Research Week - Ubers Edition! Duration: January 12th - January 26th Thanks to Texas Cloverleaf. Research Week looks to investigate Pokemon that have potential in Ubers, be it in stats, movepool, or supporting their team, to serve as an innovative choice in today's metagame. These are Pokemon that, for the most part, remain relatively untested. I've selected 3 Pokemon I feel, with help from everyone else, could see the rise of new and powerful sets, or the fulfilment of a particular niche. Perhaps the title is a bit of a misnomer; in fact, this installment (and likely future ones) of Research Week will continue as long as the discussion does, and that's where you all come in. If you have anything to say about any of these Pokemon, please post about them! It doesn't matter if you've used them or have just faced them in battle, anything is fine (but please, do try them). Just be sure to back up your posts with good competitive reasoning, such as damage calculations! Posting replays showcasing the pokemon you selected is especially encouraged. • Be open-minded, don't just say something is terrible and walk away; at least look into them and see what options they may be able to utilize! • Feel free to theorymon, but make it clear that you are theorymon'ing. At the end of the week, however, I want discussion to move towards how useful the Pokemon actually are in Uber, and what sets are effective on them. • Just because an analysis has been done for a Pokemon doesn't mean there isn't more to explore; it's quite possible that something might have gone unnoticed or is missing. • Do not post in this thread complaining about the Pokemon I choose and/or suggesting ones we should do for future weeks. I want discussion to stay on topic about the 3 Pokemon we are "researching". Feel free to VM / PM me these suggestions, but don't expect the next research week to have all the Pokemon you suggested, or any of them. So, the 3 Pokemon we will be looking at this research week are Hydreigon, Mandibuzz, and Sableye. ... How useful are these Pokemon in Uber? What sets can they run effectively? What gives them trouble? What advantages do they have over other Pokemon? What roles can they fill in teams? Are they worth the team slot on your team or is it outclassed? Discuss; the discussion that come out of this will surely be illuminating! Don't forget, you're not just limited to this topic to discuss these Pokemon. The #ubers irc channel is a perfectly suitable place to discuss them as well. Feel free to take the discussion to #pokemon as well. At the end of the discussion period, hope we can reach a general consensus on how good these Pokemon really are, and that we might find some interesting discoveries. Alright, now that that's out of the way we can get to the fun part of this. First up, Reasearch Week will now have a duration of roughly two weeks. The reason for this is as follows: The Research Week Challenge: Users will use any number of the research week mons on their team Users will attempt to reach as high as possible on the ladder with the Pokemon. Breaking past a Glicko2 rating of 1900 with a deviation of 75 on the ladder with your registered alt will earn you a spot on the Hall of Fame: Gold Class. Crossing a Glicko2 rating of 1800 with a deviation of 75 will secure you a Silver Class spot while a Glicko2 rating of 1700 with a deviation of 75 rating will earn you a Bronze Class spot. Post a screen-shot of your peak in order to achieve this, and a pastebin of your team. Users will be expected to post their experiences with the pokemon they use, the teams they used, the problems they encoutered while trying to make the said pokemon work. If a user does not participate in the discussion, he will be passed over. In order to participate in the challenge, simply post what Pokemon you're trying and your fresh new alt (yes, this is mandatory). Post battle logs, experiences with your team on the ladder, and generally how a Pokemon has worked out for you: past or present. It has been noticed that the last few Research Weeks have been basically reduced to ladder runs. This completely defeats the purpose of Research Week where the idea is NOT TO see if a person can get a high ladder rating with an underused Pokemon but to subjectively assess as a community, whether that particular Pokemon is viable in the tier and discover its potential in the tier. In order to remedy this, an archive is going to be created including the past Research Week, highlighting great posts. From this Research Week onward, the most thoughtful researcher will also be rewarded alongside the user with the highest ladder rating. The reward scheme will be the same. Rewards: Winning the Research Week challenge grants you prizes. Here's the rewarding system: Winning one RW will grant you VOPs (+) in #ubers. Winning two RW challenges will grant you a larger avatar. Winning three RW challenges will grant you a Custom Title. Winning five RW challenges will grant you HOPs (%) in #ubers. * You might get a Custom Title for winning two RW challenges, and a larger avatar for winning three. ** Getting HOPs in #ubers might take four wins, and maybe more, depending on our judgment if you deserve it or not. Furthermore, quality posting may be rewarded with larger avatars or custom titles, even if you did not win the challenge. So get out and post! alt list (Move your mouse to reveal the content) alt list (open) alt list (close) Shining Latios - Chemical Reaction EspyOwner - Glaceon Hack He Must - Prank dat Melee Mewtwo - Mewtwo4SSBB4 Faint - SWAGMAISTAH .Robert - sableye the boss Donkey - Amandibuzz CherubAgent - PerfectPredator Haruno - Sableye4tw Enguarde - Histamine Michael209 - MikeUbers jackm - JDark jonathanrp - Horse_ebooks puregenius - graytail Furai - 3 headed Research Week #6 Hall of Fame (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Research Week #6 Hall of Fame (open) Research Week #6 Hall of Fame (close) Gold Class: 1900+ 1. Donkey: 13/1/2013 - 1904±63  2. michael209: 13/1/2013 - 1924±74  3. Melee Mewtwo: 16/1/2013 - 1964±75  4. Faint: 16/1/2013 - 2132±73 TBA 5. Enguarde: 20/1/2013 - 1903±75  6. puregenius: 22/1/2013 - 1901±74 Silver Class: 1800-1899Currently none!Bronze Class: 1700-1799Currrently none! Past Research Weeks (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Past Research Weeks (open) Past Research Weeks (close) Research Week #1 Research Week #2 - won by Fiction. with a rating of 1414! Research Week #3 - won by Fiction. with a rating of 1391! Research Week #4 - won by Fiction. with a rating of 1403! Research Week #5 - won by Syrim with a rating of 1352! Research Week #6 - won by Mr.lol with a rating of 1418! The challenge will take place on Pokemon Showdown! from this RW and on.