I'll face myself
Welcome to the first USUM Monotype suspect! With the new games came a new top tier powerhouse: Naganadel. With great coverage, setup potential, and base stats, Naganadel solidified itself as a threat that every type had to be wary of immediately. While some types are lucky enough to have relatively accessible checks, some others have a much harder time beating it properly.
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Naganadel is blessed with a great Special Attack stat and a movepool to back it up that features two powerful STAB attacks in Draco Meteor and Sludge Wave alongside almost perfect coverage with Fire Blast. To further its firepower, Naganadel can use Nasty Plot, at which point a Devastating Drake off of Draco Meteor threatens to KO almost any Pokemon in the metagame, even boasting the impressive ability to almost always OHKO Chansey at +4 after Stealth Rock damage. This much damage output is made truly troublesome by its ability, Beast Boost. With a Timid nature, Naganadel will get a Speed boost every time it gets a KO. Thanks to its amazing Speed tier making it faster than every common Choice Scarf user bar Greninja, this makes Naganadel difficult to revenge kill for some teams.
That being said, Naganadel's initial success has slowed down quite significantly with time as the metagame began to build around it and more ways to handle it were found. Many types have found simple and healthy ways to handle Naganadel naturally. With these adaptation, it's difficult to say whether Naganadel is truly broken and significantly better than the rest of the metagame or not. As a result, to fairly assess its presence in USUM Monotype, the council has voted to suspect Naganadel.
In order to cast a vote in this suspect test, you must participate on the Monotype suspect ladder in which Naganadel is allowed. The requirements for qualification are 2850 COIL or more in 75 games or fewer. The B-value for this suspect test is 9.0. The suspect test will last two weeks until Tuesday December 19 at 11:59 EST (GMT-5). You will then have three days to cast your vote. Naganadel will require a 60% majority of voters in favor of banning it in order for it to be banned from Monotype.
Upon meeting the requirements, you must post proof of the qualification in the Voter Identification thread, which is separate from this thread and will be created closer to the end of the suspect. Do not post your proof in this discussion thread.
You may use this thread to discuss this Naganadel suspect or ask for clarification for any questions you may have.
You may not use this thread to post one-liners or discuss topics unrelated to this specific suspect, such as possible future suspects.
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To earn 2850 COIL, you must have at least a certain GXE corresponding to the number of games you have played:
GXE | Games 86 34 84 38 82 45 81 49 80 54 79 61 78 69 77.5 75
To calculate for yourself the required number of games for any given GXE, compute:
Tagging The Immortal to set up the suspect ladder. Thank you!