Hello once again everyone! Though not much has come to pass in the Pokémon community since I last wrote, I am somewhat happy to report that my overall feelings about both formats have become considerably more optimistic. I still think that I would rate Expanded as being the preferable format of the two, but I think Standard is enjoyable in its own rights. The Supporter pool continues to leave something to be desired, but we will make do for now.
I was able to attend another set of League Cups over the past weekend, and after falling short at my first cup (as noted last article), I was incredibly eager to try to get myself on the board in terms of Championship Points. The format had begun to shift somewhat since the initial few weeks which made making a “correct” choice all the more difficult. Initially, the format was a simple checklist of options asking “how much Metagross-GX will there be?”, “How much Fire will there be?” and so on. I am quite pleased that the metagame is much more diverse than that, and thanks to the rise of fringe options like Ninetales-GX, Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu-GX, and further iterations of Garbodor decks, it is easier to make a “safe” play while risking less on getting the correct matchups.
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