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Nico Alabas

The future of UPR-HIF

Nico takes a look at the current format and how it will develop after Worlds, the SPE in Melbourne and the Regional Championship in Sheffield

09/23/2019 by Nico Alabas

What’s up guys, this is Nico and today I want to talk about the current state of the format and how I expect it to develop within the next few weeks, leading up to the Regional Championships in Cologne and Atlantic City. In previous season this would still be a little too early to make projections on how the format is going to unfold until we get the new set in November, but thanks to the World Championships already being played with the post rotation format, we’ve already gotten much more information on decks than we would usually have at the beginning of the season. This article is going to be split into three primary parts about tournaments that we already got results from (Worlds/D.C Open, SPE Melbourne and the Regional in Sheffield) followed by a conclusion based on those results and how the format has developed so far. 


Worlds 2019/D.C Open 

With the World Championships being the most prestigious tournament during any year, it was already very foreseeable that the results from Washington would have a major impact on any tournament going further, because if people don’t try their best to find their deck for the World Championships, when else would they do it? Going into the first day of the World Championships, most players were expecting the top decks to be  Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  with a heavy focus on  Green's Exploration (UBO; 209)Pikachu & Zekrom GX (TM; 162)  with or without  Jirachi (TM; 99)  and  Blacephalon GX (SM8) (JP; null) , followed by  Malamar (FLI; 51)  which people still expected being played, but was widely regarded as too inconsistent and just straight up inferior to the other top decks, mainly due to its bad matchups against the heavy amount of healing that  Green's Exploration (UBO; 209)  brings into  Reshiram and Charizard GX (UBO; 20)  by being able to search out Potion and Herbs, as well as PikaRom being able to use a lot of non GX attackers and explosive set ups to overwhelm any kind of  Malamar (FLI; 51)  variant.

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