Hey Some1spc readers, Anaheim Regionals was this past weekend and it was the first tournament that the Sun and Moon set were legal for. It was a weird feeling going into a tournament blind, with no set Meta game. In this article I will be talking about Anaheim Regionals, but more importantly about the next Regionals: St. Louis, which will be the first expanded tournament containing Sun and Moon cards.

Table of Contents

I.Anaheim Regionals Recap
II.Anaheim List
III.Anaheim Tournament
IV.St. Louis Regionals
V.Yveltal Maxie's
VI.Matchups
VII.Conclusion

Anaheim Regionals

This was the first tournament with the new set being released and I was set in stone with my choice of Yveltal/Umbreon the weekend before the tournament. However I couldn’t get to playtest throughout the week because of school starting, picking up friends from airport, and work having a tough week due to weather (I’m a carpet cleaner). On Thursday night after picking up Rahul Reddy and Michael Slutsky from LAX, I was telling them about the list I was working and felt confident in the list. When we got to my house I played 2 series against Rahul Reddy from the Chaos Gym (inside joke) and proceeded to get 0-4’d against Vespiquen and Water Box. Then I tested against Jose Marerro with his Gyarados list and won a series against him 2-1. Now I only faced matchups that were a little unfavorable for me, but it got to me and made me consider different options. On Friday night, I was hoping to get some more games in before the tourney but it was very late and no one wanted to play. So I theorized an Yveltal/Garb list with Azul Garcia and Brad Curcio and we felt confident on the list we made since on paper it looked very consistent.

Anaheim list

Yveltal Tauros

Pokemon (12)

  • 3 Yveltal EX
  • 2 Tauros GX
  • 2 Shaymin EX
  • 2 Trubbish
  • 2 Garbodor
  • 1 Yveltal BKT

Trainers (35)

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 3 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 1 Pokémon Center Lady
  • 1 Professor Kukui
  • 4 Max Elixir
  • 4 Float Stone
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 3 Trainers' Mail
  • 2 Fighting Fury Belt
  • 1 Super Rod
  • 2 Parallel City

Energy (13)

  • 9 Darkness Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy

 

Card choices:

Trainers’ Mail

After I lost a couple games against Rahul, Brad convinced me to play Yveltal/Garb with 3 mails in it. Personally, I’m against Trainers’ Mail in Standard since we don’t have the cards to thin the deck for us to reach what we want in a certain situation. But since I was frustrated I was convinced to try it out since I wanted to do well this weekend. I’ll come back to this topic in a second.

2-4 Fighting Fury Belt/ Float stone

I was always a fan for heavy float in a Yveltal garb list. I always wanted the mobility that it can bring since we don’t have Darkrai to give us free retreat. 2 fighting fury is all you need and I never felt I wanted more.

2 Tauros GX

In testing, Tauros has always been good and it helped the turbo dark matchup for those escape rope plays. Also Tauros is a nice wall to build time for other attackers. After the tourney at Anaheim I wasn’t satisfied with the 2 Tauros and felt that 1 was good enough and 2 was extremely underwhelming. I would have dropped 1 if I could go back.

Anaheim Regionals tournament

R1 Machamp/Ariados WW

R2 Turbo dark LL

R3 Mega Mewtwo/metal/garb WW

R4 MegaRay WLL

R5 Garchomp/Aerodactyl/Maxies WW

R6 Volcanion WW

R7 Rainbow Road LWL

R8 Volcanion WW

R9 Mega Mewtwo/espeon/garb WLL

 

I went 5-4 with this list and I played the exact 60 with Brad Curcio (6-2-1), Azul Garcia (T16), and Sammy Sosa (5-2-2). The deck itself was very underwhelming and I wasn’t too happy with the results I got. There was numerous times where I hit dead draws and so many situations where I wish I had an enhanced hammer or some other techs. This made me realize that even if you build decks with high caliber players, doesn’t mean it’s going to work for everyone. Now I know that seems kind of obvious, but some cards I had in my old list were there for a reason and I shouldn’t have been intimidated from the idea of playing in a new format. That being said the 4 cards I would have replaced are: Trainers’ Mail and a Tauros for a Steven, Hoopa EX, N, and an Enhanced Hammer or a Team Flare Grunt. There were numerous times I wish I had these cards because of the situations I was put in. The Trainers’ Mail were probably the most frustrating card I dealt with in the weekend. When I needed to a reach for a supporter so I didn’t dead draw or an Ultra Ball so I wouldn’t get donked (which happened twice). In retrospect, even if they been something other than mail, there’s still a possibility of whiffing, but it I would have felt more comfortable in some game states I was put in.

But all this is in the past and now I have St. Louis regionals coming up and that’s exactly what we’re going to cover.

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