Yeah true. I can understand that.
I cant even dispute any of that really because i was unaware of the fact that smeargle wasn't the primary sauce of the sleeping clause, but i'm sure its got some contributing factors .
Regardless, if the logic behind the sleeping clause is (correct me if I'm wrong) that because of the status condition being able to prevent other pokemon from effectively battling to their fullest extent and or that sleeping moves incapacitates pokemon to the extent that the battle is futile, then, shouldn't similar movesets and or moves and situations that work of similar basis's be illegal as well??
For example, If i had a mew that had whirlwind and thunder-wave (forget the other moves for a sec) it would and could essential incapacitate my opponents entire team, or at least the pokemon that offer a threat to my team. Which by essence is the reason why the sleeping clause is in effect, to prevent situations like this? By the logic of the sleeping clause ( again correct me if i'm wrong) multiple status conditions on opponents should also be illegal? And even movesets and or plays that consist of overpowering up and reaching the max power up status, ( example, registeel max's its stats in game with curse and or venomoth doing same things with quiver-dance) should also be illegal, shouldn't they?
I mean, the reason I'm talking about all this is because the sleeping clause effectively is preventing an "unfair" situation arising, were, a pokemon is able to put multiple pokes to sleep and then gain an unfair advantage, or even gain one interdependently by putting a few pokes to sleep.
Though by this premiss, their should be so many other situations that are illegal as-well.
Now I'm be no means suggesting new rules be implement to prevent pokemon from battling, using moves and or participating in battles, but this rule that states;
All moves that increase Evasion only (e.g. Minimize) are banned.
Is based on the same premiss as the sleeping clause, is it not? With this same logic their should be a few more rules..
Now obviously I'm being a bit biased here cause i like venomoth, but all I'm suggesting is that perhaps an exception towards certain move-sets and or situations be created.
Because the situations were multiple pokes are allowed to be poisoned and or paralyzed are allowed...