What’s up, everyone! I’m back with you so soon after my previous article as a great consequence of our new article format. Whereas in the past I or anyone else would write one large article a month, we’re now splitting up the load to bring you more than you could have dreamed, which is why you get to listen to me again. My article’s timing puts it right on the eve of our third Internationals, in Brazil. I am not going, and this format, now entering its fourth major tournament, has largely been discussed to death. For those that are going, or for those still with Cups on the immediate horizon, I have nothing new to share with you. Articles and content here and elsewhere have overturned virtually every stone there is, and the emergence of some shocking new rogue is unlikely.
In a sense, I’m freed creatively, to discuss more entertaining topics. Nothing is more enticing to a Pokémon player than an imminent set release, especially when that set is poised to dramatically shake up the game. In Guardians Rising, we have that and so much more. It’s gonna be a casual Thursday, let’s get started!
Brazil marks the fourth major tournament where we’ll be playing with in this PRC-SUM format, echoing the length of the PRC-EVO cycle we had earlier in the year. This means that, once again, the format has been largely discovered. Sure, some new decks have popped up here and there, but those are not new in the conventional sense. Rather, they are strict counters to the format (or, most likely, to Decidueye/Vileplume). Lapras, the Eeveelution/Wobbuffet decks, and heavier inclusions of non-Garb Ability locks (Wobb, Hex Maniac) have all sprung up, all with the intent of countering that one deck.
As I mentioned in my last rant, the constricting nature of today’s engine prevents the emergence of wildly creative rogue decks as we’ve seen in years past, which is why there usually hasn’t been much to discuss about formats at this time. This can be attributed to two factors specifically: Shaymin being centralized as the consistency of the game, and Garbodor shutting that consistency down. Guardians Rising brings a wealth of extremely powerful cards to the game, but there are two cards that will do more to the game than any card released since Shaymin.
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