Hey everyone! Travis Nunlist back again with a piece about my absolute favorite thing to write about: a new set! This is an especially exciting block because it is the set that will have its debut at the World Championship! Last year we saw Burning Shadows have quite an impact with the brand new Gardevoir-GX taking down the whole event, and my first look at Celestial Storm has me believing this set could have a similar impact. There are so many different cards in this set that have some amount of potential and I can’t wait to try out all kinds of different ideas.
Last I wrote was about a week and half before the North American International Championship, and I’m happy to report I had a blast at my first IC! Seeing friends from around the world is always a great time, and getting to play in that caliber of an event is never a dull experience. I ended up taking a rogue Yveltal BREAK deck to an okay 5-1-3 finish. I didn’t do quite as well as I had hoped with our rogue deck, but was very happy to see some of my friends make it into Day 2 with the idea. Of our group that played it we had Clifton Goh finishing T64, Dustin Zimmerman finishing T16, and Aaron Tarbell representing the deck in T8. The list I played was only a couple of cards off of the list Jimmy posted in his article recently and I thought he did a fair analysis of it.
One of the more exciting matches of my day was a R9 G1 tie against Robin Schulz playing the Zoroark Control deck that Tord ended up finishing 2nd with, defeating our Yveltal BREAK deck along the way. My game with Robin was very close, and I think I could have pulled off the win with a bit more time. The match up is incredibly slow and very weird as neither deck was really looking to face the other, but playing a long drawn out match against a top international player is what playing in an IC is all about!
Playing NAIC has made me even more energized to prepare for Worlds, and the ideas have really been buzzing around for me. Pre Releases were just this past weekend so we finally know exactly what to expect in the new set, so I’m going to be reviewing some of the first ideas I’ve had with Celestial Storm!
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