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    Hello, and welcome to the May edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! Tiers are continuing to make progress; SM OU has completed a couple of suspects, and SM UU is continuing to stabilize itself by banning the most broken aspects. The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) for 2017 is in its sixth week, and several other forum tournaments are in progress as well!

    Recent Tier Changes


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    Pheromosa and Metagrossite Banned from SM OU
    Pheromosa, the first suspect of SM OU, has been banned after suspect posters and tier leaders unanimously decided that it should go. Pheromosa's base 137 Attack, base 137 Special Attack, and base 151 Speed allowed it to be threatening as either a physical or a special attacker. Pheromosa's versatility allowed it to utilize sets ranging from Quiver Dance sweeper and mixed Life Orb attacker to Choice Scarf. Its Beast Boost ability could either give it a Moxie-like boost to its offenses to facilitate a sweep or a Speed boost to make it harder to revenge kill, depending on its highest stat. Ultimately, the clear lack of counterplay to Pheromosa in SM OU led to it being banned.
    Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU because it could still do everything that made it problematic in ORAS, but in SM, it could Mega Evolve freely due to the change in Speed mechanics. While Mega Metagross did have several situational checks, most of these checks could be dealt with by running the appropriate move. Mega Metagross also enjoyed a metagame with the Tapu Pokémon because it benefitted from any Terrain: Electric Terrain boosted the power of Thunder Punch, Psychic Terrain boosted the power of Zen Headbutt and protected against Sucker Punch, Misty Terrain protected against status such as Scald burns, and Grassy Terrain weakened the power of opposing Earthquake attacks while also providing passive recovery.
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    Recent SM UU Bans
    [​IMG] Drizzle
    Drizzle was banned due to the devastating Swift Swim sweepers that it could support by simply having the Drizzle user enter the battle. Pelipper and Politoed have access to Drizzle, while Kingdra, Kabutops, and Ludicolo are notable rain sweepers that appreciate the Speed boost and the 50% boost to their Water-type STAB moves.

    [​IMG] Jirachi
    Jirachi got a new weapon in Generation 7 in the form of Z-Happy Hour, which allows it to boost all of its stats by one stage. The increased Speed and Attack can make Jirachi's infamous Iron Head flinches more threatening than ever, and for those that can endure an onslaught of Iron Head attacks, Jirachi can dispatch them with its other moves such as Psychic, Energy Ball, Fire Punch, and Drain Punch. Of course, Jirachi also retained its classic sets such as SubToxic, Choice Scarf, and Calm Mind, which are already pretty good in their own right. Ultimately, it was determined that Jirachi was too overwhelming to stay in SM UU.

    [​IMG] Medichamite
    Medichamite was recently released in Sun and Moon, so it was introduced in SM UU on PO, since Medicham is also in SM UU. However, it did not take long to determine that Mega Medicham was way too powerful for the tier due to its high Attack stat (thanks to Pure Power) and its strong STAB High Jump Kick. Medicham also commonly carried STAB Zen Headbutt and coverage such as the elemental punches or priority, such as Fake Out and Bullet Punch, which allowed it to be a nuisance to every playstyle. Medichamite was quickbanned from SM UU.

    [​IMG] Thundurus
    Thundurus was banned for being versatile enough to threaten teams with a variety of sets that made it very difficult to check reliably. Nasty Plot sets and mixed sets with Z-Moves, combined with its rich move pool, made Thundurus difficult to check defensively, while faster offensive threats had to be cautious not to be crippled by Prankster Thunder Wave.

    [​IMG] Thundurus-T
    Thanks to its massive base 145 Special Attack, Thundurus-T was able to act as a double dance sweeper with Nasty Plot and Agility without having to rely on Life Orb for power, which allowed it to run Electrium-Z to nuke something or Leftovers for longevity. To illustrate Thundurus-T's raw offensive power, a +2 Gigavolt Havoc could potentially OHKO Latias. Thundurus-T was banned due to the lack of reliable ways to stop it.

    [​IMG] Serperior
    Thanks to its Contrary ability, access to Leaf Storm, and base 113 Speed tier, Serperior can be a threatening sweeper. While it does have checks such as Tornadus-T, Serperior can carry Glare to cripple them. Substitute + Leech Seed is another option Serperior has, which allows it to break through bulky Pokémon like Blissey. Serperior was banned due to its resourcefulness of finding ways to get around would-be checks and proceeding to threaten teams.
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    Primal Groudon Banned in SM Balanced Hackmons

    Primal Groudon's sheer offensive capabilities proved to be too much for it to remain in the tier. STAB V-Create, which could be further boosted by Choice Band and punish switch-ins via Stakeout or Tinted Lens, proved to be too difficult to wall. Primal Groudon could also be hard to predict due to having the versatility to run other effective sets such as Contrary, Desolate Land, and several possible lure sets. Primal Groudon's bulk also made it difficult to wear down.
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    Monotype Quickbans
    Mawilite was quickbanned from Monotype due to the limited options available to deal with it in an environment where all team members share a type. Mega Mawile could normally be a threatening Swords Dance wallbreaker or sweeper (with Sucker Punch), but support offered to Mega Mawile through Fairy-types like Aurora Veil Alolan Ninetales made it even more threatening. Thousand Arrows was also banned due to its ability to bypass the immunity that Flying-types and Levitate users usually have to Ground, which is significant in Monotype. Hoopa-U and Genesect were supposed to be banned on the initial ban list but remained legal due to an oversight, so they were quickbanned to correct this.

    Current Suspects

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    Diggersby Suspect in SM UU
    Diggersby is being suspected in SM UU due to its capabilities as a wallbreaker, late-game sweeper, and revenge killer. Huge Power gives it an excellent Attack stat, and it can effectively act as a wallbreaker with a Choice Band or a revenge killer with a Choice Scarf. The Swords Dance set also poses a threat to defensive builds and can threaten to sweep after a Swords Dance thanks to STAB Quick Attack. The suspect discussion is currently leaning toward a ban.
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    Tornadus-T Suspect in SM UU
    Tornadus-T has excellent base 100 Attack, base 110 Special Attack, and base 121 Speed and typically carries moves such as STAB Hurricane, Knock Off, Heat Wave, U-turn, and Superpower. While Hurricane has poor accuracy, the 30% chance to confuse the foe can sometimes help Tornadus-T get by Pokémon that would normally beat it. Tornadus-T's Regenerator ability allows it to function as a defensive check if it is equipped with Assault Vest, or it can help to negate the Life Orb recoil on an offensive set.
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    Scolipede Suspect in SM UU
    Life Orb Scolipede is problematic due to having access to Speed Boost. It can run Protect to be able to safely get a boost against offensive teams, or it can run Swords Dance to break through bulkier teams. Between Poison Jab and Megahorn as STAB moves and Earthquake or Aqua Tail for coverage, it can be difficult to switch into and very hard to revenge kill. The suspect is currently leaning toward a ban.

