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Predictions: Post Rotation World Championships 2019 (Part 2)

This year the Pokemon TCG World Championships will be taking place once again in Washington D.C. and will be streamed on Twitch on the official Pokemon TCG Channel. The event will take place from August 16th through the 18th and have some of the best players in the entire world squaring up against each other to try and take home the grand prize. With all of these amazing things however there comes a big first for the event. 

The official rotation for the 2020 format of Pokemon hits on August 14th. This means many decks that have been meta staples for a long time will suddenly be unavailable for worlds. Many staple cards from Double Colorless Energy to Guzma have been lost to the rotation meaning decks are about to see a major change. We've written about Pokemon Searching cards post rotation as well as gusting cards post rotation for those interested. 

The big takeaway here is that the game is going through a major change right before the largest event of the year. So what kind of decks can we expect? What should those building decks for the event be on the lookout for? We've got our predictions here to help give you an idea on what may be present at the event. Last time we took a look at decks that used a fire power build to find success. Today we'll be looking at decks more focused on mono typing to see which decks of a single type might be the best in the coming competition. Buckle up, we've got a lot of decks to look at!

Water Types

Seaking UNB 49Quagsire DRM 26Slowpoke & Psyduck-GX UNM 35

With so much power being put behind fire decks, it's more than expected we could see some decks with more of a focus on Water Types. There's three decks we think have the highest chances of being seen. We can't talk about water decks however without mentioning the newest big bruiser around, Slowpoke & Psyduck-GX! Searchable by Cherish Ball we have Slowpoke & Psyduck-GX! The main draw of this deck comes from using tons of the new cards in Unified Minds. Misty's Favor grabs extra supporters fast and Lapras UNM 36 brings it back to the hand! You can also search out Lance Prism Star and use it to bring on Dragonite TEU 119 to give you even MORE Supporters! Combine this with even the possibility of Delcatty CES 121 and Devolution Spray-Z you can have a lot of cards in your hand to discard and deal serious damage with! Also, it lacks a weakness to Lightning Types which as you'll see in just a moment could come in very handy... 

Next we have to talk about QuagaNadel decks. They've been managing to find reasonable success in several tournaments. At the Madison Regionals Frank Percic, Mike Gibs, and Greg Minklei placed 56th, 49th, and 27th respectively. Andrew Martin was able to place 38th at the Columbus, OH Internationals as well. As Ultra Space is still really helpful for searching out Pokemon, this deck still has some solid Pokemon searching potential. Quagsire UNB 97 could also help against some Lightning decks. Finally, a few of these decks tech in a Magikarp & Wailord-GX but it's not the main focus. With major difficulty accelerating Water Energy, we don't expect to see any deck focused around it unless it's a stall deck. 

We did figure we'd mention one more lesser water deck while we had your attention, that deck being Seaking & Shedinja! We've written about this kind of deck in the past if you're interested. It takes some lucky coin flips but it might see play in the hands of a capable player. 

Lightning Types

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX PR-SM SM168 Zapdos TEU 40Charjabug UNB 58

Getting one Full Blitz charged up is all you need to get even more after, and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX has been doing this incredibly well. It's been the third most successful deck after Zoroark-GX (which won't be legal at the event) for very good reason. With things like Electropower you can deal massive amounts of damage very quickly after getting it charged up. With a strong supporting cast like Zapdos TEU 40 to help do extra damage as well, it's got a good thing going. To be fair, there's less Pokemon search available even with Cherish Ball added but that's the case for almost every other deck as well. 

Speaking of Zapdos, why not a deck with the focus on it? Zapdos decks come in just under Pikachu & Zekrom-GX decks in terms of success. They don't only attack with the electric bird however, they tend to run Rainbow Energy so they can use Buzzwole, Nihilego, and other cards for their unique attacks. Powering up Zapdos with Electropower can make for some fearsome attacks as well! This one isn't purely Lightning Types, but we knew we had to mention it.

We expect some may try this electric deck, however it has some serious faults at the moment. Searching out the Pokemon in the deck has become incredibly difficult. Some may still try to pilot this deck but to be honest, it's going to be facing a lot more problems than it did before.

