Hey everyone! It’s Xander back with another article, once again about the Standard format. I hope you’ve seen the large picture we writers have painted with all of the meta decks. As with most post-rotation formats, it started out incredibly stale, but with more time comes more discovery. Gardevoir, Ho-Oh/Salazzle or Volcanion, and Garbodor variants came through from the Worlds format, but Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu has emerged as a decent pick—I say that because it was incredibly bad compared to other decks in Standard a month or two ago.
Going off of Bremen’s results, Golisopod/Garbodor and Gardevoir are the best decks. I’m still mingling with Ho-Oh/Salazzle because I’ve had success with it at League Cups. Golisopod is a good matchup, but players have started playing Tapu Fini to 2HKO your attackers for a single Energy. Tapu Storm GX is also good at removing the first Kiawe target. As for the Gardevoir matchup, I was consistently favorable as the Ho-Oh/Salazzle player, but a few games I played against Mike Fouchet changed that. Parallel City absolutely swings that matchup for variants like mine without Field Blower—swapped for heavier counts of Max Elixir. Octillery also makes a huge difference since it draws another 2 cards compared to Oranguru, increasing odds of drawing Guzma.
Other decks I think will have some amount of success are Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu, Greninja, Metagross, and Drampa/Garbodor. All of these have been covered recently with lists, so my idea is to cover some underrated cards that might make an impact at the upcoming Regionals.
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