“Lock ‘n Load,” A Tale of Six Decks and My Thoughts on the New Tournament Structure

Hey Cut or Tap, my name is Kiernan and I’m so excited to be a part of Cut or Tap’s article staff. As many of you know, Arizona Regionals will be played without Karen, and as this is my first tournament in the Masters division, I’ve been testing pretty much everything, in hopes of doing well. Today I have five different lock decks, along with my current list for the Ho-oh/Ninja Boy deck that has been gaining popularity as of late. I excluded Yveltal and Night March lists from this article, as I feel they’ve been covered to death, but for the record, I do think that both decks are inherently strong plays with matchups that simply cannot be ignored. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

Deck #1-Trevenant

Pokémon – 16 Trainers – 37 Energy – 7
4 Phantump BKP 4 Professor Sycamore 4 Ultra Ball 5 Psychic
4 Trevenant XY 2 Wally 4 VS Seeker 2 Mystery
3 Trevenant BREAK 2 N 2 Level Ball
2 Wobbuffet PHF 1 Lysandre 2 Super Rod
2 Shaymin EX ROS 1 AZ 1 Computer Search
1 Jirachi EX 1 Delinquent 1 Captivating Poke Puff
1 Team Flare Grunt 4 Bursting Balloon
1 Xerosic 2 Float Stone
4 Dimension Valley

The first deck I have today is Trevenant. Trevenant has been a very strong deck ever since the release of Trevenant BREAK in the Breakpoint expansion. Spreading damage has always been a neat concept, but Trevenant took it to the next level. The ability to maintain item lock while slowly clearing your opponent’s board is undeniably powerful. One of the only things previously keeping this deck in check was Yveltal’s dominant grasp on the metagame, but with a tournament full of Night March and Ho-oh decks on the horizon, the window may have just been opened for this deck to do well without having to run the gauntlet as much. Whether you’re playing Yveltal or not, this is surely a deck to keep on your radar. For those of you considering this deck, beware of any Yveltal, as this is a West Coast tournament, and Californian players tend to have an affinity toward the black bird. In addition, be wary of any decks that may utilize Ninja Boy to spit out a quick Yveltal-EX to combat Trevenant. This deck is a risky play, but could potentially pay off big time, with just a little luck.

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