Battle Center Discussion #4 - Bringing back the Physical/Special split
Hey guys, and welcome to the belated fourth instalment of the BCD - the Battle Center's weekly discussion thread for different aspects of the Metagame. New topics will generally be posted every Wednesday, ranging from Pokemon, to moves, abilities, strategies and more. At the end of the week, the old thread will be unstickied, but people are still free to post in it, and a new one will take its place. If you have any suggestions for future discussion topics, post in the thread or PM a Battle Center Moderator.
This week's discussion topic is the Physical/Special split, which was removed with the advent of Gen IV. For anyone unsure, this was when every Type was either Physical or Special, instead of how every attacking move is either Physical or Special now.
Many people view it as one of the biggest changes to game mechanics ever made. Would things be different now if say Gengar's Shadow Ball/Sludge Bomb became physical, or if Gyarados had to rely on Surf, among many other differences? Which Pokemon would rise in usage and which ones would decline in usage? Would you welcome the changes?