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  1. E.T.

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    Hello, and welcome to the December edition of Pokémon Online (PO) News! As 2016 nears its end, Generation 7 is underway with the release of Sun and Moon. This edition covers new tiers that will be available on PO, Official Tournaments, PO League, new mechanics that Generation 7 has introduced, and more!

    Tier News

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    Recent Decisions and Current Suspects

    The Sablenite suspect has reached the decision that Sablenite will not be banned from ORAS OU. It was decided that Mega Sableye can be reasonably overwhelmed by key Pokémon in the tier, such as Heatran and Clefable, and that there are enough ways to deal with Mega Sableye to prevent it from being broken. The Registeel and Audinite suspects discussed in the last edition of PO News are still ongoing. Arguments in both suspects seem to be balancing out because neither suspect appears to be leaning toward or against a ban.

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    Sun / Moon Tiers Start
    With the release of Generation 7, it is time to start playing with Sun / Moon (SM) tiers. In SM OU, a new set of Pokémon called Ultra Beasts are immediately making their presence felt along with other Pokémon that Generation 7 introduced. Pheromosa has base 137 / 137 / 151 offenses and Speed, which makes it the new fastest Pokémon without boosts. Tapu Lele works well with Pheromosa due to its ability, Psychic Surge, which generates Psychic Terrain upon entering the battlefield. Psychic Terrain blocks priority moves, which can make it much more difficult for Pheromosa to be revenge killed. Toxapex is another new Pokémon to watch out for as the metagame develops. Toxapex is a Poison / Water type with access to Baneful Bunker, which operates similarly to King's Shield except that it poisons Pokémon that make contact. In addition, Toxapex has 50 / 152 / 142 bulk with access to Regenerator and Recover, which gives it the ability to wall key Pokémon in the metagame, such as Pheromosa, as well as opportunities to setup Toxic Spikes.
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    In SM Ubers, Solgaleo and Lunala are the newest cover legendaries to enter the tier. Solgaleo might be the first Pokémon to make Splash useful for something other than PP stalling thanks to the addition of Z-moves. Z-moves allow Pokémon to use a powerful attack once per battle if the Pokémon is holding a Z-crystal that matches the type of one of its four moves. There is a Z-move for each type that can allow Pokémon to use an absurdly powerful attack, depending on the Base Power of the attack that triggers the Z-move. However, if a status move is selected to trigger a Z-move, a special effect will occur instead. Solgaleo can take advantage of this by using Z-Splash, which increases its Attack by three stages. Lunala can be used as a special tank or Calm Mind sweeper thanks to its acceptable bulk, access to Roost, and ability, Shadow Shield, which is essentially a clone of Multiscale. Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves with 100 Base Power that ignore the effects of abilities.
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    SM LC is likely to see usage of another Z-move that is so good, it could be quick banned. Some Z-moves can only be learned by specific Pokémon, and Eevee is one of the few that has its own Z-move. Eevee's Z-move, Extreme Evoboost, increases all of its stats by 2 stages. A boost like this is extreme enough to turn Eevee into a major powerhouse already, but in case Eevee still can't get the job done, it can Baton Pass all of these boosts to a teammate. However, it should be noted that Eevee must know Last Resort to be able to trigger the Z-move. While Extreme Evoboost may prove to be too much for LC to handle, Z-moves in general are likely to make a major impact in the metagame due to the raw strength produced by the very high Base Power of these moves. However, in a tier where Eviolite and Berry Juice are extremely valuable to have, there is a notable opportunity cost to running Z-moves, and the user must choose the time to use their Z-move carefully, since Z-moves can only be used once per battle.​

    Tournament News

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    Official Tournaments
    The Lower Tier Triathlon (LTT), a best-of-three tournament consisting of the tiers ORAS UU, ORAS LU, and ORAS NU, has concluded. Casparov defeated ZoroDark in two battles to become the latest LTT winner. In a long UU battle, Casparov had good luck with Sleep Talk, which eventually allowed his Bulk Up Tornadus to break through ZoroDark's team. In the LU battle, ZoroDark lost his Dragalge early to Caparov's Mega Camerupt and then had nothing left to stop Casparov's Calm Mind Aromatisse. Congratulations on winning the LTT, Casparov! Meanwhile, the Old Generations Tournament (OGT), a best-of-five tournament consisting of the OU tiers for RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, and BW2, is currently in Round 2, with Round 3 scheduled to begin on December 12th.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The SM Ubers subforum is preparing to welcome Generation 7 by hosting SM Ubers | The Beginning!, which is a best-of-three tournament that follows the standard rules of SM Ubers. Nuzlocke OU is an interesting ORAS OU tournament starting in the Tournaments subforum. Nuzlocke OU is based on the premise of a Nuzlocke playthrough in the Pokémon games, which forces players to discard Pokémon if they faint. However, for the tournament, the player who loses a Pokémon isn't the only one penalized because fainted Pokémon will not be available to anyone in the following rounds.​

    Server Games News

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    Server Tournaments Rankings
    Users @Annoying Orange, @JoyFrost, and @La.Neptune finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, on the Tournaments leaderboard for the month of November. Annoying Orange finished with 170 points, followed by JoyFrost with 126 points and La.Neptune with 96 points. On the Tournaments event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex placed 1st with 15 points and a comfortable lead. JoyFrost and @Troller tied for 2nd place with 9 points apiece. @Atli, not far behind, placed 3rd with 8 points. Congratulations to our winners!​

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    Trivia
    November was the first month in which players could compete to earn badges by placing 1st on the Trivia leaderboards. After all was said and done, resident server moderator, @闪亮原始盖欧卡 managed to place 1st on the knowledge, speed, and elimination leaderboards with 242.5 points, 42 points, and 3 lives, respectively. Congratulations 闪亮原始盖欧卡 for your impressive achievement!

    The Trivia staff would also like to notify everyone that since Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released, many questions are being updated to reflect Generation 7, and questions about the new Pokémon are being added!
    Other News

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    PO League Underway
    The PO League is officially underway. Players can make a post in the Challenge Log thread; they will then link to it when they challenge gyms. This season, players must earn seven badges to be eligible to challenge the Elite Four, and players may have up to eight losses before they can no longer challenge gyms. The PO League members and their positions are listed below.

