Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the King of the Hill Challenge! Today, in the red corner, we have Blaziken, the Chick King. And, in the other red corner, we have Infernape, the Chimp Champ!
In today's heated battle we get to see the challenger, the Chimp, try to dethrone the Chick King as supreme Fire Fighter (haha). Get ready for a seat-edger as we guarantee a nail-biting match which is sure to set temperatures soaring! Can the Chimp take on the Uber Chick King? Or will he burn out and be booed for his monkey antics?
First off, we have the Chick King, who boasts of
hard hitting moves in the form of Flare Blitz, High Jump Kick and Brave Bird
A seat in the Ubers Hall-of-fame.
On the other hand, we have the Chimp, who shows great promise in the following areas:
- Iron Fist is a great ability which supports both Thunder Punch and Mach Punch.
- Speed Boost is useful only for one or two turns. At +2, further boosts to Speed aren't of much help in the 1-v-1 format, whereas the utility of Iron Fist is constant, and might even increase as the battle progresses as boosted Mach Punch can be used for the KO
- Infernape has better speed right off the bat, and can do damage from turn 1. Blaziken generally likes to Swords Dance or Protect Turn 1, allowing set up by opponent.
- Fake Out is an excellent move that Infernape has but Blaziken doesn't. It's massively helpful, in breaking Sturdy or Focus Sash.
- Close Combat + Flare Blitz is a great combination, which in the given format is worth the risk.
tl;dr : Blaziken is a Wallbreaker with Speed Boost. Infernape is a Glass Cannon from turn 1. In 1-v-1, therefore, it closely beats out the chicken.
There you have it, folks! In a classic underdog story, the Chimp has become the Champ, dethroning the Chick King! Fans of the Chimp, and the Chimp himself, have now donned on masks of Col. Sanders, in a brutal humiliation for Blaziken, who now crosses the road, wondering what the meaning of life is. Remember folks, you got to K-F-See it here first!
Stay tuned for another King-of-the-Hill challenge, where Ubers are dethroned and Gorilla warfare sets the trends!