Metagame Suicide Cup

I ended up being encouraged by Ho3nConfirm3d today to post some post-Home VR nominations, so here I go. This is my first time doing VR nominations period, and I hope I did well. These nominations notably attempt to keep the power levels of the currently posted VR tiers, but I'm actually shaky on some of them myself. Feel free to post your own noms and disagree publicly with mine, though:

:zacian:
Zacian: UR -> A+
Zacian is tied for the fastest Steel Beam user who can still self-2HKO with Substitute into Steel Beam, and it is so blindingly fast at 138 base Speed that it outspeeds all Heal Pulse users, most Taunt users, most Encore users, and most Trick/Switcheroo users. This means that high-tier mons like Mewtwo often cannot interrupt it. Imprison ensures it can disrupt opposing Steel Beam users in a way that Magic Coat cannot stop. Zacian has a weakness to Steel Beam, a neutrality to Stealth Rock, and a worse ability to tank opposing Struggles compared to its equally fast and useful compatriot Zamazenta, relegating Zamazenta to more Steel Beam Spam-prone teams.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/826cce93b68a5bbe

:mewtwo:
Mewtwo: UR -> S
Mewtwo is the fastest Heal Pulse user in the meta at 130 base Speed, and it has Taunt to boot to prevent opponents from creating Substitutes. This gives Mewtwo favourable match-ups against Pokemon who are slower than it and who do not have Magic Coat, which includes most Steel Beam users, the Court Change staples Dugtrio and Cinderace, and the best Sticky Web users. Mewtwo having access to Magic Coat, Disable, and Teleport as well as being the fastest non-Prankster user of Trick add to its unpredictability. With all these features, Mewtwo is a great pick for almost any team.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/7d1adcc8ce2a2b01

:liepard: / :purrloin:
Liepard Family: B -> A-
The Liepard family got Prankster back, which puts them back into a rarefied position among disruptors. Purrloin notably has good viability, having all the best moves in Liepard's movepool (Taunt, Encore, Trick, Thunder Wave, Baton Pass, Copycat) and, when Naive, being cleanly OHKOd by Zacian's Steel Beam, being OHKOd by Klink's STAB 45 base Special Attack Steel Beam after Black Sludge, and being OHKOd most of the time by Pawniard's STAB 40 base Special Attack Steel Beam after Black Sludge while still outspeeding fellow Pranksters Sableye and Impidimp (so it can put out a Substitute before Sableye Imprisons it away, for example). Not having Disable (or Heal Pulse, but no Pranksters get that) to hose Steel Beam users better and not having Imprison to disrupt Dark-types prevents me from ranking this family any higher, though.

New Sample Sets: https://pokepast.es/453924856d56e152

:silvally:
Silvally: A- -> A
In an expanded post-Home meta, Silvally notably gets to raise its VR position (IMO) by having Magic Coat and regaining Defog. This makes it the new fastest Defog Steel Beam user, giving it a valuable niche in Steel Beam Spam teams. Magic Coat also bounces back Taunt, Heal Pulse, and Sticky Web and plays mind games with Encore and Disable users, some of the best ways to disrupt Steel Beam users. As a cool bonus, it cannot have its ability changed by opposing Skill Swap and friends. Although it still keeps Imprison from pre-Home, its slower speed than fellow Imprisoners Zacian, Zamazenta, and Jirachi often prevents it from being a Steel Beam hoser on teams without Sticky Web. Silvally gets to Imprison Steel Beam counterplay they can't such as Roar and Tailwind, though.

New Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/0701f8cd7a119c5f

:xatu:
Xatu: A- -> A+
(The old VR description still applies)
Xatu gets a sizable boost post-Home by regaining Defog, thus making it perhaps the most reliable Defog user in the meta. Additionally, it can also use Imprison to prevent opponents from Defogging. It remains a great pivot with Magic Bounce and Teleport, and Tailwind with the slow pivot move Teleport provides great support. Its part-Flying typing grants it both a weakness to Stealth Rock and the ability to not be trapped by Dugtrio. Faster Imprison Defog users such as Ribombee can prevent Xatu from Defogging, though.

New Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/4ee7f93a2ce9b8a5

:whimsicott: / :cottonee:
Whimsicott Family: A- -> A
Regaining Defog post-Home was a boon to the Whimsicott family. This now allows Cottonee to compress the roles of Steel Beam fodder, Defog user, and Encore user. If the Whimsicott family does not need to provide Defog support, its members can still provide support with Switcheroo, Knock Off, Stun Spore, Tailwind, and more. Naive Cottonee notably is not OHKOd after Black Sludge roughly half the time by Bronzor Steel Beam.

