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U.S. Nationals Results and What they Mean for Worlds

Jose analyzes the results from U.S. Nationals and discusses their implications while preparing for the World Championships.

07/14/2015 by Jose Marrero

                           Introduction

 

Hello 60cards readers! I'm glad to be back from Nationals and I'm eager for Worlds next month. This article will be about what happened at U.S. Nationals and what to expect come Worlds. Before we get into the core of the article, I first want to talk about my run at Nationals and what I decided to play, because I normally like to do a tournament report (although this one is going to be short since I didn't do too well). In the weeks leading up to Nationals, all I really playtested with was M Rayquaza-EX/Bronzong because the deck has so many of options for dealing with the rest of the format that its matchups are often 50:50 or better. I ended up going 4-3-2 at Nationals, which I wasn't quite happy about, especially starting 4-1-2 and needing to win both of my last two rounds to make Day 2.

My first loss was to Omar Izaguirre, who played Seismitoad-EX/Garbodor. I took the match to Game 3, where all I needed to win was essentially to wake up, but I stayed Asleep for three turns straight, so Omar was able to take it. My second loss was Round 8, where I faced up against literally my worst matchup, Manectric-EX/Garbodor. My opponent opened with Manectric-EX, so I thought, "Okay, I have this game since I play Altaria," but then my opponent dropped down a Trubbish and my heart dropped, knowing my hopes of making Day 2 were probably over. Of course, my opponent ended up 2-0ing me and I was a little bummed, but not too mad knowing I couldn't do much to win that matchup anyway. My final round, I faced off against Tool Drop. Really? My opponent proceeded to demolish me as I took one prize to his two every turn, giving him a 2-0 victory over me. So, I finished my Nationals run at 4-3-2, which, of course isn't great.

A few other people decided to play my list, which I'll post down below. Danny Altavilla and Jacob Van Wagner ended up making Day 2 with my list, which I was happy about.  I believe Jacob changed one card from the initial list, cutting Jirachi-EX for a Town Map. Jacob said he liked the Town Map but I'm not sure if it's big enough to warrant dropping a consistency card like Jirachi-EX. After Swiss rounds were over I decided to try and redeem myself and do a few side events before doing non Pokémon-related things. I ended up winning a Rayquaza playmat, which is all I really wanted. After side events, I went to hang out with a few people. Also, shoutout to the Sabelbros for letting me crash in their room. It's always a blast hanging and talking with them. With that said, down below is the list Danny, Jacob, and I ran for U.S. Nationals.

I wanted to keep the list as consistent as possible, especially after adding Altaria, so I kept the Shaymin-EX count to four. I see people playing three but I personally just like to keep it maxed in case some are Prized. Something odd you may notice is the thin Bronzong line. I went with a 2-2 just because, in theory, all you really need is a single Bronzong to accelerate efficiently. All you would need is to keep finding Double Colorless Energy. I added Altaria mainly for Raichu and Night March decks. But of course, there were still Manectric-EX decks, which I didn't expect to see so many of, especially ones with Garbodor. Although I only faced one Night March and one Manectric deck, and no Raichu at all, I still think Altaria may be needed to even have a chance against those decks (although if all the Manectric-EX players decide to run Garbodor, then Altaria is irrelevant at that point).

You can still beat Night March and Raichu decks without Altaria just because of Aegislash-EX and Kecleon, and if you run Heatran or multiple Aegislash-EX, then it makes those matchups even more winnable, so maybe I'll ultimately end up dropping Altaria altogether. The Cobalion-EX was mainly for Safeguard Pokémon since I didn't run Heatran. Cobalion-EX is also great against Seismitoad-EX decks, especally since Trump Card is gone, meaning your opponent is limited to four Double Colorless Energy for the entire game. The Aegislash-EX, as I said, was to slow down Night March and Raichu decks, but at the same time, it can be a decent attacker against them. Keldeo-EX is, of course, so we can Rush In and out of Special Conditions, and it lets us Metal Links to the Active Pokémon. The Kecleon was mainly for revenge-KOs against Raichu and the mirror match, but it has other potential uses. For example you can Quacking Punch a Seismitoad-EX and you can even X-Ball to revenge-KO a Mewtwo-EX, which I've done before effectively.

