grubbing in the ashes
UU & Tour Head
After much discussion, the UnderUsed Council decided to hold a council vote to address Jirachi. While we have largely moved away from council votes except for the period immediately following tier shifts, enough concerns were raised about Jirachi that we felt it needed to be addressed.
The core concern with Jirachi is its Happy Hour set. While it has several viable sets, this in particular has proved problematic across the board. With Jirachi's excellent defensive typing, great bulk and solid mixed offenses, this set has proved to be a complete nightmare for many teams. Its Speed and bulk make it incredibly difficult to revenge kill, and actual counters are limited to a scant handful of 'mons such as physically defensive Arcanine. Anyone who has been watching recent tours should be very familiar with how deadly this set is: it has become a running joke to see how many UU Majors games end with a Jirachi with +1 to all of its stats on the screen at the end of a game, and the set is proving dangerous in official Smogon tours such as the ongoing Snake Draft tournament as well.
With wide displeasure with Jirachi's presence on the tier (both on the forums and in the various official UU chats on Pokemon Showdown and the UU Discord), the council decided to hold an emergency vote on Jirachi rather than going through a full suspect process. While every vote has not yet been submitted as of the time of this post, the 8/10 (EDIT: 9/10 now) active council members who have voted have been unanimous in their decision to ban, meaning that we have a guaranteed supermajority. Therefore, Jirachi is banned from UU.
I will update this thread with the remaining two votes once they are submitted. Please note that emergency council bans like this are the exception rather than the rule. Expect us to largely continue with public suspects except in the period immediately following tier shifts, as per our tiering policy. The council is currently in discussion regarding the next public suspect; there should be an announcement about the next suspect shortly.
Tagging The Immortal and Eyan to please ban Jirachi from UU.