CAP 29 - Part 9 - Stat Spread Submissions

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And here's the slate! I was extremely satisfied with the diversity of submissions at the end, and as a result, I believe that the eight spreads I've compiled represent a great range of creative visions for how CAP29 should function. As always, though, only so many spreads could make the slate, and I genuinely had a very hard time deciding on which ones. There are some spreads I didn't end up slating that I'd personally still love to see on CAP29, but only so many of them can make it to the polls at the end of the day. I hope you're all satisfied with the spreads I've chosen & I'll pass this off to Birkal now to give a final glance.

As a reminder, the first poll for stats won't be going up right away. There will be two days of downtime before we begin polling these spreads, and so that we're not just sitting on our butts during this time, these spreads are implemented on the CAPtest PS! server where we can all learn more about them in the following days. I'd recommend skimming my last post if you haven't seen it already so that we can all approach this testing period with the right mindset, but ultimately I'm very excited for it and I hope we take proper advantage of this opportunity to try everything out first-hand.

Scizivire - 91 HP / 73 Atk / 122 Def / 135 SpA / 60 SpD / 89 Spe | 570 BST
Scizivire's spread clearly emphasizes having high physical bulk and Special Attack, with these factors being balanced out by a slower Speed tier, and most obviously the low Special Defense. After one or two Calm Minds this spread can still take on powerful special attackers, but in general, this spread leans much more on its high physically defensive capabilities in order to check Pokemon like Rillaboom and Zeraora. The Special Attack is another massive selling point of this stat spread, being able to hit key benchmarks against foes like Jumbao, Dragapult, and Equilibra while having the Speed to outrun Excadrill and anything below it.

kjnjkmjk1 - 88 HP / 72 Atk / 124 Def / 112 SpA / 88 SpD / 106 Spe | 590 BST
This submission opted for great physical bulk to avoid being 2HKO'd by Pokemon like Rillaboom and Zeraora, while not going too high so that certain Ground-types can act as reliable offensive checks. Kjnjkmjk1's Special Defense for this spread is in a nice middleground, allowing enough bulk to avoid being threatened by Tapu Lele after a Calm Mind and other common Pokemon like Equilibra and Jumbao. The Speed is also notable here, as we can outspeed potential threats like Krilowatt and Garchomp while having enough Special Attack to take on common Ground-types with Ice Beam and Fairy-types with STAB Sludge Bomb.

dex18 - 80 HP / 85 Atk / 108 Def / 122 SpA / 85 SpD / 120 Spe | 600 BST
Dex18's spread is the fastest among the slate, and chooses to place such an emphasis on Speed in an attempt to overwhelm the opponent offensively, set up Calm Minds by reliably forcing switches, and avoid certain ways in which Color Change might be exploited. The rest of the benchmarks are also solid in their own right, as there's enough Special Attack to OHKO Pokemon like Pajantom and Kerfluffle with our Poison/Dark coverage, as well as Garchomp and Landorus-T with 4x effective Ice-type coverage. While the bulk isn't high enough to be switching into Rillaboom's Wood Hammers, we can still consistently take two Grassy Glides after hazards, and our Special Defense isn't too impressive at first but is still enough for us to set up on Equilibra and beat Krilowatt after a Calm Mind.

quziel - 106 HP / 99 Atk / 82 Def / 122 SpA / 84 SpD / 107 Spe | 600 BST
Quziel opted for a strong, quick attacker with respectable balanced defenses, while also sporting a workable Attack stat that allows for off-sets such as Coil or 3 Attacks + Recover to be theoretically viable. The Defense stat means that we will never be OHKO'd by defensive Landorus-T's Earthquake while always losing to Choice Scarf sets, and additionally lets us switch into Zeraora and preserve other offensive checks to us like Life Orb Garchomp and Barraskewda. Our SpD should be enough to set up on Krilowatt, Zapdos, and Choice-locked Jumbao, with this spread also possessing a very solid SpA that can 2HKO Landorus-T and Heatran with Scald after minimal prior chip damage.