For some reason, I didn't see many people running at least a single copy of Exeggcute. I personally liked the Exeggcute, especially when I had Ultra Ball and Computer Search in hand, but it was mainly to have a guaranteed Bench-sitter for Emerald Break. However, looking back on how many Basic Pokémon I play, it could be that Exeggcute isn't that essential. I just don't want to have to discard cards I may need in the long run. Because I added Altaria and Kecleon, I ended up replacing Pokémon Fan Club with Winona just because I wanted a way to get Altaria as quickly and consistently as possible. If I were to drop Altaria, then I most likely would put the Fan Club back in. 

You may also notice the one-of Mega Turbo. I wanted to keep my options open in case I wanted to try and get a turn-one M Rayquaza-EX attacking, and it can surprise your opponent since people don't expect Mega Turbo in a Bronzong deck. The Sacred Ash was nice for getting back Pokémon that you're forced to discard when your Sky Field is bumped. I kept the Sky Field count at three, but I think I may go back to four since I want to make sure I can bump other Stadiums and keep up the stream of OHKOs. I know running four Metal Energy seems low, and in retrospect, I think I agree, but in testing, four seemed fine. I may go up to five, but I can't see playing more than that.

With that said, let's see some other options for the deck.

      Other cards you should consider

 

Bunnelby PRC 121:

Scared of Wailord-EX decks come Worlds? Then simply add in one of these bunnies and you're good to go! Bunnelby lets you deck them out long before they can deck you out. Not to mention that Bunnelby is just overall a decent card, even if you don't face any Wailord-EX decks.

Heatran PHF 63:

Want to make your Klinklang, Raichu, and Safeguard matchups better? Add one or two of these in and you now have answers for all of them. Getting one-for-one trades in the Raichu matchup is alway better than them Knocking Out your Mega Rayquaza. As for the Klinklang matchup, you can attack with Heatran to bypass Klinklang's Plasma Steel Ability, and of course, you can one-hit KO Safeguard Pokémon with it as well.

Third Bronzor:

Since Altaria can be a dead card in some matchups, I can easily see cutting the 1-1 line for a third Bronzor to get Bronzong more consistently, and maybe another attacker too.

Muscle Band:

I'm considering running one of these just to give myself options when my opponent drops down a Primal Groudon-EX or Primal Kyogre-EX with a Hard Charm, or so I can one-hit KO a Wailord-EX that doesn't have a Hard Charm attached. It can also be used on Aegislash-EX, Cobalion-EX, and even Shaymin-EX to get that extra damage that your opponent may not have seen coming.

Pokémon Fan Club:

If I dropped the Altaria line altogether, then I would drop the Winona for a Pokémon Fan Club. Sure, you can't grab M Rayquaza-EX with it, but making sure you have Bronzor early on is key for accelerating your Energy.

AZ:

One of these can be nice for when your opponent tries to Lysandre-stall you. AZ is also just if you need to heal off one of your Pokémon that's close to being KO'd and it can let you pick up a Shaymin if you want to reuse it.

Fifth Metal Energy:

Running four seemed fine at first, but adding a fifth Metal Energy can help you find them faster and increase Aegislash-EX's damage output.

Fourth Sky Field:

I'm most likely going back to four because I want to make sure I get the KO on things like Manectric-EX and Seismitoad-EX.

With that said, let's take a look at the results of this year's U.S. Nationals.

 

 

           Results from U.S. Nationals

1. Klinklang/Bronzong

2. M Manectric-EX/Empoleon/Garbodor

3. Hippowdon/Seismitoad-EX/Landorus-EX

4. Metal

5. Seismitoad-EX/Manectric-EX/Crobat

6. Wailord-EX/Suicune

7. M Rayquaza-EX (Colorless)/Bronzong

8. Seismitoad-EX/Garbodor

If you are interested in any of the Top 16 lists, be sure to check out this article.

Now that we know what performed well at U.S. Nationals, people have an idea of what to prepare for come Worlds. Let's take a look at what happened. You can see that eight different decks made Top 8, which proves that this format is extremely versatile and unique compared to past ones. Although three of the Top 8 decks included Bronzong, they were all still different variants. For example, First Seed was Dylan Bryan who was able to pilot his Klinklang deck all the way to the Top 8. I can only assume Dylan was able to get a handful of free wins with Klinklang alone just because of the wall it brings to the table against Pokémon-EX. I won't post any of the Top 8 lists because you can find them in the article I linked above, but I'll go over a few key card choices from the top decks. Dylan probably expected tons of EX-based decks, which made him opt for Klinklang, and boy was Dylan spot on with his deck choice! Dylan decided to dedicate his build to a heavy Aegislash-EX count, which ultimately gave him good results.

