1. I understand why Speed Boost Blaziken was banned, but why not just ban Speed Boost Blaziken and leave Blaze Blaziken alone? I mean, last gen you permitted Rough Skin Garchomp, so why not allow Blaze Blaziken?
2. Why is my avatar Igglybuff?
They didn't become legal until halfway through the month or so, hence why they are lagging. Don't worry; by the end of February, their standard rating should match their 1337 rating. Murkrow should also rise.
It's unfortunate; they were made legal since they were deemed not broken, which is...
Drapion and Spiritomb for BFFs of RU. With all this hype behind Cress and Sigilyph, who will undeniably make a splash, I can easily see Drapion and Spiritomb being used for some really anti-meta shenanigans.
I don't see why all the people are criticizing you for the double Protect. There was no other viable strategy for you to have done. The only other outcome would be that you didn't get it and lost, so it was more exciting to see it come down to Sharpedo vs Metagross.