Boo! Hello readers, and welcome to a spooky Halloween article. Whatever your plans may be—trick-or-treating, partying, or simply staying at home—I hope you enjoy this spooky night. My thoughts in these past few weeks have been about integrating new cards into previous archetypes. Gardevoir-GX, Drampa-GX/Garbodor, and Alolan Ninetales-GX are all archetypes with some competitive history before Shining Legends and Crimson Invasion. I love discovering and tuning new, unheard concepts that are birthed within a new set.
As with most other players, I’m intrigued by the new sets, but I don’t see as much potential as there was within Guardians Rising or Burning Shadows. Nonetheless, inherently strong cards like Zoroark-GX and Counter Energy are being printed. I don’t see many other cards that will re-define the meta like Gardevoir-GX did post-Worlds. It seems to me that this set’s purpose is to slightly alter decks rather than create new ones. Of course there are always new decks that are mainly focused on released cards—the Regi deck, Raichu-GX—but other cards like Shining Mew, Shining Jirachi, Kartana-GX, etc., all end up being minor players in another deck’s strategy.
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