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Will Salandit Really Corrode the Competition?

When I first saw Salandit, I was immediately drawn to it. In my opinion, it has everything that makes a good Pokémon a good Pokémon; it’s got an interesting design, its name is a pun, and most importantly, it has something that sets it apart from other Pokémon. Salandit wins big in that category, as it has the ability Corrosion. During your first play through, Corrosion might not mean much. But when Salandit enters the competitive scene come November? An ability like that could really shake things up!

For the uninformed, Salandit’s ability Corrosion allows it to poison Steel and Poison types, which normally cannot be affected by the poison status. On a competitive level, the potential this ability has with an imaginative mind is astounding. But before we get carried away, it makes sense that we start to wonder how viable Salandit will be outside of its ability.

I personally feel like base stats will be the main deciding factor in terms of how Salandit is used. I’ve heard many people tell me in detail how amazingly Corrosion would work on a stall team, or against opposing stall teams. But I can’t help but wonder if Salandit will even be built for stalling.

I mean, just look at the thing!

No seriously, look at its appearance. The slender, reptilian design is reminiscent of Heliolisk, Krookodile, Grovyle/Sceptile, Charmeleon, and Feraligatr. I personally feel like these are our closest design comparisons to Salandit. If you think about it, none of these Pokémon are exactly slow, bulky, stalling Pokémon, not even in the slightest. Based on this small sample size, they don’t even really have all that good of access to reliable recovery. (Charizard gets Roost, but Salandit will most likely not be sprouting wings.) So when we look at these Pokémon, we’re talking about speed and offense. It is my prediction then, that Salandit will be a fast special attacker. After all, the three known moves it can learn are Flame Burst, Sludge Bomb, and Toxic. Taking its type into consideration, Fire types have the third highest average special attack among Pokémon types. Meanwhile, Poison type’s best average stat in relation to other types is Speed. Besides, just think about it: Salandit is supposed to be a bandit, right? What good crook isn’t good at getting away?

That puts my approximate base stat prediction at:

  • HP: 75
  • Atk: 60
  • Def: 60
  • SpA: 95
  • SpD: 70
  • Spe: 115
  • BST: 475

So no, Salandit isn’t going to be the stall-god people are purporting it to be, but that doesn’t mean Salandit won’t be able to support its team. Corrosion is still an excellent support ability, and played correctly, Toxic could quickly be spreading to all of your team. When it comes to Smogon tiers, I’m not exactly sure where it could end up, but if it has at least half-decent stats, I could definitely see it being a hassle somewhere.

In draft league format, I think Salandit could definitely have a big impact on the way people draft teams. If Salandit ends up with great stats and a nice movepool, I would expect all of the clerics to get picked incredibly fast. Heal Bell and Aromatherapy will be appreciated more than ever, because so few Pokémon would be safe. Heatran and Mega Aggron, who could normally take Salandit’s fire moves, will now be in fear of poisoning. Defensive Poison types like Crobat, Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Nidoqueen will all need to think twice before entering the field.

There will be innovative answers to handle such a threat, I’m sure. Lum berries, Façade, or Guts could all help in the matchup against it. Magic Guard and Natural Cure can help, too. Let’s also not forget about how Salandit is 4x weak to Ground, making it an easy target for a random Earthquake or Hidden Power Ground. Gliscor is almost a perfect answer on paper with Poison Heal and a 4x super effective STAB Earthquake, but it could always be fearing a Hidden Power Ice. Breloom is there too, but he’s weak to both of Salandit’s STAB types. Chansey could deal with Toxic through Natural Cure or Heal Bell, and sponge up special hits, but then that creates opportunities for set-up sweepers to come in against Chansey.

So overall, I feel like Corrosion could have some interesting applications, especially in draft leagues, but if its stats are underwhelming or if its movepool isn’t brilliant, Toxic on everything won’t be able to get the job done alone. Clever coaches will always find a workaround. However, if Salandit gets some powerful STAB moves, some good stats, and a little diversity in its movepool, Salandit could really steal the show!

… No seriously, he could steal it. He’s a bandit, remember?

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Luxray and Drifblim are underrated

by: Wutpulver

There are some features that make a Pokèmon very desirable in draft leagues.Some of the more well known ones are Electric types, Defoggers and versatility.The biggest upsides for Electric as a typing are the lack of weaknesses (only weak to ground) and Volt Switch.The momentum gained from it is crucial in the format since teams usually have a few star pokèmon that do the heavy lifting. Protecting these from damage and enabling them to apply pressure is one of the best things low tier pokèmon can achieve and these two tier 5 “losers” do it very well wich makes me wonder why they have not been used so far.

How to use them

Luxray

Actually that is not true. El Scizor and the Borussia Donphan picked up Luxray in the 4th week of season 5. However, it was not used a lot and since it did not get drafted initially in any season, I think it is still eligible to being called underrated.

Even though its best stat is the 120 base attack, Luxrays main role is that of a defensive pivot. Intimidate is a great ability to have on weaker pokèmon since it always cripples physical attackers regardless of the actual power of the user. This also applies to other chip damage/crippling abilities like Rough Skin, Flame Body and Static. Here, it allows Luxray to take physical attack surprisingly well and a slow Volt Switch is great to gain momentum or bring in vulnerable pokèmon like Weavile or Talonflame. It has many attacking types in its arsenal but often has to settle for the inferior version. Instead of the elemental punches it only has the fangs and instead of Close Combat is has to be content with Superpower. Wild Charge as the main STAB-move is also suboptimal since the recoil will keep Luxray from sticking around longer. The best items are probly Rocky Helmet, Assault Vest and Sitrus Berry to improve your chip damage, bulk or staying power.  A few more interesting moves are: Roar, Snarl and Thunder Wave. An offensive set with Guts and Facade is also possible but lacks the speed to really make use of Luxrays attack stat.

