11/14/2019 by Zach Lesage
As I sit down waiting for my flight from Portland to Toronto, I wanted to throw as many words into this article as I could because we are running out of time. We are always running out of time, but more specifically running out of time to test for the 2019 Latin American International Championships this week in São Paulo, Brazil. This past weekend at Portland I heard many top players stating that they haven’t touched a card from Cosmic Eclipse yet and they are terrified to jump into this new format. Others shared their thoughts on Pidgeotto Control decks being “busted” and Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX (ADP) being the best new deck from the set. Personally, I have tested this format as extensively as possible and I still feel lost. I switch my top choice on the daily and revisit neglected decks to see if there is something that I missed. This article won’t be as polished with hyperlinks / photos as they usually are, but I wanted to use that time to give you as much information I possible can before the event. The goal of this article is to share my thoughts on the metagame, provide insight on my experience playing in Brazil, and to showcase some of my decklists heading into this event! If you are not attending LAIC, all of this information is valid for League Cups and Daytona Beach, FL Regionals! Enjoy.
Thoughts on LAIC
This will be my third time playing Pokémon in Brazil and I have had a decent bit of success playing in that country. I lost my win-and-in and made Top 64 during my first year playing at that event and made Top Eight last year. During both of those events, I have realized that playing in Brazil is slightly different than playing in North America.
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