Hello everyone, it’s the other Schemanske today, writing to you for the first time ever! I’m going to attempt to explain the meta that was Melbourne, what led me to play Metagross for the first major event of this exciting new format, and Metagross’ matchup spread. I put quite a bit of time this week into testing Metagross, as well as some rather obscure concepts which ranged from a Guzzlord/Zoroark deck to an awkward form of Hoopa SLG. During this testing it became quite clear that Stage 2 decks are incredibly strong due to a large amount of item cards that help Stage 2s quite easy to set up fairly early into the game. Initially, my goal when testing for this new and unknown format was to find an archetype that could deal with the high HP Stage 2s, but still keep up with the faster decks such as Rayquaza and Zoroark.
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