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Caleb Gedemer

The Internationals Intern — Gedemer's Guide for Indianapolis

Ready for North American Internationals? Time is running out to get prepared...

15. 06. 2017 by Caleb Gedemer

Ready for North American Internationals? Time is running out to get prepared, but Caleb Gedemer's got you covered if you're not, with a total of sixteen decks, what he does and doesn't like about them, and sixteen great deck lists to go with them. A lot is packed into this awesome piece!


Oh, hey there! Are you ready for Nationals, I mean, Internationals? I sure am, and I’m excited to share with you my thoughts on Standard. This tournament is looking like it’ll be the largest of all time, so every attendee needs to be at the top of his or her game. I’ve been testing decks like crazy, and today I’d like to go over each one for you. I’d like to call to mind every deck out there in contention to begin with, and then I’ll hone in on the cream of the crop; some of the decks I’m personally considering for the event in detail. This is the article for you if you’re looking for top quality decks lists, and breakdowns, for pretty much everything. Enjoy, y’all.

Strong Decks

Decidueye-GX / Vileplume

Deck List


This deck has been the most popular build all season long, and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s made back to back top cuts at Regional Championships, and always seems to be doing well when it’s played. Simply get out as many Decidueye-GX as you can, and then lock your opponent’s Item cards with Vileplume. Most decks crumble from the combination of the Item lock and the offensive pressure that you apply with ‘eye’s Feather Arrow Ability.


  • Garbodor decks can punish you for having to play so many Items to set up
  • Struggles against Confusion from Espeon-GX, and Zorua and Drampa-GX’s Righteous Edge can run you out of Energy
  • The deck tends to be on the more inconsistent side of things
  • Vileplume isn’t as strong anymore with Tapu Lele-GX in the format, and most decks playing more Supporter cards in general


  • Fantastic matchup against Vespiquen decks, which have grown in popularity tremendously
  • Feather Arrow is, and always will be, one of the best Abilities to use in the game
  • Field Blower in the deck prevents Garbodor with Garbotoxin from being as big a problem as it used to be
  • It can still beat anything if it just sets up perfectly

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