Drifblim

I’ll be honest. The reason I wanted to include Drifblim in here was Defog and Aftermath. Suicidal utility is very effective coming from low tiers. Once I started looking into its expanded movepool it became clear that it can be extremely effective and I am going to make the bold claim that it is in the TOP 10 OF TIER 5 POKÈMON.

Let’s calm down for a bit and look at what it actually has to offer. The base hp of 150! seems tempting but the underwhelming defense stats hold it back quite a bit. The overall bulk is still decent in tier 5 but it could have been so much more. The ability Aftermath is one of the best you can have on this type of pokèmon. Potentially losing a quarter of their max health to a sack will make people very cautious around the DEMON KING DISGUISED AS A BALLON! Ghost/Flying is an amazing typing as well. Important immunities to Fighting/Normal and Ground are great to have. Spin blocking is especially useful. Speaking of hazard control Drifblim learns Defog wich any team enjoys in their lineup. Utility in general is probably its biggest selling point. Not convinced? Well I have this list: Clear Smog, Haze, Baton Pass, Calm Mind, Memento, Disable, Knock Off, Pain Split, Sucker Punch, Thunder Wave, Destiny Bond, Trick, Will-O-Wisp, Icy Wind, Skill Swap, Magic Coat and Weather Ball. Drifblim is a damn swiss army knife.

I guess I failed at that calming down part. Anyway this MONS… I mean underrated low tier Pokèmon obviously has some downsides attached to keep it in check. One of the biggest problems is lackluster recovery. Drifblim is one of the few Flying types that do not learn Roost. There are other options available like Stockpile/Swallow and Rest (Resto-Chesto into Unburden anyone?) but they just dont feel the same. Pain Split is largely useless due to its insane hp stat anyway.

The offensive movepool is functional but not outstanding. Hex and Knock Off are probably the more effective options but Drifblim is not supposed to be a sweeper anyway. You can still use Unburden for some offensive plays but it does not allow for attack enhancing items like Life Orb wich really stops any sweep attempts. The most effective Unburden triggers are probably Chesto/Resto, Power Herb/Phantom Force/Fly and Natural Gift. Still Drifblim can do so many things on a slim budget that you are guaranteed to get a lot of bang for your buck.

Sample Sets

Luxray

  • @Chesto Berry
  • Ability: Intimidate
  • HP 252 Atk 12 Def 244 Relaxed
  • Volt Switch
  • Superpower/ Ice Fang/ Fire Fang/Signal Beam/Hidden Power
  • Wild Charge
  • Rest

 

  • @Flame Orb
  • Ability: Guts
  • Atk 252 SpDef 4 Speed 252 Jolly
  • Facade
  • Wild Charge
  • Quick Attack
  • Crunch/Ice Fang

Drifblim

  • @Chesto Berry
  • Ability: Unburden
  • Atk 252 SpDef 204 Speed 56 Careful
  • Rest
  • Defog
  • Destiny Bond
  • Acrobatics

 

  • @Rocky Helmet
  • Ability: Aftermath
  • Def 252 SpAtk 4 SpDef 252 Bold/Calm
  • Clear Smog
  • Will-O-Wisp/Thunder Wave
  • Hex
  • Thunderbolt

 

Conclusion

There are still many hidden treasures buried deep in tier 5. Most of them should only be used as enhancing talent to your core but every man with two hands has a fighting chance. The choice of your benchplayers is more important than most players realize and they often offer the crucial bit of spice to really unlock your teams potential. They are more than just waterboys.

[Oct 3rd, 2016]

 

We Need More “Dumb” Picks in Drafts

by VirtualSpivey

During the draft of last season’s GBA League, PKMNTrainerSteve, aka M4GNITUDE, aka Battler X’s benefactor, made a surprising pick in Sawsbuck to join his team. Quickly derided and mocked for his choice, Steve stuck with the 4-legged buck and it had the audacity to go ahead and run a sweep through the Boston Red Sawks during Week 8. With just a single raise from its Sap Sipper ability, it quickly knocked out four of the opposing team and almost single handily winning the battle.

In a single battle, Sawsbuck showed that its horns are not mere decoration, but rather a bloody mess of corpses and lost dreams for the defeated. Those that mocked the steer were silenced, at least for a little while, and it even made Battler X a few new fans. Sawsbuck was featured as the 3rd best play in the League and people couldn’t believe their precious little eyes. This is the type of battling that needs to be shown more in the GBA League.

While competitive Pokemon is a blast and needs careful planning, especially in this format, it doesn’t hurt to consider that a good amount of Pokemon (that are usually trash) can actually be planned around in League rules. Sometimes a surprise draw can make opponents either not plan for those Pokemon, or be flabbergasted that someone would “waste” a slot on their team.

It would be a fun time to see a Lickitung tanking damage due to other coaches forgetting that it learns a vast array of moves due to its typing, as well as having respectable defenses when it holds an Eviolite. It also doesn’t slouch when it comes to hard hitting moves; it learns both Power Whip and Wring Out naturally, which can hit hard during a predicted switch. Or perhaps the untapped potential of Ursaring can come to the fray and destroy everything in its sight. Heck, maybe someone will go crazy and give it a couple of the ORAS tutor moves like Seed Bomb, so it can wipe out one of the many defensive Water type walls. Ursaring can throw out a Gunk Shot and hit those Fairy foes with the force of an ice cream truck. These are just a couple that I have come up with on a whim, but if one looks carefully they can find a great array of hidden assets to use.

This is an exciting time for the GBA League, with new games coming out and a boat load of new attacks, strategies, and Pokemon coming out to the fray. However, if one takes the time and dedication, they might just find a diamond in the rough.

[Sep 29th, 2016]