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The Post-Madison Tier List and Optimal Deck Lists for Almost Every Archetype
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Hello again readers. Today, I’m going to be dropping what I believe to be the optimal lists for almost every archetype. We’re in that little lull that always occurs between the last Regional and NAIC. Yes, there is Origins SPE in-between, but there aren’t exactly a bunch of people attending that event. This has led me to give a general overview of the format rather than an in-depth opinion on one specific deck.

The Post-Madison Tier List

Tier 1

Tier 2

A Few Highlights

  1. You’ll notice that I separated the Ability ReshiZard and Green’s ReshiZard. They have different enough matchups to where I consider them different decks. We saw Ability-based ReshiZard dominate at Madison, while Green’s ReshiZard had significantly less high placements. I expect the trend of Ability ReshiZard seeing more finishes than Green’s ReshiZard to continue through the coming weekends.
  2. Going forward, I believe that Blacephalon-GX will see a resurgence in play because of how well it can handle the ReshiZard matchup and not immediately lose to the rest of the format.
  3. As I predicted in my last article, Zoroark-GX claimed multiple spots in the Top 8 of Madison. I believe that with the right list, Zoroark-GX has the potential to claim another International Championship.

Tier 1

Ability ReshiZard

Pokémon (13)

2 Reshiram & Charizard-GX

2 Eevee & Snorlax-GX

1 Shining Lugia

1 Growlithe UNB

1 Arcanine UNB

2 Jirachi TEU

2 Marshadow SLG

1 Tapu Lele-GX

1 Dedenne-GX

Trainer (34)

4 Guzma

4 Welder

3 Kiawe

 

4 Ultra Ball

3 Acro Bike

3 Fire Crystal

3 Switch

2 Nest Ball

1 Escape Rope

1 Field Blower

1 Fiery Flint

2 Choice Band

2 Escape Board

 

1 Heat Factory p

Energy (13)

13 Fire

 

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##Pokémon - 13

* 2 Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 217
* 2 Eevee & Snorlax-GX TEU 191
* 1 Shining Lugia PR-SM 82
* 1 Growlithe UNB 21
* 1 Arcanine UNB 22
* 2 Jirachi TEU 99
* 2 Marshadow SLG 45
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
* 1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57

##Trainer Cards - 34

* 1 Heat Factory p LOT 178
* 1 Fiery Flint DRM 60
* 2 Escape Board UPR 167
* 3 Switch SUM 160
* 4 Welder UNB 189
* 3 Fire Crystal UNB 231
* 4 Guzma BUS 115
* 1 Escape Rope BUS 163
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
* 2 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 2 Choice Band BUS 162
* 1 Field Blower GRI 163
* 3 Kiawe BUS 116
* 3 Acro Bike CES 123

##Energy - 13

* 13 Fire Energy Energy 2

Total Cards - 60

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This is the list that I would be playing in any event that I didn’t have a bunch of time to test for and had to make a quick decision. It’s pretty close to the list that I posted in my previous article, with the most notable changes being a 2nd Eevee & Snorlax-GX and a copy of Fiery Flint. If you want to see an in-depth discussion on the deck as a whole, I encourage you to refer back to my previous article. This is probably the best deck in format currently, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

PikaRom

Pokémon (14)

2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

2 Zapdos TEU

1 Tapu Koko p

1 Tapu Koko-GX

1 Zeraora-GX

2 Dedenne-GX

1 Tapu Lele-GX

2 Marshadow SLG

1 Marshadow UNB

1 Absol TEU

Trainer (34)

4 Lillie

3 Guzma

2 Volkner

 

4 Electropower

4 Energy Switch

4 Ultra Ball

2 Electromagnetic Radar

2 Field Blower

2 Nest Ball

1 Escape Rope

1 Rescue Stretcher

1 Switch

2 Choice Band

1 Stealthy Hood

 

1 Thunder Mountain p

Energy (12)

12 Lightning

 

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##Pokémon - 14

* 2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX TEU 184
* 2 Zapdos TEU 40
* 1 Tapu Koko p TEU 51
* 1 Tapu Koko-GX GRI 47
* 1 Zeraora-GX LOT 221
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
* 2 Marshadow SLG 45
* 1 Marshadow UNB 81
* 1 Absol TEU 88

