Hello 6P! I am back with another article for you guys as we are heading into the next series of Regional tournaments: Frankfurt, Memphis and Portland! There’s also (maybe?) a Special Event in Chile, but I don’t have too much information about that. The first 2 are Standard, and just as we saw the metagame evolve from the Australian SPE, to the Brazilian Regional, and then on to Memphis, I expect to see a similar trend in the following weekends.
We went from Australia and their heavy GX decks dominating, to a Brazilian heavy Shrine dominated metagame, and then finally to Philly which had a mix of both, but lots of anti-Shrine cards in the GX decks. Dhelmise CES made an appearance, heavy Devoured Field Play along with Banette GX in Zoroark decks featured in the Top 8 as well. However, Buzzwole/Garbodor still reigned supreme.
I went over what happened at Philly in quite a lot of detail in my previous article here. But the question remains, if we attempted to counter Shrine decks, yet they were still successful, what happens now? I think the answer and my prediction for Frankfurt this upcoming weekend is: take the counters a step further. What does this mean? I think we’re going to see a bump from 2-3 Dhelmise in VikaRay decks. I think we might see copies of Field Blower pop back up in Zoroark, along with perhaps a 3rd Acerola. I think 3-4 Weakness Policy in Zoroark is not a Farfetch’d (ha!) idea at all.
All of these are the next layer of counter measures a deck needs in order to overcome the Shrine decks, and I want to show you guys where I’m at with my current lists for my top 2 picks for Memphis as of today, along with a couple other decks that I have been theorizing that I feel could have an ok chance against the current meta but are not as proven.
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