The council has decided we will be suspect testing Exeggutor to potentially be allowed into ZU after having been ZUBL for a long time!
Exeggutor was originally quickbanned at the start of beta for being one of the main driving forces behind two playstyles that were heavily dominating: Sun and Trick Room. It’s high Special Attack stat meant that it functioned as an excellent breaker on both of those playstyles. In addition, it had a powerful presence on other teams as well as a solid breaker that used its solid STAB combination to break through a large variety of teams. However, it is also important to note that back then, sun had Victreebel and we banned both Victreebel and Exeggutor to nerf the playstyle. Hence, it is possible that Exeggutor was never given a proper chance to begin with.
In addition, since then, the metagame has changed massively. Both Sun and Trick Room have fallen off heavily from the incredible forces they once were and offense is now ruling the metagame, driven by a wide variety of excellent wallbreakers. Being a slow wallbreaker with a poor defensive typing itself, Exeggutor may be very easy to pressure, similarly to Choice Specs Abomasnow. Furthermore, Exeggutor faces significant competition from Pokemon like Shiftry and Abomasnow, meaning that it is perhaps not as exceptional as it once were.
Of course, there is still a chance it is broken. Its massive Special Attack stat combined with an incredibly powerful STAB move in Leaf Storm means that it’s capable of 2HKOing much of the metagame, and it’s still a giant threat on both of the playstyles it originally found itself on. Moreover, Exeggutor can function as a standalone threat because of its access to Sleep Power, Berry+Harvest sets, and its own utility. Throughout this suspect test, it will be crucial to identify how much of a threat Exeggutor is, both on Sun or Trick Room and off of them, and whether or not the metagame can handle its presence.
There will be no suspect ladder. Instead, we will use the regular ZU ladder, though it will have Exeggutor unbanned. Anyone who wishes to participate in this suspect test must fulfill the following requirements:
- All games must be played on the Pokemon Showdown! ZU ladder on a new alt with the following format: “ZUEGG [nickname]” (example: ZUEGG Xayah).
- To qualify for voting, you must play a minimum of 30 games on your alt and achieve a minimum of 78 GXE.
- You must post proof of achieving these requirements in the Alt Identification Thread.
Tagging The Immortal to unban Exeggutor from the ZU ladder.