a villain cast among heroes
I feel the salty waves come in
I feel them crash against my skin
And I smile as I respire because I know they'll never win
Welcome to the fifth Suspect Test of Doubles OU! This time, instead of suspecting a new, different element in the metagame, we're going to revisit an old buddy pal of ours in Marshadow! Ever since it was first suspected in Stage 3 and voted to stay in the Doubles OU metagame, it has stood as a top-tier attacking threat. Not much really changed to Marshadow itself; it still boasts the same high Attack and Speed stats with superb STAB coverage that made it a phenom on the offensive, and it still has access to the same plethora of third-slot moves it always had, with Shadow Sneak and Hidden Power Ice being the most common choices as well as being boosted by its ability Technician. Marshadow's signature move Spectral Thief still does the same old in taking away any boosts, dissuading the old set-up ploys popular in a past era of the meta. What changed with Marshadow, however, was the community's perspective on it as ever since the first suspect, there have been increasing cries that Marshadow may not be what we once thought it was, and that our view on it back then was quite premature. The metagame also faced some developments in the time within; in particular, Marshadow with its signature Z-Move Soul-Stealing Seven-Star Strike grew in favor and became feared for its ability to capably claim one every game. A seasonal and the Smogon Snake Draft tournament came and went, and now we're here: to determine Marshadow's place in the metagame once more!
Also, it's the very first stage of USUM DOU, hype!
As usual, the only requirements to vote for the suspect are the ladder points required further below on the post. There are NO posting requirements; still, we advise everyone to actually read the arguments others present for and against Marshadow's overbearing metagame presence (or lack thereof) and still attempt to participate in discussion on this thread. A sheer volume of people saying one thing or another will change nobody's opinion so make sure you're actually doing something to make people think.
Important Info!: The ladder will be open for TWO WEEKS! Yes, you read that right! The suspect ladder will now be open for an entire two week period unlike the past suspects which had laddering periods of their own due to the holiday season.
The deadline of the suspect will be December 28 (Thursday), 11:59 PM (EST)
The B value for this suspect is 14.5. One will need to achieve a COIL of 2600 to qualify. In addition, one will also be required to have a minimum of 76.85 GXE with a game limit of 60 maximum.
Remember to keep an open mind in this suspect! Please respect the opinions of others; remember, just because you believe in your side does not mean the other is wrong!
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