Name: Scout General Description: A Pokémon designed to get information about the opposing team as quickly and effectively as possible. Justification: Honestly I'm surprised we haven't done this one already. IMO hands down the biggest change from DPP to BW, perhaps the biggest change ever in the game was team preview. Information is often the most important part of strategy in games, but how we get it has drastically changed with team preview. Questions To Be Answered: How valuable is gaining and protecting information in the current metagame? How important is it to utilise pokemon that can fulfill different roles depending on stats/moveset/etc, and how can scouting these things early in the game give a player an advantage? What value does a Pokemon specializing in scouting have in the team preview metagame? Is scouting a playstyle or a pokemon? i.e. what is more important in scouting – the tools you have (moves, items, etc) or how you switch/attack/predict/etc? (I guess this would have to be answered in assessment so we can decide if we should create a mon with specific tools or one that gels smoothly with a scouting playstyle by indirectly forcing opponents to reveal things) Explanation: Hi CAP, it's been a while. I've always thought that the coolest part about CAP was talking in-depth about the nature of the metagame. In that sense I think discussing the importance of the information battle in a match would be really interesting and help us think about a part of the game that doesn't see much of the forefront (honestly, I was getting pretty sick of talking about weather, offense vs stall, which type is best/worst, etc). This is meant to be in the thread of (my favourite) concepts like Utility Counter, Momentum, etc. They generated a lot of really interesting discussion, and the CAP was more about the process then the end result (not that either of those end results were too shabby). In terms of the mon itself, there's lots of abilities, moves (Protect, Trick, etc) and other techniques that can be used to learn more about your opponents pokemon. I'm sure that there are many more that I've never thought of – ideally we could get input from some top players to learn more about scouting, which I figure is a pretty high-end skill. And yes, I know Kitsunoh was a scout but I think the scouting game has changed more than enough with team preview to warrant a fresh look. P.S. I haven't been around for some time and haven't played the BW2 meta too much so if you have any suggestions/comments I'd love to hear them.