The Optimal Deck? — ADP / Zacian V and Other Preliminary Frontrunners By: Grant Manley Posted 1 year ago to Premium Article 3 comments Hello everyone! This is Grant here with another article. I am a bit early in my testing with Sword & Shield, but I’ve been able to formulate some thoughts on most of the decks. I leave for Australia in a week and I’m excited to play this new format on the International scale. I think Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX / Zacian V is broken, as does everyone else. I’ve been working on a list and the deck has already undergone several revisions. I want to maximize speed and consistency. If the deck is able to set up perfectly every game, it is able to win the Prize trade against everything. For the most part, techs and any non-consistency cards aren’t needed. I’ll be going over my list and offer some thoughts on the other decks that are shaping up. I’ve got some ideas on the winners and losers out of the currently hyped archetypes, but the format is brand new so there will inevitably be unexpected decks that pop up. Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX / Zacian V 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.