Written by Russell LaParre

Introduction

As one of the most played decks in the current Standard format, Yveltal BKT and friends has found its way to the top of every players list. It packs control, utility, and speed which is highly adaptive to a constantly changing Meta. The deck’s engine revolves around the use of Yveltal BKT’s ability “Fright Night”. On top of negating priority tools in the format, it deals 60 to the opponent’s active Pokémon and 1 benched Pokémon-EX. Due to rising use of Mega Pokémon in the format, Yveltal BKT has been able to make it’s stand amongst the best and will certainly see play in upcoming tournaments. Today I’m going to discuss my Yveltal skeleton, what tech the deck should have in it, and how to approach popular match ups in big tournaments.

Table of Contents

I) Skeleton
II) Tech Breakdown
III) Decklists
1. Yveltal Ninjaboy

2. Yveltal Garbodor
3. Yveltal Magerana-EX
IV) Matchups
V) Conclusion

Yveltal/Mew

Yveltal BKT/Mew FCO has been on the rise and has become the most played variant of Yveltal. It has strong matchups against M Mewtwo-EX, M Rayquazua-EX, Volcanion, Darkrai-EX/Giratina-EX/Garbodor, and M Scizor-EX. The downside of playing this deck is it takes such a high number of bad matchups moving into a major tournament. Greninja, Rainbow Road, and Vespiquen give this deck tons of problems due to their lack of Pokémon-EX, Yveltal BKT’s low damage output, and Mew FCO provides little to no value against them.

Skeleton (50 Cards):

 

Pokémon
3 Yveltal BKT
2 Yveltal-EX
1 Mew FCO
2 Shaymin-EX ROS
Trainers
4 Professor Sycamore
2 N
2 Lysandre

4 VS Seeker
4 Ultra Ball
4 Max Elixir
3 Trainers’ Mail
2 Fighting Fury Belt
1 Escape Rope
1 Super Rod

2 Parallel city
Energy
10 Darkness
4 Double Colorless


Yveltal BKT

Yveltal BKT has the ability Fright Night which serves as a control factor on Float Stone, Fighting Fury Belt, and Spirit Links. You play 3 copies of this card in order to increase your odds of opening it. When you open him, you’re able to apply pressure as early as turn 2 if you’re able to draw into a Dark energy and Double Colorless which is fairly easy to do. Opening him also allows you to remove the Float Stone retreat option your opponent might want to take. This is especially true when they opening a setup Pokémon such as Hoopa-EX, Shaymin-EX, or Trubbish. When this happens I tend to not bench any other Pokémon besides another Yveltal BKT so using Lysandre is not an option to shut off Fright Night. Be mindful that Yveltal BKT shuts off your tools as well so you might have situations where you have an Yveltal BKT on the bench and an Yveltal-EX active with a Fighting Fury Belt and over 170 damage on it. Should your opponent Lysandre your Yveltal BKT it’ll shut off your Fighting Fury Belt and net your opponent prizes before they even attack. Playing around this should help improve the concept of self-discipline when benching your Pokémon and knowing when you won’t or will need to bench a Pokémon throughout all stages of the game.

Yveltal BKT’s attack, Pitch Black Spear, is able to put 60 damage on the active and 60 damage on a benched Pokémon-EX. This allows you to pressure an opponent should they need to use a Hoopa-EX and Shaymin-EX to get to their wanted setup. This is a major reason why I don’t believe this deck needs to play heavy copies of Silent Lab. You want to encourage your opponent to bench these set-up Pokémon-EX since most decks rely on them to be consistent. Also, this attack is absurd against Mega/ Pokémon-EX decks but is lacking against Non-EX Pokémon.