    Tournament News



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    POWC 2017 Week 6
    The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) 2017 has reached its sixth week. The current standings are as follows:
    Group A
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stCanada(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndEuropean Union(2-1-2) (6)
    3rdFrance(2-1-1) (5)
    3rdGreece(2-1-1) (5)
    5thBrazil(2-2-0) (4)
    6thGermany(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA East(0-4-0) (0)
    Group B
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stAsia-Pacific(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndLatin America(3-1-1) (7)
    3rdChina(1-0-3) (5)
    4thSpain(2-2-0) (4)
    4thItaly(2-2-0) (4)
    6thUK and Ireland(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA West-Central(0-4-0) (0)
    As a reminder, the three teams from each division with the best overall record at the end of the round robin phase will advance to the playoffs, and the top team from each division will begin the playoffs with a BYE. Next week, Week 7, is the final round of the round robin phase. The point total (number in parenthesis) is awarded based on the W-L-T record: wins are worth 2 points, ties are worth 1 point, and losses are worth 0 points. The full spreadsheet, which includes the scores from all of the weeks played so far, can be found here.

    The match-ups for Week 6 feature European Union vs France, USA East vs Germany, Brazil vs Greece, Latin America vs Italy, USA West vs United Kingdom and Ireland, and Spain vs China. Canada and Asia-Pacific have a BYE this week.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The NCA (National Championship of Alola) has progressed to Game 4 of the regular season. @MetaMence currently leads the Group 1 standings with a (3-1) record, and @sky dust currently leads the Group 2 standings with a (4-0) record. The drafted Pokémon that the players are using for their teams can be found here.

    The SM UU Kicking It Off tournament, a standard best-of-three SM UU tournament, is underway in the Gen 7 UU subforum. The Ubers Pentathlon, a best-of-five Ubers tournament in the tiers ADV Ubers, DPP Ubers, BW Ubers, ORAS Ubers, and SM Ubers, is approaching its conclusion as the final features @White Lion18 vs @チャンピオンワタル. White Lion18 won the first best-of-five series, but since the tournament is double elimination, White Lion18 will play チャンピオンワタル in a second best-of-five series to determine the winner of the tournament. Meanwhile, the SM Balanced Hackmons Experience Building Tour has concluded with @jinwengong emerging victorious against チャンピオンワタル. Congratulations, jinwengong!

    Server News



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    Server Tournaments
    It's time to announce the winners of the April leaderboards! It seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. On the regular leaderboard, @diamondslight moved up a couple floors to take first place with 108 points, @Arceus_17 finished in second place with 102 points, and just behind him was @Annoying Orange with 101 points. An honorable mention goes to @HSOWA who just barely missed out with 100 points. On the event leaderboard, not so new user performed not so badly by claiming first place with 12 points, @mibuchiha finished in second place with 8 points, and yuni claimed third place with 5 points. Congratulations everyone!
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    Trivia
    It is time to announce who finished with the most points on the Trivia leaderboards! Again, it seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was @M. Bakhsh with 58 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by M. Bakhsh as well with a modest 6 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the fourth consecutive month was M. Bakhsh, who still managed to rack up 198 points. Congratulations, M. Bakhsh, on your impressive achievement!

    In other news, difficulty modes have been added to Trivia! The difficulty modes are Easy, Intermediate, Hard, and All, where All covers any difficulty level like Trivia has always done. The difficulty for a game can be set when using the command to start the game.



    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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    Alright, I've got the content mostly ready, and there are some other things that I may add later as they are relevant. I formatted the the UU bans section differently due to the number of bans being likely to result in an overload of images if I used gifs for everything. I squashed the Pheromosa and Metagrossite sections together in an attempt to fit that bit on the home page preview. Let me know if you have any feedback.
     
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    This happened in April too so maybe can be included. Hoopa-Unbound and Genesect's ban was actually decided in metagame policy thread before monotype starts (start as ban) but wasn't implemented correctly. But the other two ban was made in April.

    It's actually 3, and the 1st of each will get a bye right after so the 4 remaining teams fight for 2 spots.
     
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    Added a section for the Monotype quickbans and fixed this detail in the POWC section.
     
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    Advanced to [Grammar]. I would like to be able to release this sometime this weekend if possible. Otherwise, there will probably have to be several content changes.
     
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    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 May edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! Tiers are continuing to make progress; SM OU has completed a couple of suspects, and SM UU is continuing to stabilize itself by banning the most broken aspects. The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) for 2017 is in its sixth week, and several other forum tournaments are in progress as well!

    Recent Tier Changes

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    Pheromosa and Metagrossite Banned from SM OU
    Pheromosa, the first suspect of SM OU, has been banned after suspect posters and tier leaders unanimously decided that Pheromosa should go. Pheromosa's base 137 /Attack, base 137 /Special Attack, and base 151 offensesSpeed allowed it to be threatening as both a physical and a special attacker. Pheromosa's versatility allowsed it to utilize sets ranging from Quiver Dance sweeper toand mixed Life Orb attacker to Choice Scarf. Its Beast Boost ability canould either give it a Moxie-like boost to its offenses to facilitate a sweep or give a Speed boost to make it harder to revenge kill, depending on its highest stat. Ultimately, the clear lack of counterplay to Pheromosa in SM OU led to it being banned.
    Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU because it canould still do everything that made it problematic in ORAS, but in SM, it canould Mega Evolve freely due to the change in Speed mechanics. While Mega Metagross doesid have several situational checks, most of these checks canould be dealt with by running the appropriate move. Mega Metagross has also enjoyed a metagame with the Tapu Pokémon because it can benefitted from any tTerrain: Electric Terrain boostsed the power of Thunder Punch, Psychic Terrain boostsed the power of Zen Headbutt and protectsed against Sucker Punch, Misty Terrain protectsed against status such as Scald burns, and Grassy Terrain weakensed the power of opposing Earthquake attacks while also providing passive recovery.​

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    Recent SM UU Bans
    [​IMG] Drizzle
    Drizzle was banned due to the devastating Swift Swim sweepers that it canould support by simply having the Drizzle user enter the battle. Pelipper and Politoed have access to Drizzle, and Kingdra, Kabutops, Ludicolo, and Azumarill are notable rain abusweepers that appreciate the Speed boost (except for Azumarill) and the 50% boost to their Water-type STAB moves.

