The Optimal Deck? — ADP / Zacian V and Other Preliminary Frontrunners

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

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