- Aug 26, 2007
- Madison, WI
- 3DS FC
I actually think that Tweek's optimization of Squirtle was as big of a deal as people starting to figure out Charizard.Something that developed from the Leffen/Wishes days and I think is the reason of 's rise is the use of .
And you are dead on about the psychological aspect. I have posted here before about the seemingly magical ability to land moves way more consistently immediately after a Pokemon Change. (Most rewarding with Charizard, but it applies to all 3.) It's just super hard, mentally, to suddenly shift gears on your neutral game that hard.
I think PT had a bit of an odd curve, where the character is super fun and popular to pick up, but pretty taxing to master. (And demanding that a player be able to play 3 different archetypes well at that...) It does seem that we are starting to arrive over the hump.