CAP 17 CAP 6 - Part 4 - Primary Ability Poll 1

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Korski

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Alright that was a very informative discussion! Our Abilities Leader and Topic Leader have provided us a generous slate of options to choose from for CAP 6's Primary Ability, so we will use this series of polls to narrow that list of options down to one.

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This poll will be open for 24 hours. These are the abilities you may vote for:

Intimidate
Motor Drive
Regenerator
Sand Rush
Unburden
Water Absorb


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CAP 6 so far:
Name: Show Me Your Moves!

General Description: A good user of moves with effects not frequently used in the OU metagame.

Justification: There are many moves in Pokémon with great effects, but they often end up unused. Moves such as Gravity, Snatch, and Safeguard have potential in OU, but they are neglected for several reasons: the moves are apparently overshadowed, have poor distribution, or are inefficient compared to another strategy. This CAP uses a combination of typing, ability, and stats to make these underused moves not only feasible, but also capable.

Questions To Be Answered:
  • What mechanics of Pokémon determine how viable moves are?--not only the Pokémon's typing, stats, and ability, but also its interaction with playstyles and momentum.
  • What new strategies might emerge by giving a new OU Pokémon underused moves?
  • What challenges do Pokémon that use lesser-used moves face compared to ones that use a more standard moveset?
  • If the Pokémon has options of staple OU moves (high-powered STABs, offensive stat-boosting moves, reliable recovery, Substitute), will those moves be useful to it, even if it's specialized toward a separate and distinct strategy?
  • Can underused moves increase other underused moves' viabilities?
  • Can one user of a strategy unrecognized in a metagame massively influence a pre-existing playstyle?
Typing: Steel / Flying
 
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Intimidate
Motor Drive
Sand Rush

Disappointed that Gluttony and Rock Head didn't make the slate.
 
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Stratos

Banned deucer.
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Intimidate
Water Absorb
Motor Drive
Regenerator
Unburden
Sand Rush

Despite nyktos's valiant attempt, I don't believe "win harder" will help our cap be ou
 
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Motor Drive
Intimidate
Water Absorb

Unburden

MD could force a switch and aid in the speed department, but is very situational. The next two could provide a decent opportunity to force a switch, but will likely require a very high base speed stat to aid sweeping. Unburden won't help set up, but it will help sweep, so we would likely have to opt for more defense instead of speed to aid set-up. Overall I don't think that any ability alone is a good choice for a BD sweeper, and a lot of help will need to come from the statspread.
 
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