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Pokemon Sword and Shield VGC 2020 Ruleset and Discussion

Fluttershy of Light

Aspect of Twilight
Aug 20, 2016
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The VGC 2020 ruleset has been officially released. The Rules are quite similar to
Previous years VGC format. They being Doubles, no duplicate held items, and can't bring two pokemon of the same dex number. They must also have the SWSH symbol similar to the symbols used since Gen 6. The newest feature of SWSH dynamaxing is allowed as well. The most interesting piece however is that Gigantamax is allowed however restricted to a handful of possible pokemon and one ability locked Pokémon (aka Charizard). The full list of currently usable Dynamax pokemon are..
  • Butterfree
  • Corviknight
  • Drednaw
  • Centiskorch
  • Meowth
  • Pikachu
  • Eevee
  • Snorlax
  • Sandaconda
  • Charizard (only permitted with the Ability Blaze)
The most notable of this group being Snorlax as it is already quite strong without gigantamaxing.

For more information about the rules set there will be a link here with all of the details.
So what are everyone's thoughts about these new changes and with some Gigantamax pokemon being allowed? Also what teams do you expect to see within this format?
Looks to me like Gigantamax Charizard with Solar Power is banned for reasons similar to why Mythical Pokémon are always blanket-banned: it's unreasonable to expect every competitor to have access to them for tournaments (by the way, Nintendo and Game Freak, whose fault is that?). From what I hear, it's incredibly rare to find a Charizard with Solar Power that can Gigantamax.

Of course, if Charizard has Solar Power, I think it would rather just regularly Dynamax anyway, since Max Flare's auto-sun is much more conducive to it than G-Max Wildfire's effect.
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