VGC 2019 ULTRA SERIES VIABILITY RANKINGS
Welcome all to a new and exciting year of Pokemon VGC! The 2019 season is underway and to go with it we will be creating once again a valuable resource for competitors alike to come to, partake in, and utilize for their competitive needs! This is an open discussion at all times and I will act as a bookkeeper to the VGC metagame and will compile any and all information I can track. I will be combining community suggestion, CP earnings, and online usage to determine ranking throughout the seasons.
To start this out we will not be using the +/- system and ranks will be purely in the letter and we will discuss all together those smaller changes and adjustments. If you'd like to make a suggestion or claim for a Pokemon moving rank, be sure to be thorough and show some calculations, if applicable. Sell to us why you believe it is deserving of rank.
For Ultra Series, we will be introducing a new team for Viability Rankings to ensure we stay as current and as accurate as possible. These are players who are well versed in the VGC metagame and have a strong understanding of what viability truly means.
Introducing your new Viability Ranking Council!
Netherious (VR Co-Leader)
TPO3 (VR Co-Leader)
This team of players will work to ensure we have an up-to-date VR thread and make sure there is no bias. I want us to be certain that our Viability Ranking is the most accurate across all platforms and is a dependable resource for all to utilize.
Below is the different rankings we will work within. We plan to have this entire list more spread across the entirety of the VR as to accurately display the differences between pokemon, as well as to not represent nearly as many niche pokemon as we have with previous VR.
SReserved for the very best Pokemon in the VGC metagame. These Pokemon are usually able to perform a variety of roles effectively, or can just do one extremely well. Their use has low risk involved and high reward exerted. Pokemon in this tier have very few flaws that are patched up by numerous positive traits.
A+Reserved for Pokemon that are outstanding in the VGC metagame and can handle various field positions effectively or support multiple win conditions. These Pokemon require less support than other Pokemon to be used effectively and have few flaws that can be overlooked when compared to their outstanding traits.
B+Reserved for Pokemon who are great in the VGC metagame. These Pokemon have more notable flaws than of those above it that affects how they function in the tier. Their positive traits still outshine their negatives, but they require a bit more team support to bring out their full potential. Their niches are often slightly smaller than those that are in A and S rank, which leads them to face some competition for a teamslot.
CReserved for Pokemon that have notable niches in the VGC metagame, but have just as notable flaws that prevent them from being effective. Pokemon in the C tier often require additional support to be effective in VGC.
C2Reserved for Pokemon that are generally below average in the VGC metagame, but are decent enough to justify their occasional use on some teams. These Pokemon are either usable but have no real niche, or are only capable of doing their specific task and struggle to do anything more than that. Their niche is often so tiny, that they are not worth using the majority of the time.