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  1. ABR

    Proposal Dropping Out and Activity Losses in Official Tournaments

    As the title implies, this is a suggestion and not an announcement. For clarity, this is how we currently handle dropping out of tournaments. For additional clarity, I am proposing this solely for official tournaments, and not for individual circuits. I am writing this thread because I...
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    Implemented WCoP 2020 Tiers Discussion

    It's about that time of year so let's get right to it. The options being considered are the following: 1) 10 or 8 SS OU 2) 5 SS OU; 1 each of SM, ORAS, BW, DPP, ADV 3) 4 SS OU; 1 each of SM, ORAS, BW, DPP, ADV, GSC 4 current gen is the lowest WCoP has ever gone, and we are not willing to...
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    Shadow Tag has been banned from Gen 8 OU

    The OU Council has agreed to ban Shadow Tag from Gen 8 OU. Shadow Tag has been banned from the preceding 3 generations, yet we decided to be thorough and give it a fair shot in this new metagame. However, with just a few days of observation, Shadow Tag is evidently very broken. It does what it...
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    Sleep Clause in Generation 8

    Hello, If you are not yet aware, sleep clause has been removed for gen 8 OU. Before I delve further into this, I would like to make a few key points. 1) In terms of how this occurred: I thought something should be done and tagged chaos if it could be done. It was intended as more of a...
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    BW OU Tiering Changes - A Proposal

    I would like to propose several changes to the BW OU metagame/banlist, and subsequently that all of them be handled with immediate + unilateral council action, without need for larger suspects/votes. The proposed changes are as follows. 1) Ban Shadow Tag 2) Ban Baton Pass 3) Ban Chlorophyll...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XV - Finals [Won by craing ;_;]

    Welcome to this year's Official Smogon Tournament! The OST is one of Smogon's longest standing traditions in tournaments and has crowned many great Pokémon players as its champions across five generations. Over the next few months, thousands* (!) of players will compete to the best of their...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XV - Semifinals

    Welcome to this year's Official Smogon Tournament! The OST is one of Smogon's longest standing traditions in tournaments and has crowned many great Pokémon players as its champions across five generations. Over the next few months, thousands* (!) of players will compete to the best of their...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XV - Quarterfinals

    Welcome to this year's Official Smogon Tournament! The OST is one of Smogon's longest standing traditions in tournaments and has crowned many great Pokémon players as its champions across five generations. Over the next few months, thousands* (!) of players will compete to the best of their...
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    Redefining Ubers for the next generation - A Proposal

    For most of its history, Ubers was simply defined as OU's banlist. This changed with Mega Rayquaza's ban and the subsequent creation of Anything Goes as detailed in this thread. While the decision was made to improve the tier's playability, Ubers has lost some of its identity in the process. It...
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    Announcement np: SM OU Suspect Process, Round 6 - A Thousand Miles [Zygarde is now Banned]

    Hey everybody, the OU tiering council has decided to test Zygarde. Zygarde has been one of the most prominent threats throughout the entirety of the generation. This can be attributed to its bulk, typing, and variety of moveset options, including the infamous thousand arrows. A reliable STAB...
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    SPL Midseason

    For the upcoming SPL and future iterations, we are making changes to how midseason operates. That being said, TD discussions have not reached a conclusive consensus so we are looking to garner community input on the matter. What we're left with now is essentially 3 options, which I'll outline...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Finals [Won by mael]

    Welcome to this year's Official Smogon Tournament! The OST is one of Smogon's longest standing traditions in tournaments and has crowned many great Pokémon players as its champions across five generations. Over the next few months, thousands* (!) of players will compete to the best of their...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Semifinals

    OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three series of games each round Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't agree on which server to play on, the Smogtours server is the default...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Quarterfinals

    OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three series of games each round Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't agree on which server to play on, the Smogtours server is the default...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Round 8

    OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three series of games each round Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't agree on which server to play on, the Smogtours server is the default...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Round 7

    Please contact me if you have questions relating to the tournament. OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three series of games each round Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Round 6

    Please contact me if you have questions relating to the tournament. OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three series of games each round Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Round 5

    Please contact me if you have questions relating to the tournament. OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three series of games each round Matches are to be played on Pokemon Showdown!. If you can't...
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    Baton Pass has been banned from ORAS OU

    The OU Council has agreed to ban Baton Pass from ORAS OU. Baton Pass currently operates in the form of speed passing from Scolipede. Generally, the Scolipede user alternates between Substitute and Protect to pass boosts to another pokemon. Common recipients are Manaphy, Mega Heracross, and...
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    Official Smogon Tournament XIV - Round 4

    Please contact any of me (ABR), TDK, or Luigi if you have questions relating to the tournament. Huge thanks to reyscarface for helping out with last round! OST Specific Rules This is a standard USM OU tournament. The tournament will be single elimination. Players will play a best of three...
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