Hello SixPrizes readers! I am back with another article, fresh off of blowing another 8-0-1 record in Day 2, and I am ready to share my thoughts on some of the most popular Standard decks! Forbidden Light definitely had an impact on the format, as it brought Malamar to the table and caused for a revamp for Buzzwole/Lycanroc lists. I was, and still am, a huge fan of Buzzwole decks, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I played the deck at Madison Regionals. In testing, Buzzwole and Zoroark were the only decks that felt reliable to me, so those were my final choices headed into the event. Without further ado, let’s take a look at each deck!
First off, I want to thank Chris Leandro for giving me the decklist on Friday morning. He put a lot of time into the deck and felt it was the best list for handling Malamar, and he was absolutely right. I knew Buzzwole was strong but I really underestimated how good baby Buzzwole is, which led to me playing a singleton copy in the lists I was testing. The three baby Buzzwole list that we all played at Madison Regionals is certainly the way to go, and I was very impressed by it in testing on Friday.
Leading up to the event, I was hearing that Buzzwole was expected to be somewhat unrepresented due to Malamar having a seemingly great matchup against it. This really opened up the door for Zoroark decks to run the table, which had me considering Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX. My previous issue with the Buzzwole that I was testing, is that it was unfavored against Necrozma-GX/Malamar. On the other side of things, my biggest issue in testing with Zoroark-GX/Lycanroc-GX was Buzzwole. These issues certainly weren’t great, and it made it feel a lot like Rock/Paper/Scissors. I hated the idea of this, because the games felt a lot harder to win via skill, and felt mostly determined by the matchup.
I spent a lot of Friday trying to come up with something that had more even matchups all around, which led to a few games with the infamous Greninja. Never in my life have I seen a deck brick so many games in a row. The deck fully setup and won maybe two out of a dozen games, so that cat went right back in the bag. Obviously, when I found out about this newly created Buzzwole list that could handle Malamar, it had me fully sold on going with the Mosquito. I no longer had to worry about the dreaded RPS format that everyone was talking about.
Pokémon – 12
Trainers – 33
Energy – 15
1 Beast ♢
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