest. Scyther needs a lot of support to work well. Scyther's main flaw is his huge weakness to Stealth Rock; this means that Scyther, literally, cant work without Rapid Spin support. Yeah, I know that there other Pokemon that have the same weakness as Scyther, like Moltres, for example. I take a look, because there are huge difference between both: Firstly, Moltres has the ability to fear a half metagame by itself; Scyther cant do this, there a lot of Pokemon that can easily check Scyther without high risk, like Steelix for example; and secondly, Moltres can use Roost with succesfully; if Scyther use Roost, put it in huge disadvantage, since it will lack a really important coverage move, and this essentially affect in his sweep capability. Swords Dance is probably Scyther's best set, but even with that Scyther needs plenty of support to work effectively. Even with +2, Scyther is not difficult to check, there a lot of Pokemon that can outspeed it and OHKO back like Sceptile, Durant, Swellow, Choice Scarf Rotom or Tauros for name few. Still there are a lot of defensive Pokemon that can succesfully check it such as Steelix, Rhydon or Misdreavus, and those can hit really hard back or cripple it with status. Furthemore, Scyther has issue with item, if it use Eviolite it can get multiple Swords Dance much more easier, but Scyther becomes to be really weak to status, and Pokemon that lures Scyther like Uxie or Cresselia, both can predict his switch and easily cripple it with Thunder Wave; if Scyther use other item like Lum Berry, it becomes less weak to status and can set-up easier on Cresselia and others, but it lacks the great bulk that Eviolite provides. Finally, its type combination is not great, simply, because Pokemon that Scyther could set up easily, like Grass-types, most of them have a coverage move that hits Scyther supereffective, and make much more difficult find a moment to set up with Scyther.
Overall, Scyther is fine on C Rank, it needs plenty of support to work effectively.
Last edited by Slory; Nov 22nd, 2012 at 2:00:39 PM.