“Nearest and Deer-est:” Brad Curcio’s 33rd-Place Fort Wayne Report with Rainbow Road

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
1 Flygon EX 1 Switch
1 Genesect EX
3 Sky Field
1 Parallel City

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