    BadgeGymGym Leader
    [​IMG]ORAS Ubers@Mysterious M
    [​IMG]ORAS OU@MetaMence, @Hassin627
    [​IMG]ORAS UU@DracoNova
    [​IMG]ORAS LU@gengar17
    [​IMG]ORAS NU@Atli
    [​IMG]ORAS LC@E.T.
    [​IMG]BW2 OU@Finchinator
    [​IMG]HGSS OU@Whereabouts Unknown
    [​IMG]ADV OU@La.Melle2402
    [​IMG]GSC OU@Xdevo
    [​IMG]RBY OU@Mister Tim
    [​IMG]Inverted Battle@Annoying Orange
    [​IMG]Monotype@Tavi97
    [​IMG]ORAS Balanced Hackmons@チャンピオンワタル
    [​IMG]Challenge Cup@diamondslight, @JoyFrost
     Elite Four@Lutra, @snaga, @Edna, @MEOWMIX
     Champion@Troller

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    Generation 7 Changes for Existing Pokémon and Mechanics

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    There have been several big changes that are sure to have a significant impact. Thunder Wave only has 90% accuracy now, and paralysis only cuts Speed by 50%. Pokémon use the Speed stat of their Mega Evolution on the turn they Mega Evolve. Gale Wings only activates when the user is at full health. Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to the effects of Prankster moves. Burn only deals 1/16th of maximum HP worth of damage now, as opposed to the previous 1/8th. The second Parental Bond hit only does 25% of the damage that the first hit does. Soul Dew is nerfed to only increase the Dragon- and Psychic-type moves of Latios and Latias by 20%. Dark Void only has 50% accuracy now.

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    Several ability changes are bound to shake things up as well. Gengar lost Levitate and gained Cursed Body, which means that it is no longer immune to Ground-type attacks. There will be more options for setting up weather because Pelipper gained Drizzle, Torkoal gained Drought, Gigalith gained Sand Stream, and Vanilluxe gained Snow Warning. Beartic gained Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    There have been base stat boosts that should increase the viability of a few Pokémon. Dugtrio increased from base 80 to base 100 Attack, so it should be much more potent than before as an Arena Trap user. Beartic increased from base 110 to base 130 Attack, which should help it be a dangerous sweeper in combination with Slush Rush. Swellow increased from base 50 to base 75 Special Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due to Boomburst sets. Other notable changes include Mega Alakazam's base Special Defense from 95 to 105, Dodrio's base Speed from 100 to 110, Mantine's base HP from 65 to 85, and Pelipper's Special Attack from 85 to 95.

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    Some new move distributions will make a few Pokémon drastically better than they were previously. Mantine can now learn Roost, and since it also gained an HP buff, Mantine should become a premier Defog user. Flygon can now learn Dragon Dance, so it finally has a reliable way to boost its Attack and Speed without relying on Choice items. Dodrio can now learn Swords Dance and Jump Kick, so it has the potential to be a potent sweeper or cleaner thanks to the Speed increase that it also received. Bellossom and Wormadam can now learn Quiver Dance.
    This concludes this edition of PO News. If there is any news that you would like to see discussed in future editions of PO News, post in our suggestion thread or contact @E.T. on the PO forums.

    E.T. - Writer
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    Sobi - QC, Grammar
    gengar17 - QC
    RedJoker25 - Grammar
    Annoying Orange - QC, Artist
    Spoovo The Pirate - QC
     
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    Joyverse Back for a blast!

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    Yeah Casparov won! '-')/
    New things in OU: Maybe make mention of Toxapex, the UBs, Tapus. LC: maybe Cutiefly. Ubers; Solgaleo and Lunaala, HypnoGar.
     
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    Joyverse Back for a blast!

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    As of now I am unsure whether you should go with a spoiler for league members or maybe just link to League rules thread. Either of them work imo.
     
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    might be nice to add some gen 7 pokemon images for appealingness

    also you should talk about the finals of the tournament imo, like how the matchup was, the replay, teams brought by both sides, etc. just "x won" isn't really informative
     
  5. E.T.

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    I wanted the league members to be listed in the thread, but I put them in a spoiler because I didn't want it to take up too much room. I can probably add a link to the end of the list though.

    Keep in mind that this is still a [Skeleton], so content is still being added. This one will have plenty of images like the last one did. The tournaments section will be fleshed out a bit more as more details are known. As for the LTT final, this is pretty much all of the detail in the thread, so currently, the matchup, replay, and teams are not known, apart from what little detail is mentioned in that post. Like I said, this will be fleshed out more later though.

    --- Post updated ---
    Alright, I've added pictures. Server Games News should be complete content-wise, unless something else pops up. I kinda went in the opposite direction with PO League, so instead of being in a spoiler, now the leaders are listed in a table with appropriate badges. I still need to flesh out Tier News and Tournament News, so I'm leaving this as a [Skeleton] for now, but I will probably work on this more tomorrow.
     
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    I've filled in the section for SM Tiers, and I added a few more details to Tournaments. I've also advanced this to a [WIP].
     
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    New tour:- SM Ubers the beginning.
     
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    this doesn't look quite right to me
     
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    Same~
     
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    I think it wants reworded as 'Solgaleo and Lunala both have signature moves with 100 Base Power, that ignore the abilities of their targets.'

    Or something similar.
     
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    Fixed the typo. Will add the other things later.



    I added the Ubers and Nuzlocke tour, and I added a few more details about the LTT. I'm also advancing this to Grammar.
     
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    I'm still planning for this to be released in about 48 hours (the original release date), so if anyone sees anything that needs fixing, let me know.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the December edition of Pokémon Online (PO) News! As 2016 nears its end, Generation 7 is underway with the release of Sun and Moon. This edition covers new tiers that are available on PO, Official Tournaments, PO League, new mechanics that Generation 7 has introduced, and more!

    Tier News

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    Recent Decisions and Current Suspects

    The Sablenite suspect reached the decision that Sablenite would not be banned from ORAS OU. It was decided that Mega Sableye can be reasonably overwhelmed by key Pokémon in the tier, such as Heatran and Clefable, and that there are enough ways to deal with Mega Sableye to prevent it from being broken. The Registeel and Audinite suspects discussed in the last edition of PO News are still ongoing. Arguments in both suspects seem to be balancing out because neither suspect appears to be leaning toward or against a ban.

