Germany Internationals Top Picks: Malamar, Zapdos Buzzwole, ZoroControl, and ZoroRoc

Caleb Gedemer and Hale Obernolte have put players Germany competitors in an uncomfortable position. There is a necessity to deal with these denial decks that did well in Denver, but tech’ing for these decks will most likely force your chances of beating other archetypes down. There are a few solutions to this dilemma. The easy fix to this problem is simply finding a new archetype … Continue reading Germany Internationals Top Picks: Malamar, Zapdos Buzzwole, ZoroControl, and ZoroRoc

Toad Zoroark is as strong as it was before the Lusamine ban

This article goes over my current Toad Zoroark list, why the deck is still strong, and how to play the important match ups. Tomorrow there will be another article from Hunter Butler on Blastoise Wails. On my trip to Denver I started the weekend explaining to my friends that I was tired of Expanded and would avoid going to any more Expanded events. By the … Continue reading Toad Zoroark is as strong as it was before the Lusamine ban

The Cut or Tap Zapdos Variant’s performance at Denver

Turned out this list actually had a much bigger impact on Denver than I anticipated. Just wanted to give credit those who deserve it, explain some cards in the list, and talk about the event. Two masters I coach, and a third player that is subbed to cut or tap, all made top 32 or better with the deck. By the way, huge shout out … Continue reading The Cut or Tap Zapdos Variant’s performance at Denver

Video Coaching Ep. 1 (ZoroRoc VS Zapdos Buzzwole)

Initially I planned on doing a simple best of three, but later ended up feeling like more testing was needed. The first game was omitted from the video because the ZoroRoc deck drew pretty poorly and lost the coin flip, making the video rather uninformative and boring. If you hear me referencing the first game in the video, that’s how it went. In this video … Continue reading Video Coaching Ep. 1 (ZoroRoc VS Zapdos Buzzwole)

The Cut or Tap Zapdos variant

As it became more obvious that players are trying to counter Zoroark, it started to become evident than I needed a second option for Denver. I knew that playing PikaRom and Blacephalon was out of the question for me, which meant the only options outside of Zoroark were Zapdos, Ultra Necrozma, or a rogue. Ultra Necrozma match results have been very draw-dependent rather than skill-dependent, … Continue reading The Cut or Tap Zapdos variant

Website Update (March 27th): coaching policy, Team Cut or Tap, and new content ideas

Hey Cut or Tap readers! This post is covering some of the changes and additions to the site coming soon.   New content concepts Virtual Coaching I am considering starting a new video serious where I set up two decks and play against myself while commentating on the game. The format would be something like what I do while I coach, but without the player … Continue reading Website Update (March 27th): coaching policy, Team Cut or Tap, and new content ideas

Expanded options for Greensboro Regionals (ZoroGarb, BuzzShrine, Archie’s Wails)

I was both thrilled and annoyed about seeing that Night March won Toronto Regionals. On one hand, I was vindicated in my picks for the event since I had posted a Night March Order Pad list saying it was likely the best play, but that reason is pretty superficial. The much more hindering side of Night March’s success is that I had been working hard … Continue reading Expanded options for Greensboro Regionals (ZoroGarb, BuzzShrine, Archie’s Wails)

Standard: ZoroRocWeavile, BuzzMuk, and ZoroGarb

After seeing the list that Alex Cole managed place well at St. Louis with, ZoroGarb became of interest again. As many of you know the deck has been my favorite archetype over the last two years, so the prospect of being able to play it in Standard again is enticing. I also won a Team Up case tournament with ZoroRocWeavile using a list that I … Continue reading Standard: ZoroRocWeavile, BuzzMuk, and ZoroGarb

Expanded Updated Archie’s Blastoise Wails List

With the new bans and Team Up coming out changing the meta, Archie’s goes through some new changes. In my view Archie’s is an incredible option even with the rise in popularity of ZoroPod that we will most likely see at Ontario and North Carolina Regionals. Check it out! By the way, I have a little food for thought. Does Jirachi (TEU) deserve space in … Continue reading Expanded Updated Archie’s Blastoise Wails List

ZoroRoc and Malamar variants, plus Darkrai Zoroark and Alolan Muk Garbodor updates

Oceania Internationals has concluded and Zapdos won the tournament, which is completely unsurprising considering eight of the best players in the game played it. I underrated Zapdos at first. The deck was mediocre in testing because I was using, and playing against, the Japanese lists which ran far worse. Now that Zapdos is the king that needs to be slain, I am excited to talk … Continue reading ZoroRoc and Malamar variants, plus Darkrai Zoroark and Alolan Muk Garbodor updates