Hello everyone! Travis Nunlist here with a piece fresh off of my attendance at the San Jose Expanded Regional Championship. During my last piece I explicitly stated that I would not be attending the event, but ~1 week before the showdown I found out that attending was a possibility! As a result I scrambled together a ride, hotel, and began testing immediately.
I was initially set on playing Sableye/Garbodor after talking with our own Jimmy Pendarvis and after playing a few games with the deck I was really enjoying it. However, I felt that leading up the event the deck got a lot more hype than I initially expected it to get, which made me lose a lot of confidence in the archetype, as I believed it to be much worse with players prepared to face it.
This lead me to begin exploring other options. I expected the meta to be comprised mostly of Night March, Gardevoir-GX, Zoroark-GX variants, Golisopod-GX variants, Garbodor Toolbox, & Sableye/Garbodor. As a result of this I wanted to play a deck that I thought had the best match ups against the expected field and could handle any fringe archetypes that may pop up.
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