Hello 6P readers! It’s been a long time (6 years to be exact) since I last made an appearance over here, but I’m really happy to be back. I hope you guys will enjoy reading what I have to share with you.
Now that Michael and Christopher have covered Utah more in depth, I want to touch on the subject of smaller scale tournaments, specially seeing how important League Cups are this season in terms of getting to a realistic point to acquire an invite. The BFL per quarter for League Cups is something brand new for this season. While I personally don’t agree with how this is set up and means League Challenges are essentially useless, it’s what we got this season so it’s very important to do well in these.
However, you can’t compare a 50 player League Cups with a 600+ Regional, as not only the skill level is different, but the metagames are a lot smaller and more ‘focused’. In our local metagames we all have that one or two guys who always do well with that one deck; the guys who always use weird combos that work for them and so on.
Today’s article will focus on the Umbreon-GX deck I used to go undefeated at a 32 person League Cup, why I decided it would be my best choice for the tournament and how I made specific tech choice in order to make sure I had an answer to all the popular decks I knew I would very likely face at some point or another.
Coming off of my Australian 2nd place performance, and given the overall strength of the deck, it was hard for me to consider playing anything other than Decidueye/Vileplume. However, I had been down this road before with Greninja, where I’m stubborn and refuse to adapt or change decks based on previous experiences rather than on results or reality. Don’t get me wrong, Decidueye is an incredibly strong deck, but every opponent I’m up against here in Mexico expected that deck from me. Thus, Wobbuffet and extra Hex Maniac, even in decks such as Volcanion, were becoming the norm. Other players were just outright switching to using Decidueye themselves, recognizing the deck’s strength.
With this, and how important League Cups are, I decided to shake things up and render my opponent’s Decidueye techs useless by using a deck that would not be badly affected by Wobbuffet or Hex Maniac. After talking with my friend Russell LaParre and him telling me of the advantages of Umbreon-GX and how he did so well at his League Cup, I was very interested in the deck. Huge props to him for the list.
Below is the list I used at the tournament; below, I will go into specific card choices and how the list was perfectly tailored to the expected metagame.
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