Hello, and welcome to the March edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! The Generation 7 tiers are continuing to develop, SM UU has been added to the server, and other tiers are conducting suspect discussions! This edition of PO News covers this tier news as well as tournament news, server news, and more. Tier News Additional Mega Stones Released Mewtwonite X, Mewtwonite Y, Mawilite, and Beedrilite are now available in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which means that they are now legal to use on PO as well! Whether or not you've played with Mewtwo's Mega Evolutions in XY or ORAS, be sure to try them out to see how they are in the SM Ubers metagame! Mega Mawile and Mega Beedrill are currently in SM OU and SM UU, respectively. SM Ubers SleepTrap Ban The combination of trapping abilities and sleep moves on the same Pokémon has been banned from SM Ubers. Currently, this ban only prevents Mega Gengar from running Hypnosis. The reason for the ban is that the combination of sleep + Shadow Tag essentially bypasses the Sleep Clause, which prevents more than one Pokémon at a time from being put to sleep by the opponent. Since the trapped Pokémon cannot switch out after it is put to sleep, the SleepTrap user has the potential to take out the opposing Pokémon one by one as if the Sleep Clause didn't exist. Sleep moves + trapping moves are not covered under this ban because that strategy can be dealt with more easiliy due to requiring an extra turn to set up. Cutiefly and Misdreavus Banned from SM LC Cutiefly was the only Pokémon in SM LC to have Quiver Dance, and it could use the move effectively. Cutiefly has nice STABs in the forms of Moonblast and Bug Buzz. Cutiefly can reach 19 Speed. Its Fairy typing grants it resistances to Fighting- and Dark-type priority, which makes it harder to revenge kill. In addition, Cutiefly has access to Baton Pass, which can allow it to pass its Quiver Dance boost to teammates. Cutiefly was suspected and deemed too much for SM LC. The combination of Misdreavus's Ghost typing and Levitate gives it three immunities, and it is only weak against Ghost and Dark. It has an extremely versatile movepool that consists of options such as Shadow Ball, Dazzling Gleam, Thunderbolt, Nasty Plot, Destiny Bond, Taunt, and Trick. Eviolite, Berry Juice, Choice Scarf, Choice Specs, and Life Orb are all viable hold items. Misdreavus has excellent base stats for a LC Pokémon. Misdreavus hits 19 Speed, which can make it difficult to revenge kill without relying on Choice Scarf users or risking Speed ties, and its base 60 / 60 / 85 bulk could make it tough to bring down as well. Misdreavus was banned because it proved to be too strong for SM LC. Meditite Suspect in SM LC Meditite is a powerful wallbreaker in SM LC thanks to its Pure Power ability, which effectively allows to to reach an Attack stat of 28. Meditite also has an excellent movepool that consists of STAB moves like High Jump Kick, Drain Punch, and Zen Headbutt. Meditite also has access to Thunder Punch, Ice Punch, and Fire Punch as coverage options. Meditite's Speed stat is somewhat mediocre at best, but it also has access to priority moves like Fake Out and Bullet Punch to threaten faster foes. Tapu Lele Suspect in Monotype Tapu Lele is the first Monotype suspect of Generation 7. Currently, the discussion is leaning strongly toward banning Tapu Lele. Tapu Lele's Psychic Surge ability generates Psychic Terrain that boosts the power of Psychic-type moves and blocks priority. Because of the Psychic Terrain, Tapu Lele can be very difficult to switch into for teams that lack a bulky Steel-type. Psychic and Fairy teams also appreciate the support offered by Psychic Terrain, which protects frail sweepers like Mega Alakazam from priority while also boosting the power of Psychic moves. Tapu Lele also has the capacity to run Choice Specs, Choice Scarf, and Z-Move sets, which can make predicting it more challenging. SM UU Officially Begins SM UU is now on the server, and this is the initial banlist: Celesteela, Chansey, Charizard, Dugtrio, Excadrill, Ferrothorn, Garchomp, Gengar, Greninja, Gyarados, Heatran, Kartana, Landorus-Therian, Magearna, Magnezone, Mamoswine, Mandibuzz, Alolan Marowak, Metagross, Mimikyu, Nihilego, Pheromosa, Pinsir, Sableye, Scizor, Skarmory, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Toxapex, Tyranitar, Venusaur, Volcarona, Xurkitree, Zapdos, Zygarde, and