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Jimmy Pendarvis

The Ultimate Cosmic Eclipse Study Guide

Jimmy shares his thoughts on the upcoming set, Cosmic Eclipse.

11/13/2019 by Jimmy Pendarvis

Introduction

Hello everyone! I am happy to be putting out articles a bit more consistently now, and having some interesting topics to cover has made that even more enjoyable. In my last article, I talked all about Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) , one of the strongest decks in the format and my personal favorite. The deck had a strong showing yet again in Knoxville and I would not expect that to change at the next standard format tournament, the Latin American International Championships. I surprised even myself when I found myself sleeving up a  Mewtwo & Mew GX (UB; 71) deck the night before the event after playing just two games with the deck. I had been playing all night with Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) , and while the results were not bad, I was not confident in what list was best for the deck. Additionally, fitting techs for everything felt hard and it slowed the deck down a bit, while I felt like I was fitting everything I wanted in the Mewtwo list I ended up playing for the event. I finished top 32 after losing my last two rounds, both of which were win and ins for top 8, but it is certainly an improvement from my miserable performance at Atlantic City. I am still not a fan of the standard format, so just getting a placement at all felt like a relief. I am looking forward to the expanded format tournaments I have coming up, and I hope to talk more about that next week, but for now I will be reviewing Cosmic Eclipse! I always try to avoid getting ahead of myself and looking at cards too far in advance, so my first time seeing them was when I took a look at everything so I could write this review. I was surprised at how many cards felt like they could be usable, and even more surprised at how many cards felt like they will definitely be played to some degree. That being said, I have picked out the cards I feel have the most potential and i'm ready to share my thoughts on them. Lets jump right into things.

Table of contents

Cosmic Eclipse

Venusaur & Snivy-GX

Unfortunately for Venusaur fans at home, this is not a card I would expect to see play any time soon. Fire Pokemon have a huge presence right now, and I don't think that any grass Pokemon could overcome that due to that glaring fire weakness. However, this is a strong card that I think has a lot of playability potential down the line. Even with the introduction of Great Catcher, gust effects are at a huge low point when compared to cards like  Lycanroc GX (GRI; 138) and Guzma (BUS; 115) .


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