BW2 Playstyles: Discussion Thread Our metagame is surrounded with weather. Let's face it, be real. Now, we have all this going with it, how is our metagame evolving? Which playstyles are the most effective? Which playstyles are the worst? Anyways, this is a thread for playstyle discussion. Please stay on topic, and avoid lengthy and useless arguements. Example: <Guy 1> sun stall sux o_O <Guy 2> care to say y? <Guy 2> no reply aeh <Guy 1> its hard so ye <Guy 2> so? <Guy 1> so this! <Guy 1> / <Guy 1> / <Guy 1> / <Guy 1> / <Guy 2> biiiaaatttccchhh!!!! Guy 2 was Permabanned by ~chaos Rain Obviously, the most common playstyle, since it's really easy to build a rain team. Rain teams generally SPAM powerful moves such as Waterfall, Surf, Hurricane, adn Thunder, or take more defnsive approach using moves like Scald. Rain teams generally carry powerful Pokemon that can easily blast there way past opponents or use defensive Pokemon that gain most of their utility from the rain. An example of this are Keldeo and Tentacruel. Rain Offense Rain Balance Rain Stall Sun Sun teams aren't the easiest teams to play out there. There main weather inducer, Ninetales, is cursed with a disadvantage against all Tyranitar, Politoed, and Hippowdon, making winning the weather wars mandatory for the team's success. However, since Chlorophyll and Drought aren't banned, sun teams have a relatively easy time to secure the match. Drizzle and Swift Swim were banned, since most users of Swift Swim got there STAB doubled, unlike Chlorophyll, where its only distributed to Grass-types. Sun is another great weather in this metagame, however, its harder to pull off unlike rain and sand. Sun Offense Sun Balance Sun Stall Sand The most-used weather of early BW1 and late BW2, Sand is an excellent playstyle, and its users are very good. Tyranitar provides a beastly attack stat as well as utility in Stealth Rock and Pursuit, while Hippowdon is good considering it doesn't have to face Dugtrio shenanigans, and has great bulk. While they lack less abusers, they still have a niche in anti-weather support and Sand Rush, with Stoutland and Sandslash the main abusers. Sand Offense Sand Balance Sand Stall Hail Hail is the least-used weather, but has niche. It pretty much destroys every other playstyle, if used correctly. While it doesn't bring anything special, it's nice to counter the opponent's weather, which rain teams will struggle due to them wanting to SPAM Hurricanes and thunders and Sun will lose there Chlorophyll abuse and boosted Fire Blast(s). There aren't the best abusers out there, but they are pretty good, such as Overcoat Forretress and SubRoost Kyurem taking Hail into account with its great stalling abilities. Blizzard is one of the main things it does, since it boosts its accuracy to a 100% which is cool. This has turn into a term called "BlizzSPAM" Hail Offense Hail Balance Hail Stall Weatherless This is certainly viable. First of all your wasting a team slot for rain, while this may not seem big, imagine how many Pokemon you need to win the weather war. That's a lot! Weatherless teams usually focus on hazards and breaking through most teams with brute force or staying solid and having proper support to cover threats, while having a solid backbone. Weatherless is the most-used playstyle, so don't be afraid to give it a shot! Weatherless Offense Weatherless Balance Weatherless Stall Other There are certainly other playstyles out there. The first is DragMag, which involves a steel trapper like Probopass -__- or Magnezone. After steel-types have been removed, dragon-types such as Haxorus will steamroll through entire teams. Next is VoltTurn, which involves almost every Pokemon having either U-turn or Volt Swittch to keep momentum and ease prediction. Trick Room and F.E.A.R are also used. Most of these playstyles are run on weatherless teams, but have usage on weather teams too, since they can have both utilities at the same time. Experiments... DragMag VoltTurn Trick Room Choice Discuss! This is thread for Playstyle discussion, so discuss all you want, and argue, ye. Regardless, I'll post some quotes from you guys under each playstyles, if there solid, but until then.. discuss this. What to keep in mind: Which playstyle is the easiest to deal with? Are some playstyles unplayable? Are some playstyles taking over the metagame? Which playstyle is the most effective and why? Please stay on topic, and keep it with variety. Thanks.