The new season has begun, and it is full speed ahead to get those 500 points needed to get an invite to London next year. We had a lot of exciting changes with the format, with a variety of fun decks popping up at this year’s World Championships. I am stoked to play this new Standard format going forward and have been loving it so far. Worlds did not go as planned for me. I played Mewtwo-Box and had a quick Day one, only playing three rounds before being eliminated from the event. I applaud the champion for playing the same deck as I did but going a couple steps further to make the best version that the deck can be. It just goes to show that trying new things and being creative with your decks will take you a long way. Do not get stuck on what everyone else is doing and you might be able to make the new best deck in the format.
During this, my first article of the season, I am going to be bringing back a deck that used to be a personal favorite of mine and one that I think is the best “anti-meta” deck in the format. This format's top decks have now been clearly defined; those being PikaRom, ReshiZard (Ability), Blacephalon, "Perfection" (Mewtwo & Mew-GX Box), and Malamar. Even though Malamar did not show up very well at Worlds I still think that it is a deck that deserves to be in the same category as the others. It may not be the best option, but I believe that it is a contender and needs to be respected because you will most likely play against at least one of them during a major event like a Regionals. The deck that I believe has a favorable matchup against all these decks as well as just a very consistent strategy is none other than QuagNag.
I wish that I would have tested QuagNag before Worlds and seen the power of the deck. There is a lot that's going right for it right now that people do not think of at all. The loss of Guzma helped this deck a ton because we are a set up deck and Guzma played a very large part in disrupting our strategy. The other advantage we have now is that we do not even have the option to play cards like Wishful Baton, which did not help consistency. As a result, the deck is built as consistently as possible in order to make sure we can get an attack off as early as turn two, but by turn three at the latest. This new format did not necessarily slow down, which would have helped a lot, but many decks lost the ability to take early knockouts, and decks like ZapBeasts are no longer playable. These were big issues for NagQuag because other one prize attacking decks that were more consistent were always the problem for the deck. Now that we are in a format with a lot of Tag Teams it is good for QuagNag, which has amazing type coverage against a lot of the top decks. We also get the new Keldeo-GX and get to use it much more effectively than any other stall deck. We get to attack with Keldeo on the second turn usually, and if we end up having a slow start then Keldeo is the perfect wall to buy us time while we set up. I will talk more about individual cards later in the article, though.
I unfortunately will not be able to make it to Atlantic City Regionals at the end of September, but I will not be missing very many Regionals this season. If I was going I would've played QuagNag without a doubt in my mind, and I will be playing it for every Cup and Challenge that I play in--unless I want to mess around with Chandelure or something silly like that. There is still plenty of time before Regionals for you to try this deck out and see if it is something that you want to play. I strongly suggest taking at least a few days to try this deck out and see what it can do. There are two variants of the deck that I am jumping between right now. I have played them both at Challenges this week but am not sure which one is better yet. They both have been testing extremely successfully and are both very different takes on the deck. The first one I played was one that was a Mewtwo & Mew-GX box variant of the deck that ran multiple water GXs to copy and could do big damage out of nowhere. The issue was that that list was a little less consistent and had to play Tag Teams, which is not exactly what we wanted to be doing, though it was a little bit better at finishing the game off quicker. The version that I am currently playing is a more straight-forward consistent deck that uses Keldeo as the main attacker and plays very thick lines of all the Pokémon to make sure that we can get attacking by turn two.
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