Hey CutOrTap nation, Liam here with my US Nationals report. I was lucky enough to finish in fourth place in a field of 1,105 masters, making it the largest Pokemon TCG tournament ever, at least outside of Japan. Today I want to give you a run down of my play for Nationals, some of the card choices, and my matches.
I played this deck at Nationals:
|Pokémon -11||Trainers -35||Energy -14|
|2||Darkrai EX||4||Professor Sycamore||4||VS Seeker||10||Darkness|
|2||Giratina EX||3||N||4||Ultra Ball||4||Double Dragon|
|2||Hydreigon EX||2||Lysandre||4||Max Elixir|
|2||Shaymin EX||1||AZ||3||Trainer’s Mail|
|1||Latios EX||1||Hex Maniac||2||Float Stone|
|1||Hoopa EX||2||Enhanced Hammer|
|1||Yveltal XY||1||Fighting Fury Belt|
I had been testing different dark-based Max Elixir decks for a while leading up to nationals, and was pretty sure I wanted to play Yveltal/Darkrai/Garbodor deck with Double Colorless Energy and the Fright Night Yveltal, but the results of the Origins Win-a-Trip event made me revisit the Darkrai/Giratina decks. Upon testing them a little bit more, I discovered they had a slightly better Waterbox match-up than Darkrai/Yveltal because of how attainable 180 damage becomes when some of your energy give you an extra 40 damage. I did most of my testing with Olliver Barr, who didn’t attend US Nationals, and Sorina Radu, who played the same 60 cards and finished in the Top 16. I didn’t make any last minute changes to the deck, and played the same cards I had sleeved up when I arrived in Ohio.
Specific Card Choices: