For all of the times over the last few months that I’ve talked about different milestones in the season, all with a relative eye toward how close we are to the grand finale in North America’s International Championships, we’re finally on the precipice of it all. We’re just 8 days from the start of play in Columbus, and what an 8 days it will be. For all players, this is generally a pretty crazy time of testing, preparation, and thought over the proper deck choice for the biggest tournament of the year.
Unlike some years, there’s a large body of Tier 2 event results from which to work as we look toward NAIC. With 4 weekends of SPEs/Regionals already completed in the format, there’s no shortage of ways to look at the format, and it’s going to be truly interesting to see where people end up at the end of the day.
As it is, I’m day 2 in our 10 day marathon of deck coverage for the event. You can view the entire schedule that we’ll observe over the next week over on the forums, complete with a list of which decks each author will be covering. As it is, I was originally slated to cover Greninja, but with the events of the past few weekends, it became more important that I talk about another deck that was otherwise going to be omitted from our schedule: Zygarde-GX/Lycanroc-GX.
For the Frog lovers in the world, I’ll give some thoughts on Greninja at the end of the article, but the primary focus today will be one of the lesser-known Fighting decks we have in today’s format. Also, off my runner-up finish in Mexico City, I’ll try to intermix a few words about Buzzwole/Garbodor without entrenching on Jimmy’s coverage later in the marathon. Without further ado, let’s get into that.
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