So, I was playing on TCG one, using decks that I might use at Worlds when I realized that I have no idea what to expect. So I started thinking about the Worlds meta. Then, it happened that I went against a VirGen deck. I remembered someone (I think @Dwenhardt) saying that his Teammates were hyping VirGen because of all the Walord during U.S. Nationals. Then, I thought that VirGen would also be good against Toad (some variants) and Primal Kyogre which won nats in seniors.
Primal Kyogre is a deck that I thought had some potential when the set was first released, but I didn’t really know how it was supposed to be played. Therefore, I overlooked it (but my brother didn’t) and the next thing I know, it beats MetalRay, M Manectric ex, and Toad/Manectriic/Jynx FFI and ultimately wins U.S. nationals. Not something I was expecting, and I honestly don’t think that anyone was expecting it.
This relates to Wailord ex, too. It was something no one was expecting, and it took second and (I’m pretty sure) ninth in the Masters division. What was amazing about Wailord, was that no one was ready for it, but by the end of day one, everyone knew how to counter it. Unfortunately, many people did not have good matchups against it still because the healing power was too strong, and they couldn’t change their decks for day two to add in that one Bunnelby.
However, players in the masters and seniors divison became ready for the Wailord matchup. I saw @XtremeFate use a tech one-of Bunnelby and beat Wailord in the first round of a single elimination side event. Many players were considering using Bunnelby in their decks for Worlds to help with the Wailord matchup. With all the looming threats to Walord, I believe that many players decided to back off to using Wailord for Worlds. So now the question is: Is Bunnelby necessary to use in decks as a Wailord counter, or no?
Now, some decks will obviously be played in all age divisions, like MetalRay, Seismitoad ex variants, and Metal. But what about those other decks? Landybats was used in the junior and senior division a lot. (I’m not sure about masters.) However, Toad, MetalRay, and Primal Kyogre all have good matchups, and those decks preformed better than Landybats. Landybats was used because so many people thought M Manectric ex and Manectric ex were gong to be used highly. And they were. But they were used with partners that countered Landybats. Xander Pero made top 8 in senors and went 9-0 day 1 swiss with Toad/Manectric/Jynx FFI. Patrick Martinez made top 4 in seniors with a M Manectric variant that used Ninetails PRC and Rough Seas as well as Kyurem PLF. Cal Connor and Grant Manley both made top 8 in seniors and top 4 in masters respectevly with M Manectric/Garbodor/Empoleon PLF via Archies Ace in the Hole. I myself used a Seismitoad/Manectrc/Crobat PHF deck. Each of the doggy’s partners countered Landybats in some way, making Landybats go from a hyped deck, to one that ended up getting beaten by the reason it was played.
My point here is that the nationals metagame predictions were very different from the nationals metagame reality.
This thread is so anyone can post (and argue) the metagame for Worlds. It is to help anyone going to Worlds (including myself) in part of their Worlds preparations. Plus, I’m sure that no one wants to show up playing quad Toad to counter Landybats, then finds out that no one is using Landybats and the majority of their matches is VirGen.
Note: This is for ALL DIVISIIONS. This means that you can post what you’re expecting for juniors, seniors, or masters.