Hey everyone, so if you didn't already hear, Oglemi recently decided to step down from RU tier leader and decided to give the position to me for the remainder of BW2 RU, so i'm the one who's going to be deciding suspect testing and some other things until at least the start of X/Y. Anyways, after listening to some concerns on irc, reading the hail discussion thread, and giving various hail teams a try for myself to see just how powerful they were over the past two weeks or so, i decided that a hail suspect test couldn't hurt, so i decided to make this an official suspect test as my first act as RU tier leader. I decided against making a new np thread simply because i really liked all the discussion that came out of of this one and i don't want it to kinda die down if we start fresh after this test, so for now i'm going to just hold the suspect discussion in the current NP thread :). Like UU, RU's not going to be doing a rotating council this time around, instead going for suspect reqs for this test. However, unlike OU and UU, i'm going to have all suspect testing and reqs take place on one ladder instead of making you guys have to get the reqs twice on two different ones. The requirements for voting this round will be 2000 Glicko2 on the RU ladder with a deviation of 65 or below. Also, if your account glitches/deviation won't go down for some reason, i'll accept special applications at the end of the suspect round. I'd prefer if all voters posted here and joined in on the hail discussion too and gave their opinion on the power of the playstyle (or parts of it) in the current metagame as well. For now i'm probably going to just suspect hail/snover as a whole, although there are some alternatives that have been brought up such as simply suspecting walrein, a 3 ballot vote, or suspecting the combination of hail+ice body. I'm not totally closed minded about these proposals, although you'll have to convince me that they're better than voting on hail as a whole by the end of the round (especially if its a complex ban, i kinda hate those :s). This suspect round will end on August 9th at 11:59 PM EST Anyways, Good luck! and remember to stay civil during the debates =).