A rather irrelevant comparison since Gen 3 mechanics were completely different?Hi. I am here only because, out of boredom, I started to wonder if countering consistently Dracovish would have been possible in the past generations, assuming the existence of dracovish, strong jaw and fishious rend.
So I started to look through the various possibilities in each generation, seventh and below.
The result of my research is that in 3rd gen, at last, Dracovish would be successfully countered because:
- Water moves were special
- Choice scarf didn't exist (but its existence wouldn't change a lot the situation because a lot of counters to Dracovish would benefit from it)
Blissey (Uber special wall on smogon) could easily switch in taking about 30% from fishious rend and stall Dracovish with toxic and soft-boiled.
Salamence (MixMence on smogon) could switch in taking about 65% from fishious rend and then murder him with outrage.
Kingdra could easily take care of him.
Ludicolo could easily stall him.
Mantine of course.
Lapras of course.
Still Dracovish would 3HKO offensive Regice, 2HKO Dusclops, 2HKO Articuno, 3HKO specially defensive Registeel, 3HKO Snorlax and destroy almost every pokemon not resisting his fishious rend. And all of this with a 70 base special attack. PURE MADNESS in my opinion. But at least there would have been some consistent answers.
I know that my contribution isn't all that usefull, but I hope it can help to realize the various problems that presents Dracovish wich all have been very well explained in the previous posts (overcentralizing, lack of consistent answers, specific teambuilding and so on). All in all, I think that the combination of Dracovish and Fishious rend should be banned.
Anyway, bulky waters in Gen 3 - Suicune, Milotic, Vaporeon would have probably chewed Dracovish up as well, but again, irrelevant comparison.