I know what you're thinking. "You mean that stack of cards with no strategy that just luck sacks every match?" I know, most of y'all refuse to refer to Mario as a deck. Well, it came to my knowledge yesterday, that Lucario is a very good card even in an environment filled with Plox and GG. I was playing Plox in my BR yesterday, and my 3rd round matchup and top 2 match was against Speed Lucario. A lot of yall automatically assume that Plox completely shreds Lucario to pieces. AND, it could have been that it was my first tournament using Plox/GG EVER, but I was extremely surprised at how well Lucario did against me. One thing is for sure, Psychic weakness means nothing in that matchup. What is Gardy gonna do Psy Lock for 70 with a DRE or 80 without? Either way I could never OHKO a Lucario with it, and second of all, Stance is a great power that when combined with Cessation Crystal can be quite annoying because now you have to hope that you topdeck that Warp Point or you go behind a turn. I did win all 3 games I played against it, BUT they were all extremely close, one going into sudden death the others being within just 1 or 2 prizes the whole game. To say Lucario has an auto loss to Plox is a horrible misunderstanding. NOW, back to Mario. I was messing around with ideas after BRs yesterday just flipping through my binder and on Pokegym and I came across the Mario Article. I kinda just laughed and remembered all the bashing it got even after multiple premier event wins and showings across the nation. It even made like Top 4 in worlds Juniors last year. Well, I looked at the list and remembered Ben's Speed Lucario deck I had just played. It was extremely annoying to try to overcome those Cessation Crystals as I (along with most other Plox players) did not pack any windstorms. My DREs and Scrambles were literally the ONLY things that kept me alive in those matches. SO, I went on to construct a New Mario deck for the current state of the metagame. I knew that the key focus of the deck HAD TO BE 4 Cessation and 4 Crystal Beach. Both of those cards COMPLETELY DESTROY the current state of the metagame. DRE, Scramble, and Claydol abuse are more widespread than ever and being able to counter both of those mechanics is extremely vital in many matches. I then did some testing with my new mario list. Granted this was just playing against myself as I have no one in my family who plays. It turned out that Mario won the majority of games and the ONLY reason that a Plox could win is due to a bad hand with Mario or a Wager win. SO, laugh all you want, BUT Mario has the potential to do great things in the right persons hands. I am not saying it will be played at Nats but I think some of yall should seriously consider a wider range of decks. ESPECIALLY those that abuse Cessation Crystal and Crystal Beach. Just some ranting and thoughts.