I feel the need to talk about sand and rose in NU. While rose was pretty obvious beforehand i think, stout and giga really surprised me.
Reasonably bulky and not that easy to revenge kill if you dont run Hitmonchan, especially if you consider that barely any choice scarf user being able to outspeed this under sand thanks to sand rush. You can find mons that outspeed it being scarfed, but Espeon seems to be the only one that regularly sees/saw usage in that regard. So yeah, Stouland outspeeds pretty much our whole offensive NU metagame under sand.
It sure has defensive checks that are very viable, but those have to make sure they maintain their hp, because otherwise super power can hurt those as well. Theres mons that can handle Stout, which arent named Steelix, Golurk, Rhydon, but those get their leftovers denied by sand.
I dont think Stoutland is the real issue though, but the fact that we cant contest sand with anything but Vanilluxe. Without sand Stouts a rather useless Poke, but when sand is set it stays up most of the times, which leads us to:
The real culprit.
Setting uncontested weather and being fairly bulky under sand, while hitting decently hard and setting up rocks. There really isnt much else to say about Gigalith - Sand Stream.
Now there is ways to handle both of these i think, but you always see those two in tandem with:
As if having uncontested weather wasnt enough theres a perfect partner avilable right now, Roserade.
Looking at its stats it seems well rounded, tho its defense in conjunction with its hp are rather lackluster. What it lacks in defense it makes up for in special defense however and that insane SpA stat, while sitting at 90 base speed. Rose is a threat; imo THE threat right now.
Theres plenty of sets it can run; theres hazard laying defensive Roses with access to Sleep Powder, Leech Seed, T-Spikes and regular Spikes. Nothing too crazy and rather easy to manage unless sleep rolls screw you over i guess.
And then theres offensive Roserade... Looking at NU that 90 base speed is nothing too crazy, but that base SpA is quite something. Not only does it have the stats to threaten opposing mons, but it also has the pool to do so; HP Fire, Extracensory, Leaf Storm/Giga Drain, Sludgebomb with two being Stab. Now while Life Orb is viable and i thought it would be the go to Rose item it limits Roses survivability and makes it more prone to being pursuit trapped. The real fun begins when you face Roserade holding a Choice Specs or a Choice Scarf. Having to switch into Roserade is a difficult thing to do and while it has defensive checks, those are severely hindered by Stealth Rock support and if they dont just drop to two attacks they lose a hefty amount of hp and either spam recovery or are preserved as sacks for another Rose assault, unless they are called bronzor and do...well nothing.
We sadly dont have offensive checks that are able to switch into Roserade safely due to its coverage, so revenge killing it seems like the best approach of handling a Roserade. While its base speed is nothing special it still allows Rose to act as a hard hitting Choice Scarfer that outspeeds the whole unboosted/unscarfed metagame. Sneasel and Houndoom are both pressuring Roserade (252 Atk Choice Band Sneasel Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Roserade: 118-139 (87.4 - 102.9%) -- 25% chance to OHKO), but can fall short if mispredicting and even Kanga cant reliably finish off a Roserade with a combination of Fake Out and Sucker Punch, tho thats everything but reliable to begin with even if the calcs were better. On top of that Roserade resists Aqua Jet and Mach punch.
Why am i typing this? Playing NU rn is frustrating, because Roserade is already busted enough and i think it was obvious af that Rose would end up being too much to handle, but since Gigalith dropped as well we also gotta consider sand teams when building - sand is a thing now, Rose is a thing now; oftentimes you cant have sand without Rose even, tho if Rose got the boot Venu would probably just replace it.
As mentioned above, theres no way to compete with Sand Stream, since we only have Vanilluxe, which dropped in viability, because of Gigalith thus sand is pretty centralizing right now. Complex banning Sand Stream on Gigalith or putting Gigalith to BL would solve this. We would have Hippopotas left, but its way easier to take advantage off than a bulky mon like Gigalith that shuts down plenty of switch ins by having a reasonable offensive presence.
I dont really know where to put Roserade. Reading the tiering etiquette it doesnt fit offensive uber characteristics since it cant set up and just sweep, but it literally has no switch ins that arent complete garbage and lose momentum; and it has the speed to serve as a hard hitting Choice Scarfer.
Sounds like this could be applied.