    [​IMG] Jirachi
    Jirachi got a new weapon in Generation 7 in the form of Z-Happy Hour, which allows it to boost all of its stats by one stage. The increased Speed and Attack can make Jirachi's infamous Iron Head flinches more threatening than ever, and for those that can endure an onslaught of Iron Head attacks, Jirachi can dispatch them with its other moves such as Psychic, Energy Ball, Fire Punch, orand Drain Punch. Of course, Jirachi also still retained its classic sets such as SubToxic, Choice Scarf, and Calm Mind, which are already pretty good in their own right. Ultimately, it was determined that Jirachi was too overwhelming to stay in SM UU.

    [​IMG] Medichamite
    Medichamite was recently released in Sun and Moon, so it was introduced in SM UU on PO, since Medicham is also in SM UU. However, it did not take long to determine that Mega Medicham was way too powerful for the tier due to its high Attack stat (thanks to Pure Power) and its strong STAB High Jump Kick. Medicham also commonly carried STAB Zen Headbutt, and coverage such as the elemental punches or priority, such as Fake Out and Bullet Punch, which allowed it to be a nuisance for every playstyle. Medichamite was quickbanned from SM UU.

    [​IMG] Thundurus
    Thundurus was banned due to being versatile enough to threaten teams with a variety of sets that made Thundurus very difficult to check reliably. Nasty Plot sets and mixed sets with Z-Moves, combined with its rich move pool, made Thundurus difficult to check defensively, while faster offensive threats had to be cautious not to be crippled by Prankster Thunder Wave.

    [​IMG] Thundurus-T
    Thanks to its massive base 145 Special Attack, Thundurus-T was able to act as a double dance sweeper with Nasty Plot and Agility without having to rely on a Life Orb for power, which allowed it to run Electrium-Z to nuke something or Leftovers for longevity. To illustrate Thundurus-T's raw offensive power, a +2 Gigavolt Havoc canould potentially OHKO Latias. Thundurus-T was banned due to the lack of reliable ways to stop it.

    [​IMG] Serperior
    Thanks to its Contrary ability, access to Leaf Storm, and its nice base 113 Speed tier, Serperior can be a threatening sweeper. While it does have checks such as Tornadus-T, Serperior can carry Glare to cripple these. Substitute + Leech Seed is another option that Serperior has, which allows it to break through bulky Pokémon like Blissey. Serperior was banned due its resourcefulness of finding ways to get around would-be checks and proceeding to threaten teams.
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    Primal Groudon Banned in SM Balanced Hackmons

    Primal Groudon's sheer offensive capabilities and versatility proved to be too much for Primal Groudonit to remain in the tier. STAB V-Create, which canould be further boosted by Choice Band and canould punish switch-ins via Stakeout or Tinted Lens, proved to be too difficult to wall. Primal Groudon canould also be difficult to predict due to having the versatility to run other effective sets such as Contrary, Desolate Land, and several possible lure sets. Primal Groudon's bulk also made it difficult to wear down.
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    Monotype Quickbans
    Mawilite was quickbanned from Monotype due to the limited options available to deal with it in an environment where all team members share a type. Mega Mawile canould normally be a threatening Swords Dance wallbreaker or sweeper (with Sucker Punch), but support offered to Mega Mawile through Fairy-types like Aurora Veil Alolan Ninetales made it even more threatening. Thousand Arrows was also banned due to its ability to bypass the immunity that Flying-types and Levitate users usually haved to Ground-type moves, which is significant in Monotype. Hoopa-Unbound and Genesect were originally planned to be banned on the initial ban list, but they were still legal due to an oversight, so they were quickbanned to correct this.

    Current Suspects

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    Diggersby Suspect in SM UU
    Diggersby is being suspected in SM UU due to its capabilities as a wallbreaker, late-game sweeper, and revenge- killer. Huge Power gives it an excellent Attack stat, and it can effectively act as a wallbreaker with a Choice Band or a revenge- killer with a Choice Scarf. The Swords Dance set also poses a threat to defensive builds and can threaten to sweep after a Swords Dance thanks to STAB Quick Attack. The suspect discussion is currently leaning toward a ban.
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    Tornadus-T Suspect in SM UU
    Tornadus-T has excellent base 100 /Attack, base 110 /Special Attack, and base 121 offensesSpeed and typically carries moves such as STAB Hurricane, Knock Off, Heat Wave, U-Tturn, and Superpower. While Hurricane does have poor accuracy, the 30% chance to confuse the foe can sometimes help Tornadus-T get by Pokémon that should normally beat it. Tornadus-T's Regenerator ability allows it to function as a defensive check if it is equipped with an Assault Vest, or it can help to negate the Life Orb recoil on an offensive set.
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    Scolipede Suspect in SM UU
    Life Orb Scolipede is very problematic due to having access to Speed Boost. It can run Protect to be able to safely get a boost against offensive teams, or it can run Swords Dance to break through bulkier teams. Between Poison Jab and Megahorn as STAB moves and Earthquake or Aqua Tail for coverage, it can be difficult to switch into and very difficult to revenge kill. The suspect is currently leaning toward a ban.

    Tournament News


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    POWC 2017 Week 6
    The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) 2017 has reached its sixth week. The current standings are as follows:​
    Group A
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stCanada(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndEuropean Union(2-1-2) (6)
    3rdFrance(2-1-1) (5)
    3rdGreece(2-1-1) (5)
    5thBrazil(2-2-0) (4)
    6thGermany(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA East(0-4-0) (0)
    Group B
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stAsia-Pacific(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndLatin America(3-1-1) (7)
    3rdChina(1-0-3) (5)
    4thSpain(2-2-0) (4)
    4thItaly(2-2-0) (4)
    6thUK and Ireland(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA West-Central(0-4-0) (0)
    As a reminder, the three teams from each division with the best overall record at the end of the round robin phase will advance to the playoffs, and the top team from each division will begin the playoffs with a BYE. Next week, week 7, is the final round of the round robin phase. The point total (number in parenthesis) is awarded based on the W-L-T record: wins are worth 2 points, ties are worth 1 point, and losses are worth 0 points. The full spreadsheet, which includes the scores from all of the weeks played so far, can be found here.

    The match-ups for Week 6 features European Union vs France, USA East vs Germany, Brazil vs Greece, Latin America vs Italy, USA West vs United Kingdom and Ireland, and Spain vs China. Canada and Asia-Pacific have a BYE this week.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The NCA (National Championship of Alola) has progressed to Game 4 of the regular season. @MetaMence currently leads the Group 1 standings with a (3-1) record, and @sky dust currently leads the Group 2 standings with a (4-0) record. The drafted Pokémon that the players are using for their teams can be found here.

    The SM UU Kicking It Off tournament, a standard best-of-three SM UU tournament, is underway in the Gen 7 UU subforum. The Ubers Petathlon, a best-of-five Ubers tournament in the tiers, ADV Ubers, DPP Ubers, BW Ubers, ORAS Ubers, and SM Ubers, is approaching its conclusion as the losers final features @Leru vs @White Lion18. The winner will go on to battle against @チャンピオンワタル in the tournament final. Meanwhile, the SM Balanced Hackmons Experience Building Tour has concluded with @jinwengong emerging victorious against チャンピオンワタル. Congratulations, jinwengong!

