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Hey PokeBeach readers, Ciaran here with my second article. I thought I would tackle a subject I get asked about a lot; how do I pick my deck (and list) for a tournament? There are a plethora of different factors that go into how I choose what to play, including my familiarity with a deck, best of one vs best of three, round times, and what I expect the metagame to be. I will go over all this and more in this article — hopefully by the end, you will have learned a thing or two about selecting the best 60 for your next event!
Play What You Know
If there is only one piece of advice you take away from this article, I hope it is this one; only play decks that you are well-practised with, and know inside out! Pokemon is a game where it is better to be a master of one than a jack of all trades. Each deck has unique strategies, matchups, and builds, and it takes a lot of practice to achieve a high level of proficiency with a new deck. A Tier 2 deck played at 95-100% proficiency will always...

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