Hello, Cut Or Tap readers! My name is Bradley Curcio, and I’m excited to share my most recent tournament experience with you. I just recently attended the Standard Regional Championships in Ft. Wayne, where I piloted Rainbow Road to a somewhat saddening 33rd-place finish out of 635 Masters. With a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties (20 match points), I felt somewhat confident in making it to Day 2, but unfortunately I barely missed out. While I would have loved to do slightly better, I’m happy I was at least able to walk away with some extra much-needed Championship Points.
I was extremely hesitant about playing Rainbow Road at this tournament, as I’ve been playing Dark Deck variants almost exclusively for the past several tournaments. I spent a lot of time trying to convince several of my friends away from the deck, just to be convinced at the very last minute to play it. I had a sleeved up an Yveltal/Garbodor deck, teched heavily for the mirror. I was opting to play four copies of Yveltal EX and none of the Fright Night “baby” Yveltal BKT. I had spent no time testing the deck and was only able to go strictly on theory as to how some matchups would play out, so I was far from confident at piloting it. The morning of the tournament, Ryan Sabelhaus and Azul Garcia both told me they were sold on the same 60-card Rainbow Road list, so hesitantly and hurriedly, I went around and asked almost anybody I could find to borrow cards to build the deck. (Thank you to everybody who pulled through!) This is the list I played at the Ft. Wayne Regional Championships.
|Pokémon – 15||Trainers – 33||Energy – 12|
|4||Xerneas BKT||4||Professor Sycamore||4||VS Seeker||8||Fairy|
|1||Xerneas BREAK||2||N||4||Ultra Ball||4||Double Colorless|
|2||Shaymin EX ROS||1||Lysandre||4||Max Elixir|
|2||Joltik STS||1||Hex Maniac||3||Trainers’ Mail|
|2||Galvantula STS||1||Olympia||2||Super Rod|
|1||Hoopa EX||1||Exp Share|
|1||Volcanion EX||1||Float Stone|