Here I am, doing the grunt work for our Pokemon overlord reachzero :P Round 4 was definitely a crazy one with some unexpected voting results. Three of the four weather inducing abilities were voted on, but none could reach a simple majority, with Drizzle receiving the closest vote. Arguably, this result was expected. The Pokemon vote that followed however, could hardly have been predicted. Latios and Deoxys-S, both Pokemon that received a simple majority in Round 3, did a complete 180 and didn't even come close to following that up with a second simple majority. I guess that's why we have the current system in place, isn't it? Excadrill was the Sanjaya of the group, except without the crazy hair to pull the joke vote. Think about it Excadrill. Thundurus took all Latios's and D-S's uber swagger and came just short of the supermajority. Thundurus will automatically be suspect at the end of the round, and if it receives a second simple majority, it will be banned from OU. Of course, the biggest result was the banning of Garchomp. Garchomp is now Uber and has been banned from the Standard OU ladder. You will be missed, Garchomp. Sorry, I had to. Anyway, will this be Thundurus's last round? Are we going to vote on Excadrill for the fifth time? Will Reuniclus re-enter the suspect pool after training in 100x earth's gravity? We'll soon find out! Couple big changes in the structure this round: 1. Most importantly: the rating requirement for voting is going to shift back to a static 1450. No more 15+15. While a solid system on paper, with the addition of decay, it no longer serves its primary purpose and the brain trust has unanimously agreed that a static number is better suited for determining the voter pool. 2. The length of the suspect test is shrinking back down to 4 weeks. We agreed that 5 weeks is far too long, especially when there's an automatic suspect to be voted on patiently waiting for its fate to be determined. You wouldn't want to keep Thundurus waiting, would you? So to put that in the nice bullet-point format that Phil did last round: Sunday, September 18th @ 11:59 PM EST: Suspect Testing Round 5 Ends. A screenshot will be taken at this time to determine the eligible voters. The Voter Identification/Suspect Nomination Thread will then be posted shortly thereafter. Thursday, September 22nd: Special Applications are due. Sunday, September 25th @ 11:59 PM EST: Nomination/Identification Period ends and voting begins. Also I would like to note that the brain trust had a very heated discussion on the new thread name. Enter Sandman was a possibility, as was Thunderstruck. But eventually Sandstorm was chosen because it is relevant, and we just love getting down to some techno beats. Hopefully this next round is equally techno boss! Have at it!