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[Top 16 Aichi Champions League] Baby Blacephalon

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised.



Hi, my name is Hapicraft. In this article I’ll be writing about the Baby Blacephalon deck I used at the Aichi Champions League. I’m still not very good at writing articles, but it would make me very happy if you read this.

[Note: Hapicraft is a Senior division player.]

The Expected Metagame
My thoughts on the metagame going into the tournament were as follows:

Tier 1:

Pikachu & Zekrom
Fire Mewtwo & Mew
Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Zacian
Morpeko Dolls

Tier 2:

Psychic Mewtwo & Mew
Reshiram & Charizard
Lucario & Melmetal Zacian
Blacephalon Naganadel

Tier 3:
Psychic Box
Lucario & Melmetal
Galarian Obstagoon

I thought tier 1 would be largely made up of existing decks such as Pikachu & Zekrom and Fire M…

[Aichi Champions League Top 8] Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Zacian

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised.


Hi, I’m Koshi!

At the Aichi Champions League, I was second seed after the Qualifying Round and ended up Top 8 overall. This article will describe my experience. The deck I used at this tournament was brainstormed by my teammate, rimper. As we worked on the deck together, rimper will write the section explaining the deck. Here it goes!

Hi, I’m rimper. Instead of Koshi, I’ll be writing about metagame considerations and explaining the deck. Please bear with me. (I went 4-3 drop…) 

Metagame Considerations
rimper 
When the setlist was released, it was obvious that Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Zacian was incredibly strong and would find itself at the centre of the meta. I didn’t understand why Galarian Obstagoon deck…

Aichi Champions League Results (Sword & Shield Format)

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The second Champions League of the season was held in Aichi at the tail end of 2019, the first major tournament in Japan to feature the new Sword & Shield expansions. Even more exciting, this tournament marks a new rotation in Japan, bringing their format more in line with the rest of the world. Although, there are still a few slight differences – for example, the Japanese format no longer has access to Rainbow Energy.

Nearly 2000 players battled it out over ten rounds to earn ever-important Championship Points (which are important for both earning a World Championships invite and gaining guaranteed entry to the next Champions League). The combination of newly released Sword & Shield cards with the rotation made for a potentially unpredictable format (that said, City Leagues had been held throughout December).

Find the results for the top 70 players (8-2 or better) including deck lists here: English | 日本語

As usual, this information has been collated predominantly from Twitter s…

[Top 8 City League] Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Zacian

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Please find the original Japanese-language article here. Note my translation is not a perfect translation and I have rearranged and reworded some parts of the original article for clarity and readability. Find also some explanatory comments inside square brackets, italicised.





Hello, thanks for looking at my article. I’m Noi, a Pokemon player from Hokkaido. Nice to meet you.
This time, I managed to make top 8 at the City League.
I think there might be some awkward expressions in my writing, so please bear with me. You can read the entire article for free.
The Creation of the Deck
There were only two days between this tournament and the new expansion being released, so I was not confident about what deck to run.
One deck I was considering was a simple aggro deck. I had been eyeing Arceus & Dialga & Palkia Zacian since its release. Zacian V has great synergy with the already strong GX attack of Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX.
Other than that, I was also considering decks like …