1. 👑 X4 Zoroark GX (Shining Legends). If you play in standard like most people, you will want 4 of these guys. With Professor Sycamore and N gone, a lot of pressure is on cards like Cynthia and Tate and Liza to come through. So Zoroark GX is going to be a highly seen card for it's trade ability until they can get a card like Sycamore or N back. Even if they do Zoroark GX will probably continue to explode just like it did last year winning the 2018 worlds. Even if you play in Expanded you will want to continuously keep an eye out for this card.
2. 3-4 Malamar and its partners (Forbidden Light for Malamar, Ultra Prism for some of the others). Malamar and its partners will probably take another step forward. Malamar did decent at worlds but maybe not as well as some people (like me) thought it might do. A lot of people probably even think this deck is done, but they are wrong. Not a ton of great cards in this deck were lost except for float stone which can easily be replaced with altar of the moone. Malamar variants will continue to thrive.
3. 3-4 Baby Buzzwole and it's partners (Buzzwole in Forbidden light, others include Crimson Invasion, Guardians Rising and Shining Legends). Baby Buzzwole really seemed to have a huge impact in the world's last season. It actually shocked me that we kinda saw him more than we saw Buzzwole GX. I had kinda seen this coming by looking at the results from events like the North American Internationals. You will probably still want 1-2 Buzzwole GX, 1-2 Lycanroc GX, and 1-2 Zoroark GX. those were some of its common partners at worlds.
4. Tapu- Lele GX 1-4 (Guardians Rising). If you are like me you might have thought this card would start disappearing, but it won't especially since the draw supporters are a little more limited this year and less powerful, Tapu will need to be there to seek out those Cynthia's.
5. Guzma 2-4 (Burning Shadows). In my opinion you will want to have Guzma just like last season. If you watched worlds last year you would see that this card served countless numbers of game winning blows. This cards price in the physical TCG will probably continue to rise. It will also become rarer in the TCGO, so get guzma's.
6. Cynthia 4 (Ultra Prism). You will need your Cynthia in standard. Although cards like Tate and Liza are still around, this is the one card you are ordered to have, because this is pretty much what is left so far.
7. Nest Ball, and Pokemon fan club 3-4 for the nest ball, 1-2 for Pokemon fan (nest ball in Sun and Moon, Pokemon fan club in Ultra Prism). With bridgette gone nest ball and Pokemon fan club will probably have a big effect in the standard format. I expect more nest balls than Pokemon fan club's even though lots of key supporters are gone and there will be a little more room in your deck. Nest Ball is going to be a key card especially with the release of Apricorn Maker.
8. Ditto Prism Star 1 (Undecided). You will probably want this card. It is going to be released later. This card can become any stage 1 Pokemon in play. You can pair it with Zoroark GX and it will be a one prizer instead.
9. Rayquaza GX 2-4 (Celestial Storm). You will want this card for standard especially after Zeraroa GX is released. It has a GX attack that attaches 5 basic energy cards from your discard pile in any way you like. If max elixer were still around Rayquaza GX could be really good. But, despite that, Rayquaza also has Vikavolt as a perfect partner. Rayquaza probably won't be seen that much for awhile because it lacks good consistency and shrine of punishment would be really hard on it. But, I say still get some, because one card could completely change this deck and make it great, and you will be totally unprepared and you might lose a lot. Just don't worry about this card yet.
10. Get some of those lower tier cards from last year 2-4 ( look up low tide decks on the web). I would start to get those cards that were part of some more low-tier decks from last year. With some cards like float stone, max elixer, and special fighting energy gone these cards and their decks like Tapu-Bulu and Vikavolt will probably see some playing time especially on the TCGO. So if you are looking for a new deck, later in this season, try one of these because these decks could see some good times on the TCGO.
11. Oranguru 2-3 (Sun and Moon). The Oranguru from the Sun and Moon base set will probably become pretty popular with the loss of Octillery. Even though we still have Zoroark GX, Zoroark won't fit with every deck, and since we still don't have a lot of draw support Oranguru could start becoming a normal choice for many top-tier decks and low-tier decks. This card is important for you to get your hands on.
12. Garbordor 2-4 (Guardians Rising). Again with the amount of supporters that are good, decreasing, you might want to get those garbordors so you can hopefully dish out some trashalanche for huge amounts of damage. Garbordor will probably continue to partner with Zoroark GX a lot. Garbordor probably will also remain a good partner to Buzzwole variants. Don't be surprised to see shrine of punishment combined with Garbordor a lot also.
13. Banette GX 2-4 and his partners (Banette in Celestial Storm, some partners include Forbidden Light and Ultra Prism). Banette GX really came through last year at world's in the senior division. This card could be a great partner with Weavile. The one that does 60 damage to every Pokemon that have an ability. And with either Necrozoma GX. Expect to see some of this card, but not to much in standard this year. Expanded players you might watch out, because Banette would have access to battle compressor.
14. Lost March 2-4 Jumpluff and it's partners (Undecided). Yep that's right we might be seeing some more march! Currently these cards are only available in Japan's Explosive Impact set. The Jumpluff does 20 damage for each Pokemon in your lost zone. Except for prism star Pokemon. There is a card named trumbeak that you can put into your discard pile straight from your hand. If you do that you can also look at the top card or your opponents deck, and if it is a supporter you can make them out it into their discard pile, if not the card is shuffled into their deck. There is a Spinarak that does it, but not the exact same thing as trumbeak, a skiploom, a slowking, a Natu that has Jumpluff's same attack, a forretress, a lost mixer item card, you can view all of these cards on Serebii's site. I think we might have a new trio! All of this is pretty incredible. You better go check it out.
I am hoping that you all know about the other basic cards you will want it you don't already have like for example ultra ball. I you don't then I would suggest visiting the darkintergalgaming website as it gives basics templates for decks. By worlds last year I meant the 2018 worlds. Technically the new year really hasn't started, but in Pokemon it has. If you don't know what a lot of these cards do, you could look them up on websites like the Pokemon website or sites like pokelecctor. I will try to keep this updated whenever a new set comes out with any cards that you should think about getting. I have decided to put new thoughts for a set if it really doesn't have any staples. Dragon Majesty is giving us a lot of fire support. Like for example blaine's last stand which says it this card is the last card in your hand you may play it. Draw 2 cards for each of your fire Pokemon in play. Not to much others, but we may see some Blazekin variants every now and then. They probably wouldn't be that great though. Otherwise not the best set. But has a couple cards that might do something. On Blaine I don't think those were the exact words, but that is what he does. There is a lot of stuff in Japan's Explosive Impact that has a lot to do with the Lost Zone, and there are 3 crazy unown's that can make you win the game, but your chances of Pulling of those is like 10%. Also, unown has to be your active Pokemon. There is one unown that has an ability. If it is your active Pokemon, and there are 12 or more supporters in the Lost Zone, then you win! There is also a Girafig from the set, that puts two cards from your opponents discard like into then lost zone. Unown could do something like that, but I wouldn't want it to, as it could make for some really short games. Keep in mind that I don't know if all of these cards will come out in english, so don't get too excited. Mods please don't shut down this thread. I plan on keeping it up for awhile.
Edited by WingsofFire1014, 26 September 2018 - 01:16 PM.