Late May Stage 2 Membership & Coaching Sales!

Coaching Hey viewers, it’s time for another sale on Cut or Tap! Until the end of May our coaching rates will be about half of what they normally are. To be exact, these are the coaching prices for our Late May sale: Phinnegan Lynch: $13.50/hr Carter Barsh: $10/hr Hunter Butler:$10/hr Cameron Shenoy: $10/hr Coaching with anybody from Cut or Tap requires the player to have … Continue reading Late May Stage 2 Membership & Coaching Sales!

Cats and Dogs: Recreating Zoroark for Unbroken Bonds

Unbroken Bonds gave more possibilities to Zoroark decks than most players acknowledge. Persian GX, Dedenne GX, Lt. Surge’s Strategy, Marshadow, Dewgong, Koga’s Trap, Triple Acceleration Energy, and Mew are all potential additions to the deck. This means figuring out exactly how to build Zoroark for the new format is not an easy challenge to overcome. However, it also means there is potential for Zoroark to … Continue reading Cats and Dogs: Recreating Zoroark for Unbroken Bonds

Gameplay Analysis Episode 15 – ZoroKing Persian VS Quad Volcanion ReshiZard

Zoroark decks with Slowking are predicted to do well against ReshiZard decks because of the huge damage that Psychic can do to fire types. In reality it’s not as simple as that. Check out how ReshiZard can compete even with Zoroark lists that are prepared for the match up! Continue reading Gameplay Analysis Episode 15 – ZoroKing Persian VS Quad Volcanion ReshiZard

Gameplay Analysis Episode 14 – ZoroKing Persian VS PikaRom Muk

Check out the two best of three series with an extra game in this video! Although we go through six games, the footage is only 45 minutes long because of how quickly PikaRom loses or wins these games. Does Zoroark have the power to beat PikaRom without any fighting attacker? Can the new build of PikaRom with a reliance on Basic Abilities deal with Muk? … Continue reading Gameplay Analysis Episode 14 – ZoroKing Persian VS PikaRom Muk

Expanded Zoroark Garbodor (Rewritten 5/3/19)

This article was initially released back in October of last year, but with not enough detail. That was when I was trying for the first time to make the deck tick after the Hex Maniac ban. ZoroGarb is the deck I am suggesting players pilot for Hartford Regionals this weekend making now a great time to rewrite this piece and post it. Any Expanded meta … Continue reading Expanded Zoroark Garbodor (Rewritten 5/3/19)

Germany Internationals Top Picks: Malamar, Zapdos Buzzwole, ZoroControl, and ZoroRoc

Caleb Gedemer and Hale Obernolte have put players Germany competitors in an uncomfortable position. There is a necessity to deal with these denial decks that did well in Denver, but tech’ing for these decks will most likely force your chances of beating other archetypes down. There are a few solutions to this dilemma. The easy fix to this problem is simply finding a new archetype … Continue reading Germany Internationals Top Picks: Malamar, Zapdos Buzzwole, ZoroControl, and ZoroRoc

Beach Vibes in Daytona: One Red Hot Rogue and One Cool Summer Swim

Hello Cut or Tap readers, my name is Hunter Butler and I have played competitive Pokémon for 12 years! Some of my accomplishments as a master include top 8 at Portland Regionals 2017, 37th at LAIC 2017, top 16 at Worlds 2018, and top 16 at Greensboro Regionals. For my first article here at Cut or Tap I would like to talk about a deck … Continue reading Beach Vibes in Daytona: One Red Hot Rogue and One Cool Summer Swim

Toad Zoroark is as strong as it was before the Lusamine ban

This article goes over my current Toad Zoroark list, why the deck is still strong, and how to play the important match ups. Tomorrow there will be another article from Hunter Butler on Blastoise Wails. On my trip to Denver I started the weekend explaining to my friends that I was tired of Expanded and would avoid going to any more Expanded events. By the … Continue reading Toad Zoroark is as strong as it was before the Lusamine ban

Regionals 2nd Place Regi-Stall tournament report, match up descriptions and List Details

Hey everyone! As my first article for Cut or Tap, I’m super excited to bring you all a comprehensive deck rundown and tournament report on the Regigigas/Hoopa stall deck that I used to get 2nd place at this past weekend’s Denver Regional Championship. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I really love the slow, methodical play-style of the deck, and I think that it’s … Continue reading Regionals 2nd Place Regi-Stall tournament report, match up descriptions and List Details

The Cut or Tap Zapdos Variant’s performance at Denver

Turned out this list actually had a much bigger impact on Denver than I anticipated. Just wanted to give credit those who deserve it, explain some cards in the list, and talk about the event. Two masters I coach, and a third player that is subbed to cut or tap, all made top 32 or better with the deck. By the way, huge shout out … Continue reading The Cut or Tap Zapdos Variant’s performance at Denver

Video Coaching Ep. 1 (ZoroRoc VS Zapdos Buzzwole)

Initially I planned on doing a simple best of three, but later ended up feeling like more testing was needed. The first game was omitted from the video because the ZoroRoc deck drew pretty poorly and lost the coin flip, making the video rather uninformative and boring. If you hear me referencing the first game in the video, that’s how it went. In this video … Continue reading Video Coaching Ep. 1 (ZoroRoc VS Zapdos Buzzwole)

The Cut or Tap Zapdos variant

As it became more obvious that players are trying to counter Zoroark, it started to become evident than I needed a second option for Denver. I knew that playing PikaRom and Blacephalon was out of the question for me, which meant the only options outside of Zoroark were Zapdos, Ultra Necrozma, or a rogue. Ultra Necrozma match results have been very draw-dependent rather than skill-dependent, … Continue reading The Cut or Tap Zapdos variant

Website Update (March 27th): coaching policy, Team Cut or Tap, and new content ideas

Hey Cut or Tap readers! This post is covering some of the changes and additions to the site coming soon.   New content concepts Virtual Coaching I am considering starting a new video serious where I set up two decks and play against myself while commentating on the game. The format would be something like what I do while I coach, but without the player … Continue reading Website Update (March 27th): coaching policy, Team Cut or Tap, and new content ideas

A Thunderous Assault on the Meta

Hey everyone! I have fallen in love with the Zapdos Jirachi archetype and I want to breakdown down the individual cards that can be included in the deck, the matchups against popular archetypes, and my two lists. The deck functions similar to a Zoroark Golisopod or Zoroark Lycanroc deck, but with one prize attackers. Zapdos focuses on being extremely consistent and putting out a steady … Continue reading A Thunderous Assault on the Meta