lucario515.deviantart.comHello SixPrizers, it’s Zeus, or as you probably know me on the forums, Vablakes. Today I am here to talk about a deck that is overlooked too often, and ultimately underrated. That deck is Reshiboar. I think it will be great post-Next Destinies, and I will explain why. But first, I will give a brief description of the deck, and why I love it so much.
The main idea is get out an Emboar BLW 20 and Reshiram BLW, and keep a steady stream of energy going on to Reshiram with Emboar’s “Inferno Fandango” using cards like Energy Retrieval and Fisherman to keep the Energy you need in your hand. It also uses Rayquaza & Deoxys LEGEND as a backup attacker and sometimes Badboar, but I wouldn’t recommend Badboar because it is a Stage 2 and it is hard to set up two Stage 2s.
That is the basic strategy, and it is a lot of fun. Here is my personal list:
Pokémon – 16
3 Tepig BLW Promo BW07
Trainers – 32
Energy – 12
Now, let’s go into detail about each card in this deck.
Your main attacker. You want to be hitting for 120 damage every turn with “Blue Flare.” He should be sticking around for a while because of his 130 HP and Eviolite. He is also great against Mewtwo EX because after a Blue Flare, you should only have one energy attached, meaning Mewtwo will need seven energy to be able to 1HKO it if Reshiram has Eviolite, six without.
Your only form of Energy acceleration. He is used to power up RDL and Reshiram’s attacks, Blue Flare and Ozone Buster turn after turn with “Inferno Fandango.” He has four Retreat Cost, and an attack that does 80 for four Energy, so he should never purposely put active unless you are up against Durant.
Tepig BLW Promo BW07
This is the preferred Tepig out of the four available. His attack, Singe, allows you to flip a coin, and if it is heads, the defending Pokémon is Burned. It is the best attack on any Tepig, and its Retreat Cost is one so it has the lowest Retreat Cost of any Tepig. If you have them, use them.
This Pokémon makes a great starter, and is like a searchable PONT at the cost of your attack for the turn. It helps to get set up because it allows you to get six new cards with “Eeeeeeek”. That is mainly what it is used for, but if you draw it in the late game, you could use it to Junk Arm away or Pokémon Communication it away for something else you may need.
This guy is the EX killer. 3 Prizes when you Knock one Out? Yes please! Just by Knocking Out one EX with him, you win half a game. That is crazy. With “Ozone Buster”, you can do 150 damage every turn if things go your way, and he can 1HKO Mewtwo EX, and can be used after Reshiram uses Blue Flare on an EX to finish them off. I love this card, and would recommend stocking up on it because it should see a rise in popularity.
This guy is a beast. 170 HP on a Basic Pokémon? Unheard of! His first attack, “X Ball” does 20 damage for each energy attached to it and the Defending Pokémon, and with Energy acceleration like Emboar, you would be crazy not to use him. He is helpful against RDL, Gothitelle and just about everything that gives Reshiram trouble.
Most of the T/S/S are self-explanatory, but here are a few that aren’t.
Very helpful against Thunderdome. Attach it to Reshiram, Blue Flare Magnezone. This will put them in a really bad spot, because they won’t be able to attack your Reshiram without KOing themselves. Same holds true for Zekrom. This is better than Badboar in my testing because it is easier to get out because it is not a Stage 2 Pokémon, it is simply attached to a Pokémon.
This is helpful if you do not get set up fast. It will allow you to set up better if your opponent outspeeds you. That is all it is useful for. This card has made for some epic comebacks, and I love it in this deck.
pokebeach.comThis is a new Supporter card coming out in Next Destinies that allows you to search your deck for 3 Basic energy and put them in your hand. This is great because you can then attach all of them immediately with Inferno Fandango.
Only 3 Energy Recovery Cards
Thunderdome – Favorable
You can 1HKO all their Pokémon with RDL. If Reshiram has a Rocky Helmet attached and uses Blue Flare on a Magnezone, they will not be able to attack the Reshiram without KOing their Magnezone. The only threat is them Catchering your Emboar and KOing it. Other than that, this should be a mess for them. Like I said before, when they revenge KO you, you activate a Reshiram with Rocky Helmet or RDL and KO them.
Mewtwo EX/Celebi Prime – Favorable
RDL will wreck Mewtwo. If they include Shaymin EX, that is 1HKOed by RDL and Reshiram. You should be able to win the game with two or three attacks from RDL. This should go your way very quickly. Even if they do manage to Catcher up Emboar, they still need eight energy on a Mewtwo to 1HKO it. You only have to KO 2 Mewtwo-EX with RDL to win a game. This deck defeats Mewtwo in every way.
The Truth-EX – 50/50
pokemon-paradijs.comYou cannot 1HKO their EX, but if you set up faster and repeatedly Catcher up anything they try to set up, you could win this one. This is most definitely a tricky matchup, but it is winnable through not letting them get set up. If they do get set up, game over for you. RDL is Weak to Regigigas-EX, so this is going to be hard to win, but you can still pull it off if you can Catcher up everything before they can set up. It is very hard to win, and I cannot stress enough that you have to think over every move before you make it, and think about how it will affect the game in the long run.
CaKE – Favorable
Kyurem, say hello to RDL. What’s that? Cobalion NVI you say? Reshiram will have fun Blue Flaring you! Oh? You have teched in Mewtwo-EX? RDL will demolish you too! Pretty much anything they throw at you should be taken down by RDL or Reshiram with no problem whatsoever. This is their worst nightmare. All those energy for only two attacks, the most they should be able to get off. Only problem? Getting Glaciate off fast and KOing your Tepig before they can evolve. Kyurem may have type advantage over Reshiram, so you never want to attack it unless you can 1HKO it with RDL.
