Alex Fields

Zoroark

Zoroark GX takes over San Jose Regionals!

In this article I take a look at the Zoroark takeover that we recently witnessed at the San Jose Regional Championship, an event that had Zoroark GX featured in 6 out of the 8 top cut decks. All of the lists are available now at Pokemon.com. The 3 Night March decks in Top 8 used Zoroark GX mostly for Trade, as you would expect, while the Zoroark GX-focused decks all have the same basic strategy: drop Sky Field, fill up the Bench and hit for OHKOs while swarming Zoroark GX and DCE.
Alohan Vulpix

“What’s the Play for London?” – Mega Gardevoir GX, Alohan Ninetales GX and Silvally GX with Friends!

In this article I provide updated lists for two of the top archetypes in Standard, Alolan Ninetales GX and Gardevoir GX, and then I explore a brand new Crimson Invasion deck designed to counter these two heavyweights while also being able to compete against the rest of the format, Silvally GX with Metal friends. This deck has been elevated to the next level of potency with the simple swapping of Octillery for Zoroark GX.
Greninja

“A Cut Above the Rest in Connecticut” – Volcanion/Turtonator GX and Greninja BREAK

In this article, I examine the top 2 decks from the recent Standard Regionals in Connecticut, Volcanion EX/Turtonator GX and Greninja BREAK, neither of which were especially hyped going into the event. Both lists, as well as the rest of the top 8, come courtesy of Pokemon.com. How did these two relatively under-the-radar decks manage to eclipse the established top-tier Standard archetypes such as Golisopod GX/Garbodor, Gardevoir GX, Drampa GX/Garbodor and Metagross GX that were getting all the attention?
Kiawe Turtonator

“Expanding on Expanded” – The Best Performing Decks From Fort Wayne Regionals!

In this article, I take a look at the top 8 decks from the Fort Wayne Expanded Regional that took place a few weeks ago. There is another Expanded Regional in October, plus there are Expanded Cups in many places as well, so I figured it would be useful to review the decks that are bound to significantly influence events in this format in the near-future. Pokemon.com has conveniently just posted the top 8 lists.
Marshadow

“Back to Expanded” – Night March and Turbo Darkrai

In this article I take a look at two familiar decks in Expanded that have gotten some enhancements since the last Expanded Regional of the 2016-17 season: Night March and Turbo Darkrai. Note that the Japanese event was XY-on and that is why you don’t see an ACE SPEC. I would probably cut the Escape Rope or the Choice Band for either Computer Search or Dowsing Machine...
Gardevoir GX Burning Shadows Deck

“Hype Factor” – Is Gardevoir GX The Best Play For Anaheim?

With both Worlds and the Anaheim Open only a few days away, I thought it would be beneficial to devote an entire article to the most hyped deck to come from Burning Shadows, Gardevoir GX. I think that Anaheim is going to be filled with a lot of different decks, not just a sea of pink, and I don’t think Gardevoir GX is necessarily the best deck or the perfect play (although it may well be!). The format is too open and undefined, host to too many good decks with a diverse set of strengths and weaknesses...
Ho-oh

“Burning Up” – The Best Plays for Anaheim with Burning Shadows

I think that the very first thing to do once a new set drops is assess all of the top decks from the recent past and see which of them remain relevant. Part of this assessment involves figuring out what new cards fit into these old decks, and part of it involves measuring new powerful cards versus the old decks – you ask whether a new hyped archetype, like Gardevoir GX for a current example, is going to be too much for Old Deck A or Old Deck B to handle.
Dusknoir Burning Shadows

“Rising From The Shadows” – A First Look At Burning Shadows

In this article, I take a first look at the new set, Burning Shadows, and identify the cards that I think have the most competitive potential. I am not going to bother trying to rank these cards (really a pointless exercise especially without any results to go by), so don’t read anything into the order that the cards appear. You can see English translations for each of these cards on Bulbapedia here.
Vileplume Decidueye

“Back to the Finals” – The Two Best Decks from the North American Intercontinental Championships!

In this article, I take a close look at the top 2 decks from the recently-concluded epic North American Intercontinental Championship (NAIC): Vileplume/Decidueye GX and Drampa GX/Garbodor. I actually had the pleasure of rooming with Kettler during the weekend of the event. That means I’ve got stories, right? Wild tales of late-night Pokemon mayhem? Gossip? Scandal? Well, no...