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[Metagame] Suspect Discussion: Diggersby

Discussion in 'Gen 7 UU' started by Xdevo, Apr 14, 2017.

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  1. Xdevo

    Xdevo Sp00pyScarySkeleton Super Moderator Tour Director Super Moderator Tour Director

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    Discuss the possibility of Diggersby being banned from the SM UU tier.
    Use this thread to discuss Diggersby's impact on the metagame. Talk about the different sets it is capable of using, and potential checks/counters. State your opinion on the suspect and if it should or shouldn't be banned from the metagame. Having no firm stance on the matter is fine too.

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    Diggersby has three main sets that I've encountered: Choice Band, Choice Scarf, and Swords Dance. The Choice Band set can be an effective wallbreaker thanks to Diggersby's Huge Power ability. The Choice Band set is less useful in offensive match-ups due Diggersby's base 78 Speed, and Quick Attack, while useful for picking off weakened foes, isn't strong enough to OHKO much, and it doesn't hit anything super effectively like other priority such as Mach Punch, Sucker Punch, or Aqua Jet. This is where the Choice Scarf set comes in, as it can catch unprepared teams off guard by acting as a revenge-killer or late game cleaner, but it doesn't have has much power, so it probably won't be doing any wallbreaking. The Swords Dance set is probably the most threatening set because it can wallbreak and act as a sweeper after a Swords Dance thanks to a +2 Quick Attack, and a Silk Scarf can be used to bluff a Choice Band / Choice Scarf set.

    I don't think Diggersby has any reliable switch-ins, but the Choice Band and Choice Scarf sets can be played around to some degree once the set is known (hopefully you don't lose anything too important while scouting it). The Swords Dance set can be a real problem if it gets the chance to set up, but I've noticed that Diggersby can have problems finding good moments to set up against offensive builds. Ultimately, I think Diggersby should be banned due to the lack of defensive options for dealing with it as a wallbreaker (please don't run Haunter) and the difficulty involved in trying to scout its set.
     
  3. Xdevo

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    Due the combination of Diggersby's ability, passable speed, great STAB coverage and priority (and powerful STABs), U-turn and a slew of boosting options Diggersby is too much for UU and is hereby banned.
     
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