Hello 6P readers! We’re at the only point in the season where we seem to have a break from all the action. As we eagerly await news for the upcoming season (and I really -ope by the time you are reading this we’ve heard some news), I’m excited to dive into the new Burning Shadows set as my fellow writers have done this week. I’ll touch briefly on my NA International tournament here before getting to the new set as a lot of people have asked me about that tournament.
I had my heart set on Turbo Dark for the event, and had Mike Fouchet and Ross Cawthon convinced that it was the play, as it had such good Espeon/Garb and Zoroark/Drampa matchups. However, the days prior to the event led to underwhelming results, despite including a 1/1 Garbodor BKT line in order to further improve the Metagross-GX matchup.
I ended up switching to Decidueye/Ninetales at the last minute, with less than ideal testing with the deck and quite possibly a suboptimal list. It was nice to see the deck make it all the way to Top 4, meaning I didn’t make a terrible deck choice. Despite this, I do regret having switched decks so last minute and not dedicating enough time to the back up option. I finished with a disappointing 4-3-2 record, but hungrier than ever to close out the season with a bang at the most exclusive Pokémon tournament of the season.
I’ve had Day 2 secured pretty much since my 2nd place at the Oceania International, so points were of no matter to me. I’m looking for the big finishes and I intend to do my best at Worlds!
With the new set coming out right before Worlds and the Anaheim Open, I’m sure a lot of you have already printed out proxies of the cards you liked in order to try them out. In this article, I will go into detail of what I think are the cards from the set that will have an immediate impact in the metagame for those 2 tournaments.
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