“Japanese Competitive Pokemon Meta is All About the Element of Surprise” would have described it much better imo.
This weekend’s Japanese National Championships proves that competitive Pokémon plays almost like an entirely different game in the franchise’s home country. While every Japanese top eight team had some common picks you might spot at other tournaments around the world, players made plenty of choices that are almost…
Just keep in mind, this is high level TOURNAMENT play. Would you feel discouraged about throwing a ball around with friends because of the skill displayed in a pro sport? Or watch a Melee tournament and decide never to play Smash?
Nick Navarre, a top competitive Pokémon player from the US, won last weekend’s Roanoke Regional Championships with a unique team that included what many consider the weakest Alolan Guardian: Tapu Bulu.
It’s night before the Dallas Regional Championships, and Drew Nowak is trying to squeeze in some practice with a last-minute Pokémon team. Despite not fully understanding the intricacies of the new team, he rises above hundreds and wins the entire tournament. A couple months later, he uses a last-minute team again and…
Seems like a bit of an odd stance to take considering half the article is talking about reading your opponent’s strategy and attempting to bait them into making the wrong move.
Against all odds and expectations, a “shiny hunter” who had just started learning to play competitive Pokémon doubles defeated the reigning world champion as well as a two-time US National champion during this weekend’s tournament.
At the start of 2017, nobody really considered Palossand, Pokémon’s sandcastle monster, to be noteworthy for competitive play. Then, the top-four World Championship finisher Markus Stadter lost against a Palossand-centric team live on a Twitch stream.
Thanks for this. This is one of the more informative articles I’ve read about the Meta in a while.
Out of hundreds of potential choices, competitive Pokémon players can only bring six Alolan monsters into a battleground. Three months in, despite the uncertainty of the overall metagame, some picks are turning up more often than others.
For those interested, Gio has one of the best (if not the best) VGC YouTube series. He uses his Eevee team and puts in hours of work to make it feel like the original anime. You can check it out here!
Despite being a beloved Pokémon, Eevee has never been considered a strong pick for competitive play. For Giovanni Costa, that perception doesn’t matter: he has dedicated himself to proving everyone wrong about Eevee.
Fantastic article. I think the biggest problem is that this is a slower metagame of pokemon in general. There are fast pokemon still but the average is much lower. Mega Charizard would threaten the crap out of this thing in a different metagame. Also Thunderous would laugh at its stalling attempts not to mention…
It’s fun to EV train these types of pokemon, more fun to use them and win, but it is an ABSOLUTE TERROR to fight against them.
Finally! A competitive gaming post I understand and care about!
A couple of months after Sun and Moon’s release, one monster has appeared on 40 percent of the best-performing teams in the competitive Pokémon scene: Celesteela, the ultra beast. Celesteela’s schtick: becoming a“wall” against opponents, and surviving attacks for very a long time. And yet, for all her popularity,…
I would LOVE to have more of these kinds of articles. Even if it isn’t just about pokemon. I find metagame conversations interesting. It lets me understand what is strong in a game and what mind games happen even if I haven’t played it.
Some competitive pokémon on my kotaku feed. I like it.
Oh yeah? Well...I still use a Flame Body Talonflame to hatch eggs. Gone but not forgotten.
Talonflame, a fire/flying Pokémon, took over the competitive scene after it was added to the monster compendium with Pokémon X & Y. For the last three years, wise competitive players made sure to prepare for Talonflame’s appearance on the enemy team. Everything changed after the release of Sun and Moon.