Originally Posted by Fat Cobraroll
Ironic how there were petition to ban Reuniclus to Ubers in early BW, and now it's close to dropping. Really illustrates how time can cause a metagame to change.
And I somehow suspect that the release of BW2 might have had a tiny influence on it too.
In the same regard, we were close to suspect test Volt-Turn for its brokenness. The same arguments are now recycled in the weather debate, whereas the loud voices against Volt-Turn have silenced. Things surely do change within a generation, and it will be exciting to see how the current top threats will fare in six months.
To be honest, that's the main reason why usage stats and tiering by usage is so fascinating to a biology student like me. The trends that competitive pokemon follow are a LOT like the trends evolving populations have. Volt-turn was really hard to play against when it was first discovered, but overtime, the community adjusted to it, and found ways to play against it without weakening their teams. Because of this, people stopped using Voltturn as much because the main way to stop it [hyper offence?] picked up in popularity and became the new norm. Likewise, Reuniclus was super overpowered at the start of Black and White because it could easily find a free turn or two to set-up some Calm Minds. But over time, the entire tier has evolved to become so much more fast paced, especially after the release of new threats into the environment [T-t, Keldeo, Genesect], that Reuniclus struggles to find its 1-2 turns of set-up that it got back at the start of gen 5, and thus has faded away into obscurity. Its Trick Room set also lacks the sheer power to OHKO things like some other threats have, therefore it's overshadowed by bigger threats. Just my thoughts on stats and stuff, I'll stop rambling now.
Other than that, I'm pleasantly surprised that Keldeo and both Landorus have finally been getting the recognition they deserve, at least in terms of stats.
And am I the only person that is completely PUZZLED as to why Dragonite is all the way up at #5? Seriously? It's good, but it isn't THAT good :/