Hello again everyone! It’s good to be back here once again writing for everyone! It has been a little bit since I last wrote, but I am somewhat happy with the results of the World Championships.
For a long time, I felt somewhat crazy in my assessment of the format. I truly believed that Gardevoir was the best deck by a considerable amount and yet these feelings were shared by very few. I saw numerous times on various social media platforms that “Gardevoir loses to Fire and Greninja” and “Gardevoir just wasn’t very good.” However, all of my testing indicated otherwise. As I shared last time, most of my testing with the deck centered around the “Nun-List” with Sylveon-GX in tow but I was seldom losing with the take. As time progressed, it did seem like many were warming up to Gardevoir and by the time I arrived in California, my mindset had shifted to trying to counter Gardevoir instead of play it.
This left my options for Worlds on either Decidueye-GX or Metagross-GX, which ended up being a simple decision. Over the course of the last season, I played Decidueye variants more than anything else and I strongly believed in my ability to pilot a list with or without Vileplume with relative ease. There was a slight roadbump in this plan, however, with the result of the ARG Invitational, which saw a resurgence of Espeon-GX. Not only did this deck come back in terms of general awareness, but players were quickly figuring out that the Gardevoir matchup was close if not somewhat favorable. Despite knowing about Espeon-GX and my teammates insistance on the deck being incredibly viable for the World Championships, I tunnel-visioned to its possibility and still focused on play Decidueye.
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