Hey all! Welcome to the last week you have to prepare for Memphis! Scary, huh? It’s been a busy few weeks for me, so Memphis really snuck up on me. Fortunately, I don’t think there’s much debate as to which deck I’ll be playing so I’m not going to be scrambling last minute!
I’m joking to some extent, but Gardevoir is just that good. I’ve played it a lot since London and find myself more and more enamored with the deck. Few games feel unwinnable and most feel like inevitable victories, assuming you have enough time to finish out the game.
Similarly to my pre-London preparation, I have been using the Gardevoir matchup as my measuring stick. I’ve tested some interesting decks like Decidueye/Zoroark, Lycanroc/Zoroark, and a cool Tapu Koko/Espeon spread idea, but have mostly tabled them due to bad results when tested against Gardevoir. Most players I’ve talked to can’t even argue that any of these decks have a better than 50/50 matchup vs Gardy. I don’t feel comfortable taking a coinflip against the best deck in the format if I’m not just playing it myself.
For today’s article, I’ll be discussing how to play some of the newer matchups for Gardevoir, as well as some tech ideas that I’ve considered. Some of these in game strategies can turn matchups around, and make you reconsider the format through a new lens. Let’s get started.
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