With the advent of BW2, the Little Cup staff and I have decided to give LC's tiering process a revamp to better match its player base, metagame, and leadership. The purpose of this thread is to outline said revamp and the various effects it will be having on both the current members of the tiering process and the general LC community.
The Little Cup Council
The LC council, being the center of all tiering changes made to the LC metagame, will be going through the most changes in this revamp. After some discussion between the LC leaders, I've decided that it would be best if we first re-evaluated each of the members on the council and made sure that its various components were up to par before continuing on to other changes -- after evaluating each of the members and some discussion with Ray Jay and Vader, we've decided to remove both macle and little gk from the council (blarajan and prem will be replacing them).
Additionally, Vader and I will also be leaving the council to assume more objective roles in the tiering process (it's also important to note that with Vader and I leaving the council, I've installed Ray Jay as head of the LC council). This of course will leave two seats on the council vacant - instead of simply permanently placing two users onto the council, I've decided to use these seats as rotating council seats which means that the players who fill those two vacancies will change after a set amount of time (Ray Jay is going to give you an in-depth explanation of this change in his post below).
I've honestly wanted something like this for a long time but was unsure where to put it; with this new megathread being put into effect, I thought it would be prudent to include this as well. This section applies more to members of the community who want to apply for the council, but it can still be used to give current council members a guideline as to what they're expected to do as council members. Below is a list of things all current and aspiring council members should know about as everything on said list entails the position of a councilor:
- Individual and group (with other council members) playtesting of suspects
- Discussion of suspects on IRC
- Discussion of suspects on the forums
- Suspect nomination and voting
- Being a good presence in #littlecup and #pokemon
- Acting as a leader of LC
With everything concerning the council out of the way, I'm going to address how the actual tiering process will be working from now on out -- unlike the previous process where suspects would be nominated after a set period of time, from now on, the council will constantly be discussing the metagame in both #littlecup and #council and will only nominate a suspect when they think it's actually needed. This means that there won't be any "forced" suspect tests which will result in a much better metagame and fewer unnecessary tiering decisions. However, when a suspect is nominated, instead of using this thread to discuss it, Ray Jay will be making a separate thread for the Pokemon where the members of the council can post their opinions on said suspect while also allowing the general LC community to chip in and post their views on the matter. After a specific amount of time (depending on the suspect and the level of discussion it gets), a vote will be held, concluding the 'suspect round'.
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding the new tiering process.
On a slightly unrelated note, it's recommended that all LC players start to migrate to Pokemon Showdown!; although PS! is still being worked on, you guys should really begin to start getting used to it as the entirety of Smogon will be moving there shortly leaving our current simulator, Pokemon Online, behind.