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By popular demand and with Donphantastic's blessing I have taken it into my hands to open up one of these for one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed metagames of all time. Just the other day we had people ranking their favourite metagames in the UU Discord and there wasn't a single soul that dared to rank DPP UU on the lower end. Despite its inception over a decade ago, the tier is still very much alive and kicking. However, the game has taken on a new light in recent generations characterized by the introduction of team-preview. Thus, it comes to no surprise that no team-preview is often a hurdle for newer players that aren't familiar with it. In DPP dynamics tend to change a lot unexpectedly troughout the course of the battle which will come to bite you if you don't stay on your toes but at the same time keeps the match exciting. There's also a slew of mechanics that you might be unaware of. Explosion halves the targets defense, effectively doubling its power, you don't take Life Orb recoil when attacking a Substitute, and Fake Out only has priority level 1 - just to mention a few. It's because of this unfamiliarity and the fact that discussions on old gen lower tiers aren't always the most active (especially outside of tour seasons) that when starting out in DPP UU you may feel a bit lost in the beginning and would like some guidance on what you could be improving on. Fret not though, while DPP UU does arguably have a bit of a steep learning curve, it makes the reward all the more satisfying for when you pull off the prediction game correctly or manage to convincingly ride your carefully orchestrated inital progress to victory. This applies to building too, it takes some trial and error to get the hang of it but once you do you will realise that you can make almost any strategy work. The way people perceive and approach this tier tends to vary quite a bit from my experience which is a tribute to its versatility.
This thread is supposed to serve as a hub for all types of discussion around DPP UU, veterans and newcomers alike. Let us know how deep your love for Altaria truly goes, make a case for a Damp Rock suspect, join the Uxie fanclub, or really drive home that hate for Dugtrio you're harbouring. Share your favourite replay, showcase that peculiar set you think may have potential and get feedback from players that love and strive to keep the tier alive. If you need team advise because you're stuck on your build or if you're having success with a particular build: share it in RMT and link it here for more exposure and extended discussion! Don't hesitate and post away, I and others will sure as hell be delighted to swoop in and lend a helping hand and/or offer our thoughts. Depending on how this thread is received, I intend to maybe incorporate different types of workshops into this thread to spark the discussion and tingle our senses. Joint teambuilding sessions and focused discussion on particular archetypes/strategies are but a first thought. I think a "What's Their Last" type of project could be a lot of fun too. We'll see though.
Below I listed the available resources that I could find, though some of these could certainly use an overhaul. That too may be a possible project that could be coordinated through this thread. Also I think it's worth mentioning there's semi-frequent DPP UU tours in the UU room (if you see Estarossa online just ask for one and he'll probably cave) and every other Thursday and Sunday in the RoA room.
Available DPP UU Resources
I'm looking forward to all of your replies. Happy posting!