grubbing in the ashes
UU & Tour Head
With UUPL in its final week and UU Open still several weeks out, this is the perfect time to address any controversial elements in the tier. So, it's finally time to address the elephant in the room, the 'mon that has been terrorizing UU for far too long with its red metal claws and-- wait, no, not that one. Yes, as is long overdue, we're finally going to send the eon duo member that's been wrea-- no, no, that's not right either. Just what are we suspecting, anyhow?
Yes, as is a surprise to exactly no one, we are suspecting Breloom! This 'mon has been generating lots of discussion as of late. It was unbanned in a public suspect in January and survived two council votes by a decisive margin. However, there has always been a vocal group who disagreed with its initial unbanning, and once Amoonguss rose to OU, the ban Breloom crowd grew a lot larger.
What makes Breloom such a divisive figure? A big part of the equation is Spore, which makes switching into Breloom always a risky endeavor. Furthermore, Breloom's damage potential is extremely high: a LO 5-hit Technician Bullet Seed, while rare, hits even harder than CB Victini's V-Create or Medicham-Mega's High Jump Kick. The threat of Spore or a high roll Bullet Seed can make Breloom extremely hard to reliably counter. Breloom also has access to some underutilized sets that can help punish some of its usual answers, most notably Poison Heal Facade.
On the other hand, Breloom's low Speed and poor bulk means it has great difficulty safely coming into play, as the vast majority of the tier has a way of punishing or 2HKOing Breloom and quite a lot outspeeds it. Of the 18 'mons currently in S through A ranks, at least 17 of them all have ways of reliably pressuring Breloom. While it has priority to help bypass its low Speed, Fighting is a commonly resisted type in UU, and the omnipresence of threats like Latias and Altaria in the current meta have held Breloom back. Breloom's poor performance in recent tours only serves to highlight these drawbacks: in the recent UUPL, the majority of which was played in the post-Amoonguss meta, Breloom has the lowest win-rate of any of the top 15 'mons at 33%.
So now, UU, the choice is up to you: should Breloom remain in UU, or should it join Conkeldurr, Diggerbsy and Salamence in UUBL?
The ladder requirements for this suspect test are simple:
- A minimum of 40 games on the suspect ladder, and
- A minimum GXE of 80.
Eyan and The Immortal, please set up a UU suspect ladder at your earliest convenience. Breloom is legal on the suspect ladder.