Welcome to August. Home of too much humidity, the last gasps of summer, and, of course, Pokémon’s premier event. The World Championships are less than 3 weeks away from kick off, and this year, the format matters to more than just those attendees—the Anaheim Open will play out in conjunction with Worlds this year. So, for all descending on Anaheim, it’s an important format.
In the rest of the Pokémon world, we’ve seen the Regionals schedule launch, received the details of the upcoming Championship Series’ changes, and more. It’s an exciting time in Pokémon, and it’s good to be on the ride. It’s been a hectic few weeks personally, so I’ve not had too much time to test with the new format yet. I’ve just recently gotten into it, and so far, I’m pretty underwhelmed with what Burning Shadows has added.
But, before I get too far into that, I want to take a moment to talk about some news for us at SixPrizes. With just over three weeks to the big event, it means we’re down to the home stretch in terms of Worlds content. Today, we dropped the August article schedule. A few of those pieces will be devoted to starting our post-Worlds preparations, but the bulk will be about Anaheim.
We’re excited to announce the addition of Jimmy Pendarvis to our writing team—beginning this Thursday! He has a great perspective on the game from his years at its highest level, and we’re excited to add him to the group.
At the same time, we have some others news to add: Michael Slutsky, who’s been with us for most of the past season, will be departing SixPrizes to pursue other endeavors at the end of August. He’ll be finishing out his time here this month with some coverage of the Fort Wayne/rotated Standard metas, as we have an otherwise short turnaround between Worlds and Regionals. We thank him for his time here and wish him well in the future.
With that out of the way, I hear there are some Pokémon cards to talk about. Obviously, Indianapolis is the current lens by which we’re looking through the meta. It’s additionally worth noting, though, that Liverpool Regionals this past weekend demonstrated the continued strength of NAIC’s champion: Drampa/Garbodor. In addition to Drampa, I’m also going to talk about the most enigmatic deck in the game’s recent history—Greninja—and take a look at Gardevoir’s place in the format.
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