banner by brightobject So yeah this tier shift means quite a bit more than your regular one. PU is now official and that's way more important than the periodic sliding doors that tier shifts are (though the flux has been quite one sided for a while). For the first time in a while, we've lost nothing, but we've gained Pawniard, Gorebyss, Bouffalant, Exeggutor, and Gothitelle, 3 of which are returning to PU after stints in NU. I want to say thank you to all who contributed with posts, analyses, and chat presence but also to anybody who even stopped by reading these forums or simply played a few ladder games. I mean this song isnt related to drops or whatever in any way its just that October passed and its a big turning point or w/e In any case here are the usual potential discussion topics blablabla New Stage - If there are tier shifts, make some predictions on what the metagame will be like or comment on the changes Suspect Testing - If you believe that anything is worthy of a suspect test, post about it and why you think it deserves a suspect test. (nothing will be chosen as a suspect until at least two weeks in though, if even that) Metagame trends - What are the most common or effective strategies? Are there any Pokemon that you think will rise in usage? Top threats - What should the main priorities be when considering a team for PU? Playstyles - Which are most effective? Are there any that cannot succeed? Cores - What are some popular or solid cores? Why do they work so well, and what can be used to beat them? Underrated Pokemon - Just because a Pokemon isn't used much doesn't mean its bad! There are plenty of hidden gems scattered throughout low PU and FU, and possibly even Little Cup! New sets - If you have a unique set that you've had success with recently, share it.