Name: Rock the Boat
General Description: A Pokemon that introduces an entirely new strategy to the metagame
Justification: The metagame tends to become more stagnant over time, as the bad playstyles are weeded out and the best few recieve more attention. For example, Rain Offense and Deoxys-D hyper Offense are regarded as dominant playstyles right now, while other playstyles like Sun Stall and Trick Room gather dust in a corner. The goal of this concept is to see what would happen if an entirely new playstyle was introduced.
Questions to be answered:
What other possible playstyles are out there?
What would it take to make them viable?
How would the metagame adapt to an entirely new playstyle? Would formerely unviable playstyles that fare well against the new playstyle become more common? Would existing playstyles shift to exclude the newcomer, possibly sending it back to uselessness?
Explanation: First off, I want to make it clear that I am not suggesting we make something like Hail/Trick Room/Baton Pass good. I am suggesting something completely out of the blue, or something that has formerely been a 100% failure. This concept aims not to teach us so much about the CAP, but more about the surrounding metagame, specifically what it takes for a playstyle to be successful, and what the old standbys would have to do to adapt. It also would teach us with what was rejected, by giving us ideas of what other playstyles might exist, waiting to be discovered. It would also give us a better idea of what it takes exactly to make a playstyle good.
You just went and posted the most hellish thing I have ever seen in the history of Pokemon, right behind Swagger+Thunder Wave Sableye in hail.-- BlackLight, speaking of my Gravity Jirachi.