Our 2012-2013 season has now officially come to a close. This has been an unforgettable year for me for so many wonderful reasons and I hope that you all can say the same. This season has brought us many champions – both new winners and returning victors. But before we put the 2012-2013 season into the history books for good, let’s discuss how a few of this past weekend’s top players became the very best like no one ever was.
I realize that this style of article will not be as pertinent to most readers as my Nationals recap, but I feel like everyone can benefit from this information for future deck building.
Table of Contents
- Takuya Yoneda – Darkrai EX/Garbodor
- Johnny Rabus – Plasma
- Jason Klaczynski – Darkrai EX/Sableye
- Zach Bivens – Accelgor/Mewtwo EX/Garbodor
- Zach’s Worlds Report
- Closing Thoughts on Worlds 2013
Takuya Yoneda – Darkrai EX/Garbodor
Pokémon – 12
2 Trubbish NVI
4 Darkrai EX
2 Keldeo EX
Trainers – 37
Energy – 11
Yoneda made a lot of interesting decisions regarding his deck list, such as the decision to play only one Sableye. Another interesting choice he made was only playing 12 Supporter cards alongside a single Tropical Beach and Computer Search. I would not feel comfortable piloting a list with such few consistency cards, but it is hard to argue with the deck given the tremendous success Takuya Yoneda had.
It was a lot of fun to see Yoneda perform so well this weekend, and I was very sad to see him be eliminated in the top 8 when he just needed one more win to earn a paid trip for next year. The Japanese Worlds invitation structure is incredibly difficult. I would not want to play in a country where legendary players such Yamato, Yuta, and Yoneda regularly miss out on earning their invitation and are forced to make their way through the Last Chance Qualifier.
Johnny Rabus – Plasma
Pokémon – 11
4 Deoxys EX
2 Thundurus EX
2 Lugia EX
Trainers – 35
Energy – 14
4 Blend WLFM
Johnny Rabus had an incredible run this weekend with a very unique Plasma list. The first thought in my mind when Johnny was telling me about his 3 Frozen City, 3 Switch, and 2 Max Potion this weekend was how did he fit all of these cards into his list?
The first cards that you will probably notice are missing from his list are the infamous LaserBank combo. After thinking about these choices they do seem pretty powerful to me. Of course the loss of Hypnotoxic Laser hurts Plasma’s Darkrai matchup, but the addition of Frozen City takes the Blastoise matchup into very favorable territory.
Think about this situation. You just replaced a Tropical Beach with one of your Frozen Cities. Your opponent needs to power up the Black Kyurem EX that they just placed on their bench in order to knock out your active Pokémon. When they do this their Black Kyurem EX takes 80 damage. This essentially lets us OHKO the Blastoise player’s Pokémon.
I would imagine that Johnny would nearly always win the Stadium war as Blastoise decks typical play three Tropical Beaches in their decks, playing the first down on their first turn of the game.
Overall I love Johnny’s Worlds deck and could not be happier to see a friend place 6th in his first ever World Championship.
Jason Klaczynski – Darkrai EX/Sableye
Pokémon – 10
4 Darkrai EX
2 Keldeo EX
Trainers – 40
Energy – 10
In my post-Nationals article I mentioned that I hoped Jason Klaczynski would earn his Worlds invite through the grinder this year. Jason not only grinded in but became our first three-time TCG World Champion when no one else has even won two.
Once again I am surprised by Jason’s choice to include only 13 outs to Supporter cards. With three Sableye he has many opportunities to retrieve Random Receivers and Bicycles from his discard, but I would hate to miss a turn of using Night Spear due to having to use Junk Hunt to replace a dead hand.
Jason’s first place Worlds deck is very similar to the Darkrai EX/Sableye list that he used throughout Cities. His list at that point of the season featured just nine Supporters (4 Juniper, 4 N, 1 Bianca) with four Random Receivers instead of the more common approaches with Skylas and a higher Bianca count.
Jason took a different approach from nearly every other Darkrai EX player in attendance at the World Championship this year. Jason realized that Absol did not offer much to the deck. Attacking with Darkrai is desired in nearly every situation because of the 30 damage that it grants you to one of your opponent’s bench Pokémon. That 30 bench damage is invaluable against Plasma decks as it sets you up for a later turn where you will be able to knock out two EX Pokémon at the same time taking four Prizes.
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