An End and a Beginning — NAIC Recap and a First Look at the Worlds Format By: Stephane Ivanoff Posted 1 year ago to Premium Article 1 comment Hello! The impossible happened last week at the North American International Championship: I managed to defend my title! I won NAIC with Zoroark-GX / Dewgong, and this means so much to me. Being the one to give Zoroark-GX one last major success before it takes its leave of the Standard format is a dream come true, and being able to finally prove Dewgong’s worth beyond the shadow of a doubt is also gratifying, after all the time I spent praising that version of the deck. In case you think my win is a fluke, I must remind you that Isaiah Bradner won the tournament in the Seniors Division with the same deck; his list differed from mine by two cards, and one of them is the choice of Meowth. I want to use this article to give a quick recap of the tournament and explain the list I played. My list wasn’t the only surprise of the event, so I’ll also touch on why some decks did well, or faltered despite hype being in their favor. Finally, since most of you are probably looking past the current format, I want to share my early thoughts on the Worlds format. ContentsA Week of PokemonDewgong’s Time to ShineSurprises All AroundWhat Now?Conclusion A Week of Pokemon In case you haven’t read it, I encourage you to check out last week’s article, which was a guide to Zoroark-GX / Dewgong. The paywall on it has been removed, so even if you’re not a PokéBeach subscriber, you can check it out. In the rest of this section, I’ll assume you’ve read that article, so I won’t explain the basic concept of the deck, but only what changed in a week. If you'd like to continue reading PokeBeach's premium articles, consider purchasing a premium membership! It grants you full access to PokeBeach's premium articles and allows you to submit your deck lists and questions to our writers for advice! If you're not completely satisfied with your membership, you can request a full refund within 30 days! Simply cancel it in Paypal and then PM Water Pokemon Master for a full refund. No questions asked! Each subscription automatically renews at the end of its cycle, but you can stop or change it before then. 5.95 USD per 7 days Subscribe Weekly Subscription 5.95 / week. 14.97 USD per month Subscribe Monthly Subscription 14.97 / month. You'll also get a special subscriber badge under your avatar. 41.70 USD per 3 months Subscribe Quarterly Subscription Averages to 13.90 / month. You'll also get a special subscriber badge under your avatar and an Advanced Member banner.