Hello everyone! Travis Nunlist here with Day 4 of our SixPrizes Article Marathon. I’m very hyped to be bringing you an in-depth analysis in preparation of the very first North American Intercontinental Championship. It should shape up to be the most exciting event of the season with Guardians Rising changing the Pokémon Trading Card Game in incredible ways. The tournament is projected to be the largest of the ICs, which is logical considering US Nationals has been the biggest event in the game’s history if by no other measure than pure attendance numbers.
Unfortunately, I’m not entirely certain yet if I’ll actually be able to attend the event, but I’ve been trying to keep up with the metagame regardless! My move to the Los Angeles area has come with its own set of life changes so my attendance will most likely be a week-of decision.
The only event I’ve attended recently was a League Cup near my new area. I played a Greninja list given to me my our own Michael Slutsky, who I’m sure will rave about his favorite frogs in his upcoming piece. Admittedly the deck choice for me was more card pool-based rather than a savvy metagame call, because I don’t actually own any Tapu Lele-GX yet, but it worked out somewhat well regardless! I went through Swiss at 4-0-1 finishing first seed, but ultimately curse of the first is all too real and I fell to a Gyarados deck in Top 8.
Today, I’ll be reviewing of one of the lesser discussed concepts of our Guardians Rising Meta – Volcanion. This is definitely a deck that has taken a hit with the release of the new set, and has ended up in a somewhat awkward spot in relation to the rest of the field. Azul Grego’s T8 finish at Madison proved that a reduced item focus can still find success in a Garbodor infested metagame. Moving forward, it’s important to consider available options with such a proven concept as reliability is a key factor to success at such a long and grindy tournament.
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