Hi, I'm blarajan, and I'm going to be the Little Cup tier leader for XY. I'm technically the tier leader for right now, but as many of you know, we are basically done with Little Cup for BW, with no more changes taking place. I recognize that the current tier is stale because it's been the same for so long, but I think the fact that we have so many players still playing that tier is a testament to how fun Little Cup is to many people. However, I do recognize the need for spicing it up, so as of now I am basically allowing all forum projects. While I still want you to ask me (or iss) before posting something, the chances are I will say yes. If you think this project will help you have fun with Little Cup, then it's likely worth posting, as that's the ultimate goal of contributing to Smogon and Little Cup in general--to have fun. That being said, I know individuals have had problems with Little Cup across the years. I myself am only a recent player of the tier, starting Little Cup after the Misdreavus, Meditite, Murkrow, and Gligar ban of BW1. Since I've been playing, and really since Little Cup became an official tier, it's faced a lot of criticism just for existing by many Smogon users, badgeholders and moderators included. I can't really understand why--we have a fun tier with a good bunch of users that love it. However, even these people...I want your opinions in this thread. Don't get me wrong, if I get any "Little Cup sucks" or "just remove Little Cup for XY" or "I hate Little Cup it's stupid" I will delete your post and infract you without question, badgeholder or not. Administrator Joim has agreed to help me moderate individuals who I cannot infract (mods+). What I do want to see in this thread is your overall view of Little Cup: what you enjoy, what you didn't, what you think we can improve on, how you think we can improve, the works. I want Little Cup to be the best it can be for XY. I'm making this thread because I honestly don't know what I'm doing. I have some ideas, but ultimately the success of the tier rests on the players in it. Little Cup will improve based on what the players want. I will do my best to respond to each post in this thread, either via IRC or through the forums (private messages, this thread). I want to hear what everyone thinks and what we can do for XY. To start the thread off, I will share my top secret plan for the XY suspect process. Not all of the kinks have been ironed out, but... I plan on bringing back suspect testing. However, I plan to do so in a bit of a weird way. Considering the player base (if this was offensive, I apologize as it was unintentional), it would be incredibly easy to make Little Cup requirements for voting. We would have every Dick and Jane voting and I personally don't think that's the best for a tier like Little Cup. Instead, my idea is to set up periodically a suspect round in which individuals get a particular ladder ranking...and then pick the Suspects. After voters identify, they would be able to pick what they believe should be suspected (probably up to 3, most votes gets suspected) and then we make a suspect thread about it. I believe I'll still keep a Council...a standard Council with some particularly high ladderers + adamant posters / IRCers getting to vote each round. I don't know how this would be regarding TC, but here is why I want to run it like this. I think the players should vote on and pick the suspects because ultimately it is what they believe is worth looking at due to their experience with the ladder. If a large group of people think a Pokemon or whatever is worth looking into, it likely is. However, I still think a suspect Council + particular special voters of a particular round are the best way to go in terms of voting, as our tier is kind of small, subject to bias, and subject to troll votes and bad ladderers. In summation: voters pick the suspects, council votes on the chosen suspect. My other idea is to unban fucking everything except for Scyther, Sneasel, maaaaaaybe Tangela, Moody, SonicBoom, and Dragon Rage. This is subject to change according to what we get from XY but...this is probably going to happen. Those are the things that I want to do. I'm just one person. I really want everyone who plays Little Cup actively, or even occasionally, or never at all (for specific reasons, not a random hatred) to post in this thread to help me out for XY. I want ideas, complaints, concerns, encouragements, anything to help me make XY Little Cup the best it can be. I may not be all that active now, but that's just because there's really nothing to do. I should be back full storm for XY, though I'll be a sophomore in college and often just busy or hanging out with friends. I'll be on IRC as much as I can, and I should be easily approachable. I'm on many channels, but I would rather you join #littlecup if you have to talk to me. Thank you for reading this thread. I look forward to hearing the ideas presented and discussing them with each and every poster.