What’s up readers! September is upon us, and the new season is in full effect. The rotation—both dreaded and awaited—left the Standard format with many contenders continuing on from the previous format. M Rayquaza, Vespiquen, and Vileplume AOR are the most important abolished cards. However, none of those made a lasting effect on the Worlds format. The current Standard reflects the previous iteration, but simply removed consistency options in Teammates, VS Seeker, and Dive Ball for select Water decks.
Plenty of previous cards also lost their strength because of the rotation. Garbodor GRI becomes worse as people increase their Supporter count now that VS Seeker is gone. Espeon-GX is worse compared to other partners because of others’ strength or place in the meta as well. This trend continued on into other decks like Alolan Ninetales with the loss of Dive Ball, Stage 2 decks without Teammates, and more. At first glance, I’m not sure I like the new Standard format, as it rotated out previous decks from PRC-on and has no current way to regulate the BDIF: Gardevoir.
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