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[Metagame] Suspect Discussion: Scolipede

Discussion in 'Gen 7 UU' started by Xdevo, Apr 24, 2017.

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  1. Xdevo

    Xdevo Time's Arrow Keeps Marching On Super Moderator Tour Director Super Moderator Tour Director

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    Discuss the possibility of Scolipede being banned from the SM UU tier.
    Use this thread to discuss Scolipede'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.

    All opinions are valid and discussion among players is not only allowed but encouraged, provided your opinion has solid reasoning and displays having playing with or against the suspect in the tier. Do not simply state "it's broken" or "it's not broken".

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  2. E.T.

    E.T. K I N G Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader

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    Life Orb Scolipede is very problematic due to having access to Speed Boost. It can run Protect to be able to safely get a boost against offensive teams, or it can run Swords Dance to break through bulkier teams. Between Poison Jab and Megahorn as STAB moves and Earthquake or Aqua Tail for coverage, it can be difficult to switch into and very difficult to revenge kill.

    For checks and counters, Mega Aerodactyl and Crobat can deal with variants lacking Aqua Tail. Doublade can check it with Iron Head + Shadow Sneak, but it has to be careful if Scolipede has Earthquake because it lacks recovery outside of RestTalk. Keeping Stealth Rock on the field discourages Scolipede from switching in too many times because if its health gets too low it can be revenge killed by priority users like Choice Band Entei.

    Overalll, I don't think there are enough reliable answers to Scolipede, and it would be unhealthy for it to remain in SM UU.
     
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  3. Joyverse

    Joyverse Toki wo tomare!

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    Adding to what E.T. said., Scolipede also has the ability to severely dent its aforementioned checks with the correct Z-Moves with or without SD, though that might seem situational at some point but it should not be ignored at all. It can have access to Tectonic Rage with EQ to nail Cobalion (which imo rarely run Shuca nowadays) and Doublade who resist both its STABs or Hydro Vortex with Aqua Tail for Hippowdon.
     
  4. Xdevo

    Xdevo Time's Arrow Keeps Marching On Super Moderator Tour Director Super Moderator Tour Director

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    Due to Scolipede's incredibly ability to sweep due to Speed Boost, Swords Dance and a slew of Z-moves that make checking a lesson in guessing, Scolipede is too much for UU and is hereby banned.
     
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