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    Sun / Moon Tiers Start
    With the release of Generation 7, it is time to start playing with Sun / Moon (SM) tiers. In SM OU, a new set of Pokémon called Ultra Beasts are immediately making their presence felt along with other Pokémon that Generation 7 introduced. Pheromosa has base 137 / 137 / 151 offenses and Speed, which makes it the new fastest Pokémon without boosts. Tapu Lele works well with Pheromosa due to its ability, Psychic Surge, which generates Psychic Terrain upon entering the battlefield. Psychic Terrain blocks priority moves, which can make it much more difficult for Pheromosa to be revenge killed. Toxapex is another new Pokémon to watch out for as the metagame develops. Toxapex is a Poison / Water-type with access to Baneful Bunker, which operates similarly to King's Shield except that it poisons Pokémon that make contact. In addition, Toxapex has 50 / 152 / 142 bulk with access to Regenerator and Recover, which gives it the ability to wall key Pokémon in the metagame, such as Pheromosa, and opportunities to setup Toxic Spikes.
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    In SM Ubers, Solgaleo and Lunala are the newest cover legendaries to enter the tier. Solgaleo might be the first Pokémon to make Splash useful for something other than PP stalling thanks to the addition of Z-moves. Z-moves allow Pokémon to use a powerful attack once per battle if the Pokémon is holding a Z-crystal that matches the type of one of its four normal moves. There is a Z-move for each type that can allow Pokémon to use an absurdly powerful attack, depending on the base power of the attack that triggers the Z-move. However, if a status move is selected to trigger a Z-move, a special effect will occur instead. Solgaleo can take advantage of this by using Z-Splash, which increases its Attack by three stages. Lunala can be used as a special tank or Calm Mind sweeper thanks to its acceptable bulk, access to Roost, and ability, Shadow Shield, which is essentially a clone of Multiscale. Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves with 100 base power that ignore the effects of abilities.
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    SM LC is likely to see usage of another Z-move that is so good, it could be quick banned. Some Z-moves can only be learned by specific Pokémon, and Eevee is one of the few that has its own Z-move. Eevee's Z-move, Extreme Evoboost, increases all of its stats by 2 stages. A boost like this is extreme enough to turn Eevee into a major powerhouse already, but in case Eevee still can't get the job done, it can Baton Pass all of these boosts to a teammate. However, it should be noted that Eevee must know Last Resort to be able to trigger the Z-move. While Extreme Evoboost may prove to be too much for LC to handle, Z-moves in general are likely to make a major impact in the metagame due to the raw strength produced by the very high base power of these moves. However, in a tier where Eviolite and Berry Juice are extremely valuable to have, there is a notable opportunity cost to running Z-moves, and the user must choose the time to use their Z-move carefully since Z-moves can only be used once per battle.​

    Tournament News

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    Official Tournaments
    The Lower Tier Triathlon (LTT), a best-of-three tournament consisting of the tiers ORAS UU, ORAS LU, and ORAS NU, has concluded. Casparov defeated ZoroDark in two battles to become the latest LTT winner. In a long UU battle, Casparov had good luck with Sleep Talk, which eventually allowed his Bulk Up Tornadus to break through ZoroDark's team. In the LU battle, ZoroDark lost his Dragalge early to Caparov's Mega Camerupt and then had nothing left to stop Casparov's Calm Mind Aromatisse. Congratulations on winning the LTT, Casparov! Meanwhile, the Old Generations Tournament (OGT), a best-of-five tournament consisting of the OU tiers for RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, and BW2, is currently in Round 2, with Round 3 scheduled to begin on December 11th.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The SM Ubers subforum is preparing to welcome Generation 7 by hosting SM Ubers | The Beginning!, which is a best-of-three tournament that follows the standard rules of SM Ubers. Nuzlocke OU is an interesting ORAS OU tournament starting in the Tournaments subforum. Nuzlocke OU is based on the premise of a Nuzlocke playthrough in the Pokémon games which forces players to discard Pokémon if they faint. However, for the tournament, the player who loses a Pokémon isn't the only one penalized because fainted Pokémon will not be available to anyone in the following rounds.​

    Server Games News

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    Server Tournaments Rankings
    Users @Annoying Orange, @JoyFrost, and @La.Neptune finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the Tournaments leaderboard for the month of November. Annoying Orange finished with 170 points, followed by JoyFrost with 126 points and La.Neptune with 96 points. On the Tournaments event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex placed 1st with 15 points and a comfortable lead. JoyFrost and @Troller tied for 2nd place with 9 points apiece. @Atli, not far behind, placed 3rd with 8 points. Congratulations to our winners!​

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    Trivia
    November was the first month in which players could compete to earn badges by placing 1st on the Trivia leaderboards. After all was said and done, resident server moderator, @闪亮原始盖欧卡 managed to place 1st on the knowledge, speed, and elimination leaderboards with 242.5 points, 42 points, and 3 lives repectively. Congratulations 闪亮原始盖欧卡 for your impressive achievement!

    The Trivia staff would also like to notify everyone that since Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released, many questions are being updated to reflect Generation 7, and questions about the new Pokémon are being added!
    Other News

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    PO League Underway
    The PO League is officially underway. Players can make a post in the Challenge Log thread which they will then link to when they challenge gyms. This season, players must earn 7 badges to be eligible to challenge the Elite Four, and players may have up to 8 losses before they can no longer challenge gyms. The PO League members and their positions are listed below.