##Trainer Cards - 34

* 1 Switch SUM 160
* 4 Lillie UPR 125
* 3 Guzma BUS 143
* 2 Volkner UPR 135
* 4 Electropower LOT 172
* 4 Energy Switch SUM 117
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
* 2 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 2 Electromagnetic Radar UNB 169
* 2 Field Blower GRI 125
* 1 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
* 1 Escape Rope BUS 114
* 2 Choice Band BUS 162
* 1 Stealthy Hood UNB 186
* 1 Thunder Mountain p LOT 191

##Energy - 12

* 12 Lightning Energy Energy 4

Total Cards - 60

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I think Rahul and Xander pretty much nailed the perfect list for PikaRom. When talking with some of the group that played it, I gathered that they managed to take a winnable matchup against ReshiZard, which surprised me quite a bit. I think this is the deck with the most potential to break open the format. The one change I made from their list was cutting a Zeraora-GX for a Switch. When playing games, I found that I wanted a Switch card that could be searched for with Volkner, but not force my opponent to also switch, like Escape Rope would do. I contemplated cutting the Escape Rope, but there were enough situations where it was good, so I could not justify cutting it.

Blacephalon-GX

Pokémon (17)

4 Blacephalon-GX

3 Poipole FLI

3 Naganadel LOT

1 Meowth BUS

1 Persian-GX

1 Ditto p

1 Drifblim UPR

2 Marshadow SLG

1 Tapu Lele-GX

Trainer (27)

4 Cynthia

3 Guzma

2 Lillie

2 Welder

1 Erika’s Hospitality

 

4 Beast Ring

4 Mysterious Treasure

3 Ultra Ball

1 Energy Switch

1 Field Blower

 

1 Heat Factory p

1 Ultra Space

Energy (16)

15 Fire

1 Beast p

 

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##Pokémon - 17

* 4 Blacephalon-GX LOT 219
* 3 Poipole FLI 55
* 3 Naganadel LOT 108
* 1 Meowth BUS 101
* 1 Persian-GX UNB 149
* 1 Ditto p LOT 154
* 1 Drifblim UPR 52
* 2 Marshadow SLG 45
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

##Trainer Cards - 27

* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 2 Lillie UPR 125
* 3 Guzma BUS 143
* 2 Welder UNB 189
* 1 Erika's Hospitality TEU 140
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 4 Beast Ring FLI 141
* 3 Ultra Ball SLG 68
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 1 Energy Switch SUM 117
* 1 Ultra Space FLI 115
* 1 Heat Factory p LOT 178

##Energy - 16

* 15 Fire Energy Energy 2
* 1 Beast Energy p FLI 117

Total Cards - 60

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Zach Lesage played 59 of these cards and bubbled Top 16 with it. I ended up cutting a Lillie for a Drifblim UPR. In theory, Drifblim allows us to auto-win the Weezing matchup, which feels worth a slot. The Persian-GX is an incredibly cool tech and is very strong. It allows a player to search out Beast Rings or a Welder after the Beast Ring turns are over. I’m going to be honest: I have no idea how Lesage didn’t win the event with his list. I think people are going to start adapting to decks like this, but if they do not, Blacephalon-GX is one of my top picks to win NAIC.

Zoroark-GX/Persian-GX

Pokémon (22)

4 Zorua SLG

4 Zoroark-GX

1 Meowth UNB

1 Meowth TEU

2 Persian-GX

1 Slowpoke LOT

1 Slowking LOT

1 Alolan Grimer TEU

1 Alolan Muk SUM

2 Tapu Lele-GX

1 Marshadow-GX

1 Marshadow UNB

1 Oranguru UPR

1 Ditto p

Trainer (29)

4 Lillie

2 Guzma

1 Acerola

1 Judge

1 Koga’s Trap

1 Lt. Surge’s Strategy

1 Professor Kukui

1 Tate & Liza

 

4 Nest Ball

4 Ultra Ball

3 Pokémon Communication

1 Field Blower

1 Pal Pad

1 Rescue Stretcher

2 Choice Band

 

1 Devoured Field

Energy (9)

4 Double Colorless

3 Triple Acceleration

2 Water

 

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##Pokémon - 22

* 4 Zorua SLG 52
* 4 Zoroark-GX SLG 77
* 1 Meowth UNB 147
* 1 Meowth TEU 125
* 2 Persian-GX UNB 149
* 1 Slowpoke LOT 54
* 1 Slowking LOT 55
* 1 Alolan Grimer TEU 83
* 1 Alolan Muk SUM 58
* 2 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
* 1 Marshadow-GX BUS 80
* 1 Marshadow UNB 81
* 1 Oranguru UPR 114
* 1 Ditto p LOT 154

