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Hey everyone, the OU tiering council has decided to suspect test Dracovish.
Dracovish has been a common threat in the Overused metagame since the start of the generation. With use of Fishious Rend, an 85 base power move that doubles in power when attacking first (including on switches), Dracovish has become one of the most fearsome wallbreakers in the OU metagame. Due to Fishious Rend’s absurd power when combined with Dracovish’s ability, Strong Jaw, Dracovish is capable of ripping through even the sturdiest Water-type resists. Its incredible wallbreaking potential has become centralizing in the current metagame, where Fishious Rend switch-ins are few and far between.
Dracovish runs two primary sets in the current metagame: Choice Scarf and Choice Band. A Choice Scarf boosts Dracovish’s speed, often ensuring that it will move first, gaining a power boost against offensive Pokemon that it would otherwise be unable to defeat. On the other hand, the Choice Band set trades the speed and revenge killing potential of the Choice Scarf set for incredible wallbreaking power. The set has no true counters and is capable of nearly 2HKOing the bulkiest Water-type resists, such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex.
The Choice Scarf set is an absolute headache for offensive teams to deal with, outspeeding and OHKOing common Pokemon that can normally take neutral attacks, such as Togekiss and Jirachi. Choice Scarf Dracovish outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame bar Zeraora and Dragapult, making it very difficult to check, as a very fast Pokemon that also functions as a wallbreaker against offensive teams especially. Common offensive Pokemon that do not get OHKOed, such as Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Dragapult, are not capable of taking multiple hits from Dracovish, essentially rendering them to be one time switch-ins. Slower offensive Pokemon, such as Kyurem and Life Orb Hydreigon, are 2HKOed, so they cannot safely switch into Dracovish at all, and offensive teams are hard pressed to limit Dracovish from switching in.
The Choice Band set is arguably the most powerful wallbreaker in the tier, shredding through balanced teams that have few Pokemon that can outspeed and revenge kill it. This set is bewilderingly powerful, nearly 2HKOing even the sturdiest resists, such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. Offensive resists that can act as a one time switch for Choice Scarf sets are incapable of switching into Choice Band as they are susceptible to getting OHKOd with minimal prior damage. For any non-resist, Choice Band Dracovish is capable of OHKOing the entire tier.
However, Dracovish is not a perfect Pokemon by any means. Dracovish’s middling speed stat means that it is slower than most offensive Pokemon when using the Choice Band set and also means that it fails to outspeed the fastest threats in the metagame, namely Zeraora and Dragapult, even with a Choice Scarf boost. As a result, Fishious Rend isn’t doubled in power, making it considerably weaker and failing to do enough damage to opposing Pokemon. This can even be abused by defensive Pokemon, such as Baneful Bunker Toxapex, which can use Baneful Bunker multiple times in a row due to the decreased power of Fishious Rend even when it fails. Additionally, Dracovish’s admittedly mediocre base 90 attack stat means that its coverage moves are very weak compared to a boosted Fishious Rend, making it difficult to defeat checks like Seismitoad and Toxapex (when using the Choice Scarf set) without prediction. Finally, Dracovish is almost always restricted by being choiced, meaning that Water immune Pokemon can take advantage of it nicely and it can be prediction reliant in some of the aforementioned match-ups or stopped by Protect.
Nevertheless, Dracovish’s incredible power coupled with its ability to threaten both offensive and defensive teams is incredibly centralizing, necessitating the use of very specific counterplay, such as Water Absorb Seismitoad and Rocky Helmet Draco Meteor Kommo-o. Additionally, almost every reasonably sturdy resist in the tier, chief among them being Ferrothorn and Toxapex, is forced to maximize its physical bulk in order to stand a chance against Dracovish, and even with maximized physical bulk, Toxapex sometimes even runs Baneful Bunker in order to prevent Choice Band Dracovish from defeating it. Even with a defensive check, many teams are still forced to run Zeraora, Dragapult, or Choice Scarf Hydreigon in order to have a Pokemon capable of revenge killing Choice Scarf Dracovish.
Overall, Dracovish imposes a huge restriction on teambuilding. Not only are there minimal Water resists, but many Water resists that do exist cannot consistently switch into Dracovish. Dracovish arguably warps the metagame in an unhealthy manner by limiting both flexibility and creativity in teambuilding. Due to how difficult it is to consistently handle, the aforementioned examples are some of the only effective methods of counterplay available. Due to all of these factors combined, the OU council has deemed Dracovish worthy of a suspect test.
- To achieve voting requisites, you must reach a minimum GXE of 82 with a minimum of 40 games played on the Pokemon Showdown! OverUsed (OU) ladder
- You must signup with a newly registered account on Pokemon Showdown! that begins with the appropriate prefix for the suspect test. For this suspect test, the prefix will be OUTZ. For example, I might signup with the ladder account OUTZ SUAPAH.
- Laddering with an account that impersonates, mocks, or insults another Smogon user or breaks Pokemon Showdown! rules may be disqualified from voting and infracted. Moderator discretion will be applied here. If there is any doubt or hesitance when making the alt, just pick another name. There are infinite possibilities and we have had trouble for this repeatedly. If you wish to participate in the suspect, you should be able to exhibit decent enough judgement here. We will not be lenient.
- We will be using the regular OU ladder for this suspect test. We will not be creating a new Suspect Ladder. At the beginning of every battle, there will be an announcement denoting the ongoing suspect with a link to this thread.
- The aspect being tested, Dracovish, will be allowed on the ladder.
- Any form of voting manipulation will result in swift and severe punishment. You are more than welcome to state your argument to as many people as you so please, but do not use any kind of underhanded tactics to get a result you desire. Bribery, blackmail, or any other type of tactic used to sway votes will be handled and sanctioned.
- Do not attempt to cheat the ladder. We will know if you did not actually achieve voting requisites, so don't do it. Harsh sanctions will be applied.
- Unlike previous tests, we will be posting the voting identification thread immediately after this thread. Your voting requisites will be confirmed by a Council member or OU moderator, to which we will edit in confirmation. Please avoid getting more games before getting confirmed.
- The suspect test will go on for two weeks, lasting until May 31st at 11:59 pm (GMT-4), and then we will put up the voting thread in the Blind Voting subforum.
- No unhelpful one liners nor uninformed posts;
- No discussion on other potential suspects;
- No discussion on the suspect process
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- Failure to follow these simple guidelines will result in your post being deleted and infracted without any prior warning.
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