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“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?
Sableye Garbodor Expanded

“Day Two-Na” – The Case for Sableye/Garbodor in Daytona

Hey guys! Daytona is only moments away, so here's a last minute metagame analysis of Expanded. Fortunately Alex has covered the most important decks here in Night March, Turtonator/Volcanion, Turbo Dark, Golisopod variants and Gardevoir GX, Yveltal. Between those he's gone over most of the Top 8 of the Bilbao Special Event that was held last weekend, as that was won by Nico Alabas with Turtonator/Volcanion.
Ho-oh

“Burning Bugs” – Taking a Look at Ho-oh/Salazzle and Golisopod/Garbodor

Hey guys! So last weekend was the first Regional Championship in Europe with the most recent Standard ruleset in effect, and the playerbase got a pretty good look at what the greatest minds in the game were willing to bring in this format if there is real money on the line. Unsurprisingly, the star Pokémon of the weekend all have their name start with a G: Garbodor, Gardevoir, and Golisopod.
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.
Gardevoir

“How to Survive the Rotation” – Musings on the New Standard Format

Hey guys! Fort Wayne kicked off the first Regional of the season for a lot of players, and in the process it took away a bit of focus from the Standard format. But now it's over and the proper hunt for strong Standard decks can begin. Now, deck builders will not just have to cope with the results of the World Championships but also the loss of a full year's worth of sets that eliminates not only a good number of archetypes but also a couple of important staples.
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...
Trevenant

“Extinct and Excavated” – Expectations for Expanded

Hey guys! The World Championships are right behind us and as much as I'd love to discuss what the results mean for tournaments coming up, we have a more urgent matter on our hands: Fort Wayne Regionals are right around the corner on September 2nd and 3rd. That means we have a limited amount of time and article space to help you prepare, so I'm going to leave Standard be for a tad.
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...
Volcanion

“Putting the Burning Back in Burning Shadows” – Volcanion Analysis

Hey guys, The World Championships are less than a week away, and the entire Pokémon community seems to be excitedly trying to see what the best decks are with the addition of Burning Shadows. Pokémon.com has published their own piece with what they expect to be the most likely successful ones. Their assessment of the best decks seems to be similar to my own: that Burning Shadows is not going to add too many new archetypes to the format...
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.
Espeon Garbodor Deck

“Final Performance in the New Season” – Liverpool Preview & Preparations and Reinventing Espeon/Garbodor

Hey guys! At the time of writing, Liverpool Regionals is on the horizon. It’s a bit of a strange tournament: it’s in the pre-Burning Shadows format that we all know and love, but the Championship Points count for the new season. Because of that, it’s a great way to get ahead in the Championship Point race. During the 2016-2017 season, players with early successes could take advantage of a “snowball effect” where a quick lead in Championship Points could get you a travel stipend handed out after the first quarter of the season.