Ahh stats, my favorite time of the month. Thank you Antar! Though I will say it feels weird considering we had half-month stats to work with.
The Pokes who came on strong in the 2nd half:
1. Cresselia +4.965% from 1st half
2. Nidoqueen +3.14%
3. Durant +2.96%
4. Qwilfish +1.481%
5. Absol +1.257%
The top 3 are all pretty much expected, with the 2 suspects at the top and a fairly recently re-released Durant at number 3. Qwilfish at number 4 is pretty interesting. I would've expected it to go to Poliwrath given what I've heard about the physically bulky waters, but Qwilfish is still solid. And it was a great second half for Absol. It went from borderline RU to something that will most likely rise up come the next month.
The Pokes who stumbled in the 2nd half:
1. Dusknoir -1.577% from 1st half
2. Magmortar -1.412%
3. Sceptile -1.324%
4. Bouffalant -1.323%
5. Moltres -1.295%
It appears the fact that Dusknoir =/= Cofagrigus is starting to sink in, although I wouldn't guarantee this trend will continue as strongly next month. I talked about Magmortar's huge rise in the 1st half stats, and this seems to indicate a bit of regression towards the mean, so to speak. Still a net gain for him over this month, though. Sceptile has the second largest drop over the course of the entire month (behind Uxie), but it still only dropped him one spot. I don't see him dropping to much further. I'm not sure about Bouffalant, never used him. But I think he's pretty good in RU right? If Moltres had top-tier usage to go with its top-tier viability rank, I would brush it off like I brushed off Sceptile. But he doesn't so this trend makes absolutely no sense to me.
And now some predictions for fun:
Fortunes Rising: Rotom (Neutral)
Despite a falling this month, it appears to be more of a "regression to the mean" when sided with his massive jump from September to October. Throw in he's the only Ghost-type capable of beating Kabutops and I expect to see a rise to just below where he was in October.
Fortunes Falling: Rotom (Mow)
Pretty much the opposite of his neutral form, he appeared to rise this month in a "regression to the mean" fashion. However, he also fell off in the second-half of the month, so he appears to be trending downward on the whole. However, I can't think of anything negative to say about him metagame wise so I would love to be proven wrong.
Bold Prediction of the Month: Primeape falls to NU
He has a similar trend to Rotom-Mow, but his usage is actually low enough where it might matter. His rise this month was pretty insignificant compared to his huge drop immediately after a Ghost-type left the tier. That to me seems more telling of his ultimate fate.
Will think of something creative later (or not)...