##Trainer Cards - 29

* 4 Lillie UPR 125
* 2 Guzma BUS 143
* 1 Judge BKT 143
* 1 Tate & Liza CES 148
* 1 Lt. Surge's Strategy UNB 178
* 1 Acerola BUS 142
* 1 Professor Kukui SUM 148
* 1 Koga's Trap UNB 177
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 3 Pokémon Communication HS 98
* 1 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
* 1 Pal Pad UPR 132
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 2 Choice Band BUS 162
* 1 Devoured Field CIN 93

##Energy - 9

* 4 Double Colorless Energy GRI 166
* 3 Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190
* 2 Water Energy Energy 3

Total Cards - 60

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Alex Krekeler introduced us to the idea that Marshadow-GX can take an OHKO on an Eevee & Snorlax-GX when coupled with Alolan Grimer TEU, Koga’s Trap, and Choice Band. It also provides a good way to KO a PikaRom, which is one of the deck’s harder matchups. I think that Zoroark-GX has the potential to beat everything in the game when teched correctly, but it requires quite a bit of luck to do so. Zoroark is what I would call the high-roll deck of the current Standard format.

Green’s ReshiZard

Pokémon (7)

3 Volcanion UNB

2 Reshiram & Charizard-GX

1 Eevee & Snorlax-GX

1 Ditto DET

Trainer (42)

4 Green’s Exploration

4 Welder

2 Guzma

2 Professor Kukui

1 Acerola

1 Judge

1 Lt. Surge’s Strategy

 

4 Custom Catcher

4 Nest Ball

4 Pokégear 3.0

3 Fire Crystal

2 Fiery Flint

1 Field Blower

1 Max Potion

1 Rescue Stretcher

1 Switch

2 Choice Band

1 Stealthy Hood

 

2 Power Plant

1 Heat Factory p

Energy (11)

11 Fire

 

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##Pokémon - 7

* 3 Volcanion UNB 25
* 2 Reshiram & Charizard-GX UNB 20
* 1 Eevee & Snorlax-GX TEU 120
* 1 Ditto DET 17

##Trainer Cards - 42

* 4 Welder UNB 189
* 4 Green's Exploration UNB 175
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 2 Professor Kukui SUM 128
* 1 Lt. Surge's Strategy UNB 178
* 1 Acerola BUS 112
* 1 Judge BKT 143
* 4 Custom Catcher LOT 171
* 4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 123
* 3 Fire Crystal UNB 173
* 2 Fiery Flint DRM 60
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 1 Max Potion GRI 128
* 1 Switch SUM 132
* 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 2 Choice Band GRI 121
* 1 Stealthy Hood UNB 186
* 2 Power Plant UNB 183
* 1 Heat Factory p LOT 178

##Energy - 11

* 11 Fire Energy Energy 2

Total Cards - 60

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I haven’t put much thought into the Green’s version of ReshiZard, because I believe it to be inferior to the Ability version. However, it generally has a favorable matchup against the Ability version and has a much better Zapdos matchup when compared to the Ability version. However, it suffers much worse matchups against decks that are built to counter ReshiZard, such as Quagsire/Naganadel and Zoroark-GX/Slowking. Going forward, I don’t expect people to play this variant as much.

See Also: Rahul Reddy’s Green’s ReshiZard analysis.

Tier 2

Blacephalon UNB

Pokémon (9)

4 Blacephalon UNB

4 Jirachi TEU

1 Victini p

Trainer (38)

4 Lillie

4 Welder

2 Guzma

 

4 Fiery Flint

4 Fire Crystal

4 Nest Ball

4 Pokégear 3.0

2 Energy Retrieval

2 Switch

1 Rescue Stretcher

3 Wishful Baton

2 Escape Board

 

1 Heat Factory p

1 Ultra Space

Energy (13)

13 Fire

 

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##Pokémon - 9

* 4 Blacephalon UNB 32
* 4 Jirachi TEU 99
* 1 Victini p DRM 7

##Trainer Cards - 38

* 4 Welder UNB 189
* 4 Lillie SUM 122
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 123
* 4 Fiery Flint DRM 60
* 4 Fire Crystal UNB 173
* 2 Energy Retrieval SUM 116
* 2 Switch SUM 132
* 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 3 Wishful Baton BUS 128
* 2 Escape Board UPR 122
* 1 Ultra Space FLI 115
* 1 Heat Factory p LOT 178

