Hello again 6P, it’s Alex with you today, and I’m bringing you a rather interesting deck that I believe has incredible potential going into Memphis this weekend. This deck happens to be the Buzzwole FLI/Tapu Koko (Referred to as “Spread” from now on) that I won a cup with before Philadelphia. I feel that in this current format it is best to play a more obscure deck that opponents may not have ever seen or tested against. I believe that Spread has a very strong place in the current meta, due to the fact that it seems everything needs to fill their bench to function properly. The meta is perfect for Spread to make a strong run through Memphis this coming weekend.
There’s quite a few reasons as to why we haven’t seen the spread archetype finish well in events until this season. Without a stadium like Parallel City to remove that extra Tapu Lele-GX, along with hundreds of damage counters, Spread can easily stack enough damage counters to knock multiple GXs out in one turn with a magical swap from Tapu Lele UPR. There is also the glaringly obvious fact that until recently, we haven’t had Shrine of Punishment, which could potentially add an extra 60 damage between every turn. Another major change is the loss of strong energy. Buzzwole FLI can no longer knock out a Tapu Koko with one attack without using Beast Energy, or a Professor Kukui and a Prism Star.
Pokémon – 13
Trainers – 35
1 Tate and Liza
Energy – 12
4 Unit FDY
1 Beast ♢
This was a list that I threw together the night before a cup, logged a few games with, and said, “Why not?” This list actually functions quite smoothly, and I managed to win the cup, beating multiple Zoroark Variants, Malamar Variants, and a few other Buzzwole/Shrine decks. Despite this success, this list was far from optimal, so I set out to build a better list that might stand a chance at a higher level of play. Please note, the above list is only included as a baseline for the refined list, not as something I suggest bringing to a major event.
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