Birkal gave me permission to do this. Because BW OU is currently the main active metagame, your favorite metagame probably isn't very active right now. Let's remember the fun metas again, the ones you would compete against friends daily in and still find new ways of doing things daily, the ones that never get old. At some point between RBY and BW, most of us experienced a Golden Age. What specific metagames / stages do you remember enjoying the most? Mine are- ADV OU- I'll be honest, the tour metagame is an embarassment but when you get creative I don't see how you can't love this tier. You will rarely get forced into a short game here and almost never get forced into a thoughtless or hopeless one. We all write off the people who want to ban Stealth Rock but it's absence isn't a bad thing here- stall can be beaten with attackers but not disintegrated as it is sometimes today. The main con you hear is Celebi dominating the tier, and there always seems to be one guy in the room who wants it banned. It was a different age of Smogon with no suspect testing, and while it prevented Celebi from getting looked at too seriously, it did lead to refreshing analyses. DPP OU with Latias and Salamence- I am a bit biased towards this stage because of the recent tournament involving them, and also due to it being one of the very first stages I seriously played competitively. A lot of people say no one actually wants a competely balanced metagame, and this metagame shows the hint of truth in that statement. I considered suspects very broken during their tests, but looking back I had fun and improved every game I played. I feel like Latias slightly balances the presence of Salamence, while both make defensive teams a bit less fun to use and can be ridiculous on paper, I like how it plays out in practice. Honorable mentions- BW UU- I'm surprised a BW metagame could be good without being far from OU at all. Hail is the only weather, as I personally believe is the best option for a metagame purely from a fun standpoint. Me and the others I know who play this tier enjoy the feeling that wins or losses were decided almost always entirely by the playing during the battle. BW RU- I personally hate Nidoqueen in this tier, but right before it dropped, I considered this the most fun BW tier. It's interesting that while UU feels like DPP OU, this is often called similar to DPP UU. BW NU- I've only played one game but I found teambuilding especially enjoyable- it was easy to spot many things that were "good" with almost no prior knowledge and easy to build a defensive backbone that I was confident would leave me with a decent chance against anything I saw. I've never played a metagame so easy to just jump into. ADV Ubers- I only played 2 games, but without the new moves like Psycho Boost and Draco Meteor, I enjoyed the massive power without the normal drawbacks of being annoyed by facing them. The strategy in replaying the same 2 games may have never been so perpetually enjoyable for me, let alone so quickly. Edit- i'm dum @ psycho boost DPP UU- There's such a massive following for this tier as the best ever, I'm not surprised I enjoyed the limited games I played. Let's decide which of mine and yours are Smogon's favorite. Please list your favorites with insight you feel will be enjoyable for those who may or may not have played the tier.