Hey all! There are only 3 months left in the 2016–2017 season; can you believe it? It feels like it just started, but we’re closing in on the home stretch. Players everywhere are scrambling to attain the last of the 500 points needed for their Worlds invitation. Even though we’re 70% through the season, about 40% of the season’s Championship Points are still to be earned. The months ahead are crucial!
Today, I want to go over the deck that I think is the undisputed best deck in format: Decidueye/Vileplume. I haven’t seen a deck this good in years, nor a deck that I’ve had this much fun and success with. Not only did it lead me to Top 8 in Oceania, but I’ve also won 2 League Cups with it in the 3 weeks since.
Since my last article, my thoughts on the deck’s oppressiveness have lessened slightly. I don’t think it’s necessarily unbeatable, but I do think it has a stranglehold over the format. To have a reasonable chance to beat it, you have to specifically tech your deck against it. I’ve seen Wobbuffet PHF in almost every competitive deck: Darkrai, Yveltal, Mewtwo, Rayquaza; even the Lapras-GX deck that has seen hype recently. I do still think a ban of Forest of Giant Plants would be good for the format overall, but it’s less necessary than I initially thought after Australia. I’ll reevaluate my position after Salt Lake City and São Paulo.
Anyways, I’ve gotten a lot of questions in the last few weeks about my decklist, how to play certain matchups, and seeking general tips. All of this information should help you as you prepare for upcoming tournaments, even if you’re not planning to play the deck itself. It’s important to learn how a deck operates so you’re not caught off guard when you play against it, and it’ll improve your usefulness in testing games.
Let’s get started.
Pokémon – 24
Trainers – 29
Energy – 7
Not much has changed in this list since Oceania. I dropped the Unown AOR for a Lysandre, as I’ll explain later in the tech section. Otherwise, I feel that every card is necessary for the deck’s set up.
The cards I most often see omitted are Tauros-GX and the 3rd Shaymin. Having 3 Shaymin is important to make sure you have access to at least 2 of them in any given game. They’re that crucial to your set-up. Playing a 3rd also increases your odds of drawing into them naturally instead of having to waste a valuable Ultra Ball to grab one when it could instead get an Evolution. Tauros makes more sense as a cut, but I still find it worth a guaranteed 2 prizes against decks like Yveltal, Darkrai, and even Volcanion.
I also see some people dropping the 4th Trainers’ Mail, which I think is a big mistake. You really need to guarantee the Forest by Turn 2; Turn 1 makes it even better. The more you can dig, the better.
Every other card is essential to setting up, and their inclusions should be clear.
If you want to see some other players’ slightly different takes on the deck, check out the 4 that made top 8 in Oceania.
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