Hello Some1sPC readers! Chip here, and I’m excited to be bringing you guys another article which contains three unique lists that I have been working on across Pokémon’s two different formats. But first I quickly want to go over my Charlotte Regionals experience, since I haven’t written an article since that tournament.
MY CHARLOTTE RECAP
As you may know by now, I did end up making Day 2 of the tournament at a 7-1-1 record with the same 60 cards from my article on Zoroark GX/Counters that was released before the tournament. This was super exciting for me since it was the first time I was able to break into Day 2 this season, and it was with a deck I had tested a lot going in! Day 2 did not go as well for me sadly, finishing at 2-4 on the day for a final record of 9-5-1. I played Kyle Sabelhaus on stream Round 1 and of all the Zoroark decks I think that Zoroark Gardevoir is the hardest matchup for my Counter Energy deck. As I said, that match was streamed so you could go back and watch it if you would like but to sum it up Kyle’s deck did everything it needed to and it is hard for any deck to overcome a turn 2 - 3 Zoroarks and Gallade. I then beat a Zoroark/Weavile pretty handily 2-0. Then I hit the Quad Hoopa/Xurkitree and if you remember the list from my last article, I played nothing but Special Energies. Once that dumb yellow tree hit the field, I was done for. I then lost in round 13 to Justin Kulas who was playing Zoroark GX/Golisopod GX. This was a matchup I was very comfortable in and went 3-0 against it in Day 1 of the tournament. One of the ways to win that matchup is to match their healing with two Acerola and the one Max Potion. We got to a point in the game where I thought I was able to match his healing, which would ultimately put me on top since I took an early prize lead. Unfortunately for me, his list actually played a third copy of Acerola and once he played that I knew I was unlikely to win that game. In retrospect, I probably should have conceded right then and there but I did still have a theoretical out to win the game with Kartana’s Blade GX and using Rainbow Energy to get off a strong Watch and Learn with Sudowoodo. Ultimately I did lose that game and we ended up not even having enough time to finish the second game, resulting in Justin taking the match. Looking back on this game, this is what can happen when you build your list to be effective against what the “normal” lists for certain decks are at the time. As I said, I went 3-0 against ZoroPod in Day 1, against players all using “normal” lists. I was banking too hard on that in this game which ended up losing it for me. Kudos to Justin on making his list different and letting it give him an edge against players who were not prepared for it.
Losing in Round 13 did knock me out of Top 8 contention but if I won my last two rounds, I would still be able to make Top 16. So Round 14 I was against the Turbo Buzzwole deck with 20 Energies and the heavy Scorched Earth draw engine. I won 2-1 in games there, with Mew and Mimikyu putting in work. Then finally in the last round, I was up-paired against Edwin Lopez. There was a lot on the line for both of us this game, as Edwin needed a win to have a shot at Top 8, and I needed a win to secure Top 16. He was playing Buzzwole/Lycanroc which was a matchup I was very comfortable in. I won the first game pretty handily, and he was able to win a close game two. In game three I had a bad start and had to N instead of Brigette on turn one, and didn’t find a Zorua on that first turn. I then had to Cynthia on the second turn and drew into three DCE, two Field Blower and a Rescue Stretcher, still with no Zorua in play. So an unfortunate end to an otherwise successful tournament but I’m overall satisfied since I was finally able to just get back into Day 2.
The weekend following Charlotte was Portland which I was unable to attend but the format was the same as Charlotte with the addition of Lucario GX. We saw Espeon Garb make a resurgence and a variety of different decks in the Day 2 field, including Sylveon, Tapu Bulu GX/Vikavolt, Attacking Hoopa and multiple different Lucario decks. The one deck that stood out to me was Alex Koch’s Passimian deck that he started off at 5-0 with. Ever since Ultra Prism came out and introduced the new Passimian with the Power Huddle Ability I have been interested to see if a Passimian deck could perform well in a major tournament. I think that it is something that has potential now as there are a lot of pros for Passimian on paper. It has good type coverage being able to hit for Fighting Weakness with Passimian and Psychic Weakness with Mew FCO (both of which are very important types right now), it is a one prize attacker and all of the attackers are basic Pokémon. There are a couple of glaring problems with Passimian. It is a very combo-based deck, needing to draw some sort of recovery card and a Double Colorless Energy nearly every single turn. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that you only play one copy of your main attacker! Nonetheless, I think the potential upside of this deck outweighs its flaws and I think it could be in a great spot in the current Standard Format.
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