It's a phrase you hear a lot in Pokemon, but I'm never quite sure what people mean when they say it or even if they themselves know what it means. Sometimes, I think people use it because they think it sounds a bit more intelligent than simply asking for a 'good' format. So . . . first a basic question: what does a 'balanced' format mean to you? A format where Basics, Stage 1s and Stage 2s are equally playable A format where rush decks and set up decks are all equally playable A format where every Type is playable A format where multiple strategies are viable (spread, lock, mill etc) An RPS format where every deck counters another A format which favours skill over luck A format with no clear BDIF, but plenty of variety A format where that deck/Pokemon you really like becomes playable because they banned that stupid Catcher that you can't afford And next the more important question: why does this matter? Is it possible to have a very healthy and skill-based format without any of these things?