(I was waiting to see Smogon's Pikachu Cup stats before putting this up, but they're just not getting uploaded, so I guess I'll get back to it tomorrow... if we have the stats by then.)
- Smogon has started retconning banlists for previous generations, and the first victim is none other than gen 5 weather teams. The already implemented Drizzle + Swift Swim ban was retooled into a blanket ban for all weather inducing abilities and speed-boosting abilities on the same team. This means Sand Force / Mold Breaker Excadrill is now allowed, but Chlorophyll Venusaur can no longer be used in conjunction with Ninetales. Do I agree with that? Probably not. It IS true that the gen 5 meta has changed a lot since X/Y came out, and Venusaur became an extremely prominent and dangerous threat since then. However, what set Swift Swim apart from Sand Rush and Chlorophyll is that Swift Swimmers also get a power boost on top of their speed boost, whereas the others get nothing of the sort. While this fact may seem irrelevant, since people in favor of this change say it is, it's important to remember that Swift Swim was so good in comparison to the other two that the moment you'd get rid of a Swift Swimmer, another almost just as broken would take its place. No more Kingdra? Say hi to Ludicolo. Ludicolo goes? Replaced by Kabutops. Kabutops gets banned? It's Gorebyss time. And so on. Meanwhile, you can't slap, say, Sandslash on a sand team or Victreebel on a sun team and act like they're suitable replacements for Excadrill and Venusaur. This is why I would've preferred a straight ban on Venusaur instead, but so it goes.
But hey, I get to boast about Venusaur being the best Kanto starter again, so it's all good.
- After Lysandre's Trump Card, yet another card was banned from the TCG - Shiftry. The difference is that this one has been around for years, and it's its synergy with the newly released Forest of Giant Plants stadium card that made it go from a marginal card into an obliterating force capable of picking up turn 1 wins like they're going out of style. You can read the full explanation here. Since cards don't get rotated out of the expanded format (at least not for the time being), it's likely that we may see more and more of these scenarios in the future.
- Remember that catchy reggae song about Slowpoke? Well, they made an English version.
- Don't you dare, bitch. DON'T YOU FUCKING DARE.
...actually, by all means, go ahead and kick the hornet's nest. Get the entire Pokémon fanbase on your case. I'll be standing over here while you add a few zeroes to the amount of people who hate your guts. Hell, I see you already got started while I was typing this blog entry. Yeah, brag about your current job description all you want, but in this day and age where prospective employers check their candidates' online footprint, it's looking like it might be your LAST job description.