Mark A. HicksHey everybody, and welcome to my last segment of Battle of Wittz this month. Having written two other articles already, I started getting burned out on content and decided to go to you guys for help on what you’d like to hear from me today. The three biggest questions I had asked were:
- How do I decide on a deck?
- How do I prepare for the mirror?
- What cards are going to be good in our future sets?
I decided to tackle the first and third questions. I wanted to take all three in one article, but I’ll be honest — I need more work in the mirror before I can give you guys devoted and quality advice. That will likely be my first topic next month granted there aren’t other more important subjects that you’d like to hear about first (before Regionals).
I’d much rather devote a week or two to that topic and actually learn the mirrors rather than try to cover all three questions at once. In the meantime, I’ll be working hard to get you good information for that article.
Until then, instead of hearing about what I WILL write about in the future, how about we just read what I’ve written?
First things first, I want to talk about what decks I believe are the best selection for both Battle Roads and a larger event like Regionals.
To our advantage now, we have the usual PokéGym thread for tallying what won for Battle Roads each weekend. I’ll be honest in saying I don’t think the original poster is tallying everything perfectly, and he’s also leaving a lot of random subgroups around.
For sake of keeping everything as a depiction of what is winning the most as a deck concept I went through each post and tallied decks by their main archetype. Here’s what we’ve got so far based on everything posted to check everything that has been posted so far).
- Masters Winning Decks
- Choosing a Deck for Battle Roads
- How To Avoid Making Poor Metagame Decisions And Understanding Your Local Metagame
- Scouting Do’s And Don’t’s
- Choosing a Deck for Regionals
- My Deck-Decision Process for a Large Event
- The Future
Masters Winning Decks
PokeGym12 x ZPS variants
8 x Reshiphlosion
7 x Stage 1s
5 x MegaZone
4 x Reshiboar
2 x Gothitelle/Reuniclus
2 x Mew/Yanmega/Vileplume
2 x Yanmega/Kingdra
1 x Reuniclus/Vileplume/Donphan/Zekrom
1 x Donphan and Dragons
1 x Lanturn/Yanmega/Zekrom
1 x Mew/Cinccino
1 x Samurott/Donphan
1 x Blastoise/Floatzel
1 x Cincinno/Yanmega/Kingdra
While I do recommend consulting this list from time to time to see which decks as a whole are performing well in metagames across the country, I don’t always find just looking at the list to be the best way to judge what deck to play for your own area.
Choosing a Deck for Battle Roads
For smaller events like Battle Roads, I’ve already written a nice article about scouting your local metagame — going all the way back to my first article, The Bible on Luxchomp! I read over it, and still think that the info from last year to this year is relevant, so go check that out if you want.
I’ve included the info copy/pasted below for your convenience so you don’t have to go hunt that specific section out again:
How To Avoid Making Poor Metagame Decisions And Understanding Your Local Metagame
So, now that you know you should avoid teching a deck without prior knowledge, I’m sure you want to know how to obtain that prior knowledge. Here are 3 huge steps to learning which decks are played in your area:
1. Actually play games in your area.
Whether it be your local league or even a Battle Roads, you can learn a great deal from being active in an area. Most players like to stick to a deck they feel most comfortable with over a season. Other players will only play the decks that just won the day before. Others like to inspire their own builds.
I can tell you right now from my area that 95% of the time if the tournament is the value of a City Championships or higher, Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich is taking DialgaChomp. Quin Downs, Rob Downs, and Colin Peterik will take something rogue (you can’t prepare for most rogue decks unless the same player keeps playing the same list.
For example, Colin has taken Tyranitar variants to at least 3 tournaments, so I can prepare for that in the back of my mind). Richard Lucas will always run a deck with Ampharos PT in it without fail. Vince Blasko will always bring an SP Variant – usually Luxchomp. James Flint is going to take a Gengar. Just by playing the regulars in your area, you can get a huge understanding on which decks you’re going to see.
2. Use online resources.
PokeGymAsking someone to go to every tournament in their area is a little absurd. About 90+% of Masters players are in school of some kind, and I’m sure 9% of those players who aren’t in school have a job. If you have a friend who went to a tournament you couldn’t make, ask them what kind of decks they played/saw, and ask them what made top cut/won. Beyond this, I highly suggest using Pokégym’s information. Normally I wouldn’t suggest using another website over the one I’m writing for, but I’m sure Adam will understand.
On PokéGym, go to the forum Pokémon TCG > Tournaments and Organized Play > (most recent tournament series – at the time of this article you’d go to Battle Roads). At the top, you’ll see a stickied thread titled “What won (insert tournament name here)”. Don’t let the world-wide statistics fool you, though. Just study the results for the top decks in your state and maybe some states that boarder it. By knowing which decks are winning, you can either A) Run the deck that is winning, or B) prepare for the popular deck and tech appropriately against it.
Some people might deem scouting as morally questionable, but I’ll outline some steps for how to scout with respect.
Scouting Do’s And Don’t’s
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