Well the problem is that the smogon community decided that weather was going to be "the metagame". I agree 100% that the metagame lacks the beauty in team making that DPP had. No matter what kind of team you have you always have to have a pokemon to take a boosted water/fire attacks. I remember in DPP when you had teams that looked so weird but they worked and had the synergy to keep it alive. I don't think the metagame should be 3 pokemon fighting each other. I think it would open up a variety of more pokemon if at least sun and rain were gone. The interesting thing is that the team preview is less helpful this gen than it would have been last gen. Once you seen the weather you know what kind of pokemon they may have.... Do I have a solution? No.. It is way too late to ban weather. I think splitting the official metagames up is a good start. So if the people that want to play "kill the politoed, ninetales, tyranitar" want to play that they can. Otherwise the people that want to play pokemon can play without weather. I would like to see clear skies be the main metagame and weather be an auxillary tier like RU and UU. @pocket: There is also a huge difference between volcarona, heatran and starmie in clear skies and those pokemon in their weathers. Of course you need to pack the resist and have good team synergy. But the difference between taking a unboosted hydro pump and a boosted hydro pump is very significant. Also some of those creative pokemon sets you stated need weather to even be effective and to be honest besides cresselia, conk and the custap leads those sets are highly situational.