Yveltal-EX

Yveltal-EX is included here as a backup attacker for the decks that Yveltal BKT cannot handle. Evil Ball and Y Cyclone provide amazing damage output and are both intricate attacks that allow experienced Yveltal pilots to make the most of their damage. How you choose to attach energy to and attack with your Yveltal-EX shows your level of experience with the deck and overall strength as a player. Often times I find Yveltal players attacking with the most insufficient attacks because they’re focused on KO’ing their opponent’s active Pokémon. They aren’t allowing their bench damage from Pitch Black Spear to be factored into their decision of whether to Evil Ball or Y Cyclone. What you’ll want to do is evaluate the likelihood of your Yveltal-EX being knocked out and whether or not the Evil Ball will do enough damage to allow for a future KO with Pitch Black Spear damage.. I like to ask myself the following questions:
“If I just go with Y Cyclone here and attach a Double Colorless Energy to another benched Yveltal BKT, will I be able to take those prizes from the defending Pokémon in the future and how important is this Double Colorless Energy to me? “
“If I Evil Ball and risk my energy attachments on my Yveltal-EX, will it be KO’d next turn and how likely is it that this Yveltal-EX can take over the game? “
“If I use Y Cyclone to a benched Yveltal BKT and my opponent targets it next turn with a Lysandre, will that set my gameplan back or help it?”
Usually just by asking yourself these questions, you’ll be able to set yourself up with the best win condition achievable. I understand this information is quite broad but these are the scenarios you’ll want to put yourself in so you can use this experience in the future to come up with a quick answer.
Let me give you an example:
Player A has 2 Yveltal BKT on bench. 1 with a Dark Energy and the other without any energy. Yveltal-EX has 2 Dark Energy and a Double Colorless attached.
Player B has Darkrai-EX active with no energy on it and Fighting Fury Belt with a Giratina-EX on the bench that has 2 Double Dragon Energy.
Most experienced players will opt for the Y Cyclone to the Yveltal BKT without energy as you’ll deal 90 damage to the opponent’s active Darkrai-Ex and should you get another Y Cyclone against it then once you promote Yveltal BKT the Darkrai-EX will be knocked out. The risk you take here is if your opponent is able to retreat and play down a parallel city to remove that Darkrai-EX you lose the 90 damage you just put down, however if you Evil Ball in this scenario you’d still lose the 100 damage in the same way as before. Using Evil Ball means you’d have the Double Colorless attached to your active Pokémon meaning you could lose that Special Energy without your opponent having to use a Lysandre for it. They would also need to retreat using (more than likely) a Switch, Double Colorless Energy, or Escape Rope which means your opponent will need a lot of cards to take a KO in the scenario listed. What if you miss the Y Cyclone next turn? Well you could always Evil Ball the following 2 turns for the KO but that would mean your opponent never applied pressure with that active Darkrai-EX and you were already in a good position.

Mew FCO

Mew does a number of unique things for this deck. To start, it has free retreat. This means Mew can be a solid Pokémon to open as your main goal is to have an Yveltal BKT active controlling the opponent with Fright Night. Allowing yourself to retreat into the Yveltal BKT for free further pushes your plan of attacking with it by turn 2 and even turn 1 (By hitting Max Elixir and Double Colorless Energy). Its ability, Memories of Dawn, allows Mew to become an extra copy of Yveltal BKT for Pitch Black Spear and a non-EX attacker that is able to use Evil Ball and Y Cyclone. Lastly, Mew FCO serves as a tech attacker against M-Mewtwo EX or Mewtwo-EX allowing you to copy Pitch Black Spear or Y Cyclone for a type advantage against the active Pokémon.

Shaymin-EX

There’s not much to mention here other than Shaymin-EX is the best setup Pokémon in the game.You’ll want to play 2 of them to rush for your consistent setup then clear it away using your Parallel City. Please remember Shaymin-EX has a great attack in Sky Return which allows you to conserve a bench spot and Double Colorless Energy in scenarios where you’ll want to deal a finite amount of damage to the opponent while removing Shaymin-Ex and his 2 prize vulnerability from play.

Trainers

Professor Sycamore

Probably the best supporter in the game, most decks play 3 to 4 copies of this card depending on how many evolutions they support. The downside of playing Professor Sycamore in this deck is discarding hands where you’ll have multiple Double Colorless Energy. Regardless, it’s not too much of a set back where you wouldn’t want to play a high count of this card.

N

The second most common supporter you’ll see in the game. N is the comeback card for games where you fall behind or need to refresh your opponent’s hand and set them back. The second reason this card is heavily played is due to its ability to refresh your hand to 6 in the early stages of the game. This allows you to preserve Energy or Trainer resources you’ll want for later. Often times you’ll find players opting to use N to put VS Seeker in their hand back in their deck instead of playing Professor Sycamore to save that resource for later in the game.

Lysandre

Every deck should be playing a copy or 2 of Lysandre as it’s the best way to guarantee the damage you deal to the active will result in a KO. I usually use Lysandre as a way to stall out my opponent behind a Float Stone’d Pokémon as I chip away at the active and a benched Pokémon-EX with Pitch Black Spear.

Items

Ultra Ball

Play 4 copies of Ultra Ball to keep up the consistency in finding your Pokémon. Most of the time you’ll want to discard Supporters and Dark energy for this card as you can fetch them back with Super Rod and VS Seeker.

VS Seeker

This card is one of the best in the format as it serves as an extra count of each your supporters without any cost.

Max Elixir

Max Elixir serves as a way to speed up your attacks with Yveltal and Yveltal-EX so you’ll want to play a full 4 copies of them to make up for the moments you miss. Playing a high count allows you to also get them in your hand as soon as possible which only speeds up the progression of your attacks.

