I think you're reading too much into my post. I legit was just curious as to what pokemon FCKNfuego was thinking about.For starters, Mandibuzz, Clefable, and Toxapex can at very least check both sets with their most common variants barring Shadow Ball drops or crits. But beyond this, any argument about Dragapult being a problem should not stem from this at all.
It is incredibly easy to decipher if Dragapult is DD or not from team preview. DD is super uncommon to begin with and only has any viability on more offensive teams, particularly on hyper offense. And on hyper offense, you seldom see specs Dragapult as locking into the wrong move (or even the right one after a fodder) can lead to a huge problem as a free turn is suddenly opened up for the opponent, which HO struggles to deal with.
If you struggle to decipher Dragapult sets at preview (beyond boots status vs specs, which have a massive amount of overlap and you can even figure out some of the time) when talking about DD vs specially based, that’s absolutely on you as a player. If you struggle against DD Dragapult in general, a set that has been subpar and uncommon for months, then that’s far more on teambuilding issues than it is anything else. There are a myriad of viable checks and counters.
Choice Specs Dragapult is a menace and I understand frustrations about it, but the versatility card is being misapplied here and other sets simply do not belong in the same discussion.
I agree completely here.On a more interesting topic than the constant debate about Dragapult, I decided to do an analysis of some WCoP trends.
1. Specially Defensive Landorus-T
If you look at the VR, you'll see most of the main physical attackers in this meta can potentially beat Landorus-T - Urshifu and Bisharp effectively ignore Intimidate, Weavile is Ice-type, Rillaboom, Kartana and Melmetal hit too hard for it to check them, Dragonite and offensive Landorus-T both can just use it as setup fodder. Lando is only really reliable against Zeraora. Being the ultimate utility belt/glue mon, of course people wouldn't just stop using it - instead they switched to specially defensive spreads, which are more reliable than physical defense against Dracozolt and Tapu Koko and check Volcarona and Heatran, while still checking Zeraora.
On a related note, I've noticed more Hawlucha usage on the ladder. This coincides with the disappearance of slowbro and toxapex being forced to run more specially defensive builds to deal with specs dragapult. OG zapdos is seeing less usage as well, and the trend of landorus going more spdef oriented is even better for the fighting little bird.
At the earlier days of the meta I thought Hawlucha would never be high since we have such a fat, slow meta, but pokemon that dissuade it's use are slowly fading in obscurity. Never underestimate it's ability to sweep a team though, after an unburden it outspeeds virtually anything (save barraskewda in rain), has access to swords dance, high bp stab moves, and a free fourth move slot to fit in whatever it pleases-Taunt, Stone Edge, Poison Jab, Substitute, or Roost. I'm interested to see how the meta continues to develop from this point.