everthing banned from SM OU. In addition, Manaphy, Kyurem-B, Salamence, Dragonite, Hoopa-Unbound, and Mawilite have been quickbanned. Alakazite is the first suspect of SM UU. Pokémon that were prominent in ORAS OU that have dropped to SM UU include Azumarill, Breloom, Bisharp, Clefable, Diggersby, Gliscor, Keldeo, Latias, Latios, Rotom-Wash, Scolipede, Serperior, Mega Slowbro, Thundurus-I, Thundurus-T, Tornadus-T, Volcanion, and more. It is also worth noting that Buzzwole is the only Ultra Beast that dropped to SM UU, and all of the Alolan formes dropped to SM UU except for Alolan Marowak. Tournament News Official Tournaments The POT (Pokémon Online Tournament), a standard SM OU tournament, has reached Round 4, which has narrowed the bracket down to 12 players. The matches for Round 4 are @Void vs @Edna, @DarkDiglett vs @Tony, @Mr. Perry vs @Adam the First, @Lange vs @Eternal Spirit, @HQuaze vs @MetaMence, and @Erzengel vs @Drachenrot. For the prediction tournament, @HSOWA leads the standings with 31 points, and @Atli, @Casparov, and @Joyverse are not far behind with 28 points. The full standings can be seen here. The winner for both the POT and the prediction tournament will receive a monetary prize. Forum Tournaments In the Tournaments subforum, the Random Team Tournament is getting started, which is a SM OU tournament where players must build teams using randomly assigned Pokémon. Currently, the tournament is in Round 1. The SM LC Kickoff Tournament is in the final round, featuring @Jethalal vs @inmo. Both players have battled their way through three rounds to reach what should be an interesting best-of-three final! The Ubers subforum is hosting another tournament called the Ubers Pentathlon, which has players battling in best-of-five matches in the tiers SM Ubers, ORAS Ubers, BW2 Ubers, HGSS Ubers, and ADV Ubers. The Side Metagames subforum is currently hosting two tournaments. The SM Balanced Hackmons Experience Building Tournament is a round robin tournament in which players must use teams based on a featured theme each round. The tournament is currently in Round 2, and the theme for this round is Dazzling, Queenly Majesty, and Psychic Surge. The First Gen 7 Monotype Tour! is the second ongoing tournament in the Side Metagames subforum, and it is in the final round, which features @Atli vs @Hassin627. Server News Server Tournaments It's time to announce the winners of the February leaderboards! On the regular leaderboard, @Zelda finished in first place with 192 points, @HSOWA finished in second place for the second month in a row with 165 points, and @diamondslight finished in third place for the second consecutive month with 96 points. On the event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex finished in first place for the third straight month with 12 points, followed by Zelda with 11 points and @beforedawn with 8 points. Congratulations everyone! Trivia It is time to announce who finished with the most points on the Trivia leaderboards! The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was torooru with 92 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was also claimed by torooru with 14.5 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the second month in a row was @M. Bakhsh with 332 points. Congratulations everyone! Other News Big Brother Final Four Big Brother is a game in the Forum Games subforum that is based on the Big Brother TV show. Players have had the opportunity to earn monetary prizes by winning various challenges, such as battling, playing Trivia, solving riddles, and playing Mafia. The game has been constantly ongoing since November, but it is finally approaching its conclusion. The final four players are @Hurricane, @Jethalal, @EvilDingoRobot, and @DracoNova. The game is scheduled to end later this month in what will be, if the history of the game has been any indication, a dramatic conclusion. The Forum Games subforum hosts a variety of other games ranging from PO Idol to the Hunger Games to a collaborative Three Words Story, so be sure to visit and join in the fun! 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. Spoiler: Special Thanks E.T. - Writer, Grammar Joyverse - QC Annoying Orange - Artist Do you want to contribute to Articles too? Here's How to Become an Articles Contributor.