Hello everyone! I am honored to bring y’all the last article before the Pokémon World Championship in Nashville, TN. For the past few weeks I have been doing an insane amount of testing over multiple different matchups. Logging in just over 500 games since U.S. Internationals, I have never put this much time into testing for an event. Needless to say, I am both super excited and super prepared for the tournament.
Throughout my testing, I have found that this may be one of my favorite formats in the 9 years I have played this game, easily making my top 3 favorite metas. For the longest time, the game has seemed to be so heavily influenced by variance to a point that it was often more important than strategy in a given match. In this meta, I feel as if any deck can beat any other deck due to the enormous amount of conditional effects Pokémon has brought to the game. Effects like Trashalanche and Sledgehammer that require certain board states to maximize effectiveness allow for both players to “outplay” their opponents with smart strategy. In such a format, there are multiple opportunities for players to get creative with their concepts and lists. I am almost more excited to see what new concepts players will bring to Worlds than I am to actually play in the event.
Today, I am going to be covering the deck that I believe to be highly consistent and powerful, Rayquaza-GX/ Garbodor. Going into Worlds or the Nashville Open, the deck that you play should either be able to deal with Rayquaza-GX or be Rayquaza-GX. This deck is currently my one of my top choices and is able to easily run over most decks in the meta. Contrary to popular belief, this deck actually has a lot of important decisions to make and just the slightest mistake can mean missing the KO and losing the game. On that note, let’s jump into the deck.
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