6 Corners – Favorable
Low damage output to high HP Pokémon? Not working. You can 1HKO anything they have except EXs with RDL. Reshiram or Zekrom-EX? Blue Flare followed up with an Ozone Buster or another Blue Flare should take care of this problem. You should be able to win easily unless they play Tornadus against your RDL. Be sure to bench multiple Tepig in case they KO one with Catcher then Leaf Wallop. The pure versatility of this deck could cause problems, but in my testing, not that much.
Durant – 50/50
You need to set up an Abilityboar T2 or 3 and start squashing these ants, or you are going to have lots of problems. If you can set up fast enough, you should be able to win. If not, you are probably going to lose.
ZPST – Unfavorable
This is your worst matchup. They start killing your Tepig off turn 1 or 2, so unless you get T2 Candy Emboar, you are probably going to lose. Their sheer speed will be what does you in. if they don’t get swinging T2 or 3 at the latest, you could win, but that’s about the only way.
Afterburner damage is ultimately what does them in. You can 1HKO a Reshiram BW with a Reshiram BW because of Afterburner damage. You can 1HKO a Reshiram-EX that has 30 Afterburner damage. Your Reshiram will not have Afterburner damage; it should be able to take two normal Reshiram down.
I have tested all these matchups, just so you know. As you can see, it has a lot of good matchups in post Next Destinies. Mewtwo is going to be huge, and you have a good matchup against that, Magnezone is going to be great, you have a good matchup against that, CaKE should see a lot of play, and you have a good matchup against that. I didn’t put Chandelure or Gothitelle because I think they will disappear from the meta almost completely.
I think it will be a solid choice and hopefully a more popular choice in the years until it gets rotated out, and I hope others feel the same way. Now, for those of you who want to know how I did at City Championships, here is my tournament report (I know it is long overdue) for the one I was able to go to.
I was playing a Reshiboar list similar to the one listed above, obviously without the Next Destinies cards. I was also running a 1-1-1 Magnezone Prime and a Badboar in place of RDL, just something I was trying out, and PlusPower in place of Rocky Helmet. I was also still running Lightning energy.
I get there just in time to register, on account of waking up late. I get registered, have a DS battle with my White version, and do some trading until round 1 starts.
Round 1 Vs. Magnezone/Yanmega/Zoroark
pokemon-paradijs.comWe both start off strong, getting early attackers. It was a really difficult game, and was ultimately what made me decide to use Rocky Helmet in my build. I got an early Emboar, but he took the prize lead early on by sniping my Cleffa with his Yanmega. I proceeded to KO his Yanmega with Reshiram, and he Catchers up Emboar and KOs it with Magnezone. I Blue Flare him, he Lost Burns for 100. I KO him with Outrage, and he revenge KOs me with Yanmega.
I then promote Magneton, and Tri Attack. One heads, Two heads, come on third heads… Yes! Triple heads. From there, I take the rest of my prizes with Reshiram, and he couldn’t get much else set up.
Round 2 Vs. Beartic/Samurott/Zoroark aka the nightmare matchup
This game was pretty one sided. He got Beartic out. I Blue Flare it, and he attacks me. I then play Switch into Cleffa, retreat and Outrage. He only took 1 Prize, and I got all six.
Round 3 Vs. Chandelure/Crustle
This was a really random deck. He had like a 1-1-1 Chandelure NVI, 2 Crustle NVI, a Meowth NVI, Garbodor NVI, just random stuff. This was my down pairing, but he managed to win because I had a very long energy drought. Four Energy were prized, five were toward the bottom ¼ of my deck, and I managed to Blue Flare once. He got my Emboar active and KO’d that, and he just kept KOing everything until I ran out of Pokémon on my field.
Round 4 Vs. Donphan/Yanmega/Zoroark
This was brutal. I mean it. Really nice kid, though. Funny, and a great player. He gets out his guys relatively fast, and so do I. We ended up running each other out of attackers, and he had a Phanpy HS with 30 Earthquake damage on it, and he ended up killing a Cleffa and a Tepig with Flail.
That’s right, he Flailed for 2 Prizes. That was a Flailure. What’s a good article without a pun? Well, I ended getting another Reshiram set up and Catchered his Zorua before the became Zoroark, and pretty much swept him with one Reshiram from there.
Round 5 Vs. CaKE
This is an up pairing. He is 4-0. I get a T2 Magnezone and a T3 Emboar, and all three of his Electrodes are prized. He gets off one Glaciate for 1 Prize because I benched Cleffa, worst misplay of the day. It was Electrode. He gets it out, blows it up and gets a couple of Energy. I pretty much swept his whole field with Magnezone. Awesome game.
I make top cut at the 2nd seed, and am matched up against the guy from round 1.
I get off to a bad start, and his was near perfect. He swept my whole field with Magnezones and Yanmegas.
This game was really close. I get a great setup, and so does he. We trade prizes until time is called. At this point, it is tied 2-2, and he is turn zero. He has no way of taking prizes unless he can get his zero-Energy Magnezone out of the way, and most of his Energy were Lost Burned. I could take prizes, and waited until Turn 3 to take one. Good game!
He gets a T2 Zoroark using Foul Play on Reshiram’s Blue Flare, and I only managed to get one Energy out. It was a shame, because I could have Outraged for the game. Oh well. At least I made top cut with Reshiboar! I placed 3rd. It was a lot of fun. I hope you have enjoyed this article! Maybe Reshiboar will make a comeback. I hope it will. Until next time, happy testing!