Hello again 6P! I’m back with another article for you guys—the last one of 2017! Last time around, I walked you through my top 3 picks for Memphis. I’m hoping most of you know that I got 3rd place with a list that had 59/60 cards from what I wrote back then.
I went with Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX because of its many strengths, however, an extra one that occurred to me closer to the event was this: with such a big tournament, where essentially a tie means a loss, a fast, aggressive deck seemed like a very attractive option. The deck had a chance at stealing games through donks (though it never once happened), but overall games just went by faster, thus I very rarely got to a tie situation (only once out of 15 rounds!).
Unlike my Vancouver Regional win where I finished Day 1 with a 5-0-4 record and a guaranteed spot on Day 2, 19-20 points would be Top 64 at best. Picking Buzzwole to finish more games quickly was a great idea, as can be seen in how my games went:
R1 Solgaleo-GX / Zoroark-GX / Rayquaza WW
R2 Buzzwole GX / Lycanroc GX LWW
R3 Decidueye-GX / Zoroark-GX WW
R4 Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX LWW
R5 Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX LWW
R6 Greninja BREAK WLW
R7 Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX LWW
R8 Buzzwole-GX / Lycanroc-GX LWT
R9 Zoroark-GX / Golisopod-GX WW
During Day 1, I played a 24 out of a possible 27 games. I lost Game 1 a total of five times, only to make a comeback in the series. I’m 100% sure that, with a deck such as Gardevoir-GX or Golisopod/Zoroark, I definitely would not have been able to pull off such comebacks. Analyzing why I ended up losing those 5 games could be a point of interest in and of itself, but hindsight is 20/20 and I definitely made the right choice for the day, finishing as 1st seed with an 8-0-1 record.
I have never been in this ‘comfortable’ position so far at a Regional, always having to climb the ranks from Day 2 with very little margin for error. Day 2 Swiss rounds actually ended up being a lot smoother than Day 1:
Going on a 6-0 win streak to secure a spot in Top 8 felt amazing, and then getting streamed twice was also extremely fun. Day 2 was going swimmingly and I was guaranteed 1st seed out of 949 players after 15 rounds of play, and a total of 36 games of Pokémon.
My Top 8 match went pretty well too. Then Top 4 came along and the deck finally ran out of steam. 3rd place out of 949 players still feels like a pretty awesome way to close out 2017 though, and I’m very excited about 2018 and all the upcoming tournaments.
Zoroark-GX / Lycanroc-GX is a deck I was testing originally, and even wrote about all the way back on the 25th of October. I definitely regret not having explored the concept more, as I was clearly on the right track. I don’t consider myself a great deck builder anymore, at least with regard to new ideas or groundbreaking innovations, but that one could’ve been it, if I had stuck with it.
Nevertheless, the deck is now a reality—and quite possibly best deck in the format? It took quite a few spots in Day 2 and also Top 8, but I feel like we have a new best deck after every tournament nowadays.
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