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Hello everyone! The current Standard format is in an interesting place right now. With no major events taking place in July, there is a month and a half between NAIC and Worlds. This results in a bit of a lull in competitive play, although there are still online Limitless tournaments and the release of the Pokemon GO set to keep players involved.

I touched on the state of the meta in my last article — that is, the format is almost solved. This is due to the top decks being incredibly difficult to counter, which results in a meta that has developed and stabilized much more quickly than usual. Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR and Arceus VSTAR have established and maintained their stranglehold on the meta because they are...

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