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Pokemon TCG Worlds 2019 Recap

It's been a wild three days but we've finally come to the end of the 2019 World Championships! We've seen some wild matches and got some really cool Pokemon news, so let's take a look at some of the latter then discuss some of the implications for the post rotation meta! The first things is we had two new Tag Team-GX cards announced, here's a little preview on what they can do!

Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX 280 HP

[W][M][C] Ultimate Ray: 150 Search your deck for up to 3 basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[M]+ Altered Creation-GX: For the rest of the game, your Pokemon attacks do 30 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon (before applying Weakness and Resistance). If this Pokemon has at least 1 extra [W] Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack's cost) when your opponent's Active Pokemon is Knocked Out by damage from those attacks take 1 more Prize card. (You can't use more than 1 GX attack in a game.) 

Togepi & Cleffa & Igglybuff-GX 240 HP

[F][F][C] Rolling Panic 120+ Flip a coin until you get tails. This attack does 30 more damage for each heads.


[F][F]+ Supreme Puff-GX Take another turn after this one. (Skip the between-turns step.) If this Pokemon has at least 14 extra [F] Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack's cost), your opponen shuffles all of their benched Pokemon and all cards attached to them into their deck.  (You can't use more than 1 GX attack in a game.) 

We also got a small look at Zacian-V and Zamazenta-V an all new Pokemon type coming to us in the future! With a hint of a 330HP (a record high number) Pokemon being the Dynamax/Gigantimax Pokemon equivalent in the game it's been really interesting. If you want to see the full trailer we have it right here for you to watch! With that in mind let's get to the good stuff, all the competition!

Day One Statistics

The graph above contains a general breakdown on data we have so far from decks being used on the first day or worlds. While there were a few anomalous results (like Beeheeyem managing a 6-0-0 day one) we are able to learn a lot about the meta going forward. Using purely the numbers from Masters, here's the top decks people expected in worlds and how much they were actually played on the first day. 

  • Malamar Variants - 25%
  • Pikachu & Zekrom-GX - 22%
  • Reshiram & Charizard-GX decks - 14%
  • Blacephelon-GX - 13%
  • Mew & Mewtwo-GX - 3%
  • Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX - 3%
  • DarkBox - 2%

Let's compare this to the decks that came into the top 8 of the event! DarkBox was unable to even make it, the same for Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX (though it should be mentioned it did make it to the finals in the Senior's Division). While some folks did expect Shedinja Control to come through, a more curious version focused around Pidgeotto TEU 123 was the only control styled deck to place high. 

So what can we learn here? Welder is a phenomenal card. It was the main Energy and draw card in a huge majority of the top decks. If a deck wants to break through it has to accelerate just as fast. While loads of people went in with Malamar decks none of them managed to hit the top 8. We'll know more about placements in general as the data comes in but it may be that they just can't work fast enough to keep up. Decks for Pikachu & Zekrom-GX were the most played but didn't seem to go as far either. Was this just a comfort pick for worlds? We'll have to see going forward!


In the end after Shintaro Ito suffered a two prize penalty Henry Brand was able to pull out the win with his Mew & Mewtwo-GX deck. As we get more data on the decks and have their exact builds you can expect us to keep you updated here at PokeGoldfish. We'll be covering all the rogue builds and breaking down the future meta of the game so be sure to stay tuned!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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