Having one of your main attackers blocking damage from Pokémon with Special Energy attached and still being able to dish out tons of damage with the same Pokémon made for a great Nationals run for Dylan. His build also ran two Heatran, which makes his Raichu matchup a lot stronger when combined with Aegislash-EX. Something interesting about Dylan's list is a one-of Teammates and Rare Candy. You just never know when you can pull off a clutch Klinklang play, which can make all the difference between a win and a loss. It's no surprise Dylan was able to pilot the deck to a Top 8 finish. Jason's deck completely shuts down Dylan's deck because of Garbodor, though, so no surprise that Jason was able to best Dylan.

Second Seed went to Grant Manley, who piloted his version of Manectric-EX/Empoleon/Garbodor to a Top 4 finish. Immediately you may be wondering, "Why run Empoleon when you have Garbodor?" Well, there's a simple answer to this question and that is Landorus-EX! Empoleon is the perfect answer to the big, bad Landorus-EX and it's a great way to compensate for Manectric's Weakness to Fighting. Grant wanted to make sure he didn't just take an autoloss to Landorus-EX type decks like other Manectric-EX players had to endure. Grant went with a heavy M Manectric-EX line along with two Empoleon instead of just one because, again, he wanted to make sure Landorus-EX feared his Empoleon. Aside from that, Grant's list is fairly standard. Let's talk about Grant's Top 8 match against Geoffrey Sauk's M Rayquaza-EX/Bronzong deck. Grant couldn't have asked for a better matchup. As I mentioned in my intro, Grant's deck is what kept me out of Day 2, so no surprise that Geoffrey was eliminated by the same deck. Not only does Grant run Garbodor to shut off all of Geoffrey's Abilities, but he also has Manectric-EX to one-hit KO M Rayquaza-EX.

If there's something that M Rayquaza-EX/Bronzong players are scared of, it's Garbodor! Having almost your whole deck useless because of some garbage-looking Pokémon is no fun. Still, Geoffrey was able to pilot the deck to a Top 8 finish, which is quite impressive in a field of 900+. Now this brings me to Third Seed's own Eduardo Gonzalez. I'll be honest, I've never heard of this player before, but I can tell you now that I won't forget him after his impressive Top 8 run. Especially since he went with one of the most unique and rogue-like decks, Hippowdon. Say what?!!!??! Yes, you heard that correctly! This player was able to take a lock deck similar to Pyroar and take it all the way to Top 8 of U.S. Nationals. That's one hell of a story to tell and one to remember for years to come. His list consisted of Seismitoad-EX, Landorus-EX, and of course, Hippowdon. You can see that Eduardo made sure he didn't just take autolosses to decks like Raichu or Night March. He also played cards like Xerosic and Pokémon Center Lady to help his Seismitoad-EX matchup. He even ran Hypnotoxic Lasers to help dish out more damage and Silent Lab to stop opponents from abusing Shaymin-EX.

Eduardo had decent matchups going into Top 8, but there he faced his greatest challenge yet. He had to go up against Wailord-EX, which was only played by a handful of players, but the one who stood out the most was Enrique Avila. Enrique was able to best Eduardo 2-0 in Top 8, earning himself some glass and a nice payday. Although Eduardo didn't get any of those things, he was still able to finish strong, which he should be extremely proud of, because making Top 8 at U.S. Nationals is no easy feat.

Next up, we have Ben Moskow, who was actually 9-0-0 and First Seed in his Flight. This gave him a very smooth run into Top 8.  On Day 2, Ben started 10-0-0. All he needed was another four points and he was good for Top 8. He was able to pull it off and thus, he had to face up against one of the best players in North America, Kristy Britton.

Not only did Kristy win both a States and Regionals this year, but she made it all the way to Top 8 of U.S. Nationals, proving to everyone that she is a force to be reckoned with. Let's talk about Ben's list a bit before we get more into Kristy's. Ben's list consisted of all kinds of attackers including Seismitoad-EX and Mewtwo-EX, which aren't Metal types, but they can still yield great results in certain matchups. Ben also ran one copy of Kecleon, which I assume was for the M Rayquaza-EX and Raichu mathups. Ben was able to best Kristy and make his way to Top 4, where he was taken out by Jason K.

