Hello, and welcome to the February edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! There's a lot of news to cover in this month's edition, which covers several recent tier bans, the creation of new tiers, coverage of multiple forum tournaments, server news, and more! Tier News Recent SM OU Quickbans Despite the nerf of Parental Bond, Mega Kangaskhan still proved to be too strong for SM OU. Parental Bond allowed Mega Kangaskhan to use moves such as Fake Out, Return, Sucker Punch, Earthquake, Ice Punch, Seismic Toss, and Power-Up Punch twice in one turn. Even though the damage output of the second hit was decreased from 50% to 25% of the first hit, Mega Kangaskhan still hit too hard to remain in SM OU; therefore, Kangaskhanite was banned. Landorus was banned again for the same reasons it was banned in ORAS. Landorus proved to be a powerful wallbreaker when running Life Orb + Sheer Force and moves such as Earth Power, Sludge Wave, Focus Blast, Psychic, and Rock Slide. Landorus also had the ability to run support moves such as Stealth Rock and Knock Off, or it could attempt to sweep with Rock Polish. Aegislash was banned due to the centralizing effect it had on the metagame. Aegislash’s combination of its Stance Change ability and King’s Shield effectively allowed it to have a 720 BST. Its ability to run physically or specially offensive sets and defensive sets with Substitute + Toxic made Aegislash difficult to counter reliably. Genesect proved to be too good for OU for a third consecutive generation. Genesect’s mixed offenses, Download ability, and access to moves such as Bug Buzz, U-Turn, Iron Head, Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Flamethrower, and Extreme Speed made it a potent threat if it had a Life Orb. Genesect also had the ability to hit and run with a Choice Scarf or Choice Band, or it could threaten to sweep with Shift Gear. Similarly to Landorus and Aegislash, the number of options that Genesect had at its disposal made it difficult to reliably counter. Conversion and Murkrow Quickbanned from SM LC Conversion was banned from SM LC because Z-Conversion could be used to raise Porygon’s offenses, defenses, and Speed by one stage, and Conversion’s normal effect—changing the type of the user to the type of the move in the user’s first moveslot—still applied. Since Porygon was the only LC Pokémon that learned Conversion and Porygon itself was not considered to be broken, Conversion was banned. Murkrow proved to be too strong for LC for another generation. Life Orb Murkrow could OHKO or 2HKO a large majority of the tier with moves such as Brave Bird, Dark Pulse, Sucker Punch, and Heat Wave. Its high Speed tier and access to a STAB priority move limited the options of revenge killing Murkrow as well. Comatose + Sleep Talk Quickbanned from SM Balanced Hackmons Because a Pokémon with Comatose is treated as if it is asleep, the combination of Comatose + Sleep Talk can allow the user to phase with moves like Dragon Tail, Circle Throw, Roar, and Whirlwind without having to use these phasing moves with negative priority. If this strategy is used by a Pokémon with high Speed, the foes may be helplessly phased over and over, which would allow entry hazard damage and damage from Dragon Tail / Circle Throw to build over time. For this reason, the combination of Comatose + Sleep Talk on the same Pokémon was banned. SM Side Metagames In addition to the SM Balanced Hackmons and SM Hackmons, Monotype, Monogen, SM 1v1, 3v3 Singles, and Middle Cup have been added to the server for Generation 7. Monotype and Monogen are tiers in which Pokémon teams must share a type or originate from the same generation, respectively. In SM 1v1, each player only uses one Pokémon. 3v3 Singles is a format similar to OU except that players only battle with three of their six Pokémon, and Middle Cup features only Pokémon that are a middle evolution, such as Magneton or Rhydon. Battle Factory Update In Battle Factory, players receive randomly generated teams with competitive sets. Battle Factory 6v6 allows players to use all six Pokémon, but in Battle Factory players only battle with three Pokémon that they choose from their team of six. Battle Factory 6v6 and Battle Factory have been updated to consist of SM OU, SM Ubers, and SM LC! Feel free to submit sets for these tiers on the server (use /commands battlefactory to see the Battle Factory commands). Report any set suggestions for problems in the #BF Review channel on the server or in Sets Suggestions and Changes on the forums. Tournament News Official Tournaments The Old Generations Tournament (OGT) has concluded, and @autumn leaves (also known as BKC) emerged victorious! BKC won decisively by deafeating @Finchinator in a 3-0 series in the tiers RBY OU, ADV OU, and HGSS OU and by defeating @Troller in a 3-0 series in RBY OU, GSC OU, and ADV OU. Congratulations BKC! This is the second consecutive OGT that BKC has won, and he has been present in the finals for every OGT to date. To celebrate the creation of SM OU, the Pokémon Online Tournament (POT) is happening early this year! The POT is a SM OU tournament with best-of-three matches. The winner of this POT will receive a cash prize of at least $50 (US)! Round 1 has started, but subs will be available until February 12th. Forum Tournaments The SM LC subforum is holding the SM LC Kickoff Tournament—the first Little Cup subfourm tournament of Generation 7. The battles follow standard SM LC rules, and the matches are best of one except for the finals, which is best of three. The tournament is currently in Round 1. The First Gen 7 Monotype Tour! is currently underway in the Gen 7 Side Metagames subforum. The battles follow standard Monotype rules with the inclusion of additional bans as agreed upon by the players. The tournament is currently in the semi-finals. Server News Server Tournaments It's time to announce the winners of the January leaderboards! On the regular leaderboard, @Tavi97 finished in first place with 267 points, @HSOWA finished in second place with 145 points, and @diamondslight finished in third place with 67 points. On the event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex finished in first place with 14 points, followed by @Tavi97 with 12 points and @Velvet Blood with 8 points. Congratulations everyone! The new tiers for Sun and Moon need autoteams! Autoteams are teams that can be provided to players automatically if they don’t already have a proper team loaded when joining a tournament. Tiers that are in need of teams include SM OU, SM Ubers, SM LC, Monotype, Monogen, SM 1v1, Middle Cup, and 3v3 Singles. To submit teams, please visit the Server Tournaments subforum. Trivia The Trivia leaderboards for January all had narrow margins between first and second place, but it is time to announce who emerged victorious. The player who finished in first place on the knowledge leaderboard was @heartbreaker with 106.5 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by @闪亮原始盖欧卡 with 33.5 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard was @M. Bakhsh with 177 points. Congratulations everyone! The Trivia staff would also like to announce that players can now automatically join games by submitting answers during the answer phase without having to first use the /join command. Hangman and Safari Cross-Promotional Events Players can now win Safari prizes for winning events in the Hangman channel. By winning three events in one week, players can win one of the following prizes selected at random: 6 Silver Coins, 9 Gachapon Tickets, 2 Ampere Gems, 1 Event Form, or 110 Candy Dusts. In addition, the top 10 players on each Hangman leaderboards will win 1 to 12 Fortune Cookies, depending on their placement on the leaderboard. Instead of resetting monthly, the Hangman leaderboards will now reset each week. Other News Client Update Since the last edition of PO News, a new update has been released for the Windows client (download page), and Generation 7 has been added to the Webclient! The new update includes various bug fixes, including missing sprites and corrections to the movepools of some Alolan Pokémon. In addition, 115 new trainer avatars have been added. Please report any discovered bugs in the Bugs and Fixes subforum if they have not already been reported. 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 Annoying Orange - Artist Do you want to contribute to Articles too? Here's How to Become an Articles Contributor.