How to Choose a Deck — The Process of Preparing the Play By: Grant Manley Posted 9 months ago to Premium Article 1 comment Hello everyone! Today I want to go over a topic that is almost never talked about: choosing the right deck. This all applies just as much for online events as it does for in-person ones. At any given time, there are usually at least five viable decks. Ideally, you could put hours of practice into every deck and every matchup, but there’s only so much time in the day. In this article, I want to discuss how to choose a deck for an event, and what considerations and priorities go into such a decision. These thought processes are not talked about often, and I feel that this discussion can be new and helpful for many players. Lots of people are unsure about their pick even the day before a tournament, and I’ve definitely been there. Of course, I’ll be going into this with the mindset of trying to win. There’s nothing wrong with playing a comfort deck or a rogue deck, but if you’re reading this, you’re probably more interested in the optimal approach. With anything larger than a League Cup, I’m completely zoned in on preparing and analyzing all of my options. I still try to win at League Cups, but I more or less play whatever deck I feel like playing. I’m going to explain my process, and I hope it serves as a guideline. Not everything I say in this article is necessarily the only way to go about things, so don’t take it like I’m saying that everything else is wrong. Sometimes that’s the case with lists, but things are a bit less strict here. ContentsPreparing for an EventThe Deck Choosing ProcessThe ContendersTeching and RevisingNew FormatsConclusion Preparing for an Event 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.