Before starting this argument please note that English is not my primary language not even my second but my third. So if my grammar is like one of a 12 year old sometimes my apologises.
Several pokemons have rised in usage since the release of Platinum but none of them scares me more then Heatrans. It is strange if you think about it Heatran didn’t got any usefull moves. Yet i’ve been seeing Heatran like in almost every team lately, why?
- Banning Garchomp, Garchomp has always been a valuable switchin to Heatran resisting it’s most important stab and easily kill it with an Eq. Garchomp was so bulky that a misprediction from Dragon pulse or hp ice won’t 1HKO.
-T he release of Platinum brought several changes to the metagame like Scizor and Skymin. You can easily switch Heatran in both of those and 1HKO them with Fire blast.
He might not be No1 yet or maybe he already is we’ll have to wait for the statistics for that. However while playing on the ladder I’ve noticed several changes caused by Heatran here are a few example.
- Skymin uses Substitude which is odd on a pokemon who can’t recover himself and even gets killed faster by SR. Yet this very usefull if a Heatran would switchin expecting Seed Flare and EP the vulcano
- Blissey uses T-wave instead of Toxic to cripple heatran
- Heatran often now uses Earth power instead of Fire blast even in the beginning expecting another Heatran
-Superpower on Scizor to kill predicted Heatran switchins.
You might say whatever a bit rise can’t be a problem from the metagame isn’t it?
However many people use Heatran to switch into other Heatrans so in that case if more people use Heatran more will use it to switch into it which makes other people also use it more.
In worst case scenario