Happy Holidays everyone! This stage is sure to be an interesting one to say the least. Porygon-Z just saw a 3-4 vote to keep it in the tier, and Honchkrow is going to be an automatic suspect to be voted on at the end of this stage. So what's going to happen this time around? Will the Trick Room + Endeavor + Hail strategy prove to be too much for the tier to handle, or is the buzz surrounding the strategy only panic? Is Honchkrow still seen as over-powering, or will it finally get the boot out of the tier? And what about the tier shifts? What will RU ever do without Qwilfish?!?! This stage will end January 16th, at 11:59 p.m. EST at which time the voters will be revealed and the suspects will be determined, with voting taking place on that Friday. The reason for this extended stage is two-fold: the tier shifts are going to happen at the end of December, which will surely shake up the tier to a large extent, and Christmas week is sure to cause a lot of dropped activity, so I want everyone to have some time to enjoy the metagame. Keep the discussion civil and remember that you can become a member of the (newly expanded) Council by making great posts here, so get cracking! EDIT: Also! Everyone should come onto IRC and chat it up in #rarelyused to talk all things RU. #rarelyused is where most of the RU community members reside and is the place to be if you're looking to get on the Council for best IRC user (and it is a large influence on the "all around contributor" seats as well). It's a really cool channel with a lot of cool people; Nails, Honko, ShakeItUp, MoltenKyurem, and Texas Cloverleaf (who was on the Council last round for IRC user) are almost constant presences on the channel and are great people to get to know! Everybody there will be willing to help you with your team or any questions you might have so hop on by!