    BadgeGymGym Leader
    [​IMG]ORAS Ubers@Mysterious M
    [​IMG]ORAS OU@MetaMence, @Hassin627
    [​IMG]ORAS UU@DracoNova
    [​IMG]ORAS LU@gengar17
    [​IMG]ORAS NU@Atli
    [​IMG]ORAS LC@E.T.
    [​IMG]BW2 OU@Finchinator
    [​IMG]HGSS OU@Whereabouts Unknown
    [​IMG]ADV OU@La.Melle2402
    [​IMG]GSC OU@Xdevo
    [​IMG]RBY OU@Mister Tim
    [​IMG]Inverted Battle@Annoying Orange
    [​IMG]Monotype@Tavi97
    [​IMG]ORAS Balanced Hackmons@チャンピオンワタル
    [​IMG]Challenge Cup@diamondslight, @JoyFrost
     Elite Four@Lutra, @snaga, @Edna, @MEOWMIX
     Champion@Troller

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    Generation 7 Changes for Existing Pokémon and Mechanics

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    There have been several big changes that are sure to have a significant impact. Thunder Wave only has 90% accuracy now, and paralysis only cuts Speed by 50%. Mega Evolutions use the Speed stat of the Mega Evolution on the turn that Mega Evolution takes place. Gale Wings only activates when the user is at full health. Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to the effects of Prankster moves. Burn only deals 1/16th of max HP worth of damage now, as opposed to the previous 1/8th. The second Parental Bond hit only does 25% of the damage that the first hit does. Soul Dew is nerfed to only increase the Dragon- and Psychic-type moves of Latios and Latias by 20%. Dark Void only has 50% accuracy now.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Several ability changes are bound to shake things up as well. Gengar lost Levitate and gained Cursed Body, which means that it is no longer immune to Ground-type attacks. There will be more options for setting up weather because Pelipper gained Drizzle, Torkoal gained Drought, Gigalith gained Sand Stream, and Vanilluxe gained Snow Warning. Beartic gained Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    There have been base stat boosts that should increase the viability of a few Pokémon. Dugtrio increased from base 80 to 100 base Attack, so it should be much more potent than before as an Arena Trap user. Beartic increased from base 110 to base 130 Attack, which should help it be a dangerous sweeper in combination with Slush Rush. Swellow increased from base 50 to base 75 Special Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due to Boomburst sets. Other notable changes include Mega Alakazam's base Special Defense from 95 to 105, Dodrio's base Speed from 100 to 110, Mantine's base HP from 65 to 85, and Pelipper's Special Attack from 85 to 95.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Some new move distributions will make a few Pokémon drastically better than they were previously. Mantine can now learn Roost, and since it also gained an HP buff, Mantine should become a premier Defog user. Flygon can now learn Dragon Dance, so it finally has a reliable way to boost its Attack and Speed without relying on Choice items. Dodrio can now learn Swords Dance and Jump Kick, so it has the potential to be a potent sweeper or cleaner thanks to the Speed increase that it also received. Bellossom and Wormadam can now learn Quiver Dance.
    This concludes this edition of PO News. If there is any news that you would like to see discussed in future editions of PO News, post in our suggestion thread or contact @E.T. on the PO forums.

    Hello and welcome to the December edition of Pokémon Online (PO) News! As 2016 nears its end, Generation 7 is underway with the release of Sun and Moon. This edition covers new tiers that are available on PO, Official Tournaments, PO League, new mechanics that Generation 7 has introduced, and more!

    Tier News

    Recent Decisions and Current Suspects

    The Sablenite suspect reached the decision that Sablenite would not be banned from ORAS OU. It was decided that Mega Sableye can be reasonably overwhelmed by key Pokémon in the tier, such as Heatran and Clefable, and that there are enough ways to deal with Mega Sableye to prevent it from being broken. The Registeel and Audinite suspects discussed in the last edition of PO News are still ongoing. Arguments in both suspects seem to be balancing out because neither suspect appears to be leaning toward or against a ban.

    Sun / Moon Tiers Start

    With the release of Generation 7, it is time to start playing with SM (Sun / Moon (SM) tiers. In SM OU, a new set of Pokémon called Ultra Beasts are immediately making their presence felt along with other Pokémon that Generation 7 introduced. Pheromosa has base 137 / 137 / 151 offenses and Speed, which makes it the new fastest Pokémon without boosts. Tapu Lele works well with Pheromosa due to its ability, Psychic Surge, which generates Psychic Terrain upon entering the battlefield. Psychic Terrain blocks priority moves, which can make it much more difficult for Pheromosa to be revenge killed. Toxapex is another new Pokémon to watch out for as the metagame develops. Toxapex is a Poison / Water-type with access to Baneful Bunker, which operates similarly to King's Shield except that it poisons Pokémon that make contact. In addition, Toxapex has 50 / 152 / 142 bulk with access to Regenerator and Recover, which gives it the ability to wall key Pokémon in the metagame, such as Pheromosa, or to haveand opportunities to setup Toxic Spikes.


    In SM Ubers, Solgaleo and Lunala are the newest cover legendaries to enter the tier. Solgaleo might be the first Pokémon to make Splash useful for something other than PP stalling thanks to the addition of Z-moves. Z-moves allow Pokémon to use a powerful attack once per battle if the Pokémon is holding a Z-crystal that matches the type of one of its four normal moves. There is a Z-move for each type that can allow Pokémon to use an absurdly powerful attack, depending on the base power of the attack that triggers the Z-move. However, if a status move is selected to trigger a Z-move, a special effect will occur instead. Solgaleo can take advantage of this by using Z-Splash, which increases its Attack by three stages. Lunala can be used as a special tank or Calm Mind sweeper thanks to its acceptable bulk, access to Roost, and its ability, Shadow Shield, which is essentially a clone of Multiscale. Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves with 100 base power that ignore the effects of abilities.

    SM LC is likely to see usage of another type of Z-move that its so good that, it could be quick banned. Some Z-moves can only be learned by specific Pokémon, and Eevee is one of the few that has its own Z-move. Eevee's Z-move, Extreme Evoboost, increases all of its stats by 2 stages. A boost like this is extreme enough to turn Eevee into a major powerhouse already, but in case Eevee still can't get the job done, it can Baton Pass all of these boosts to a teammate. However, it should be noted that Eevee must know Last Resort to be able to trigger the Z-move. While Extreme Evoboost may prove to be too much for LC to handle, Z-moves in general are likely to make a major impact in the metagame due to the raw strength that is produced by the very high base power of these moves. However, in a tier where Eviolite and Berry Juice are extremely valuable to have, there is a notable opportunity cost to running Z-moves, and the user must choose the time to use their Z-move carefully since Z-moves can only be used once per battle.

