As requested by numerous people on numerous occasions
A bit of history
The Offstat Metagame stems from the Offstat Tournament, originally hosted by user: Level 51
in October-December 2012. During its run, a whole bunch of people pestered him into making a thread about the "metagame" he had unwittingly created... and so he did.
To see the signups (and subsequent threads) from the Offstat Tournament, you can click the links below.
| Signups | Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Semifinals | Finals |
Offstat is essentially like standard OU - no hacks, nothing. Just nice, legal movesets. What sets it apart, though, is the limitations that have been placed on the allowed moves. The main "gimmick" of the metagame is:
No Pokemon may use an attacking move corresponding to its higher base attack stat.
Now this is all very good and well. You may be thinking, what's all the buzz about this for? Can't we just bring in physical Hydreigons and special Landoruses and all that jazz? Well, no. This is because of the second limitation:
No Pokemon may be used if the difference between its two attacking stats is less than 50.
Because of this clause, only the following Pokemon are allowed:
Darmanitan (Zen Mode Darmanitan is not allowed, because it always breaks Clause 2)
Keldeo (Keldeo-R is not allowed, because it must by definition always utilise Secret Sword, hence Breaking Clause 2)
Meloetta (Meloetta-P is not allowed, because it must first come from a Relic Song-using Meloetta, which breaks Clause 2)
There are also two other clauses that one may or may not use when playing matches. In order of importance:
Entry hazards are not allowed; this is to counteract the use of stall. (This was employed in the Offstat Tournament.)
Kyurem-B is not allowed; it is too overpowered. (This was employed in Round 2 of the Offstat Tournament.)
What rules the metagame? Should Blissey be banned? Should Kyurem-B be allowed? Should entry hazards be allowed? Would the return of entry hazards make Kyurem-B significantly easier to handle? As you can see, this metagame, being relatively new, is full of questions that need answering. Give it a try; good luck, have fun! .‿.