    Server News


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    Server Tournaments
    It's time to announce the winners of the April leaderboards! It seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. On the regular leaderboard, @diamondslight moved up a couple floors to take first place with 108 points, @Arceus_17 finished in second place with 102 points, and just behind him was @Annoying Orange with 101 points. An honorable mention goes to @HSOWA who just barely missed out with 100 points. On the event leaderboard, not so new user performed not so badly by claiming first place with 12 points, @mibuchiha finished in second place with 8 points, and yuni claimed third place with 5 points. Congratulations everyone!
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    Trivia
    It is time to announce who finished with the most points on the Trivia leaderboards! Again, it seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was @M. Bakhsh with 58 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by M. Bakhsh as well for a with a modest 6 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the fourth consecutive month was @M. Bakhsh, who still managed to rack up 198 points. Congratulations, M. Bakhsh, on your impressive achievement!

    In other news, difficulty modes have been added to Trivia! The difficulty modes are Easy, Intermediate, Hard, and All, where All covers any difficulty level like Trivia has always done. The difficulty for a game can be set when using the command to start the game.​



    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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    Hello, and welcome to the May edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! Tiers are continuing to make progress; SM OU has completed a couple of suspects, and SM UU is continuing to stabilize itself by banning the most broken aspects. The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) for 2017 is in its sixth week, and several other forum tournaments are in progress as well!

    Recent Tier Changes

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    Pheromosa and Metagrossite Banned from SM OU
    Pheromosa, the first suspect of SM OU, has been banned after suspect posters and tier leaders unanimously decided that Pheromosa should go. Pheromosa's base 137 Attack, base 137 Special Attack, and base 151 Speed allowed it to be threatening as both a physical and a special attacker. Pheromosa's versatility allowed it to utilize sets ranging from Quiver Dance sweeper and mixed Life Orb attacker to Choice Scarf. Its Beast Boost ability could either give it a Moxie-like boost to its offenses to facilitate a sweep or give a Speed boost to make it harder to revenge kill, depending on its highest stat. Ultimately, the clear lack of counterplay to Pheromosa in SM OU led to it being banned.
    Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU because it could still do everything that made it problematic in ORAS, but in SM, it could Mega Evolve freely due to the change in Speed mechanics. While Mega Metagross did have several situational checks, most of these checks could be dealt with by running the appropriate move. Mega Metagross also enjoyed a metagame with the Tapu Pokémon because it benefitted from any Terrain: Electric Terrain boosted the power of Thunder Punch, Psychic Terrain boosted the power of Zen Headbutt and protected against Sucker Punch, Misty Terrain protected against status such as Scald burns, and Grassy Terrain weakened the power of opposing Earthquake attacks while also providing passive recovery.​

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    Recent SM UU Bans
    [​IMG] Drizzle
    Drizzle was banned due to the devastating Swift Swim sweepers that it could support by simply having the Drizzle user enter the battle. Pelipper and Politoed have access to Drizzle, and Kingdra, Kabutops, Ludicolo, and Azumarill are notable rain sweepers that appreciate the Speed boost (except for Azumarill) and the 50% boost to their Water-type STAB moves.

    [​IMG] Jirachi
    Jirachi got a new weapon in Generation 7 in the form of Z-Happy Hour, which allows it to boost all of its stats by one stage. The increased Speed and Attack can make Jirachi's infamous Iron Head flinches more threatening than ever, and for those that can endure an onslaught of Iron Head attacks, Jirachi can dispatch them with its other moves such as Psychic, Energy Ball, Fire Punch, and Drain Punch. Of course, Jirachi also still retained its classic sets such as SubToxic, Choice Scarf, and Calm Mind, which are already pretty good in their own right. Ultimately, it was determined that Jirachi was too overwhelming to stay in SM UU.

    [​IMG] Medichamite
    Medichamite was recently released in Sun and Moon, so it was introduced in SM UU on PO, since Medicham is also in SM UU. However, it did not take long to determine that Mega Medicham was way too powerful for the tier due to its high Attack stat (thanks to Pure Power) and its strong STAB High Jump Kick. Medicham also commonly carried STAB Zen Headbutt and coverage such as the elemental punches or priority, such as Fake Out and Bullet Punch, which allowed it to be a nuisance for every playstyle. Medichamite was quickbanned from SM UU.

    [​IMG] Thundurus
    Thundurus was banned due to being versatile enough to threaten teams with a variety of sets that made Thundurus very difficult to check reliably. Nasty Plot sets and mixed sets with Z-Moves, combined with its rich move pool, made Thundurus difficult to check defensively, while faster offensive threats had to be cautious not to be crippled by Prankster Thunder Wave.

    [​IMG] Thundurus-T
    Thanks to its massive base 145 Special Attack, Thundurus-T was able to act as a double dance sweeper with Nasty Plot and Agility without having to rely on a Life Orb for power, which allowed it to run Electrium-Z to nuke something or Leftovers for longevity. To illustrate Thundurus-T's raw offensive power, a +2 Gigavolt Havoc could potentially OHKO Latias. Thundurus-T was banned due to the lack of reliable ways to stop it.

    [​IMG] Serperior
    Thanks to its Contrary ability, access to Leaf Storm, and nice base 113 Speed tier, Serperior can be a threatening sweeper. While it does have checks such as Tornadus-T, Serperior can carry Glare to cripple these. Substitute + Leech Seed is another option that Serperior has, which allows it to break through bulky Pokémon like Blissey. Serperior was banned due its resourcefulness of finding ways to get around would-be checks and proceeding to threaten teams.
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    Primal Groudon Banned in SM Balanced Hackmons

    Primal Groudon's sheer offensive capabilities and versatility proved to be too much for it to remain in the tier. STAB V-Create, which could be further boosted by Choice Band and could punish switch-ins via Stakeout or Tinted Lens, proved to be too difficult to wall. Primal Groudon could also be difficult to predict due to having the versatility to run other effective sets such as Contrary, Desolate Land, and several possible lure sets. Primal Groudon's bulk also made it difficult to wear down.
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    Monotype Quickbans
    Mawilite was quickbanned from Monotype due to the limited options available to deal with it in an environment where all team members share a type. Mega Mawile could normally be a threatening Swords Dance wallbreaker or sweeper (with Sucker Punch), but support offered to Mega Mawile through Fairy-types like Aurora Veil Alolan Ninetales made it even more threatening. Thousand Arrows was also banned due to its ability to bypass the immunity that Flying-types and Levitate users usually had to Ground, which is significant in Monotype. Hoopa-U and Genesect were originally planned to be banned on the initial ban list, but they were still legal due to an oversight, so they were quickbanned to correct this.

