Sorry for what may seem like slacking off, I just totally forgot that these things came out. Let's write that thought dump, shall we?
Rotom-W lost a large chunk of its statistical dominance over the rest of the tier, presumably as a result of the deadly VoltTurn core it formed with Genesect being disbanded due to the latter's ban part of the way through the month. Can it last a full month without it while still keeping its throne? The answer in a month!
The big story, however, is what comes immediately after. Not content with breaking the top 10, Charizard now occupies the #2 spot on the OU ladder! I've already mentioned everything that makes it beastly last month, and I'm sure everyone was well aware of it anyway, so I should probably move on... except I won't because I forgot something. See, many Pokémon have the ability to go either physical or special, completely changing their check/counter list depending on what they do. But with Mega Lucario gone, it's safe to say that none of these Pokémon have the same level of sheer indecent power as Charizard. You see Charizard on team preview, you have no idea what's coming at you until you see the mega evolution animation, and 50% of the time it's too late.
I'm going to refer you to the latest issue of the Smog for a good explanation, specifically this article. While aim picked Mega Charizard X alone (and I can't hate, because it's a legit beast), PttP cheated a bit and picked both of them, for the simple reason that not knowing which of these two nukes is coming at you causes considerable stress at best, and a loss on your record at worst. The first replay he provided proves his point completely - even though he lost, at least bluffing Mega Charizard X when he really had Y prevented the dreaded Thundurus-I sweep and gave him a fighting chance. (Also want to point out, THREE weather inducers on the same team. That notion would've been unthinkable last gen!)
It's true, if Mega Charizard X didn't exist, Mega Charizard Y would be worse, not THAT much worse, but worse regardless. The reverse is also true. So if there's ever a suspect test involving either or both of them, we're going to have a kind of debate we've never had before. And the greatest irony in that? Charizard and Mewtwo both got two mega evolutions because they're by far the most popular fully evolved Pokémon. So in a way, being worshipped by six-year olds who put four Fire moves on theirs DID end up making it better. That is so wrong, so fucked up on so many levels, I have no words left. So let's move on.
Genesect and Mega Lucario were banned during February, so their rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. One thing to note, however, is that Lucario use dropped by over 40% despite being allowed for just over half of the month. Almost as if people stopped using it entirely with the Lucarionite gone. Looking forward to seeing where it ends up next month... turns out picking it for a mega evolution might not have been as dumb as previously thought. Adaptability was still a horrible decision, though, don't get me wrong. So who did Fighting-type users turn to with this loss? Well, Infernape lost ground, and so did Breloom... Conkeldurr, on the other hand, went from #15 to #8, becoming THE definitive Fighting-type in a generation where, Lucario megavolving aside, the Fighting type took an incredible amount of abuse (though it was definitely not uncalled for).
Another consequence of these bans is that Latios no longer needs to fear Genesect's U-Turn, and as such got a massive boost, from #32 to #19. I will admit, it felt wrong not having it in the top 20. Latias, on the other hand, LOST some ground. In the immortal words of Bill O'Reilly, you can't explain that. It's determined to be a big fish in the small pond of UU!
Seems like people aren't done discovering Bisharp yet - last month, it barely made the OU cut-off line, but now it's at #21 (and #20 is now banned). I've already gone in-depth as to why it's so good now last month, so I won't repeat myself. I will say this, however: seems like Knock Off is now one of those godly moves, like Boomburst or Shell Smash, that are only given to subpar Pokémon. I mean, look at what gets it now: subpar Pokémon (ranging from utter trash to decent Pokémon that would never be OU without it), special attackers, and Gliscor. Yeah, feels to me like Gamefreak is as infatuated with Gliscor as Smogon is with Garchomp. It always gets buff after buff after buff, it's scary.
The only other big movement within the confines of the OU cut-off line is Smeargle falling down pretty close to it, making Galvantula the top Sticky Web user. Also, Thundurus-I and Gardevoir make the cut-off line this month, so at least the latter gets some use somewhere, with the Gardevoirite being banned from UU!
Not much to signal in ubers, with the top 10 remaining intact, save for Lugia passing Ho-Oh. Genesect usage increased by almost 50% though, and Lucario actually topped that mark, suggesting that sometimes Pokémon only get discovered in ubers when being banned from OU.
And on that note, that's all for today. Bye bye!