Hello, and welcome to the June edition of PO (Pokémon Online) News! The next batch of Mega Stones has been released, which means that Blazikenite, Swampertite, and Sceptilite are now available to use! The POWC (Pokémon Online World Cup) has come to a close, but the PO League and the Ubers Major League II are getting ready to begin! This edition of PO News covers all of these events as well as other tier, tournament, and server news! Recent Tier Changes Sceptilite, Blazikenite, and Swampertite Released With the latest batch of Mega Stones to be released in-game, Mega Sceptile, Mega Blaziken, and Mega Swampert are now available to use on PO! Mega Sceptile is starting in SM LU, Mega Swampert is starting in SM UU, and Mega Blaziken is starting in SM Ubers. These three were not the only Mega Stones to be released in May, as Heracronite and Houndoominite were released as well. A full list of Mega Stones that have yet to be released can be found here. Current Suspects 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 to negate the Life Orb recoil on an offensive set. The discussion is currently leaning toward a ban. Xurkitree Suspect in SM UU Xurkitree dropped to SM UU after the last tier shift, and its overwhelming impact in the tier has lead to it being suspected. As a sweeper, Xurkitree can be quite dangerous when using Z-Electric Terrain or Z-Hypnosis, both of which give it a +1 boost in Speed. Beast Boost allows it to boost its already massive base 173 Special Attack stat each time it gets a KO. Xurkitree is also capable of being a very destructive wallbreaker due to its access to Tail Glow, and it is notable that a +3 Gigavolt Havoc can even OHKO Blissey. The discussion is currently leading toward a ban. Pidgeotite Suspect in SM UU Pidgeotite is being suspected for the same reasons that it was suspected last generation. Mega Pidgeot has access to the unique combination of No Guard and Hurricane, which, when combined with its base 121 Speed and base 135 Special Attack, can make it quite annoying to deal with. Mega Pidgeot can function as a stallbreaker with Work Up, Refresh, and Roost, or it can be an offensive threat with Heat Wave to cover incoming Steel-types and U-turn to gain momentum. Mega Pidgeot also has the potential to get past some of its defensive checks by spamming Hurricane until it confuses them, since No Guard ensures that it will never miss. Gengarite and Protean Suspects in SM Balanced Hackmons Gengarite is being suspected in SM Balanced Hackmons due to its access to Shadow Tag. Shadow Tag is banned from being used directly, but a Gengar holding Gengarite is able to bypass this after Mega Evolving. Additionally, a Gengar with Gengarite can run Illusion so that it can hide its identity before it Mega Evolves and traps its prey. Protean is also being suspected in SM Balanced Hackmons, since it allows the user's attacks to receive STAB, regardless of the move's type. Notable Protean users in SM Balanced Hackmons are Mega Mewtwo Y, Mega Mewtwo X, and Mega Rayquaza. Tournament News POWC 2017 Finals: Spain vs Canada The POWC (Pokemon Online World Cup) 2017 has concluded, and Canada emerged victorious over Spain in a 7-2 series to be crowned the POWC 2017 champion! In the Quarter-Finals, Spain defeated Brazil in an 8-4 series, and Canada had a BYE. In the Semi-Finals, Spain defeated Asia-Pacific in a 7-3 series, and Canada defeated Italy in an 8-1 series. Canada finishes the tournament with an impressive total series record of 7-0-1, with the tie being against European Union in the first week of the tournament. Congratulations, team Canada! Forum Tournaments The Ubers Major League II, a league format tournament consisting of six teams that are each led by a manager, will begin soon. Teams will battle in the following tiers: SM Ubers, ORAS Ubers, BW2 Ubers, HGSS Ubers (with Arceus banned), and ADV Ubers. The teams and managers for this tournament are as follows: Tryhard Toxapex managed by @Finchinator, Glowing Diancies managed by @Mysterious M, FnG Mewtwos managed by @snaga, Lolcopter Lugias managed by @La.Melle2402, Glorious Gengars managed by @The Trap God, and Littleroot Lunalas managed by @Krauersaut. The NCA (National Championship of Alola) has progressed to the playoff stage. @Casparov, @Hassin627, @MetaMence, and @willdbeast advance from Group 1, and @sky dust, @gengar17, @snaga, and @Jethalal advance from Group 2. The drafted Pokémon that the players are using for their teams can be found here. Meanwhile, the SM UU Kicking It Off tournament has concluded with @Valhalla emerging victorious against @overdose in a 2-0 series. Congratulations, Valhalla! Server News Server Tournaments It's time to announce the winners of the May leaderboards! On the regular leaderboard, @Arceus_17 moved up from last month to take first place with a solid 182 points! @Annoying Orange finished in second place with 100 points, and just behind him was @Tavi97 with 94 points. On the event leaderboard, we had a rare tie for first place between @HSOWA and @mibuchiha with 8 points! Not far behind, not so new user finished in second place with 7 points, and Annoying Orange finished in third place with 5 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 Azumarill with 86.5 points. First place on the speed leaderboard was claimed by @M. Bakhsh with 16.5 points. The player in first place on the event leaderboard for the fifth consecutive month was M. Bakhsh with 140 points. Congratulations everyone! Other News PO League Gym Leader and Elite Four Signups Open The PO League is now accepting applications for Gym Leader and Elite Four positions! In the Pokémon games, Gyms are typically based on types, but for the PO League, Gyms are based on tiers. In the PO League, players challenge Gym Leaders to try to collect enough badges to challenge the Elite Four, but if a player loses to a Gym Leader, that player cannot challenge that Gym for five days. If a player loses more than eight times, that player can no longer challenge Gyms for the season. Elite Four members typically have a best-of-three or best-of-five challenge consisting of tiers of their choosing. A player can challenge the Champion after defeating the Elite Four members. Finally, if a player defeats the Champion, that player becomes the new Champion! Gym Leader applications are being accepted for the following tiers: SM Ubers, SM OU, SM UU, SM LU, SM LC, SM Balanced Hackmons, Monotype, ORAS OU, BW2 OU, HGSS OU, ADV OU, GSC OU, RBY OU, Battle Factory 6v6, and Challenge Cup. Optionally, players can apply for Elite Four positions as well. Signups will be open until June 12th. This concludes this edition of PO News. 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