AKA "Topsy-turvy Metagame", approved by Arcticblast No, this isn't another story about the current state of the OU Metagame. This is an alternate metagame where we do things... differently than elsewhere. The premise is quite simple. All Pokémon's base stats are recalculated using this formula: (New stat) = 160 - (current stat) If a stat is equal to or greater than 155 (for instance, Slaking's Attack or Blissey's HP), it's set to 5. The lowest stat in current play is 5, so the highest stat a Pokémon will enjoy is 155. Note that while Shedinja technically has base 159 HP, its actural HP isn't calculated from the base stat, so it still has 1 HP. Ubers are unbanned, for what good that might give you. For instance, using the formula above, Mewtwo ends up with base 6 Sp.Atk. Darkrai's Base 35 Speed would have it be outsped by today's Burmy. Arceus' base stats are suddenly on par with the current Sunkern. And vice versa. Perhaps the Deoxys formes can still contribute somehow, but otherwise, Ubers in TNM are a pitiful sight. So, how would this metagame work in practise? First and foremost, the stars of OU need to look after new jobs. Evolved Pokémon become inferior to their NFE counterparts. Glass cannons with massive Attack and low everything else, suddenly turn into mighty walls. Shuckle outspeeds everything bar Munchlax, and is a truly offensive monster with great HP, but the defenses of wet tissue paper. The strongest Pokémon without evolutionary relatives is Luvdisc. However, all isn't fun and joy for the babies. Many Pokémon have movepools designed to help their current stats. Now, the jobs they used to perform is their weakest card on hand, and they will have to use whatever tools they've got from "the other side". For instance, Bonsly has 140 Sp.Atk now, but its entire Special movepool consists of these moves: Hidden Power, Earth Power, Round, Snore and Uproar. No matter how high their stats, NFEs are still NFEs, and their movepools are still limited. On the other hand, there are fully evolved Pokémon with massive movepools and still tolerable stats. Darmanitan might be slow, but it has the movepool to abuse base 120 Sp.Atk. Delcatty's titanic movepool really complements its decent stats. Togetic hits hard and fast. One thing is for sure, this metagame requires you to think differently about your favourite (and least favourite!) Pokémon. The top threats of the metagame are Pokémon we'd never even consider to use in most other situations. The heavy-hitters of OU and Ubers are forced out of the spotlight by the crappiest Baby Pokémon GameFreak have ever conceived. Great strenghts and great weaknesses are turned topsy-turvy. Eviolite would be a subject for debate. Now, most of the best Pokémon can use it, where their less fortunate evolved brethren can't. Should it be tweaked so it can only be used by Pokémon who has a pre-evolution, thus preventing the likes of Igglybuff and Cleffa to run amoc with it? Yet better, we just banned it. Last, for reasons that should be obvious to everybody, Smeargle is banned. Also, unless stated otherwise, the regulations and restrictions of Standard play still apply. EDIT 10/5-13: Eviolite is also banned. It turned out to be a drawback-free Defense boost for pretty much every relevant 'mon in this metagame. Now, discuss! P.S.: This Bulbapedia article is a great reference for seeking out threats.