I'm sure many of us are disappointed at Blaziken's Smogon ban. However I wonder if, despite being substantially weaker, Combusken has any competitive viability with Speed Boost.
This is all still theory, but I imagine him having a set like this:
252 Atk, 252 Spd, 6 HP
- Swords Dance
- Sky Uppercut
- Shadow Claw/Flare Blitz
Either item helps Combusken survive long enough to boost his stats. Sky Uppercut is the most reliable STAB he has.
Shadow Claw provides near perfect coverage with Sky Uppercut, and Flare Blitz is by far his strongest move. Though I wouldn't use it because of his low HP.
And of course, Protect for free Speed Boosting and scouting.
I'm not suggesting that this can break the game like his big brother did, but I'm sure he can still be useful with his new ability.
What're everyone's thoughts on this?