Hello everyone! Travis Nunlist back with my first article since attending the 2017 Pokémon World Championship. I am incredibly proud of how well the 6P squad did at the event, and am always hyped to see my friends and teammates perform well at major events. Shoutout to Xander, Pablo, and Jimmy for snagging 3/8 of the top spots.
I was eliminated during Day 1 of the competition, losing my win and in to a Decidueye-GX deck, dropping me to 3-3 and marking the 5th deck with Espeon-EX I played against in the tournament. Overall I was very happy I played Gardevoir-GX, but unfortunately I teched a bit heavy for the mirror and ended up not playing against a single one!
After a huge event like Worlds I usually like to disconnect from Pokémon for a bit to reflect on the season and get excited for the upcoming one. My first event of the season will most likely be a League Cup this weekend, and my first Regional is going to be Vancouver in October. With the 400 point cap seeming very easily attainable, I doubt I’ll be doing a ton of traveling this year outside of events in places that I want to visit.
I’m really bummed I missed out on Ft. Wayne Regionals this year because it’s the first time I’ve missed the event since I started playing Pokémon, but living in California has made the event much more difficult to access. I also really enjoy the Expanded format and genuinely have a lot of fun every time I play it. The deck diversity is incredible and the consistency of every deck is always that much better with cards like Battle Compressor, Computer Search, Colress, and Tropical Beach. Playing with older cards is also just plain nostalgic and genuinely fun.
Moving forward the overall meta from Worlds doesn’t seem to be too heavily affected by rotation. The two big decks we lose are M Rayquaza and Vespiquen, but they had become fringe plays anyway. Most of the cards we lost were being simply being phased out by newer and better stuff anyway (i.e. Guzma/Lysandre). It seems like no one is really too worried about the loss of anything other than VS Seeker, and Garbodor decks in general have probably lost a lot of steam with the rotation of cards like VS Seeker and Trainers’ Mail.
With Gardevoir-GX coming fresh off a World Championship win in its debut format it seems like a very obvious powerhouse going into Standard 2017-2018. Gardevoir-GX will be a measuring stick by which any deck trying to make an impact will have to consider. Today I’ve chosen two decks that, for very different reasons, have to undergo drastic changes in the way they’re built in order to adjust for the Standard format.
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