Hey there SixPrizes community, it’s me Rahul again. I was unable to go to any Cities this season because of family issues and scheduling conflicts, but that’s another story for another day. I came to my Next Destinies prerelease with no absolute idea what was going to be in the set, but I had heard about Mewtwo EX and knew that was the card to get. I ended up getting nothing worth mentioning unfortunately, but I attended a booster draft a week later and got a full art Zekrom-EX.
It was around this time that I found out I could go to States so I began figuring out what decks were hot and what decks were not. I had predicted that Eelektrik NVI variants would be the top performer, with Donphan Prime variants coming in second (to counter Eelektrik), Durant taking a 3rd best performance, and Celebi Prime/Mewtwo EX/Tornadus EPO to be the 4th best deck.
I was looking at the results from the European Challenge Cup (ECC), which is the first tournament to feature Next Destinies as a usable set, so this event sets the standard for determining what will be played for States here in America. Based on what I saw in the results, these are my predictions for how States are going to play out:
Top 4 Decks to Watch Out For
These are my predicted top 4 decks, but feel free to disagree with me.
Eelektrik/Z/M is fast and with the heavy hitters it has it can 1-shot virtually every Pokémon in format. It is extremely dangerous, even with a bad start, as it can do 50-80 damage on Turn 2 and that number has nowhere to go but up.
Eelektrik/M/M has virtually the same play style, but with Magnezone you have the option to stack Energy and 1-shot an EX and take 2 Prizes for losing only one (assuming they can return the KO on your Magnezone), and once you take out your opponent’s Mewtwos then you can sweep with your own. Long story short, use Magnezone early, take quick few prizes and then sweep with Mewtwo.
Celebi/Mewtwo/Tornadus is one of my favorite decks of all time because it replaces ZPST as the donk deck in format. It is so fast, that sometimes it scares almost every person that sits down across from them, even mirror matches. The deck focuses mainly on Energy acceleration with Celebi’s Forest Breath, and using Skyarrow Bridge you can free retreat into Tornadus or Mewtwo and start dishing out 80 or 60 damage on turn one.
The fact that the deck can spread out its Energy so well across the board and with a quick Shaymin drop means they can move the Energy in ways where the player can Knock Out anything that you may posses. This deck takes third place rather than first because this deck generally has an uphill battle against Eelektrik variants because of Tornadus’ weakness to Lightning and the flimsy HP that Celebi has.
Durant is the final big deck to expect. Even though there were only three Durant decks in the T32 of the ECC, it is an extremely viable deck choice. It is a relatively easy deck to build and play, and the difference in skill comes down to how well the deck is built and how good the player is. There will be a lot of Durant players at every States, but around round 4-5 you can establish which Durant players are a threat and which players are lacking in build or skill.
pokemon-paradijs.comI predict that around round 4-5 there will be one or two Durant players that are undefeated, and one or two Durant players that are winless; the rest will be in the bubble with one or two losses. The only advice I can give to a Durant player here is to manage your deck, and know at all times what you have in your deck and what you need at certain times.
Never Juniper for the sake of Junipering, or PONT for the hell of it. If you have a relatively playable hand then keep it and don’t overextend yourself. Make the safe plays and everything should be fine.
That’s all I got to say about States and I personally enjoy playing both CMT and Durant, so if you see me then don’t hesitate to come up and say hi or ask me what I’m playing that day or that I am the coolest person ever. (I was just kidding about the coolest person ever thing, unless you think so.) I will be at Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware States and if any of you are going to be there, please don’t hesitate to come say hi or anything.
I make a great testing partner, and as I learned from Regionals the hard way, do no, I repeat do not stay up all night testing because you are nervous, ad you are bound to make misplays. That’s all I got for you guys, thanks for reading this and on that note, if any of you guys are up for a challenge try to make a working deck with Kyurem EX in it. I’m trying (not only because I have two), but because I think it could be a great card. Rahul out.