What’s up, readers? In this article, I'm going to be going over my deck and performance from the Hartford Regional Championship that took place last weekend. Going into the event, I expected PikaRom and Zoroark variants to be the most popular decks, so I wanted to have near auto-wins against both of those matchups, but I also wanted to have positive matchups against Vespiquen, Shock-lock and Rayquaza, as all these decks had been receiving hype leading up to the event. Archie’s and Trevenant were the two decks I was willing to take a loss to as I felt both decks would see very minimal play because of the sub-optimal matchups they had against the other popular decks.
Taking a loss to Archie’s was a choice that many people disagreed with because they thought the deck would have a resurgence after its poor performance in Daytona, but I felt most people that wanted to play an explosive deck would play Zekrom because it has consistently performed well and has a good matchup against the control variants. Archie’s also has the stigma of being a “high roll deck” because of its zero card hand condition and need to explode on turn one, which would also lower the amount of people that play the deck. As for losing to Trev, that was pretty risky but it paid off for the most part. Trev is a deck that usually has a couple players doing well, and losing to it can get punished pretty hard as it always sees a decent amount of play.
As for my deck, I chose to play Regirock. This was a deck Russell Laparre told me about heading into Dallas Regionals last year, but unfortunately, neither of us ended up playing it. As the Expanded format progressed and cards like Faba and Last Chance Potion were released, Regirock was a deck I tested in every format but never found it to be quite good enough to take to an event. Two weeks before Hartford, my friends Zach Cooper and Isaiah Bradner had been testing a Regirock list in preparation for Daytona Regionals, which got me thinking about the deck again. Normally, a Regirock list is built more like Primal Groudon, utilizing Wobbuffet to slow down the opponent and Robo Substitute to negate prizes as you set up your attacker. After a few games, I found Wobbuffet to be pretty useless as the format did not rely on Abilities to set up and they didn't help you set up either. This led me to play Jirachi as a replacement, because it would better help my deck after a late game N and make the deck more consistent in general. Regirock is also normally built with a heavy Korrina engine, but I substituted that for a heavy count of Cynthia, since late game, if you get N’d to a low number of cards Korrina usually isn't enough to get everything you need. With Cynthia however, in combination with “Stellar Wish,” the deck was very consistent and resilient to late game Ns.
Here's the list I played:
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