Nintendo and Game Freak have made some controversial changes in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The pair of Nintendo Switch games have not changed much since their release, unless you count the pair of expansions that added and enhanced the experience of both. Beyond this, Nintendo and Game Freak have done very little with the game pair. But recently, the duo announced the Rank Battle Series 9 rulebook, which in turn has revealed a number of changes, some of which prove to be quite controversial.
With season 8, trainers are allowed to use a limited legendary Pokémon. At the time, this was a change from the season 7 set of rules. That said, for season 9, this change is reversed. In other words, this aspect of the rulebook goes back to season 7. And of course, this means that the current meta changes and changes in a big way, again.
For some players, this is good news. Legends are legendary for a reason: they are very powerful and some border on OP. Of course, this means that players will take advantage of legends, especially Zacian, which in turn meant that those who did not run with Zacian and others on the team felt pressured to change their party to rectify this. In other words, it created a bit of a limiting meta, and it is this meta many players are happy to see go.
However, others say that Nintendo and Game Freak must stop shaking the meta all the time. All competitive online games make meta changes, but usually these changes are gradual. Players against the changes are quick to notice that regular changes make the game difficult to keep up with and prevent strategies from evolving over time.
Of course, both arguments have merit, but so far it seems that Nintendo agrees with them in the previous camp. That said, it remains to be seen what the meta will be in season 9, although it will likely resemble the meta in season 7.
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