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Caleb Gedemer

Straight Purple — the Best Way to Play Malamar in Standard

Gedemer walks you over one of Standard's top contenders just in time for Wisconsin Regionals.

05/31/2018 by Caleb Gedemer

Malamar (FLI; 51)  has taken the game by storm in the Standard format! Its perceived dominance has made Buzzwole GX (CIN; 104)  a weird play, one that is risky by any meaning of the word. Malamar has great curb appeal to any player because it’s hard to stop once it gets going. It has few weaknesses, with the ability to play Parallel City (BKT; 145)  to avoid a crippling Bench reduction from an opponent. Necrozma GX (BUS; 63)  is a reliable way to take one-hit Knockouts on big Pokemon-EX/GX and Dawn Wings Necrozma GX (UPR; 63)  can handle the rest with a consistently damaging attack of 120 damage and an incredible GX attack to swing the tide of games where the Malamar player fell behind. Fringe techs like Mewtwo GX (SLG; 39)  and Mimikyu (GRI; 58)  can be played to improve specific matchups, or situations, that you would otherwise be disadvantaged in.

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