Hey Some1sPC readers! This will be my first article since London Internationals and with Memphis Regionals and the next wave of League Cups closing in on us, I think it's best if we address the results of London and what I believe we should take away from the tournament before diving into the Registeel decks I wanted to highlight. Let's get going!

Leading up to London, I expected a high number of Gardevoir, Garbodor/Drampa, and Golisopod/Garbodor decks with a sprinkle of Zoroark and Buzzwole variants. I assume everyone else was of a similar mindset. With this in mind, I focused my testing on Metal decks that I felt could compete with the rest of the Meta so that I could guarantee wins against any Gardevoir deck I faced. This is where I believe my mistake in testing came. Instead of setting out to play a strong consistent deck that exposes the absurd mechanic that is Zoroark GX's trade, I can honestly say that I let the fear of playing against any type of Gardevoir deck with Zoroark GX, Buzzwole GX, or Garbodor heavily influence my deck decisions to a point where I tunneled to the decks I'll post below. Moving forward, I think it’s best for me to go with a gut feeling rather than being influenced by my expected Meta to the point where I moved away from the new strategies like Zoroark GX and Buzzwole. It's hard to find that perfect balance of Meta call and deck strength but I can say I failed London due to playing too heavily against Gardevoir as I only ending up playing against 1 in 8 rounds.

Zoroark/Golisopod was by far the best deck at the tournament and I think Tord really showed off his refined testing/deck building skills with his winning list. While I think the deck is easily Tier 1, I don't think it's necessarily the best deck in the format. I still give that title over to heavy Max Potion Gardevoir packing 2 Gallade. So moving forward, I would expect to see these 2 decks dominate League Cups with Decidueye/Zoroark and Silvally variants following shortly behind in terms of overall popularity. It is great that Garbodor has taken a huge backseat in this Meta as I like to see some new decks that are weak to Psychic gain some traction, mostly Mewtwo GX. We'll be dropping a Some1sPC Tier List shortly that we'll be updating weekly with the help of PokeStats so be on the lookout for that!

With those thoughts out of the way, let's get into the deck that I played for London and my close call right behind it. I still think these decks hold potential in the current format once I find the best way to counter the hype behind Zoroark/Golisopod. The first is a Registeel Toolbox deck that some of the CCG Castle players and Some1sPC players piloted at London Internationals and the final 1 is a special creation by Simon Narode who dropped this spicy list on us 2 nights before London.

Registeel

As some of you may have seen Ryan Sabelhaus on stream piloting the deck, a group of about 6 of us played this Max Elixir, Registeel, Celesteela GX, Drampa GX, Toolbox variant. Its sole purpose was to auto-win any Ninetales or Gardevoir matchups while having close to advantageous matchups against Garbodor and Golisopod/Garbodor. With only about a day of actual testing with the deck here's the list that I went with to the tournament, Brad Curcio/Azul Griego/Ryan Sabelhaus/Rahul Reddy went with 2 Drampa GX instead of 2 Celesteela GX.

Registeel Toolbox

Pokémon (15)

  • 3 Registeel
  • 3 Tapu Lele GX
  • 2 Celesteela GX
  • 1 Drampa GX
  • 1 Dhelmise
  • 2 Scizor EX
  • 1 Mew FCO
  • 1 Cobalion
  • 1 Necrozoma GX/Kartana GX

Trainers (31)

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 4 N
  • 4 Guzma
  • 1 Pokemon Fan Club
  • 1 Lillie
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Choice Band
  • 3 Max Elixir
  • 2 Float Stone
  • 2 Switch
  • 1 Field Blower
  • 1 Super Rod

Energy (14)

  • 10 Metal Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy

Card Breakdown

3 Registeel

Just as Yveltal XY was the main attachment engine to last year's Yveltal lists, Registeel is going to be our acceleration alongside Max Elixir to get our heavy hitters going. Considering the boost from Dhelmise and Choice Band, his Turbo Arm can setup easy 2HKOs or 3HKOS on opposing EX/GX Pokémon. We get an added bonus with the use of Dhelmise against opposing Non-EX/GX  Pokémon as well so you may see during testing that you can take a lead on an opposing Registeel by threatening a KO a turn before they have the opportunity to KO you. You'll hardly use Registeels 2nd attack but there are opportunities that may arise where you can hit for 120-130 with it against an opposing EX/GX for a KO but I found that few and far between.

3 Tapu Lele GX

We're aiming for consistency here as well as playing Double Colorless Energy so having 3 copies of Tapu Lele GX is great in the deck. I've used him as an attacker multiple times throughout the tournament/testing and I don't believe I'd go any lower on his count. Calculating an Energy Drive into the game plan against decks that can't OHKO his 170 HP is critical towards finding success with this deck.

2 Celesteela GX

This card brought the most confused look on players faced that I've seen from in the past few years of playing. Showing off the deck to few friends, I don't believe I've ever heard "I don't get it" so much. Luckily, I'm here to boast about it! Celesteela GX was on my radar since announced as a promo a few months back and I think this deck, as well as the Silvally GX/Metal deck that took 2nd place, can utilize it for its value. Let's start with the attacks.

Rocket Fall, which does 30 plus 30 more damage for each Retreat Cost in the opposing Pokémon, at first, may look underwhelming but after factoring the way the format is flowing, it's a quick powerful/cheap attack that punishes deck building geared more towards the use of heavy Guzma and less Float Stone. Above all, it usually provides a quality 90/100/130 damage output depending on the opposing Pokémon’s Retreat, if we have our Dhelmise in play, and if Celesteela GX is Choice Banded. Visualize this though, Gardevoir gets OHKO with a Choice Band, Zorua/Wimpod/Registeel/Beldum get OHKO'd off of it, and it can be an amazing follow-up attack on damaged Golisopod GX/Zoroark GX that is trading with our other attackers. As a follow-up, Celesteela GX is incredibly tanky packing its 200 HP so more than likely it's going to survive a hit from the opposing Pokémon, meaning you can take a KO with Rocket Fall, attach another metal energy and take a potential OHKO with Moon Press or Blaster GX.

Moon Press is another attack that I feel is incredibly undervalued as it provides a way for Celesteela to OHKO a Tapu Lele GX without having to using our GX attack. Judging by the way the format is shaping up, that's a rare feat for a deck to accomplish minus maybe Gardevoir. A simple Choice Band and Dhelmise forces people to respect Celesteela as well as Registeels initial Power Arm in a whole new light. Finally, we have the GX attack, Blaster GX, which is like a Town Map that takes 2 prizes when you utilize it correctly. The flipping up of prizes is really just an added bonus to dish out a potential 180-220 attack that can swing the game for you. I try to hold back from using this attack until my opponent presents a clean 210 HP Pokémon that I know I need to deal with immediately. The attack cost might be a bit hefty but with a Registeel Power Arm, Max Elixir, and Double Colorless Energy you can get this thing loaded up in no time.

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