So I saw someone in the Pachirisu tag that has a /massive/ hateboner for it.
Dude, it’s not about running a Pachirisu in Singles, it wasn’t built for that. It’s about a magical concept called “strategy”, where a little Pachirisu wound up being a perfect component in a winning team, and brains triumphed over brute force. And because tournaments are Double Battles, Pachirisu wound up being Se Jun Park’s answer to a highly centralized metagame, and it forced people to realize you can’t just punch your way though battles.
It also made people realize that, under certain circumstances, they don’t have to compromise and can run the Pokémon they like best. Does this mean you can send out, say, a Leavanny against a Charizard? Not by itself you don’t. But if you have a tanky partner that can redirect those 4x super-effective attacks, or recognize what Leavanny is most appropriate against, it can be an amazing special sweeper. Even little Castform, which Smogon relentlessly ridiculed and mocked for its unimpressive stats and gimmick, can help you win if you train it a certain way and pair it up with the right team.
This is an age where brawn is valued over brains, so naturally people will be furious a little Pachirisu defied all their metagame expectations. But it’s also going to make all of the truly intelligent trainers watching take notice. And it’s going to increase the amount of players who value strategy over “throw a Mega Kangaskhan at it”.
And that’s going to make even more memorable tournaments in the future, all thanks to the little Pachirisu that could. You’re welcome.