Fifth Seed went to Kristy Britton, as I've mentioned already. She piloted Seismitoad-EX/Crobat with a little splash of Manectric-EX to make her Rayquaza-EX matchup stronger. With her impressive season run so far it's no surprise Kristy finished strong at Nationals. Something unique about her list is that she ran Rock Guard, opting against playing Computer Search. My only guess is that the extra damage your opponent may have to play into is well worth it when combined with Crobat damage, and in the mirror, getting that Rock Guard out before the lock is tremendously huge. This addition is probably the reason she finished so strong. She most likely caught people off-guard (no pun intended).

Sixth seed went to Enrique Avila, otherwise known as "the Wailord guy". Enrique piloted his Wailord-EX deck all the way to the Finals, where he eventually was taken out by three-time World Champion Jason K in an unfortunate Game 3 Sudden Death match. Still, Enrique did better than he had ever expected, especially for running a crazy deck-out deck like Wailord. No one was prepared to handle the big blue whale in a fifty-minute match. Really smart for Enrique to play such a deck knowing that a lot of people weren't prepared to be decked out so soon after the Trump Card ban.  

Seventh Seed went to Geoffrey Sauk, as I mentioned before. Finishing in Top 8 is still a huge accomplishment and losing to basically an autoloss is better than getting outplayed. Geoffrey's list ran a thick line of Bronzong. A 3-3 line is interesting because I only ran a 2-2, but it makes sense now after looking at his list as a whole.

Two Aegislash-EX and six Metal energy made it so Geoffrey could KO things with non-Rayquaza-EX attackers more efficiently. He opted against running Altaria because the deck can still beat decks like Raichu and Night March with the help of Aegislash-EX, Kecleon, and Heatran. Finally, we get to Eighth Seed's own Jason K, who was the eventual winner, piloting Seismitoad-EX/Garbodor. Jason ended up beating Enrique Avila in an intense series where Jason cleverly played the clock like a boss, resulting in a Game 3 Sudden Death match, giving Jason a huge advantage since Enrique's deck doesn't take Prizes. Jason's list is pretty straightforward, to be honest. Maybe running two Shaymin-EX is a little questionable in a deck that runs Garbodor, but it makes sense since you want to get Trubbish out as soon as possible. Something clever Jason decided to run after the banning of Trump Card is Shadow Triad. This makes it so Jason can potentially use more than four Hypnotoxic Lasers. He also ran Xerosic, Team Flare Grunt, and AZ to help the Seismitoad-EX mirrors. Overall, Jason was able to play his deck almost flawlessly and manipulate the time in the Finals like the pro that he is.

                   Honorarable Mentions

 

1. Mike Canaves' crazy Bunnelby deck.

I felt like this deck should be mentioned because it's something new that people have yet to see. Not only did Mike go 6-2-1, narrowly missing Day 2, but Harrison Leven managed to make Day 2 with the same record (thanks to his two byes). The point of the deck is to try to deck out your opponent out while using Burrow to recover resources that are needed to keep your opponent from attacking. Although the deck didn't perfrom as well on Day 2, I still think it's a deck to look out for should lists start to pop up. Don't be surprised if you have to face up against one of them at Worlds.

2. Omar Reyhan and Michael Lesky's Top 16 Primal Kyogre-EX deck.

Two Kyogre-EX decks actually made it all the way to Top 16 of U.S. Nationals which I didn't expect at all, but looking back at their lists, which differ by just one card, it makes sense that they chose to play it. They had answers to almost everything in the meta.

3. Steve Guthrie's Archie's Blastoise deck.

Interesting to see such a deck almost make Top 8.  Steve narrowly lost his last round to miss the cut. A turn-one Blastoise can put tons of pressure on your opponent since you can accelerate and dish out tons of damage with Keldeo-EX.

4. Stefan Tabaco's Primal Groudon-EX deck.

Stefan's list was quite unique compared to most Groudon lists I've seen. Stefan only ran one Focus Sash, but he ran two Hard Charms. Not only that, but he also ran one Bunnelby which could have given him free wins against Wailord if he faced any. Stefan ended up losing his win-and-in round, which was his last round, against Eduardo's Hippowdon deck. I can only image how devestating it must have been for Stefan, knowing he basically had to go up against an autoloss.

With Nationals results covered, let's take a look and see what these results mean for Worlds next month.

             What they Mean for Worlds

 

Let's talk about the most obvious question. Will Wailord-EX see play at Worlds? I think the odds of that are slim to none. And when I mean slim, I mean that the players who played it at U.S. Nationals (assuming they have their invite) will most likely just play it again. [Editor's note: Enrique Avila has announced that he's looking into other options.]  

