I Choose You, RNG

Rolling the Dice on My Top Five Decks for POG 2020, Including Vikavolt V, Eternatus VMAX, ADPZ, Centiskorch VMAX, and Blacephalon
Sometimes you gotta roll the dice.

Hello 6P! Welcome to another new article of mine! August has been an interesting month for me with the formalization of the new branding for Tablemon, along with a more serious approach to the content creation aspect of it. I’m also in the midst of taking two motion design courses which have been very demanding and have kept me super busy, but they’ve also been very rewarding and I’ve learnt a lot from them too.

Pokémon-wise, I’m missing real life tournaments and competitions so much that I’ve decided to become a more regular competitor of all the weekly online tournaments we have going on. I had already mentioned these in a previous article, but I was still not participating weekly because of many things, including motivation. However, the past two weekends I’ve had a blast streaming the runs, especially the Sunday Open which features the possibility to switch decks every round and thus I let RNG take the wheel. I created ten different decks two weeks ago, for the last UPR–RCL format tournament, and let the Google Random Number Generator decide what I would play each round. I ended up going 3-3, but I had a blast playing the different decks. It was also a good way to avoid stream- or deck-sniping if you’re sticking to one deck. You watch the highlights of that run over here:

I also played in the PokeX Saturday Night League Challenge and got Top 8 with my trusty ADPZ deck that I used for the Players Cup as well. The highlights for that can be seen here, but be warned they are in Spanish:

This past weekend I decided to play in both tournaments again, as they are the first and only tournaments to feature the UPR–DAA metagame before we have the big Pokémon Online Global (POG) Championship next weekend.

  • For the Saturday Night League Challenge, I opted to play Eternatus VMAX as it’s the new shiny toy of the set and I always enjoy playing these direct and aggressive powerful decks. Unfortunately I was having some terrible and clunky draws and ended up going 2-2 drop that night.
  • However, for the Sunday Open, I decided to narrow my choices to five top decks from DAA and had an incredible 6-0 run for Phase 1 of the tournament (Bo1 rounds, no set deck choice), 3-1 for Phase 2 (Top 16 cut, four more Bo1 rounds, set deck choice), and ended up bubbling at 5th place for the Top 4 cut.

The five decks that I chose to have available and let RNG decide for me each round were the following:

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