##Energy - 13

* 13 Fire Energy Energy 2

Total Cards - 60

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I helped create the list that did well in Madison by contributing the idea of Flareon-GX. The deck is pretty strong overall, but it suffers quite a bit against Alolan Muk + Judge and Let Loose in general. It also suffers from the influx of Water-type counters that supposedly deal with ReshiZard. I think that a few people will try to make the deck good but ultimately fail. A few may sneak into Day 2 of NAIC, but it isn’t the threat it was once hyped to be.

See Also: Connor Finton’s Blacephalon UNB analysis.

Quagsire/Naganadel

Pokémon (18)

3 Wooper DRM

3 Quagsire DRM

2 Poipole FLI

2 Naganadel LOT

2 Articuno TEU

1 Volcanion p

1 Onix LOT

1 Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX

1 Mew UNB

1 Oranguru SUM

1 Ditto p

Trainer (31)

4 Cynthia

4 Lillie

1 Guzma

1 Judge

 

4 Ultra Ball

3 Nest Ball

2 Aqua Patch

2 Pokégear 3.0

2 Rescue Stretcher

1 Counter Catcher

1 Field Blower

1 Pal Pad

3 Wishful Baton

 

1 Brooklet Hill

1 Viridian Forest

Energy (11)

8 Water

2 Unit GRW

1 Beast p

 

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##Pokémon - 18

* 3 Wooper DRM 25
* 3 Quagsire DRM 26
* 2 Poipole FLI 55
* 2 Naganadel LOT 108
* 2 Articuno TEU 32
* 1 Volcanion p FLI 31
* 1 Onix LOT 109
* 1 Pheromosa & Buzzwole-GX UNB 1
* 1 Mew UNB 76
* 1 Oranguru SUM 113
* 1 Ditto p LOT 154

##Trainer Cards - 31

* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 4 Lillie SUM 122
* 1 Judge BKT 143
* 1 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
* 3 Nest Ball SUM 123
* 2 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
* 2 Aqua Patch GRI 119
* 2 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 1 Pal Pad FLF 92
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 1 Counter Catcher CIN 91
* 3 Wishful Baton BUS 128
* 1 Viridian Forest TEU 156
* 1 Brooklet Hill GRI 120

##Energy - 11

* 8 Water Energy Energy 3
* 2 Unit Energy GFW UPR 137
* 1 Beast Energy Prism Star FLI 117

Total Cards - 60

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I won’t claim to be an expert on how Quagsire/Naganadel is built, but Frank Percic’s list stands out to me as the best one I have seen in a very long time. The idea of Pheramosa & Buzzwole-GX is incredible, and I am amazed that no one had thought of it before now. I changed a few cards from his list, but most of the counts are the same. I decided that I wanted the 3rd Quagsire DRM instead of the Quagsire UNB. I also cut the Escape Board for a 3rd Wishful Baton because of how important it is to find and stick the Wishful Baton.

Weezing

Pokémon (14)

4 Koffing UNB

4 Weezing UNB

2 Tapu Koko SM31

1 Larvitar LOT 115

1 Mimikyu GRI

1 Marshadow SLG

1 Mew UNB

Trainer (37)

4 Cynthia

4 Lillie

2 Guzma

 

4 Mysterious Treasure

4 Nest Ball

4 Pokégear 3.0

3 Energy Loto

2 Counter Catcher

2 Rescue Stretcher

1 Field Blower

4 Spell Tag

 

3 Shrine of Punishment

Energy (9)

4 Counter

4 Double Colorless

1 Triple Acceleration

 

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##Pokémon - 14

* 4 Koffing UNB 73
* 4 Weezing UNB 74
* 2 Tapu Koko PR-SM 31
* 1 Larvitar LOT 115
* 1 Mimikyu GRI 58
* 1 Marshadow SLG 45
* 1 Mew UNB 76

##Trainer Cards - 37

* 4 Lillie UPR 125
* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 2 Guzma BUS 143
* 4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 2 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
* 3 Energy Loto GRI 122
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 2 Counter Catcher CIN 120
* 4 Spell Tag LOT 190
* 3 Shrine of Punishment CES 143

##Energy - 9

* 4 Counter Energy CIN 122
* 4 Double Colorless Energy GRI 166
* 1 Triple Acceleration Energy UNB 190

Total Cards - 60

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I have never liked Weezing very much because of how badly it loses to any Zoroark deck. However, I still expect people to play the deck and I think that the list I have made can handle the deck’s good matchups rather well. However, Weezing suffers when paired against a player that knows how to beat it, which means that it will generally have a weaker Day 2 finish when compared to other decks. Sure, you may sneak into Day 2, but after that, you’ll be hard-pressed to win enough games to make Top 8. I fully expect people to continue playing the deck because something about the Spread archetype seems to draw a certain crowd in at every event.

