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Gabriel Semedo

Rayquaza deserves attention for Worlds - Part I

A huge breakdown about Rayquaza GX by Gabriel Semedo.

08/06/2018 by Gabriel Semedo

Hey there everyone! It's been a while since I last wrote something but now I feel like writing so much and I hope this feeling keeps on lasting for a long time. I really like writing Pokémon articles and I've been doing it for 5 years now! Since it's been such a long time I think it's reasonable to take a little time off to get the energy back.

Well, right now we are at the end of the season and I was not able to reach a goal which is to be part of LATAM's Top 8. I started out the season pretty well, getting Top 32 at EUIC, winning São Paulo's Regionals and finally getting Top 16 at LAIC. That was all. Besides the events I mentioned, I also played other 3 Regionals, a Special Event and NAIC, and unfortunately I was not able to get CPs in any of them.

There were a lot of ups and downs in this season for me: I got some awesome placements in some tournaments, but on the other hand, I also had some catastrophic results in other tournaments. I couldn't make myself a solid player this year which ended up costing my spot at LATAM's Top 8. But I don't feel that bad at all, I'm still proud of what I've accomplished this season and I feel like I overachieved in some aspects. For example, I got Top 32 at EUIC which was my first big significant performance overseas.

Winning São Paulo's Regionals meant the world to me. It was definitely on of the best moments in my life because I've always dreamed of winning a big tournament in Brazil, and this one had around 400 players from Brazil (some others from Argentina and Chile). Getting Top 16 at LAIC meant that I'm able to get great results in a global level. What I want to the 2018/2019 season is to get awesome results again and maybe winning an International event or even Worlds. I feel like this is every player's dream, am I right?

Speaking of World Championship, I started my few first trainings for this competition. To be honest, the new Celestial Storm collection has not caught my attention and I believe it will have little impact in the Worlds metagame, but it will probably have more impact after the rotation. The collection still needs to be studied better, but at first glance the only thing I've seen great potential so far is Rayquaza-GX. There was a lot of hype about this card in Japan and the hype was confirmed with Takuya Yoneda's victory at the Japanese Nationals, using a neat and very well built Rayquaza-GX deck. Since then there has been much anticipation about this card in the Worlds environment. I did not think the Rayquaza-GX deck was strong enough to compete against the best decks in the format, like BuzzRoc and Zoroark-GX, but after a few playtests I realized I was wrong. The deck is indeed very good and so I decided to do an analysis of it, telling everything I could study so far and what I really think about this new powerhouse in the Pokémon TCG competitive scene.

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