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New Cards, New Format, New Season: This Title is Catchy

Hey everyone! I’m glad to be back writing for SixPrizes with my second Underground article. I received a lot of great feedback from you all on my last article, which I appreciate a lot. Without your input I wouldn’t be here writing again, so your votes and comments really help me to know how I’m doing. I hope I can make this and each article from here on to be just as good, if not better than my last one!


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SO ANXIOUS for the new format.

Since we last spoke I’ve competed in both Nationals and Worlds. If you guys and gals would like tournament reports in the future please let me know, but I feel that tournament reports are usually much less useful than simply talking about decks or strategy. You aren’t paying to hear how someone else did; you’re paying to put yourself in that person’s place the next time a big tournament rolls around (providing they performed well, of course).

I know many of you are anxious for our exciting new format, so that’s what I’m here to talk about today. I started testing NXD-on right after Worlds ended, using some of the lists I posted in “Step Right Up and Win a Prize!” as well as other decks not included in that article.

This format has a huge variety of very viable decks which makes it hard to choose what deck to play and which cards to include in your list. That’s why I will provide some lists with a few open spots and explain possible additional cards that help for certain matchups or generally with consistency.

The next major tournament, the Klaczynski Open, is only a week away so I hope I’ll be able to help you make up your mind on your deck choice for the event, or perfect your list if you already have your nose to the grindstone with a deck you’ve already chosen to play.

If you aren’t attending the Klaczynski Open you should still be testing for Battle Roads and Fall Regionals. With up to 3 possible Fall Regionals you can attend (provided you have some frequent flyer miles stockpiled) and a revamped tournament structure, I’m sure many of you will want to keep up with the competitive scene even more!

Now that we have our 2013-2014 season updates announced I will also go into how each deck will fare in our new 50 minute best-of-three rounds that will debut at Fall Regionals. I hope this article helps prepare you for these tournaments and makes you feel more confident going into them.

Table of Contents

Team Plasma

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Lose the Lasers.

Team Plasma decks performed very well last season, first with Ryan Sabelhaus placing 2nd at US Nationals and then Simon Narode placing 2nd at Worlds. It’s a very consistent deck with high damage output and many options. Although we have a new set and a rotation, most lists won’t change too much.

The only important change that people are making so far is taking out Hypnotoxic Laser and Virbank City Gym for Silver Bangle. This allows for an easier time OHKOing EXs with Kyurem while freeing up deck space. Another big reason for taking out Lasers is that Virizion EX makes it a fruitless card with its “Verdant Wind” Ability.

Here is a very basic Plasma list to get you started. I left 5 open spots for you to add anything you’d like, including extra Supporters, more attackers, more useful Trainers, etc.

Pokémon – 10

4 Deoxys EX

3 Kyurem PLF

2 Thundurus EX

1 Absol PLF

Trainers – 33

4 Professor Juniper

4 N

4 Skyla

2 Colress

 

4 Pokémon Catcher

4 Colress Machine

3 Team Plasma Ball

3 Silver Bangle

3 Switch

1 Tool Scrapper

1 Dowsing Machine

Energy – 12

4 Prism

4 Plasma

4 Blend WLFM

Open Spots – 5

Next is the same list I included in my Battle Carnival article, as well as the one that I have been testing the most. I haven’t made any changes yet because it has worked very well for me so far. This is a great place to start if you have nothing to work with right now.

Pokémon – 10

4 Deoxys EX

Kyurem PLF

2 Thundurus EX

Absol PLF

Trainers – 37

Professor Juniper

N

Skyla

Colress

 

Pokémon Catcher

Colress Machine

3 Team Plasma Ball

Silver Bangle

Switch

Tool Scrapper

Float Stone

Energy Search

Dowsing Machine

Energy – 13

4 Prism

4 Plasma

2 Water

2 Lightning

1 Blend WLFM

Although there are a few things that you may not like, specifically the basic Energy and Energy Search, you should try them out before passing judgement. I promise you won’t be disappointed! The basic Energies are surprisingly good when you want to Skyla for the Energy Search, and especially now that many decks have been adding more Enhanced Hammer.

I feel that Team Plasma decks will be the best suited for the new 50 minute best-of-three Swiss rounds. Being fast and consistent will allow Plasma to usually finish all 2 or 3 games within the time limit, which is a huge advantage, especially when it’s already considered one of the best decks in format to begin with. I expect a good amount of the top 8 at each Fall Regional Championship to be Plasma.

Blastoise

Blastoise has been a tier 1 deck since it was released last November in Boundaries Crossed, first with the Keldeo/Mewtwo variant which was soon replaced by the much more consistent Keldeo/Black Kyurem version. This new format hasn’t done too much to hurt it and I’m sure it will still be able to perform consistently well.

Although we now have Genesect/Virizion, which has been considered a counter to Blastoise, I still feel that the matchup is much better than people give it credit for. With the focus being more on using Black Kyurem EX and both decks being able to attack turn 2 at earliest, the Prize trade makes for a more even matchup. Keldeo EX shouldn’t even have to hit the field, which is huge when a Genesect EX can OHKO a fresh Keldeo without the use of G Booster.

The other matchups play out very similarly to last format.

Pokémon – 12

4 Squirtle BCR

3 Blastoise BCR

3 Black Kyurem EX PLS

2 Keldeo EX

Trainers – 32

4 Professor Juniper

2 N

4 Skyla

3 Colress

 

4 Ultra Ball

1 Level Ball

4 Rare Candy

4 Superior Energy Retrieval

2 Pokémon Catcher

1 Dowsing Machine

 

3 Tropical Beach

Energy – 13

10 Water

3 Lightning

Open Spots – 3

I don’t think I have to go too much into this deck. I’m sure you’ve all read about, played against, or played this deck countless times. Let’s face it: It’s not a very complicated deck. Some cards to consider for those 3 extra spots could be Exeggcute PLF, a 3rd Pokémon Catcher, a 3rd N, an Energy Search, or even another Water Energy. Most slight variations in Blastoise lists come down to personal preference and shouldn’t affect your performance too much.


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