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.
To read this article you must be an Underground member.
Already a member? Click here to log in.
Joining Underground gives you (and one friend!) full access to our complete collection of Underground articles, their companion discussion topics to ask our authors questions, and access to our roster of experts for consultation over our forum system.
New Underground articles are published three to four times per week by our staff of players.
Choose a subscription:
> THIS WEEK: Use coupon code CATSUP for 25% off any subscription (open to all members) (limited to one-time discount) (this is our biggest discount, ever).
> FUN FACT: Collinsville, IL is home to the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle. (And the Pokémon Regional Championships, this weekend, Feb 22–24.)
Each subscription comes with automatic renewal, but you may disable auto-renew at any time. And if you are not completely satisfied, you can request a full refund within the first 30 days of your subscription, no questions asked.
Gift subscriptions are also available. →
Questions? Check out the UG FAQ.