Hello again, Some1sPC fam! Today, I'm changing it up a bit from my usual MO of writing about whatever crazy, out-of-the-box deck that comes to my mind. Instead, I have decided to focus on a generally popular archetype, which I think could use a little more time in the spotlight: Green’s Reshiram & Charizard. I like this deck a lot. In the past season I really made it a point to just make as many new and exciting decks as I could, as I was not too serious about my Pokémon career while finishing school. However, now that I finally have my degree, I have begun to focus on more popular and viable types of decks. This all began in preparation for the Washington D.C Open this past August. Coinciding with the 2019 Pokémon World Championships, this event was an important stepping stone in starting a strong season, so I began looking at the most popular decks months in advance. My initial radar had clocked Garchomp & Giratina-GX with Malamar, and Pikachu & Zekrom-GX as two of the strongest and most popular decks, with Reshiram & Charizard-GX trailing slightly behind.
Leading up to the tournament, I had begun to try any deck I could get the slightest whiff of. Spiritomb, Gardevoir & Sylveon-GX, and quad Arcanine were just a few. I soon learned that the biggest struggle in this new restrictive format would be consistency. I was at a bit of a loss for a while until Lucy, my protégé, decided that she wanted to play Green’s Reshiram & Charizard. After making some slight changes to a stock list, I quickly realized how amazing this deck is. After watching her continually beat Pikachu & Zekrom-GX decks, Dark Box, Malamar variants, and just about anything else I could throw out, Lucy had convinced me that this was easily the best deck to play.
Reshiram & Charizard-GX decks, like many other archetypes you may have seen at the World Championships, draws a lot of its power from the Supporter card Welder. Many cards like Reshiram & Charizard-GX have high-HP and can deal large amounts of damage; the biggest drawback being the heavy attack cost. However, with Welder, these attacks become as easily available as a single energy "Bubble" or "Tackle" attack.
Backtracking to the fundamentals of a good Pokémon deck, there are a few things that will put any deck above the rest, those being: speed, consistency, damage output, and Energy efficiency. Many top decks have a combination of all of these factors. Green’s ReshiZard, as I mentioned earlier, has the ability to deal 230 damage after just two manual attachments and a Welder. This efficient use of Energy and speed of attack allows the extremely high-damage output of the deck to really shine through and beat many other decks in the format. However, it takes more than just a good deck to be a good tournament pick. Therefore, allow me to break down into some specific matchups in order to show why I think this deck is currently the best in the format.
Pikachu & Zekrom-GX:
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