Let’s try this Standard format thing again. This weekend we’ve got Daytona Beach, Florida Regionals, offering itself as the second major opportunity to play the Standard format featuring the new Cosmic Eclipse cards. Going into a new format “blind” is an interesting experience and you’ll often see many ingenious decks take the event by storm. But in the case of the Latin America Internationals it was the opposite — decks utilizing Welder showed up in full force and we saw a deck wielding only one Cosmic Eclipse card win it all.
Moving forward, we should have a better idea of what to expect after a week of League Cup events and more content being released around the web. I played Robin Schulz’s Welder Toolbox at a local League Challenge and League Cup this past weekend and saw a wide variety of decks. Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX by far seemed like the go-to for most players, especially those that hadn’t put much time into the format. This makes sense, as the deck is very much this format’s Pikachu and Zekrom-GX, a simple deck that can be picked up and played decently right away. Going into this weekend’s Regionals I want to beat the following decks in this order:
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