New Sample Sets: https://pokepast.es/10546d5642621fb6

:swinub:
Swinub: B -> B+ (Split From Mamoswine Family)
For Steel Beam fodder, Swinub makes a surprisingly good pivot, as its Oblivious makes it immune to Taunt. This also makes Swinub a reliable Roar user, as few things will stop it from Roaring out its target. Swinub ends up being less disruptive than some other Steel Beam fodder, though, but a Taunt-immune mon is still a valuable addition to some teams.

New Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/a9bc73f6f57f4f35

:swoobat:
Swoobat: B- -> B
(The old VR description still applies)
The Swoobat family is currently the only family with Skill Swap and Klutz, providing unique disruption that ignores both Substitute and Magic Coat. All Swoobat needs is 1 turn to make its item injure itself for the rest of the game. Steel Beam users with Klutz are either forced out or made to use Steel Beam twice, which can decide games. Opposing Taunts and Encores can be mitigated with Magic Coat. Swoobat is also a decent Defog user.

New Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/4270406d6adf586d

:persian-alola:
Persian-Alola: UR -> A-
Persian-Alola is a fast Dark-type with a good movepool, including Taunt, Switcheroo, Parting Shot, and Roar. This allows it to ignore Pranksters, eject Magic Bounce users, disrupt Perish Song users, eject opponents with Toxic Orbs who linger for too long, and more. Rival Dark-types can hold edges in speed, being Steel Beam fodder, or having access to moves like Encore and Disable, though.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/e7fe2a051658e280

:celebi:
Celebi: UR -> B+
Celebi is the only Pokemon with access to Perish Song and Baton Pass, giving it a unique niche. This makes it a good partner for otherwise risky Trick, Klutz, and Belly Drum users. Magic Coat grants it protection while stalling out Perish Song turns. Heal Bell, Trick, Substitute, and Imprison add to the support it can lend. Natural Cure restricts it to holding Black Sludge or disruptive items, though. Also, not having access to moves like Taunt or Encore hurts, a mediocre 100 base Speed forces it to Magic Coat more than it may like, and Perish Song is a slower way to self-KO than Sub-Steel Beam and Sub-Belly Drum.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/7aecad8fbf4fe809

:ninetales-alola:
Ninetales-Alola: UR -> B
Ninetales-Alola is one of the fastest users of Imprison and Disable, thus hosing slower Steel Beam users (Cobalion and slower) fairly well. Encore, Roar, and Heal Bell round out its support movepool. Snow Warning provides chip to both sides, which may end up backfiring against Steel Beam Spam teams and Court Change teams, but it does help your failed Trick/Switcheroo users. Ninetales-Alola is OHKOd after Black Sludge by Steel Beams as weak as Pawniard and Togedemaru's (40 base Special Attack). A lack of Taunt and Magic Coat and a flawed 109 base Speed both hurt Ninetales-Alola, though.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/c0e7ecc3e3af8cd8

:delibird:
Delibird: UR -> B
Delibird is like a more disruptive but sadly bulkier Snom for Court Change teams that is unfortunately immune to Spikes. Defog lets it remove Sticky Web, and it just might be able to successfully use that move with its 75 base Speed. Baton Pass lets Delibird slower pivot to answers to switch-ins such as Prankster users. Delibird can lend further team support by using Hail or attempting to Agility Pass, it can try to restart the hazards party with Spikes, or it can stall out turns with Protect. Naive Delibird is unfortunately OHKOd after Black Sludge by Bronzor's (and Ferroseed's) Steel Beam only most of the time, but all other Steel Beams cleanly OHKO it, even when Hasty.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/9e433976ee5bdee4

:klinklang: / :klink:
Klinklang Family: UR -> A
The Klinklang family is one of the few families with access to Steel Beam and Magic Coat, thus making it harder to disrupt than the usual Steel Beam users. Thunder Wave tries its best to disrupt Imprison Steel Beam users and switch-ins. While Klinklang is the fastest member of the family, Klink notably has a wimpy 45 base Special Attack. Clear Body makes them immune to Sticky Web.

