Super excited for Stoutland finally dropping (I've been waiting so patiently for it to fall) because NU finally gets a bulky normal type with access to Roar, to prevent it from becoming set-up fodder *cough* Miltank *cough*. Seriously, Miltank is cursed with a movepool that has everything it could ever want - except for a phazing move.
Anyways, I've been running a set of:
and it's working out amazing. Because it's a generic normal-type, the stat spread is relatively balanced. It boasts a decent Base 85 HP, some very nice natural bulk (which becomes even more impressive with investment), a Base 100 Attack (even un-invested, STAB Returns still hurt), and it's relatively fast for a wall, with base 80 speed. Wish support from Alomomola makes it really difficult to break through. On the offensive, it gets access to Scrappy, so a banded set with Return/Superpower/Crunch/filler could be viable and fun to try as well.
Roselia is cool to see dropping down, but this makes NU's need for some more viable rapid-spinners even more urgent. I think I'll stick to Vileplume as my new defensive grass though, as it has better defence, and Effect Spore is too much fun to pass up. I wish it could run both Leech Seed (3rd gen event) and Effect Spore (5th gen dream world) on the same set, but alas, I need to choose between them :[
Absol leaving is upsetting, but I never really used it. The main reason I'll miss it is that Skuntank's usage will rise now, and I ABSOLutely hate Skuntank :/
Snover leaving is also rather whatever, as I only faced hail once or twice, and didn't use it myself.
Emboar was something that I only recently started using, and it was alright. Not too bothered by this one either.
I'm slightly upset to see Cinccino leave just because it was SO easy to kill. As soon as it comes in, switch to Rocky Helmet Miltank, and watch it take around 85%, plus even more if it had Life Orb. If it had switched into rocks, it would be dead. I guess it's nice to see go, because I don't have to run a RHMiltank on every team I make now.
NOOOOOOOO, WHY TAKE THE MUSHROOM AND NOT THE FISH :(
Seriously Amoongus, you will be missed. A lot. I had just recently developed/discovered a Sub/Spore/2attacks set, and I was loving it. Sub on the switch (everyone predicts spore and sleep-fodders something) and then decide whether their switch-in is worth sporing or not. A lot of times, I'd rather just kill what they sent in (or at least do massive damage to it) and switch out. It allowed me
to choose what I wanted to sleep, and cripple something that was actually threatening to my team. Amoongus also had THE definition of a free sub, due to Regenerator. I feel it's a set that only works in NU, as Stun Spore is really valuable in the higher tiers. Vileplume/Roselia (Tangela LOL) just can't fill the roll it held, so I foresee a ton more Ludicolo and Gorebyss in the future, along with the obvious rise in psychics.
And I swear, if people honestly think that Alomomola/Tangela can become the new A-A core, you're just sadly mistaken.