Once again, we’re at a juncture in the 2016-2017 season. There are 5 Regional Championships and a pair of Internationals left for North American players this season (of course, elsewhere, the Regional situation is a bit more dire). We’re reaching a critical point for players chasing the 500 Championship Point barrier; chances to make up ground are quickly vanishing.
This past weekend saw Volcanion’s 2nd major tournament win this season. It’s an oft-maligned deck due its linear nature and weakness to Ability lock, but that linearity comes with some degree of consistency that is otherwise absent from the Standard format. It’s certainly not a surprising outcome, especially given the simply massive variety of decks that made appearances in Salt Lake City. That our Top 8 also consisted of a mix of Speed Dark, Mewtwo, and Decidueye is similarly unsurprising — they were among the most played decks, and are all proven forces in the metagame.
This weekend also saw a strange evolution in the Pokémon TCG. Whether or not the effect is permanent remains to be seen, but a number of players have jumped on board Twitter as a media outlet for the game. For the past few years, the community has largely been holed up in private Facebook groups, so perhaps this is the start of it branching out — or perhaps it’ll amount to nothing at all. If you’re interested in random musings, Pokémon stats, or otherwise, you can follow me @cschemanske, and if you’re one of the players just hopping over, the SixPrizes account @SixPrizes.
Today, I’m going to look back at the weekend and the fascinating metagame that developed. While my efforts this weekend came up a win or two shorter than I’d have liked, I’m not too upset with the Top 32 finish (which we’ll get into a little later) I came up with. While I didn’t use my spreadsheet methodology this weekend, the Utah staff team has gifted us some prime information about the SLC metgame, so we’ll spend some time today talking stats. Afterwards, I’ll take a look at a few under-covered decks that could be useful considerations for your next League Cup, in the event you’re heading to Brazil, or beyond.
Without further ado, let’s get into Salt Lake City!
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