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.
In this article, I take a closer look at two winning decks from the recent London Intercontinental Championship: Tord Reklev’s Golisopod GX/Zoroark GX, which took down the main event, and a new spin on classic Volcanion EX and friends that features Silvally GX, which won a giant 9-round League Cup.
Hey guys! First and foremost, apologies to everyone who was rightfully expecting another article to be out before the 21st. I had a load of real life issues to be sorted out (I'll spare you the details), but as a result we weren't able to get an article out in time for San Jose's Expanded Regionals. So with your permission instead of trying to catch up to a ship that's sailed..
“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.
Hey everyone! There's just two weeks left until London Internationals, so it's about time we start preparing you for that if you're going. Or even if you're not, this article is going to be of use to you because it also aims to prepare you for other tournaments with the new set(s) as well, though the first American Regional after this (San Jose) is going to be Expanded.
In this article I review the Shining Legends mini-set which has just recently become legal for use in tournaments. I also talk briefly about “Shock Lock”, which I won’t say anything else about for now; you may have already heard of it, but if not, you’re going to have your mind blown by Ross Cawthon’s latest rogue monstrosity.
Hey everyone! At the moment of writing it's the 20th of October, which means today Pokémon gave their quarterly announcement on rule changes. If you had no idea this happened or was about to happen, you're probably not the only one. Even though this is something they are going to be doing every three months, it hasn't even been half a year since they first announced their intention to do this.
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?
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.
In this article, I take a look at two solid options for the upcoming Connecticut Regionals in the Standard format, one of which has been doing well at League Cups but did not cut in Bremen – that would be Alolan Ninetales GX – while the other just took second place in Bremen – Tord Reklev’s new spin on Drampa GX/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.
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.