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.

“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.

“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!

“Howl long until we get something new?” – Results from Latin America Internationals and Guardians Rising Impact

Hey guys! Last week the the third Internationals of the season ended and the results, for the most part, were not very surprising. Nonetheless it’s important that we do go over what stuck out in the results, if only because soon enough there’s Roanoke Regionals coming up and you’ll want to be fully prepared. But for those of you not going, and/or those who are more curious about what is to come when the new set hits the scenes, you will get your rightful share of ideas and speculation in this article too.
Brock's Grit

The Importance of Techs, and the Importance of Truly Understanding a Deck

The Standard card pool is of course much smaller than the Expanded card pool, but there are still an impressive number of cards available in this format that fulfill specific niche roles, allowing almost any deck you could name to do something toward addressing a bad/close matchup. These cards, commonly referred to as techs, are often key at separating the winning players from all of the rest.
Lapras GX Deck

“How you doin’?” – State of the Sun & Moon metagame and Lapras Analysis

Hey guys! We’re a couple months into the post Sun & Moon era and players have had some time to adapt to the newest additions to the metagame. Unsurprisingly, the game started out roughly as it had been before the set came out: the most successful decks were old ones that could deal with the great unknown that the new set brought us. They did this either through the straight-up, consistent damage dealing of Turbo Darkrai and, later on, Volcanion…or by simply preventing new cards from being as powerful through a lock effect, most notably Garbodor to shut off abilities.

What happened between Illinois and Portland?

Well, it sure did not take long for Yveltal EX and his trusty companions Gallade, Archeops, Darkrai EX and the rest to reclaim the Expanded throne. The Top 32 field of the Portland Regional event in general reminded me more of last season than anything I have seen in a while – Dark and Groudon and Night March everywhere, with barely any newer cards in sight as deck centers, as if the participants of the event were told to ignore every set after Breakthrough.

“Owl Hunt” – Intricacies about playing and beating Decidueye, courtesy of Melbourne and Malmo

Hey guys! A lot has happened since I’ve last been able to write, the most important one probably being the mass owl breakout (beakout?) in the Pokémon TCG. After John Kettler’s double breakout performance, the community caught on to the deck’s major strength and it’s now firmly ingrained into the mind of every player, either as something to play or to beat. Alex has already given an overview of how the deck is built and how to play.

“What Just Happened?” – Expanded Regionals in Illinois!

The Collinsville, Illinois Regional Championship featured a Top 8 with 8 different decks, several of which seemed to come out of nowhere: I’m thinking of Volcanion EX, Decidueye GX/Vileplume and Lurantis GX/Vileplume here. Even the eventual winner, M Rayquaza EX, was considered to be a part of the tier 2/fringe club by a lot of people. I feel a bit guilty, to be honest, that I was unable to see the power of these unique decks beforehand because if I had, I certainly would have written about them for you.