What’s up everyone! Burning Shadows will be released officially within the next few days, resulting in many testing games done without proxies. I’m currently scrambling to order essential cards which may end up in my Worlds deck. Unlike other players, I dislike the idea of introducing a new set immediately for Worlds. One could argue that it works well since Worlds accounts for the oncoming season, while others (including myself) would say that it is the culmination of the previous year, and deserves such treatment by using the previous format. Regardless of my opinion, it appears that this will be the trend going forward.
Previously, I covered my dying love for Espeon/Garbodor. Since, it’s fallen out of favor due to Gardevoir-GX alone. The deck continues to win its good matchups in Decidueye-GX variants, Drampa/Garbodor, Metagross, etc., but also struggles against newfound opponents. Volcanion is more difficult with the arrival of Kiawe and Guzma. However, there is great hope for my Psychic Sweetheart. Greninja has received plenty of hype going into Worlds, and rightfully so. Shadow Stitching is great against Gardevoir-GX, Volcanion-EX, Vikavolt, and ANY deck that runs Tapu Lele-GX. The main threat to the frog population in Anaheim stems from the forest—one made of giant plants. Decidueye-GX destroys Greninja because of 240 HP, and an easy attack that can OHKO Greninja BREAK. I believe Greninja will be the most popular deck in Anaheim, so I’m covering decks that work well against that meta.
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