Broken Record Tier UpdateThe Broken Record Council after gauging public opinion as well as council discussions have elected to Quick Ban Melmetal, Dragapult and Rillaboom from the tier while allowing Zeraora and TR51 (Dragon Dance) to remain legal. Below are the full voting results for everything that was voted upon.
|Quickban..||Melmetal||Dragapult||Rillaboom||Zeraora||TR51 (Dragon Dance)|
|Tranquility||Ban||Ban||Ban||Do Not Ban||Do Not Ban|
|Eggs||Ban||Ban||Ban||Ban||Do Not Ban|
|Instruct||Ban||Ban||Ban||Do Not Ban||Do Not Ban|
|UT||Ban||Do Not Ban||Ban||Do Not Ban||Do Not Ban|
|Dratios||Ban||Ban||Ban||Do Not Ban||Do Not Ban|
|Total||5-0 Ban||4-1 Ban||5-0 Ban||4-1 Do Not Ban||5-0 Do Not Ban|
It came for little surprise that Melmetal emerged as one of the top threats within the tier. Boasting a strong physical stat spread and a variety of ways to overcome its one main flaw in a lack of speed with Agility or Dragon Dance, Melmetal proved to be problematic as paired with it's signature move Double Iron Bash that has a 51% to flinch foes paired with said speed boosting moves. In addition, it can also utilize swords dance to become near unwallable with its very high base attack and coverage options. As a result, the council has thus banned Melmetal from the main tier.
With potentially an extra move at its disposal, Dragapult became a huge offensive threat in the meta with the wide range of sets it can use. With moves such as Close Combat being available, Dragapult could make use of its high base physical attack along with dragon dance to become a potent sweeper. It could also use Nasty Plot as potential special sweeper with its wide coverage and strong STABs in Shadow Ball and Draco Meteor. Due to its power and versatility, the council has voted to ban Dragapult from the tier.
Already having one of the strongest priority options in the game and the ability to set its own terrain, Rillaboom is able to utilize the additional coverage that Broken Record provides to break what would be its traditional checks such as Corviknight with Flare Blitz or Zapdos with Stone Edge. The council has deemed this overbearing for and voted to ban Rillaboom.
While Zeraora and TR51 remain in the tier, they'll be placed on the watchlist and be reevaluated if they're potentially problematic for the tier.
Tagging Kris to implement this whenever possible, thanks!