Hello again! We've got another suspect test for you all- the council has identified Mega Gengar as a problematic presence in the metagame.(get it?)
Mega Gengar was... well, a Ghost at the start of LGPE's lifespan. It took a while for its talents to be noticed as people assumed Mega Alakazam was better. That, however, couldn't be farther from the truth, as we realised fairly soon. Mega Gengar's STAB Shadow Ball is far superior to Mega Alakazam's Psychic, with Normal-types being sparse and Mew and Melmetal being in almost every game. Not only that, but Mega Gengar has the movepool to compliment Shadow Ball and cover every defensive counterplay option- Sludge Bomb and Thunderbolt are staples for providing perfect, strong coverage, with Gengar's last move being free space for a utility option that completely changes how you have to approach dealing with it. Substitute, Will-O Wisp, Mega Drain, Taunt, Brick Break for Chansey, etc.. Gengar has a way to beat or heavily disrupt all of its counterplay options, and this adaptation doesn't come at the expense of any offensive presence unlike other set-diverse Pokemon (Mew being a good example). The biggest problem we have with Gengar, however, is that teams are almost always forced to run one of three Pokemon to avoid being required to make a sacrifice whenever Gengar hits the field- those being Alolan Muk, Snorlax and Chansey. Even these answers aren't entirely safe due to being worn down and Gengar's utility options making it much harder for them to function. While it's true that fast offensive counterplay is effective at pressuring it in return, nothing faster than Mega Gengar can switch in on its attacks more than once. As a result of these factors, Mega Gengar greatly restricts successful teambuilding in a completely unique and disproportionate way while dominating on a game-to-game basis regardless.
As we don't have a ladder on Showdown currently, voting privileges will be given to our active council members and the winners of scheduled room tournaments in the LGPE Overused room. We're still working out exactly when these will take place, so stay tuned! This thread will serve as the hub for discussion on Mega Gengar and its suspect.
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Users currently qualified to vote:
Active Council: Eve, Funbot28, McCoolDude
Best Player: Hayburner (this vote is his reward for winning the latest LGPE OU Tournament)
Roomtour Winners: Rag, CasualPokePlayer, Vengeance417, Ishtarrr, mc56556