Trainers’ Mail

This is probably the most asked question regarding Trainers’ Mail:
“Do you play 3 or 4 copies?”
Well there’s no correct answer for that, but I just like to think if you’re not looking to add anymore tech in your deck then play an extra copy of it for consistency. I’ve always been one to favor tech during major tournaments as I like having that extra card to beat a particular matchup I expect to see more than 2 times. Playing consistency cards never hurt, so I like to up my count of Trainers’ Mail during 1 game swiss tournaments such as League Challenges and League Cups.

Fighting Fury Belt

Providing 40 HP and an extra 10 damage, Fighting Fury Belt has become the item of choice for every Non-Mega or Evolution deck in the format. I often go back and forth between playing 2 or 3 copies of this card but, for the sake of the skeleton, I wanted to keep this just at 2. You won’t always need it since Yveltal BKT is handling the game with Fright Night.

Escape Rope

Since Fright Night would negate your own Float Stone, playing 1 or 2 copies of Escape Rope is ideal to retreat your Yveltal BKT or Yveltal-EX.

Stadiums

Parallel City

Parallel City allows you to clear up any Shaymin-EX or damaged Yveltal-EX/Yveltal BKT you may have on the bench. It’s mostly used for prize denial, but it should help in scenarios against Volcanion-EX, Greninja, and Vespiquen where you can lower their damage output to force 2HKOs instead of OHKOs. You’ll usually want to play down Parallel City when you’ve trapped your opponent with Yveltal BKT and you’re dealing an absurd amount of damage to their benched Pokémon-EX. Playing down your Parallel City for no reason to clear your own bench stops your opponent from playing down their own and removing the damage dealt with Pitch Black Spear.

Energy

Darkness Energy

You’ll want to play a high count of darkness energy in order to support your 4 Max Elixir.

Double Colorless Energy

This is one of best special in the game and you’ll want max it out at 4 to keep up the consistency of your attack.

Tech to add

Pokémon

2 Mew FCO

Playing an extra copy of Mew FCO allows you to open it more often and helps against a Meta expected to be dominated by Mega Mewtwo.

1 Umbreon-EX

End Game is one of the best attacks in the game against Mega Pokémon and when paired with the bench damage from Pitch Black Spear, it makes it quite easy to pull off. I choose not to include Umbreon-EX in the list as many players seem to be striving away from playing Mega Pokémon decks and I believe adding it might not be as useful in a major tournament as most might think. If you’re playing a copy of Umbreon-EX you should also pair it with a copy of Ninjaboy to keep it as a surprise for your opponent.

1 or 2 Darkrai-EX

Darkrai-EX serves as a follow up attacker to any Pokémon that has been hit by a Pitch Black Spear. Playing Darkrai-EX usually means I like to increase my Fighting Fury Belt count as having it at 220 HP nearly guarantees that I’ll be able to get 2 Dark Pulses out of it before it goes down. Playing an extra copy of it can also help against Non-EX decks that you’d normally have a hard time KO’ing with just Yveltal-EX. Since you’re able to spread out your Darkness Energy around your bench then use Dark Pulse to attack for a Double Colorless Energy, playing Darkrai-EX helps extend the energy progression in the late game against decks like Greninja, Rainbow Road, and Serperior.

1 Jirachi XY67

Playing a copy of Jirachi XY67 to help set back decks with a hefty amount of special energy such as Jolteon-EX/Glaceon-EX/Vileplume allows you take a huge lead when paired with Mew FCO. I find Jirachi is most helpful in Metas where you’re expecting to play a lot of Yveltal BKT, Mega Mewtwo, Vileplume, and Rainbow Road decks. Its inclusion would be solely based on what you expect to play against.

1-2 Yveltal XY

I don’t believe Yveltal XY is absolutely necessary to play anymore, I find when I open him it only sets me behind in damage output that I could be dealing with Yveltal BKT. Since we don’t have Battle Compressor and play a heavy line of Max Elixir, I feel like the extra attachments achieved through Oblivion Wing aren’t worth the energy I need to attach to use it. I’d rather be attaching it to a Mew FCO, Yveltal-EX, or Yveltal BKT and not have to worry about finding some way to retreat my Yveltal XY. I would include it in my lists where I feel like I’ll be attacking with Yveltal-EX a lot more to combat the Mega Pokemon meta that we’re slowly shifting into.

