Metagame SCL I LC Discussion

This perhaps is not the best place to post this but I would like to give a huge s/o to those who supported me this season, specially taking into account that so many people didn't trust in me. I feet like I started getting so much hate since day 1 and I honestly didn't have a great time while playing (the tier sucks too). However it all started to improve when I ended up getting my wins and go nasty in the teambuilder, which made me enjoy the process so much more.

Obviously I gotta start with my managers Luna and Bouff and all my teammates in the dynamos, I had so much fun with you guys and I hope that I will play with you again at some point.

Second of all I would like to thank Mikaav, Ampha, Pamplona, sparksblade, luthier and daunt for being able to play test games when I asked them.

To continue I would like to s/o Splash for supporting me in the teambuilder. From my experience, he was super good in terms of determinate wether my crazy ideas were genius or just dumb, which was super huge. He also had a good knowledge of the pool and their trends which was super valuable. So if any of the next SCL/LCPL managers are reading this, pick him, you won't regret it.

To sum up I would like to thank Aurella, enzonana and the few people who trusted in me. Your psychological support helped me a lot.

That's all, thanks to those who bothered to read this. See ya.
 

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SCL LC Recap
Semi-finals
[ISL] Boulicrok vs Wail Wailord [DYN] - replay
[TER] KSG vs daunt vs [BRE] - replay
Finals
[ISL] Boulicrok vs KSG [TER] - replay

Cumulative Usage

Code:
+ ---- + ------------------ + ---- + ------- + ------- +
| Rank | Pokemon            | Use  | Usage % |  Win %  |
+ ---- + ------------------ + ---- + ------- + ------- +
| 1    | Mienfoo            |   82 |  85.42% |  50.00% |
| 2    | Diglett            |   48 |  50.00% |  47.92% |
| 3    | Ferroseed          |   43 |  44.79% |  55.81% |
| 4    | Pawniard           |   40 |  41.67% |  45.00% |
| 5    | Koffing            |   38 |  39.58% |  52.63% |
| 6    | Natu               |   33 |  34.38% |  48.48% |
| 7    | Staryu             |   29 |  30.21% |  41.38% |
| 8    | Abra               |   28 |  29.17% |  50.00% |
| 9    | Grookey            |   27 |  28.12% |  55.56% |
| 9    | Porygon            |   27 |  28.12% |  48.15% |
| 9    | Mareanie           |   27 |  28.12% |  48.15% |
| 12   | Ponyta             |   24 |  25.00% |  58.33% |
| 13   | Ponyta-Galar       |   16 |  16.67% |  50.00% |
| 14   | Zigzagoon          |   15 |  15.62% |  66.67% |
| 15   | Mudbray            |   14 |  14.58% |  50.00% |
| 15   | Foongus            |   14 |  14.58% |  35.71% |
| 17   | Trapinch           |   12 |  12.50% |  50.00% |
| 18   | Frillish           |    7 |   7.29% |  57.14% |
| 19   | Onix               |    4 |   4.17% | 100.00% |
| 19   | Timburr            |    4 |   4.17% |  25.00% |
| 21   | Stunky             |    3 |   3.12% | 100.00% |
| 21   | Carvanha           |    3 |   3.12% |  66.67% |
| 21   | Sinistea           |    3 |   3.12% |  66.67% |
| 21   | Cottonee           |    3 |   3.12% |  66.67% |
| 21   | Magnemite          |    3 |   3.12% |  33.33% |
| 21   | Vulpix             |    3 |   3.12% |  33.33% |
| 21   | Magby              |    3 |   3.12% |  33.33% |
| 28   | Tyrunt             |    2 |   2.08% | 100.00% |
| 28   | Venipede           |    2 |   2.08% | 100.00% |
| 28   | Charmander         |    2 |   2.08% |  50.00% |
| 28   | Archen             |    2 |   2.08% |  50.00% |
| 28   | Dwebble            |    2 |   2.08% |  50.00% |
| 28   | Shellos-East       |    2 |   2.08% |  50.00% |
| 28   | Shellos            |    2 |   2.08% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Shellder           |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Wynaut             |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Slowpoke           |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Wingull            |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Sandshrew-Alola    |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Snover             |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Farfetch’d-Galar   |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Munchlax           |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |
| 35   | Bunnelby           |    1 |   1.04% |   0.00% |