    Tournament News

    Official Tournaments

    The Lower Tier Triathlon (LTT), a best-of-three tournament consisting of the tiers ORAS UU, ORAS LU, and ORAS NU, has concluded. Casparov defeated ZoroDark in two battles to become the latest LTT winner. In a long UU battle, Casparov had good luck with Sleep Talk, which eventually allowed his Bulk Up Tornadus to break through ZoroDark's team. In the LU battle, ZoroDark lost his Dragalge early to Caparov's Mega Camerupt and then he had nothing left to stop Casparov's Calm Mind Aromatisse. Congratulations on winning the LTT, Casparov! Meanwhile, the Old Generations Tournament (OGT), a best-of-five tournament consisting of the OU tiers for RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, and BW2, is currently in Round 2, with Round 3 scheduled to begin on December 11th.

    Forum Tournaments

    The SM Ubers subforum is preparing to welcome Generation 7 by hosting SM Ubers | The Beginning!, which is a best-of-three tournament that follows the standard rules of SM Ubers. Nuzlocke OU is an interesting ORAS OU tournament starting in the Tournaments subforum. Nuzlocke OU is based on the premise of a Nuzlocke playthrough in the Pokémon games which forces players to discard Pokémon if they faint. However, for the tournament, the player who loses a Pokémon isn't the only one penalized because fainted Pokémon will not be available to anyone in the following rounds.

    Server Games News

    Server Tournaments Rankings

    Users @Annoying Orange, @JoyFrost, and @La.Neptune finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the Tournaments leaderboard for the month of November. Annoying Orange finished with 170 points, followed by JoyFrost with 126 points and La.Neptune with 96 points. On the Tournaments event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex placed 1st with 15 points and a comfortable lead. JoyFrost and @Troller tied for 2nd place with 9 points apiece. @Atli, not far behind, placed 3rd with 8 points. Congratulations to our winners!

    Trivia

    November was the first month in which players could compete to earn badges by placing 1st on the Trivia leaderboards. After all was said and done, resident server moderator, @闪亮原始盖欧卡 managed to place 1st on the knowledge, speed, and elimination leaderboards with 242.5 points, 42 points, and 3 lives repectively. Congratulations 闪亮原始盖欧卡 for your impressive achievement!

    The Trivia staff would also like to notify everyone that since Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released, many Pokémon questions are being updated to reflect Generation 7, and questions about the new Pokémon are being added!

    Other News

    PO League Underway

    The PO League is officially underway. Players can make a post in the Challenge Log thread which they will then link to when they challenge gyms. This season, players must earn 7 badges to be eligible to challenge the Elite Four, and players may have up to 8 losses before they can no longer challenge gyms. The PO League members and their positions are listed below.

    Generation 7 Changes for Existing Pokémon and Mechanics


    There have been several big changes that are sure to have a significant impact. Thunder Wave only has 90% accuracy now, and paralysis only cuts Speed by 50%. Mega Evolutions use the Speed stat of the Mega Evolution on the turn that Mega Evolution takes place. Gale Wings only activates when the user is at full health. Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to the effects of Prankster moves. Burn only deals 1/16th of max HP worth of damage now, as opposed to the previous 1/8th. The second Parental Bond hit only does 25% of the damage that the first hit does. Soul Dew is nerfed to only increasinge the Dragon- and Psychic-type moves of Latios and Latias by 20%. Dark Void only has 50% accuracy now.


    Several of the ability changes are bound to shake things up as well. Gengar lost Levitate and gained Cursed Body, which means that it is no longer immune to Ground-type attacks. There will be more options for setting up weather because Pelipper gained Drizzle, Torkoal gained Drought, Gigalith gained Sand Stream, and Vanilluxe gained Snow Warning. Beartic gained Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail.

    There have been a fewbase stats boosts that should increase the viability of a few Pokémon. Dugtrio increased from base 80 to base 100 Attack, so it should be much more potent than before as an Arena Trap user. Beartic increased from base 110 to base 130 Attack, and thiswhich should help it be a dangerous sweeper in combination with Slush Rush. Mega AlakazamSwellow increased from base 950 to base 1075 Special Defense. Dodrio increased from base 100Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due to base 110 Speed. MantineBoomburst sets. Other notable changes increased from base 65 tolude Mega Alakazam's base 85 HP. Pelipper increaSpecial Defensed from base 895 to 105, Dodrio's base 95 Special Attack. Swellow ed from 100 to 110, Mantincre's based HP from base 5065 to base 7585, and Pelipper's Special Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due from 85 to Boomburst sets95./*This paragraph felt like a mouthful since the same structure was used 7 times over so I combined and changed the ones without additional commentary and then moved it to the end.*/

    Some new move distributions will make a few Pokémon drastically better than they were previously. Mantine can now learn Roost, and since it also gained an HP buff, Mantine should become a premier Defog user. Flygon can now learn Dragon Dance, so it finally has a reliable way to boost its Attack and Speed without relying on Choice items. Dodrio can now learn Swords Dance and Jump Kick, so it has the potential to be a potent sweeper or cleaner thanks to the Speed increase that it also received. Bellossom and Wormadam can now learn Quiver Dance.

    This concludes this edition of PO News. If there is any news that you would like to see discussed in future editions of PO News, post in our suggestion thread or contact @E.T. on the PO forums.
     
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  15. Sobi

    Sobi To be loved is a strength. To love is a weakness. Article Contributor Article Contributor

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    Hello, and welcome to the December edition of Pokémon Online (PO) News! As 2016 nears its end, Generation 7 is underway with the release of Sun and Moon. This edition covers new tiers that are available on PO, Official Tournaments, PO League, new mechanics that Generation 7 has introduced, and more!

    Tier News

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    Recent Decisions and Current Suspects

    The Sablenite suspect has reached the decision that Sablenite will not be banned from ORAS OU. It was decided that Mega Sableye can be reasonably overwhelmed by key Pokémon in the tier, such as Heatran and Clefable, and that there are enough ways to deal with Mega Sableye to prevent it from being broken. The Registeel and Audinite suspects discussed in the last edition of PO News are still ongoing. Arguments in both suspects seem to be balancing out because neither suspect appears to be leaning toward or against a ban.

