First off, I would like to apologize for not going into deep detail during my last article. It is really hard for me to remember my matches throughout the day, and I would also like to say sorry for not posting anything new until now.
I headed to Athens, Georgia for Spring Regionals. I tested a lot of decks and decided that my favorite deck at that time was Landorus/Bouffalant. If you haven’t read Sam Liggett’s article about the deck, here is a link to it. We tested this deck a lot. He had good faith in it, but overall he liked Darkrai the most while I liked Landorus/Bouffalant more.
There was only one issue with that deck, and that was a turn 2 Keldeo with 4 or 5 Energies straight away. Besides that it had good matchups across everything else, including Klinklang which I thought was going to be the biggest deck for that event.
Here is the list I played.
Pokémon – 7
Trainers – 41
Energy – 12
As you can tell from the deck I tried to max out everything I could for consistency. I decided to play 3 Eviolites for the day because I thought that Landorus would be everywhere and with an Eviolite on a Benched Bouffalant they couldn’t snipe any damage onto it. I also thought that Scramble Switch was a better play than any other ACE SPEC because you could always Scramble 3 Energies to a fresh Bouffalant or Landorus and then Max Potion the damaged Bouffalant or Landorus.
As for the tournament I can only remember small details about it because it has been a while since the tournament. I know I went 4-0 from the start and still missed cut. One of my losses was because my opponent had the turn 2 Keldeo with 6 Energies. Another loss was a close matchup where I N’d my opponent to two and he drew the Catcher to KO my Landorus.
I didn’t play against a single Big Basic or a Klinklang deck the whole tournament. The last detail is that last round my opponent played an Articuno-EX/Garbodor deck which crushed me but was probably the most fun game all day.
Overall the tournament was fun, but I was sad that I missed cut, though I did learn several things about my deck during the tournament. My deck needed a counter to Keldeo, whether that be in the form of Tornadus or Mewtwo, that is up for play testing to decide. The 3 Eviolites did help some, but I would rather have more consistency than those defensive cards. Especially since I didn’t run Skyla I might’ve drew into cards I needed if I ran 4 of them instead of 3.
The last thing is I want to congratulate Mike Newman for winning that tournament with RayEels and for Sam Liggett testing with me a lot.
Week 1-of Battle Roads
For the first week of Battle Roads I didn’t do a lot of testing because I had finals and work has kept me busy, so for the most part I have been theorymoning more than playtesting. In my head I think my Landorus/Bouffalant still has a chance in this new Plasma format even with Kyurem PLF running around.
I do admit that straight Landorus/Bouffalant will be crushed by Kyurem, but there are ways to one shot a Kyurem back. The two ways I have thought of are a Tornadus EX Power Blast with a HypnoLaser is 130 damage, and a Kyurem with 3 Energy facing a Mewtwo EX with a DCE + HypnoLaser = 130 damage. But with Tornadus they have Thundurus and with Mewtwo they have Deoxys to counter back.
Overall I think Mewtwo is the better option to me because the Plasma player needs a Colress Machine and a Prism to 1-shot your Mewtwo back. Also with Mewtwo it helps out the Keldeo matchup too which was the biggest downfall for me during Regionals. So, for the first Battle Roads I went to Brandon, Mississippi with a Landorus/Bouffalant/Mewtwo deck.
Here is the list I played.
Pokémon – 7
Trainers – 41
Energy – 12
I decided to drop the Eviolites for more consistency cards. I took out a Landorus and Bouffalant to add in the 2 Mewtwo. Also I decided to take out the Random Receiver because Ghetsis was receiving a lot of hype and I didn’t want to be left without any way to get a Supporter just in case people where playing it.
Once again it is hard for me to remember the details of every matchup, but I will try my best to explain each match the best I can.
Round 1 vs. Sam Liggett with Darkrai/Sableye
My first round was against Sam, of all people. I start off Knocking Out his Sableyes with Mewtwo. I go up on Prizes 2-6. One turn I have to leave a Landorus Active with Poison which gets Knocked Out going to his turn and I have to promote a damaged Mewtwo. During his turn he can’t heal one of his Darkrai on the bench and he Knocks Out my damaged Mewtwo. After that I have the Catcher to win the game.