Semi-finals Usage

Code:
+ ---- + ------------------ + ---- + ------- + ------- +
| Rank | Pokemon            | Use  | Usage % |  Win %  |
+ ---- + ------------------ + ---- + ------- + ------- +
| 1    | Porygon            |    3 |  75.00% |  66.67% |
| 1    | Mienfoo            |    3 |  75.00% |  33.33% |
| 3    | Diglett            |    2 |  50.00% |  50.00% |
| 3    | Koffing            |    2 |  50.00% |  50.00% |
| 3    | Ponyta-Galar       |    2 |  50.00% |  50.00% |
| 3    | Ferroseed          |    2 |  50.00% |   0.00% |
| 3    | Natu               |    2 |  50.00% |   0.00% |
| 8    | Zigzagoon          |    1 |  25.00% | 100.00% |
| 8    | Abra               |    1 |  25.00% | 100.00% |
| 8    | Magnemite          |    1 |  25.00% | 100.00% |
| 8    | Cottonee           |    1 |  25.00% | 100.00% |
| 8    | Grookey            |    1 |  25.00% | 100.00% |
| 8    | Pawniard           |    1 |  25.00% | 100.00% |
| 8    | Staryu             |    1 |  25.00% |   0.00% |
| 8    | Mareanie           |    1 |  25.00% |   0.00% |

Finals Usage

Code:
+ ---- + ------------------ + ---- + ------- + ------- +
| Rank | Pokemon            | Use  | Usage % |  Win %  |
+ ---- + ------------------ + ---- + ------- + ------- +
| 1    | Diglett            |    2 | 100.00% |  50.00% |
| 1    | Porygon            |    2 | 100.00% |  50.00% |
| 3    | Grookey            |    1 |  50.00% | 100.00% |
| 3    | Mienfoo            |    1 |  50.00% | 100.00% |
| 3    | Pawniard           |    1 |  50.00% | 100.00% |
| 3    | Koffing            |    1 |  50.00% | 100.00% |
| 3    | Zigzagoon          |    1 |  50.00% |   0.00% |
| 3    | Bunnelby           |    1 |  50.00% |   0.00% |
| 3    | Abra               |    1 |  50.00% |   0.00% |
| 3    | Cottonee           |    1 |  50.00% |   0.00% |

Interesting Trends:
  • Congratulations to Boulicrok and the Orange Islanders for winning the very first SCL! He had an amazing streak this season, posting a 10-1 record as a 3k buy.
  • To no one's surprise, Mienfoo ended the season as the most used Pokemon. It posted Vullaby-level of usage this SCL, being used on 85% of teams and posting a respectable 50% win rate.
  • This SCL saw a drastic? shift in the LC metagame about halfway through the regular season. The first half of the season were dominated by options like Staryu, Ponyta, Grookey, and Mudbray that people expected to be good after the Sticky Web and Scraggy bans. The latter half saw these options decline in usage in favor of Psychic-types like Galarian Ponyta, Abra, and Natu as well as the resurgence of Diglett.
  • There cannot be talks about LC in SCL without discussing the usage of hyper offense teams in the metagame. From sun to spikes stack to screens to even Memento spam, different variety of HO teams made an everlasting impact on the tier. Some of the niche picks like Onix, Stunky, Venipede, and Cottonee were the biggest winners of the tour, winning in almost all the matches they were used in.
  • Zigzagoon was the biggest trend that popped up this tour and eventually led to its suspect test right now. It shares a lot of similarities with Scraggy in a sense, being a pick that a player can put on either a balance team or a hyper offense team. Zigzagoon doesn't really need a huge amount of setup like other sweepers, and it is very difficult to revenge kill with +2 Extreme Speed by its side. You can utilize it as a cleaner or as a wallbreaker that weakens Steel-types for your other threats, like Porygon. In my opinion, I don't think it is broken, but I wouldn't be opposed to see it leave the tier.

Predictions Tours:
There was a tie for second place between Pamplona and Joltage, who both had 31 points. Ninjadog said I could randomize it to determine the winner, so here are the results:
Prediction Tour.JPG

Congrats to Joltage for winning a month of Discord Nitro!

It has been a pleasure doing these types of recap for the past few months. Hope to see you all in LCWC!
 

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