Beak of the Finch

UPR–CEC Meta Developments, Updating Pidgeotto Control, and Asides on Checkmate and Oranguru UPR
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Hey everyone! It’s a glorious day and approximately one week before LAIC. It’s crunch time for all players looking to capitalize on the unknown Cosmic Eclipse meta. Like many others, I’ve spent hours thinking about new concepts from the new set, and as always, they all end up as unplayable. One such idea was a deck that capitalizes on Magneton CEC to search for Lusamine p on the 3-Prize turn. Another was using Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX to evolve Beedrill TEU in order to trade favorably against TAG TEAM decks. Both of these (and all other ideas) crashed and burned to the point where I’ve returned to the meta.

One strong deck that everyone will prepare for is Pidgeotto Control. It has slowly gained the respect it deserves since its debut at Worlds. It has also finished highly at almost every tournament afterward. That’s enough about the deck; we all know it’s strong. The biggest question on everyone’s mind is this: how can it improve from Cosmic Eclipse?

The same question applies to every other deck. , , , , etc. Cosmic Eclipse contains many influential cards, so much so that I’d call it the most meta-defining set since Guardians Rising. (I’ll interject that Unbroken Bonds had a large impact with Dedenne-GX, but that was a single card as opposed to the slew of them in Cosmic Eclipse.)

As a small side-note, it’s absurd how many good cards are in this set. I love the structure of new sets debuting at International Championships, and I’m excited to see how things play out in Brazil.


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