hello all, the UU metagame has calmed down a lot since the rapid fire tier shifts immediately following our latest DLC expansion, but there are still of multitude of potential problems with the tier. The UU Council has decided that the biggest and probable one is Latias.
Latias is no new face to being top tier in UU. During multiple points throughout the generation in SM, Latias was called for to be banned, largely due to its power backed by Z Moves. Latias ultimately would always struggle with Pursuit, however, and mandated a vast majority of teams carry it. However, this generation does not have Pursuit. Latias can run wild with no fear of being trapped, leading to safely clicking attacks with a virtually unwallable moveset at its disposal. Despite losing the ability to use Z Moves and Hidden Power, Latias makes due thanks to Mystical Fire granting it superb coverage. Latias is incredibly fast, strong, and bulky enough to make it a huge nuisance to take on.
Within this metagame, there's very limited counterplay. Steel-types like Celesteela and Jirachi struggle to be reliable, both due to Mystical Fire and their relative lack of a way to immediately subdue Latias. Dark and Fairy-types both are nailed by Latias' other STAB coverage, both of which blow away everything other than very bulky counterplay, such as Moltres-Galar and Hatterene. Bulky pivots, such as Slowking, are very reliable at shrugging off attacks from the Life Orb + 3 Attacks + Recover / Roost set, but sacrifice all counterplay against a Calm Mind set. Slowking will take too much damage to comfortably regenerate it off, and will only work to come in once. Choice Scarf Pokemon, while capable of OHKOing Latias, will not be able to switch into it without some risky predictions.
Latias has all the tools necessary to run rampant and be a very low risk Pokemon. Draco Meteor + Psychic / Psyshock + Mystical Fire has incredible coverage in this metagame, and with Latias' speed tier, it makes incredible use of it. Latias can opt for Calm Mind or Recover / Roost depending upon what the user decides they value more, or even opt to drop one of the three big moves in favor of being walled by something relevant for a greater threat in the long run.
Even with all this in mind, Latias is not perfect. It does not have the immediate power to sufficiently OHKO a lot of things it really wants to. Most notably, Latias faces a challenge with its item of choice, due to a lack of Z Moves. Life Orb is the all around best item for Latias, as it boosts all three of its very important moves, but at a great cost. The recoil comes into play at multiple junctures during games, and can force the Latias user to sacrifice momentum, as Latias is frequently found being used for defensive utility, thanks to its speed tier. Soul Dew is an alternative, but the lessened power on Mystical Fire is incredibly relevant and turns non-Scizor Steel-types into great short term answers.
The voting requirements are a minimum GXE of 80 with at least 50 games played. In addition, you may play 1 less game for every 0.2 GXE you have above 80 GXE, down to a minimum of 30 games at a GXE of 84. As always, needing more than 50 games to reach 80 GXE is fine.
Other than that, the test will operate as always. 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. All games must be played on the Pokemon Showdown! UU ladder on a fresh alt with the following format: "UU8L (Nick)." For example, I might register the alt UU8L TDK to ladder with. You must meet the listed format in order to qualify.
Participants will have until Wednesday, February 3rd at 8:59 PM GMT -5 to meet voting requirements and post in the Alt Identification Thread. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR CONFIRMED SUSPECT RESULTS HERE - there is a dedicated thread for identifying your suspect results. Happy laddering!