With Ubers choosing to remove it from their banlist I thought now would be a good time to discuss the removal of Swagger clause in LC now literally every other main singles tier has done so and even some of the OM's following ubers.
"Bbbbuuttt isn't swagger uncompetitive????" - This has already been discussed to death in these two threads. To quote fireburn
However, given various nerfs to confusion/paralysis/Prankster, it seems clear that the odds of getting a positive outcome from Swagger have been dramatically reduced such that it falls within the purview of "normal hax" (aka the odds of anything really impactful happening are minimal),
Murkrow - Literally banned now
Cottonee - Large 4MSS already, took a large viability hit this gen.
Riolu - Copycat not hitting dark types was a significant enough nerf to make this almost unviable
Purrloin - :/
Now lets look at some possible arguments as to why swagger would be kept on the ban list.
Could be used to allow free set up for sweepers like Zigzagoon or Shell Smashers. - This doesn't seem worse than the threats in other tiers like GeoXern, Double dance PGroudon, Ditto or Marshadow.
LC pokemon take 40 BP hits worse due to rounding than other tiers that allow swagger - Deoxys-Attacl literally KO's itself in confusion while comically the closest thing in LC would be cranidos.
+2 4 Atk Life Orb Deoxys-Attack Tackle vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Deoxys-Attack: 390-459 (161.8 - 190.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 236 Atk Life Orb Cranidos Tackle vs. 0 HP / 36 Def Cranidos: 14-18 (60.8 - 78.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Putting aside the ridiculous cases this is hard to disprove or prove without running a ton of calculations but is something I feel is actually true but not massively different to level 100 tiers. Just the first two calculations I ran to compare:
+2 76+ Atk Mienfoo Tackle vs. 0 HP / 196 Def Eviolite Mienfoo: 5-7 (23.8 - 33.3%) -- 0% chance to 3HKO
+2 252 Atk Jirachi Tackle vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Jirachi: 73-87 (21.4 - 25.5%) -- 0.5% chance to 4HKO
Other tiers have leftovers to mitigate confusion damage - Berry Juice exists.
So overall I feel like there isn't enough of a reason as to why LC would have Swagger banned when every other tier removed it for this gen. I'd love to hear why if anyone feels like there is a reason.