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ADPZ @ Guatemala, Takuya’s Dragapult VMAX, and My Rebel Clash Top 5

Hello again, 6P readers! I’m back with another article for you guys. This month has been pretty hectic with everything going on in the world right now. However, today I’ll be discussing a few topics, beginning with the ADPZ list I used to place in Top 4 at the Guatemala SPE 🇬🇹. Following that, I’ll be discussing Takuya Yoneda’s Dragapult VMAX list he used to win Special League Ginza. Finally, I’ll be going over my top five favorite cards from Rebel Clash.

Following Guatemala, I managed to barely get myself back into the Top 16. All events are canceled through May 14, and who knows what will happen moving forward. There are all kinds of talks whether the Worlds CP requirement should be lowered, the season should be extended, and even if Worlds should be moved to a new location. I don’t know what they will do, but once TPCi makes their decision, I’m sure it’ll be a solid one considering the circumstances.

ADPZ @ Guatemala

Decklist (1st + 4th)

Pokémon (13)

4 Zacian V

3 Jirachi TEU

2 Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX

2 Dedenne-GX

1 Absol TEU

1 Oranguru SSH

Trainer (37)

4 Professor’s Research

2 Marnie


4 Acro Bike

4 Custom Catcher

4 Metal Saucer

4 Quick Ball

4 Switch

2 Cherish Ball

2 Energy Spinner

1 Great Catcher


2 Escape Board

2 Metal Frying Pan


2 Shrine of Punishment

Energy (10)

8 M

2 W


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##Pokémon - 13

* 4 Zacian V SSH 138
* 3 Jirachi TEU 99
* 2 Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 156
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
* 1 Absol TEU 88
* 1 Oranguru SSH 148

##Trainer Cards - 37

* 4 Professor’s Research SSH 178
* 2 Marnie SSH 169
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 4 Metal Saucer SSH 170
* 4 Switch SSH 183
* 4 Custom Catcher LOT 171
* 4 Acro Bike CES 123
* 2 Energy Spinner UNB 170
* 2 Cherish Ball UNM 191
* 1 Great Catcher CEC 192
* 2 Escape Board UPR 122
* 2 Metal Frying Pan FLI 112
* 2 Shrine of Punishment CES 143

##Energy - 10

* 8 Metal Energy Energy 8
* 2 Water Energy Energy 3

Total Cards - 60

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aka Tord’s List -1 Oranguru UPR, +1 Absol TEU

This is the list Benjamin Branch and I played to 1st and 4th in Guatemala. We knew the event would be no more than five rounds, so we wanted to play something very consistent and safe. Ben and I started with Tord’s list he used to win Malmö Regionals 🇸🇪. I personally did not like the Oranguru UPR, so I dropped it for Absol. I believe Absol has more merit since it’s great against anything that plays Jirachi and the ADPZ mirror as well. Tord is a phenomenal deck builder, so it was a no-brainer to just go with his list with the addition of Absol. Our intuition paid off since Ben and I got 1st and 4th as mentioned.

There are basically two types of ways you can go about playing ADPZ:

  1. You can try Tord’s version which plays Energy Spinner and Water Energy.
  2. Or you can go with the Tag Call variant that plays Guzma & Hala to search out Aurora Energy and Unit Energy GRW.

Personally, I like the option of being able to use Jirachi for an Energy Spinner. Plus the Acro Bikes let you dig further so you can increase your rate of achieving the turn two Altered Creation-GX.

Takuya Yoneda’s Dragapult VMAX (Special League Ginza 1st Place)


Pokémon (18)

4 Dragapult V

4 Dragapult VMAX

3 Jirachi TEU

1 Dedenne-GX

1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH

1 Marshadow UNB

1 Mew UNB

1 Mewtwo UNB

1 Oranguru SSH

1 Phione CEC

Trainer (33)

4 Marnie

4 Professor’s Research

2 Boss’s Orders

2 Team Yell Grunt


4 Mysterious Treasure

4 Quick Ball

4 Scoop Up Net

3 Switch

1 Reset Stamp


3 Giant Bomb

2 Escape Board

Energy (9)

5 P

4 Horror P


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##Pokémon - 18

* 4 Dragapult V RCL 92
* 4 Dragapult VMAX RCL 93
* 3 Jirachi TEU 99
* 1 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
* 1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
* 1 Marshadow UNB 81
* 1 Mew UNB 76
* 1 Mewtwo UNB 75
* 1 Oranguru SSH 148
* 1 Phione CEC 57

##Trainer Cards - 33

* 4 Professor’s Research SSH 178
* 4 Marnie SSH 169
* 2 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
* 2 Team Yell Grunt SSH 184
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
* 3 Giant Bomb UNM 196
* 3 Switch SSH 183
* 2 Escape Board UPR 122
* 1 Reset Stamp UNM 206

