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Sun Moon

“Standard’s Rising Star” – Partnering Tapu Bulu GX with Vikavolt GX or Lurantis GX!

In this article I take a look at Tapu Bulu GX, a rising star in the Standard format, with two different partners: Vikavolt SM and Lurantis GX. This deck has a very linear strategy from which you will rarely deviate: get out as many Vikavolt as you can as quickly as you can and then use Strong Charge to allow a string of OHKOs with Tapu Bulu GX’s Nature’s Judgment.
Metagross GX Deck

“A Meta Shift” – Madison and Birmingham Top Deck Discussion

Hey guys, If you thought our metagame was going to be a stale garbage dump for the next three months, take a good look at the Madison, Wisconsin Regional Championship results. While Trashalanche was still a presence in both the Top 32 and the Top 8, in the end Wisconsin was all about Garbodor counters in many forms and varieties. Michael Pramawat ended up the victor with Vespiquen, but as I already discussed that archetype in detail last week I’m going to be brief on that.
Trubbish

“How Not To Get Buried in a Trashalanche” – Seattle Regionals Result Analysis and How to Beat Garbodor

Hey guys! If you’ve followed the Seattle Regionals coverage on stream or on Facebook or saw the results on Charizard Lounge, you might’ve done a double take: on first sight, there seems to be nothing but Garbodor decks in the Top 32 and Top 8. After some squinting and digging, you’ll find some other decks like Vespiquen, M Rayquaza, Alolan Ninetales, Waterbox and Decidueye…but nonetheless, 28 out of 32 day 2 decks featured Trashalanche Garbodor.
Sylveon

“Number One in Japan” – Quad Sylveon GX and Revisiting Greninja!

In this article I take a look at perhaps the single most hyped deck to come from Guardians Rising, Quad Sylveon GX, as well as an old contender which seems to have been given new life: Greninja. A few weekends ago, there was a Regional Championship in Japan in the unique XY-on format (which Japan uses for all or most of its tournaments, from what I understand) which was taken down by reigning World Champion Shintaro Ito’s version of Quad Sylveon GX.

Deck Articles

Gallade Octillery Deck

“A Good Top Deck” – Gallade/Octillery Analysis

Hey guys, today I’m going to go over the Gallade/Octillery deck that surprised friend and foe at Mexico City Regionals. So far the Guardians Rising format has shown again and again that intricate combos are back and here to stay in the Pokémon TCG, and this is just another example. It’s been a while since Gallade and Octillery were in the spotlight, so let’s briefly recap how these cards work again.
Zoroark

“What Does the Fox Say?” – Zoroark/Drampa-GX Analysis

Hey guys! As our regular readers might have noticed, the front page of ProPokemon has been mostly premium articles as of late. However, starting today, we’re going to be trying to release two free items every week in addition to the premium content we were already doing. These free articles can (and will) be about almost any subject: deck and tournament analysis, in-game decisions, the usual suspects.
Carbink

Two Interesting Decks from US Nationals!

There were a lot of interesting decks at US Nationals outside of the Top 8, and today I want to look at two of those. Now that Karen has almost certainly been confirmed to not be in Steam Siege, it's likely that the metagame for Worlds will be similar to that from US Nationals, and so it's a good idea to explore some new decks and ideas that people used!

Strategy Articles

“The Best and the Rest” – Top Performing Decks in San Jose!

A couple of weeks ago, San Jose hosted an Expanded Regional Championship, with just under 400 Masters playing the TCG in it. It feels like Standard receives the most attention online, and Expanded sits in it's shadow a lot of the time. I think that's because it feels like Expanded as a format is solved, whether Standard is new and exciting, where there's still room to innovate.
Pokemon City

Results and Metagame Analysis from Dortmund Regionals!

The second Regional Championships in Europe took place over this past weekend in Dortmund, Germany. With 303 Masters playing in it, it gives us a great opportunity to see how the Standard metagame is developing and what we can expect to do well at the first Intercontinental Championships in London in a few weeks time. We've already had some major Standard tournaments, such as the Regionals in Orlando and Liverpool.
Yveltal

“Kicking Off the New Season” – Preparing for Expanded in Arizona!

It sure seems like a long time since we've had to think about Expanded. We've had a run of major Standard tournaments recently with Nationals and Worlds taking place, but the North American Regional circuit kicks off this weekend in Arizona, in what is an Expanded event. Even though it's been about five months since Spring Regionals (which were the last big Expanded tournaments), I don't think Expanded has changed too much since then.