Finally, we have to make mention of Vikavolt + Charjabug decks. Chris Hoag placed 53rd at the Madison Regional with the deck and Alfredo Garcia placed 31st at the Santa Clara Regional. Unfortunately, we do think this is the weakest of the choices here. Yes, it can place, but the setup is a bit slow and finicky. Still being able to actually use Lure Ball as it's not lost to rotation could be helpful in ways for searching out things needed. It's not perfect, but it's something worth being prepared for.

Fighting Types

Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179

Dugtrio UNB 86Speaking of lightning types, let's talk about their weaknesses! There's a ton of Fighting Pokemon that can bring them to a halt, Buzzwole being one of the more popular choices. It being easily searched for by Ultra Space doesn't hurt either. However, things just got even better for these Pokemon. With Karate Belt introduced alongside Martial Arts Dojo any Fighting Types can make some massive swings for comebacks. Funnily enough, there's quite a few Pokemon that can really use this to great success right now. Plenty have low HP Basic Pokemon as well that can be searched for by Professor Elm's Lecture. Here's a small list of some Pokemon we could see decks made around:

See what we mean? Seeing as how Diancie FLI 74 is also still legal, there's a lot of potential for damage doing here. We expect to see a few fighting decks taking a try at winning the tournament! 

Grass Types

Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX UNB 1Pheromosa-GX PR-SM SM66Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1

Cherrim UPR 11It's probably been very obvious over the past few events, but Grass Type decks have not been doing well. That Fire weakness is just incredibly difficult to overcome. However, it's not impossible. With Cherrim UPR 11 to cut down on weakness damage you may be able to win. With Net Ball also remaining legal, it really helps searching out the Pokemon you need in a format where that's normally difficult. 

First, we don't expect Celebi & Venusaur-GX to be able to do as well. It just takes too much to set up especially with an intent to stall. Even if you reduce that weakness damage and heal up with Shaymin LOT 33 the lack of a good way to accelerate the Energy you need hurts a good deal. A fire power build with Rainbow Brush could work but it's far clunkier than the other options.

Simply put, Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor can manage the same concept but better. With the ability to accelerate Stage 2 Pokemon out onto the field very quickly, it can accelerate Energy with Tsareena UNM 19, reduce damage taken with Leavanny UNM 9, keep things evolving with Meganium LOT 8, force switches with Victreebel CES 3, prevent damage from Ultra Beasts with Sceptile CES 10 and so much more! Get out those Shaymins or even be wild and try to use Ludicolo DET 2 and you've got some major healing power going! 

One of those other options comes in the form of Pheramosa & Buzzwole-GX! The deck can be focused down to almost ONLY include these Pokemon if you were brave enough, but there's some other good tools to help as well. Green's Exploration can help grab Beast Ring very fast, as long as a Cherrim isn't out of course. Ultra Space is still helpful here for Pokemon search alongside Cherish Ball. Some may even use Mismagius UNB 78 with Dusk Stone to get into Beast Ring range fast.

Finally, we want to offer a Grass Type deck that doesn't need larger amounts of Energy to succeed and works by tacking on damage and confusion. We're calling it Cruel Spores and we'll be covering it in a full article this week! As a small explanation for now, this uses Pheromosa-GX alongside Parasect TEU 7 to try and deal all of its damage. There's plenty of ways to quickly search out Pokemon in the deck, which makes it wonderfully fast to set up. It's certainly worth consideration, and we're sure some players have seen the combination and are working on it. 

 

Dragon Types

Garchomp & Giratina-GX UNM 146

There is a small irony that what is likely the strongest Dragon Type deck relies on a classic Psychic Type trope to succeed, but we are positive this is your best choice if looking to use Dragons at the event. We don't have too much to say here that hasn't been written about by Mike Likes in his article about the deck so we suggest you give it a thorough read if you're interested! Overall this really is quite a powerful deck that has already seen a lot of success in Japan. People will be running it, and we expect it will find some serious success!

