Everyone’s Favorite Dragon — Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX in Standard

Hello PokeBeach readers and welcome to back to another one of my articles! I have absolutely loved covering the transition of the Standard format from pre to post-rotation, along with the introduction of Darkness Ablaze. It is not often that such great change occurs in Pokemon, so it is exciting for all of this to be happening at once, especially when we had such a dry format and no real-life events to go with it.

While the situation of no real-life events has not changed, and for good reason, the online scene is absolutely blowing up! I highly recommend taking a look around and getting yourself involved. The opportunities truly are endless and you can even find some with some unusual custom rules, such as the banning of Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX, which is quite the hot topic in the community right now. I do provide a brief opinion on that later in the article, but it is outshined by the rest of the article which is absolutely packed with crucial Standard format information.

From one of the best decks right now in the form of Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX, all the way to an updated tier list with so much more to offer in between, this article should have something for everyone. That being said, I do have a lot to cover here, and I know you are patiently awaiting the true start of this article, so let’s kick things off with a look at Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX.

Arceus and Dialga and Palkia-GX List

This deck is certainly a force to be reckoned with! It is so strong and aggressive that it keeps many decks from seeing any play whatsoever, and it has many players calling for the ban of its main Pokemon. This decklist is not much different than what player’s were seeing success with towards the end of the last format, but it is in an even better position than it was previously. It did not lose much in the rotation, it has a great set of matchups, and it is consistent. It has a lot going for it, but I will talk more about the pros and cons of this beast later in this section. For now, let’s look at the decklist:


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