"Screw it, let's make our own metagame." –Zarel, 2012 Mar 11, 3:27:18 AM Hey, guys! I've never made a thread for NEXT mainly because I don't want a metagame discussion thread, because the metagame is unfinished. However, I do want to hear feedback, so that's what this thread is: what do you think about NEXT so far? You can also discuss setbuilding for the metagame, but keep in mind that NEXT is unfinished. This is NEXT: https://github.com/Zarel/Pokemon-Showdown/blob/master/mods/gennext/README.md NEXT is intended to only make changes that Game Freak could plausibly make in the next generation. To do that, we have to analyze exactly what changes between generations. The one thing that sticks out: A Pokemon's ability to do things is never removed. Nintendo only adds things, never removes them. No stat decreases (or increases). No movepool removal. No ability removal. That's not to say Nintendo never nerfs at all. Explosion and Selfdestruct were nerfed dramatically just in gen 5. Anyway, because of how NEXT works, it feels a lot like a new gen: existing OU threats stay mostly the same, but many new threats and strategies are introduced. Of course, as we learned in gen 5, continually adding new threats has a tendency to be bad news for stall. NEXT tries to counteract this by buffing quite a few defensive abilities, but I don't know how successful I've been in that. Discuss.