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Zach Lesage

Rotation: What Happens Next?

Zach lists some of the most influential cards that we are losing in the rotation before Worlds / next season!

07/02/2019 by Zach Lesage

Different Times

What’s up 60 Cards readers? It’s your article writing fanatic here, Zach Lesage, and I want to go over the rotation that we are experiencing. For those of you who don’t know, we will experience a rotation (cards that are going into the Expanded format) before Worlds as per an announcement from Pokémon on their site. I wanted to list the cards that we are losing because it will help you see where the format was and how it is moving on. This article will be short and sweet, but it lays an important basis for my next few articles coming out. If you haven’t already started testing, I recommend testing decks in the Ultra Prism - Unbroken Bonds format. Yeah, it won’t include any of the new Unified Minds cards (which we still don’t have a definitive set list), but it does bring you that much closer to understanding the metagame. Anyways, let’s look at some of the cards that have been important pieces in our Sun and Moon metagame.

Losing Important Cards

The following list of cards is the full list of cards that helped shape our Sun and Moon metagame. Some cards might not have seen play, but they would be seeing play right now if they were to stay in our metagame. I have personally organized all of my cards, according to the new Standard format, and I recommend that you do the same.

Control Cards

Discard Based Search

Draw / Consistency Cards

Energy Acceleration

Energy Gatherers

Gust / Switch / Retreat Cards

Healing / Damage Reduction

Important Pre-Evolution Pokémon

Pokémon Search

Special Energy

Spread / Damage Modifiers

Strong GX Attackers

Strong Single Prize Attackers

Unique Cards

Control Cards

Alolan Muk (SUM; 58)

Alolan Ninetales (BUS; 28)

Charizard GX (BUS; 20)

Chimecho (CIN; 43)

Enhanced Hammer (GRI; 124)

Field Blower (GRI; 125)

Hoopa (SLG; 55)

Kartana GX (CIN; 70)

Marshadow (SLG; 45)

Mismagius (CIN; 40)

Mount Lanakila (BUS; 118)

Noivern GX (BUS; 99)

Plumeria (BUS; 120)

Raichu (BUS; 41)

Regigigas (CIN; 84)

Rhyperior (BUS; 67)

Sableye (GRI; 80)

Sylveon GX (GRI; 92)

Tapu Fini GX (BUS; 39)

Team Skull Grunt (SUM; 133)

Tormenting Spray (BUS; 125)

Vileplume (BUS; 6)

Discard Based Search 

Energy Retrieval (SLG; 59)

Heatmor (BUS; 24)

Herdier (SUM; 104)

Rescue Stretcher (GRI; 130)

Draw / Consistency Cards

Alolan Sandslash (GRI; 20)

Diancie (BUS; 94)

Hala (GRI; 126)

Mallow (GRI; 127)

Oranguru (SUM; 113)

Sophocles (SLG; 65)

Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)

Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)

Energy Acceleration 

Aqua Patch (GRI; 119)

Darkrai GX (BUS; 88)

Kiawe (BUS; 116)

Metagross GX (GRI; 85)

Multi Switch (GRI; 129)

Raikou (SLG; 32)

Rayquaza (GRI; 106)

Registeel (CIN; 68)

Shining Mew (SLG; 40)

Venusaur (SLG; 3)

Vikavolt (SUM; 52)

Wishful Baton (BUS; 128)

Energy Gatherers

Energy Loto (GRI; 122)

Oricorio (GRI; 55)

Ribombee (BUS; 96)

Gust / Switch / Retreat Cards

Altar of the Moon (GRI; 117)

Counter Catcher (CIN; 91)

Escape Rope (BUS; 114)

Guzma (BUS; 115)

Lycanroc GX (GRI; 74)

Pokemon Catcher (SLG; 64)

Healing / Damage Reduction

Acerola (BUS; 112)

Aether Paradise Conservation Area (GRI; 116)

Altar of the Sunne (GRI; 118)

Bodybuilding Dumbbells (BUS; 113)

Comfey (GRI; 93)

Damage Mover (SLG; 58)

Lunatone (BUS; 68)

Max Potion (GRI; 128)

Miltank (CIN; 78)

Weakness Policy (BUS; 126)

Important Pre-Evolution Pokémon

Alolan Vulpix (GRI; 21)

Eevee (SUM; 101)

Pokémon Search 

Brooklet Hill (GRI; 120)

Great Ball (SLG; 60)

Nest Ball (SUM; 123)

Timer Ball (SUM; 134)

Ultra Ball (SLG; 68)

Special Energy

Double Colorless Energy (SLG; 69)

Counter Energy (CIN; 100)

Spread / Damage Modifiers

Buzzwole GX (CIN; 57)

Choice Band (GRI; 121)

Decidueye GX (SUM; 12)

Devoured Field (CIN; 93)

Dhelmise (GRI; 59)

Latios (SLG; 41)

Lurantis (BW; null)

Poison Barb (SUM; 124)

Po Town (BUS; 121)

Professor Kukui (SUM; 128)

Salazzle (GRI; 16)

Seviper (BUS; 50)

Tapu Koko (BW; 31)

Tapu Lele (BW; 45)

Weavile (BUS; 86)

Strong GX Attackers

Alolan Ninetales GX (GRI; 22)

Drampa GX (GRI; 115)

Gardevoir GX (BUS; 93)

Golisopod GX (BUS; 17)

Lapras GX (SUM; 139)

Marshadow GX (BUS; 80)

Necrozma GX (BUS; 63)

Tapu Bulu GX (BW; null)

Tapu Koko GX (GRI; 147)

Tauros GX (SUM; 100)

Wishiwashi GX (GRI; 38)

Strong Single Prize Attackers

Crabominable (BUS; 74)

Garbodor (GRI; 51)

Gyarados (BUS; 33)

Honchkrow (GRI; 79)

Oricorio (GRI; 56)

Passimian (SUM; 73)

Reshiram (SLG; 14)

Shaymin (SLG; 7)

Shining Genesect (SLG; 9)

Shining Lugia (BW; 82)

Wobbuffet (BUS; 49)

Unique Cards

Gladion (CIN; 95)

Machoke (GRI; 64)

Porygon-Z (BUS; 105)

Shining Celebi (BW; 79)

Shining Jirachi (SLG; 42)

Sudowoodo (GRI; null)

Victini (GRI; 10)

Format Defining Cards

The following cards were some of the strongest cards we have had available to us that helped define our entire format. These cards will be missed.

Choice Band (GRI; 121)

Double Colorless Energy (SLG; 69)

Guzma (BUS; 115)

Field Blower (GRI; 125)

Marshadow (SLG; 45)

Nest Ball (SUM; 123)

Tapu Lele GX (GRI; 60)

Ultra Ball (SLG; 68)

Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)

What’s Next?

That’s it for today. In my next article, I will showcase a similar list of cards that will create our new Ultra Prism - Unbroken Bonds metagame to help expedite your testing process. After I release that article, I will start releasing decks that I have been testing in this new format. While it may suck to some that we don’t fully know what Unified Minds will bring to these decks, I still want to make sure that all 60 Cards readers are prepared for Worlds and the DC Open (which should be announced soon). As for me, I will be testing everyday for Worlds in an effort to have my best finish at Worlds yet! This season has been an amazing year for me in terms of Pokémon, life, and growth as a person. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me and I hope that you are all there for the ride! If you want to see more of my journey, follow me on my social media.

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