My apologies, dear readers, I haven’t had a chance to post this analysis more quickly. I’ve been working a lot of hours, and I was sick last night. I finally finished watching the Memphis streams, though, and I found all top 32 decklists at limitlesstcg.com, so I did a high level analysis of tendencies of the top 32 decks.
- If you would’ve told me that only one Gardevoir decklist would place in the top 32, and it wouldn’t make top eight, I would have called a local psychiatric facility and had you admitted. Seriously, who predicted Gardy would completely disappear from the meta? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler?
- And 18 decks ran Lycanroc GX. That card was a great call – makes it very easy to get two free prizes on Zoroark GX and cut your opponent off at the knees by eliminating their main source of draw support.
- And, yes, Trade is the draw supporter of choice for Zoroark decks. Most Zoroark decks ran only 2 Sycamore. Sycamore averaged 2.8125 cards per deck.
- However, almost everyone ran 4 N. 28 out of 32 decks ran a four count of that draw supporter. Can I take this opportunity to remind you that when playing N, you are almost twice as likely to give your opponent an extra card as you are to take one away. And you are 50% more likely to give your opponent two additional cards as you are to reduce their hand size by two cards. But I bet I know what draw support card Cynthia will replace, and it isn’t Lass’ Special.
- So we have now entered the era of the Special Energy. Has there ever been a time in the game when so many Special Energy were employed in a deck? Five decks carried 8 SPE, six ran 7 SPE. No wonder Xurkitree did so well!
- And just like in London, almost no one carried Special Charge! Only four of the top 32 decks played Special Charge, and they each ran only a single copy.
- E Hammer averaged 0.96875 per deck. The Golisopod Garbodor deck that came in second ran four.
- Speaking of Garbodor, Field Blower averaged 1.3125 cards per deck. Again, no wonder it did so well.
- Every deck except for the stall deck ran four Ultra Balls. Tapu Lele GX averaged 2.21875 cards per decklist.
- Choice Band averaged 2.40625 cards per deck.
- Guzma averaged 3.03125 cards per deck.
Here are the decklists and a couple of pivots I put together to illustrate the relative commonality and performance of each particular deck.