Welcome to the third SM Monotype suspect! Shadow Tag has always been an incredibly powerful ability in competitive Pokemon, and its influence on the Monotype metagame has not diminished over the past couple of generations. The primary concern is in preventing all non-Ghost-types from switching out, which enables Shadow Tag Pokemon to reliably remove threats without the option of realistic counterplay from the opponent.
Gothitelle is the most recognized of the two main Shadow Tag users, as it is capable of running many different sets to fulfill any role the team requires. Its Choice Specs set is a respectable wallbreaker that is capable of removing key threats such as Heatran while having Trick as an option to cripple a trapped wall. If it runs Colbur Berry, Gothitelle can use Thunder Wave to effectively cripple any of the many fast Dark-type attackers that Psychic often has trouble with, such as Mega Sharpedo and Greninja. To make it even harder to predict against Gothitelle, it can even run Trick with Calm Mind and Rest, allowing it to be a devastating sweeper that breaks most balance teams.
Wobbuffet is much more straightforward and is capable of taking on a huge range of threats with its only set, including Alolan Muk, Heracross, and Diggersby. Although it is not used as often as Gothitelle is, Wobbuffet still exposes the power of Shadow Tag preventing the oppoonent's switching when it is able to assuredly KO many of the tier's strongest attackers.
This suspect test is for Shadow Tag as an ability. While Gothitelle is the most notable user, the problems that Shadow Tag can pose appear in Wobbuffet and can even manifest in Gothitelle's pre-evolution Gothorita. Because the linking factor is their shared ability and to gauge the effect this ability has had on the metagame, the Monotype council has voted to suspect Shadow Tag.
In order to cast a vote in this suspect test, you must participate on the Monotype suspect ladder in which Shadow Tag is not allowed. The requirements for qualification are 2850 COIL or more in 75 games or fewer. The B-value for this suspect test is 9.0. The suspect test will end Tuesday October 24 at 11:59 EDT (GMT-4). You will then have three days after it ends to cast your vote. Shadow Tag will require a 60% majority of voters in favor of banning it in order for it to be banned from Monotype.
Upon meeting the requirements, you must post proof of the qualification in the Voter Identification thread, which is separate from this thread and will be created closer to the end of the suspect. Do not post your proof in this discussion thread.
You may use this thread to discuss this Shadow Tag suspect or ask for clarification for any questions you may have.
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To earn 2850 COIL, you must have at least a certain GXE corresponding to the number of games you have played:
GXE | Games 86 34 84 38 82 45 81 49 80 54 79 61 78 69 77.5 75
To calculate for yourself the required number of games for any given GXE, compute:
Tagging The Immortal to set up the suspect ladder. Thank you!