Hey everyone! I’m back from Brazil and with me I’ve brought 100 CP and a complication to the NA Top 16 race! All jokes aside, I’m incredibly happy and lucky to have ended up with a Top 128 finish in Sao Paulo. My day ended up on a sour note after a 3-0-1 start so I was just excited to snag some points at 5-3-1.
I ended up playing Buzzwole/Lycanroc, a list similar to what Christopher played. The only change was that I played an Enhanced Hammer and an Oricorio instead of the Muk line. When we tested it, I found it to be too difficult to get out in the matchups that it was supposed to help in (Zoroark, mirror to an extent). You either couldn’t prioritize it or you can’t both get it out and set up anything else. And in most cases, if you don’t have to care about the Mew until T4-5, you’ll have Sudowoodo, Lycanroc, or a Psychic Pokémon as an answer.
I wanted to add Enhanced Hammer to give me a small edge against mirror and Zoroark decks. I knew that even if the Hammer didn’t have a huge impact on my games, it would be nice to have a list with “unknown” cards and catch my opponent off guard. I considered Energy Switch or Multi Switch in this spot as well, but thought I’d pick a card that brings more of a tempo swing. The Oricorio was my shot at a Mew-EX counter since Mewtwo was very underwhelming in Collinsville. Christopher and Alex swore that Oricorio was better than Mew FCO, but I’m not sure I agree after losing to Hoopa…
Moving forward, I hope you guys like Buzzwole because it’s not going anywhere! It has proven itself to be a consistent performer, especially in Internationals where players are looking for safe and reliable decks. And when Forbidden Light drops, it only gets better to be a “Fight Guy”. Beast Ring and “baby” Buzzwole give you a super strong push through the midgame and into a late game that can feature 6 energy on the board. Disgusting.
For today’s article, I’ll be discussing some of the changes you can make to Buzzwole in the coming weeks, plus a deck for post-Forbidden Light play that could give us a good counter to it. Let’s get started.
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