Yveltal BREAK

While it may not have the most ideal energy requirements to attack, Yveltal BREAK was played in a list that Alessandro Cremascoli used to make top 8 at Dortmund Regionals. Paired with Yveltal BKT and Faded Town, Yveltal BREAK could be the surprise card you need to take critical KO’s in scenarios where your opponent didn’t plan for a 130 attacker to be placed on the board. He’s also an insane Gyarados counter if they don’t have a Mr.Mime in play, potentially setting up 4 prize turns.

2/1 or 2/2 Garbodor with 3 Float Stone

Playing Garbodor is the second way to play Yveltal in the standard format. If you’re anticipating playing against a Meta full of Greninja, Volcanion, Serperior, and Mega Rayquaza then playing the Garbodor line would be ideal. If I’m playing a heavy line of Garbodor, I like to pair it with 3 Fighting Fury Belt to boost Yveltal BKT’s HP and damage output when I shut off Fright Night. This is a play I’ve done multiple times in the mirror match and it’s usually swung control of the game in my favor as I’m able to poke their active Yveltal BKT for 60 then take a surprise 2HKO on it the following turn by attaching Fighting Fury Belt and finishing it off with 70.

Trainers

1 Delinquent

Delinquent has been one of the top tech supporters in almost every deck in the standard format. Many players still neglect to play around Delinquent leaving themselves with 3 or less cards in hand without having complete control over the game. Yveltal is able to benefit from Delinquent due to its use of Parallel City and its non-reliance on having its own stadium in play. Decks like M Rayquaza, Greninja, Rainbow Road, and M Altaria are so reliant on their stadium that removing it and burning their supporter for the turn can be devastating to their current setup. My favorite use of Delinquent in this deck is using it to remove my opponent’s Parallel City in play then playing my own down to remove any damaged Pokémon or Shaymin-EX on my bench. Many players tend to think, “If I show Delinquent to my opponent and discard it, won’t they just play around it?” In short, yes but you get the benefit of controlling how your opponent is managing their field setup without even playing a card. It’s applying pressure from the discard pile and should your opponent misplay and leave themselves vulnerable to a Delinquent to 0, it could easily snatch victory away from them.

1 Ninjaboy

Ninjaboy adds a unique mechanic to the deck in being able to swap between attackers at a beckoning call. Whether this be an Yveltal BKT into an Yveltal-EX, a Shaymin-EX into a Mew FCO, or Yveltal BKT into an Umbreon-EX, Ninjaboy adds a great mix-up that can take any opponent by surprise. I believe it’s best to play a copy of Ninjaboy if you’re playing Umbreon-EX to “sneak attack” with End Game on Mega Pokémon. I’ve also used it to swap a damaged Yveltal-EX into a Mew FCO, giving my opponent a free prize but it also removing the potential 2 prize win condition from my opponent’s gameplan.

1 Hex Maniac

Hex Maniac can serve as a way to fight against Greninja BREAK, Serperior, and Volcanion-EX, but it generally doesn’t do much more for this Meta outside of hurting those three. You can find yourself shutting off Mew FCO, Mew EX, and opposing Yveltal BKT from time to time, but those aren’t that helpful in the long run of the game.

1 Karen

Playing a single copy of Karen will help out against the potential Vespiquen matchup but it’s generally useless in this deck. I find myself using Super Rod to get back a single copy of Yveltal BKT/ Yveltal-EX and 2 Darkness energy.

1 Olympia

As popularized after it’s heavy use in most of the Top 8 lists of Orlando Regionals, Olympia has become a new tech supporter Yveltal decks should include if they notice they’re having trouble retreating. Olympia allows an attacker in the deck to retreat from the active without losing it’s energy but in the form of a supporter which allows us to constantly recycle it with VS Seeker. The 30 damage heal could be useful from time to time but it’s key utility is allowing us a quicker way to get our attackers to the active and let our Double Colorless Energy stay on the board.

1 Pokémon Ranger

Pokémon Ranger is this deck’s go to supporter for getting around Jolteon-EX Flash Ray and Giratina-EX Chaos Wheel. Most lists will not include one as you can use Lysandre to put Jolteon-EX on the bench and poke it 3 times with Pitch Black Spear. Playing against it is still tough, but it’s possible with the deck without Pokémon Ranger. I’d only include a copy of Pokémon Ranger if I anticipateplaying against Vileplume/Jolteon-EX more than twice.

1 Pokémon Center Lady

Pokémon Center Lady gives an advantage in the Yveltal BKT mirror match as you’ll be able to heal off the damage from a Pitch Black Spear and take a lead in the damage output multiple times throughout a single game. The problem with playing a copy of Pokémon Center Lady is a majority of the Meta hits for either an OHKO or so much damage that removing 60 does not benefit you in any way of stopping the 2HKO.

