Greetings friends. Travis Nunlist here with an article covering probably the most hyped card out of our newest Pokémon set: Gardevoir-GX. Since we last spoke, the NAIC took place, and per everyone’s expectations ended up being the largest Pokémon event in the history of the game! I don’t think anything terribly exciting happened deck-wise as the clear BDIF of last format and this format ended up squaring off in the finals with Drampa/Garbodor taking the entire event — but the event overall seemed like a major success for the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
The implications of Vileplume and Garbodor taking the Top 2 spots of the biggest tournament in history seems somewhat obvious to me: Items are still the most powerful cards in the game and despite players’ best deck building adjustments targeting them is still an incredibly powerful strategy. Moving forward for worlds this is absolutely something to keep in mind and definitely something you want to be aware of when deck building. Vileplume and Garbodor have both proven that item-hate is not going anywhere and will continue to dominate if they cannot be properly handled.
While I am incredibly sad I missed the NAIC, this has given me ample time to prepare for 2017 Pokémon World Championship in Anaheim. I was actually sleeving up Burning Shadows proxies for testing while everyone else was attending the NAIC, which I hope has given me a bit of a jump on a lot of the other players that will be attending the event. The first and most obvious card I found myself enamored with was Gardevoir-GX. I just cannot believe how powerful of a card it appears to be at first glance, and just knew that I had to get in and start testing it ASAP. Here I’ll be going over every single card that I have personally tried in the deck, advantages and disadvantages of their inclusion, and then will share my personal list with a bit of a discussion on my selections.
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