The biggest Regional so far is behind us!

999 players went through the grinder, showing that Pokémon still will not stop growing. And to think that this number could have been even bigger if it weren’t for the weather conditions before the tournament.

Memphis is the last Regional of 2017 and it has also been the last Standard Regional until St Louis in February, but for the sake of League Cups and keeping up with the metagame I will cover this tournament and its consequences for Standard.

Thanks to the efforts of Jimmy Ballard, Carlos Pero and Christopher Schemanske, RK9 Labs has published a list of decks played in the Masters division. Seniors and Juniors are up as well but this article is only going to cover the Masters division. We can combine this data with looking at what made Top 32 and Top 8 thanks to Limitless, giving us an idea of how effective decks were in this tournament.

In any cases where RK9 uses a different naming for an archetype or group of decks I’m going to defer to RK9, since Limitless is a bit more detailed in this regard. So for example, if RK9 calls a deck a Buzzwole variant while Limitless calls it Buzzwhole/Octillery, I’m just going to call it Buzzwole.

 

Here’s a table of every deck and their meta share:

 

# in the Meta % of the meta
Gardevoir 143 15.07%
Buzzwole 123 12.96%
Lycanroc/Zoroark 108 11.38%
Golisopod/Zoroark 104 10.96%
Decidueye 85 8.96%
Volcanion 79 8.32%
Vikavolt 53 5.58%
Greninja 47 4.95%
Garbodor 40 4.21%
Other 38 4.00%
Silvally 35 3.69%
Metagross 25 2.63%
Garbodor/Buzzwole 18 1.90%
Alolan Ninetales 15 1.58%
Solgaleo 9 0.95%
Passimian 5 0.53%
Gourgeist 4 0.42%
Sylveon 4 0.42%
Golisopod 3 0.32%
Mill 3 0.32%
Guzzlord 2 0.21%
Spread 2 0.21%
Venusaur/Shining Genesect 1 0.11%
Xerneas BREAK 1 0.11%
Total 949 100.00%

 

And here’s the same table, with just how big of a percentage these decks took up in Top 32 and Top 8:

 

Gardevoir 143 15.07% 1 3.13% 0 0.00%
Buzzwole 123 12.96% 10 31.25% 2 25.00%
Lycanroc/Zoroark 108 11.38% 9 28.13% 4 50.00%
Golisopod/Zoroark 104 10.96% 3 9.38% 1 12.50%
Decidueye 85 8.96% 2 6.25% 0 0.00%
Volcanion 79 8.32% 1 3.13% 0 0.00%
Vikavolt 53 5.58% 3 9.38% 0 0.00%
Golisopod 3 0.32% 1 3.13% 1 12.50%

(The missing deck is of the Top 32 is the “Mill” archetype, the Wishiwashi/Hoopa deck played by Yoshi Tate)

 

Looking at these data, you can conclude that as the tournament went on the Buzzwole and Lycanroc/Zoroark decks took up a bigger share of the pie as the field got thinned, while a deck like Gardevoir got completely wiped off the map between Day 1 and Day 2. Of course it doesn’t take an analysis like this to figure out that Memphis was dominated by Lycanroc, Zoroark and to a lesser extent Golisopod, but I thought it was a nice way to present just how effective these decks were.

 

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