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    Sun / Moon Tiers Start
    With the release of Generation 7, it is time to start playing with Sun / Moon (SM) tiers. In SM OU, a new set of Pokémon called Ultra Beasts are immediately making their presence felt along with other Pokémon that Generation 7 introduced. Pheromosa has base 137 / 137 / 151 offenses and Speed, which makes it the new fastest Pokémon without boosts. Tapu Lele works well with Pheromosa due to its ability, Psychic Surge, which generates Psychic Terrain upon entering the battlefield. Psychic Terrain blocks priority moves, which can make it much more difficult for Pheromosa to be revenge killed. Toxapex is another new Pokémon to watch out for as the metagame develops. Toxapex is a Poison / Water type with access to Baneful Bunker, which operates similarly to King's Shield except that it poisons Pokémon that make contact. In addition, Toxapex has 50 / 152 / 142 bulk with access to Regenerator and Recover, which gives it the ability to wall key Pokémon in the metagame, such as Pheromosa, as well as opportunities to setup Toxic Spikes.
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    In SM Ubers, Solgaleo and Lunala are the newest cover legendaries to enter the tier. Solgaleo might be the first Pokémon to make Splash useful for something other than PP stalling thanks to the addition of Z-moves. Z-moves allow Pokémon to use a powerful attack once per battle if the Pokémon is holding a Z-crystal that matches the type of one of its four moves. There is a Z-move for each type that can allow Pokémon to use an absurdly powerful attack, depending on the Base Power of the attack that triggers the Z-move. However, if a status move is selected to trigger a Z-move, a special effect will occur instead. Solgaleo can take advantage of this by using Z-Splash, which increases its Attack by three stages. Lunala can be used as a special tank or Calm Mind sweeper thanks to its acceptable bulk, access to Roost, and ability, Shadow Shield, which is essentially a clone of Multiscale. Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves with 100 Base Power that ignore the effects of abilities.
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    SM LC is likely to see usage of another Z-move that is so good, it could be quick banned. Some Z-moves can only be learned by specific Pokémon, and Eevee is one of the few that has its own Z-move. Eevee's Z-move, Extreme Evoboost, increases all of its stats by 2 stages. A boost like this is extreme enough to turn Eevee into a major powerhouse already, but in case Eevee still can't get the job done, it can Baton Pass all of these boosts to a teammate. However, it should be noted that Eevee must know Last Resort to be able to trigger the Z-move. While Extreme Evoboost may prove to be too much for LC to handle, Z-moves in general are likely to make a major impact in the metagame due to the raw strength produced by the very high Base Power of these moves. However, in a tier where Eviolite and Berry Juice are extremely valuable to have, there is a notable opportunity cost to running Z-moves, and the user must choose the time to use their Z-move carefully, since Z-moves can only be used once per battle.​

    Tournament News

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    Official Tournaments
    The Lower Tier Triathlon (LTT), a best-of-three tournament consisting of the tiers ORAS UU, ORAS LU, and ORAS NU, has concluded. Casparov defeated ZoroDark in two battles to become the latest LTT winner. In a long UU battle, Casparov had good luck with Sleep Talk, which eventually allowed his Bulk Up Tornadus to break through ZoroDark's team. In the LU battle, ZoroDark lost his Dragalge early to Caparov's Mega Camerupt and then had nothing left to stop Casparov's Calm Mind Aromatisse. Congratulations on winning the LTT, Casparov! Meanwhile, the Old Generations Tournament (OGT), a best-of-five tournament consisting of the OU tiers for RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, and BW2, is currently in Round 2, with Round 3 scheduled to begin on December 11th.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The SM Ubers subforum is preparing to welcome Generation 7 by hosting SM Ubers | The Beginning!, which is a best-of-three tournament that follows the standard rules of SM Ubers. Nuzlocke OU is an interesting ORAS OU tournament starting in the Tournaments subforum. Nuzlocke OU is based on the premise of a Nuzlocke playthrough in the Pokémon games, which forces players to discard Pokémon if they faint. However, for the tournament, the player who loses a Pokémon isn't the only one penalized because fainted Pokémon will not be available to anyone in the following rounds.​

    Server Games News

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    Server Tournaments Rankings
    Users @Annoying Orange, @JoyFrost, and @La.Neptune finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, on the Tournaments leaderboard for the month of November. Annoying Orange finished with 170 points, followed by JoyFrost with 126 points and La.Neptune with 96 points. On the Tournaments event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex placed 1st with 15 points and a comfortable lead. JoyFrost and @Troller tied for 2nd place with 9 points apiece. @Atli, not far behind, placed 3rd with 8 points. Congratulations to our winners!​

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    Trivia
    November was the first month in which players could compete to earn badges by placing 1st on the Trivia leaderboards. After all was said and done, resident server moderator, @闪亮原始盖欧卡 managed to place 1st on the knowledge, speed, and elimination leaderboards with 242.5 points, 42 points, and 3 lives, repectively. Congratulations 闪亮原始盖欧卡 for your impressive achievement!

    The Trivia staff would also like to notify everyone that since Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released, many questions are being updated to reflect Generation 7, and questions about the new Pokémon are being added!
    Other News

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    PO League Underway
    The PO League is officially underway. Players can make a post in the Challenge Log thread; they will then link to when they challenge gyms. This season, players must earn seven badges to be eligible to challenge the Elite Four, and players may have up to eight losses before they can no longer challenge gyms. The PO League members and their positions are listed below.

