As I mentioned a little while back, we hadn't heard a thing about banning anything from Smogon in a while. This ended today, as they're looking to potentially alter the Evasion Clause further. Last year, in the midst of a Garchomp-induced panic, they banned Brightpowder and Lax Incense, which accomplished nothing since not only was Garchomp was still banned the following round, but later on it was also statistically proven that Leftovers was better at fishing for Sand Veil misses than adding Brightpowder on top of it.
However, even after that evasion still remained in some capacity, with Sand Veil and Snow Cloak. And for the sake of consistency, the case was re-opened today, as it's an aberration to some that these abilities are still allowed while Brightpowder is gone. This is something I fully agree with, as Brightpowder should never have been banned in the first place. Unfortunately, far more concerning is the fact that the option of getting rid of Sand Veil and Snow Cloak is now available, either through a full ban or a combo ban with their respective weathers. The former is completely unacceptable, as it would act as a full ban on the likes of Sandslash and Cacturne by proxy, and so is the latter, as I believe complex bans should only be used in extreme emergencies, such as the Swift Swim fiasco early last year. Sand Veil and Snow Cloak are NOT emergencies, they're NOT broken, period. Garchomp was, it's now gone, it's as simple as that.
The underlying issue is the eternal skill vs. luck debate. Luck will always be part of the game, whether we like it or not, and trying to get rid of that much of it will eventually transform the metagame into an unappealing Franken-monster. Evasion isn't the only source of hax, it's just the flashiest, which is why no one ever examined full paralysis, flinching and so on. You know how too much plastic surgery may make a woman less appealing than how she started out as? The same thing applies here, and we could be going down that spiral of BS pretty soon if further bans take place.
Fortunately, in the ongoing forum thread it seems there really isn't a whole lot of support for a combo ban, and absolutely none for full bans, so we're unlikely to see any major changes come out of it - as long as we hold our ground and make it clear that we won't take that kind of garbage.
You know what? Let's have a little in-house poll to see what you guys think. It's on the right side of the blog.
Edit: Something that needs to be said, major props to the admins for actually opening up the discussion despite having an opinion on the matter that doesn't look like it could rally the majority of people. Of course, I might take that back if they go forward with the combo ban anyway... but for now they're doing the right thing.