As of January 31st 2011, Copper, Bridget, Rolph, Rowdy, Lou, Shann, Emeth and Oshitsune will join the list of characters permanently banned by the staff in the ELO mode.
This month will also see the launch of some new experiments in ELO. During the weeks to come it will no longer be possible to play “semi-evolved” characters in this mode. In addition to this, the starting life points in the ELO room will be set at 15.
If these changes prove to be successful, they can become a permanent feature.
You’ve been asking for a more strategic ELO mode with a less decisive chance factor (on cards draw and pillz).
Semi-evo cards appeared to be a big advantage for those who can afford them. We’ve hesitated quite a while on banning them because we didn’t want to deprive you of using some interesting and balanced semi-evo characters but there are just a few of them compared to all those which can skew the game. From now you’ll have to fully evolve your characters if you want to use them in ELO.
Regarding the life points rise, it will prevent the easy two-shots and then reduce the domination of high damage characters. They are still important in this mode but they won’t be able to win the match too easily now.
It’s still a test. Don’t hesitate to tell us your feelings about it on the forum so as to make the ELO mode satisfactory for everyone.
With 15 life...
Kolos is now no where near as scary
Ratanah should come back, shes just decent with 15 life
Uranus MUST go now, 15 life and the potential that Sakrohm have is unreal
kill junta and fang pi why dont you, now we need a 7 damage and 8 damage to 2hko...rediculous
the other bans i agree with
nice work with semi-evo's really nice to see that change
im supprised you havnt released tension on the temp banns, Roots are now out of the game full stop
Banning OP cards like Emeth, Copper, Rolph, Rowdy or Shann is good.
But 15 life is ridiculous. Poison is now totally overpowered and the 2HKO choices will be replaced by choices against poison. 13 would have been perfect.
Although it would be fun to play one week in ELO with 15 life, i really hope this is just a crazy idea that will go away asap.