Hey all, my name is Kian Amini. I am very excited for the opportunity Some1sPC is giving me! I have been playing the card game for about nine years. I have had pretty good success the past five seasons, winning multiple Regionals and with my most recent notable finish being top 4 at the Oceania Internationals. Recently, I attended the Seattle Regionals championships where I piloted an Espeon/Garbodor deck to an 18th place finish. I’m going explain my thought process, report, matchups, and everything about the list.

I.Seattle Espeon GX/Garbodor
III.Seattle Tournament Report
IV.Reflections/Possible Additions
V.Updated List

Leading up to Seattle, the decks I was anticipating were Garbodor variants, Gyarados and Decidueye/Vileplume. I also expected a little bit of Greninja and Sylveon. I was expected Garbodor to be the most popular deck and I wanted to play something to beat it. I was testing Gyarados a week prior to the event because it had a solid matchup against Garbodor and Sylveon. Players started to realize how Gyarados improved with Choice Band and Rescue Stretcher. After hearing it around, the secret was out. People tech'd cards such as Spinda PRC, or the Azelf promo to take advantage of Gyarados’s weakness. I gave up on Gyarados two days before the event knowing that other players will prepare for it.
I went and scrolled through Twitter and saw Peter Kica earned 2nd place at a League Cup with Espeon/Garbodor. I was interested and discussed with him about the deck. I felt like Espeon provided better matchups against Gyarados, Sylveon and the whole field. I’d figure Garbodor, in general, was a good play because not everyone would prepare for it. Below is the list Peter and I played. We had a one card difference, where Peter ran the 3rd Tapu Lele Instead of the single Shaymin.

Seattle Espeon GX/Garbodor List

Pokemon (20)

  • 4 Eevee
  • 2 Espeon GX
  • 1 Flareon AOR
  • 3 Trubbish BKP
  • 1 Trubbish GUR
  • 3 Garbodor GUR
  • 1 Garbodor BKP
  • 1 Sudowoodo
  • 1 Drampa GX
  • 2 Tapu Lele GX
  • 1 Shaymin EX

Trainers (29)

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 4 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 1 Brigette
  • 1 Hex Maniac
  • 1 Delinquent
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 3 Choice Band
  • 3 VS Seeker
  • 3 Float Stone
  • 2 Field Blower
  • 1 Super Rod

Energy (11)

  • 7 Psychic Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy

Card explanations

Originally there were three Trainers’ Mail in the list, but they were not good in mirror so we added two more Ns and a tech spot.

4-2-1 Eevee/Espeon/Flareon

Initially we ran a 4-3 Espeon; however, I found the third one to be unnecessary. During games, I would only attack with one, occasionally two Espeon. I was also thinking about cutting an Eevee, but starting with Energy Evolution is strong. Playing four of the deck’s best starter increases the chance of a turn one Psybeam.

Flareon AOR

Peter Kica warned me that people might try to counter Garbodor by playing metal variants such as Metagross or Solgaleo/Lurantis. I was very reluctant to run it at first, but knowing it also helped with the Decidueye matchup convinced me to include it. Turns out Peter told me a week too early

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