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Breaking Down the Japanese Meta: Sword and Shield

For deck lists, please click the following:   December (English); January (English); 12月 (日本語); 1月 (日本語)  The second City League season has just ended in Japan, having run through December and January. The format for this season had a stable card pool, with the notable exception of the Zacian + Zamazenta Box released on 27 December. This introduced Galarian Meowth with Evolutionary Roar, which gave players a way of searching for Galarian Perrserker. This format is also different to the upcoming Oceania International format in that Japanese players are not allowed to play Rainbow Energy or Lusamine (among a few other cards). The Aichi Champions League (an event equivalent to a Regionals) was also held in the middle of this season. You can read more about that here . In total, there were 22 City Leagues held in December and 34 in January. While our data is incomplete, we have collected around 300 deck lists and even more archetypes. For deck lists and further information detailing i

[Top 8 Aichi Champions League] Psychic Mewtwo & Mew

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, my name is Kimidori. In this article, I’d like to talk about my Top 8 run at the recent Aichi Champions League [Note: This is a Regionals level tournament] , focussing on how I built my Psychic Mewtwo & Mew deck and how to play it. While Hachi (@ 8happie8 ) has already written an article about the deck, I’d like to write about the deck’s construction and its matchups from my point of view. This article may overlap with Hachi’s article, and may be subjective, especially when I’m talking about my tournament report, so I apologise in advance. Note: I have kindly received permission from Hachi to talk about the deck. Thank you. About Me Pokemon career: I’ve played for about four years. I started