Mister Squishy

Baby Blowns Reinflated for Phase 2 (AKA Bracket Play) (AKA the Region Qualifiers) of the Players Cup II
Pneumatically recalibrated and ready to ~*pop*~.

Hello to all SixPrizes readers. I’m back to talk about competitive Pokémon TCG. First of all, I would like to say that I managed to qualify for the Players Cup II, with about 85 Tournament Rep and a little more than 5 Tournament Keys remaining. I would have liked to use all my Keys, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the time to play. Despite having a month to use all my Tournament Keys, this was probably the most exhausting tournament I have ever played in. And there’s still more to go!

I started off the Players Cup II doing very well with Water Mew3 Box (aka Mew3-GX/Frosmoth SSH), but over the month the metagame changed a lot. I had to use other decks because even Dragapult VMAX returned to the format. I didn’t perform as well with the other decks, so I decided to go back to Water Mew3 Box and earned the points I needed to secure Top 256 with it, then I played my last tournaments with a few more decks.

It was not only the metagame that changed over the month, but during the middle of October I felt that my performance dropped a little. I started playing distracted and ended up losing a lot of tournaments. My great performance at the beginning allowed me to fail a little bit in the process, but it is interesting to see how a long tournament can be very difficult and require more commitment and consistency from the player.

My favorite deck of the format is Water Mew3 Box, and depending on the metagame it can still be a good choice. But I realized throughout the Qualifier Period that I needed to find another deck option, since Mew3 started to suffer from several problems that began to emerge. Since Water Mew3 Box was no longer a safe choice, I tried to focus more on other decks like PikaRom and LucMetal/Zacian. With PikaRom my performance was poor and with LucMetal/Zacian I performed relatively well. The problem with PikaRom is that there are matchups where you need to hit Crushing Hammer to win, and LucMetal/Zacian has difficulty facing Decidueye DAA or Altaria CPA (the only way to win against them is by deck-out).

With enough Tournament Rep and a few Tournament Keys left, I decided to stop playing the Players Cup II to look for a new deck option that would make me happy before spending my Keys again. It was then that my friend and great player João Pedro Medeiros suggested that I try Baby Blowns. He said he had started testing it and liked it a lot, so I also decided to give the deck a chance. I spent about three days training with the deck and then went to play two tournaments. I managed to win both! Even during my training period, the deck showed great results, with many victories and few defeats, so I started to believe that I had found my new deck option.

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