Hey everyone, I hope all has been well and that you enjoyed this last weekend either at or watching the European Intercontinental Championships. I, unfortunately, was not able to play in the Trading Card game because I messed up and missed the deadline. I did, however, play in the VGC to see if I could win a few games at that. Spoiler alert I didn’t. I had a horrible run and went 0-3 drop, there was no reason to continue playing when I instead could have watched TCG and actually known what was going on. My VGC team ended up making Day 2 by the person who created it Alberto Lara; he clearly knew what he was doing more than I did. I guess that is what you should expect when you do not know anything about the VGC and do not test your team at all. In this article, I am going to talk about what I would have played if I ended up getting into the TCG portion of the European Intercons and what my front-runner for San Jose regionals is going to be.

The deck I would have played was Decidueye/Zoroark as it is a deck that did not have any talk surrounding it because everyone believes that the rotation of Forest of the Giant Plants killed Decidueye. Jimmy Pendarvis and Igor Costa both played this deck and lost their win and ins into day two with it. I tried getting everyone to play this deck while I was in London but no one believed me that it could dominate thanks to the lack of Fire in the tournament. I was getting ready for my flight to London and just had an epiphany that Decidueye has an extremely good matchup against Gardy which everyone knew was going to be an extremely popular deck and Zoroark is excellent against Garb which we also all knew was going to be the second most popular deck. Combining these two cards together made both of those matchups favorable as well as made it more consistent thanks to Zoroark’s ability Trade. I decided that instead of building Buzzwole/Gengar I was going to build Decidueye before I had to catch my flight. I did not test it at all until I got to the airport and was able to play a little bit on PTCGO. Knowing that it was very unlikely that I would get into the TCG I did not care too much, but if I could find a perfect list and convince someone to play it I would have been able to take a little pride in how well they would have done. I could not convince anyone to get off of their Metal tool box or Gardy decks though and sadly no one played it. The next day when the tournament started I found out that Jimmy was playing this deck and immediately watched a few of his games to see how he was playing it and also talked with him about the deck. While we were talking he told me that we were only a few cards off of the same list and they were pretty obvious changes because I built the deck a little differently, trying something new. I would have played something closer to his list for the tournament. I was living this tournament through Jimmy because he was playing the deck I had wanted to play. Okay, enough of the back story, how about I show you guys what the list is that I was messing around with and then a list that is probably much better if you are planning to play this deck for a tournament.

*Here is the Wailord list I top 8'd San Jose with*

Wailord EX

Pokemon (6)

  • 1 Wishiwashi GX
  • 1 Hoopa SHG
  • 4 Wailord EX

Trainers (54)

  • 4 AZ
  • 3 Skyla
  • 3 Plumeria
  • 3 Acerola
  • 3 Team Flare Grunt
  • 1 Team Skull Grunt
  • 2 Team Rocket's Handiwork
  • 1 Xerosic
  • 1 Pokemon Fan Club
  • 1 Hugh
  • 1 Lysandre
  • 1 Lusamine
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 4 Max Potion
  • 4 Puzzle of Time
  • 3 Crushing Hammer
  • 3 Enhanced Hammer
  • 3 Robo Substitute
  • 1 Heavy Ball
  • 1 Startling Megaphone
  • 1 Dowsing Machine
  • 1 Pal Pad
  • 1 Parallel City
  • 4 Tropical Beach

Energy (0)

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