Hey everyone! It’s been a hot minute since my last article where I covered PikaRom and Vespiquen for the SUM–TEU format. Now, with Unbroken Bonds released, there are plenty of new tools for decks to play with. Dedenne-GX gave decks a major surge in draw power, and Lt. Surge’s Strategy gave slow/Stall decks even more support. There’s a lot to consider in choosing a deck for NAIC—I’m here to give you my two cents on what I consider to be one of the strongest and most versatile decks of the format: PikaRom.
PikaRom has been a strong deck since its inception, but Electromagnetic Radar and Dedenne-GX have given the deck a huge buff in draw support and speed. The deck is at its strongest now, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it make a splash at the biggest tournament of the year. It has had success in Madison with myself and others playing it, as well as in Europe with Jesper Eriksen’s Jonkoping Top 4. Without further ado, here’s the current list that I’d play to NAIC if it was tomorrow.
- The Current PikaRom List
- Other Ideas
- The Other PikaRom (Jirachi Engine)
- ReshiZard (Turbo/Kiawe): Slightly Unfavorable
- ReshiZard (Green’s): Slightly Favorable
- Weezing: Favorable
- Zoroark-GX w/ Slowking or Dewgong: Favorable
- Zoroark-GX/Silvally-GX: Slightly Unfavorable
- Blacephalon UNB: Favorable
- Blacephalon-GX/Naganadel: Favorable
- Zapdos: Highly Unfavorable
- Stall: Slightly Favorable
- Conclusion and Non-Rainbow ZapBeasts
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