Now that we have a final tiering decision on Latias (uber), it is time to turn our heads to the dragon in the room... Salamence. Questions about his appropriateness in OU have been raised, and now that Latias is handled, we will address the issue. As soon as possible, we will have a suspect test ladder running on SU on which Salamence will not be allowed. After approximately 4 weeks of testing during which you all can form an opinion about Salamence's tiering, Jumpman or I will post a thread asking for applications to join The First Smogon Council. We will be asking for information relating to your rating and deviation on both the suspect and standard ladders in addition to inquiring about any recent and relevant tournament success/participation. From the applications we've receive, Jumpman and I will select nine active and qualified players to cast a vote on Salamence to decide his fate. You'll obviously notice that this is a greatly simplified and streamlined process than what we've had before. That is by design. Asking people to submit paragraphs and test for months on end became too costly for too little return. There is obviously a subjective element in the selection of The Council, however nobody will be asked to disclose their vote in their application and Jumpman and I will ensure maximum fairness. Go forth and test! As always, you may use this thread to make comments and describe your experiences. Members of The Council may read this thread to inform their vote when the time comes!