Name: Back to Basics General Description: A pokemon that can consistently remove the effects of items and/or abilities from a game, though not necessarily both at once. Justification: In today's competitive metagames, a pokemon's viability can be defined by their ability, potentially making or breaking them. Similarly certain types of movesets just wouldn't exist without the introduction of items. This CAP would aim to explore how the current metagame would look if it was stripped down to it's most basic competitive fundaments; Effective use of a pokemon's stats and movepools, and team synergy. Questions to be Answered; •How dependent are pokemon in OU on their abilities and the ability to equip themselves with items? •When the reliability of an ability/item is at risk, would previously aggressive pokemon begin to be seen playing more conservative sets, and vice-versa? •Would previously unviable/outclassed pokemon find new niches in the OU metagame if their threats, or superior counterparts, were stripped of key advantages? •Would balanced teams begin to rise in usage if the features integral to a team or team member's success could be compromised at any moment? •Would the predominance of weather teams be lessened if the means to abuse this weather could be compromised at any moment? Explanation: As mentioned before, in the beginning pokémon was a game centered around making the most of your team member's stats and moves, because that was "all there was". With so many other factors affecting how a pokemon can be played or played against, these two areas are no longer the absolute fundaments they once were. While both are still of critical importance, a pokemon's ability can make a seemingly inferior poke a far superior option to the point where one poke is potentially left in complete obscurity (The eternal struggle for dominance between Dragonite and Salamence is a great illustration of this). The potential risk of losing one's ability may not be enough to bring a pokemon out of obscurity, but may make them an option worth considering once more.