What's up Some1spc readers! We've recently had a new set drop (Guardians Rising), and the first weekend of cards being legal for tournament play has just past! With new sets, usually come new decks, and that's definitely not going to change here. There are tons of new solid Pokémon and archetypes being created, such as the new Garbodor and Sylveon, which are taking a lot of the hype (which Russell and Drew have both covered already). I also recently won back to back League Cups in my area with Mega Gardevoir-EX (which I've updated the list with the changes here!). Today, however, I'm going to cover decks that have already had an impact on our Meta, and that I believe will continue to be a threat.  

I.Gyarados/Card Choices
III.Greninja/Card Choices

First up, we have Gyarados! Gyarados has always been a very Meta dependent deck, and if you're able to call the Meta perfectly, you're likely to have a great tournament run. On the other hand, if you're wrong, the deck has a handful of terrible matchups that you will almost never be able to beat. With that said, the list of decks that Gyarados boasts favorable matchups against has increased, while the poor matchups have stayed about the same. I've spoken with Jose Marrero a lot about the deck (since it's one of two decks he's played all season), so with that said, let's go straight into the list!  


Gyarados Machoke

Pokemon (13)

  • 4 Magikarp XY143
  • 3 Gyarados AOR 21
  • 1 Remoraid BKT 32
  • 1 Octillery BKT 33
  • 1 Machop GRI
  • 1 Machoke GRI 155
  • 1 Tapu Lele GX
  • 1 Shaymin EX

Trainers (43)

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 2 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 2 Teammates
  • 1 Professor Kukui
  • 4 Puzzle of Time
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 4 Dive Ball
  • 4 Rescue Stretcher
  • 3 Choice Band
  • 3 Float Stone
  • 2 Ultra Ball
  • 2 Level Ball
  • 1 Town Map
  • 1 Special Charge
  • 4 Team Magma's Secret Base

Energy (4)

  • 4 Double Colorless Energy


How the deck functions

The deck plays out similarly to how Night March or Vespiquen did in the past, by dealing a ton of damage through a non-EX attacker. You can then take knockouts on your opponents EX or GX Pokémon, thus winning the prize trade. Only instead of discarding Pokémon to boost your damage output, you damage your own Magikarp.  

Gyarados' attack, Full Retaliation, does 30 damage, plus an additional 30 for every Magikarp you have damaged on your bench, for just a single double colorless energy. In order to damage your own Magikarp with easy, you play the stadium Team Magma's Secret Base, which places 2 damage counters on every Pokémon benched while the stadium is in play. With 3 damaged Magikarp benched, you deal 210 damage, knocking out most Pokémon in a single hit. Since you can't have any Magikarp prized in order to reach that number, we also play cards such as Choice Band and Professor Kukui for additional damage. If your opponent is forced to bench their Pokémon under your Team Magma's Secret Base, it can also help you secure knockouts.  

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