Mach Loom is very good for the very reason that there is a surge in choice frail Pokemon which can be picked off (Choice Ape, Choice Flygon) in addition to Substitute being harder to set up with the increase of Fire Blast Tyranitar who have enough speed to outpace Slow focus punch loom. It basically gives Breloom a way to say "fuck you" to set up sweepers weak to fighting and/or frail fast mons who can potentially sweep late game or prevent a lategame comeback by Breloom. In all honesty subloom is still a beast and no-one would deny that, just that there is more options for Breloom the predator due to an increase in prey. Metagame got faster; Breloom is just trying to keep up by any means.Question from a new-ish player, why is it that I only see mach punch breloom these days? I remember the subpunch set used to be the standard back in the day
nidoqueen is amazing for several reasons beyond lucario. it checks tyranitar, zapdos and rotom without much effort, letting it lay some hazards. it is incredibly hard to ohko (you can choose phys/sdef/a mix depending on your team and it is amazing at all of them) and is one of the closest things you will find to a real infernape switchin, at least early in the game. when cb ape is spamming uturn early in the game queen is one of the best pokes to throw into it not just because of its sr resistance but also because of poison point (this trick also works on flygons uturn as well as ttars crunch and even like gyarados waterfall). spdef protect sets are also really amazing at safely dancing around lo gengar in sand. sdef can also take a hit from starmie who is often a teams best switch so you can already see how that might get awkward for the opponent. hell it can switch into scarftran once. oh yeah if you lead ttar and have a protect nidoqueen with some defense evs then you are annoying lead machamp without much effort and that is huge. setting and absorbing tspikes is HUGE and it gets a lot of opportunities to do so. it gets rocks obviously. with protect it is incredibly annoying for so many offensive teams to deal with; not only do a lot of dangerous wallbreakers not love to switch into it thanks to its coverage, but now they cant even be choiced or theyre useless in most circumstances, not to mention it lets queen gain health pretty reliably while the opposing team succumbs to the residual damage. unlike its fellow grounds swampert and hippowdon, its grass neutrality lets it help its team dance around annoying breloom and shaymin. of course it isnt exactly like them thanks to its earthquake weakness which means you gotta watch for ddtar/lo aero. it also has wide coverage, ice beam and flamethrower are most common but thunderbolt has also seen use, so it really targets just about anything it wants and it pairs amazingly well with hazards. it can even fuck around with roar/super fang/taunt stuff. of course it needs the right teammates because it cant do all the work with passive damage by itself, however it is phenomenal. definitely would be ou these days if tiers werent frozen and it would be more than deserving of it.What the heck is with the huge increase in TWave-centric teams, and the increase in Clefable and Nidoqueen usage? Surely they're still pretty niche, it's not like Lucario is exactly on every team to warrant the usage of Queen, and Fable checks a lot but is still so fucking passive apart from Twave. I just don't get it, especially when these teams are getting stomped by anything set up + Lum Berry or Infernape + literally anything
played you bunch of times on ladder and even tho your team looks decent'ish it does the job, band gyara and sd zor surely are doing well in current dpp metagame. I've been playing some dpp ladder with Cbgon team and i must say it is really good antimeta set at the moment because people always think flygons are either scarf or the rare life orb set now so you can catch loads of kills or in general punch big holes in opponents team with that monster, it acts as a really good anti lead aswell.Man the DPP ladder has improved alot, its really a blast to play and im sure a ton of tour players play on it regularly.
That said, any new strats anyone found or is using to great success?
Been punching niggas lights out with SD End game Scizor supported by Dugtrio and D U S K N O I R. That thing is bloody ridiculous, without a Tyranitar the opponent has to sack their hard hitter in hopes that I die, most of the time that happens to be their Band Ape or Heatran or Zapdos which just basically lets Scizor come in and be like "hey kids, im home" and just fucking set the place ablaze. Dugtrio I use is sashed but doesn't use rocks (weird huh), it has toxic to fuck about bulky waters so that Scizor gets the 1+ on them lol. Band Gyarados has been get a free ride on this team and is a fucking freeloader, I'ma try DD taunt. I honestly think the decline of SD Scizor has given me a slight advantage but goddamn it still is as lethal as ever. Especially when you face that wack CM Rachi / Flygon / Starmie(replace with maybe rotom or gar) end game scenario rofl
Does anyone even use full stall anymore?
SR Metagross / Dugtrio / E-Belt Dusknoir (tempted to try sub punch) / Mix Rachi a.k.a the GOAT / Band Gyarados / SD Scizor
The charge beam sub Rotom dismantles defensive teams really well. You just need to remove one or two problem Pokemon that are faster than it, then throw up a substitute to win. Most walls can't stay in thanks to charge beam, and after a single boost, most other pokemon cant withstand two hits. This lets you take the game once you have eliminated the opponents faster Pokemon, if the opponent is playing a defensive team.Sub defensive Rotom is increasing in popularity, really good for screwing with choice scarf ttar and pairing it with another elec like agil zap or raikou at the end phase makes it really good. Bait the tar, wisp it if they wanna stay in, checkmate with your 2nd elec lol, too brutal.
Usual special walls like Blissey and Snorlax completely walls it.Ugh, Starmie's giving me so much stress lately. What's her checks and counters
Granted I haven’t been playing for long so I don’t really know what the meta game was like, but from what I understand in the last 2 years Clefable has risen from something of a niche pick that most people thought would be a flavor of the month type of thing to a legitimate top 5 poke in the meta game. Calm mind sets and knock off t-wave are pretty much the central part ofstall and balance builds. Latias seemed kind of underwhelming at first but it has cemented it’s place as another top 5 threat with its specs set being what I consider the best. Calm mind and scarf offer great things to a team as a win con and revenge killer/speed control/dragon dancer check respectively. Dugtrio has really become good and even warranted a bit of discussion. Jirachi is still as good(broken can we plz talk about this thing more) as ever, as well as Tyranitar. Starmie has fallen off a bit but is still pretty good and I personally think offensive sets are amazing at the moment. My personal favorite style at the moment is bulky offense with two offensive water types as there is not really any great defensive water resists in the tier.any major changes in the last 2 years?