Thought of another Xerneas counter: Specially Defensive Unaware Clefable. 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Clefable: 160-190 (40.6 - 48.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery You can set up Calm Minds, heal with Moonlight, and proceed to sweep the opponent afterward. For attacks, you should use Moonblast and Flamethrower/Fire Blast. Moonblast is the obvious STAB option, while Flamethrower/Fire Blast hits Steels (except for Heatran).
Swagplay is a lot more deadly this gen because as you mentioned it's neutral to steel and there is an inflation of physical attackers in the metagame. I haven't seen a lot of mandibuzz with swagger though, since it suffers from four move syndrome this gen. The demand for physical defense and the knock-off/defog buff is a better reason for its popularity. Swagplay is getting attention due to reports of people getting destroyed by it and the fact that it's a very luck based strategy, but yeah in the end they're just overreacting. Some people even want to remove confusion altogether, without realising that it balances moves like outrage. In the end I feel like swagplay is a high risk high reward move: you'll most likely fail but it works with good luck. It's not broken like evasion, since you can simply switch out to remove confusion rather than being forced to roar evasive opponents, or as gamechanging as OHKO moves. It's also funny how most of them are completely okay with scald, probably THE most common luck based move that is even more devastating due to burn halving attack. Luck was always involved in battling, and a lot of people fail to see that confusion plays just a small part of it.
Thanks, I see. I figured I am just going to let him do what he wants. I can't very well travel to where he is and give him a beating that only an Afrikaner can give and nothing I can say online would change a thing. all I can do is wait him out till he gets bored.
Hey Gray. I've noticed that you have hardly been mentioning anything your fanfic lately. I was wondering how progress is coming along or if it was put on a slight hiatus due to real life getting in the way or just plain lack of motivation. I'm interested to see if there has been any new updates. One more question I must ask is if you considered giving Rock Head to Emboar and maybe lending Darmanitan Thunder Punch?
Haha I saw that, it was painful but hilarious http://i.imgur.com/Xz33RPZ.png Moments like these are the best. Unfortunately this moment seems to be overshadowed by "I WONDER WHERE MY PARTNER WENT" but I still like it. btw, how are you doing in the 6th gen scene? I haven't played since pre bank so I don't really know what's going on outside of Smogon's viability thread.
Hey, Gray, I hear that you're famous for making any Pokemon with a decent moveset and stats to become bada$$, right? Well, here's the situation - I recently caught a Lvl. 30 Shiny Spiritomb in the Friend Safari, with an Adamant Nature and max IVs (or is it EVs? - I can never remember) in Attack, Defense, and Special Defense. Since it's a Shiny, I only have one shot at making her kicka$$, so I wanna know - what would you do to make my Spiritomb awesome. I'm looking for moves, stat training, and finally the item she would hold. ...You have no idea how much it would mean to me if you helped.