1 Special Charge

Playing a single copy of Special Charge can help with achieving the quick setup you’ll want without the risk of losing all your Double Colorless Energy too early in the game. I’ve tested out playing a single copy and it’s been great having that peace of mind to discard a Double Colorless Energy to Ultra Ball or Professor Sycamore without fearing late game punishment.

2 Switch/Escape Rope

Playing an extra copy of Escape Rope or Switch pushes the early game pressure you apply on your opponent. Should you open a Shaymin-EX or Yveltal-EX and want to start attacking with Pitch Black Spear, it’s a lot easier to accomplish with 2 Switch cards. Playing a higher count also lets you conserve more Double Colorless Energy that would’ve needed to be paid for the retreat.

1 or 2 Enhanced Hammer

I’ve found playing a single copy of Enhanced Hammer to be quite clutch against a majority of the Meta where you play against players that have over extend their Special Energy on their bench. I’ve used a single copy of Enhanced Hammer to swing close games in my favor by removing a Double Colorless Energy or Double Dragons Energy off a benched Pokémon then playN. It all around helps control tempo of particular 50/50 matchups and I think playing 1 isn’t an awful idea for a major tournament.

Reverse Valley

Reverse Valley should be played in decks paired with Umbreon-EX and Ninjaboy to increase the damage output of End Game. Reverse Valley also significantly swings the mirror match as you go from hitting for 3HKOs against an opposing Yveltal BKT to a 2HKO. Other than that, it’s a counter stadium card for decks that rely heavily on their stadium and can increase the damage output you want to have.

Yveltal Ninjaboy

Pokémon

    • 3 Yveltal BKT
    • 2 Yveltal-EX
    • 2 Mew FCO
    • 1 Yveltal XY
    • 1 Umbreon-EX
    • 2 Mew-EX DRX
    • 2 Shaymin-EX ROS

Trainers

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 2 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 1 Delinquent
  • 1 Ninjaboy
  • 1 Hex Maniac
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 4 Max Elixir
  • 3 Trainers’ Mail
  • 3 Fighting Fury Belt
  • 2 Escape Rope
  • 1 Super Rod
  • 2 Parallel City
  • 1 Reverse Valley

Energy

  • 4 Double Colorless Energy
  • 10 Darkness Energy

Yveltal Garbodor

Pokémon

    • 3 Yveltal BKT
    • 2 Yveltal-EX
    • 3 Trubbish
    • 2 Garbodor
    • 2 Shaymin-EX ROS

Trainers

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 2 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 1 Delinquent
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 4 Max Elixir
  • 3 Trainers’ Mail
  • 3 Fighting Fury Belt
  • 3 Float stone
  • 1 Super Rod
  • 1 Enhanced Hammer
  • 2 Parallel City

Energy

  • 4 Double Colorless Energy
  • 10 Darkness Energy

Yveltal Garbodor Magearna-EX

Pokémon

  • 3 Yveltal BKT
  • 2 Yveltal-EX
  • 2 Trubbish
  • 2 Garbodor
  • 2 Shaymin-EX ROS
  • 1 Magearna-EX

Trainers

    • 4 Professor Sycamore
    • 2 N
    • 2 Lysandre
    • 1 Skyla
    • 4 Ultra Ball
    • 4 VS Seeker
    • 4 Max Elixir
    • 3 Fighting Fury Belt
    • 3 Float stone
    • 2 Trainers’ Mail
    • 1 Super Rod
    • 1 Professor’s Letter
    • 1 Enhanced Hammer
    • 2 Parallel City

Energy

  • 4 Double Colorless Energy
  • 8 Darkness Energy
  • 2 Metal Energy

Matchups Breakdown

Mirror Match 50/50

Not playing Garb

The key to the mirror match is getting the most out of your Pitch Black Spear against an opposing Yveltal BKT. This is a disciplined matchup. You’ll want to bench Yveltal-EX with little energy attached to it (unless it has a Fighting Fury Belt) as your opponent can poke it with a Pitch Black Spear then use their own Yveltal-EX to Evil Ball and KO it. This results in you losing your energy attachments and a 2 prize exchange against a Yveltal-EX which can sweep your Yveltal BKT should it have 3 energy and Yveltal-EX has 3 energy. I try to approach this matchup based around what my opponent benches and how I’ll be able to enter a game state where I can use my Yveltal-EX to take out 2 Yveltal BKT then Ninjaboy it away into a 1 prize Pokémon. I tend to hold my Yveltal-EX in my hand until I’m able to get an attack against their Yveltal BKT then decide whether or not I want to use it to pressure my opponent’s board. If they bench another Yveltal BKT and Max Elixir to it or even attach a Double Colorless Energy, I’ll look to hold a Max Elixir, Double Colorless Energy, and Yveltal-EX until I can find a Lysandre against it on the bench and KO it with a Fighting Fury Belt attached. In the mean-time, I would continue the trade back and forth with Yveltal BKT and hopefully they bench an Yveltal-EX for me to poke with Pitch Black Spear. Should you be able to take a fast start with multiple max elixir and all Yveltal BKT on the bench, then Darkrai-EX becomes a solid attacker once you’re able to OHKO Yveltal BKT with Dark Pulse. Be careful when playing this alongside Yveltal-EX as having 2 benched Pokémon-EX can spell disaster in the mirror match should your opponent be able to string multiple Pitch Black Spear.

