Hello SixPrizes readers! I am Jimmy Pendarvis, and it feels good to be writing my first article for you guys. I have been playtesting quite a bit heading into this year’s World Championships, so I have a lot to talk about! As pretty much everyone did, I started testing Burning Shadows cards right away, but I was pretty unimpressed by any new archetypes outside of Gardevoir-GX. This lead me to start perfecting deck lists for the decks that had previously been dominant, such as Decidueye-GX/Ninetales-GX. Without further ado, lets take a look at my thought process when building this deck.
At first, I was not sure whether this variant or Decidueye-GX/Vileplume was the way to go, but I quickly found that I liked this version better. While the Vileplume variant is viewed as faster, I often found myself having clunky starts or a dead hand. I have always been a consistency freak, so I would definitely not risk such an important tournament on a deck that is seemingly reliant on a good opening hand. I have also found the release of Guzma to really hurt Decidueye-GX/Vileplume because its previous strategy of trapping something Active is now next to impossible. In addition to this, I am a huge fan of the inclusion of Espeon-EX at the moment, which this version of Decidueye abuses quite nicely.
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