Malamar

Pokémon (16)

4 Inkay FLI

4 Malamar FLI

1 Ditto p

1 Drifblim UPR

2 Giratina SM151

1 Ultra Necrozma-GX

1 Necrozma-GX

1 Dedenne-GX

1 Mew UNB

Trainer (34)

4 Cynthia

4 Guzma

4 Lillie

 

4 Mysterious Treasure

4 Switch

4 Ultra Ball

3 Acro Bike

3 Nest Ball

1 Rescue Stretcher

1 Escape Board

 

2 Viridian Forest

Energy (10)

7 Psychic

2 Metal

1 Beast p

 

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##Pokémon - 16

* 4 Inkay FLI 50
* 4 Malamar FLI 51
* 1 Ditto p LOT 154
* 1 Drifblim UPR 52
* 2 Giratina PR-SM 151
* 1 Ultra Necrozma-GX DRM 78
* 1 Necrozma-GX BUS 153
* 1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
* 1 Mew UNB 76

##Trainer Cards - 34

* 1 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 2 Viridian Forest TEU 156
* 1 Escape Board UPR 167
* 4 Switch SUM 160
* 4 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
* 3 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 4 Lillie UPR 151
* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 3 Acro Bike CES 123

##Energy - 10

* 1 Beast Energy p FLI 117
* 7 Psychic Energy Energy 5
* 2 Metal Energy Energy 8

Total Cards - 60

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Malamar is a deck that is underrated in my opinion. It boasts winnable matchups against both ReshiZard and PikaRom because of its ability to take big KOs in one turn. It also has the ability to spam Giratina, which conveniently 2-shots both PikaRom and ReshiZard (with the help of Distortion Door). I’ve opted to split between Ultra Necrozma-GX and Necrozma-GX because Black Ray GX is very strong in the current meta, but I still want access to Sky-Scorching Light GX. I’m going to be putting a lot more time into Malamar in the next few weeks, and if it’s as good as I am thinking, then it’s a real contender for “the play” at NAIC.

ZapBeasts

Pokémon (14)

3 Zapdos TEU

1 Buzzwole FLI

1 Nihilego LOT

1 Marshadow & Machamp-GX

1 Tapu Koko p

1 Tapu Koko-GX

4 Jirachi TEU

1 Marshadow SLG

1 Mew UNB

Trainer (37)

4 Guzma

4 Lillie

2 Cynthia

1 Volkner

 

4 Electropower

4 Nest Ball

3 Switch

3 Ultra Ball

2 Energy Loto

2 Escape Rope

2 Rescue Stretcher

1 Field Blower

2 Choice Band

2 Escape Board

 

1 Thunder Mountain p

Energy (9)

4 Lightning

4 Rainbow

1 Beast p

 

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##Pokémon - 14

* 3 Zapdos TEU 40
* 1 Buzzwole FLI 77
* 1 Nihilego LOT 106
* 1 Marshadow & Machamp-GX UNB 82
* 1 Tapu Koko p TEU 51
* 1 Tapu Koko-GX GRI 47
* 4 Jirachi TEU 99
* 1 Marshadow SLG 45
* 1 Mew UNB 76

##Trainer Cards - 37

* 4 Lillie UPR 125
* 4 Guzma BUS 143
* 2 Cynthia UPR 119
* 4 Electropower LOT 172
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 3 Ultra Ball SUM 161
* 3 Switch SUM 160
* 2 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
* 2 Escape Rope BUS 114
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 2 Choice Band BUS 162
* 2 Escape Board UPR 167
* 2 Energy Loto GRI 122
* 1 Thunder Mountain p LOT 191
* 1 Volkner UPR 135

##Energy - 9

* 4 Lightning Energy Energy 4
* 1 Beast Energy p FLI 117
* 4 Rainbow Energy CES 183

