Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Changes to the way we battle in Pokemon Sun and Moon

The Pokemon Company has dropped some major news on today and I want to talk about some big ones. While we did get the first evolved forms of the starter Pokemon, which all look cool and you can check them out here, we did get the first hint of news for the VGC '17 season and a new way to battle online, which I want to talk about. You can read the news yourself here.

No Mega Evolutions
Yes, your reading this correctly. Mega Stones will not be allowed for use in the VGC 2017 competitive season. This means that certain Pokemon that depended on their Mega Stone to be competitively viable like Charizard, Kangaskhan, and Mawile, will now need to depend on their natural strengths to be good. For other Pokemon like Gengar, Salamence, and Metagross, who were honestly still good without their Mega Stone won't be terribly disadvantaged. It'll be interesting to see how this changes the metagame and it may seem like more of a mix of VGC '13 without Mega Evolutions, a restricted format like we had in VGC '11 and VGC '14 with the new Pokemon from the 7th generation.

Only Pokemon in the Alola Pokedex allowed for use
Another change that many people suspected would be a thing is that only Pokemon found in the Alola Pokedex before the player has access to the National Dex would be allowed. Well the Pokemon Company confirmed this and we will indeed only be allowed use of Pokemon that are found in the Alola Pokedex. This will be interesting as we only really have this type of format right after a new generation of Pokemon games are released. We had it in 2011 with the release of Pokemon Black & White and again in 2014 with the release of Pokemon X & Y. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out and I for one am looking forward to see how the new 7th Gen Pokemon and the older Gen 1-6 Pokemon that we have access to will mix.

Z-Crystals are Legal
Z-Crystals will be legal for use within the new games. While this isn't a major surprise, it's still noteworthy as these will be the special item that players will have access to. While your still only limited to 1 Z-Crystal that can be activated in a battle, it'll be interesting to see what's the right blend of Z-Crystals to use on your team in combination with the vast variety of items available for use,

An Official VGC Ladder
In Pokemon Sun and Moon, an official VGC ladder will be a thing. Called "Championship Battles", it'll be available right at the launch of the new games, which means that players will have an official way to play once you have a battle-ready team to try out and tweak it as you go along. This is the one I have full support for as especially with VGC '16, once the ladder was taken down for the Flash Clash format, practicing became very difficult as the only way to play multiple games in a row was Pokemon Showdown, which isn't the greatest form of practice. Now we have an officially supported ladder, which is only going to tell of great things to come.

VGC Chess Clock 
The final big thing is a VGC Chess Clock. The way it'll work is that for 1 battle, a player will have 10 minutes that they can use to make their decisions. The difference is that those 10 minutes are for the whole battle, meaning that the match could be almost over, but if you don't have enough time left, you could be at a disadvantage. This change will discourage timer stalling (using the full 45 second timer to run out the clock), as by doing this, you'll run out of time fast and may get put into uncomfortable situations. The key will be to carefully conserve the amount of time you have.

Battle with other People's Teams
New to the games, you can actually take someone's team and play with it on the ladder. The way it'll work is that you can make a QR Code of a team, and sent it to other people or post it online for all to use. This could be cool as if someone does really well at an event or really enjoys a team and want to share it so others can try it, which could aide in testing more teams frequently and allow for the best versions of teams to shine.

Overall, I'm very excited for these new changes. I feel that VGC '17 will be an amazing season and I can't wait to see what's going to happen in the future. Leave a comment if you will about your opinions on these new changes. Check out my older content if you haven't already and I'll see you next time. Bye!

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