Hey there SixPrizes readers! So much has happened since the last time we’ve talked. With the addition of Lost Thunder, it was unclear on how the Standard meta would be affected. What new decks would rise to the top and claim the spot as BDIF? At LAIC, we saw Zoroark-GX/ Control—one of my favorite archetypes as well as a list I helped create—take the win. The reason this deck was so powerful, specifically at LAIC, is because it was able to take advantage of an unknown meta. When the community is so strung up on trying to predict what decks will be popular and what archetypes are most powerful, they often forget to create their list in a way that they are able to deal with even a small amount of board state displacement. This gave ZoroControl the meta position it needed to bring it home.
Going into Roanoke, we knew that we had to find a deck that was both powerful enough to deal with the current powerhouses such as Blacephalon-GX and Zoroark-GX/ Ninetales-GX/ Decidueye-GX and controlling enough to respond to repeated board disruptions while still taking KOs. It quickly became clear that Gardevoir-GX was the answer. The deck has an outrageous amount of HP and potential damage output which allows it to easily deal with single-prize attacker decks. Gardevoir-GX also has Twilight-GX which often is enough to just outright beat any control variant due to the flood of resources that go back into the deck. Control variants essentially have to remove all of the energy/Guzmas from the Gardevoir player twice. When we consider this, along with the spicy 1-0-1 Solgaleo- GX and the endless amount of energy recovery that provides, going against control variants becomes a breeze. With its raw power and recovery ability, I might even claim that going forward, Gardevoir-GX could be our new BDIF in the Standard format. Now that we have a bit better understanding of our current meta and why it is how it is, let’s get into the deck.
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