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Daniel Altavilla

I Am > I Buzz + Meta Discussion

Danny goes over his OCIC play and discusses the expected meta.

02/13/2019 by Daniel Altavilla

Hey there 60Cards readers, we left off discussing some Expanded format and messing around with Hitmontop (LT; 113) . I think Hitmontop (LT; 113)  was still a very good play, but I couldn’t allow myself to hop off of Zoroark GX (SLG; 77) / Seismitoad EX (FRF; 20) just yet after seeing fellow writer Jimmy Pendarvis’ results with the deck. Hitmontop (LT; 113)  still has plenty to offer in Expanded, and Team Up adds to those options, so I can’t see myself going into the next Expanded event without heavily testing and considering Hitmontop (LT; 113) . Then, we discussed Malamar (FLI; 51)  in Team Up. While I can see Malamar (FLI; 51)  / Marshadow GX (BUS; 80)  being a very strong play in the current Standard format, I think there are still some decks that have very differing matchups that are worth considering alongside Malamar (FLI; 51) . This article will go over the set as a whole, try to come up with the meta we will see in Australia, and then share the deck I feel has the best chance going into the event.
 With the release of the Team Up set, there are plenty new toys for a lot of decks to start messing around with. Control gains a bunch of options, aggressive decks are at an all-time high right now, Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  finally feels in check, and there are viable Basic, Non-GX, GX, Stage 1, Stage 2, Ultra Beast, etc. decks right now. This is relevant because most archetypes have some amount of viability which means we will see people playing whatever they like and whatever feels right and there will be a ton of decks to deal with. The importance of this is that now we have to play well, draw well, and hit good matchups which could be said about any format but this format is feeling closer to that of Expanded where decks are hitting like trucks and very consistent, and there are so many viable decks that it really will get interesting seeing what does well one week and then falls out of relevancy the next.
 For those who are without the slightest semblance of an idea of a meta, do not fret. I want to establish what I feel the meta will look like going into Australia, because it is important we are on a similar page while you read this article, and I’m sure people are still as lost as I was day 1 of testing SUM-TEU.

Table of contents

Oceania Top Ten

In no particular order, I think the top ten decks we will see at the event are Blacephalon GX (LT; 52) / Naganadel (LT; 108) , Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) / Lycanroc GX (GRI; 138) , Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 162) , Zapdos (TM; 40) / Jirachi (TM; 99) , Tapu Koko (BW; 31) / Passimian (SUM; 73) , Malamar (FLI; 51) / Marshadow GX (BUS; 80) , Lost March, Granbull (LT; 138)Celebi & Venusaur GX (TM; 159) and Buzzwole (FLI; 77) / Weavile (UPR; 74) / Shrine of Punishment (CLS; 143) .
 This list of decks covers most of what will exist in Australia, any other decks being either too fringe to mention or just not strong enough in this new meta to coexist alongside these ten.

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