Jason Krell, writing at Polygon:

The first thing competitive Pokémon players try to do after a new game’s release is suss out the best new monsters. In some cases, it’s easy to see that a Pokémon is useful. In others, a creature dismissed for being an affront to nature in Pokémon Sword and Shield surprises players when they figure out it has one of the strongest attacks in franchise history.

I’ve been really enjoying Pokémon Sword. It’s the first Pokémon game since Soul Silver that I’ve actually dabbled with playing competitively.

Dracovish, a weird unholy union of a fish’s head stuck to a dinosaur’s tail, has been a surprise competitive beast, and that’s the sort of thing I love about Pokémon – when something weird, and completely out of left field, swoops in to surprise everyone.

This reminds be of way back in the day, when I played locally-competitive Yu-Gi-Oh (oh that’s right, I’ll admit it: my Water and Dark World decks were the shit, and I will not be shamed). Back in those days, half the fun of the game was seeing a seemingly random or insignificant card suddenly explode in popularity once people found a way to exploit it. The same thing happens in Pokémon, and I love it.