Now let's get into the second-most asked question: How does one beat Wailord-EX? I would simply say, Bunnelby! Now, this does not mean everyone should go and put Bunnelby into all their decks because they fear Wailord-EX. Like I said, only a few players might play the deck because the rest may fear the little white rabbit. In my opinion, it's going to be like Worlds 2013 where Gothitelle/Accelgor did well at U.S. Nationals but very few people played it at Worlds because almost everyone (myself included) teched against it. On the other hand, if you're facing a Wailord-EX deck and you didn't add Bunnelby, then you very well might lose that game.

I mean, Bunnelby is an overall decent card even if you don't face any Wailord decks. Just having the option to bring back resources may still be worth the spot in the long run. Another Wailord counter which isn't quite as effective as Bunnelby is Bronzong decks which have Energy acceleration, making Hammers less effective. Also, Metal has attackers that can put tons of pressure on Wailord-EX, especially if they can potentially two-shot them.

My next question would be, will Klinklang see play after Dylan Bryan's success with it? I would have to say yes, because Klinklang has good matchups and a lot of free wins, especially if your opponent's deck is heavy on EX attackers. Not to mention, it has a great Wailord matchup, seeing as Dylan was able to beat Brandon Zettel last round to make Brandon miss Top 8. Although since Jason won with a Garbodor deck and Grant also made Top 4 with a Garbodor deck, maybe Metal decks will see a decline. Another Seismitoad/Garbodor deck made Top 16 as well. Does this mean people will play more Xerosic or Startling Megaphone? My answer would be yes, because Manectric-EX/Garbodor decks most likely do not play Seismitoad-EX, which means the Klinkang player can use Startling Megaphone anytime they want.

Will Manectric-EX/Garbodor see play at Worlds? My answer would be yes, because it has great matchups against M Rayquaza-EX and Seismitoad-EX, two decks that I can easily see still being played at Worlds. Now, does this mean people will opt to go with Landorus-EX decks? I would say this is unlikely because lately, Landorus-EX decks have been having trouble with the meta. Not even a single one made Top 16 at U.S. Nationals, which was surprising to me. Also, Wailord-EX demolishes Landorus-EX decks.

Will Hippowdon see play at Worlds? I would have to say the odds are slim to none, in my opinion. Sure, the deck made Top 8 at U.S. Nationals, but I just think people will be too scared to play it not knowing how to pilot it effectively. Eduardo knew the matchups since it was his deck, of course. The best counters to this type of deck are decks that rely on non-EX attackers such as Raichu and Flareon, so I'm not too sure if people will decide to run Hippowdon over other decks that may just give them a better overall performance. The deck can get autowins against Manectric-EX and Groudon-EX decks, though, so we might see a handful of players decide to run it. 

Will Metal see play at Worlds after Ben Moskow's success with it? My answer would easily be yes, because Metal is extremely strong in our current meta. Not only does it have a great Wailord matchup, but Ben went 9-0-0 in Swiss with the deck. Not to mention, the deck also won Canadian Nationals, piloted by 60cards' own Chase Moloney. So without a doubt, Metal decks will continue to rise in play just because it has a lot of options, making it one of the most versatile decks.

Will people decide to add Manectric-EX into their Seismitoad-EX/Crobat decks after Kristy's success with it? I would have to say yes on this one, because one thing that Seismitoad-EX/Crobat struggles with is M Rayquaza-EX because of its one-shot potential. Kristy cleverly recognized this and decided to add a couple Manectric-EX in hopes that the Rayquaza-EX players decided to drop Altaria (which proved to be the case).  

Will Seimitoad-EX players decide to change their ACE SPEC to Rock Guard instead of Computer Search like Kristy did? I think a handful of players will definitely try Rock Guard out only to end up dropping for more consistency, but I wouldn't be surprised if a few people change it up. After all, Kristy proved Rock Guard was still great in Seismitoad-EX decks after making it all the way to Top 8.

Will M Rayquaza-EX/Bronzong decks see play at Worlds? Definitely yes, just because the deck performed quite well at Nationals. With Ben Sauk finishing 7-0-2 as First Seed in his Flight and his brother Geoffrey making Top 8 with almost an identical list. It does have a good Wailord matchup and overall, it has 50:50 or better matchups against everything that doesn't play Garbodor.

