Hey guys! It’s Xander here with another article. This is my first Underground article and I hope to do it justice. After Athens, I began testing decks with Sun & Moon immediately. After a few weeks of testing, these are some decks I would be comfortable playing in Anaheim. One important thing for large tournaments such as Regionals is to play a deck that’s comfortable. It’s a bad idea to pick up a deck the night before and expect to learn it over the course of the day.
A Bench Player: Mega Gardevoir
Mega Gardevoir did not perform particularly well in Athens. Three total made Top 32 (including myself), but only one finished in Top 16 and none in Top 8. Mega Rayquaza appeared out of nowhere in absence of Yveltal/Garbodor, which is an autoloss for Mega Gardevoir. The other hard matchup that exists is Greninja, and Volcanion is close. I felt that Mega Gardevoir was a great play, but multiple, unfortunate ties ended my tournament.
Pokémon – 17
Trainers – 36
Energy – 7
The list is relatively similar to my list before Sun & Moon. The only changes from my Athens list are:
I’m toying with Wishiwashi because it acts similarly to Exeggcute PLF. I think it’s better in this deck because I can lay it as insurance against a Stadium replacement. I can limit myself down to 5 (or 3 with Parallel City) with the Wishiwashi on my Bench. This allows me to return it to my hand and have a free Bench spot for any reason. It also acts as a placeholder for me to Escape Rope/Switch into on the first turn and potentially place my opponent at odd prizing. It also has the added benefit of being an extra Pokémon to discard with Despair Ray.
I added the 2nd Hex Maniac to solidify the Volcanion matchup. I think it is 55-45 to 60-40 before the change, but this makes it 65-35 to 70-30. If I can draw Hex Maniac and get a OHKO on a Volcanion-EX I will usually win. This prevents a return KO on my Mega Gardevoir. With only 1 Hex Maniac, it’s typical to never draw it until later in the game. The 2nd makes it appear so much quicker compared to only one.
The 2nd Hex Maniac also has added benefit against Rayquaza. When going first, dig for Hex Maniac. It will typically slow their setup enough to prevent a KO from their side. This matchup is very unfavorable, but not unwinnable. The key is to load up a Mega Gardevoir and always take 2 Prizes with Lysandre. Maximize the probability of hitting Lysandre, Mega Turbo, Energy, Spirit Links, etc. It’s a long shot, but I’ve beaten Mega Rayquaza in a Bo3 before. Parallel City is a counter to Mega Rayquaza, but it typically doesn’t work until later in the game. If Parallel City is not seen, Mega Rayquaza may dump all of their Sky Fields. A late-game Parallel City can win the game, but not the match. I don’t recommend teching for this matchup because it is still unfavorable.
Professor Kukui is a better replacement than Giovanni’s Scheme. That’s it. I ran it before to win the Turbo Dark matchup, and Professor Kukui does the same thing but better. I believe it is still viable, especially because of Lurantis-GX. The most Mega Gardevoir can hit with Professor Kukui is 210 while discarding the whole Bench. This can be used as a way to take the remaining 2 Prizes, or to overextend and survive.
Lack of Fairy Drop
I removed Fairy Drop because I don’t expect Yveltal/Garbodor to survive. I think the best version includes Tauros-GX and Ninja Boy, but I don’t see it being insanely popular. Keep in mind that the matchup is still winnable without Fairy Drop; the only problem is Yveltal BKT. Tauros-GX shouldn’t be a problem because Mega Gardevoir aims to OHKO anyways.
If you want to re-add Fairy Drop I would remove Wishiwashi and the 2nd Hex Maniac. Wishiwashi is definitely an underrated card for this deck, but it has a lot of potential. The 2nd Hex Maniac is amazing against Volcanion, but the removal of Fairy Drop negatively impacts this matchup. If Yveltal/Tauros/Garbodor is heavily expected, an inclusion of 2 Fairy Drop would be satisfactory.
Potential 3rd Lysandre
As overkill as 3 Lysandre seems, it is the best Supporter in the deck. The deck has plenty of Item + Shaymin-EX consistency, and 3 Lysandre improves every matchup. Against Volcanion it is another out for Shaymin-EX and Hoopa-EX. Against Mega Rayquaza, it is simply a 7th out to Lysandre when it’s a Prize race. Against Garbodor decks, it’s another out to Lysandre Garbodor. The 3rd Lysandre is simply another out to increase probability.
- Turbo Dark … 60-40 (worse if they include Umbreon-GX)
- Volcanion … 65-35
- Mega Rayquaza … 25-75
- Yveltal/Tauros/Garbodor … 50-50
- Vespiquen Variants … 65-35
- Mega Mewtwo … 85-15
- Eevee Decks … 60-40
- Greninja … 40-60
- Lurantis/Garbodor … 45-55
Overall I don’t know if Mega Gardevoir is a good play. The introduction of higher HP Pokémon makes it difficult, but only some of them are viable. Decidueye-GX and Umbreon-GX are the main problems, but neither of them output much damage. There are plenty of good matchups, but also a handful of bad ones.
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