Hey guys, it’s been quite a while since my last article and I’m excited to be writing for CutOrTap! For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve been playing Pokémon competitively since 2006. Accomplishment-wise, I qualified for Worlds every year, made Top 16 at Worlds three times in Masters, and secured multiple Top 8/Top 16 finishes at US Nationals in Masters. Along the way, I’ve met several lifelong friends and managed to have success with a few crazy rogue decks.
This past season, I decided to take a break from playing competitively after getting most of my Championship Points from Fall Regionals. As much as I enjoy playing, I felt I had to take the time to focus on finishing at University, and some things in my personal life. This meant I also had to take a break from writing as I feel it would be disingenuous to continue putting out articles that wouldn’t be of the same quality. After graduating this spring, I started testing seriously again for US Nationals, especially with the extra incentive of increased prize support on the line. I unfortunately ended up losing my win-and-in round with Vespiquen/Vileplume. In hindsight, I still think the deck was a solid play with the plethora of Night March decks at the top tables and I would make the same choice in heartbeat. Despite not being very active for most of this season, I still made the time to attend nine events in total and was fortunate enough to obtain enough Championship Points to compete at Worlds!
Right now, many of the players competing at Worlds are stuck testing the same old Nationals lists with a few Steam Siege trainers sprinkled in. They’re trying to solve the classic conundrum of what to play for the most prestigious event of the year. With the release of Steam Siege and the lack of Karen, Night March is of course the deck to beat. Trevenant is also on everybody’s radar, which makes sense since it’s the hardest counter we currently have to Night March.
In order to help everybody best prepare for Worlds, I’m going to give my perspective on the decks that seem to be garnering the most attention. Given that several of these decks have been discussed to death, I’ll be sure to focus on highlighting the more unique aspects of my lists.
Table of Contents
- How I would build Night March for Worlds
- Trevenant: Picking the Right Disruption Cards
- Zoroark Sneaks back into the Format
- Can Seismitoad Survive Pokémon Ranger?
- Zygarde/Vileplume: Fighting back against Trevenant
- The Fate of Vespiquen/Vileplume Post-Nationals
- Is Greninja still relevant for Worlds?
How I would build Night March for Worlds
It feels like there’s already a Night March deck in nearly every Worlds article, so I wouldn’t spend much time analyzing it if I didn’t have something to add to the conversation. Pokémon Ranger serves as a counter to most of the troublesome cards for Night March. As a result, many players seem to be opting for straightforward, consistent builds of Night March. While these builds of Night March are certainly very strong, I’d argue that Night March/Vespiquen is actually a better play for Worlds. This is how I would approach building the deck:
|Pokémon – 24||Trainers – 32||Energy – 4|
|4||Joltik PHF||4||Professor Sycamore||4||VS Seeker||4||Double Colorless|
|4||Lampent PHF||1||N||4||Ultra Ball|
|4||Pumpkaboo PHF||1||Teammates||4||Battle Compressor|
|3||Combee||1||Hex Maniac||4||Puzzle of Time|
|2||Vespiquen||1||Pokemon Ranger||1||Escape Rope|
|3||Shaymin EX||1||Special Charge|