Smogon's Resident Robot
Sun teams have become much more difficult to handle this generation than previously, mostly due to Fletchling's fall from grace, Porygon's ban and the advent of Z-Moves. Bellsprout can now 2HKO some bulkier Pokemonwith the help of a Poisonium-Z-charged Sludge Bomb, and Bulbasaur, a Pokemon previously referred to as an afterthought, has now become a respected sweeper thanks to the playstyle not needing as much support to handle its checks. While Sun teams of the past would only use a single Chlorophyll sweeper (almost always Bellsprout) they can now easily utilise two on a team, which puts on fantastic offensive pressure. Grass/Fire/Poison coverage is incredible, only resisted by Salandit and Litwick. Because of the overbearing presence of Sun teams in today's metagame, the LC council has decided the playstyle deserves to be properly examined in the form of a suspect.
Vulpix was chosen as the victim of the suspect over Drought because Vulpix is the only Drought user and we do not want to have a complex ban on the Pokemon. When discussing this suspect, please do not argue whether it should be the ability or the Pokemon that the suspect is the focus of.
tl;dr: Suspecting Vulpix because Sun is 2good.
For this suspect, we are bringing back the suspect ladder! Yea, I wanna give it a try at least once this gen. To qualify as a voter, you will need to reach a COIL of 2700 with a game limit of 70 games, or 2300 if you are on the council. You will have two weeks from now to do this, making the deadline 11:59pm EST on March 17th.
The b value for this ladder is 13, so here's how many battles you need to make reqs:
GXE N 100 23 90 32 85 40 80 54 79 58 78 63 77 69
A voter identification thread will be up soon, so don't post your proof of COIL here. Only use this thread for discussion and questions.
THIS IS NOT A SUSPECT FOR ALOLAN-VULPIX!