Hey all! It’s been a hot minute since my last article dropped, just as Team Up hype was emerging. Now, we’re in the short period where all ideas are possible. Frankly, it’s the honeymoon stage of the new set. “Look at all these new, cool cards to mess with!” we all say. And that’s a good thing! Experimentation results in success. Recall the rogue decks and techs that have broken decks in past tournaments (e.g., Solgaleo-GX in Gardevoir-GX/Alolan Ninetales-GX, Sableye GRI in Control Zoroark-GX, Magikarp & Wailord-GX in ArchieStoise, etc.). While not all come from new sets, a vast majority of these discoveries come about from the introduction of a new set. New cards lead to ideas, which lead to experimentation, and then ultimately success—or failure!
The timing of Team Up’s release is perfectly situated at the end of the previous format’s reasonable lifetime. What I mean is that it was beginning to get stale (some say it already was). I like what’s happening here: the new set becomes legal immediately upon the weekend of Internationals. I’m unsure if this is wholly intentional, but it does seem somewhat planned. I’m a fan of this because Internationals are the grandest stage for experimentation. These tournaments will have tons of hype not only because of the caliber of players but of decks, too.
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