    Current Suspects

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    Diggersby Suspect in SM UU
    Diggersby is being suspected in SM UU due to its capabilities as a wallbreaker, late-game sweeper, and revenge killer. Huge Power gives it an excellent Attack stat, and it can effectively act as a wallbreaker with a Choice Band or a revenge killer with a Choice Scarf. The Swords Dance set also poses a threat to defensive builds and can threaten to sweep after a Swords Dance thanks to STAB Quick Attack. The suspect discussion is currently leaning toward a ban.
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    Tornadus-T Suspect in SM UU
    Tornadus-T has excellent base 100 Attack, base 110 Special Attack, and base 121 Speed and typically carries moves such as STAB Hurricane, Knock Off, Heat Wave, U-turn, and Superpower. While Hurricane does have poor accuracy, the 30% chance to confuse the foe can sometimes help Tornadus-T get by Pokémon that should normally beat it. Tornadus-T's Regenerator ability allows it to function as a defensive check if it is equipped with an Assault Vest, or it can help to negate the Life Orb recoil on an offensive set.
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    Scolipede Suspect in SM UU
    Life Orb Scolipede is very problematic due to having access to Speed Boost. It can run Protect to be able to safely get a boost against offensive teams, or it can run Swords Dance to break through bulkier teams. Between Poison Jab and Megahorn as STAB moves and Earthquake or Aqua Tail for coverage, it can be difficult to switch into and very difficult to revenge kill. The suspect is currently leaning toward a ban.

    Tournament News


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    POWC 2017 Week 6
    The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) 2017 has reached its sixth week. The current standings are as follows:​
    Group A
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stCanada(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndEuropean Union(2-1-2) (6)
    3rdFrance(2-1-1) (5)
    3rdGreece(2-1-1) (5)
    5thBrazil(2-2-0) (4)
    6thGermany(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA East(0-4-0) (0)
    Group B
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stAsia-Pacific(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndLatin America(3-1-1) (7)
    3rdChina(1-0-3) (5)
    4thSpain(2-2-0) (4)
    4thItaly(2-2-0) (4)
    6thUK and Ireland(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA West-Central(0-4-0) (0)
    As a reminder, the three teams from each division with the best overall record at the end of the round robin phase will advance to the playoffs, and the top team from each division will begin the playoffs with a BYE. Next week, week 7, is the final round of the round robin phase. The point total (number in parenthesis) is awarded based on the W-L-T record: wins are worth 2 points, ties are worth 1 point, and losses are worth 0 points. The full spreadsheet, which includes the scores from all of the weeks played so far, can be found here.

    The match-ups for Week 6 features European Union vs France, USA East vs Germany, Brazil vs Greece, Latin America vs Italy, USA West vs United Kingdom and Ireland, and Spain vs China. Canada and Asia-Pacific have a BYE this week.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The NCA (National Championship of Alola) has progressed to Game 4 of the regular season. @MetaMence currently leads the Group 1 standings with a (3-1) record, and @sky dust currently leads the Group 2 standings with a (4-0) record. The drafted Pokémon that the players are using for their teams can be found here.

    The SM UU Kicking It Off tournament, a standard best-of-three SM UU tournament, is underway in the Gen 7 UU subforum. The Ubers Petathlon, a best-of-five Ubers tournament in the tiers, ADV Ubers, DPP Ubers, BW Ubers, ORAS Ubers, and SM Ubers, is approaching its conclusion as the losers final features @Leru vs @White Lion18. The winner will go on to battle against @チャンピオンワタル in the tournament final. Meanwhile, the SM Balanced Hackmons Experience Building Tour has concluded with @jinwengong emerging victorious against チャンピオンワタル. Congratulations, jinwengong!

    Server News


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    Server Tournaments
    It's time to announce the winners of the April leaderboards! It seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. On the regular leaderboard, @diamondslight moved up a couple floors to take first place with 108 points, @Arceus_17 finished in second place with 102 points, and just behind him was @Annoying Orange with 101 points. An honorable mention goes to @HSOWA who just barely missed out with 100 points. On the event leaderboard, not so new user performed not so badly by claiming first place with 12 points, @mibuchiha finished in second place with 8 points, and yuni claimed third place with 5 points. Congratulations everyone!
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    Trivia
    It is time to announce who finished with the most points on the Trivia leaderboards! Again, it seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was @M. Bakhsh with 58 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by M. Bakhsh as well with a modest 6 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the fourth consecutive month was @M. Bakhsh, who still managed to rack up 198 points. Congratulations, M. Bakhsh, on your impressive achievement!

    In other news, difficulty modes have been added to Trivia! The difficulty modes are Easy, Intermediate, Hard, and All, where All covers any difficulty level like Trivia has always done. The difficulty for a game can be set when using the command to start the game.​



    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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    important changes- in sections where you mentioned the ban first, I changed the tense to past. I also changed two instances of offenses where you seemed to mention Speed as well. as defenses refer to defense and special defense, offenses similarly refers to attack and special attack, not speed, so i changed it to "base...Attack, base...Special Attack, and base...Speed". More wordy, ik but lmk if you have a better rewording!

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    Hello, and welcome to the May edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! Tiers are continuing to make progress; SM OU has completed a couple of suspects, and SM UU is continuing to stabilize itself by banning the most broken aspects. The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) for 2017 is in its sixth week, and several other forum tournaments are in progress as well!

    Recent Tier Changes
    Pheromosa and Metagrossite Banned from SM OU

    Pheromosa, the first suspect of SM OU, has been banned after suspect posters and tier leaders unanimously decided that Pheromosait should go. Pheromosa's base 137 Attack, base 137 Special Attack, and base 151 Speed allowed it to be threatening as boeither a physical andor a special attacker. Pheromosa's versatility allowed it to utilize sets ranging from Quiver Dance sweeper and mixed Life Orb attacker to Choice Scarf. Its Beast Boost ability could either give it a Moxie-like boost to its offenses to facilitate a sweep or give a Speed boost to make it harder to revenge kill, depending on its highest stat. Ultimately, the clear lack of counterplay to Pheromosa in SM OU led to it being banned.

    Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU because it could still do everything that made it problematic in ORAS, but in SM, it could Mega Evolve freely due to the change in Speed mechanics. While Mega Metagross did have several situational checks, most of these checks could be dealt with by running the appropriate move. Mega Metagross also enjoyed a metagame with the Tapu Pokémon because it benefitted from any Terrain: Electric Terrain boosted the power of Thunder Punch, Psychic Terrain boosted the power of Zen Headbutt and protected against Sucker Punch, Misty Terrain protected against status such as Scald burns, and Grassy Terrain weakened the power of opposing Earthquake attacks while also providing passive recovery.

