Tier changes in Smogon and PO's metagames
by, 9th October 2012 at 10:37 AM (2354 Views)
For some reason, PO decided to update their recent tier three months after their last one, meaning that both Smogon and PO received tier shifts on the same month. What else do these changes have in common, you ask? It's the B2W2 additions. Yes, the additions are very much a major force in affecting the changes, with powerful Dream World abilities and new forms for current Pokémon. So, what changed between those two? Here are the changes:
New to OU - (None)
New to UU - Mew (OU), Virizion (OU), Tornadus-I (OU), Meloetta (OU), Cofagrigus (RU)
New to RU - Stoutland (UU)
New to NU - (None)
New to OU - Hippowdon (RU), Kyurem-B (Uber)
New to UU - Hydreigon (OU), Metagross (OU), Jolteon (OU), Meloetta (OU), Tornadus-I (OU), Toxicroak (OU), Cofagrigus (RU), Amoonguss (NU)
New to RU* - Krookodile (UU), Venomoth (UU), Bouffalant (NU), Escavalier (NU), Cinccino (NU), Abomasnow (UU I think)
New to NU - Magneton (RU), Dusknoir (RU), Hariyama (RU), Archeops (RU)
*PO calls this tier LU, but here it's RU because most here are more familiar with Smogon than Pokémon Online.
Placement difference for mentioned Pokémon:
Kyurem-B - OU (PO)
Mew - BL (PO)
Virizion - UU (PO)
Stoutland - NU (PO)
Krookodile - UU (Smogon)
Venomoth - BL2 (Smogon)
Magneton - RU (Smogon)
Dusknoir - RU (Smogon)
Hariyama - RU (Smogon)
Archeops - RU (Smogon)
I should add that usage cutoffs are higher in PO's case, and this means they have a smaller tier bracket than Smogon. PO has 47 Pokémon in OU currently, whereas Smogon's contain 54.
If you're a Smogon player, you won't be very excited with RU and NU's changes. It's OU that had the biggest changes, simply because of the new threats in OU. As you can see, Virizion finally dropped, mainly due to the terror of Tornadus-T and other reasons. If that's not all, Mew made its comeback, to the chagrin of a few players who got stressed by its versatility. Both tiers share something in common: Tornadus-I and Meloetta's drop. Tornadus-I is of course due to the better versatility of Tornadus-T, while Meloetta struggled to find its place since it first emerged. Another thing both tiers share is Cofagrigus leaving the RU tier, and this confounded RU players since Cofagrigus is another great Pokémon. Stoutland's basically fell from glory due to a lack of Sandstorm, as with Abomasnow (though it makes a great Galvantula counter).
Smogon players would probably be shocked at PO's tier shifts. They are overall more erratic, and I would even say that some might wish some changes occurred in Smogon too. First and foremost is the drop of two pseudo-legendaries, which is bound to break the pride of those who loved both of them. A couple of Rain stars also dropped, which is odd due to Rain's popularity (though it could be that they may not fare quite well in the Sun). Perhaps the biggest surprise is Amoonguss going into UU (it was used just enough to make it promoted). Amoonguss is a nice Pokémon to use in all tiers, due to its overall utility, despite its lack of versatility. It was predicted at one time to be OU in Smogon, but it stayed in NU. However, this is considered a consolation prize for the mushroom that annoys. Some NU players in Smogon wished Amoonguss isn't around in NU, because it felt like it never dies.
RU in PO is generally a different environment if you played Smogon and PO, due to the different choices. They have Krookodile back, something certain Smogon players wished would happen. Venomoth would be interesting to see since Smogon is still deciding on whether to bring it back or not. Meanwhile, Abomasnow joined the ranks of RU, and it looks to have a hard time there without its signature ability. Cinccino's upgrade from NU should also relieve some players who have Substitute users. Meanwhile, in NU, there's another round of shakeups, as we have a Steel trapper, though only Klinklang is notably threatened. More fallen stars follow, like Dusknoir (while its pre-evolution still enjoys its time in UU), Hariyama and... Archeops?
It's long, I know, but honestly, it's fun to compare both tiers. Here's the link to another blog about tier comparison for July 2012 to September 2012. If you want to see the three-month usages, here are some links (Smogon's cutoff is 3.41%, while PO is 4%):
- PO (OU)
- PO (UU)
- PO (LU)
- PO (NU)
Thanks for reading.
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