Gedemer’s Last Thoughts — Going Down Under By: Caleb Gedemer Posted 7 months ago to Premium Article 7 comments The second Internationals of the season is almost upon us. Australia is going to be the first major event to feature the Sword & Shield expansion — it’s always a highlight of the season to bring some of the new cards to life. The purpose of this article will be to drop a rundown of what the metagame is looking like before the big event. Whether you’re attending yourself or going to a different tournament this weekend, this piece will be useful to further acquaint yourself with “what’s good” and make sure you’re ready to win some games. Here’s the big picture of decks you should expect at this event along with how important facing them might be: The Decks Primary Threats Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX / Zacian V | Article Blacephalon / Jirachi Cinccino Mill | Article Mewtwo and Mew-GX / Malamar Pikachu and Zekrom-GX Secondary Threats Blacephalon-GX Lucario and Melmetal-GX / Zacian V | Article Mewtwo and Mew-GX / Welder | Article Welder Toolbox Tertiary Threats Cinccino Control | Article Florges Mill Frosmoth Toolbox | Article Galarian Obstagoon Malamar Toolbox Morpeko V / Lillie's Poké Doll The Guide These aren’t the only decks out there though, there are some other solid choices to choose from. But these are the most popular decks, the ones that most players will gravitate towards especially on short notice. I can’t thoroughly review every deck, but I’m going to glance over the other decks I’ve mentioned at the top of this article. Each deck will be followed by my rating out of five, along with its “trend” (down, neutral, or up in terms of potential success) as well as why. 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.