Originally Posted by Iconoclast
No, you're looking at it the wrong way. Competitive Pokemon is no different than other competitive games. For instance, think of each character in Street Fighter as a Pokemon. They all have different styles, but you have to know your matchups against an opponent. You also have to know what moves to use in which situations. Same thing with Pokemon. What movesets, abilities, and items you use changes with each generation, since there's one hundred more of the critters to analyze and fight. And some Pokemon are just suited for certain roles. You don't see Blissey, one of the best special walls in the game, going offensive like a sweeper, do you?
"Random fun" doesn't win battles in the end. It's about strategy and skill.
There are no unbeatable Pokemon. EVERY Pokemon has their weakness. Typhlosion simply doesn't have anything extraordinary going for him to qualify as a top player on an OU team. That's the thing with Pokemon, too- they have different metagames for their tiers. If other games did that, the world would be a better place.
You said it yourself, there is no unbeatable Pokemon, so stop claiming starters would not make good competitive battlers, because if used right, they can be.
And what skill does it take for the game to randomly generate several numbers and statistically calculate whether or not your hyper beam hits or not? It takes no skill, you are right. And while we are on the matter of skill, why would it matter what Pokemon one has if they are so skillful? =D
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