Originally Posted by Fat Meru
This. Can someone explain to me why it's fair that hyper offensive pokemon that invalidate stall are allowed to run rampant (re: pretty much every other tier). However, for (arguably) the first time in tiering history, there is a defensive pokemon that "invalidates" hyper offense, and that is a bannable aspect? What makes it so much more acceptable to have a team of 6 defensive powerhouses be useless than a team of 6 offensive powerhouses? Curious if there's actual reasoning behind it.
Yeah, i noticed this a month or so back. The theoretical excuse is that a lot of those ridiculous, sheer-strength pokemon have checks, while the HO destroyers have counters and waaaah our momentums all gone dx. The prototypical examples are up in ou, with kyurem-B and excadrill.
The reason is really that most people prefer to run offensive teams, and thus the banning shifts that way. It would've happened much earlier, but earlier generations were much stallier than this one is.
As for a pokemon invalidating an entire playstyle... *shrugs* That might be true, but i'm going to ask:Would this even be an issue if everyone loved stall teams and loved playing them?