Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pokémon really is a messed up game.

Name another game where the WATER element is famous for BURNING. Go on, I dare you.

Sure, OU players don't have it that bad since Azumarill and Gyarados are physical, Rotom-W only gets Hydro Pump and Greninja is banned, but in UU... hoo boy. The tier is dominated by legions of bulky Waters that aren't quite good enough for prime time, such as Empoleon, Suicune, Blastoise, Tentacruel, Vaporeon, Milotic and Kingdra, and they just love running Scald every chance they get. I'd say Scald is second to only Knock Off as a move you can use whenever you have no idea what your opponent will do... the risk/reward ratio is extremely low. So much so that some people legitimately wanted Scald banned from UU, and Smogon's higher-ups had to put their foot down and say that won't happen. They did, however, make a separate UU ladder where Scald was banned. Yeah, we've reached that point.

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  1. No reaction to Hoopa? That form change looks crazy.

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    1. We've known about Hoopa Unbound since the OR/AS demo.

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    2. One thing I didn't notice until just now is that Hyperspace Fury lowers the user's defense. Of course Hoopa's defense is absolutely dreadful to start with, but still, it probably means people will be sticking to Knock Off.

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    3. We even know how it will change...

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  2. I REALLY hope this doesn't become a long-lasting trend. Swagger, I can understand to a high degree, but SCALD?! Yes, bulky Waters are dominant in UU and Scald is fundamentally viable in Pokémon. I won't deny that. However, 30% burn chance or not, it can't be NEARLY as bad as the Drizzle sh*tstorm... right?

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  3. Just wait until Volcanion comes out...

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  4. Different subject here, but it seems like Nintendo just can't keep game breaking glitches out of Smash Bros. Look what Mewtwo has done.
    http://nintendoeverything.com/some-smash-bros-wii-u-players-unable-to-play-online-due-to-mewtwo-10-man-smash-glitch/

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    1. I blame jealousy towards Mega Rayquaza. "I'll show you gamebreaking!"

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