    Recent SM UU Bans

    [IMG] Drizzle
    Drizzle was banned due to the devastating Swift Swim sweepers that it could support by simply having the Drizzle user enter the battle. Pelipper and Politoed have access to Drizzle, andwhile Kingdra, Kabutops, Ludicolo, and Azumarill are notable rain sweepers that appreciate the Speed boost (except for Azumarill) and the 50% boost to their Water-type STAB moves.

    [IMG] Jirachi
    Jirachi got a new weapon in Generation 7 in the form of Z-Happy Hour, which allows it to boost all of its stats by one stage. The increased Speed and Attack can make Jirachi's infamous Iron Head flinches more threatening than ever, and for those that can endure an onslaught of Iron Head attacks, Jirachi can dispatch them with its other moves such as Psychic, Energy Ball, Fire Punch, and Drain Punch. Of course, Jirachi also still retained its classic sets such as SubToxic, Choice Scarf, and Calm Mind, which are already pretty good in their own right. Ultimately, it was determined that Jirachi was too overwhelming to stay in SM UU.

    [IMG] Medichamite
    Medichamite was recently released in Sun and Moon, so it was introduced in SM UU on PO, since Medicham is also in SM UU. However, it did not take long to determine that Mega Medicham was way too powerful for the tier due to its high Attack stat (thanks to Pure Power) and its strong STAB High Jump Kick. Medicham also commonly carried STAB Zen Headbutt and coverage such as the elemental punches or priority, such as Fake Out and Bullet Punch, which allowed it to be a nuisance forto every playstyle. Medichamite was quickbanned from SM UU.

    [IMG] Thundurus
    Thundurus was banned due to being versatile enough to threaten teams with a variety of sets that made Thundurusit very difficult to check reliably. Nasty Plot sets and mixed sets with Z-Moves, combined with its rich move pool, made Thundurus difficult to check defensively, while faster offensive threats had to be cautious not to be crippled by Prankster Thunder Wave.

    [IMG] Thundurus-T
    Thanks to its massive base 145 Special Attack, Thundurus-T was able to act as a double dance sweeper with Nasty Plot and Agility without having to rely on a Life Orb for power, which allowed it to run Electrium-Z to nuke something or Leftovers for longevity. To illustrate Thundurus-T's raw offensive power, a +2 Gigavolt Havoc could potentially OHKO Latias. Thundurus-T was banned due to the lack of reliable ways to stop it.

    [IMG] Serperior
    Thanks to its Contrary ability, access to Leaf Storm, and nice base 113 Speed tier, Serperior can be a threatening sweeper. While it does have checks such as Tornadus-T, Serperior can carry Glare to cripple thesem. Substitute + Leech Seed is another option that Serperior has, which allows it to break through bulky Pokémon like Blissey. Serperior was banned due to its resourcefulness of finding ways to get around would-be checks and proceeding to threaten teams.

    Primal Groudon Banned in SM Balanced Hackmons

    Primal Groudon's sheer offensive capabilities and versatility proved to be too much for it to remain in the tier. STAB V-Create, which could be further boosted by Choice Band and could punish switch-ins via Stakeout or Tinted Lens, proved to be too difficult to wall. Primal Groudon could also be hardifficult to predict due to having the versatility to run other effective sets such as Contrary, Desolate Land, and several possible lure sets. Primal Groudon's bulk also made it difficult to wear down.

    Monotype Quickbans

    Mawilite was quickbanned from Monotype due to the limited options available to deal with it in an environment where all team members share a type. Mega Mawile could normally be a threatening Swords Dance wallbreaker or sweeper (with Sucker Punch), but support offered to Mega Mawile through Fairy-types like Aurora Veil Alolan Ninetales made it even more threatening. Thousand Arrows was also banned due to its ability to bypass the immunity that Flying-types and Levitate users usually hadve to Ground, which is significant in Monotype. Hoopa-U and Genesect were originally plannsupposed to be banned on the initial ban list, but they were stillmained legal due to an oversight, so they were quickbanned to correct this.

    Current Suspects

    Diggersby Suspect in SM UU

    Diggersby is being suspected in SM UU due to its capabilities as a wallbreaker, late-game sweeper, and revenge killer. Huge Power gives it an excellent Attack stat, and it can effectively act as a wallbreaker with a Choice Band or a revenge killer with a Choice Scarf. The Swords Dance set also poses a threat to defensive builds and can threaten to sweep after a Swords Dance thanks to STAB Quick Attack. The suspect discussion is currently leaning toward a ban.

    Tornadus-T Suspect in SM UU

    Tornadus-T has excellent base 100 Attack, base 110 Special Attack, and base 121 Speed and typically carries moves such as STAB Hurricane, Knock Off, Heat Wave, U-turn, and Superpower. While Hurricane does haves poor accuracy, the 30% chance to confuse the foe can sometimes help Tornadus-T get by Pokémon that shwould normally beat it. Tornadus-T's Regenerator ability allows it to function as a defensive check if it is equipped with an Assault Vest, or it can help to negate the Life Orb recoil on an offensive set.

    Scolipede Suspect in SM UU

    Life Orb Scolipede is very problematic due to having access to Speed Boost. It can run Protect to be able to safely get a boost against offensive teams, or it can run Swords Dance to break through bulkier teams. Between Poison Jab and Megahorn as STAB moves and Earthquake or Aqua Tail for coverage, it can be difficult to switch into and very hardifficult to revenge kill. The suspect is currently leaning toward a ban.

    Tournament News

    POWC 2017 Week 6

    The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) 2017 has reached its sixth week. The current standings are as follows:

    Group A
    Standing Team Record
    1st Canada (4-0-1) (9)
    2nd European Union (2-1-2) (6)
    3rd France (2-1-1) (5)
    3rd Greece (2-1-1) (5)
    5th Brazil (2-2-0) (4)
    6th Germany (0-3-1) (1)
    7th USA East (0-4-0) (0)
    Group B
    Standing Team Record
    1st Asia-Pacific (4-0-1) (9)
    2nd Latin America (3-1-1) (7)
    3rd China (1-0-3) (5)
    4th Spain (2-2-0) (4)
    4th Italy (2-2-0) (4)
    6th UK and Ireland (0-3-1) (1)
    7th USA West-Central (0-4-0) (0)
    As a reminder, the three teams from each division with the best overall record at the end of the round robin phase will advance to the playoffs, and the top team from each division will begin the playoffs with a BYE. Next week, week 7, is the final round of the round robin phase. The point total (number in parenthesis) is awarded based on the W-L-T record: wins are worth 2 points, ties are worth 1 point, and losses are worth 0 points. The full spreadsheet, which includes the scores from all of the weeks played so far, can be found here.

