Hey guys, Jon here again with another article. With the release of Unified Minds and TPCi announcing that Worlds will be held with the post-rotation, UPR-on format, there’s a lot of information to take in and analyze in a short amount of time. There are so many new decks and cards that need to be explored. Although having to deal with an entirely new format, I am quite excited to see how everything will turn out in the end at Worlds.
Now I will admit, I have been very lax when it comes to playing recently due to how draining the entire season has been. I was able to finish 11th in North America which gives me a free invite to Day 2 of Worlds, but the side effect of going to so many events is burning out somewhere along the line. In my time off I’ve still been talking about decks and other ideas with people, but without the stress of realizing that there’s a big event coming up next week that I need to scramble for. Also, I, like many other top players, have been playing a lot of Teamfight Tactics (TFT for short). We joke about how TFT will be our downfall in terms of doing well at Worlds because we’ve played so much of it. Breaks are nice, but with Worlds just a couple of weeks away, it is time to buckle down and prepare for the big finale of the season.
In my testing so far, I’ve noticed that a lot of the decks that dominated before (e.g., PikaRom and ReshiZard) are still quite good, if not the best now. This might be due to lists of the newcomer decks not being perfected yet, but this is at least what preliminary testing is showing. My personal favorites have been PikaRom and ReshiZard, and those are the ones that I will be going over today. With that being said, let’s go!
To read this article, you must be an Underground member.
- Already a member? Click here to log in
- Not a member? Join below ↓
Joining Underground gives you (and a friend) complete access to our latest Underground articles plus their companion discussion sections to ask our writers questions. (Never read an Underground article before? Start here 👉: These ones are free to read.)
New Underground articles are published on average 3× per week and are written by our staff of competitors + correspondents who report on an array of topics helpful for any Pokémon TCG player.
Choose a subscription:
Each subscription comes with automatic renewal, but you may disable automatic renewal at any time. If you are not completely satisfied with Underground, you can request a full refund within your first 30 days of joining—no questions asked.
Q. Who writes for Underground?
A. Our current writing staff consists of:
Extended bios can be found on each author page.
Q. When are new Underground articles published?
A. There are on average three (3) new Underground articles published each week, Tuesday thru Thursday, at ~12pm EDT. We schedule more content before major tournament weekends than after, so you may see four articles one week and then only two the next. Our objective is to help you prepare for events. A calendar of upcoming articles and events can be viewed here.
Q. What topics are included in Underground articles?
A. An Underground article could…
- profile the best decks for an upcoming tournament
- discuss how to play the crucial matchups
- analyze decklists
- talk about upcoming card releases
- report on a first-hand tournament experience
- offer tips for high-level play
…or include any combination of above! We cover a range of topics to help competitive players elevate their game.
Q. Do your articles apply to Juniors and Seniors?
A. While our focus is on Masters play, our commentary is applicable for all age divisions. Of our writers, Alex Schemanske, Xander Pero, and Jon Eng have earned Worlds invitations in Juniors and/or Seniors, and many of our writers have also coached Juniors and/or Seniors, so we have experience in navigating those divisions. Please ask if you ever read an article and would like to clarify anything specific to Juniors or Seniors.
Q. How can I ask your writers questions?
A. You can connect with our writers in three ways:
- in the companion discussion sections for each article,
- by personal messaging through our forum,
- or via social media, if the writer mentions they are open to connecting that way.
We encourage you to reach out whenever you have questions.
Q. What happens after I join?
A. The current page will refresh and you will have immediate access to all of our Underground content.
Q. Can I upgrade or downgrade my subscription?
A. Your subscription can be upgraded, downgraded, canceled, or reenabled at any time. If you upgrade, you will be immediately switched over to and charged for the new plan, minus a credit for unused time on your current subscription. If you downgrade, you will be switched over to the new plan after your current subscription ends. To manage your subscription, visit your payment profile.
Q. How do I add a friend to my subscription?
A. To add a friend to an existing subscription, enter their SixPrizes username in the Shared Account field on your profile. If your friend doesn’t already have a SixPrizes account, they can register free.
Q. How can I request a refund?
A. If you would like to request a refund for your subscription—for any reason—you can do so within your first 30 days of joining Underground. Contact Adam with your account details, and he will issue your refund shortly.
Choose a subscription: