I know that this should probably go in the SPL discussion thread, and I apologize if I shouldn’t post it here, but this thread is much more active. So far, bulkier teams (Pex in particular appears to be doing well, so I think it’s safe to say that proclamations of its demise without Scald and Knock were premature) have been much more common in the first week of SPL and that isn’t surprising; bulkier teams tend to be more consistent and therefore favored for tournament play, but the bans of things like Chi-Yu and Ape also helped make the tier more hospitable for defensive options. However, I wonder how the general perception of Tera is now that the meta has settled in more. When Tera was tested, HO was a far more prominent playstyle. Do people, especially those that said that Tera is “uncompetitive,” feel like Tera is more manageable in the current meta?
I haven’t gone through all of the SPL replays yet but just based on what I’ve seen, I don’t feel like there have been many of the scenarios where unexpected and unpredictable Teras swings a game, which was one of the main fears that I heard during the suspect period. Sure, there are some games like this
where Lax’s Sandy Shocks being Tera Fairy probably caught Star off guard and picked up the kill on Meowscarada, but I don’t feel like that decided the game. There’s also often a trade-off to your team’s defensive composition when you Tera, which is shown in this game
after ima’s Gholdengo goes for Tera Normal and allows a Spin/loses its Fairy resist (although it was heavily chipped at that point anyway and it being able to resist Moonblast didn’t matter as much). Of the games that I’ve seen, this game
was most swung by a particular Tera but I think it had a lot more to do with Garganacl being dumb than anything else (as an aside, Chien-Pao and Garganacl are the two mons I would like to see suspect tested, but that’s neither here nor there).