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Chaotic Swell makes Stadiums useless. Should we stop using them?

It’s official: a full play set of Chaotic Swell has made its way into some of the top decks. In particular, I’m talking about Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX (Cosmic Eclipse) and Keldeo-GX (Unified Minds).

Giovanni Peragallo got third at the recent Latin America International Championships with an ADP Keldeo deck. Not surprisingly, Peragallo’s deck runs four Chaotic Swell.

Chaotic Swell is a simple but powerful card: “Whenever either player plays a Stadium card from their hand, discard that Stadium card after discarding this one. (The new Stadium card has no effect.)”

Many of the other top decks run Stadiums like Power Plant and/or Giant Hearth, but how effective are those cards when you’re up against ADP?

Of course, it’s nice to have Power Plant for Keldeo-GX, but perhaps the reason ADP Keldeo does so well is because Chaotic Swell effectively negates Power Plant all together.

And if you’re only running three Giant Hearth, what are the chances that you’ll even be able to use it? You might be able to use it once if you’re lucky enough to draw it before ADP Keldeo can draw Chaotic Swell, but ADP Keldeo has terrific support with cards like Jirachi (Team Up).

Of course, I’m not saying you can’t win the coin flip and play Giant Hearth turn 1. Robin Schulz made it happen, after all.

But at the end of the day, it’s a game of statistics, and your odds aren’t good against Chaotic Swell.

It’s just not a good idea to be reliant on Stadiums alone when Chaotic Swell is in the meta — Power Plant shouldn’t be your only counter to Keldeo-GX. If you want to beat Keldeo-GX, consider running one-prize attackers and/or Great Catchers.

You can mitigate some of Chaotic Swell’s impact by running a copy of Faba or Marshadow, but be careful because even two copies of Chaotic Swell can cripple a deck.

Obviously, Stadiums aren’t going anywhere, but maybe some players will think differently about their place in the metagame.

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