Hey everyone. We’ve finally reached the lethargic period near the end of the year, providing a much needed break for those of us who travel to Regionals too frequently to be considered healthy. This comes at an opportune time for me, at least, now that matches are starting in my tennis season. The one Regional I’m forced to miss because of scheduling is Toronto, which sucks, but I’m also grateful that other dense parts of the year like October-November and March fall elsewhere.
Because of school, tennis, and general burnout, I’m not looking to commit very much time to Pokémon in between now and Brazil. All of my Saturdays are reserved for tennis, effectively eliminating half of my opportunities for League Cup points. On the weekdays, there’s about 2-3 hours of homework each night just to get by with daily activities. As other people have mentioned, burnout is real and affects everyone, whether one plays casually or at the highest level of competition. I love winning and competing, however there’s a price other than money: time. It’ll be interesting to count the amount of weekends spent playing Pokémon, along with the time spent traveling as well.
One could say I’m doing this to myself; I’m choosing to participate in the perpetually more stressful chase for Top 16. I wholeheartedly agree that it’s my choice, yet even so, I wouldn’t choose it any other way. I’m extremely competitive and enthralled by the possibility of fame at the highest level of play. I don’t do it for validity, but as a test of my personal commitment and potential achievement. Simply pulling a “400 and chill” doesn’t resonate well with me. That being said, I have no disregard for anyone who’s doing that; they’re competing at a different level than of those heading for Top 16. Neither path is better than the other, just different.
Today, I hope to discuss a little bit into the meta of Standard as a whole, both in the environment of League Cups and of upcoming Regionals and Internationals. I’ll cover the deck I played last Saturday and Sunday, Golisopod-GX/Zoroark-GX, to a 2nd place finish at a decent-sized League Cup. In doing so, I hope to provide a better understanding in choosing the right deck, metagaming, and general strategy throughout unspoken aspects of the game.
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