Victim Of The Week: RU Edition ◎ ◎ What's this thread for? Now that the dust has finally settled, the purpose of this thread is to take an in-depth look at top-tier, metagame defining threats and find viable checks or counters (preferably the ladder) that can fit on one's team. This thread is also a good tool to discuss how you've been able to handle a certain threat without having a dedicated counter to it. Discussing ways to play around a certain Pokemon outside of dedicating a teamslot for it is also encouraged. How this thread will be run: Every week, as the title implies, I'll post a certain Pokemon with several (or just one) viable set that it can run. To participate in this thread, you post a Pokemon that you believe best counters (or checks if counters are a bit tricky) the one in question with a specific set for said counter. You're free to comment on the Pokemon that others have posted and share with everyone how effective of a counter/check that Pokemon is/isn't or if such a set that someone shared might need some tweaks here and there to be really effective. In general, this thread may be used to discuss the Pokemon in question and your experiences with it. You're free to post replays showing how well it worked out in practice as well as common obstacles that have kept it from accomplishing its intended goal. Also, keep in mind that just because a particular Pokemon might be a better counter to the current "victim of the week", it shouldn't deter you from posting other effective answers you found, as it would be helpful to others to be aware of more than one good counter-measure. For the sake of maintaining a sense of focus in this thread, it's primary application is listed in the paragraph below. This is just to let you all know that this thread isn't just limited to the nominations/voting process! The first stage of the thread will be the nomination stage. This is where you post what Pokemon you believe counters the one in question. This stage will last for five days and will also include some general discussion on the "victim of the week." The second stage is the voting stage where you vote for the counter that best takes on the victim; this stage will last for the remaining two days. Once that's over, I'll post another "victim" and it's a rinse repeat sorta deal from there. Note that the time lapses aren't set in stone per say, it really depends on the given activity of the thread. Some concepts to keep in mind: Know the difference between a check and a counter before you post your set! Counter is a very strong word and typically used to denote a Pokemon that can safely switch into all viable sets for a certain threat and either force it out or take it out while being able to do this consistently throughout the match. For instance, Slowking may be called a counter to Cobalion due to the fact that it meets that criteria. An example of a check is Gligar being a good answer to Rhyperior, where it can typically switch into most of its sets, but runs the risk of being taken down by a certain coverage move (Ice Punch).