Alex Fields


“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 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. has conveniently just posted the top 8 lists.

“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...

“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...

“Another Two Decks Coming Your Way” – Raichu/Lycanroc GX and Slow Volcanion!

In this article, I examine two more solid Standard options (it feels like these options are never-ending!), both of which use Guardians Rising cards in prominent roles to inject new relevancy into old archetypes: Raichu/Lycanroc GX and “Slow Volcanion”. Below is a list that Pablo Meza shared on his Tablemon YouTube channel which a friend of his used at Seattle Regionals.
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.

“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.

“Best of the Rest” – Guardians Rising Set Review!

In this article I take a look at the new Guardians Rising expansion and highlight the cards that I like the most, both for their immediate relevance and for future potential. I am not going to say anything about the cards Mark mentioned in his most recent article – Phantump, Trevenant, Tapu Lele GX, Garbodor, Field Blower and Sylveon GX – because, well, they have already been analyzed a bit!