Will people copy Jason K's list card-for-card come Worlds? My answer would be definitely, because of the fact that Jason won U.S. Nationals with it. I don't blame them, to be honest, because it is a great list and it's pretty straightforward. But the thing is, when running a slow deck like Seismitoad-EX/Garbodor, you have to play flawlessly and know how to play the clock like Jason does. I don't think the deck will do that great come Worlds just because people will want to counter Garbodor decks more now.

Will we see a rise in Bunnelby decks that focus on the deck as a whole instead of a tech at Worlds? Most likely not, just because of how fragile the deck is. I'm pretty sure everyone who played it at U.S. Nationals is changing decks just because they'd rather play a safer deck since it's Worlds and all.

Will we see a rise in Kyogre-EX decks after Omar's and Michael's strong finishes with it? I can see it, because the deck is actually stronger than I thought, especially looking at all the techs they decided to run.

Will we see more Archie's Blastoise decks come Worlds? Maybe a few, but not too many since the deck is vulnerable to Item-lock. Not getting that turn-one Blastoise can slow the deck down a lot.

Will we see a rise in Groudon-EX decks after Stefan's Top 16 finish with it? I would say for sure, since Stefan's list is pretty good. Not to mention, he literally had to face an autoloss in the win-and-in round, or otherwise he may have made it to Top 8 instead. The deck has a strong Manectric-EX and Kyogre-EX matchup, which can yield great results for Groudon if those decks prove to be popular.

After the success of Groudon-EX, Kyogre-EX, and Seismitoad-EX decks at U.S. Nationals, does this mean we may see Virizion-EX/Genesect-EX make a comeback come Worlds? You know what, I'm not too sure, but I won't be surprised if a handful of people switched over to it, predicting the meta to change drastically. It's the one deck you can never really count out.

                           Fun Facts

 

1. Jason Klaczynski is the first U.S. player to win both U.S. Nationals and Worlds in the Masters Division.

2. Eduardo Gonzalez was the one to knock Brandon Salazar out of the running for making Top 8 for the second year in a row after defeating him in Round 14.

3. Dylan Bryan ended up knocking Brandon Zettel out of Top 8 (the only other Wailord player to almost make Cut). Instead of ID'ing with him in the last round and potentially facing him in Top 8, Dylan decided to just beat him, thus resulting in Jason K. making Top 8 instead of Brandon. This is where it came back to bite Dylan because Dylan now had to face Jason in Top 8 (his only real bad matchup). 

4. Although Kristy Britton's take on Seismitoad/Crobat was unexpected, her deck was actually quite similar to a deck Florida player Collin Schaetzke played for several months, topping Virginia Regionals and making Day 2 at Florida Regionals.

5. Geoffrey Sauk actually made Top 8 at U.S. Nationals once before, finishing in Second Place in 2005 in the Juniors division.

6. This is the second time Dylan Bryan has made Top 8 at U.S. Nationals with a Klinklang deck.  He also did so in 2013.

7. Every player in Top 16 played four VS Seeker except Jason and Kristy, who played three, and Eduardo, who only played two!

8. Every player in Top 16 played a Water Pokémon except for Stefan Tabaco.

 

                     Closing Thoughts

 

That's all I have for you at the moment. I predict that Wailord will see a low amount of play, but I also predict that more people will try to counter Wailord than play it themselves. Garbodor decks will still be powerful come Worlds, especially ones with Manectric-EX of the the wrath they bring to Rayquaza-EX decks. Hippowdon will most likely see some play if people decide to test it extensively. Metal will easily see play as I said because it's just too good right now. Seismitoad-EX decks with Crobat will see some play, but Garbodor variants might be more popular.  I myself will most likely go with M Rayquaza-EX/Bronzong again, just because I know it's still an extremely strong deck, and I'm sure a lot of other players will play it too. I definitely will be scared of the Garbodor decks, especially ones with Manectric-EX and Seismitoad-EX.

With that said, that will conclude this article. Don't forget that the last round of the Write Your Way to Worlds contest is live and active, so be sure to vote for the article you want to win, and spread the word! I'll have another article coming out toward the end of the month, so be sure to look out for that. If you have any questions, feel free to post down below or message me on Facebook and I'll be sure to get to them as soon as possible. If you enjoyed reading this article then please consider giving it a thumbs up. If you see me at Worlds next month, feel free to come and say hello or ask to take a picture. I love interacting with new people. As always, keep an eye out for more articles to come. Until next time!

-Jose

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