    BadgeGymGym Leader
    [​IMG]ORAS Ubers@Mysterious M
    [​IMG]ORAS OU@MetaMence, @Hassin627
    [​IMG]ORAS UU@DracoNova
    [​IMG]ORAS LU@gengar17
    [​IMG]ORAS NU@Atli
    [​IMG]ORAS LC@E.T.
    [​IMG]BW2 OU@Finchinator
    [​IMG]HGSS OU@Whereabouts Unknown
    [​IMG]ADV OU@La.Melle2402
    [​IMG]GSC OU@Xdevo
    [​IMG]RBY OU@Mister Tim
    [​IMG]Inverted Battle@Annoying Orange
    [​IMG]Monotype@Tavi97
    [​IMG]ORAS Balanced Hackmons@チャンピオンワタル
    [​IMG]Challenge Cup@diamondslight, @JoyFrost
     Elite Four@Lutra, @snaga, @Edna, @MEOWMIX
     Champion@Troller

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    Generation 7 Changes for Existing Pokémon and Mechanics

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    There have been several big changes that are sure to have a significant impact. Thunder Wave only has 90% accuracy now, and paralysis only cuts Speed by 50%. Pokémon use the Speed stat of their Mega Evolution on the turn they Mega Evolve takes place. Gale Wings only activates when the user is at full health. Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to the effects of Prankster moves. Burn only deals 1/16th of maximum HP worth of damage now, as opposed to the previous 1/8th. The second Parental Bond hit only does 25% of the damage that the first hit does. Soul Dew is nerfed to only increase the Dragon- and Psychic-type moves of Latios and Latias by 20%. Dark Void only has 50% accuracy now.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Several ability changes are bound to shake things up as well. Gengar lost Levitate and gained Cursed Body, which means that it is no longer immune to Ground-type attacks. There will be more options for setting up weather because Pelipper gained Drizzle, Torkoal gained Drought, Gigalith gained Sand Stream, and Vanilluxe gained Snow Warning. Beartic gained Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    There have been base stat boosts that should increase the viability of a few Pokémon. Dugtrio increased from base 80 to base 100 Attack, so it should be much more potent than before as an Arena Trap user. Beartic increased from base 110 to base 130 Attack, which should help it be a dangerous sweeper in combination with Slush Rush. Swellow increased from base 50 to base 75 Special Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due to Boomburst sets. Other notable changes include Mega Alakazam's base Special Defense from 95 to 105, Dodrio's base Speed from 100 to 110, Mantine's base HP from 65 to 85, and Pelipper's Special Attack from 85 to 95.

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    Some new move distributions will make a few Pokémon drastically better than they were previously. Mantine can now learn Roost, and since it also gained an HP buff, Mantine should become a premier Defog user. Flygon can now learn Dragon Dance, so it finally has a reliable way to boost its Attack and Speed without relying on Choice items. Dodrio can now learn Swords Dance and Jump Kick, so it has the potential to be a potent sweeper or cleaner thanks to the Speed increase that it also received. Bellossom and Wormadam can now learn Quiver Dance.
    This concludes this edition of PO News. If there is any news that you would like to see discussed in future editions of PO News, post in our suggestion thread or contact @E.T. on the PO forums.



    Hello, and welcome to the December edition of Pokémon Online (PO) News! As 2016 nears its end, Generation 7 is underway with the release of Sun and Moon. This edition covers new tiers that are available on PO, Official Tournaments, PO League, new mechanics that Generation 7 has introduced, and more!
    Tier News


    Recent Decisions and Current Suspects
    The Sablenite suspect has reached the decision that Sablenite wouldill not be banned from ORAS OU. It was decided that Mega Sableye can be reasonably overwhelmed by key Pokémon in the tier, such as Heatran and Clefable, and that there are enough ways to deal with Mega Sableye to prevent it from being broken. The Registeel and Audinite suspects discussed in the last edition of PO News are still ongoing. Arguments in both suspects seem to be balancing out because neither suspect appears to be leaning toward or against a ban.


    Sun / Moon Tiers Start

    With the release of Generation 7, it is time to start playing with Sun / Moon (SM) tiers. In SM OU, a new set of Pokémon called Ultra Beasts are immediately making their presence felt along with other Pokémon that Generation 7 introduced. Pheromosa has base 137 / 137 / 151 offenses and Speed, which makes it the new fastest Pokémon without boosts. Tapu Lele works well with Pheromosa due to its ability, Psychic Surge, which generates Psychic Terrain upon entering the battlefield. Psychic Terrain blocks priority moves, which can make it much more difficult for Pheromosa to be revenge killed. Toxapex is another new Pokémon to watch out for as the metagame develops. Toxapex is a Poison / Water- type with access to Baneful Bunker, which operates similarly to King's Shield except that it poisons Pokémon that make contact. In addition, Toxapex has 50 / 152 / 142 bulk with access to Regenerator and Recover, which gives it the ability to wall key Pokémon in the metagame, such as Pheromosa, ands well as opportunities to setup Toxic Spikes.



    In SM Ubers, Solgaleo and Lunala are the newest cover legendaries to enter the tier. Solgaleo might be the first Pokémon to make Splash useful for something other than PP stalling thanks to the addition of Z-moves. Z-moves allow Pokémon to use a powerful attack once per battle if the Pokémon is holding a Z-crystal that matches the type of one of its four normal moves. There is a Z-move for each type that can allow Pokémon to use an absurdly powerful attack, depending on the base pBase Power of the attack that triggers the Z-move. However, if a status move is selected to trigger a Z-move, a special effect will occur instead. Solgaleo can take advantage of this by using Z-Splash, which increases its Attack by three stages. Lunala can be used as a special tank or Calm Mind sweeper thanks to its acceptable bulk, access to Roost, and ability, Shadow Shield, which is essentially a clone of Multiscale. Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves with 100 base pBase Power that ignore the effects of abilities.


    SM LC is likely to see usage of another Z-move that is so good, it could be quick banned. Some Z-moves can only be learned by specific Pokémon, and Eevee is one of the few that has its own Z-move. Eevee's Z-move, Extreme Evoboost, increases all of its stats by 2 stages. A boost like this is extreme enough to turn Eevee into a major powerhouse already, but in case Eevee still can't get the job done, it can Baton Pass all of these boosts to a teammate. However, it should be noted that Eevee must know Last Resort to be able to trigger the Z-move. While Extreme Evoboost may prove to be too much for LC to handle, Z-moves in general are likely to make a major impact in the metagame due to the raw strength produced by the very high base pBase Power of these moves. However, in a tier where Eviolite and Berry Juice are extremely valuable to have, there is a notable opportunity cost to running Z-moves, and the user must choose the time to use their Z-move carefully, since Z-moves can only be used once per battle.
    Tournament News


    Official Tournaments

    The Lower Tier Triathlon (LTT), a best-of-three tournament consisting of the tiers ORAS UU, ORAS LU, and ORAS NU, has concluded. Casparov defeated ZoroDark in two battles to become the latest LTT winner. In a long UU battle, Casparov had good luck with Sleep Talk, which eventually allowed his Bulk Up Tornadus to break through ZoroDark's team. In the LU battle, ZoroDark lost his Dragalge early to Caparov's Mega Camerupt and then had nothing left to stop Casparov's Calm Mind Aromatisse. Congratulations on winning the LTT, Casparov! Meanwhile, the Old Generations Tournament (OGT), a best-of-five tournament consisting of the OU tiers for RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, and BW2, is currently in Round 2, with Round 3 scheduled to begin on December 11th.


