Examining the Standard Format Metagame — Online Edition

Finally we’ve got Rebel Clash online, ready to go, and being used in events online. A recent online event, which I played in, boasted over one-thousand players competing! Today we’ll delve into the results from this event and pave the way to preparing for the next one. Going in, here were a few of my expectations and predictions prior to the event I played this weekend.

Expectations and Results

The Spiritomb variant of Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX / Spiritomb was definitely not the play, nor did it perform amazingly well. At a recent online event, I went 8/5/0 with it. While Spiritomb hits Dragapult VMAX hard, its no Zacian V, and doesn’t draw nearly as well as you’d like in tight situations. Blacephalon showed up in full force and even cracked the Top 8 of this event; it’s still at the top of the pack. Control/Mill decks actually still have a chance and some made the Top 4. Dragapult VMAX is not overhyped and did fairly well with a Top 8 spot and a birth in the Top Four. Of my predictions, the only one I very clearly nailed was the popularity of Pikachu and Zekrom-GX; there were 39 in day two alone! Let’s start with significant numbers:

Pikachu and Zekrom-GX was by far the most successful deck. Most people predicted it would be popular, but did they also think it would win? I thought it would be in great numbers, but not the winning deck per se. It sure showed me; this deck is now a must-beat and needs to be on everyone’s radar. If you can’t beat ’em, join them!

Pikachu and Zekrom-GX

Pokemon (12)

3x Dedenne-GX (UNB #57)2x Pikachu and Zekrom-GX (TEU #33)2x Boltund V (SWSH2 #67)1x Zeraora-GX (LOT #86)1x Tapu Koko Prism Star (TEU #51)1x Raichu and Alolan Raichu-GX (UNM #54)1x Marshadow (UNB #81)1x Eldegoss V (SWSH2 #19)

Trainers (34)

3x Professor's Research (SWSH1 #178)3x Boss's Orders (SWSH2 #154)2x Marnie (SWSH1 #169)1x Mallow and Lana (COE #198)1x Guzma and Hala (COE #193)4x Switch (SWSH1 #183)4x Quick Ball (SWSH1 #179)4x Electropower (LOT #172)2x Tag Call (COE #206)2x Energy Switch (SWSH1 #162)2x Electromagnetic Radar (UNB #169)1x Tag Switch (UNM #209)1x Reset Stamp (UNM #206)1x Great Catcher (COE #192)1x Big Charm (SWSH1 #158)1x Air Balloon (SWSH1 #156)1x Thunder Mountain Prism Star (LOT #191)

Energy (14)

10x Lightning Energy (EVO #94)4x Speed L Energy (SWSH2 #173)

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