Total Cards - 60

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Zapdos has kind of fallen off recently because of Green’s ReshiZard. However, it can still beat Ability ReshiZard, so there’s hope for the deck. This is a list of my own making, but I haven’t had the time or will to test Zapdos yet. I don’t know how well Marshadow & Machamp-GX will actually work without basic Fighting Energy, but I like the card as an attacker against Zoroark and PikaRom. Going forward, we’re going to need to be careful of Zapdos if the amount of play that Green’s ReshiZard sees decreases substantially. I personally do not plan on playing Zapdos, but I’m sure there are people out there who have their hearts set on playing it for NAIC.

See Also: Connor Finton’s ZapBeasts analysis.

Granbull

Pokémon (16)

2 Snubbull SUM

2 Snubbull LOT

4 Granbull LOT

2 Slugma CES

2 Magcargo CES

3 Oranguru SUM

1 Ditto p

Trainer (36)

4 Apricorn Maker

2 Diantha

2 Guzma

1 Bill’s Analysis

1 Judge

1 Red’s Challenge

 

4 Nest Ball

4 Timer Ball

4 Ultra Ball

2 Rescue Stretcher

1 Counter Catcher

1 Escape Rope

1 Field Blower

1 Pal Pad

1 Pokégear 3.0

1 Choice Band

1 Stealthy Hood

 

4 Viridian Forest

Energy (8)

7 Fairy

1 Double Colorless

 

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##Pokémon - 16

* 2 Snubbull SUM 90
* 2 Snubbull LOT 137
* 4 Granbull LOT 138
* 2 Slugma CES 23
* 2 Magcargo CES 24
* 3 Oranguru SUM 113
* 1 Ditto p LOT 154

##Trainer Cards - 36

* 4 Apricorn Maker CES 124
* 2 Guzma BUS 143
* 2 Diantha FLI 105
* 1 Judge BKT 143
* 1 Red's Challenge UNB 184
* 1 Bill's Analysis TEU 133
* 4 Nest Ball SUM 158
* 4 Timer Ball SUM 134
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 161
* 1 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 233
* 2 Rescue Stretcher BUS 165
* 1 Pal Pad UPR 132
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
* 1 Counter Catcher CIN 120
* 1 Escape Rope BUS 114
* 1 Choice Band BUS 162
* 1 Stealthy Hood UNB 186
* 4 Viridian Forest TEU 156

##Energy - 8

* 7 Fairy Energy Energy 9
* 1 Double Colorless Energy SLG 69

Total Cards - 60

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A lot of people “knew” about Granbull becoming stronger before Madison, but almost nobody took it seriously. Now, there’s a very real chance that it becomes meta-relevant, and it is important to know how to beat it. This list is close to the one that saw play in Madison, with a few changes that may or may not help the deck. The biggest issue I had with the deck was that it only played 3 Ultra Ball while playing 4 Apricorn Maker. Generally, Ultra Ball is the best way to get your hand down to 0 cards, so not playing 4 made no sense to me. Again, this is a deck that I personally don’t see myself playing, but I can see why people are drawn to it.

Final Thoughts

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This was a little bit of an unorthodox article today, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The way I see it, we now have good lists for almost every deck in the game all in one place. This is a major boon when going into NAIC, because it allows us to have easy access to every deck we can reasonably expect to see, and perfect our game plans against each deck.

I believe that it is generally helpful to have an overall understanding of what the meta is going to look like, so here that is real quick. In order of amount played:

Meta Top Five

  1. ReshiZard (either variant)
  2. PikaRom
  3. Zoroark
  4. Blacephalon-GX
  5. A combination of my “Tier 2” decks

When deciding a play for NAIC, I will be following the guidelines of beating at least 3/4 of the Tier 1 decks, while not losing to every other deck imaginable. With Origins SPE approaching, there is always a chance that the meta will shift and a new deck will emerge. This has happened a few times over the years, with the most notable deck emerging being Darkrai-EX BKP/Giratina-EX AOR in 2016.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you today. Good luck and have fun in Origins or playing in whatever local-level event you might be attending. I have another article before NAIC, so watch out for that in a couple of weeks!

As always, feel free to message me with any questions that you might have about anything related to Pokémon. I also now offer coaching! Either email me (alex.schemanske@gmail.com) or PM me if interested.

Until the next one.


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