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Greninja

“What’s the Play for Nationals?” – Three Decks to Consider and a Metagame Overview

Nationals are now in full swing, with everyone's focus on what a post Fates Collide Standard format looks like. While we don't have a tournament series like Cities or States under this same format to base assumptions on, you don't need to feel underprepared going into your own Nationals either. A lot of countries have already held their Nationals, and with most a good size (100+ players), there is definitely a lot to be learnt from studying their results.
Pumpkaboo

“Toppling the Best” – The Guide to Beating Night March in Standard!

Yet again I am afraid that I must write about Night March. The deck is simply so dominant and capable of beating virtually any other deck on any given day that I think it is worth exploring in detail how some of the top decks in the format can/will/should attempt to beat it – as well as how Night March can/will/should attempt to fight back. As part of this larger discussion on Night March, I also break down the new Water Toolbox deck
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Changing Fate – Part 2: Adapting for Nationals with Fates Collide

Hey guys! In my last article, I discussed the changes that Fates Collide would bring to Expanded, or rather that there wouldn’t be many. It turns out that was largely correct: the biggest decks were existent ones such as Battle Compressor decks, Dark decks and Trevenant. Of course, now that that small segment is over, the world’s focus once again turns to the Standard metagame, where Fates Collide will have a much larger impact.

Deck Articles

Rayquaza

Three Winning Decks from State Championships!

Today we're going to be looking at three decks that won State Championships in the Masters division from the US, during weeks one, two, and three! All deck lists were provided by the official Pokemon website and can be found by following this link. Congratulations to all the players featured who were able to win their respective tournaments!
Sableye/Garbodor

Is Sableye/Garbodor the Real Deal With Puzzle of Time?

Sableye/Garbodor had a respectable run through City Championships, eventually finishing as the sixth most successful deck, but it seems to have received a huge boost from Breakpoint in the form of Puzzle of Time. While we won't see the new and improved Sableye/Garbodor in action until the final week of Winter Regionals, due to Breakpoint not being legal before then

Strategy Articles

Pokemon US National Championships

Watch the US National Championships this Weekend!

The US National Championships, the largest Pokemon competition of the season, take place this Friday through to Sunday. As well as the VGC and Pokken, Pokemon will be live streaming TCG action across all three days, where you can see the 1000+ TCG players fight it out for the chance to become national champion! There's a strong line up for the commentators, with the confirmed names for the TCG as Kyle Sabelhaus, Kyle Sucevich, Kenny Wisdom, Josue Rojano and Josh Wittenkeller.
Genesect

The Talking Points from National Championships this Weekend!

National Championships have taken place in New Zealand, Italy, Argentina and the Czech Republic this weekend. All have been Standard with Fates Collide legal, and so provide useful information for anyone still waiting to play their Nationals... and there are a lot of major ones still to come. Rather than discussing everything to do with each of those tournaments, I'm going to look at some of the more interesting talking points!