Yesterday, Tobias and I met us for some testgames. I decided to build Speedrill with Luxray GL tech, Shuppet/Electrode G/Metagross and Gliscor for this day. After a few testgames with them I decided to make Sceptile instead of Speedrill. He had Sceptile and LuxChomp, and later decided to build Plox.
Here are the results for those decks:
Speedrill: 1:2 (1 Win vs. LuxChomp, 2 Lost vs. Sceptile)
Shuppet: 1:0 (1 Win vs. Plox)
Gliscor/Spiritomb: 1:2 (1 Win vs. Sceptile, 2 Lost vs. Plox)
Sceptile: 3:5 (2 Win vs. Plox, 1 Win vs. LuxChomp, 4 Lost vs. Plox, 1 Lost vs. LuxChomp)
I’ll start with Speedrill. It has a really fast setup and I also added one Spiritomb (PA) tech to avoid Power Sprays when I’m using my “Flutter Wings´´ to swarm Beedrills. Once I setup my 3-4 Beedrills I can constantly hit for 90-120-140 (With Expert Belt). Beedrill (GE)’s “Band Attack´´-attack does 30 damage for each Beedrill on your side of the battlefield. For just one grass energy, so you see it’s pretty easy to recover from a Knock Out. I played only three Night Maintenance along with one Palmer’s Contribution.
It’s really hard to win against decks that feature high HP Pokémon, like Sceptile as he had Shaymin LV.X (PL) as a tech for the 40 extra HP. Together with Expert Belt he had a huge 180HP tank with the ability to heal for 20 each turn. I had to 2-3HKO him while he could easily 1HKO all my Pokémon. The Crobat and Pokéturn didn’t help that much, but Pokémon SP are an easy game for Speedrill, as along with the Spiritomb tech you can setup pretty fast and sweep them. The only Pokémon SP that can cause any problems is Blaziken FB LV.X.
Another nice tech for this deck is 1-1 Cherrim (SF). It’s a searchable PlusPower and can help you to KO a Pokémon. I think Speedrill with or without Luxray GL LV.X is a solid choice for City Championships.
Next up was my Gliscor/Spiritomb deck, which I decided to play against his Sceptile deck. He didn’t play any Dawn Stadium or Warp/Cyclone/Recover Energies, so I realized pretty quickly that he can’t do anything against my deck. By turn 5 I had the lock set up. I used Palkia LV.X’s “Restructure” to Knock Out his Claydol first, so he couldn’t draw anymore cards later. Then it was just a question of time when I’d win this game, after a few 30 minutes I finally one this.
Later this day I played the deck again, but this time against his Plox, which is my worst matchup in my opinion. I randomly added in 1-1 Blaziken FB LV.X along with one R Energy into my Gliscor/Spiritomb deck, against his Venusaur (SV) tech. *Insider. Surprisingly it does well against Plox, it got me about 3-4 Prizes each game, but then I fell badly; Gliscor/Spiritomb-Lock can barely do anything against Plox; no power, no special conditions makes it impossible to 1HKO or 2HKO their Pokémon. He played Expert Belt and 4 Buffer Pieces in his Plox-variant, so I bet on Relicanth (SV) to Knock Out something with his “Grand Swell´´ attack which does 30 damage for each of your opponent’s Tools and Stadiums, but it didn’t help that much.
So tonight I decided to take out Blaziken FB LV.X techline for a 1-1 Scizor (MD), with his “Special Blow´´ attack it can hit for 80 against Pokémon with Special Energy cards attached, along with his Psychic resistance it could do pretty well against Plox in my opinion.
Lunch break, we went to McDonalds for some food, then I built my Sceptile deck. It featured only two PA Sceptile and one GE Sceptile, along with a 1-1-1 line Tangrowth LV.X which did pretty well against his LuxChomp deck after all Power Sprays are gone. The ability to heal up to 60 damage from your Sceptile with “Green Breath´´ and “Healing Growth´´ is awesome against Pokémon SP because of their low damage output. Well, I lost many matches against his Plox with this deck, why? Because of Gallade, he’s a beast, with his “Psychic Cut´´ attack it can easily 1HKO my Sceptile.
The only chance I had is to get him to use Gallade so I’m out of the lock, then I could use my Dusknoir to “Dark Palm´´ his benched Gardevoir and hit his Gallade with Uxie until it dies. (Side note: One time I drew with Cosmic Power only three cards, what? Duskull, Dusknoir and Rare Candy! :D) After all those games, we both checked that Sceptile has a really difficult matchup against Plox, it’s almost impossible to win. The SP matchup is pretty easy, except against Blaziken FB LV.X, but he didn’t play it. All you need to do is not to play down much low HP Pokémon like Uxie or Azelf. Their always free prizes for SP since Luxray GL LV.X can “Bright Look´´ them for a Knock Out and Garchomp C LV.X can easily hit them with “Dragon Rush´´.
After all these fails against his Plox deck I was frustrated so I took out my Shuppet deck and gave him a beating. This matchup is so easy, I’d say about 90-10 for Shuppet, even if he has a Spiritomb start. After his Spiritomb get benched you can start using your trainer engine. If you get Shedinja out, you can get him away from the lock because he has to attack either with Gallade or Kirlia to get rid of Shedinja. Anyway, Palkia LV.X is really annoying if the Plox player uses it.
So in my opinion, two of the best deck choices for City Championships are either Spiritomb/Plox or Speedrill, they both can do well.