Fairy Types

Granbull LOT 138

If we expect some powerful dragons coming out to play, it's only logical we'd see some Fairy Types too right? There's no discounting the possibility of a Granbull deck. We've already proven that the deck can still run successfully post-rotation so it won't be stopped there. Plus there's history to show this deck is doing well enough even without a lot of dragons around. Paden Richard placed 110th at the Columbus, OH International, Ryno van Schoor placed 3rd at the SPE Cape Town event, and Alec Geissler and Arlo Neel placed 57th and 32nd respectively at the Madison Regional. There's no denying we have a serious chance to see this deck running around at the biggest stage for those willing to use its newer build.

So what about Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX? There's been a solidly used variant for the deck but it hasn't really found much serious success thus far. Will someone give it a try at the event? 

Steel Types

Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 120 Steelix CES 89Melmetal UNB 129

So we mentioned Jasmine in our previous article, with such incredible Pokemon search, Steel Decks should be looking solid right? Well, unfortunately, no. We all know Fire Decks are set up to deal some serious damage against them even with Metal Frying Pan to help. We don't think Steel Decks are done however, we just expect if we see them they will almost certainly be Stall and Wall Decks. There's simply too many tools to reduce damage against them to see them doing much else. As not only Jasmine but Poke Maniac can pull out a lot of these high retreat cost cards, it's easier to use these stalling Steel Types as well.

Buff Padding, Metal Frying Pan, Metal Goggles, Mt. Coronet, and Metal Core Barrier all create some massive tools to use. Still if you don't want to just sit Bronzong TEU 101 could maybe fight Fire Decks and Scizor-GX has a possible build for attacking. Still mark our words, if we see Steel Decks at worlds we're expecting them to stall.

Dark Types

Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM 126Umbreon & Darkrai-GX UNM 125Weavile-GX UNM 132

When it comes to Dark Types there's some serious powerhouses in the wings. The best combination comes from using Mega Sableye & Tyranitar, Umbreon & Darkrai, and Weavile-GX! The awesome folks at PTCGRadio made a great video explaining the deck so if you're curious to see all the details go check it out. Now we should also mention Greninja & Zoroark-GX in here as well. It's certainly not as easy, but it's not impossible to try and get enough Energy out for it to use. Still, we don't expect it to be used over its even more powerful options.

So will darkness fall over the World Championships? Well with people already planning on having Fighting Type cards ready to take on Lightning Decks and that it will make it easy to also counter these Dark Types as well we're not expecting it as much. Of course, players will try, but it will take some creative twists to make them truly successful. 

Psychic Types

Malamar FLI 51Beheeyem UNM 91Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71

Malamar you say? Yes we have PLENTY of Pokemon Malamar can power up. So before we get to those let's talk about a few other Pokemon first. First let's chat about two of the biggest Psychic Tag Teams, Mewtwo & Mew-GX and Gengar & Mimikyu-GX. We expect both of these will more likely be one-of techs in decks than having decks purely built around them. They are strong, there's no denying it, but they are simply not the strongest possible choices. Then there's Muk & Alolan Muk-GX and Espeon & Deoxys-GX. The former is likely too slow to do the trick, and the latter isn't going to be piling on enough damage to keep up with how many prizes it's giving.

In terms of a Psychic deck with more potential however we have to mention Beheeyem UNM 91. Combining it with Triple Acceleration Energy can allow for a solid way to item lock the opponent if using its attack Mysterious Noise. The deck has more cards coming that will likely make it even better after the big event, but some may give it a try here first.

Mewtwo DET 12Now let's get to the obvious choice, Malamar Decks. With Ultra Space and Mysterious Treasure together there's so many good Ultra Beasts as always to pull out and use. With it being harder to search out Pokemon some of these older Ultra Beast Pokemon that haven't been used could be better than ever before. However, there's a ton of other potential options that could manage decent damage and be powered up quickly. We're going to give a big list of possible options for players to consider, here we go!


We hope this has given you an even better idea on what you might see on the grandest stage of them all! If you haven't yet we highly encourage you check out Part One for even more predictions. In the last part of our three-part series, we'll be looking at either rogue weird builds or some decks that simply didn't fit the theme of our first two articles. If you think we missed any important points in this article let us know in the comments below or grill the grill over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers! 

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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