Let's start over, let's give love their wings
Let's start over, stop fighting 'bout the same old thing
Let's start over, we can't let our good love die
Maybe we can start all over, give love another life
Welcome to Generation 9 DOU!
This thread is meant for the discussion of this brave new world we are entering - Generation 9 Doubles OU. We are very excited to see what comes of another round of Pokemon games and all of the new additions that comes with it. Right off the bat, I just want to clarify a few things.
- The official Doubles OU format will only include Pokemon that are legally obtainable in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. If your favorite Pokemon didn't make it in this generation, I’m right there with ya. However, it is Smogon policy to have our official formats be playable on cart without any sort of hacking, so until something changes we will be using the Paldea regional Pokedex.
- Our banlist will be minimal at first. This does not mean that we will not re-ban some of the problematic Pokemon of generations past, but since we're starting with a fresh generation, we are only banning the classic box legends right off the bat. It is very likely that either a series of council votes or some suspect tests will occur shortly after the release of generation 9 so stay to tuned to this thread for updates.
- Bear with us while we get our sea legs. This is a brand new generation, and there’s a lot of moving parts. We have a whole new mechanic combined with new Pokémon and abilities. We ask that you all be willing to work with us to make this as smooth a process as it can be so we can all enjoy SV DOU!
This thread is also a thread for general metagame discussion and not just for suspects. I'm taking the opportunity to say that, yes! you can actually post replays, some analyses on strategies, replays... or anything as long as it talks about the metagame! This thread and all subsequent variants of it are the metagame threads of the subforum. While it may be easy to mistake this thread to be purely for suspects, this isn't really the case; np threads are supposed to talk about the general stage of the metagame (hence stage # on the titles) and the suspect posts, while being posts that talk about the present meta, are not the only ones you can post here. Honestly, as long as it's about the metagame, you can post anything.
I'll also make this clear too while I'm at it: we can have threads for specific topics too! If one ever feels that they have something good to talk about that wouldn't really fit in the metagame thread or would be better to be a specific topic on their own, feel free to run it for approval to the mods of this subforum: Yoda2798, Actuarily, Paraplegic, and Arcticblast.
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