pokebeach.comHello everyone! Today I’m going to be evaluating the top cut of Nationals to help you choose what to play for Worlds. I’ll be talking about playable options and give skeletons lists of each deck.
What’s playable? First things first, here is the list of options you have that are playable (not in any order):
- Reshiram variants
(There are more, but I think these are the “big four”.)
That does not mean you should play Kingdra/Yanmega/Jirachi with Magnezone though. If you look at the top cut progress, you will notice that the Kingdra/Yanmega/Jirachi with Magnezone decks all died out very quickly. They are just not consistent enough to keep playing at full potential throughout the whole tournament.
They were taken down by the faster Kingdra/Yanmega and Magnezone/Yanmega variants. Another thing you should not play is Magnezone/Emboar. The deck also has consistency problems, sometimes cannot stand up to the speed of Kingdra/Yanmega, and gets screwed over by Pokémon Reversal flips.
pokebeach.comNow, let’s look at my list of playable options. First up is Reshiram variants. This includes Reshiram/Emboar and Typhlosion/Emboar. Typhlosion/Emboar or TyRam did just about as well as Reshiram/Emboar or ReshiBoar. The reason people think TyRam is better is just because more people played it, a lot more.
Through my testing, I have found ReshiBoar to be a lot better in the fire mirror, and it does just about as well against the rest of the decks. The reason people like TyRam better is because it allows you to make room for more Junk Arm, Pokémon Reversals, and PlusPowers by taking out a lot of the energy recovery cards.
I personally think TyRam is better because it’s a little more faster because the Ninetales already discards the Fires and you can put them right on a Pokémon. Whichever one you choose, make sure to use three or four PlusPower to score 1HKOs on Magnezones and Donphans.
ReshiBoar Skeleton – 48 Cards
|Pokémon – 16||Trainers – 19||Energy – 13|
TyRam Skeleton – 45 Cards
|Pokémon – 14||Trainers – 19||Energy – 12|
pokebeach.comNext on the list is Donphan/Zoroark/Yanmega, or Stage Ones. The top 32 at Nats saw Donphan/Yanmega with Reshiram and Zekrom, Donphan/Yanmega with Weavile, and Donphan/Yanmega with Zoroark; but the best one of these was Stage Ones.
It was the runner up deck to first place and made a decent amount of top cuts. I don’t like the other Donphan/Yanmegas because they didn’t pack Zoroark to take down Reshiram (which saw a lot of top cuts). If you run this deck, do not run Cleffa; run Manaphy.
You only run about 8 other basics and you do NOT want to open with just a 30 HP basic, which is also why Tyrogue is an awful play in this deck. Another reason not to use Tyrogue is that Phanpy has two Retreat Cost and you can’t just retreat into it for the donk.
Make sure you max Pokémon Reversals and Junk Arms and do not be afraid to run a lot of hand refresh cards. You can try a Reshiram in this deck (which I strongly suggest) to counter KYJ decks because Kingdra is in them and it can KO Donphans easily, but with Reshiram it only does a little bit.
Stage Ones Skeleton – 44 Cards
|Pokémon – 15||Trainers – 20||Energy – 9|
Kingdra/Yanmega/Jirachi and Magnezone/Yanmega
I am going to combine the last two decks into one paragraph. They are both decks that performed very well and are just solid choices. I am not against playing either of them, but I do have some advice about these. Prepare your deck for the mirror.
You will see a lot of these decks and you need to be able to win against most of them to do well. A card that I think you need to test in the two decks is Black Belt. It allows you to get a 1HKO on a Yanmega with one of your own, and can get you out of some bad situations. Both decks are very consistent and very fast.
KYJ Skeleton – 43 Cards
|Pokémon – 16||Trainers – 20||Energy – 7|
MegaJudge Skeleton – 45 Cards
|Pokémon – 13||Trainers – 22||Energy – 10|
Testing for Worlds
pokebeach.comI’ve talked about testing in lots of different articles, but testing for Worlds I’m going to stress the most. Remember, you’re going to be pitted against the number one players in the entire world. There will be people from the other side of the world playing against you. Don’t let this intimidate you though, just try your hardest and don’t let the little things get to you.
Now on to the testing… try to play five games a day. To some people this might seem like a ton, but you’re going to need to know your deck like the back of your hand. Play against every deck you own and even play with the decks you play your Worlds deck against.
It will help to know what their strengths and weaknesses are. Play against lots of different players, some people have different playstyles and play a deck differently so be ready for that. Play on PlayTCG, Skype, and Redshark. You can play against foreign players on there so you know if they have a new deck idea or something similar. Happy testing!
I hope this helps you guys. Remember, don’t just stuff these cards I told you to test into your decks. Play a lot of games with various numbers of the cards until they feel exactly right. Good luck at Worlds everyone! Unfortunately I won’t be able to go. Good luck to everyone that’s going anyway!