The Squids are Back on Top: An In-Depth View of Malamar

Hello everyone, My name is Gabriel Smart. I am am a competitive Pokemon player based in Northern California and I am excited to start writing for Tier-X Gaming! I have been around in the Pokemon scene for the past ten years but only started playing competitively over the past three seasons. I earned my invite and qualified for day two of the 2018 World Championships in Seniors, and this year I am just coming off a 22nd place finish in Masters at the Collinsville Regional Championships. This article was written before the news of Pokemon canceling all events. Malamar will make a GREAT choice for all the online tournaments that people are starting to run! But with that said, let’s get into the article. Due to the tournament cancellations, we have been put in a situation where there will be little to no expanded events for the rest of the season. What does that leave us with? Standard! With that being said, I am extremely excited to talk about everything you need to know about Malamar. The squids have been by far my most played deck this season, and I think it is in a better position than any other deck in the format. I have been playing the deck to cup after cup and have had success with it. I have worked hard on this list for the past couple weeks and I have a very strong list for this meta currently. I will go over my list, potential changes, and a matchup spread below. Let’s begin with the list. 

2x Raise Dead
2x Draconic Studies
2x Holy Smite
2x Renew
2x Condemn (Rank 1)
2x Insight
2x Sethekk Veilweaver
2x Shadow Word: Death
2x Apotheosis
2x Hysteria
1x Mindrender Illucia
2x Palm Reading
1x Xyrella
2x Wandmaker
2x Venomous Scorpid
1x Blademaster Samuro
1x Ysera the Dreamer
2x First Day of School
2x Conviction (Rank 1)
2x Knight of Anointment
2x Righteous Protector
2x Hand of A'dal
2x Goody Two-Shields
2x Underlight Angling Rod
2x Blessing of Kings
1x Cariel Roame
2x Blessing of Authority
2x Hammer of the Naaru
2x Crabrider
2x Cult Neophyte
1x Nerubian Egg
1x Blademaster Samuro
1x Moonfang
1x Ogremancer
1x Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
2x Brain Freeze
2x Devolving Missiles
2x Lab Partner
2x Primordial Studies
2x Shooting Star
2x Wand Thief
2x Cram Session
2x Imprisoned Phoenix
2x Incanter's Flow
2x Runed Orb
2x Arcane Intellect
2x Fireball
2x Refreshing Spring Water
1x Aegwynn, the Guardian
1x Ras Frostwhisper
2x Mask of C'Thun

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