Approved by Arcticblast Research Week - Tier Shift Edition! Hosted by The Unlucky one and PureQuestion! ______ Duration: April 19 - May 3 *: This is an arbitrary date. This Research Week will end when discussion ends. Note: When you give out your ladder rank, please specify what rank method it falls under (Glicko2, ACRE). When you show your Glicko2, please also show your deviation along with it! Tier Shift Research Week is an investigation for Pokemon that have potential in the Tier Shift metagame, be it in stats, movepool or typing to possibly become an innovative choice in the metagame. These Pokemon haven't really seen the limelight and have been rather neglected for a bit of time. I (With help from you guys in the Tier Shift forums) have selected 1 OU, 1 UU, 1 RU, and 1 NU Pokemon that I feel could see rise of cool sets or the ability to fulfill a specified niche. Actually the title might be rather misleading; in fact, each installment (assuming there is enough attention for more to come) is probably going to last until the discussion ends. So keep up the discussion guys! If you have anything to say for these Pokemon, it would be great to share your thoughts on it and post them! It doesn't matter if you used them or fought them in a match, we would definitely like to hear your thoughts. When you do that, please try to back up your claim with replays if you can or some damage calculations. However, I still encourage you to try out the Pokemon for yourself! Don't just shun a Pokemon right away, try and take a good look at the Pokemon, see how it may work and try and give it a spin on the ladder. It's alright to theorymon here, but make it clear that you are theorymoning. However, at the end of the Research Week, we need to know how efficient our research subjects are in the Tier Shift metagame, as well as what sets work best with them. Do not post in this thread complaining about the Pokemon we choose and/or suggesting ones we should do for future weeks. We want discussion to stay on topic about the 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 4 Pokemon we will be looking at this research week are Skarmory, Empoleon, Mandibuzz, and Piloswine! ..... Questions to think about as this Research Week progresses: How useful are these Pokemon in Tier Shift? What sets can they run effectively? What problems does this Pokemon have? What edge does this have over other Pokemon in the metagame? What niche can this Pokemon fill in teams? Are they worth the team slot on your team or is it outclassed? If this was to rise in usage, what would you expect to see from the metagame? Please make sure that there is a lot of discussion. This discussion can get really good! You can also talk about it on #othermetas on IRC as well. Hopefully by the end of this discussion, we can get a general consensus on how well these Pokemon perform and how they perform. Alright, time for the fun part of this! This will last for the duration of the Research Week specified above (April 19 - May 3). Taken from TNT's OU Edition 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. Surpassing a Glicko2 rating of 2000 with a deviation of 75 or lower on the ladder with your registered alt will grant you a spot on the Hall of Fame: Platinum Class. Breaking past a Glicko2 rating of 1950 with a deviation of 75 or lower on the ladder with your registered alt will earn you a spot on the Hall of Fame: Gold Class. Crossing a Glicko2 rating of 1900 with a deviation of 75 or lower will secure you a Silver Class spot while a Glicko2 rating of 1850 with a deviation of 75 or lower will earn you a Bronze Class spot. Post a screen-shot of your peak and an importable of your team in order to achieve this. Users will be expected to post their experiences with the Pokemon they use, the teams they used, the problems they encountered 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, highlighting great posts. Participants (13) User and Alt List (Move your mouse to reveal the content) User and Alt List (open) User and Alt List (close) Format will go like this: username - alt - ladder standing - Research Subject(s) pkblizzard - Blitzspam - n/a - Mandibuzz Mr Omgness - Trampoleon - n/a - Empoleon jas61292 - Hot Pie - n/a - Mandibuzz, Piloswine Blank_Zero - Blank_Tier_Shift_1 (2/3/4/etc) - n/a - All Qwilphish - Sgt. Empoleo - ACRE : 1796 Glicko2: 1874±56 - Empoleon, Skarmory TLC - SkarmBlissRW - n/a - Skarmory sonicfan - sonicfan7895 - n/a - Mandibuzz EspyOwner - Espeon - n/a - Piloswine Unoriginal Name - PillowPeg&APenguin - n/a - Piloswine Dogfish44 - ArthurConanDyle - n/a - Mandibuzz Knights Of Cydonia - Kni - ACRE- 1831, Glicko 2- 1930 ± 70 - Mandibuzz Yamus of Bethany - Indirion - n/a - Empoleon Trinitrotoluene - some kind of blue - n/a[/B] - Empoleon Hall of Fame (2) Research Week Hall of Fame (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Research Week Hall of Fame (open) Research Week Hall of Fame (close) Platinum Class: 2000+ Glicko2 (none yet)Gold Class: 1950-1999 Glicko2 (none yet)Silver Class: 1900-1949 Glicko2 Knights of Cydonia - "Overall, because of its mixed bulk and usability, Mandibuzz is definitely worth a trial on your team."Username: Qwilphish Alt: Sgt. EmpoleoPostSet:[BOX] Mandibuzz @ Leftovers Trait: Overcoat EVs: 252 HP / 4 Spd / 252 SDef Careful Nature - Roost - Toxic - Taunt - Whirlwind [/BOX]Bronze Class: 1850- 1899 Glicko2 Qwilphish - "Although it does not gain any boosts, Skarmory is still as amazing as ever, walling many physical attackers on both sand and sun teams." "Overall, I feel Empoleon's special walling capabilities is what really make it shine. Being a Water type, it is an excellent check to Rain teams, something that Heatran cannot boast.."Username: Knight of Cydonia Alt: kniPostSet:[BOX] Empoleon @ Leftovers Trait: Torrent EVs: 252 HP / 224 SDef / 32 Spd Calm Nature - Scald - Roar - Ice Beam - Stealth Rock Empoleon @ Petaya Berry Trait: Torrent EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe Timid Nature -Substitute -Agility -Surf -Grass Knot Skarmory @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 228 Def / 252 HP / 28 Spd Impish Nature - Whirlwind - Spikes - Roost - Brave Bird [/BOX] Compendium of Great Posts (3) Archives and Stuff (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Archives and Stuff (open) Archives and Stuff (close) A proper sign-up sheet should look something like this: [BOX]Username: The Unlucky one Alt: SuperwiiTest Ladder Standing: N/A Research Subject(s): Mandibuzz,Piloswine[/BOX] Remember to update your original post with ladder progress and comment about your experiences! With that done, we look forward to see what you have to say!