Sunday, December 27, 2015

VGC Metagame Changes: Episode 2: The New Guys in Town



Hey guys. Since the new rules were announced, I naturally came to this idea. Like Episode 1, I plan to cover some new changes. I won't go into the biggest change, as my Intro to VGC 2016 can give you my opinion without just spitting out the same words again. Now, let's go into the changes in the metagame.

New Legends
If you kept up with the format, you will know that 15 new legends were added to the format. Each one brings there own charm and will surely make some sort of impact, no matter how large. I hope they each have their own spark of viability since they all have some sort of niche to take advantage of.

Weather Wars
What I mean by this is that with the introduction of Primals in this format, Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza are all very popular for good reasons. They all bring something to the table that no one else can do. Because of this, the famous weather wars have returned, and with the vengeance of Gen 5. In gen 5, the weather wars were Ninetales representing the Sun, Politoed representing the Rain, Tyranitar representing the Sand, and Abomasnow representing the Hail. Since a small change to Gen 6 made weather only last 5 turns, the severity of these wars have died down. But now, with Primal Groudon's Harsh Sun, Primal Kyogre's Heavy Rain, and Mega Rayquaza's Strong Wind, the dangerous Weather Wars have once again resurfaced and if you want to climb to the top, your going to have to find away to combat this.

Weather War Bye-Bye Tricks
Because of the Weather Wars, people have been trying to figure out how to stop these Hoenn legends from dominating the seen. The main way I seen as a solution is to use Golduck. The reason being is that Golduck has the Cloud Nine ability, which means that the effects of the current weather will go away as soon as it appears, but not the animation. This means it can use Scald on Primal Groudon for the KO and take out one of their team's major threats. I also seen people use the move Role Play. If you don't know, it's a move that switches the target's ability with your ability. A popular strategy is to use Role Play on Pranskter users such as Tornadus and Thundurus to switch their ability with their Primal partner to get back their weather up. This also works with Skill Swap since the idea is the same, you'll just mainly do it with Cresselia. I also seen Lickilicky as another Cloud Nine user since it's bulky and can use Normal Gem Explosion to hopefully take out the 2 threats in front of it.

Popular Mega Evolutions
These 5 Mega Evolutions are the ones you can primarily expect to see. They're all very strong and amazing at what they do. Whether it's causing high amounts of damage, great utility with their abilities, or just staying powerful, these 5 have proved themselves to be the top threats and the ones to watch out for.

Smeargle
Smeargle is the finally major thing i'll talk about. Their is only reason i'm talking about Smeargle and that is because it's the only Dark Void user in the format. If you don't know, Dark Void is a 80% accurate dark type spread move that doesn't damage the opponent, but can put the opponent to sleep. A lot of people want the move Dark Void to be banned because from the arguments I've heard, it's over-centralizing in the meta since in order to reliably counter it, you have to sacrifice the overall integrity of your team to do this, and it won't be a guarantee that you'll ever face a Dark Void Smeargle, though now it's a lot more likely to do so.

Minor Changes
  • Crobat and Talonflame has become a lot more useful as Tailwind setters
  • Aegislash has gone physical to deal with Geomancy Xerneas
  • Charizard has dropped in popularity in favor of Primal Groudon
  • Mega Gardevoir and Sylveon have dropped in favor of Xerneas
  • Rotom-Wash has dropped in popularity since the standard set can't touch Primal Groudon
I hoped you enjoyed this. If you have any suggestions on what you wanna see, feel free to drop your suggestions below, or message me on Twitter @KurokyuneVGC and following me would be great as well. I'll see you next time. Bye!

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