Okay, so I think these nominations are fine and I like how you went into detail on them, but I wanna talk about why major battles get so much emphasis.Bulbasaur: Oh boy, where do I start? I think after using Bulbasaur for a run, I truly grasp a very big issue with the ingame tiering process. That being the strong focus on major battles, namely Gym Leaders and the Elite Four. Usually, this isn’t much of an issue but I strongly feel like this gives you unreasonable expectations about Bulbasaurs performance.
Route clearing really isn’t all that notable and is only a minor plus in a Mon’s performance. Even if Bulbasaur in particular were not a Grass type and we’d talking about say, Drowzee or anything Route clearing would still not be strongly valued. It is generally a given any halfway decent Pokémon can Route clear: if they can’t do so effectively it’s likely they are in D or lower already.
Secondly, I don’t see why we shouldn’t heavily focus on major battles. It’s not like the various Hikers in caves are worth talking about or any other rank-and-file trainer for that matter. Major battles are required to progress in the game whereas you can always skip Route trainers. If you falter in major battles heavily that is a problem, unrealistic expectations or no.
I also don’t know what you were trying to say is the actual problem here considering you nominated Bulbasaur to C, implying it’s average against the game as a whole and thus emphasizes major battles, despite your points above.
Nothing wrong with expressing your opinion on how we do things, just some elaboration or clarification could be helpful, and such points on tiering policy could be brought up in the policy thread if you want to talk about them further.
Regardless, good post and your opinions are perfectly valid! I’m just confused on how you might prefer the rules to be.