Round 2 vs. John with Darkrai/Sableye/Absol/Gold Potion
During this game he never gets anything going and uses his Gold Potion one turn to heal his Absol. He tries to take Prizes with Absol but never succeeds because of the 4 Max Potions in my deck, and after I Knock Out his Absol he doesn’t have any attacker with Energy. I keep Land’s Judgmenting + Lasering his Darkrais which eventually wins me the game.
I remembered one turn he had to Juniper away 2 or 3 Dark Patches which didn’t help him at all.
My opponent goes first and flips over two Kyurem which I knew was trouble from the start. On his turn he drops down a Terrakion-EX (which made me think he wasn’t playing Plasma deck), attaches a Blend WLFM to Kyurem, and Colress Machines to his Kyurem. He hits my Landorus for 60 and I knew I was in a bad spot from there on out.
He eventually Knocks Out my Landorus and a Bouffalant with Kyurem after I used a couple of Max Potions. During the next turn I didn’t know if he had a Mewtwo counter or not, but I Knock Out his Kyurem with my Mewtwo. But, during his turn he drops a Mewtwo, Scramble Switches to it, and Knocks Out my Mewtwo.
Next turn I drop another Mewtwo to Knock Out his Mewtwo again and just prayed he didn’t any way to get a knockout because I had my Scramble Switch and a Catcher in hand to KO his bench Terrakion-EX. But fate would not let me win. He attaches a third Blend to the Terrakion-EX, Catchers a Benched Bouffalant, and Knocks it Out for the game.
The game overall was close and fun, but it felt like he played a direct counter to my deck.
Round 4 vs. Andrew with Klinklang
He opens up Durant to my Landorus. I eventually take out a Klink and his Durant before he sets up a Klinklang on the bench. After this I dead-drew for about 7 or 8 turns. I remembered I put him to sleep with Laser for roughly 3 turns. I used Max Potion 3 turns in a row to prevent a Knock Out on my Landorus.
He eventually Knocks Out one of my Landorus and puts 100 damage on my other Landorus. I knew if I didn’t draw into anything I would get benched out but I topdeck an Ultra Ball. I then Ultra Ball for a Bouffalant and Scramble Switch to it and Knock Out his damaged Cobalion-EX.
He then promotes another Cobalion-EX, attaches an Energy to bring it up to two Energy, and uses its first attack for 10 damage to my Bouffalant. My turn I just do Gold Breaker right away to bring his Cobalion up to 120. During his turn he Junipers away his hand to try and get a third Energy but misses it and retreats the damaged Cobalion.
I have the Catcher in my hand for the game. During that game I only used two Bianca and none of my other Supporters were Prized. Close game, but I get the win.
Round 5 vs. Anna 2 Deoxys with rock guard
During this game she only gets out two Deoxys and nothing else. She uses Rock Guard which made me think about how to damage her Pokémon, but I Catcher up the Deoxys without Rock Guard to snipe around it. I slowly kill the 2 Deoxys and win the game.
I found out she is playing an Eevee deck, so I would really like to see what the potential of the deck is especially since at the time she was 3-1.
I end up going 4-1 for the day getting third overall with the deck. The first and second place decks are pure Plasma decks which didn’t surprise me all. Another thing to note is that I watched the undefeated deck which was Plasma vs. a Darkrai deck in round 5. The Darkrai player played 3 Enhanced Hammers, 3 Crushing Hammers, and only flipped two tails during the whole game.
Even with all the Hammer tactics the Plasma deck still beat the Darkrai deck, but it should also be noted that the Darkrai deck did not play Lasers/Virbank so I don’t know how big of an impact that made during the game.
What I Learned
During this Battle Road I learned that every Plasma deck has to play Keldeo with Float Stone. I am not sure on how many, but this is very necessary in this deck. Kyurem is better than Thundurus, but Thundurus is still needed in the deck to get back Energies, just in case. The new Plasma Landorus helps out its Darkrai matchup a lot, so look out for that.
Landorus/Bouffalant/Mewtwo is still a strong deck in this format, but I don’t know how good it is with all the Kyurem running around. I think that Cobalion-EX/Landorus-EX is a good combination, but not sure how good it is yet. I will most likely be testing this deck before my next Battle Road which is June 1 in Memphis.
If you have any suggestions or ideas on how to tweak Landorus/Bouffalant or anything else, please put them in the comments below. I will be testing it out and keeping you updated. Thanks for reading and a have good day/night.