Here's the skinny: a bunch of us are getting back to our roots. So 12 of us have bought Gameboys and Pokemon Red, Blue, and/or Yellow. The intention is to hold a tournament at the end of our tour. Where it stands, we have a few months or so to get our respective teams where we need them to be for the finale. Here's the thing: Since we want to hold a tournament, I want to make sure everyone has a fighting chance and it will be as balanced as possible, so here are the current guidelines with a few questions: CURRENT RULES: SPECIES CLAUSE: Any Pokemon 1-149 may be used. No 2 of the same Pokemon. You can have ones that come from the same evolution line. But no on 2 Venusaurs, no Rare Candy cheating and getting 6 Mewtwos. Which brings me to: MEW and MEWTWO BANNED: So far I have no complaints regarding this SLEEP CLAUSE: After I explained to half our guys about why sleep is a bastard in RBY, they seem to agree, we'll end up writing down who we put to sleep. Exceptions are: - Sleep inducing move inflicted by Metronome - Moves that self-inflict sleep such as Rest TM CLAUSE: Since everyone is on the level of not using the duplication glitches. It's under the assumption that the the TMs you get in your go-through of the game are the only TMs you will get. I say this in confidence because we work long hours and only a few months to level up 6 guys to 100. It'd be a Christmas miracle if any of us were able to get a level 100 team, box them on another game and complete a 2nd go through to get a second set of TMs. So your 1 TM of Thunder Wave, Ice Beam, Earthquake, Explosion, etc. Use them well! These are the only rules. I decided to rule against a FREEZE CLAUSE as there isn't an attack like Hypnosis that's dedicated to Freezing. Freeze is a by-product of an offensive attack. If half your team gets frozen, sucks to be you. I believe that the TM clause helps in nerfing teams whoring out Ice Beam. The OHKO CLAUSE isn't necessary, I believe, with Mew out of the picture, it doesn't seem like there's much incentive to run a team or have anyone that can OHKO, considering it's low % of hitting and the ability to switch to Gengar or Flying Pokes to nerf them (dependant on the attack). My biggest question is regarding the evasion clause: EVASION CLAUSE: No Minimize or Double Team. Are these moves a big deal in RBY if Mewtwo is out of the picture? We have a guy that wants Double Team on Machamp. I've seen some posts where banning it helps, and I have seen posts with the inverse argument. I'm not sure how to side with this one. any input?