So, you think you want to chase Top 16?
I’ve heard from more than a few people that’ve expressed that desire over the last few months, to which I usually offered a skeptical look and a testament that the chase isn’t half the glory it seems—and it’s easily twice the time. Being “the best,” at least “the best” according to Pokémon’s chosen definition this year, was an arduous, long, but also irreplaceable experience. For those that chased and fell short, I can only imagine the feeling that Monday morning brought, though—each individual sunk a lot into this, only for it to go sideways for some.
Fortunately, I am not one of those few. I was lucky enough to be clinched midway through Friday at NAIC, after my rearview mirror emptied of contenders able to eclipse my 1512 CP for the season. I can’t quite understate the feeling of that finally coming true, and I wrote about it pretty extensively yesterday—but I didn’t think it fit for the premium content environment, so we’re back today instead with a guide on how to navigate the upcoming season if you see yourself as a potential Top 16 aspirant.
There are a few Interesting notes to keep in mind here: when I say Top 16 aspirant, in many respects, I do truly mean Top 16. Europe and Oceania’s races are somewhat different in dynamic, owing to their larger allotment and geographic isolation, and while Latin America’s tends to more closely resemble North America’s from my observations, there are still some limiting factors. As such, it could seem as though this article has a fairly narrow scope of players to which it applies—fortunately, I believe the advice is something I can fashion to both other zones and the more casual player. By examining the prescribed differences in preparation between those chasing Top 16 and those not, implicitly there’s a required evaluation of the non-Top 16er as well!
Maybe this will miss entirely, but given we’re in the lightest spot of the year for deck content, I figured this was the best time to give this topic a run. Hopefully everyone can find something interesting here, and if not, I do genuinely apologize. Either way, I invite you to hit me up @cschemanske on Twitter with feedback (or on the forums).
Speaking of feedback: as a brief site update, we decided that the survey I promised last month would be better done after NAIC, so we’ll be pushing that in the next few weeks. It’ll be a good opportunity for you to let us know what is and isn’t working for your experience on 6P, and we’ll aim to do what we can to make 6P better than ever heading into next season.
The next few weeks also hold great potential for the stats articles that people apparently like to read, so keep an eye out for those as well. We’ve just solidified a delegation for this year’s World Championship, which is a certain place to look for all sorts of interesting facts and figures.
With that in mind, though, let’s move into the highlight of the day: chasing Top 16. Much of this, of course, is predicated on TPCi not making significant changes to the structure. I’m comfortable writing on that premise because I believe the chances of them doing so are nearly zero, but if I happen to miss that guess, I’ll be back later in the summer with an update.
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