    The match-ups for Week 6 features European Union vs France, USA East vs Germany, Brazil vs Greece, Latin America vs Italy, USA West vs United Kingdom and Ireland, and Spain vs China. Canada and Asia-Pacific have a BYE this week.

    Forum Tournaments

    The NCA (National Championship of Alola) has progressed to Game 4 of the regular season. @MetaMence currently leads the Group 1 standings with a (3-1) record, and @sky dust currently leads the Group 2 standings with a (4-0) record. The drafted Pokémon that the players are using for their teams can be found here.

    The SM UU Kicking It Off tournament, a standard best-of-three SM UU tournament, is underway in the Gen 7 UU subforum. The Ubers Pentathlon, a best-of-five Ubers tournament in the tiers, ADV Ubers, DPP Ubers, BW Ubers, ORAS Ubers, and SM Ubers, is approaching its conclusion as the losers final features @Leru vs @White Lion18. The winner will go on to battle against @チャンピオンワタル in the tournament final. Meanwhile, the SM Balanced Hackmons Experience Building Tour has concluded with @jinwengong emerging victorious against チャンピオンワタル. Congratulations, jinwengong!

    Server News

    Server Tournaments

    It's time to announce the winners of the April leaderboards! It seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. On the regular leaderboard, @diamondslight moved up a couple floors to take first place with 108 points, @Arceus_17 finished in second place with 102 points, and just behind him was @Annoying Orange with 101 points. An honorable mention goes to @HSOWA who just barely missed out with 100 points. On the event leaderboard, not so new user performed not so badly by claiming first place with 12 points, @mibuchiha finished in second place with 8 points, and yuni claimed third place with 5 points. Congratulations everyone!
    Trivia

    It is time to announce who finished with the most points on the Trivia leaderboards! Again, it seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was @M. Bakhsh with 58 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by M. Bakhsh as well with a modest 6 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the fourth consecutive month was @M. Bakhsh, who still managed to rack up 198 points. Congratulations, M. Bakhsh, on your impressive achievement!

    In other news, difficulty modes have been added to Trivia! The difficulty modes are Easy, Intermediate, Hard, and All, where All covers any difficulty level like Trivia has always done. The difficulty for a game can be set when using the command to start the game.

    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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    Hello, and welcome to the May edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! Tiers are continuing to make progress; SM OU has completed a couple of suspects, and SM UU is continuing to stabilize itself by banning the most broken aspects. The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) for 2017 is in its sixth week, and several other forum tournaments are in progress as well!
    Recent Tier Changes
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    Pheromosa and Metagrossite Banned from SM OU
    Pheromosa, the first suspect of SM OU, has been banned after suspect posters and tier leaders unanimously decided that it should go. Pheromosa's base 137 Attack, base 137 Special Attack, and base 151 Speed allowed it to be threatening as either a physical or a special attacker. Pheromosa's versatility allowed it to utilize sets ranging from Quiver Dance sweeper and mixed Life Orb attacker to Choice Scarf. Its Beast Boost ability could either give it a Moxie-like boost to its offenses to facilitate a sweep or a Speed boost to make it harder to revenge kill, depending on its highest stat. Ultimately, the clear lack of counterplay to Pheromosa in SM OU led to it being banned.
    Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU because it could still do everything that made it problematic in ORAS, but in SM, it could Mega Evolve freely due to the change in Speed mechanics. While Mega Metagross did have several situational checks, most of these checks could be dealt with by running the appropriate move. Mega Metagross also enjoyed a metagame with the Tapu Pokémon because it benefitted from any Terrain: Electric Terrain boosted the power of Thunder Punch, Psychic Terrain boosted the power of Zen Headbutt and protected against Sucker Punch, Misty Terrain protected against status such as Scald burns, and Grassy Terrain weakened the power of opposing Earthquake attacks while also providing passive recovery.​
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    Recent SM UU Bans
    [​IMG] Drizzle
    Drizzle was banned due to the devastating Swift Swim sweepers that it could support by simply having the Drizzle user enter the battle. Pelipper and Politoed have access to Drizzle, while Kingdra, Kabutops, Ludicolo, and Azumarill are notable rain sweepers that appreciate the Speed boost (except for Azumarill) and the 50% boost to their Water-type STAB moves.

    [​IMG] Jirachi
    Jirachi got a new weapon in Generation 7 in the form of Z-Happy Hour, which allows it to boost all of its stats by one stage. The increased Speed and Attack can make Jirachi's infamous Iron Head flinches more threatening than ever, and for those that can endure an onslaught of Iron Head attacks, Jirachi can dispatch them with its other moves such as Psychic, Energy Ball, Fire Punch, and Drain Punch. Of course, Jirachi also retained its classic sets such as SubToxic, Choice Scarf, and Calm Mind, which are already pretty good in their own right. Ultimately, it was determined that Jirachi was too overwhelming to stay in SM UU.

    [​IMG] Medichamite
    Medichamite was recently released in Sun and Moon, so it was introduced in SM UU on PO, since Medicham is also in SM UU. However, it did not take long to determine that Mega Medicham was way too powerful for the tier due to its high Attack stat (thanks to Pure Power) and its strong STAB High Jump Kick. Medicham also commonly carried STAB Zen Headbutt and coverage such as the elemental punches or priority, such as Fake Out and Bullet Punch, which allowed it to be a nuisance to every playstyle. Medichamite was quickbanned from SM UU.

    [​IMG] Thundurus
    Thundurus was banned for being versatile enough to threaten teams with a variety of sets that made it very difficult to check reliably. Nasty Plot sets and mixed sets with Z-Moves, combined with its rich move pool, made Thundurus difficult to check defensively, while faster offensive threats had to be cautious not to be crippled by Prankster Thunder Wave.

    [​IMG] Thundurus-T
    Thanks to its massive base 145 Special Attack, Thundurus-T was able to act as a double dance sweeper with Nasty Plot and Agility without having to rely on Life Orb for power, which allowed it to run Electrium-Z to nuke something or Leftovers for longevity. To illustrate Thundurus-T's raw offensive power, a +2 Gigavolt Havoc could potentially OHKO Latias. Thundurus-T was banned due to the lack of reliable ways to stop it.

