Bring Out the Hammer

The Remarkable ADaPting Metagame and Welder/Mew3 Box for Players Cup II
Life The meta, uh, finds a way.”

Hello to all SixPrizes readers! I’m back to bring you new thoughts on Pokémon TCG. I still haven’t had enough time to be able to compete in all the online tournaments I would like; however, I continue to study the game, and I am learning and understanding the current format more and more.

Gradually I realized that players are accepting the idea of having to live with ADP-GX in the format, either because the Pokémon Company will probably not ban the card or maybe because ADP/Zacian V (ADPZ) is not so powerful of a deck.

According to the results from major Pokémon TCG Online tournaments held by the community, ADPZ is a great deck, but I see Eternatus VMAX having even better results. Other decks that have also placed highly are Centiskorch VMAX and Welder/Mew3 Box. Baby Blowns is another deck that has come back strong, but it is slowly disappearing from the metagame. Especially without Fiery Flint in the format, the deck loses the considerable speed and consistency that it had before.

With so many online tournaments going on, and after almost a month with TEU–DAA being the official Standard format, some new developments have appeared recently, such as the return of PikaRom and TinaChomp, in addition to several other ideas. At the end of the day, the best decks are still the decks I mentioned in the paragraph above, but I’m happy to see other decks having the ability to compete.

“so much depends / upon / a red Crushing / Hammer / glazed with Energy / cards / beside the white / dice”

Above all, the biggest impact on metagame in recent times has been the increase in popularity of Crushing Hammer. In such a fast format, where the game often ends in just four turns, Crushing Hammer has proven to be powerful, especially against ADPZ and Eternatus VMAX. If you only have four turns in a game, then it means that you can only attach four Energies from your hand per game, not counting any form of Energy acceleration. So if you lose two Energies due to Crushing Hammer, you’ve lost half of your manually-attached Energies and this can result in not having enough Energy to attack during one of your four turns. The funniest thing about it is that Crushing Hammer is an Item card and can be placed in any deck. Don’t be surprised if you face ADPZ/Hammers, Eternatus VMAX/Hammers, or even Centiskorch VMAX/Hammers out there.

The main upcoming tournament of 2020 is the Players Cup II and it will start soon (in six days to be exact). Bearing this in mind, my article today will focus on the deck I like most at the moment, which is Welder/Mew3 Box. The best decks are the most used and most talked about, but when it comes to Tier 1 decks, the important thing is details. When a deck is already very strong, minor modifications may be enough to make a predictable and optimal deck less predictable and even better. With that in mind, let’s go to today’s deck!

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