What’s up everyone! For most players, now is a time to reflect and prepare for the oncoming season. Regardless of whether you have an invite or not, the new set will impact your next tournaments (aside from Birmingham Regionals). Burning Shadows won’t be as impactful as Guardians Rising, but still has many powerful cards to watch out for. I found that a lot of the new cards are on the edge of playability. Golisopod-GX, Gardevoir-GX, and Noivern-GX are all good cards, but may not be good enough compared to the Standard format.
As I look back on my NAIC experience, I’m happy with how it played out. I finished 6-1-2 at the end of the first day, then ended my run at 9-3-3. I even got to play on stream twice, but only one was recorded. If I were to play the tournament again, I wouldn’t change a single card in my Espeon/Garbodor list. My losses and ties came from poor draws, as much as I hate to blame everything on luck. Leading up to the tournament, I worked extensively on this list with Caleb Gedemer. He managed to finish 16th with an identical list.
Pokémon – 20
Trainers – 28
Energy – 12
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