    [​IMG] Serperior
    Thanks to its Contrary ability, access to Leaf Storm, and base 113 Speed tier, Serperior can be a threatening sweeper. While it does have checks such as Tornadus-T, Serperior can carry Glare to cripple them. Substitute + Leech Seed is another option Serperior has, which allows it to break through bulky Pokémon like Blissey. Serperior was banned due to its resourcefulness of finding ways to get around would-be checks and proceeding to threaten teams.
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    Primal Groudon Banned in SM Balanced Hackmons

    Primal Groudon's sheer offensive capabilities proved to be too much for it to remain in the tier. STAB V-Create, which could be further boosted by Choice Band and punish switch-ins via Stakeout or Tinted Lens, proved to be too difficult to wall. Primal Groudon could also be hard to predict due to having the versatility to run other effective sets such as Contrary, Desolate Land, and several possible lure sets. Primal Groudon's bulk also made it difficult to wear down.
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    Monotype Quickbans
    Mawilite was quickbanned from Monotype due to the limited options available to deal with it in an environment where all team members share a type. Mega Mawile could normally be a threatening Swords Dance wallbreaker or sweeper (with Sucker Punch), but support offered to Mega Mawile through Fairy-types like Aurora Veil Alolan Ninetales made it even more threatening. Thousand Arrows was also banned due to its ability to bypass the immunity that Flying-types and Levitate users usually have to Ground, which is significant in Monotype. Hoopa-U and Genesect were supposed to be banned on the initial ban list but remained legal due to an oversight, so they were quickbanned to correct this.
    Current Suspects
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    Diggersby Suspect in SM UU
    Diggersby is being suspected in SM UU due to its capabilities as a wallbreaker, late-game sweeper, and revenge killer. Huge Power gives it an excellent Attack stat, and it can effectively act as a wallbreaker with a Choice Band or a revenge killer with a Choice Scarf. The Swords Dance set also poses a threat to defensive builds and can threaten to sweep after a Swords Dance thanks to STAB Quick Attack. The suspect discussion is currently leaning toward a ban.
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    Tornadus-T Suspect in SM UU
    Tornadus-T has excellent base 100 Attack, base 110 Special Attack, and base 121 Speed and typically carries moves such as STAB Hurricane, Knock Off, Heat Wave, U-turn, and Superpower. While Hurricane has poor accuracy, the 30% chance to confuse the foe can sometimes help Tornadus-T get by Pokémon that would normally beat it. Tornadus-T's Regenerator ability allows it to function as a defensive check if it is equipped with Assault Vest, or it can help to negate the Life Orb recoil on an offensive set.
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    Scolipede Suspect in SM UU
    Life Orb Scolipede is problematic due to having access to Speed Boost. It can run Protect to be able to safely get a boost against offensive teams, or it can run Swords Dance to break through bulkier teams. Between Poison Jab and Megahorn as STAB moves and Earthquake or Aqua Tail for coverage, it can be difficult to switch into and very hard to revenge kill. The suspect is currently leaning toward a ban.
    Tournament News
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    POWC 2017 Week 6
    The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) 2017 has reached its sixth week. The current standings are as follows:​
    Group A
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stCanada(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndEuropean Union(2-1-2) (6)
    3rdFrance(2-1-1) (5)
    3rdGreece(2-1-1) (5)
    5thBrazil(2-2-0) (4)
    6thGermany(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA East(0-4-0) (0)
    Group B
    StandingTeamRecord
    1stAsia-Pacific(4-0-1) (9)
    2ndLatin America(3-1-1) (7)
    3rdChina(1-0-3) (5)
    4thSpain(2-2-0) (4)
    4thItaly(2-2-0) (4)
    6thUK and Ireland(0-3-1) (1)
    7thUSA West-Central(0-4-0) (0)
    As a reminder, the three teams from each division with the best overall record at the end of the round robin phase will advance to the playoffs, and the top team from each division will begin the playoffs with a BYE. Next week, week 7, is the final round of the round robin phase. The point total (number in parenthesis) is awarded based on the W-L-T record: wins are worth 2 points, ties are worth 1 point, and losses are worth 0 points. The full spreadsheet, which includes the scores from all of the weeks played so far, can be found here.

    The match-ups for Week 6 feature European Union vs France, USA East vs Germany, Brazil vs Greece, Latin America vs Italy, USA West vs United Kingdom and Ireland, and Spain vs China. Canada and Asia-Pacific have a BYE this week.

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    Forum Tournaments
    The NCA (National Championship of Alola) has progressed to Game 4 of the regular season. @MetaMence currently leads the Group 1 standings with a (3-1) record, and @sky dust currently leads the Group 2 standings with a (4-0) record. The drafted Pokémon that the players are using for their teams can be found here.

    The SM UU Kicking It Off tournament, a standard best-of-three SM UU tournament, is underway in the Gen 7 UU subforum. The Ubers Pentathlon, a best-of-five Ubers tournament in the tiers ADV Ubers, DPP Ubers, BW Ubers, ORAS Ubers, and SM Ubers, is approaching its conclusion as the losers final features @Leru vs @White Lion18. The winner will go on to battle against @チャンピオンワタル in the tournament final. Meanwhile, the SM Balanced Hackmons Experience Building Tour has concluded with @jinwengong emerging victorious against チャンピオンワタル. Congratulations, jinwengong!
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    Server Tournaments
    It's time to announce the winners of the April leaderboards! It seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. On the regular leaderboard, @diamondslight moved up a couple floors to take first place with 108 points, @Arceus_17 finished in second place with 102 points, and just behind him was @Annoying Orange with 101 points. An honorable mention goes to @HSOWA who just barely missed out with 100 points. On the event leaderboard, not so new user performed not so badly by claiming first place with 12 points, @mibuchiha finished in second place with 8 points, and yuni claimed third place with 5 points. Congratulations everyone!
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    Trivia
    It is time to announce who finished with the most points on the Trivia leaderboards! Again, it seems that the server migration had an effect on the points for this month, so these scores are based on activity since then. The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was @M. Bakhsh with 58 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by M. Bakhsh as well with a modest 6 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the fourth consecutive month was M. Bakhsh, who still managed to rack up 198 points. Congratulations, M. Bakhsh, on your impressive achievement!

    In other news, difficulty modes have been added to Trivia! The difficulty modes are Easy, Intermediate, Hard, and All, where All covers any difficulty level like Trivia has always done. The difficulty for a game can be set when using the command to start the game.

    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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    Just one additional note: Under Drizzle's UU ban, I get that Azumarill benefits from rain but it seems odd that the first sentence specifically mentions Swift Swim sweepers while the second brings up Azu just to immediately exclude it from the part about Swift Swim's effect. Would it just be better not to mention Azu at all and leave it at Kingdra / Kabutops / Ludicolo? I didn't change it because it technically makes sense but was just wondering.
     
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    Excellent work on the speedy grammar checks! I thought I remembered "offenses" being used to include Speed in the past, but if that's not the case, the new wording is fine. As for Azumarill, the easiest thing to do with that sentence was to just not mention it. I considered mentioning it in a separate sentence afterwards, but ultimately, I decided that it wasn't /that/ vital to mention it. I also updated part of the Tournament News pertaining to the Ubers tour. I'll be releasing this shortly.
     
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