Hello 6P! Welcome back to another article by yours truly! We are now well into the 2020–2021 tournament season and we have a single official tournament to look forward to, the Players Cup II.
One very positive thing about this event is TPCi addressed the issue of the unfair amount of Event Tickets available to players for the first iteration of the Players Cup, and we now all get 50 Tournament Keys to try and make Top 256 in NA, LATAM, and Europe or Top 128 in Oceania. Evening the playing field should encourage players who opted not to (or couldn’t) participate the previous time to join in on the fun. I’m looking forward to playing in more competitive tournaments on PTCGO, although single elimination is a pretty brutal format with a ton of variance. You could easily win three tournaments in a row and lose in the first round of the next three, so choosing hyper-consistent decks will be incredibly important. There is no difference (other than seeding) between 1st and 256th place, therefore your goal is to make it past Round 1 as many times as possible, rather than winning as many tournaments as possible, in order to accumulate Tournament Rep points.
With this in mind, there are two very clear decks that should help you accomplish this: Eternatus VMAX and ADPZ. Based on all the other online circuits, even though there are other decks that can compete against them, such as Lucario & Melmetal-GX or Centiskorch VMAX, these two decks are putting the biggest numbers in terms of portion of the metagame, along with top placements in every tournament. I myself faced five ADPZ decks in a row in the first five rounds of an eight-round LATAM-only tournament recently.
At the time this article is published, the Players Cup II has already started, and these are my variants of the two decks that I highly recommend you stick to to maximize your chances of qualifying:
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