The SixPrizes.com team have analyzed so far a lot of the Pokémon Trading Card Game decks that were seen between the two major events of the year, Nationals and Worlds, alongside new decks from the Supreme Victors set. These decks include:
Now that the different decks intricacies have been analyzed and discussed, we should consider which decks have the most expected popularity and thus pose the biggest threat. I will now list them in order of what I consider will be the most popular decks.
#1 Blaziken FB – New cards are always hyped, and Blaziken FB is no exception. The first few weeks of Battle roads will be the real test for the deck, to see how it measures up against the already established decks. With all the hype surrounding it I expect a lot of players to be trying out this new Pokémon card in the relatively unimportant Battle Roads.
#2 Beedrill / Luxray GL – Steven Silvestro’s deck, proven to be worthy of a World Championship. This deck is easy to build, as the only difficult card to get is Luxray GL LV.X., and so variants of this deck should see a lot of play during Battle Roads since people will realize it’s a relatively easy way to guarantee doing well at the tournaments.
#3 Flygon / Machamp – Second only to Beedrill, this deck has a heavy hitter in Flygon, disruption with Flygon LV.X and a safe way to deal with Pokémon SP with Machamp. Depending on Pokémon SP popularity in your area, this deck could be a more popular choice over Beedrill.
#4 Machamp / Gengar – The ever popular combo, with the addition of Relicanth SV, this deck now has a reliable answer to Unown G and makes your opponent have second thoughts on playing down all their Pokémon tools to power down Poltergeist.
#5 Gyarados – What most people consider the rogue deck of last season, many people were fascinated by it, and since it is a relatively cheap and easy to build deck, I expect a lot of people to be trying this out due to the novelty factor accompanied by it. If people haven’t seen our video analysis on it, or were at Worlds to see it first hand, it will most likely take a few people by surprise who underestimate the deck.
#6 Kingdra – A fast paced, straight forward deck. Although the popularity of Nidoqueen made this deck a lot less effective, Metagross SV could possibly be the card to help put this deck back on the map as a real contender by giving Kingdra an easier time to 1HKO basics on the bench or reduce the numbr of turns it takes to KO a Claydol sitting on the bench.
#7 Palkia Lock, Luxray GL / Infernape 4, Luxray GL / Honchkrow G and Flygon Lock – The first 3 decks are considered outdated and outclassed by the new Pokémon SP released in Platinum: Supreme Victors, and Flygon Lock is a deck that needs faster turns and relies on an unconventional way to win a match. All of these reasons will put these decks on the shelf during Battle Roads.
There will certainly be other decks present, but I don’t think they will be popular enough to warrant any teching against such decks. For example Honchkrow SV could see play, but my testing has shown it is nothing more than a gimmick and will not win out many games in the long run.
One card to always have in mind though is Mewtwo LV.X, specially if you’ll be using the new Pokémon SP, always make sure you have a response to it, or else you will be scooping to a lot of decks.
So are you guys ready for the Pokémon TCG Battle Roads? I sure am, and I look forward to playing a variety of decks in the 4 or 5 Battle Roads I’ll be going to. Hope you guys enjoyed reading this, and feel free to discuss any decks I may have forgotten to list.