Picking up where I left off yesterday….
Here are the average number of cards by type:
So if anyone ever asks you, “How many Pokemon should I run in a deck?” or “How many Supporters should I play?” well here’s your answer. This is about the same number – 16 and a half – that I came across back in June when I was last doing this analysis. And I follow that guideline – I always try to cap out my decks at 16 or 17 Pokemon and try not to include more than that.
At a little more than 17 Items per list (including Tools), Garbodor fans are probably a little disappointed at the underwhelming Item counts in many decklists.
Stadiums are just a little more than two per list. Pair that with the fact that most lists aren’t playing Field Blowers (and those that are only carry a single copy), and the meta is screaming out for Shrine of Punishment archetypes.
147 of the 189 decks (77.78%) ran at least one GX Pokemon. It would be my guess that in Memphis the proportion of Field Blowers / Stadiums to GX archetypes will increase.
There’s been a lot of talk of mill increasing at Memphis. Here are the placings for Malamar:
You’ll just want to make sure you include Switches and not just Escape Board… but that makes me wonder, why have I heard multiple people say to include Switch? Isn’t the better inclusion Altar of the Moone? Especially if you have multiple Malamar on the bench? Malamar isn’t worried about energy removal, and Switch can only be used once. If you have Altar of the Moone, you’re forcing your opponent to go Magical Ribbon for a Field Blower or Stadium, and believe me – as someone who has Magical Ribboned probably more than a thousand times – those are NOT two cards you want to have to get off Magical Ribbon. You want a hammer, an energy, and a Max Potion. If you have to get Field Blower, that means you’re not going to be able to Ribbon for something you probably will need. But I digress… sorry I could talk about Sylveon all night.
135 of the 189 top finishing decks in the first four tournaments of this young season ran SPE. That’s 71.4%. Looking at the top thirty-two overall – the top eight from each event – the rate of SPE is even higher. 24 of the top 32 decks – 75% – ran SPE, and only one of those 24 top eight decks ran just a single SPE card. Almost all of them ran two and in most cases more SPE… a few even ran seven or eight SPE.
You really have to consider running four E Hammers if you’re going to Memphis. If a deck ran SPE, it averaged 3.44 SPE cards per list.
Only four of the overall top thirty-two decks (top eight at each event) ran E Hammers:
25 of the overall top 32 decks ran at least one copy of Judge OR Marshadow SLG. Seventeen of the thirty-two ran Judge, eleven ran Marshadow, and three teched both of them into their lists.
This is where I’d like to place a plug for Plusle. He’s cute, he’s so cheerful and happy, pink and cuddly.
Oh, and he’ll put a boatload of cards in your hand. I averaged almost eight cards a play when I tested him recently.
And I think I’m going to wrap it up here. Let me know if you have anything you’d like to see statistically.