Playing garb

Try to reach a game state where you have 2 Yveltal BKT with 2 Fighting Fury Belt on it and a Garbodor online. I usually try to achieve this by first attacking an opposing Yveltal BKT without the extra boost from Reverse Valley or Fighting Fury Belt then surprise them the next turn by playing Garbodor and the Fighting Fury Belt down so you can get an optimal surprise out of your tool. In this matchup you can usually load up a single Yveltal-EX on the bench with a Fighting Fury Belt and not to worry about it getting pressured too badly by an opposing Pitch Black Spear.

Mega Mewtwo 60/40

Yveltal BKT is the main reason this match up is favorable for Yveltal. Using Lysandre on an opponents benched Mewtwo-EX with Spirit link or Hoopa-EX and hitting them with Pitch Black Spear onto a benched Mewtwo-EX with energy is your ideal scenario. The big mistake I see some players make in this matchup from the Yveltal BKT’s side is using Reverse Valley in the early stages of the game and end up hitting an opposing Mewtwo-EX or Mega Mewtwo for 130 or 140 damage with Pitch Black Spear. While this may seem like a good idea to create a 3HKO against the Mega Mewtwo, should your opponent be able to attach enough energy to use Shrine of Memories and Damage Change then you’ve all but lost everything you’ve built from the start of the game. If you include a copy of Enhanced Hammer in your deck, it should all but seal up this matchup if you’re able to use it to hit a Double Colorless Energy on their benched Mega Mewtwo as they’re having trouble retreating whatever Pokémon-Ex you brought active. If you’re playing Garbodor, try not to make it at any point in the game unless you can take a critical KO with a Fighting Fury Belt boosted Pitch Black Spear.
The other route to take with this matchup is baiting an opponent into an EndGame off your Ninjaboy into Umbreon-EX play which is the main reason that Umbreon-EX should be included. You can even create scenarios where you hit 60 damage to a Mega Mewtwo then Ultra Ball for an Umbreon-EX and Ninjaboy in a Mew where it can copy End Game and take a KO if it has a Fighting Fury Belt attached. Depending on how many Mew FCO I play, I like to bench a copy of it and only attach 1 Dark Energy to it so it can be a constant threat to my opponent and they’ll have to tailor their play accordingly as it provides ton of pressure just from its presence alone. Over committing energy to it is not ideal as it’s likely to be Lysandre’d early and you’ll want to conserve your Double Colorless Energy should you need to finish the game with a giant Evil Ball from Yveltal-EX. Be mindful if your opponent is close to putting their Garbodor online as it’ll shut off your Mew FCO and Fright Night which takes away most of the advantage this deck has against it. I tend to target down Trubbish and Garbodor in these situations and look to hit it with a Fighting Fury Belt boosted Y Cyclone. That way my opponent will need to overcommit energy to a Mega Mewtwo to KO my Yveltal-EX. It’s well worth the prize exchange to takeout their Garbodor while risking your Darkrai-EX, Yveltal-EX or Yveltal BKT as Mew can make up for their advantage quickly against them.

Cards to tech: Enhanced Hammer, 4th Stadium (Reverse Valley or Faded Town)

Volcanion 55/45

Yveltal BKT is a powerhouse against Volcanion. It forces your opponent into tough spots if they don’t have an Escape Rope, Switch, or Olympia to immediately answer a Lysandre on a benched Volcanion-EX. Depending on what my opponent starts with, I try to progress the early stages of the game in different ways. If I’m going first and my opponent opens a Volcanion, then I’ll usually try to end my opening turn with Yveltal BKT with a Dark Energy active and another on the bench but not attaching Double Colorless Energy to my active as my opponent can get a fast start and KO it after 4 Steam Ups. Should they open a Volcanion-EX or Shaymin-EX, I tend to be a bit more liberal and look to rush my setup to create another Yveltal BKT as soon as possible. While doing this, I try not to bench any other Pokémon besides Yveltal BKT as I don’t want my opponent to be able to use Lysandre and Float Stone to get their Pokémon-EX out of the active. From there on out I’m looking to use Fright Night and Pitch Black Spear to take between 4 and 6 prizes. I also use Lysandre whenever I can on an energy less Volcanion-Ex in order to further stall out their attacks and poke their bench for prizes. If you play Garbodoryou’ll want to create it once you’re able to get a few Fighting Fury Belt down on your Yveltal BKT and they’re no longer in OHKO range of a Volcanic Heat. Most of these decks do not play any copies of Super Rod, so using Parallel City during the early stages of the game to limit their bench to 3 and forcing them to discard a few Volcanion-EX is quite devastating to their late game damage.

