Hello everyone! Travis Nunlist here with Day 4 of our SixPrizes Article Marathon. I’m very hyped to be bringing you an in-depth analysis in preparation of the North American International Championship. This tournament is going to be especially important for me because it will be my first IC ever due to missing last year and never taking the opportunity to travel abroad for an event. I’ve always been stunned by how well these International events are ran, so I could not be more excited to finally be a competitor.
This format has been quite interesting to play in because of the ‘triangle’ that so many have been talking about. For those who are not yet caught up, this is referring to the big 3 decks; Buzzwole, Malamar, and Zoroark variants that all seem to be caught in a RPS style format. So far all efforts to experiment outside of this triangle have been average at best, and even the most hopeful of decks have only been able to beat 2 out of 3.
I’m very convinced that there is a deck out there that can break the triangle, but finding it has proven to be quite difficult. Historically anytime we see formats boil down to something this narrow it makes space for something previously considered niche or not viable to break through in unsuspecting ways. This seemingly impenetrable triangle has been quite frustrating to navigate if you’re looking for something more interesting to play, so I thought I would share some of the decks I’ve been trying out to ideally help generate something creative and viable.
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