Ubers Unleased OU with minimal bans originally approved by Arcticblast, then approved again by Joim when the concept changed With BW2 coming to a close and XY on its way in the door, many people have wondered what the best approach to XY suspect testing in its early stages should look like. Many have considered whether all Pokemon should be unbanned. Others have suggested we start with a minimal banlist of only the legendary Pokemon with a BST of 670 or greater. Regardless of how we end up handling things, a metagame with the underused Ubers dropping down to OU is undoubtedly interesting. We got a short taste of something of this sort at the beginning of BW1, when offensive behemoths such as Darkrai and Shaymin were legal, but what would this metagame look like now? The purpose of this metagame is to see how current Ubers outside of those with a BST of 670 and above will fare when they are allowed to reign free once again (note that "current Ubers with a BST of 670 and above" does not include Slaking and Regigigas for obvious reasons). I've heard plenty of people complain on IRC that BW has been a ban-happy generation. Although I don't entirely agree with this, those people can try things out for themselves and judge for themselves whether BW has been too ban-happy or if the power creep is quite simply too much. Newer players can also try out the things that they never got the opportunity to use before they were banned! Most importantly, we all like to play with broken shit whether we want to admit it or not. With this metagame, we can do just that. I've listed both the Pokemon that have been unbanned and the Pokemon that will be banned below. Ubers that have been unbanned Joim sucks (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Joim sucks (open) Joim sucks (close) Blaziken Darkrai Deoxys Deoxys-Attack Deoxys-Defense Deoxys-Speed Excadrill Genesect Landorus-Incarnate Manaphy Shaymin-Sky Thundurus-Incarnate Tornadus-Therian OU Pokemon that will be banned Kyurem-Black On top of the above ban and releases, all regular standard OU clauses will be enforced in this metagame. Drizzle + Swift Swim is a huge can of worms on top of all of the other broken Pokemon, so it will not be unbanned. Moody was also recently retested in Ubers, and considering that the clause still stands there, it will still stand here as well. Additionally, the following clauses will be enforced. If I'm forgetting any other clauses, let me know. Evasion Abilities Clause: Evasion abilities are banned Sleep Clause Mod: Limit one foe put to sleep Species Clause: Limit one of each Pokemon OHKO Clause: OHKO moves are banned Moody Clause: Moody is banned Evasion Moves Clause: Evasion moves are banned Should the playerbase come to the conclusion that certain Pokemon are still broken, even with all of the other previous Ubers allowed, I will test them. I will be fairly strict on testing things, however, as this metagame is intended to be as a very free and open one. I've already had people express concerns about Shaymin, and it's not exactly hard to see why. But before we get too carried away, I encourage people to try things out and judge them with experience rather than just banning based on theorymon. In order to play this metagame, for now I encourage you to challenge each other on PS! using the regular Ubers format and applying the bans yourself. Because nothing is mechanically different, it shouldn't be too hard to play. And there you have it! Feel free to discuss potential threats in this new metagame! Which Ubers Pokemon are going to shine? Are they all going to be great Pokemon, or are some of them going to be inferior now (especially considering some of these Pokemon were banned before BW2 was released)? Will formerly underlooked Pokemon from OU and below rise to stardom with the introduction of major threats and loss of others? Will all of the potentially broken threats be able to balance each other out, or will a few overpowered threats reign supreme? Let's find out!