grubbing in the ashes
UU & Tour Head
After three and a half months
What does this mean? Well, now that we are out of Beta, we will no longer be holding council-based voting slates. Instead, we will move toward public suspects and re-tests of things previously banned. The council will still be looking at areas where immediate action is required, most notably following tier shifts or major changes such as DLC releases, but in general we are officially shifting to community-based tiering for the foreseeable future.
We have also made some changes to our council. First, after serving for most of SM UU and all of SS UU, aim decided to step down last month. We greatly appreciate all that he's contributed to UU tiering over the past couple of years. Second, we have officially moved Indigo Plateau, Pak and vivalospride from rotating council to full council. Finally, we have added Freeroamer to the rotating council.
And now that we are officially out of Beta, the council has also decided to move forward with our first community test of Sword and Shield. In particular, we will be looking at the progress pig itself, Mamoswine! Mamoswine was already a top threat pre-Home, but the addition of Knock Off has turned it into one of the most terrifying wallbreakers that the tier has to offer. Ground/Ice STABS with strong Dark coverage hits the entire tier for neutral damage, and its powerful STAB attacks off of that terrifying base Attack allow it to power through some of UU's bulkiest 'mons. Fully defensive Milotic is easily 2HKO'd by Earthquake, while defensive Galarian Weezing is 3HKO'd by Icicle Crash, putting it one flinch away from fainting. And with a decent Speed tier and strong priority, it becomes surprisingly difficult to consistently revenge kill. The only reliable checks right now are Golisopod, Araquanid and Avalugg, and all three of those rely on not getting their Boots knocked off to stay healthy throughout the game.
That said, many on the council expressed concern that Mamoswine seemed most threatening at the moment due to common metagame trends, such as the huge prevalence of Noivern/Bronzong/Incineroar cores, and felt that it was worth waiting to see if the metagame adjusted to its presence before banning it. Therefore, we've decided that this would be appropriate as our first official community suspect test!
And so, we are suspecting Mamoswine. This suspect test will operate similarly to our SM UU suspect tests. There will be no suspect ladder. Instead, the standard UU ladder will remain open. Those who wish to participate in this suspect test will instead use a fresh, suspect-specific alt. The requirements for the suspect will be as follows:
- All games must be played on the Pokemon Showdown! UU ladder on a fresh alt with the following format: "UUM3 (Nick)." For example, I might register the alt UUM3 Hogg to ladder with. You must meet the listed format in order to qualify.
- To qualify for voting, your alt must play a minimum of 45 games, and
- You must have a minimum GXE of 81.