Cards to tech: Silent Lab

Rainbow Road 40/60

Rainbow Road is a tough matchup for Yveltal to overcome as the resistance and high damage output from non Pokémon-EX causes issues for Yveltal to keep up with the prize exchange. There are 2 popular types of Rainbow Road builds, some with no Pokémon-EX which is absolutely dreadful for this deck to play against and others that use a Hoopa-Ex engine paired with 3 or 4 other Pokémon-EX in order to get Rainbow Force powered quickly. The ladder is easier to fight through the use of Pitch Black Spear, but the former is almost impossible to fight with other than using Mew FCO and Yveltal-EX to try and trade attacks. If it’s the non Pokémon-EX variant then you’ll want to dig for Parallel City ASAP and use your Lysandre to clear Bisharp, Golurk, or Galvantula off your opponent’s bench. Lowering the damage output with your Mew FCO, Darkrai-EX, and Yveltal-EX is the best way to approach them. Until you’re able to stick the Parallel City, using Mew FCO to copy Pitch Black Spear and poking Xerneas twice would be the best route to take it down. This should be the option you rush for if your opponent opens a Xerneas. If they open a Pokémon they’ll need to Float Stone retreat then using a Yveltal BKT early for control is good but often times they’ll just Lysandre, attach Float Stone, and begin their stream of attacks. At this point you’ll have energy on an Yveltal BKT which needs to 3HKO the Xerneas and it justs looks grim with this game state. Garbodor can be a savior in this match-up if you’re able to successfully KO their only Xerneas on Board and stick a Parallel City against them. The most efficient way for a Rainbow Road to recover against a Parallel City and no loaded Xerneas is to play Sky Field followed up by Karen or Ultra Ball for a Shaymin-EX in attempts to draw a hefty amount of cards to rebuild. Playing a Garbodor down at any point in the Mid to Late game paired with Parallel City can regulate this play and all but seal the match if you have a fresh Yveltal-EX with a Fighting Fury Belt.
Cards to tech: Jirachi, Enhanced Hammer, 3rd Parallel City

Darkrai-EX/Giratina-EX 70/30

Much like every other Pokémon-EX oriented deck Yveltal BKT and Pitch Black Spear will be the main strategy to win. My goal here is to Lysandre up a Hoopa-EX, Giratina-EX, or Darkrai-EX without energy and Pitch Black Spear for 3 turns to take 4 prizes. Your opponent will need to hit Max Elixirs early and never miss an energy drop in order to keep up with the pressure you’re applying with Yveltal BKT. If they’re playing Garbodor in their build, try to target Trubbish down early with Lysandre as cutting off Fighting Fury Belt with Fright Night is critical towards success. If they’re able to get it online quick, then just go for a damage and prize race with Yveltal-EX and Yveltal BKT as you should come out on top due to the bench poke. Keep in mind this is only if you’re able to clear off a Giratina-EX on the bench with 2 Double Dragon Energy to bring down Dark Pulse’s damage output.
Cards to tech: Jirachi XY67, Enhanced Hammer

Gyarados 30/70

Gyarados is a deck that’s on the rise due to its high damage output for a single energy attachment. It reminds me a lot of Night March but instead of having all basic attackers, it has a 130 or 110 HP Stage 1 that can be quite tough for Yveltal to deal with. Since the deck only plays 1 or 2 Shaymin-EX as their Pokémon-EX, Yveltal BKT is a near useless attacker in this match up. The best way to approach this matchup is using Parallel City, N, and Yveltal-EX with a Fighting Fury Belt to combat their flurry of Gyarados. I try to play Delinquent multiple times against their deck to try and lower their count of Team Magma Stadium but most of the time it’s not enough to get your final prizes before they do.

