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Hello, /vp/, how are you doing?
I have to share a secret. I'm a time traveler, I come from 2019. Gen 7 is out, and we're all enjoying it, some more than others.
I'm sure you guys must be sick of Gen 6 by now, but don't worry, because Z's lifespan will be super short and Gen 7 is just right around the corner. Give it time!
I'm sure you all want to know about any new mechanics Gamefreak has implemented. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint, but I can't tell you everything. I'll reveal some stuff, though.
Remember how Knock Off received an incredible boos from Gen 5 to 6 and basically centralized the metagame? Well, in Gen 7, Knock Off receives yet another boost! Now it can knock off mega stones. Also, speaking of megas, Pokemon can now enter a battle mega evolved and mega evolution can be turned on and off multiple times per battle.
And remember how Smogon banned a bunch of megas when XY and, later, ORAS were released? Well, worry not! Because you'll be able to utilize most of them in the OU and UU metagame now that they've dropped. Mega Mawile makes an excellent late-game sweeper in UU, while mega Salamence, though outclassed by mega Dragonite, is still a force to be reckoned with in OU!
Oh, remember Greninja by the way? The Ash form is going to be canonized in Z. It functions like mega evolution in Gen 6 (giving a +100 stat increase as well), but it can't be turned off in Gen 7 like mega evos can. Greninja is now a BL mon because Gamefreak managed to introduce a fuckload of new bulky legendaries with 125+ speed that haven't been banned in Smogon's metagame.
Regigigas finally gets a hidden ability! It's Inner Focus. Oh! And Farfetch'd's evolution gets a mega! It's a glass canon like Beedrill though, but with 192 base attack. Its speed is still garbage however...
Well, I'll be seeing you down the line. Pokemon's future isn't very bright, but we're still enjoying it over here while we can.