What’s up Some1sPC readers! My name is Chip and I’m so excited to be writing my 1st ever article for you guys! Since I am new to the site, I want to give a brief background about myself, and then we will jump into 2 decks that I am considering playing for the upcoming Memphis Regional Championships!

You may recognize my name from my YouTube channel where I post videos about the Pokémon TCG. I record gameplay of my own decks, decks that have done well at recent tournaments, and do discussion videos with top players about their recent performances at tournaments and other topics relevant to the Pokémon TCG. I’ve loved creating content on YouTube for over a year now, and I’m very excited that Russ has given me a chance to try my hand in an additional outlet of content creation.

I had the Pokémon games and Pokémon cards when I was a kid, but I had no idea how to play the TCG. I remember my brother and I making up our own rules like “each energy attached gives you 10 more HP” and always picking our starter, even if it was an evolution Pokémon. Needless to say, we were way off the mark when it came to what the actual rules were. Like many others, I got “too old for Pokémon” around Middle School and wouldn’t pick either up again until I was a sophomore in college. When Pokémon X and Y came out I actually bought a 3DS just to play the game. I really enjoyed it as it brought back a piece of my childhood and it was actually a pretty good game. It wasn’t until after I bought and played Omega Ruby that I noticed the Pokémon Cards as I was walking to check out in Target one day, and for some reason unknown to me, I decided to buy a pack. I remember it was a Roaring Skies pack and I opened it up as soon as I got to my car. I got to the middle of the pack, and there...staring me in the face...was the coolest card I’d ever seen… Gallade EX.

At the time I had no clue that this card had little to no value, especially from a playability standpoint, but I had never seen a card like that and went home and started watching YouTube videos of other people opening Pokémon cards. I started to buy more packs and I eventually noticed the code cards at the back of all these packs I was opening. I never knew that there was an actual real way to play the Pokémon TCG, let alone that there was an amazing community and competitive circuit built around the game. I downloaded PTCGO, looked up where my local Pokémon League was, and the rest was history.

The 1st tournament I attended was a City Championships in High Point, NC in November of 2015. This was the 1st weekend that BREAK Through was legal for play, and I started out 3-0 with my Giratina-EX/Vileplume deck. I did finish the day at 3-3, but had such a great time playing that I went to another City Championship the next day and made Top 8 at that tournament! Now I know that I had no clue what I was doing at the time, but that 1st weekend of tournament play made me fall in love with this game, and the community of players I met that weekend.

That 1st weekend led to me traveling to more Pokémon Leagues in my area, to traveling to Regional Championships, to making Pokémon Videos on YouTube, to Top 8ing Athens Regionals this past season, to getting my Worlds invite in my 1st full competitive year, and to making countless new friends and creating new experiences along the way.

All that brings us to here and now, my 1st article on Some1sPC with only a few days to go before the largest Regional Championships to date. So enough about me, I say it’s time we dive in and take a look at 2 decks that I think could be very strong headed into Memphis.

When it comes to picking a deck for a tournament, I always take a look at what has done well at previous tournaments in the same format. So naturally, I am expecting a lot of Golisopod variants similar to what Tord Reklev used to win the London International Championships last month. I anticipate Zoroark/Golisopod and Gardevoir GX to be the 2 most popular decks at the tournament, so my initial testing was dedicated to Metagross GX/Solgaleo GX.


Metagross Solgaleo

Metagross Solgaleo

Pokémon (19)

  • 4 Beldum
  • 3 Metang
  • 4 Metagross GX
  • 2 Cosmog
  • 1 Solgaleo GX
  • 1 Magearna EX
  • 2 Tapu Lele GX
  • 1 Alolan Vulpix
  • 1 Dhelmise

Trainers (32)

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 4 N
  • 3 Guzma
  • 2 Brigette
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Rare Candy
  • 4 Max Potion
  • 3 Field Blower
  • 2 Choice Band
  • 2 Rescue Stretcher

Energy (9)

  • 8 Metal Energy
  • 1 Psychic Energy

I’ve played this deck locally at 3 tournaments (all sanctioned tournaments at leagues) to a really high success rate, winning 2 of the tournaments and getting 2nd at the one where I played a Volcanion. The general idea behind the deck has stayed the same ever since it 1st got 2nd at Madison Regionals last season, set up multiple Metagross GX to abuse the Geotech System Ability, and heal off any damage done to you with Max Potion. The twist here is adding the Solgaleo which allows you to pick up 1 hit KO’s against anything in the format when combined with a Choice Band.

Card Explanations

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