What's going on Some1spc readers, its Israel with another article and it’s been awhile since my last article. Today I’m doing something completely different with my article then my usual rundown. Instead of my usual deck profile and matchups, I will also be sharing my testing sessions I’ve had in the last couple weeks and share more of my thought process and my initial feelings of the deck. So let's go through what I am going to talk about:

I. NAIC small Tournament report
II. Testing sessions with Scizor
III. Decklist and choices
IV. Matchups
V. Thoughts of the deck itself
VI. Conclusion


We will start out the article with my last tournament which was NAIC; unfortunately, I couldn't test as much as I usually do for NAIC due to picking up two jobs since I was running into personal issues. So I tested what I could and decided to run Waterbox for the tournament. It was my third choice but became a first instantly once Drew convinced me of its potential with his list. I tested when I could and switched it to more of my liking and was fully convinced to run with it. Here's the list I used for the tournament:

The MVPs of the tournament for me was Tapu Fini GX and Volcanion because of their ability to snipe and Fini buying me time when I’m behind. In all honesty, I used Tapu Storm more times than Ice Beam GX. The big disappointments in the list were White Kyurem and Lillie. I used them a couple times but they never impactful. The reasoning for White Kyurem was to use a single Prize attacker to deal with baby Buzzwole but unfortunately I didn't get to face many Buzzwole. So moving onto the round by round:

R1 No Show 1-0
R2 Golisopod Zoroark LL 1-1
R3 Malamar WLW 2-1
R4 Ho-Oh GX WW 3-1
R5 Zoroark Lycanroc WLT 3-1-1
R6 Greninja WLW 4-1-1
R7 Buzzwole LL 4-2-1
R8 Lurantis Bulu and other Grass attackers LWL 4-3-1
R9 Quad Hoopa Malamar WLL 4-4-1

This year looked really promising for me in the first six rounds but again I couldn't finish strong in the last three rounds. So another year where I don't make a Day 2 in NAIC in the five times I’ve attended. Also to add more salt in wound, this now makes it seven months where I haven't made a Day 2 in the tournaments I’ve attended since EUIC. After this horrible run, I promised myself that I would test my heart out after my second job is complete(August 3) to hopefully break this slump and I hope to make a deep run at Worlds. This leads to the second part of the article, which is the testing results of Scizor.

Testing Sessions with Scizor

Before I go into the actual testing, let me discuss a little bit about Scizor and why I chose it for my first deck in the new format:

Scizor GX HP 210

Ability: Danger Perception
If this Pokémon's remaining HP is 100 or less, this Pokémon’s attacks do 80 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance).

This Ability is what caught my attention, I was instantly thinking about how can I abuse this or how can I make it extremely tanky to abuse its Ability and the first attack pairs well this Ability.

MC Steel Wing 80
During your opponent's next turn, any damage done to this Pokémon by attacks is reduced by 30. (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

Steel Wing pairs extremely well with the Ability since it makes it hard for your opponent to kill your Scizor with a clean hit. This also makes it a difficult decision since now they can’t baby hit me since I’m reducing the attack by 30 and if they hit me hard and don't kill me, I can easily hit them harder the following turn. With Choice Band and Dhelmise you’re hitting for 120 for two Energy and with the Ability activated you can hit for even more damage. Even if they don't hit you in the Ability range, you’re two shooting anything in the format.

CCC Cross-Cut GX

If your opponent's Active Pokémon is an Evolution Pokémon, this attack does 100 more damage. (You can't use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

I’m so and so with this GX attack since it only gets the extra 100 if you hit an evolved Pokémon. This makes it awkward to kill basic GX attackers because you would need the Ability to one hit them.

So now that I’ve gone over the card itself, let's get to the actual testing results with the deck. I will also do card choices at the end, I will go over why I chose some cards below each list and what I changed in each session.

Day 1 vs Russell Laparre (Shiftry/Zoroark)

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