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Worlds Shows the Future of the Pokémon TCG


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Now that the 2017 Pokémon TCG World Championships have wrapped up, we are yet again blown away by the talent and creativity shown by the competitors in their deck building skills. All it takes is a quick look at the Top 8 from each age division to see just how diverse success can be. We saw newer decks featuring the likes of Garbodor and Decidueye-GX hold their own again older mainstays such as Greninja BREAK. Please be sure to check out all the Top 8 deck lists from Anaheim and have a look at our recap of the finals matches to see how these decks stacked up!

We saw some great play featuring cards from the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadow expansion and it will be a lot of fun to see how these decks evolve. In addition to the hard hitters like the rising star Gardevoir-GX, we also saw some powerful Supporter cards being put to good use. Two that quickly stood out were Guzma and Acerola. Guzma has all but replaced Lysandre due to its flexibility. It can push an opponent's tough Pokémon back to their Bench, or act as a convenient method for switching out your own Pokémon. Acerola's flexibility also came in handy throughout the tournaments. Scooping up a damaged Pokémon instead of losing a Prize card was perhaps its most noticeable asset, although it could effectively work as a switch effect by picking up the Active Pokémon, promoting a Benched Pokémon to the Active spot, then re-playing the Pokémon you just picked up to the Bench.

We're very excited to see how players continue to evolve their decks and use new strategies, both with older stalwart decks and those built from new cards to come throughout the season. Follow along as we continue coverage of the world of competitive Pokémon TCG play at Pokemon.com/Strategy and some more in-depth information via the announcement on our website. We will also be posting a discussion thread so everyone can share their thoughts and opinions as the new season progresses.

Congratulations once again to our champions, and to all the competitors in the 2017 Pokémon TCG World Championships!

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