Something in you lit up heaven in me
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As you all probably know already, a big batch of tier shifts occurred recently. While those didn't affect UU as deeply as any of the other lower tiers, we still got hit fairly hard by losing one of tier's best defensive Pokemon in Amoonguss. Aside from that, nothing else was earned nor lost. However, many members of our community have rightfully expressed concern towards this Pokemon's departure, since it was one of the very few viable answers to Azumarill and Breloom, among other threatening Pokemon. There's also the fact that, due to the way the UU tournament circuit functions, it is basically impossible to sustain a public suspect test to either Pokemon at the moment (as I've already mentioned in my last post in the last thread), since it would interfere with both the UU ladder tournament and UUPL.
With that said, and after discussing this thoroughly with my co-leader, we came to the conclusion that immediately banishing either Pokemon with little evidence of them being blatantly overpowered would be a rash move that could have grave repercussions to the UU tier, even if most of the proof we've collected up until now points towards these Pokemon being close to impossible to handle without Amoonguss around. Therefore, we're using this upcoming week (and the SM UU games from UUPL and the ladder that come with it) as a way of trialing these Pokemon in a metagame without Amoonguss. Afterwards, a council vote will be held for the Pokemon that are deemed troublesome. If necessary, they'll then be publicly (re)tested down the road whenever there are no obstacles to the process.
Feel free to use this thread to share your thoughts on anything related to the current SM UU metagame, including opinions regarding potentially broken Pokemon, underrated Pokemon, alternatives to Amoonguss now that it has moved up and all other sorts of things that come to your mind. Happy posting!