##Energy - 9

* 5 Psychic Energy Energy 5
* 4 Horror P Energy RCL 172

Total Cards - 60

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Your Attackers

Dragapult VP—210 HP

P Bite: 30

PP Assault Jet: 60+
If this Pokémon was on the Bench and became your Active Pokémon this turn, this attack does 80 more damage.

weakness: D
resistance: F
retreat: 1

Dragapult VMAXP—320 HP
Pokémon—VMAX—Evolves from Dragapult V

P Shred: 60
This attack’s damage isn’t affected by any effects on your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

PP Max Phantom: 130
Put 5 damage counters on your opponent’s Benched Pokémon in any way you like.

weakness: D
resistance: F
retreat: 1

Damage Boosting

This deck has a number of ways to increase your damage output:

  • We know that by moving Dragapult V from your Bench into the Active Spot its attack increases by 80 damage, and Scoop Up Net can help you fulfill this bonus requirement. (However, you’re likely going to want to spam Max Phantom with Dragapult VMAX instead as it has a greater damage output and the ability to take multiple KOs at once should you set up damage correctly.)
  • Another way to increase damage is Horror P Energy. Each time a Pokémon attacks into you for damage while in the Active, they take 2 damage counters. Even Mew UNB can be an effective attacker with Horror P Energy attached.
  • Galarian Zigzagoon SSH adds 1 damage counter to play, and you can reuse it multiple times with Scoop Up Net.
  • Giant Bomb can force the opponent into taking 10 damage counters. Attacks that hit for 180+ will likely 1HKO Dragapult V. However, since Dragapult VMAX has 320 HP, it’s likely that it’ll survive a hit or two. Either way, it’s basically a win-win situation; +10 damage counters, or you survive an extra turn. Though, Tool Scrapper being reprinted makes Giant Bomb less effective.

Also Noteworthy

  • 1 Mewtwo UNB + 1 Oranguru SSH: These combo well together. Mewtwo UNB seems too good not to play in this deck. It can be reused with Scoop Up Net to retrieve whatever Supporter you want. Since Mewtwo UNB puts the Supporter on top of your deck, you can then use Oranguru SSH to immediately grab that Supporter, which is awesome.
  • 2 Team Yell Grunt: This card can slow down decks such as ADPZ that would go first and attach Energy turn one. Team Yell Grunt can be used on any Energy—even ones on the Bench—which is why it’s a scary card. Even in the mirror match that’s one less turn of Max Phantom.

Rebel Clash Top 5


In no particular order:

1. Eldegoss V

This card has an Ability similar to Tapu Lele-GX’s Wonder Tag, except you put the Supporter from your discard (instead of your deck) into your hand. I can see this card played in many decks because it adds a consistency boost. Its attack is nifty too since you may shuffle it back into the deck while also doing 50 damage. This means you can reuse the Ability and remove Eldegoss V as a liability from the field. Overall, it’s a solid card for sure.

2. Ninetales V

Wait, what? This Ninetales is a Basic? First off, I love its attack name, “Nine-tailed Transformation.” It reminds me of Naruto. You can easily splash this card into any deck that plays Welder because it’s a Basic Pokémon that takes 3 Energy to attack (which means it can be powered up in one turn). Nine-tailed Transformation can be clutch depending on what you are up against. I can see scenarios where this attack can be game-winning, making it a solid addition into Welder decks.

3. Scoop Up Net

The card has many uses and there really isn’t any drawback to it other than that it can’t be used on Pokémon-GX and V.

4. Tool Scrapper

I like that they reprinted this card. Spell Tag, Stealthy Hood, and other troublesome Tools will be less effective moving forward.

5. Boss’s Orders

Having to rely on Pokémon Catcher and Custom Catcher wasn’t all that great. Boss’s Orders will make the game more interesting and make players think twice before benching something.


That will conclude this article. I’ll have another article next month. I like Takuya’s take on Dragapult VMAX. I think he built a pretty solid deck for it being a new card. His lists are usually unique and that’s something I like. The more flare, the more a deck will catch my eye.

It’s always cool to see new decks see success once a new set comes out. That means Pokémon is doing something right. Making new cards playable is always a treat because seeing the same decks winning over and over is no fun.

Hopefully, this pandemic is under control soon so that people can go on with their daily lives. The break from attending Pokémon events is sometimes nice, yet sometimes boring when you are a highly competitive player like myself. Also, the fact that we shouldn’t be going out much is another cause of boredom.

I hope you enjoyed this article and be sure to stay healthy, safe, and clean. The faster this virus blows over, the faster everything goes back to the way it ways. I hope the best for everyone.

As usual, I do full-time coaching, so if you are interested in lessons, feel free to message me either on Facebook or @Jose_MarreroTCG and we can go over the details.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment below or message me through social media. I’ll be sure to get to back to you as soon as possible. Until next time!

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