Smogon Shoddy Server Statistics - December 2009

Discussion in 'Pokémetrics' started by DougJustDoug, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Black Sludge

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    I can attest to that thing's utility in OU, even if I had to use a different EV spread than what the site gave. Gliscor, Hippowdon, and Mamoswine become almost non-issues with Mesprit around, and so does DD Gyarados (barring flinchax). Swampert is practically forced to Roar or flee as it can't do much else, especially when running Calm Mind. As for DDMence, Outrage will fail to OHKO Mesprit and it can easily retaliate with Ice Beam.

    Not to mention it takes physical hits like a champ in general with max HP and Defense EV's and can actually attack back.
  2. Black Sludge

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    From experience, U-Turn still does minimal damage anyways, and I can use that to my advantage to either Calm Mind or predict the next switch-in. Admittedly it fares badly against Tyranitar, but that's what the rest of the team is for.
  3. Naxte

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    Don't like this, if you're saying Pokemon should only be dropped down to UU if it's agreed that they don't seem overly threatening/can help stabilize the metagame and not just make it worse, or something to that effect (the last part of your last sentence is unclear to me). If we did this, Dugtrio, Alakazam, and Rhyperior would all still be sitting in BL right now due to nothing but that kind of theorymon, which was wrong in those cases. Now, sometimes it is right, which I feel that it may possibly be this time (although UU still having stuff like Absol, Houndoom, Mismagius, and Spiritomb makes me uncertain, which is the point of actually testing it). But regardless, it can and has been wrong before, so it in no way should be something we should be relying on or using to make tier decisions--doing something like that will only serve to give us something akin to Old BL again, which would defeat the purpose of all the testing done since then.

    Anyway, thanks for the stats, Doug. Now, to look for anything interesting in these...
  4. TheFourthChaser

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    Thanks for the stats Doug. I'm surprised to see Dragonite being used than Flygon and Shaymin-s being used more than Ho-oh.
  5. frogbandit

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    Thanks so much for the stats, Doug. Good to see Hera's usage rise. I like the fact that the OU metagame is finally settling down, its been pretty chaotic with all the tier switches, etc. And UU is gonna get a big blow with Honchkrow being banned to BL, Venusaur doesn't really have a great counter anymore.
  6. Stylish Interval

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    Just curious, but, how does Mesprit find time/a way/ strength to attack back if it has no speed or special attack EVs? It's slow and lacking in power, so why wouldn't you run less Defense and HP on Uxie and give it the special attack and speed to be higher than Mesprit? (or something to that effect)
  7. Black Sludge

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    I run Calm Mind, which I'm not sure actually helps or not, considering its primary use is as a countering utility. The boost does help quite a bit late game, though. I don't bother with Speed EV's because I feel it doesn't really outspeed anything worth outspeeding anyways, and Uxie doesn't get Ice Beam.
  8. Smurf.

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    Well, then why not have a UU suspect ladder? All i'm saying is that some other method needs to be implemented. Also, many people (including myself) saw no such problem with dugtrio and Rhyperior in UU. One only has to look at others in the tier to determine this. Now, in a tier which contains very few offensive options in comparison to OU how do you expect these 'mediocre' - so to speak - pokemon counter THE bulkiest pokemon in the game. Even if you ko it, it chucks up dual screen support and its gg with stat boosting tanks/sweepers.
  9. Avira

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    There wouldn't be enough players on a UU Suspect ladder. The UU ladder has far fewer battles than the OU ladder and implementing a Suspect ladder for UU Suspect testing likely wouldn't be productive due to lack of participation.
  10. lati0s

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    Rhyperior was also a top contender in early DP, cresselia has paper weaknesses just like alakazam and rhyperior, its offenses are crap, it has exploitable ghost and dark weaknesses, it is vulnerable to taunt and without rest it is ruined by toxic

    At one time the prevailing viewpoint was that the earth was flat, A popular idea is not always right

    I'm not saying cresselia will be bad in UU or even that it will not be broken, all I'm saying is that we shouldn't make assumptions with too little knowledge.
  11. Flamethrowa.

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    Celebi and Blissey are dropping a good amount, I guess that is because they don't exactly fit in the popular Semi-Stall teams too much.
    ScarfTar rising..scaring me even more to use Latias.
  12. Mario With Lasers

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    Or maybe the metagame isn't changing because it isn't changing! This centralization isn't a bad sign, on the contrary, it might mean the metagame is finally settling itself (unlike, say, UU, which always has a crazy new pokémon to shake things up).

    ...You know, if people find so, Cresselia and Pory-Z will be voted after the testing period... This is exactly like OU's Suspect testing.
  13. BlakBlastoise

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    It's weaknesses have not changed, it's still the same type, and will do what it did before plat, since there is nothing comparable to Scizor (or tyranitar) in UU (maybe Pinser, idk). Taunt also ruined it back then, and it was able to stay alive until the taunters were scouted and eliminated, my guess is that it will have no problem doing so in UU. Toxic fucks over most any wall, there are plenty of walls in OU, UU, NU and even Ubers that don't like toxic, so nothing new there. So I would not think that cresselia's weaknesses are "paper weaknesses"

    I'd say that throwing a pokemon straight from OU to UU is a pretty big assumption. I know they do this to test, and they will adjust the tiers accordingly but to me, it seems that cresselia is obviously not UU material. Say for example, a pokemon like Scizor was not used much one month. This of course will never happen since Scizor is shuch a useful pokemon but lets just assume. Throwing that shit in UU for a month will only waste time, since clearly such a strong pokemon does not belong in the UU tier. We have all seen what scizor can do (previous to it's supposed drop from OU), even in the OU metagame, and that it should do even better in the UU metagame. To me it seems the same case with cresselia.

