Hello 6P! NAIC just took place and we were in for quite a few surprises honestly. I did not see Zoroark making such a huge comeback, and definitely not Zoroark/Garbodor or the one piloted by Tord, which was focused on resource denial. We’ll break down what happened in more detail in a bit, and I’ll also be touching up on the new Rayquaza-GX and what are my initial expectations for it now that we are looking towards the World’s format.
First, a quick note on my NAIC experience. I can’t say thank you enough times. The amount of people that came up to me to say they enjoyed my streams/videos/articles etc. is impossible to quantify, and it’s people like you guys that keep motivating me to do what I do. The season might be dwindling down, but you can expect the same and more from Tablemon no matter at which point where at of any season!
As for the tournament itself, I went 5-3-1 on Day 1, falling short of my expectations, of course, but of getting any CP too. I couldn’t build on the momentum from the SPE win and Mexico City Top 16 finishes, but I do think I made a suboptimal choice too.
To many people’s surprise, I went with Psychic Malamar with 4 Hoopa STS, rather than my good old trusty Zoroark/Golisopod deck. Being honest, and from the matchups you’ll see below, I think my tournament experience would’ve actually been exactly the same no matter the choice:
R1 Buzzwole/Lycanroc WW
R2 Espeon/Garbodor WW
R3 Tord Zoroark LL
R4 Tord Zoroark LL
R5 Ultra Necrozma/Malamar LWW
R6 Greninja LWL
R7 (no show) W
R8 Xerneas BREAK WLT
R9 Lapras LWW
As you can see, had I played Zoroark/Golisopod, I would’ve probably ended up beating the Buzzwole/Lycanroc and Espeon/Garbodor decks, then proceeded to lose to the auto-loss matchup of the resource denial Zoroark deck. Would’ve then went on to beat a Malamar deck, only to succumb to Greninja’s Shadow Stiching in Round 6. Perhaps I would’ve lost Round 1 to Buzzwole, or perhaps won Round 6, but hindsight is 20/20 and I played with what I felt was a very polarized deck: if I hit enough Buzzwole’s on Day 1, I would be cruising, but if I hit Zoroarks, I’d be out early. That’s the format that we had at NAIC pretty much, and even with double Weakness Policy, I’m not entirely convinced that is enough to swing the Buzzwole matchup in Zoroark’s favor.
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