Hey everyone, the OU tiering council has decided to test Genesect. Genesect has been one of the most dominant Pokemon in the Overused metagame throughout its time in the tier, dating back to generation five. Each of the past two generations, Genesect found itself getting banned to Ubers (XY and BW). Therefore, it is no surprise that Genesect is seen as one of the most controversial, potentially banworthy Pokemon in the tier. Genesect is seen as one of the most unique Pokemon in the history of the tier. It has one of the most versatile offensive movepools in the game while it has a stat spread that takes advantage of that to the fullest. Additionally, Genesect has the ability Download, which gives it an Attack or Special Attack boost depending on the defenses of the opponent. All in all, Genesect is certainly one of the most threatening Pokemon in the tier and defensive counterplay to it is limited. Upon the start of generation seven, Genesect immediately emerged as a common presence and a force to be reckon with. With various sets and a plethora of potential moves at its disposal, Genesect was not only unpredictable, but also effective across the board. In the current metagame, the hardest Genesect variant to counter is probably mixed Life Orb with four attacks. Generally speaking, it can run just about whatever coverage it wants (Bug Buzz, Iron Head, Thunderbolt, Flamethrower, Ice Beam, Hidden Power Ground, U-turn, etc.) and it poses a threat to almost the whole tier and most full teams depending upon the coverage moves Genesect uses. Genesect also can run effective Expert Belt, Choice Band, Choice Scarf, Douse Drive, and sweeping sets that have seen use to varying extents over the first month of SM. Expert Belt and Choice Band variants are also seen as controversial and overwhelmingly powerful in the eyes of some, but Choice Scarf variants are generally regarded as solid revenge killers and, therefore, shouldn't be the main focus of discussion. Due to the fact that Genesect has been in the Overused metagame for parts of three different generations and it was proven as banworthy in the previous two stints it had in the tier, the Overused tiering council believes it is in the tier's best interest to suspect Genesect in the current metagame as there is a legitimate prospect of it being broken in the current metagame as it has been in the past. For this round we are going to have two alternative ways to qualify for voting: Laddering: you will need to achieve a COIL rating of 2700 (or more) in a /!\ game limit of 70 games /!\ on the OU Suspect Test Ladder (in which Genesect is banned), that will be implemented very soon. Suspect Tours: check McMeghan's thread. The suspect test will last for approximately 2 weeks and will end on January 7th. Use this thread to discuss the suspect and your thoughts on the suspect metagame. If you have any questions, then feel free to contact blunder, boudouche, CrashinBoomBang, Finchinator, M Dragon, PDC, and/or TDK through a PM. These threads tend to get derailed so please make extra effort to stay on topic. Future suspects need not be discussed in this thread. Keep in mind that, as usual, it's going to be up to the playerbase to decide the outcome of this test. Good luck and have fun laddering! /!\ Rules for posting in this thread /!\ No one liners nor uninformed posts; No discussion on other potential suspects; No discussion on the suspect process; You are required to make respectful posts; You are required to read this thread before posting. Failing to follow these simple guidelines will result into your post being deleted and infracted without any prior warning. /!\ NOTICE /!\ OU will not be tolerating any form of voting manipulation. Any attempt to manipulate votes can result in an infraction, loss of eligibility to vote in the current test, and loss of the Tiering Contributor badge. While we won't necessarily enforce super strict punishment, this won't be tolerated and will be handled accordingly. Voting manipulation can simply be described as attempting to get people to vote a way on the test in inappropriate manners. Bribing with teams to vote a certain way, directly messaging people to vote a certain way, publicly announcing "vote this way" all fall under voting manipulation. If you have any further questions feel free to shoot TDK a PM. Antar's edit: as with the previous OU tests, the B value for this test is 17.0. To figure out how many battles you will need to have in order to achieve reqs, first determine your GXE (shown on the ladder and when you type /rating) and plug that into the following formula: N=17.0/log2(40*GXE/2700) (Google calculator is awesome for this kind of thing). Here are some sample values: Code: GXE N 100 30 90 41 85 52 80 70 75 112 70 324 Tagging The Immortal so that this can be implemented on PS - thank you!