    It's probably all for the sake of keeping with the current tiering criteria. First UU throw it in UU for testing then vote on it. I guess it seems more organized this way, but like i said, to me it seems like a waste of a test. I'm sure that it takes a lot of time and work to get all those statistics and find the eligible voters and count the votes et cetera et cetera.
  14. petrie911

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    Cresselia has not proven good enough to stay OU. Thus, evidence suggests she may be UU material. To say she's not is a very large assumption. If you can give hard evidence Cresselia has proven herself too good for UU, please state it here.

    Now who's making large assumptions? This scenario, in your own words will never happen. I really hate this argument that keeps being brought up about "what if everyone starts to use Beedrill?" or "What if one day everyone stopped using Salamence" in order to discredit usage based tiers. It will not happen. Ever. So why should we bother taking into account an impossible scenario in our tiering decisions?
  15. MrIndigo

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    OU is not a UU banlist. UU exists as a tier where people can play and avoid pokemon that are overpopular in Standard battling. This is why any pokemon with usage above 3.5% is considered out of UU.

    BL is the banlist for UU based on power, not usage.
  16. Omega Phoenix

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    great work doug

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    was hoping to see more empy lead love
  17. BlakBlastoise

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    Pre-Plat it didn't look like cresselia would drop in usage either. Never say never, or something like that. I dont know the exact saying.
  18. Senzairu

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    I'm not surprised to see T-tar growing in usage with all the Rotoms and Latias running around.
  19. Toaster

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    Thanks as always doug :).

    Im thinking most of the Uberloom usage are coming from me?
  20. Altaria

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    Milotic back to #5: Understandable. A nice check to many Pokémon.

    Cresselia: Probably Suspect. A weather team ruins Moonlight (my Rain team), but RestTalk will be annoying.
  21. lesalia

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    People let's not say that creselia won't fit in UU until we play with it!
  22. SHUCKLE MAN

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    I think it's worth adding that UU was made to allow Pokemon that don't get used much to have a metagame of their own. It's not for weaker Pokemon (although it does so happen that it's generally weaker Pokemon that end up there).

    There needs to be a cut-off to determine which Pokemon aren't used much.

    Infact, if you read throught the old threads in PR, there's actually a few people that wanted less Pokemon (e.g. about 25 Pokemon) in Standard, so they actually wanted to raise the cut-off point, which would be giving us even stronger Pokemon in UU.

    I still don't get why everybody panics every single time something goes to UU. If it's too strong, it'ss get banned, and it'll all be fine.
  23. capefeather

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    This is begging the question. Why argue about a real scenario with an identical imaginary scenario? Your argument also flies in the face of the whole point of the testing process, which was put in place because it's been demonstrated time and time again that we're just not very good at theorymoning bans. We should also keep in mind that we're supposed to look at each metagame as if it were the only one to exist.

    We ARE discussing the dropdowns in the UU forum and on #stark. It's just that with the dropdowns live on the field, we have a much better idea of what we're talking about.

    There are three things wrong with this. First of all, it diminishes the already small voter pools. Second of all, it puts more "official" attention on the "suspect", which then biases the small voter pool. Finally, attention is diverted from OTHER potential suspects. Thus, you have a small, biased voting pool and a process that will, if anything, take LONGER than the current process.
  24. reachzero

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    Cresselia and Porygon-Z in UU feel like one of those theorymon (Theorymon?) dreams come to life: Pokemon that seem extremely powerful by UU standards descended into the UU metagame. I can't stress enough the importance that we not make judgments until we actually use the Pokemon in question; remember that at one time Zangoose was BL. The Suspect process will do what it was designed to do: identify the questionable Pokemon in UU and tier them properly. If these include Cresselia and/or Porygon-Z, then so be it.

    That being said, I have my own suspicions that Cresselia won't be among us in UU for terribly long. UU seems ideally suited to emphasize Cresselia's strengths and hide its weaknesses, so I doubt it will perform much worse in practice then it does in theory.

    On the other hand, I would be somewhat surprised if Porygon-Z doesn't stick around in UU for at least a while; it is vulnerable to priority with its fairly weak defenses and it may have issues dealing with Registeel and Spiritomb. Either way, "we'll see" on both of the newcomers.
  25. Smurf.

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    After playing a number of matches once the changes were implemented i can say that i was right in my suspicions. There are no really viable checks to it at present (don't give me some bullshit about pinsir being a counter). The fact that i am forced to run a poke - NPdoom -specifically designed to combat it is a testament to its influence on the current UU landscape. Even that is not sufficient as every team i've seen also carries a chansey for this very reason. Teams that I previously could rip through 4-0 now take me to 1-0 or worse, thanks to Dual Screen and lunar dance. Trust me, theres nothing better than to see a chansey on 8% restore all its hp and pp for softboiled.

    You only need to look at how it fares against the most powerful physical and special pokemon to gauge just how broken it is.

    Su(b)perior (Megahorn) v DS Cress: 45.5% - 53.6% with NO SCREENS UP
    23% - 27% w/ screens


    LO Alakazam (Signal Beam) v DS Cress: 38.3% - 45% with NO SCREENS UP
    18.9% - 22.5% w/ screens


    Is it broken defensively? yes
    Is it broken as support? yes
    Is it broken offensively? can be due to its high defenses, Screens and access to charge beam
    P.S. Calm mind makes it inpregnable on both offensive and defensive sides

    The elusive triple threat suspect. If its not banned next time around, i'll be very, very surprised. Really, if it could fuck off tomorrow that'd be great.

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