Hola 6P! I’m back with another article and I’m really excited to be writing this as there is a lot to talk about! First off, Lost Thunder is finally officially out, and that means a lot of testing and prepping for Brazil! Granted a lot of my time has been dedicated to doing videos and catching the ‘hype’ wave in order to make sure I have content everywhere, but between that and coaching and my own personal games, I am very much looking forward to kicking back into full gear for Brazil now that Standard feels quite refreshed.
Before Lost Thunder, we had Malamar and Buzzroc dominating, with a sprinkle of Zoroark, Rayquaza and a few other decks out there. Between the limited card pool and games which felt like whoever won the coin flip in the beginning would be heavily favored no matter what, Standard wasn’t very enticing to play. Now, however, Lost Thunder is a breath of fresh air that gives us new strategies and has at the very least added cards to the already established archetypes.
There are perhaps too many potentially viable strategies out right now. Even though we do have one tournament result (from Japan) to go off of in order to try and predict the strongest cards in the metagame, that 1,200+ player tournament was played in a best of 1 format which definitely takes away a little bit of merit to a decks resilience IMO. Nevertheless, those results show some pretty cool ideas and strategies that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying playing with.
The first major tournament that will have Lost Thunder legal will be the Latin America International Championship. As such, there is no defined meta, though I do believe the Japanese results will weight in majorly into many people’s testing to the event. And in turn, the LATAM IC will therefore heavily influence Roanoke the weekend afterwards.
Here’s what I expect will happen at LATAM IC, along with some of the lists of my top choices that I have been personally testing and refining.
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