Finally the bear has vanished. I wanna talk about the mons that have either gotten better or worse after Urshifu’s departure.
Ferro and Tran no longer have to deal with the burden of being threatened out by Urshifu every time it comes in and stares down at them. Melmetal not only lost a check but it also lost competition as a breaker. I could expect Band Melmetal to pick up more usage. Drill has one less check to it’s name letting it feel more comfortable with setting up SD.
All four of these no longer have to worry about being put into 50/50s with the best offensive threat in the tier. Plus having one less dark type gives them more room to spam ghost moves, most notably the op horse.
The Bro twins may have lost a common partner, but it also means that we have less mons to OHKO them at full which gives them more chances to spam Future Sight and pivot out. Glowking is even harder to deal with now that it has one less mon to threaten it out. Lele now lost a check and competition for breaker. Latios no longer has to play 50/50s with Urshifu which gives it one less check. Reuniclus was once easy to just check with Urshifu. Now those times are over and Reuniclus is ready to reign supreme. (At least once Spectrier leaves.)
Blissey and Ttar no longer have to worry about giving Urshifu opportunities to come in and f shit up, this also means they are less of a momentum sap which makes the former two better vs Spectrier outside of a vaccum. Pert just likes having one less mon that can heavily pressure it or outright OHKO it letting it do it’s job easier.
Daunt appreciates having not only lost a check to it but also lost heavy competition. Same goes for Kart, Rapid Strike Shifu, Goon who not only can break but check Spectrier, Gapdos, and even Terrakion. Urshifu’s ban means you don’t need two slots to safely switch into it, which also means these breakers have more of a chance in being splashed on teams.
Kyurem always was forced out by Urshifu. However now Kyurem has more room to freely spam Freeze Dry, coverage, and break. Corviknight wasn’t as splashable with Urshifu around since it’s competition were able to deal with Shifu whether it’s Torn’s high speed and Regen, Zapdos Hurricane and Static, or Molt’s Flame Body. Now that it’s gone Corv will be able to be splashed on more teams.
These mons were able to pivot into Shifu a few times and then switch into something like Clefable. It hinders their ability as physical walls, but only slightly. It also means they can experience with more SpD spreads.
These mons were able to pivot into Urshifu once and punish it one way or another. With the bear being gone they get hindered but slightly like Pex and Tang. However Mandi was hit the hardest out of the birds and unfortunately due to not being a reliable Spectrier check like it’s supposed to, facing competition with Hydreigon, and now Shifu leaving means that it will only continue falling down in the metagame. It does mean however that Zapdos and Moltres can run Pressure again making them more effective Defoggers.
These mons got hindered slightly in defensive utility but they haven’t changed much in viability (Except G-Weezing). Fini can run more SpD, and Magearna has one less breaker to face competition with.
Urshifu leaving hits these two the harder than Future Sight. Buzzwole still can check SD Lando, Chomp, Rilla, and Goon so it still has a place but it’ll drop significantly in usage. As for Kommo-o, just use Garchomp.
Clef lost a bit of splashability with Urshifu gone but it means that Clef is free to run more sets. SpD, Mixed Defensive, Wishport, maybe even LO 3 attacks from early Gen 8 and USUM.
These two were able to punish Urshifu one way or another whether it’s RH/Rough Skin, or Mixed Chomp’s Draco. However now their Defensive have less physical breakers to worry about and it also means they’re SD sets have less competition.
On one hand it appreciates having one less check to it’s name. On the other it lost one of it’s best partners. However it’s still a great mon that will continue to break shit.
Overall the ban benefited a whole lot of the metagame. The one’s that were effected negatively are only effected slightly. (Except Buzzwole, G-Weezing, Mandibuzz r.i.p) It says alot on how much of an unhealthy presence Urshifu. We still have a long way to go with Spectrier, Ace, and Mag in the tier but it’s one step to a healthier metagame.