Share your thoughts on 1U! Jul 7, 2020 10:52:48 GMT Disaster Area, Plague von Karma, and 1 more like this
Post by Ortheore on Jul 7, 2020 10:52:48 GMT
Hi all, while we're all playing in the New Frontiers tour, I thought it might be good to get a parallel thread going for discussion of the format. Feel free to share your thoughts on what you're finding (in)effective in this new format, what's just different, and what you (dis)like about it
By far the biggest difference between 1U and OU is the absurd potency of sleep. In OU, sleep is kept in check by sleep clause (obviously), but also by the fact that most of its users are significantly lacking in other areas. This means that it becomes a manageable threat, as you can potentially play around it using paralysed pokemon, or exploit the opposing sleep user in some way. Even once you absorb sleep, there's often some degree of mindgames that ensue, as many sleep users (looking at you, Eggy) may also present openings for the sleeping mon to wake.
With Lax now getting LK and Hypno rising to become a dominant threat, I feel like that strategic element goes out the window. Sleep instead becomes a tool for two of the most potent offensive threats in the game to invalid their opponent's top counter to them. Moreover, they're such dangerous threats that most typical counterplay to sleep will backfire spectacularly, not to mention the fact that it's far from guaranteed that they're even running a sleep move in the first place.
I honestly think there's a reasonable case to be made for banning sleep moves entirely, but that feels like an extremely bold and contentious move to be making, especially so early on, and also because I think that in OU sleep actually makes the game more interesting, rather than detracting from it.
Really enjoying playing with Hypno and seeing how people respond to it. Obviously this is a rapidly evolving situation, but I overall enjoy Hypno being good.
Wtf do people do about leads? One of the defining aspects of the lead meta normally is controlling the spread of status, especially sleep, but sleepblocking feels kinda meaningless when LKLax exists to destroy paralysed pokemon, while going for early sleep also means you miss out on the opportunity to invalid a counter with your Lax/Hyp later on