Well hello there, fellow 6P readers. Receive the most ardent welcome to a new article where we will be exploring my finest predictions on the metagame for London.
So, that’s my attempt at some fancy old fashioned English. Not very successful but hey, we tried.
The first International tournament of the season is upon us, with only a little over a week to go before it kick’s off. To start things off, I’d like to touch upon a little bit on the controversy that took place last week, as we saw the player cap reached in the Masters division.
As a professional player completely committed to participating in every single ‘big’ tournament this season in North America and Mexico, plus the 4 Internationals, being aware of when registration opens for a tournament is extremely important to me. This is not only to secure a place in the tournament, but also because the travel awards and stipends are subject to participation in these events.
I understand there can be many circumstances surrounding one’s attendance at an event, such as family events, money, work, etc., however, if you know how important an event is for you, spending the X amount it costs to register as soon as possible is always worth it. If you don’t end up going, you’re only short a few dollars that probably won’t impact you in any way. However, if you end up making airfare/hotel arrangements only to find out the cap was reached and you hadn’t registered, it’s entirely on you.
There are always alternatives, such as borrowing a friend’s credit card, borrowing money, etc., in order to get registration out of the way. The game is growing, at a bigger rate than attendance numbers and current prize structures are showing, and if there’s a small chance that you will go to an event, it’s better to register and and end up losing the money you spent on signing up than spending big on the journey and missing out on the event. I have a lot of friends in this situation, and while I can sympathize as a friend with the fact that they won’t get to play, silly mistakes such as this one can be very easily avoided by a little planning ahead. It took a little under 4 weeks to hit the cap, and I do think that’s more than enough time to find a way to register.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the real reason you’re here: my top choices going into London as of today. It’s no mystery that my success with Gardevoir will obviously make me trend towards it. Especially as, other than Registeel and Celesteela-GX, there aren’t any new Pokémon that really threaten Gardevoir-GX.
After having played with it for so long, there are 2 viable ways to beat Gardevoir. Either you can trade OHKOs with it consistently or you stop its Abilities. If your deck can’t accomplish one or the other, it’s very unlikely that it will succeed, as Gardevoir is most certainly the deck to beat at the moment. On top of that, even if your deck can do either of those things, neither is a surefire strategy as I will delve into a little bit further on.
Having said this, all my top choices for London right now, besides Gardevoir itself, have a way to do one of those two things. In ascending order, here are my top 5 deck picks for London:
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