Well... There's also the Perth Regional Championship on this upcoming weekend! The 16th-17th. That's the biggest event of the year for me, so I still want viability advice this week as I'm frantically making team adjustments so I don't disgrace myself in my home town. Sorry if that's not major enough :P
I wish we had more discussion on the viability of potential Z move users. And also whether it's viable to run two Z move users on the same team or is the risk of wasting a move slot outweigh the benefits?
Totally understandable, and i think the coming update should serve as great help for this.
As for the second line, I think that's a fair topic, but its hard to justify an entire thread for it. This is definitely something we can look into. I personally do think its a case by case with HOW many z moves you run, it really depends on what you want to delete or check. I think z moves should be looked at as a way to better your matchups against certain poor matchups.
All of this aside, please see the below changes for the VR based on the poll, and current data:
Xerneas A+ --> S
Groudon A --> A+
Ho-Oh B+ --> B-
Solgaleo B+ --> B
Clefairy B --> B-
Rayquaza B- --> C+
C+ --> C-
C- --> D
Heliolisk UR --> C
Volcarona C- --> B Lets discuss this one a bit more. I'm thinking B/B+ also based on what everyone else has said.
This was a nomination received for Volcarona, and recent success still reflects this:
Volcarona - Results: twice in Oceania Internationals Top8, won Collinsville Regionals. Can support the team with Tailwind and Rage Powder, resists fairy, hits very hard with Z-Overheat, boosted by Groudon, faster than most restricted Pokemon, deals with omnipresent grass types. Reduced stats can be reset with Amoongus' Clear Smog or Crobat's Haze - both used anyway because of Xerneas. Grass Knot for Kyogre/Groudon (although in sun Overheat is enough).
252+ SpA Volcarona Inferno Overdrive (195 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Xerneas: 192-226 (95.5 - 112.4%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Volcarona Overheat vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Xerneas in Sun: 192-226 (95.5 - 112.4%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Volcarona Grass Knot (120 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Kyogre: 116-138 (66.2 - 78.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Volcarona Grass Knot (120 BP) vs. 180 HP / 0 SpD Groudon: 170-200 (85.8 - 101%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Volcarona Overheat vs. 180 HP / 0 SpD Groudon in Sun: 205-243 (103.5 - 122.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
I also went ahead and purged several extremely irrelevant pokemon from the VR. They don't add anything by being in the list and with them being gone, you won't even notice which ones are missing now ;)
Thank you all for your continued support and patience while we transition. It's been a lot of hard work and I'm excited to see where the new VR council takes us!