PokÃ©mon Sword and Shield introduced both Dynamax and Gigantamax, a feature whereby a PokÃ©monâ€™s size and stats are ballooned for three turns.
The official PokÃ©mon tournaments will utilise both features in the 2020 competitive scene, but Smogon, one of the biggest community sites which hosts its own, has decided to ban Dynamax altogether.
In a post explaining the decision, they wrote: â€œThe reasoning behind the Dynamax ban involves the increase in power, the impact of secondary effects each typeâ€™s move has, the defensive merit gained through doubling the HP of any Dynamax user, and the element of unpredictability that comes alongside being able to Dynamax with any PokÃ©mon at any point of the game.â€
They added: â€œThere is no true limit to how potent Dynamax moves can be given that each type provides different benefits that can potentially be game-changing; some of the most versatile PokÃ©mon that are already great in the current metagame are made much stronger due to this, which makes finding reliable counterplay a virtual impossibility at times.â€
The results of our latest suspect test are in: with 241 votes and a 86.7% majority, Dynamax and Gigantamax have been removed from SS OU.â€” Smogon University (@SmogonU) December 17, 2019
Explanation & Information:https://t.co/Uu5QkoywUApic.twitter.com/TKpQpLs2dP
They also describe the ruling as a solution to â€œcreate a competitively balanced metagame that prioritises player skillâ€.
The decision was made through a poll conducted by qualified players on the site.
While not an official Nintendo tournament, itâ€™ll likely raise questions among the whole competitive scene over whether Dynamax should be included.
Dynamax has proven a controversial inclusion among competitive players (Picture: Nintendo/Game Freak)
Ginx previously spoke to competitive PokÃ©mon players entering the official tournaments who were generally a lot more positive about the mechanicâ€™s impact, although there was some concern for the early stages.
Aaron â€œCybertronâ€ Zheng said: â€œA lot of people see PokÃ©mon as just doing heavy damage and trading blows left and right, but with Dynamax you can play it offensively for big knockouts, or defensively for raising your own stats or decreasing your opponentâ€™s stats.
â€œI think the mark of a good team will be one thatâ€™s super flexible and can pull off Dynamaxing at any given point.â€
The official rules for competitive PokÃ©mon Sword and Shield are effective from 4 January 2020.