Cards to tech: Spinda PRC 115, Enhanced Hammer, Jirachi XY67

Greninja 30/70 (without Garb) 60/40 (with Garb)

Without Garbodor, Greninja feels like a lost cause unless you’re able to get 2 Yveltal-EX powered up extremely quickly with 2 Fighting Fury Belt. Yveltal BKT and Mew FCO are essentially free prizes to your opponent in this matchup and they provide on real value to taking prizes. Playing a single copy of Hex Maniac can lead to you keeping your lead during the late game of the match,however,it’s tough to consistently string it through a flurry of N. If you’re playing Garbodor then you’re going to follow a similar game plan without the reliance on Hex Maniac to control their Greninja BREAK during the late game.

Cards to tech: An extra Hex Maniac, bigger Garbodor line

Raikou/Jolteon-EX/Electrode 30/70

This is going to be one of the toughest match-ups you’ll face in the Standard Format. Jolteon-EX can stall all of your attackers while dishing OHKO’s against Yveltal BKT and Raikou is difficult for this deck to KO without having a heavily energy dedicated Yveltal-EX. Your basic goal of the game is to cut off their energy tempo and survive their initial storm of attacks from Raikou by revenge KO’ing it with a Yveltal-EX. Most of the time I accomlish this by sacrificing a Trubbish or Yveltal BKT early then having the Yveltal-EX to follow up with an Evil Ball. Ideally, you’ll want to establish Garbodor on turn 2 to negate Electrode’s Buzzap Thunder then start pressuring their active Raikou/Jolteon-EX and poking their Shaymin-EX on the bench with Pitch Black Spear. If you manage to take a tie against this deck, I’d consider it a win cause this is quite problematic.

Cards to tech: Enhanced Hammer, Ralts/Rare Candy/Gallade BKT, Pokemon Ranger, Regirock AOR/Fighting Energy

M Rayquaza-EX 50/50

M Rayquaza-EX should see a boost in play since Dragonite-EX helps it recover from Parallel City easier. This matchup is highly dependent on when your opponent can Mega Evolve their Rayquaza-EX and if you hit an Enhanced Hammer early to regulate their pressure. Opening Yveltal BKT is ideal against their deck but if your opponent goes first and finishes their turn with a Mega Evolution on their Rayquaza-EX with a Basic Energy, you’re in a scary spot. The best thing to do here is load up a Yveltal BKT or Yveltal-EX on your bench prepping for the active one to get KO’d the following turn barring they have Float Stone + Hex Maniac. Most M Rayquaza-EX decks should be playing 2 Hex Maniac and for them to get to one early in the game is common.

It’s best to poke them down early with 1 or 2 Yveltal BKT and try to Lysandre stall one of their setup Pokemon on the bench (ideally Hoopa-EX or Dragonite-EX). If you’re playing Umbreon-EX, you can use a 2 Dark Energy Yveltal-EX with a Fighting Fury Belt to Evil Ball an opposing M Rayquaza-EX. Then, KO it with a Fighting Fury Belt/Reverse Valley/Giovanni’s Scheme boosted Umbreon-EX’s End Game to take 4 Prize turns. If you’re not playing this combo then you should aim to use Parallel City and Garbodor to hold down their bench line while you hit their M Rayquaza-EX with a Fighting Fury Belted Yveltal-EX.

Cards to tech: Umbreon-EX, more Parallel City, Enhanced Hammer

M Gardevoir-EX 30/70

This matchup comes to whether or not you can poke their Mega Gardevoir on the bench 2 or 3 times before it comes to active against Yveltal BKT. Its resistance and ability to discard any benched Pokémon-EX can clear your damage off Pitch Black Spear and render your Yveltal BKT useless. The only way I see this matchup working towards your favor is through using Lysandre on a benched Pokémon-EX to stall their attacks and allowing a late game N, Garbodor, and Yveltal-EX to work your way towards a win. Similar to Rainbow Road and Mega Rayquaza you’ll want to use a combination of Parallel City, Garbodor, N, and Yveltal-EX with a Fighting Fury Belt to swing control of the late game. Be mindful of Fairy Drop when trying to calculate your game plan to takeout Mega Gardevoir with multiple attacks. Most decks will play a few copies of it as it and it’s extremely irritating to play against when you’re trying to calculate perfect damage through their resistance.

Cards to tech: Magearna-EX with 3 copies of basic Metal Energy

Conclusion

Yveltal BKT/ Mew FCO should be one of the most played decks going into the 2016 Orlando Regionals and it’s presence alone should have decks that don’t play any retreat cards other Float Stone to consider adding some. Yveltal BKT has a fairly high skill cap to pilot so constantly playtesting and building experience with this deck should improve your skill level as both a pilot and a player when using other decks. Yveltal takes quite a number of hard matchups in the format, but those hard matchups often take bad matchups to the other popular decks like Mega Mewtwo and Volcanion. I hope you enjoyed this write up and found it useful for your preparations for future tournaments.

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