Hey friends, the SS NFE Council have decided to test Machoke.
Suspect Test Reasoning:
Machoke has proven itself as both a monstrous offensive and defensive threat in the metagame, thanks to its incredible Attack and very solid defenses. Flame Orb and Guts along with an incredible movepool have virtually 0 defensive switch-ins. Its defensive sets, whilst posing less of an immediate threat, abuses the combination of No Guard and Dynamic Punch, which can sometimes let it hax past common switch-ins. Its Tank set is by far its most common set and is able to beat nearly every Pokemon one-on-one. With access to the best move in the metagame, Knock Off, it is able to not only weaken its own checks, but can pave the way for other threatening wallbreakers, such as Haunter and Wartortle to plough through teams. It is because of these factors that Machoke is very customisable and can fit easily onto any team. It is almost impossible to tell which set Machoke is running from team preview, which makes it much harder to deal with in a battle. Mareanie loses to Machoke’s running Earthquake, Fairy-types lose to Machoke running Heavy Slam, and Dartrix loses to sets with Ice Punch. Nicher options such as Encore and Toxic have been used to allow Machoke to shut down and break past fatter walls. With each of its sets having slight differences in checks and counters, teambuilding with Machoke in mind becomes very difficult.
That being said, Machoke is not a Pokemon without any counterplay. Machoke’s middling speed always means that teams can easily fit offensive counterplay to deal with it. No investment in bulk means its Flame Orb set is relatively easy to revenge kill. Its defensive sets can be switched into relatively easily as they lack the same firepower and coverage to hit Fairy-types for super effective damage. Its Tank set doesn’t hit nearly as hard as its Flame Orb set, and there are still physical walls with reliable recovery which can comfortably switch into it. However, it’s hard to deny Machoke isn’t head and shoulders above the rest of the metagame boasting a near 70% usage and around 60% win rate in OMPL so far.
Suspect Test Information:
The voting requirements are a minimum GXE of 75 with at least 25 games played.
For this suspect test, a new account starting with NFEMA, such as “NFE MArjane” must be used to qualify, as we will be using the NFE Ladder. The suspect will end in around 2 weeks time, on the 14th Sunday June 11:59pm EDT, and then we will put up the voting thread in the Blind Voting subforum.
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If you have any questions about this suspect, please ask vooper or Crystalites . Have fun laddering!
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