MrDollSteak - 85 HP / 85 Atk / 115 Def / 115 SpA / 100 SpD / 100 Spe | 600 BST
MrDollSteak chose to pursue a very balanced stat spread, taking after Calm Mind users like Tapu Fini and Suicune that have strong, flexible stats across the board. This submission also elected to underspeed Garchomp in order to preserve its efficacy as a check, so the 100 base Speed accomplishes this while still outspeeding some key matchups like Jumbao, Tapu Lele, and Kyurem. The Defense stat means that Life Orb Garchomp will always 2HKO us, but affords enough bulk to hardly ever fear Rillaboom's Wood Hammer and lets us act as an emergency check against strong wallbreakers like Melmetal and Kartana. There's enough special bulk here to have good shots at winning against Pokemon who can hit us SE or chain SE hits like Equilibra, Zapdos, and Heatran, especially after a Calm Mind; the Special Attack is also nothing game-breaking, but will allow us to 2HKO or OHKO targets like Rillaboom and Landorus-T after hazards damage, and is at a level where we can pose a decent initial threat against most of the necessary matchups.

Korski - 115 HP / 76 Atk / 78 Def / 110 SpA / 72 SpD / 116 Spe | 567 BST
This is technically the weakest spread among the slate, but it's not for no reason; Korski elected to show restraint here in order to keep the door open for powerful moves such as Strength Sap in the next stage, while still not compromising in the area which he deemed to be the most important, that being our Speed. Base 116 Spe lets us outspeed Astrolotl and everything below it, and if Color Change ever generates a free turn for us, the high Speed should help us firmly hold onto any momentum gained. The Special Attack allows us to 2HKO many common Fairy-types like Clefable and Tapu Lele, and the defenses of this spread are intended to allow for a high degree of customizability and diversity among sets. This essentially aims to let you go from losing against something like Landorus-T to handily winning against it if you're invested accordingly, with the same being possible in multiple other matchups like Latios and Krilowatt as well.

earl - 95 HP / 95 Atk / 90 Def / 129 SpA / 99 SpD / 92 Spe | 600 BST
Here we have another spread with mostly balanced defenses and a workable Attack stat, although earl chooses to put a slight emphasis on Special Defense and invests highly into offensive capabilities. The SpA stat here was chosen so that we can pose a threat pre-setup, as well as easily 2HKO something like Rillaboom even after losing STAB. It's also backed up by the Speed tier, being in a position to outspeed Landorus-T and other slower targets, though it's equally possible to invest EVs into bulk here instead. The provided bulk means that we'll always be 2HKO'd by Tapu Lele if we're unboosted, but is still enough to set up and exploit many of the weaker special wallbreakers in the tier; the Defense stat is also high enough so that we can switch into Rillaboom's Wood Hammer if we max out our investment in that area.

Brambane - 120 HP / 93 Atk / 105 Def / 135 SpA / 95 SpD / 52 Spe | 600 BST
This is by far the slowest spread among the entire slate, however, this approach certainly has its merits. Lowering the Speed stat to this level means that both Special Attack and bulk can be highly prioritized, and this spread does just that; the Defense means that Rillaboom's Wood Hammer can't reliably 2HKO us and even allows us to live hits from powerful offensive Ground-types with enough investment, while the special bulk is such that we can apply excellent pressure against targets like Astrolotl or even bulkier Pokemon such as certain sets of Gastrodon. The low speed ultimately means that we'll have a much harder time finding workable switch-in opportunities, but the spread does an excellent job at compensating for it with its strengths in other areas.
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2spoopy4u, like the rest of our CAP29 TLT, has knocked it out of the park. We have discussed this slate at length on Discord, and I think it represents the CAP29 process up to this point extraordinarily well. There is a lot of diversity here, and I encourage each voter to fully read each submission. Don’t just vote on the stats you like best — consider WHY each submitter selected their stats. I have no changes to make to the slate at this time. Let’s keep rockin’!
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