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Nico Alabas

Finding the play for NAIC

Nico takes a look at the top plays for the International Championships in Columbus, Ohio

06/20/2019 by Nico Alabas

What's up guys, this is Nico and today I'm going to talk to you about my top picks for the upcoming North American International Championships in Columbus, Ohio. By now we had a decent amount of tournaments in the SUM to UNB format, which allows us to get a pretty good picture on what the last big tournament in this format is going to look like. Against my own personal expectations, Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) was able to live up to its hype and became on of the most influencial decks of the format. Most people expected Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 33) to be pushed out of the format by Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20) as the new big Tag Team deck, but as it turns out both of them are pretty good and neither of them is going to leave any time soon. After a very long period of being considered inconsistent or straight up bad, Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) was able to make another push towards being one of the top decks until it will finally be forced to leave the Standard format, thanks to rotation, shortly before the World Championships in Washington D.C. The cards that made it possible for Zoroark GX (SLG; 53) to finally be recognized as one of the top decks again, without being considered "high roll" are primarily Persian GX (UBO; 149) and Triple Acceleration Energy which gave the deck a huge boost in consistency, but also allowed a much easier use of tech attackers like Slowking (LT; 55) and Dewgong (UBO; 45) , because it's possible to power them up with just one energy attachment. The final top tier deck is Zapdos (TM; 40) , which has been dominating ever since the release of Team Up, so it doesnt come to anyone's surprise that it's still staying on the top, especially because it also got some new tricks with Unbroken Bonds. Before I give away all the information about those decks just in the intro, let's take a look at each of them in detail, and also one pick that might not be on everyone's top list for NAIC.


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