League Cup First Place ZoroGarb/ Analyzing Top 8 ZoroGarb Lists

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
 2 Exeggcute  1 Red Card
 1 Ditto Prism Star  3 Sky Field  1 Field Blower
 1 Klefki  1 (item Pokemon Search)
 1 Oranguru  1 Rescue Stretcher
 1 Trubbish (NVI)  1 Super Rod/2nd Stretcher
 2 Garbodor (BKP)  1 Float Stone
 1 Dowsing Machine

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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
 2 Exeggcute
 1 Oranguru

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

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