Hello everyone! Travis Nunlist back once again with some in-depth Pokémon analysis. I recently attended the Seattle Regional Championship where I ended up placing 25th with one of the only 8 (!!) non-Garbodor GRI decks in Day 2. My friend and teammate Chase Maloney ended up 24th, with a 1 card difference in our Decidueye-GX/Vileplume AOR lists, but ultimately, last format’s undisputed BDIF could not take either of us the distance against the powerhouses that emerged from Guardians Rising. My tournament ended up looking like this:
Seattle Day 1
R1 M Gardevoir-EX PRC (2-1)
R2 Drampa-GX/Garbodor GRI (2-0)
R3 Decidueye-GX/Vileplume AOR (1-1)
R4 Vespiquen AOR (1-1)
R5 Espeon-GX/Garbodor GRI (0-2)
R6 Trevenant GRI/Garbodor GRI (2-0)
R7 Decidueye-GX/Vileplume AOR (2-1)
R9 Decidueye-GX/Vileplume AOR (2-1)
Day 1 Final Record: 6-1-2
Day 2 Final Record: 7-4-3
The biggest issue I faced throughout this tournament was Espeon-GX. With it being 3/4 of my losses, I think that I severely underestimated how powerful Confusion is against my deck and how popular the archetype would be. I put the majority of my testing against the Drampa-GX focused version of the deck and largely considered the Espeon-GX focused version to be inferior. While I still believe the Espeon-GX version is inherently inferior, it is undoubtedly better against Decidueye-GX, and is still powerful in its own right against an undefined meta.
Moving forward, I would definitely play the Espeon-EX tech I mentioned in my last article as I believe that absolutely flips the Espeon-GX/Garbodor GRI matchup around to favorable. Ultimately, I undervalued the card in general because I assumed the meta I ran into during my League Cup would be somewhat representative of the meta I would see in Seattle. There are too many different Evolutions popping up and doing well to push the card aside again. I honestly think Espeon-EX should be considered near staple in Decidueye, instead of a fringe tech due to the changed metagame that Guardians Rising has brought on.
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