    Forum Tournaments

    The SM Ubers subforum is preparing to welcome Generation 7 by hosting SM Ubers | The Beginning!, which is a best-of-three tournament that follows the standard rules of SM Ubers. Nuzlocke OU is an interesting ORAS OU tournament starting in the Tournaments subforum. Nuzlocke OU is based on the premise of a Nuzlocke playthrough in the Pokémon games, which forces players to discard Pokémon if they faint. However, for the tournament, the player who loses a Pokémon isn't the only one penalized because fainted Pokémon will not be available to anyone in the following rounds.
    Server Games News


    Server Tournaments Rankings

    Users @Annoying Orange, @JoyFrost, and @La.Neptune finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, on the Tournaments leaderboard for the month of November. Annoying Orange finished with 170 points, followed by JoyFrost with 126 points and La.Neptune with 96 points. On the Tournaments event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex placed 1st with 15 points and a comfortable lead. JoyFrost and @Troller tied for 2nd place with 9 points apiece. @Atli, not far behind, placed 3rd with 8 points. Congratulations to our winners!


    Trivia

    November was the first month in which players could compete to earn badges by placing 1st on the Trivia leaderboards. After all was said and done, resident server moderator, @闪亮原始盖欧卡 managed to place 1st on the knowledge, speed, and elimination leaderboards with 242.5 points, 42 points, and 3 lives, repectively. Congratulations 闪亮原始盖欧卡 for your impressive achievement!
    The Trivia staff would also like to notify everyone that since Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released, many questions are being updated to reflect Generation 7, and questions about the new Pokémon are being added!

    Other News


    PO League Underway

    The PO League is officially underway. Players can make a post in the Challenge Log thread which; they will then link to when they challenge gyms. This season, players must earn 7seven badges to be eligible to challenge the Elite Four, and players may have up to 8eight losses before they can no longer challenge gyms. The PO League members and their positions are listed below.
    Badge Gym Gym Leader
    ORAS Ubers @Mysterious M
    ORAS OU @MetaMence, @Hassin627
    ORAS UU @DracoNova
    ORAS LU @gengar17
    ORAS NU @Atli
    ORAS LC @E.T.
    BW2 OU @Finchinator
    HGSS OU @Whereabouts Unknown
    ADV OU @La.Melle2402
    GSC OU @Xdevo
    RBY OU @Mister Tim
    Inverted Battle @Annoying Orange
    Monotype @Tavi97
    ORAS Balanced Hackmons @チャンピオンワタル
    Challenge Cup @diamondslight, @JoyFrost
    Elite Four @Lutra, @snaga, @Edna, @MEOWMIX
    Champion @Troller

    Generation 7 Changes for Existing Pokémon and Mechanics


    There have been several big changes that are sure to have a significant impact. Thunder Wave only has 90% accuracy now, and paralysis only cuts Speed by 50%. Mega EvolutionsPokémon use the Speed stat of their Mega Evolution on the turn that Mega Evolutioney Mega Evolve takes place. Gale Wings only activates when the user is at full health. Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to the effects of Prankster moves. Burn only deals 1/16th of maximum HP worth of damage now, as opposed to the previous 1/8th. The second Parental Bond hit only does 25% of the damage that the first hit does. Soul Dew is nerfed to only increase the Dragon- and Psychic-type moves of Latios and Latias by 20%. Dark Void only has 50% accuracy now.

    Several ability changes are bound to shake things up as well. Gengar lost Levitate and gained Cursed Body, which means that it is no longer immune to Ground-type attacks. There will be more options for setting up weather because Pelipper gained Drizzle, Torkoal gained Drought, Gigalith gained Sand Stream, and Vanilluxe gained Snow Warning. Beartic gained Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail.

    There have been base stat boosts that should increase the viability of a few Pokémon. Dugtrio increased from base 80 to 100 base 100 Attack, so it should be much more potent than before as an Arena Trap user. Beartic increased from base 110 to base 130 Attack, which should help it be a dangerous sweeper in combination with Slush Rush. Swellow increased from base 50 to base 75 Special Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due to Boomburst sets. Other notable changes include Mega Alakazam's base Special Defense from 95 to 105, Dodrio's base Speed from 100 to 110, Mantine's base HP from 65 to 85, and Pelipper's Special Attack from 85 to 95.

    Some new move distributions will make a few Pokémon drastically better than they were previously. Mantine can now learn Roost, and since it also gained an HP buff, Mantine should become a premier Defog user. Flygon can now learn Dragon Dance, so it finally has a reliable way to boost its Attack and Speed without relying on Choice items. Dodrio can now learn Swords Dance and Jump Kick, so it has the potential to be a potent sweeper or cleaner thanks to the Speed increase that it also received. Bellossom and Wormadam can now learn Quiver Dance.

    This concludes this edition of PO News. If there is any news that you would like to see discussed in future editions of PO News, post in our suggestion thread or contact @E.T. on the PO forums.

    worked on top of rj

    GP approved
     
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  16. RedJoker25

    RedJoker25 Resident Lurker Server Moderator Article Contributor Server Moderator Article Contributor

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    Just a couple of things from Sobi's.

    From the league section:
    should probably say "link to it" or "link it" instead of just "link to"

    From the Generation 7 changes section:
    "takes place" should be removed.
     
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  17. E.T.

    E.T. Random Slowpoke Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader

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    Good work on the GP. I've implemented the changes and advanced this to [Final].

    EDIT: The article has been released, so the thread is now locked.
     
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