Sample Sets: https://pokepast.es/80683a536e28b1a8

:jirachi:
Jirachi: UR -> A
With access to Magic Coat, Encore, and Baton Pass, Jirachi makes an excellent lead for Steel Beam Spam teams, especially against opponents who sacrifice their typical Steel Beam fodder to it. Magic Coat bounces away several methods of disrupting Steel Beam users along with Sticky Web, while Encore eases switches by locking opponents, especially Imprison Steel Beam users, into unwanted moves. Baton Pass allows for slower pivots and Sub passing when Jirachi is discouraged from using Steel Beam. While Jirachi has access to Imprison to hose opposing Steel Beam users, it is slower than the fastest Imprison Steel Beam users, Zacian and Zamazenta, so it often does not play the Imprison Steel Beam role on teams without Sticky Web. Jirachi's biggest drawback is its enormous 100 base Special Attack with STAB on Steel Beam, which means it always OHKOs Naive Accelgor after Black Sludge, among other benchmarks. Perhaps cleanly OHKOing Dugtrio may secretly be useful, though.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/d4480317f25e4abe

:cobalion:
Cobalion: UR -> A-
Cobalion is the fastest Steel Beam user with a phazing move, and it has additional disruption with Taunt. This gives it an important niche in Steel Beam Spam teams by being able to remove Imprison Steel Beam users such as Zacian. Additionally, Cobalion is tied for fastest user of Taunt and Stealth Rock with Terrakion, and it distinguishes itself from Terrakion by being a Steel Beam user, therefore making it less of a setup fodder. Taunt can ease setting up Stealth Rock for Court Change teams by forcing open its own opportunities, and Cobalion makes a decent generic disruptor when hosed off Steel Beam. Cobalion's main weaknesses are its flawed 108 base Speed (slower than the fastest Heal Pulse user, Mewtwo), its lack of Magic Coat to fend off faster disruption, and its disturbingly high 90 base Special Attack with STAB on Steel Beam. This means that it always OHKOs Naive Sableye after Black Sludge, among other benchmarks.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/d92c3c4d754744b4

:zamazenta:
Zamazenta: UR -> B+
While tied with Zacian for the fastest Steel Beam user who can still self-2HKO with Substitute into Steel Beam, Zamazenta has an annoying Stealth Rock resistance, neutrality to Steel Beam, and automatically boosted Defense compared to Zacian. Thus, Zamazenta should only be considered for teams leaning into Steel Beam Spam. Zamazenta does practically the same things as Zacian, including Imprisoning opposing Steel Beam users, and their shared 138 base Speed is wonderful.

Sample Set: https://pokepast.es/7b2765de3aabb218

:ferroseed:
Ferroseed: A- -> B-
Ferroseed may be immune to powder moves (e.g. Stun Spore, Spore), but with no Magic Coat to redirect disruption, no Imprison to interrupt opposing Steel Beam users, no way to phaze opposing Imprison Steel Beam users, and no Taunt to at least prevent disruption from opposing switch-ins, it has a narrow niche in Steel Beam Spam teams. At least it's still tied for weakest Steel Beam with the better Bronzor.

:corviknight:
Corviknight: B+ -> C+
With Silvally taking over its Defog Steel Beam niche, I find no good reasons to run Corviknight in Steel Beam Spam teams anymore. It can't Magic Coat disruption away, its Taunt is slower than the most relevant Heal Pulse users, Silvally Tailwinds faster, Silvally's movepool is just plain better at dealing with opposing disruptors and Steel Beam users, 53 base Special Attack with STAB is vaguely unsettling when it comes to undesirably KOing otherwise unreliable Steel Beam fodder...I'd actually be fine with pushing this to UR, but I'm keeping this safe for now.

I'm personally not quite sure whether to push Accelgor down to A+ or keep it at S. On the one hand, it's vulnerable to Pranksters and cannot Magic Coat their disruptive moves back at them, and Pranksters are among the best Steel Beam fodder. On the other hand, always being able to keep its item gives it some switch-in opportunities, and Knock Off, while leaving it arguably even more vulnerable to Prankster Taunt, outright wins games in one turn in this more Black Sludge-infested meta. Accelgor being the fastest user of Knock Off (non-STAB to boot!) and having a somewhat wussy 70 base Attack helps its case.

As for refining the VR sets of Steel Beam fodder, I've found that Snom, Ralts, and Swinub can all be Hasty and still be cleanly OHKOd by Bronzor's Steel Beam. Additionally, Naive (but not Hasty) Dwebble is also cleanly OHKOd by Bronzor's Steel Beam. This frees them up to run Toxic Orb, though Snom and Dwebble should stick with Black Sludge and Ralts and Swinub may still stick with Black Sludge depending on the set. Also, sadly, Darumaka-Galar is not OHKOd by Bronzor Steel Beam regardless of what set it uses, and Naive Cottonee is not OHKOd after Black Sludge roughly half the time by Bronzor Steel Beam.
 

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