This could honestly be a thread created every three months, but I want to get your opinions on the current state of Standard. I have played it a lot, heard a lot of third-party opinions and read many articles, and came to a few conclusions. First thing that's very apparent to me is how rouge decks are extremely limited. It was bad enough with GXes, where regular Pokemon had to deal over a 100 damage for an OHKO, but with Tag Teams running around it's either scaling damage of bust - there's no point dealing very efficient 100s, when TT's attacks go off the rails, accelerating or killing your benched Pokemon. And this is a spiraling effect - the less "regular Pokemon" decks there are, the less relevant is it to deal below 300 damage. The gap between the two is just too wide and I'm afraid SwSh's response will be just more powercreep. Second, while there's no point listing again why Tag Teams are unbalanced, there's one core issue they inflict on the gameplay (in contrast to deckbuilding), and that is streamlining the hell out of it. While there are definitely decks with options and variables, the game is simply too fast for them to truly matter in a strategic sense - you either set them up, or you don't. This makes the format so much more polarizing, where match-ups turn from disadvantageous to immediate scoops. What I DO like are Gust effects, though Great Catcher is too much for me. I always felt Lysandre/Guzma are a tad too powerful, and the fact that you either have to heavily invest in Custom Catchers or limit your options with Great Catcher is a cool distinction. However, Great Catcher should really be a supporter (maybe without the discard). The option to have ridiculous blow-out turns with Welder and then pull the opponent's biggest target is just too much. Should Welder be banned? Honestly, when non-Fire decks are running Welder - hell, when every deck that doesn't have any other solution to Energy defaults to Welder - I think it should be at least considered. It matches all check-boxes for a broken card - it's imbalanced even in a vacuum, it warps the whole format around itself and has no counterparts. It also isn't some expensive GX that people will cry about losing value. With the format being so fast and Welder being the main culprit, a ban would have a serious - and I believe a positive - impact on it.