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"Meta Movement": Trends From Memphis Regionals, League Cups, and Looking Ahead

Memphis Regionals has concluded, and it marked one of the largest shifts in the metagame we’ve seen between two tournaments without a new set released in the interim.

12/30/2017 by Tate Whitesell - PokeStats

Hello again, 60cards readers! Memphis Regionals has concluded, and it marked one of the largest shifts in the metagame we’ve seen between two tournaments without a new set released in the interim. The BDIF for months on end previously, Gardevoir-GX, took only a pair of Day 2 spots in Memphis (and none of the Top 8), while Lycanroc-GX decks took 18 of the 35 placements. Most successful was Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX (which gave Michael Pramawat his seventh Regional win), but Buzzwole-GX/Lycanroc-GX also put up an impressive showing, launching Pablo Meza and Andrew Mahone into the Top 4.

On the same weekend, Brisbane Regionals was held in Australia and the Turin Special Event was held in Italy, and the Top 8 cuts of those events also featured a conspicuous lack of Gardevoir, with 0 in Brisbane and only 1 in Turin. Clearly, the meta shift was not just restricted to the United States.

In this article, I’ll break down exactly what happened between EUIC and Memphis/Brisbane/Turin that resulted in such a dramatic meta shift, and go over the Day 2 metagames of the three events above to see where we might be headed in the next couple of months.


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