Wake in Sun teams is quite broken imo. It definitely creates some overcentralization and that's hard to deny. While Choice Specs sets are getting easier to play around, Wake can also hold Life Orb or Mystic Water, and use Tera in a suitable time to blow past its checks.Its very early on still and I could be off the mark here ofcourse, but as of right now I dont think Wake forcing teams to be prepared is a bad thing? New mons should by all means have the impact to shake up the meta. Just because team structures are changing to handle a newly released mon doesn't mean that this new mon is broken.
It doesn't force mons or sets on teams that do nothing except answer Wake, like the Tauros variants for Chien Pao or fucking CM Blissey for Flutter Mane (which Blissey could still lose to, depending the set Mane was carrying)
Both Clod and Slowking, the 2 most consistent answers so far imo, are good in OU and have teammates that slot in nicely to cover weaknesses & pivot around Wake. Corv + Clod for example, or Slowking + Kingambit. It might prove too restricting that these are the only "main" answers to it but I mentioned other decent ways to handle it & other people have mentioned more.
That said, new sets might pop up that prove to be more problematic - like what happened with Palafin's Bulk Up + Taunt set. Tho fwict Wake doesn't have too many neat utility or tech options beyond specific Tera types. I personally think that even if i end up being wrong on this and Wake is really just broken, it is too early to tell right now.
A bit late to the discussion, but I think there's more to WW and Hydro Steam than just "it gets boosted in sun, therefore it's broken"; I feel like the synergy between Protosynthesis boosting WW's speed/SpA and a secondary offensive typing in Dragon (a near-unresisted combo) propels it to a level of power in that you could literally spam it and one of either of its Dragon STABs as much as you want at basically no penalty at all due to how ungodly powerful the combination is. I guess you could compare it to how Chi-Yu functioned in the tier, only slightly less nuclear due to its lower base Special Attack. People wouldn't be hyping up Walking Wake as this unstoppable force if it didn't have an incredible synergy between its ability and moves...which it does. I don't personally think it's broken, but I can't deny that Hydro Steam is the most fucked move it could possibly ask for. It's a perfect accuracy Water-type move that gets boosted to 120 BP in sun on top of its ability boosting its stats in sun, of course it's going to be great.i love all the people saying "OH MY GOD IT'S 120 BP IN SUN" as though not literally every fire move with a bp of 80 or up would have literally the exact same thing
I personally like running the Choice Specs set but if you don't want to be stuck on a move I would recommend going with Heavy Duty Boots to work with Will-O-Wisp / Knock OffZoroark Hisui is better than I expected - not only because of its immunties, but being able to spread will o wisp as well
However, I am not sure what I item I should run. I tried Throat Spray but it does not work as expected
max speed max special attacks
Usually takes a couple days, guess will be done by the weekend. https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/usage-based-tier-update-for-march-2023-an-aroma-of-pu.3717197/ just went up, which has some preliminary infoHow long until we learn february's usage stats?
Armarouge moved from UU to OUArmarouge??????
Wait, I didn't see it was #15, that's a big surge, also Dragapult flew up to #4. Chien's ban benefited them quite a lot, sadly it also helped the ugly cat which is at #12.Baxcalibur went from UUBL to Top 15 in usage... safe to say it has secured its place in the post-Chien Pao metagame as a formidable wall breaker and sweeper.
I quite like the idea of either Sunny Day or Substitute as the fourth move if not running specs. Admittedly I've not played with Wake much since I've been busy but if a lot of what people are using against it (Clod, Slowking) relies on status to force Wake out, you can just sub on them and continue blasting. Also lets you more safely beat Water Garg and not eat a million damage from Salt Cure if it comes in after you knock something out.Wake in Sun teams is quite broken imo. It definitely creates some overcentralization and that's hard to deny. While Choice Specs sets are getting easier to play around, Wake can also hold Life Orb or Mystic Water, and use Tera in a suitable time to blow past its checks.
Wake has a free 4th moveslot available where it can fit things like Sunny Day, Agility or even Dragon Tail (not just Tera Blast). It's definitely not as flexible as Palafin and definitely requires more support, but Wake is far from a one trick pony.
I don't think Wake is broken overall, but more adaptable than people think. Tera Poison sets are popping up to beat the fairies, for example.
Not only Pao's ban helped but also having a great match up against two of top meta picks rn: Volc and Rotom is great.Baxcalibur went from UUBL to Top 15 in usage... safe to say it has secured its place in the post-Chien Pao metagame as a formidable wall breaker and sweeper.
I thought Ceruledge and Quaquaval might drop but they both managed to stay, the rising popularity of Sun teams is probably good for Ceruledge as its Weak Armor Tera Grass Solar Blade sets are commonly featured on Sun.
Great Tusk is number one because he is the thing bringing all together, is one of the very few hazard removers that can kill gholdengo, is a bulky stealth rocker, a bulky attacker, a non-passive wall, can be a sweeper. tusk is not a problem, is everything around him that is a problem, try counter all the physical mons withouth itNow, I want to talk about the elephant in the room. Great Tusk.
I'm not posting to say "oh no Great Tusk is broken ban ban ban".
But this is the third consecutive month where it has been the top pokemon. With two consecutive months of an over 50% usage stat, I think there is something wrong with the OU tier. No pokemon should ever have that high usage. It's a cry for help. (Per the monthly stat charts displayed at the start of each month, Great Tusk had 37% in December, 53% in January, and 57% in February.)
Last generation, I think there was too much caution on behalf of banning problematic pokemon (too many suspect tests and not enough conversations among the council for quick bans). This led to heavily skewed usage stats of checks and counters that otherwise shouldn't have seen that much play (Looking at you Seismitoad). Clefable was good, but it was the only realistic answer to Urshifu-S.
I digress. My point here isn't the Great Tusk is problematic. But something is wrong with the meta, and the role compression offered by Great Tusk is probably the most efficient method to answer whatever that problem may be.
I'd assume Gholdengo is in a similar boat. It has 35%+ usage for the past three months. (37% in December, 43% in January, and 41% in Febrauary).