Hello everyone! I’m back with news on the world of competitive Pokémon TCG.
Here in São Paulo, Brazil, many League Cups and Challenges are happening, and they have been attended by many players, with an average of 40 players in League Cups and 25 players in League Challenges. The metagame around here hasn’t changed much since Worlds 2019, so we have plenty of Ability ReshiZard, PikaRom, Malamar variants, GardEon, and Blacephalon-GX. Although Mew Box won the World Championships in the Masters Division, I’ve seen very little of it in tournaments.
But in addition to these decks that were showcased at Worlds, there are two decks that have caught my attention recently: QuagNag and Malamar/Spell Tags. QuagNag has returned because of Keldeo-GX and its insane Pure Heart Ability, which prevents all effects of attacks, including damage, from Pokémon-GX (and Pokémon-EX).
Malamar/Spell Tags has been around for a while, but I believe that after Worlds, players realized that the deck needs a lot of consistency cards to work better, and updated versions play more of those cards to fix it. Malamar/Spell Tags may be the worst version of Malamar on paper, but in practice it is probably the most consistent and viable version to use in competition. The deck is a non-GX-based deck that hurts Pokémon-GX with cards like Mimikyu SM99 (to counter ReshiZard) and Power Plant (to counter Mew Box). We’ll talk more about this in the article, so let’s get started.
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