Although my ZoroGarb list did not make top 8 in masters, I did win the 128 man cup in day two with it and two of the Seniors I coach made top 8 with it. Those accolades mean something, but I am disappointed that I couldn’t take it further in the main event; I lost my win-and-in. Since the event, there are two changes I made to the list. This piece goes over the new list and covers matchups. At this point I know the deck inside and out, so I feel I can cover each matchup in detail. This piece also talks about the ZoroGarb lists that made top 8 and what I agree or disagree with. In doing so, I end up explaining pretty much all of the stranger cards in my list.
For those without a Stage 2 membership, this is the skeleton for the sort of ZoroGarb list that is seeing success currently.
|Pokémon – 19||Trainers – 27||Energy – 4|
|4||Zorua (DEX)||2||Colress||4||VS Seeker||4||Double Colorless|
|4||Zoraork GX||1||N||4||Ultra Ball|
|2||Tapu Lele GX||1||Elm/Brigette||2||Choice Band|
|1||Shaymin EX||1||Guzma||2||Battle Compressor|
|1||Ditto Prism Star||3||Sky Field||1||Field Blower|
|1||Klefki||1||(item Pokemon Search)|
|1||Trubbish (NVI)||1||Super Rod/2nd Stretcher|
|2||Garbodor (BKP)||1||Float Stone|
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One of the changes Zoroark went through with switching to Garbotoxin instead of Hex Maniac, was a sharp decrease in consistency. For that reason I like to use a lot of these slots up to help deal with that problem. Other than consistency, I focus on cards that help against whatever deck won the most recent Regionals (unless it is already a good matchup), mirror additions, and something for Buzzwole.
Other players have taken more straight forward approaches to answering these specific matchups, which is what I saw in the top 8 lists. That’s completely understandable, but in my view there are cards that can be added to help against Fighting, Toad Zoroark, and help with consistency. I always try to find ways to kill two birds with one stone when building expanded lists because there is no room in decks for any single-matchup techs. With a format so wide open, you can easily tech a card for one matchup and never play against it.
With that in mind, I’m going to talk about the lists that Jon Eng and Aaron Friedman played to top 8 finishes.
Aaron Friedman’s 7th place ZoroGarb
|Pokémon – 23||Trainers – 33||Energy – 4|
|2||Zorua (SLG)||1||Sudowoodo||4||Ultra Ball||4||Double Colorless|
|1||Zorua (B&W)||4||VS Seeker|
|1||Zorua (DEX)||3||Colress||2||Battle Compressor|
|4||Zoroark GX||1||Brigette||2||Red Card|
|1||Zoroark (B&W)||1||Guzma||2||Field Blower|
|1||Ditto Prism Star||1||N||2||Rescue Stretcher|
|1||Trubbish (DRX)||1||Delinquent||1||Pokemon Communication|
|2||Garbodor (DRX)||1||Special Charge|
|2||Klefki||3||Sky Field||1||Dowsing Machine|
|2||Tapu Lele GX||2||Choice Band|
|2||Shaymin EX||2||Float Stone|
Great list. Two Shaymin EX is a count that most people do not realize is ideal for ZoroGarb, Delinquent is a very underrated addition, and two Red Card makes a huge difference in mirror. One Brigette is the correct, yet sort of uncommon, count and I love that he kept the Communication. Still, there are some parts of the list I’m not as fond of. Naturally I want to cover those in a lot more depth because the cards we agree on simply stay in the list. These are the cards I would cut and the reasons why.
What I would change