Actually I've gone nine rounds with bloo's mum before but that's another matter. Round 7 saw Kyurem-B brought down to OU. Round 8 will see us test Genesect. Qualifying will be a little different this time. You'll have to qualify on two ladders; one with Genesect, and one without. However, because it is 2 ladders, the deviation requirement has been lowered (number wise, raised). Now, it is 2000 +- 65 on both the OU (Current) and the OU (Suspect Test) ladders. Take a screenshot whenever you reach these requirements anyways just in case something crazy like a DDoS attack happens again. There is a very important point I want all of you to focus on: do not vote / post about "liking x metagame better." That isn't the purpose of our tests...the purpose is finding out whether or not Genesect is broken, which is why, in special applications, we'll probably emphasize the ladder that has it included. The ladder without it is for you to better grasp the context of the metagame and see firsthand what happens when it is gone and from this, more completely understand what about its overall presence broke the metagame...not to use as evidence of a subjectively preferable metagame. We're going to be pretty stringent about this, so if you start posting anything like this...expect Haunter to spank you, viciously. I haven't confirmed from all the council members about this yet, but I am strongly considering requiring paragraphs for this round to make sure people are voting for the right reasons. Anyway, as always, here is a nice bullet point schedule! Monday, November 12th: Suspect Ladder has been reset and Genesect is unbanned from the ladder, along with OU ladder ratings being saved and a new OU ladder put in for the duration of the test (thanks to Zarel for setting this up!). Friday, November 30th at 11:59 p.m. EST: The Suspect Round ends. A screenshot of both the ladders will be posted at that time in the Voter Identification thread. Sunday, December 2nd at 11:59 p.m. EST: Special applications are due, and the voting thread will be posted. It will most likely be up for around three days. Have fun friends! Iconic will surely edit this with a more fun title / post when he wakes up, but in the meanwhile, this is what you get :P GS EDIT: A note on Download's mechanics There are a few small quirks to how Download works that not everyone might be aware of. Download uses the current Defense and Special Defense of the opponent, and if they are equal, it boosts Special Attack. Note especially that it applies to current defensive stats. Therefore, if a 4 SpD Terrakion (which has 216 Defense and 217 Special Defense) uses Close Combat twice and gets -2 in both defensive stats, and then Genesect switches in, Special Attack will be boosted, since -2 halves the stat, and half of 217 is rounded down. Download also considers the sandstorm Special Defense boost for Rock-types, since that is applied directly to the stat.